2008 Conference Play Opens With Wyoming Hosting New Mexico

Jan. 4, 2008

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The 2008 Mountain West Conference season will begin the same way the regular season ended in 2007 -- with the Wyoming Cowboys hosting the New Mexico Lobos. The Cowboys and Lobos will face each other on Saturday at 4 p.m. in Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium.

Wyoming hosted New Mexico to end the 2007 MWC regular season. Wyoming won that game 76-67 in Laramie on March 3, 2007.

The Cowboys are 6-6 this season. New Mexico brings a 13-2 record this season into Saturday's 115th meeting between the two Rocky Mountain rivals.

UW enters this Saturday's game versus New Mexico having won the last 10 meetings versus the Lobos in Laramie. The last time Wyoming lost to UNM in Laramie was Feb. 18, 1995, by a score of 61-62.

Since Wyoming and New Mexico became founding members of the Mountain West Conference in the 1999-2000 season, the Cowboys have been able to defend their homecourt very effectively versus the Lobos. Wyoming has won all eight previous meetings between the two teams in Laramie since the two Rocky Mountain rivals have been members of the MWC.

Now in its ninth season in the Mountain West Conference, the University of Wyoming has posted a 5-3 (.625) record in Mountain West Conference openers. This season's MWC opener for the Cowboys will mark the fifth time the Cowboys have opened the Mountain West Conference schedule against New Mexico.

Below are Wyoming's previous MWC openers.
Date, Opponent, Score
Jan. 13, 2000, New Mexico, W 88-83
Jan. 8, 2001, at Utah, L 71-83
Jan. 5, 2002, at UNLV, W 69-59
Jan. 18, 2003, New Mexico, W 85-81
Jan. 12, 2004, New Mexico, W 82-77
Jan. 8, 2005, at New Mexico, L 75-89
Jan. 4, 2006, UNLV, L 77-88
Jan. 3, 2007, at San Diego State, W 66-65
Jan. 5, 2008, New Mexico, 4:00 p.m.

Not only have the Wyoming Cowboys and New Mexico Lobos began Mountain West Conference play against one another five times in the first nine seasons of the MWC, but in four of the first nine seasons the two teams have began league play in Laramie, Wyo. In 2000, 2003, 2004 and now in 2008, Wyoming will host UNM to begin the conference season.

With the start of conference play this week in the Mountain West Conference, fans will see a number of new faces as conference teams come to town. There are five new head coaches in the MWC this season. Wyoming's Heath Schroyer and New Mexico's Steve Alford are two of those new head coaches. Here are the new head coaches in the Mountain West Conference this season: Wyoming, Heath Schroyer (Fomerly an Assistant Coach at Fresno State); Air Force, Jeff Reynolds (Formerly an Assistant Coach at Air Force); Colorado State, Tim Miles (Formerly Head Coach at North Dakota State); New Mexico, Steve Alford (Formerly Head Coach at Iowa); and Utah, Jim Boylen (Formerly an Assistant Coach at Michigan State).

Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium has been a difficult place for MWC opponents to win through the years. In MWC play, Wyoming holds a 40-18 (.690) home record versus Mountain West opponents.

Below is Wyoming's home record versus MWC opponents in the Arena-Auditorium.

Air Force, UW leads 6-2
BYU, Tied at 4-4
CSU, UW leads 6-2
New Mexico, UW leads 8-0
SDSU, UW leads 5-3
TCU, UW leads 2-0
UNLV, Tied at 4-4
Utah, UW leads 5-3

Totals, UW leads 40-18

The Wyoming Cowboys and New Mexico Lobos have played two common non-conference opponents this season. Wyoming and UNM both defeated the Colorado Buffaloes. The Pokes defeated CU 73-64 in Laramie, while New Mexico won in Boulder, Colo., by a 54-47 score. Wyoming lost by six (73-79) at UTEP earlier this season, while UNM is coming off an overtime road win in El Paso earlier this week by a score of 86-85.

Saturday's game will be televised nationally on CSTV, beginning at 4 p.m., Mountain Time. As with all Cowboy games, the Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast the game live on radio beginning one-half hour before tip off.