Wyoming and New Mexico Play for 111th Time on Saturday

Jan. 13, 2006


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One of the great rivalries in college basketball will be renewed for the 111th time this Saturday when the Wyoming Cowboys and New Mexico Lobos play each other in a 1:00 p.m. game from Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium.

Both teams enter Saturday's game in a four-way tie for second place in the Mountain West Conference with 2-1 records. Air Force and San Diego State are the other two MWC teams currently tied for second. Wyoming is 9-7 overall. New Mexico is 11-5.

Wyoming has won the last eight consecutive home games versus New Mexico. The last time the Lobos won in Laramie was 11 years ago on Feb. 18, 1995, by a score of 62-61.

Since Steve McClain has been head coach of the Cowboys, Wyoming is 9-3 versus UNM.

The Wyoming-New Mexico series dates back to Dec. 18, 1950. The two teams have played 110 times, with Wyoming leading the overall series 60-50.

From the 1951-52 season through the 1995-96 campaign, the Cowboys and Lobos played each other for 45 consecutive seasons.

UW and UNM didn't play in the 1996-97 nor the 1998-99 season due to the rotation of divisions in the then 16-team Western Athletic Conference. The two schools were founding members of the WAC back in the fall of 1962, and were founding members of the Mountain West Conference in 1999.

Saturday's game will be televised by ESPN+Plus. In the state of Wyoming, the ESPN+Plus affiliates are KWYF-TV of Casper,Wyo., and KLWY-TV of Cheyenne, Wyo. The game will also be available on a subscription basis on ESPN FullCourt.

As with all Wyoming Cowboy games, the 25-station Cowboy Sports Network will carry the game on radio beginning one-half hour before gametime with the pregame show.