Feb. 14, 2005
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The top two teams in the Mountain West Conference in terms of Ratings Percentage Index (RPI) rankings will face off Monday night in Salt Lake City when the Wyoming Cowboys play the Utah Utes. The website CollegeRPI.com ranked Utah No. 18 in its most recent RPI rankings (as of Feb. 13, 2005). Wyoming is the second highest rated MWC team with an RPI ranking of No. 85. No other Mountain West Conference teams are rated in the Top 100 NCAA Division I teams.
Monday's game will also be a match-up of the two teams with the longest current winning streaks in the Mountain West Conference. The Wyoming Cowboys (14-8, 6-3 in the MWC) bring a four-game winning streak into Monday's meeting with the Utah Utes (21-3, 9-0 in MWC play). Utah, which is ranked No. 15 in the nation in both national polls, has won 16 in a row entering Monday's contest.
Two of the Mountain West's top players will be featured Monday night. Senior point guard Jay Straight of Wyoming is ranked among the Top 20 individuals in the MWC in 10 of 13 individual statistical categories. He is fifth in the league in scoring, averaging 17.6 points per game, and ranks second in assists, handing out 5.45 assists per game. Straight is the only player in MWC history to score 1,000 career points (1,433) and hand out 400 career assists (425). For Utah, sophomore center Andrew Bogut leads the MWC in scoring (20.0 points per game) and rebounding (11.9 rebounds per game) this season.
Wyoming and Utah are the two winningest programs in the six-year history of the MWC. Wyoming has posted a 47-32 (.595) MWC record to tie BYU for second all-time, while Utah has posted a 59-20 (.747) record in conference games to rank No. 1.
There is no television coverage of Monday's game, but as with all Wyoming Basketball games the Cowboy Sports Radio Network will carry the game live beginning with the pregame show at 6:30 p.m., Mountain Time. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:00 p.m.