After a brief road swing, the Cowboys return to the friendly confines of the Arena-Auditorium hosting Utah State on Wednesday evening. The 7 p.m. MT contest will be the first Cowboy basketball game featured on ROOT SPORTS this season. Drew Goodman will handle the play-by-play duties with Sed Bonner on color commentary and Marc Stout will be on the sidelines for the game. When the teams hit the floor on Wednesday it will mark the 75th meeting between the two schools.
The game will be broadcast live on radio over the 25 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network. Fans can follow live stats and listen the contest on GoWyo.com.
A special ticket offer is available for fans on Wednesday. Be a “Student for a Game” for $20, which features a student section ticket, Cowboy Basketball T-Shirt and a Pepsi. Limited shirt sizes are available and the package must be ordered by Wednesday at Noon. Fans can purchase tickets online at GoWyo.com/tickets, in person at the WYO Athletics Ticket Office or by calling 307-766-7220.
A Look at the Matchup
The Cowboys (11-5, 1-2 MW) will play their first home contest of the calendar year. UW dropped a tough 85-70 battle at Fresno State last Wednesday. The Pokes continue to be one of the top defensive teams in the MW and the nation. The Cowboys rank third in the nation in defensive rebounds per game at 31.1. The Cowboys have also held the opposition to 38.3 percent from the field leading the MW and ranking third in the nation. The Pokes are also hitting 9.1 three pointers per game ranking second in the MW and No. 52 in the nation. Wyoming has been solid from the free throw line shooting 74.8 percent ranking second in the conference and No. 45 in the nation.
The Aggies (8-7, 2-2 MW) have won two-straight contests heading into Wednesday. USU picked up a win over UNLV at home last Saturday by a score of 79-63. Offensively, Utah State is third in the MW in field goal percentage at 46.8 percent. The Aggies rank third in the conference in three-point percentage at 37.2. USU is averaging 35.9 rebounds per game ranking 10th in the MW. Defensively, opponents are shooting 41.5 percent from the field and 31.3 percent from behind the three point line.
Each Team’s Leaders
The Cowboys are led in scoring by sophomore guard Justin James. He is averaging 16.0 points per game on the season ranking seventh in the MW. James is shooting 47 percent from the field and adds 4.7 rebounds per game. Senior guard Jason McManamen is pouring in 13.5 points per game. He ranks third in the MW in three pointers made this season with 41, which ranks No. 96 in the country. Junior forward Hayden Dalton leads the team in rebounding at 8.8 per game, which ranks fourth in the MW. He ranks No. 24 in the nation in defensive rebounds per game at 7.1. He also adds 12.9 points per night. Junior forward Alan Herndon is adding 10.1 points per game and 5.9 rebounds. He ranks third in the MW and No. 44 in the country in blocked shots with 31.
The Aggies are led in scoring by senior wing Jalen Moore. He is adding 17.3 points per game ranking fourth in the MW. He is also fourth in the MW in field goal percentage at 51 percent. He also adds 4.9 rebounds per game and 2.9 assists per game. Freshman guard Koby McEwen adds 15.1 points per game. He is shooting 45 percent from the three point line and has made 57 free throws this season. He also dishes out a team best 3.2 assists per game. Forward Alexis Dargenton leads the team in rebounds at 5.1 per game.
About the Series
The Cowboys lead the all-time series with the Aggies 48-26 in a series that dates back to 1926. The Pokes are 29-6 all-time against Utah State in Laramie. The Aggies defeated UW in the MW tournament last season 88-70.
The Pokes continue their homestand hosting Nevada on Saturday at 4 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium.