There can be no debate over which team reigns in the Mountain West Conference.

New Mexico defeated Brigham Young on Saturday to complete a season sweep of the Cougars and clinch the top seed in next week’s Mountain West Conference postseason tournament.

The Lobos (27-3, 13-2) have won 13 straight games and moved up to No. 8 in the Associated Press rankings on Monday. BYU (26-4, 11-3) slipped one spot to No. 14 and saw its 21-game homecourt winning streak halted.

New Mexico has three top-line players in forwards Darington Hobson and Roman Martinez and point guard Dairese Gary. Hobson, a junior-college transfer, is about to become the first player to ever lead the Lobos in points, rebounds and assists and is the prime reason New Mexico went from being predicted to finish fifth in the Mountain West to being one of the top programs in the nation.

The steady Martinez is about to make his 100th career start and Gary might be the most underrated player in the Mountain West as he seemingly always come through when winning hangs in the balance.

It should be noted that BYU star Jimmer Fredette, who will likely win conference Player of the Year honors next week, missed nearly the entire second half with an upset stomach.

Elsewhere around the conference, UNLV (22-7, 10-5) and San Diego State (20-8, 9-5) are battling for the league’s expected third NCAA tournament bid. The Rebels have the edge based on a better body of work so the Aztecs really need to win the postseason tournament. San Diego State’s at-large chances took a hit in a 14-point loss at BYU because the Aztecs badly needed to upset the Cougars to bolster their postseason hopes.

Utah (14-14, 7-7) has moved into fifth place as Colorado State (15-13, 6-8) is limping toward the finish line with a four-game losing streak. TCU (13-16, 5-9) remains in seventh place.

Wyoming (9-19, 2-12) and Air Force (9-18, 1-13) have clinched spots in the conference tournament’s first-round play-in game due to their poor seasons.

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