Revenge is best served cold, so they say, and the forecast today in Laramie calls for snow showers. The forecast also calls for a Wyoming Cowboys cover versus Utah.
Wyoming is back home following a two-game roadtrip that took them to BYU and New Mexico. The Cowboys have been one of the best home teams around but also one of the worst road teams.
Following that game against New Mexico on Tuesday, the home team is now 21-1 in their games this season. Wyoming has a -16.1 ppg scoring margin in nine road games and a +14.2 ppg scoring margin in 13 home games. That is an enormous scoring differential and actually one of the biggest in the nation, coming in at seventh overall.
Coming off a small trip should once again get the home swagger back. They were completely embarrassed at New Mexico and in their previous three road losses where the next game was at home, they are a perfect 3-0 with those wins coming by 7.7 ppg. Knowing they have a week off before their next game, Wyoming will put forth an all out effort on Saturday and it certainly helps with this being a monster revenge spot as explained later.
Utah has also had its share of good play at home and rough play on the road. The Utes are 9-2 at home but 4-5 on the road and while that road mark seems respectable, there have been some bad losses in the mix as well with two losses coming by nine or more points as well as a loss at Idaho St. To Utah’s credit, they have played a very tough schedule, ranked ninth in the country, but there are other factors that negate that including an edge they usually have in free throw shooting.
The Utes are solid at the line at 79 percent but they do not go to line nearly as much. Wyoming made 18-of-25 free throws against BYU on Saturday and 14-of-19 free throws against New Mexico last time out. The Cowboys lead the nation in free throws made (466) and attempted (630). They have outscored their opponents by a 466-299 margin at the stripe through 22 games.
This is a huge revenge game for the Cowboys as they were absolutely embarrassed in Salt Lake City. Utah won that game 91-67 which was a revenge game of sorts in its own right as this has turned into a pretty heated series. It involved a last-second alley-oop that the Cowboys threw against the Utes at the end of their last meeting, infuriating Utah coach Jim Boylen into an angry post-game confrontation with Wyoming coach Heath Schroyer. Look for the Cowboys to avenge that loss and keep their perfect home record alive.
Wyoming is a perfect 7-0 ATS in home games after playing two straight games on the road over the last three seasons. It is also 11-3 ATS after two straight losses over the last three seasons. Playing a team that does not create a lot of turnovers bodes well for the Cowboys as they are 10-1 ATS in their last 11 home games against teams that force fewer than 14 turnovers per game.
Making this one even better is the large number we are receiving here. While motivation will play a big part in Wyoming looking for the outright win, catching close to a touchdown at home is worth a big look.
Free Pick: Wyoming +6½ (-110)