Jan. 8, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will be looking to rebound from a tough Mountain West Conference opener when they host the red-hot San Diego State Aztecs this Saturday. The game will be begin at 4 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium and will be televised live by The Mtn.
League play began on a sour note for the Cowboys this past Wednesday, as they fell to Colorado State 83-73. The Pokes (7-8 overall and 0-1 in the MWC) will be looking to get back on track against a San Diego State team that has won four straight games and is currently 12-3 overall and 1-0 in the MWC.
Saturday's game between the Cowboys and Aztecs will be the 66th meeting in the series. Wyoming leads the series 36-29 and is 23-6 in games played in Laramie. The Pokes beat the Aztecs last year in Laramie (83-79), but lost in San Diego (70-61).
During the tough loss to Colorado State, there were a few bright spots for Wyoming. None of which were brighter than the play of sophomore Arthur Bouedo. Playing in his first college game, Bouedo scored 15 points in 21 minutes, was 4-for-5 from three-point range and 5-for-8 from the field.
While the Aztecs may be without their top scorer, they will still put four players on the floor who are averaging double figures. Junior forward Billy White (12.3 ppg) is doubtful after suffering an ankle sprain in SDSU's win over New Mexico this past Tuesday. Behind White, junior forward Malcolm Thomas (10.7 ppg), junior guard D.J. Gay (10.5 ppg) and freshman forward Kawhi Leonard (10.2 ppg) are all scoring in double figures on average. Thomas is the team's leading rebounder with 7.7 per game.
San Diego State is coached by Steve Fisher, who is the longest tenured coach in the MWC. Now in his 11th season with the Aztecs, he has guided them to a 185-143 (.564) record. Fisher has posted a career record of 369-225 (.621) through 19 seasons.
The Cowboys will take to the road for the first time in league play this coming Tuesday. They will travel to Fort Worth, Texas to take on TCU at 5:30 p.m. (MT) from Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The game will be televised by The Mtn.