The BYU Cougars will be back at it on Saturday afternoon as they wrap up the regular season and hope to clinch the No. 1 seed in the Mountain West Conference Tournament when they take on the Wyoming Cowboys.

Season of Woe for Wyoming

There was a point about three months ago in which the Wyoming Cowboys really thought they had a chance of going to a postseason tournament. Sure, the NCAA Tournament was always out of the question, but a 7-5 mark out of conference at least gave the hope that the NIT or the CBI would be calling.

Then the MWC season happened... Wyoming has only gone 3-12 thus far in conference play, and it is sure to have a short stay in the conference tournament next week. The team has also yet to win a road game on the campaign, going 0-10, including posting just a 2-7 ATS mark.

The good news is that the Cowboys did finish up 9-3-1 ATS at home on the season, including covering these Cougs back on February 2. The team has been relatively hot since that point from the standpoint of the NCAA basketball bettors, as it is 5-2-1 ATS since the start of February.

Loss of Davies is a Big Problem for BYU

We have to give the BYU Cougars some credit for sticking to their laurels and booting Brandon Davies off of the team after he violated the school's honor code. Unfortunately, he was one of the top scorers on this team, and the squad really does look lost without him out there.

Perhaps it was just this New Mexico team that really snuck up on BYU this year. The Lobos handed the Cougs two of their three losses on the season, including the brutal 82-64 loss at the Marriott Center earlier this week in the first game without Davies.

Of course, there's Jimmer Fredette as well, only one of the best pure scorers in the nation. However, as he proved when he scored 33 against the Lobos, he really can't do it all. Fredette is averaging 27.5 PPG, but he is really going to have to step it up even another notch to give this team any hope of winning the Mountain West and capturing a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. With another unexpected loss, this squad could drop as low as maybe even a No. 4.

Cowboys Should Keep ATS Streak Intact

There hasn't been much to be proud of this year in Laramie, while there has been plenty to gloat about in Provo. We would love to be calling for the outright upset, but that would be insane. However, to think that the Cowboys can keep this one within double digits or so is a legitimate possibility.

As we mentioned earlier, Wyoming did beat the NCAA basketball odds earlier this year in a 69-62 loss to the Cougars. It also covered its last trip here to Provo, an 81-66 loss last season at the Marriott Center as 23 point underdogs.

The college basketball betting spread won't quite be that high on Saturday, but it'll be up there far enough for the Cowboys to stick in front of the number against a reeling bunch of Cougars.