Utah State and Wyoming are coming off heart breaking losses in similar fashions and look to right the ship Saturday in Laramie against the Wyoming Cowboys. (3 p.m. PT on ROOT).
Up by double digits in the first half over conference title contender Boise State, the Aggies couldn't manage to score in the last 2:48 of the game and fell to the Broncos.
The Cowboys offense also stalled in their upset loss last Saturday at Air Force, getting outscored 41-26 in the second half.
Even though chances of winning or a top seed in the conference tournament has passed, both teams bring a lot of talent with them.
The Aggies are led by the Hair and the versatility of the Logan, Utah, native, Jalen Moore. Moore can score in almost any area on the floor whether it be on the block, through his mid-range game or beyond the arc.
On the other side it is Josh Adams and the Cowboys. Adams is one of the leading candidates for MWC Player of the Year, if not the top candidate. Adams comes in to the game averaging 24.2 points per game, good for first in the Conference, and a team leading 3.9 assists per game.
Adams will match up with speedy Utah State guard Chris Smith which should be a matchup to look for. With Adams responsible for the bulk of the scoring, we will see if fatigue plays a factor in guarding Smith who loves to back cut and come off multiple screens.
A key for the Cowboys will be to try to force the Aggies into turnovers, something that they have struggled to do to opponents. Utah State is comfortable in their half-court offense, as they pride themselves on ball movement and shot selection.
Look for Wyoming to be aggressive in passing lanes as well as try to outlet off rebounds quickly. Dunks by Adams or power forward Alan Herndon can easily change the momentum swing and utilize their home court advantage.
This Saturday marks the only meeting between these two teams this season. Last year each team defended their home court (1-1).
Wyoming is currently 4-7 (8th) in conference play while Utah State holds a record of 3-7 (9th).
The rivalry between these two programs have grown over the last few years, stemming from down to the wire finishes. Look for nothing to change.