This wasn't the way BYU wanted to show the NCAA Selection Committee how it plays without Brandon Davies.
In the No. 3 Cougars' first game without their sophomore forward, who was suspended for the remainder of the season on Tuesday, they were trounced by New Mexico, 82-64, Wednesday night at the Marriott Center.
BYU (27-3, 13-2) opened the week as a strong contender to receive a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament and earned its highest ranking in 23 years.
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Cougars on the air
New Mexico (18-11, 6-8) at No. 3 BYU (27-2, 13-1)
Wednesday, 8 p.m. Marriott Center
TV: The Mtn.
Radio: 1160 AM, 102.7 FM
BYU will host New Mexico tonight without sophomore forward Brandon Davies, who was dismissed from the team for the remainder of the season for a violation of the school's honor code. Davies averaged 11.1 points and 6.2 rebounds. The Cougars are coming off a nationally televised 80-67 victory over San Diego State on Saturday — their second 13-point victory over the Aztecs this season — and can clinch a share of the Mountain West regular-season crown by beating New Mexico. The Lobos handed BYU its only conference loss with an 86-77 victory on Jan. 29, right after BYU beat San Diego State 71-58. The Cougars have won seven straight since, and have their highest ranking since they were No. 2 in 1987-88.