2000-2001 Cowboy Basketball Informational Press Release and Game Notes

Jan. 3, 2001


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The Wyoming Cowboys (2000-01 Record:9-2, 0-0 in the MWC)            vs.Game No. 12: Wed. Jan. 3, 2001,Baton Rouge, La., 5:00 p.m., M.T.The LSU Tigers (8-1, 0-0 inthe Southeastern Conference)

Game No. 13: Mon. Jan. 8, 2001,Salt Lake City, Utah, 10:00 p.m., M.T.The Utah Utes (7-6, 0-0 inthe Mountain West Conference)(Prior to a game vs. Long BeachState on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2001)

Non-Conference Home Winning Streak: With its 5-0 home record this season,the Wyoming Cowboys completed their non-conference home schedule undefeatedfor the second consecutive season. Wyoming posted a 6-0 non-confernce homerecord for the 1999-2000 season.

Wyoming has now defeated the last 17 consecutive non-conferenceopponents to visit the Arena-Auditorium.

Cowboy Home Winning Streak Improves to Ten Games: The Wyoming Cowboys havebuilt a 10-game home winning streak in the Arena-Auditorium, dating back toJan. 29, 2000, when they defeated San Diego State 93-87.

Wyoming ended the 1999-2000 season with a five-game winning streak.Wyoming defeated San Diego State, UNLV, Air Force, BYU and Utah in its lastfive home games of the '99-2000 season. The Cowboyshave begun the 2000-01 season with five home victories to stretch their homewinning streak to 10 games.

The last time Wyoming won 10 consecutive home games was from the endof the 1998-99 season through the beginning of the 1999-2000 season. Thatstreak ran from a Feb. 25, 1999, home win over Air Force through a Jan. 13,2000, home victory over New Mexico.

UW's next home game will be Jan. 20, 2001, when they host Utah on anESPN Regional (ERT) telecast beginning at 1:00 p.m., Mountain time.

Wyoming and Utah Meet on ESPN Big Monday for the Second Consecutive Time inthe Series: The Wyoming Cowboys and Utah Utes will tip off the secondseason of Mountain West Conference play when they play in Salt Lake City,Utah, on ESPN's Big Monday, Jan. 8, 2001. The game will begin at 10:00p.m., Mountain time.

Wyoming and Utah have a history of playing on ESPN's Big Monday.The last time the two teams met was in an ESPN Big Monday game on Feb. 28,2000, in a game won by Wyoming 88-61 in Laramie.

Also in the 1995-96 season, Wyoming hosted Utah on Big Monday onFeb. 12, 1996. That game also was played in Laramie, with Wyoming winning80-76.

Cowboys 9-2 Record Matches Best Start in McClain Era, A Win Versus LSU WouldGive Cowboys Best Start in McClain Era: Wyoming's 9-2 record matches thebest start by a Steve McClain team at Wyoming. In McClain's first season(1998-99), Wyoming started out 9-2. Last season (1999-2000), the Cowboyswere 7-4 through 10 games.

McClain's '98-'99 squad went on to lose its 12th game of the seasonto go to 9-3. A year ago, Wyoming was 8-4 after 12 games.

Notes From This Week in Cowboy Basketball:
*Wyoming concluded its non-conference home schedule undefeated forthe 2000-01 season. UW posted a 5-0 home record against non-conferenceopponents this season. It is the second consecutive season that Wyoming hasbeen undefeated at home in non-conference competition. The Cowboys havedefeated the last 17 consecutive non-conference opponents to visit theArena-Auditorium. UW head coach Steve McClain has posted a 17-1 (.944) homerecord in non-conference games at UW.
*The Cowboys improved their home winning streak to 10 games withtheir 72-65 victory over Wichita State on Dec. 30, 2000. The winning streakdates back to a 93-87 home victory over San Diego State on Jan. 29, 2000.
*A balanced attack has been a key attribute for the Wyoming Cowboysthus far in the 2000-01 season. All five Wyoming starters scored in doublefigures in an 81-73 road win over Akron on Dec. 23, 2000. The five startersand their scoring totals versus Akron were: Ugo Udezue (14 points), JoshDavis (10 points), Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (16 points), Chris McMillian (11points) and Marcus Bailey (12 points).
*For the season, Wyoming has had eight different individuals scorein double figures during this season.
*Junior forward Ugo Udezue recorded his first double-double of theseason when he scored 14 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Akron onDec. 23, 2000. It was the 10th double-double of his career. The juniorreceived a medical hardship a year ago after undergoing knee surgery. Hehas slowly been playing himself back into form, and is currently averaging7.1 points and 5.8 rebounds per game.
*Wyoming junior point guard Chris McMillian started his 70thconsecutive game in Wyoming's 72-65 victory over Wichita State on Dec. 30,2000.

Wyoming Cowboys' Season CapsuleWyoming's 2000-01 Record:       9-2 (.818)Wyoming's 2000-01 MWC Record:   0-0 (-----) in the MWCLast Time Out for Wyoming:        Wyoming defeated Wichita State 72-65 on Dec. 30, 2000,in Laramie, Wyo.Current Win/Loss Streak:        Won 2UW Head Coach (Alma Mater):     Steve McClain(Chadron St.'84)McClain's Overall Record:       46-24 (.657), 3rd seasonMcClain's Record at Wyoming:    SameLetterwinners Returning/Lost:   5/9Starters Returning/Lost:        4/2 (Including one from 98-99)1999-00 Record:                 19-12, 8-6 T4th in MWC1999-00 Postseason:        Defeated Colorado State 74-68 in the MWC Tournament        Lost at UNLV 92-97 in the MWC Tournament

UW Series Record vs. LSU: Wyoming trails 0-2UW Record versus in Laramie: Never played in LaramieUW Record versus on the Road: Never played in Baton RougeUW Record versus at Neutral Sites: Wyoming trails 0-2Last Meeting versus: Wyoming lost to LSU 86-103 in Honolulu, Hawai'i, on Nov. 27, 1999

UW Series Record vs. Utah: Wyoming trails 66-80UW Record versus in Laramie: Wyoming leads 42-27UW Record versus on the Road: Wyoming trails 22-51UW Record versus at Neutral Sites: Tied at 2-2Last Meeting versus: Wyoming defeated Utah 88-61 in Laramie, Wyo. on Nov. 27, 1999, (Televised on ESPN Big Monday)

LSU Tigers' Season Capsule2000-01 Record: 8-1 (.889)2000-01 Conference Record: 0-0 (.000) in the Southeastern ConferenceLast Time Out: LSU defeated Oregon State 78-68 on Dec. 28, 2000, in New Orleans, La.University Location: Baton Rouge, La.Current Win/Loss Streak: Won 2Head Coach (Alma Mater): John Brady (Belhaven '76)Coach's Overall Record: 146-117 (.555), 10th seasonCoach's Record at School: 57-40 (.588), 4th seasonLettermen Returning/Lost: 10/2Starters Returning/Lost: 3/21999-00 Record: 28-6, 12-4 1st in the SEC1999-00 Postseason: Defeated Vanderbilt 71-60 in the SEC Tournament Lost to Arkansas 67-69 in the SEC Tournament Defeated SE Missouri State 64-61 in the NCAA Tournament Defeated Texas 72-67 in the NCAA Tournament Lost to Wisconsin 48-61 in the Sweet 16 of the NCAAsGames Prior to Playing Wyoming: None

Cowboy Injury Report: Entering this week,senior Brett McFall is the onlyinjured player on the Wyoming roster.Player Injury and StatusBrett McFall Injured left foot Didn't play vs. Wichita St. Will not play at LSU

Utah Utes' Season Capsule2000-01 Record: 7-6 (.538)2000-01 Conference Record: 0-0 (.000) in the MWCLast Time Out: Utah lost to Texas 59-70 on Dec. 30, 2000, in Austin, TexasUniversity Location: Salt Lake City, UtahCurrent Win/Loss Streak: Lost 1Head Coach (Alma Mater): Rick Majerus (Marquette '70)Coach's Overall Record: 360-125 (.742), 17th season*Coach's Record at School: 261-73 (.781), 12th season*Lettermen Returning/Lost: 4/6Starters Returning/Lost: 1/41999-00 Record: 23-9, 10-4 Tie 1st in MWC1999-00 Postseason: Defeated Air Force 74-65 in the MWC Tournament Lost to BYU 54-58 in the MWC Tournament Defeated Saint Louis 48-45 in the NCAA Tournament Lost to Michigan State 61-73 in the NCAA TournamentGames Prior to Playing Wyoming: vs. Long Beach State, Jan. 3, 2001, in Salt Lake City, Utah*Coach Majerus's records were as of thebeginning of this season

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