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1/23/08 MWC Basketball Preview

(14-4) (13-5)

The Marriott Center 6PM MT TV:

This game is huge BYU has a 37 home game winning streak, but has been streaky recently.  While San Diego State right now is the best team in the league with a 4-0 conference record and a win over the Cougars at the Marriott Center would put the Aztecs in control.  No team in the league is unbeatable BYU has lost to Boise State and San Diego State has lost to Northern Colorado at home.  At home BYU is a different beast at home and gets help from the home crowd which is huge when at least 15,000 fans.  Both teams have multiple players who can score in double figures starting with Lorrenzo Wade from SDSU who scores 15 per game and then there is Lee Cummard and Trent Plaisted who both average 15 per game, so both teams have scorers.  Plaisted of BYU plays much better at home so SDSU needs to focus a bit more in Plaisted but still need to watch the rest of the Cougars because Plaisted is a good passer and BYU shoots a solid 35% from three point range.  This game is tough to call SDSU is the hottest and the best team in the league will BYU has one of the longest home winning streak in the nation.  Expect this one to go down to the end but BYU always comes to play at home so look for them to pull this game out.

(6-11) (13-4

Thomas & Mack Center 730 PM PT TV:

In a game that looks like a blowout on paper the Rebels because the Rebels are nearly unbeatable at home but UNLV did lose to Santa Clara and Air Force.  Wyoming has not shown well on the road by only defeating Lamar this year.  One can not say this is never going to happen for a Wyoming win but the Cowboys have on player in Brandon Ewing, so you never know what he can do.  In saying that Wyoming does not have much else on a consistent basis, but if Wyoming wins this would be a shock.

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