Jan. 2, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowboys will begin 2007 Mountain West Conference play on Wednesday, Jan. 3 at defending MWC Champion San Diego State. The game is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m., Mountain Time from Cox Arena on the SDSU campus. Wyoming enters the game with a 9-5 overall record for the 2006-07 season, while San Diego State has posted an 11-3 record this season.
Now in its eighth season in the Mountain West Conference, Wyoming has posted a 4-3 (.571) record in previous MWC openers.
This season's MWC opener for the Cowboys will mark the first time the Cowboys have began conference play against SDSU.
The 2007 MWC season begins the same way it ended in 2006 -- with the Cowboys facing the Aztecs. The `06 MWC season concluded with Wyoming and San Diego State playing a classic in the MWC Tournament Championship game before the Aztecs won 69-64 in one overtime.
The Mountain West Conference's two leading scorers will face off against one another in this Wednesday's conference opener. Wyoming sophomore guard Brandon Ewing leads the MWC in scoring, averaging 21.1 points per game. San Diego State senior guard Brandon Heath is No. 2, averaging 19.9 points per outing.
The recent history of the Wyoming-San Diego State series has been dominated by overtime games. In fact in the last five meetings between the two schools, three of the five games have gone to overtime.
A year ago, two of three meetings between the Cowboys and Aztecs went to overtime, including the 2006 MWC Tournament Championship game.
There is no television coverage of Wednesday's game, but the Cowboy Sports Network radio broadcast will begin at 7:30 p.m., Mountain Time on the 25 affiliate stations throughout Wyoming and South Dakota.
Following the conference opener at SDSU, Wyoming will return to Laramie to host UNLV on Wednesday, Jan. 10 in its first MWC home game of the season.