Jan. 17, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys and Brigham Young Cougars will meet for the 160th time on Monday night in Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium. It will be the 160th meeting between the two Mountain West Conference rivals. Monday's matchup will, however, be the first meeting between the two on ESPN Big Monday.
Wyoming trails in the overall series with 67 wins against 92 losses, but in games played in Laramie the Pokes hold a commanding 52-27 advantage over the Cougars.
The game will feature the two winningest coaches in MWC games. Wyoming's Steve McClain has posted 41 regular-season conference wins in the six-year history of the Mountain West Conference to rank No. 2 in conference victories. BYU's Steve Cleveland has won 45 regular-season conference games to rank No. 1 in MWC history.
Wyoming senior point guard Jay Straight will lead the Cowboys. Straight ranks among the league leaders in nine of 13 conference statistical categories, including ranking No. 5 in scoring (17.6 points per game), No. 2 in assists (5.13 assists per game) and No.1 in minutes played (38.8 minutes per game).
Both teams enter Monday's game looking for their first conference win of the season. Wyoming is 8-7 overall, 0-2 in the MWC. BYU is 6-11, 0-2 in the conference.
The game is scheduled to tip off at 10 p.m., Mountain time, before a national television audience on ESPN's Big Monday.