Wyoming and Utah Play for the 160th Time This Saturday

Jan. 19, 2007


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This Saturday's Wyoming-Utah men's basketball game will mark the 160th meeting between the Cowboys and Utes. The series dates back to Jan. 23, 1925, when Wyoming defeated Utah 31-29 in Salt Lake City. Saturday's game will tip off at 1 p.m., Mountain Time.

Wyoming will enter this week's contest with an 11-7 overall record for the 2006-07 season. UW is 2-2 in Mountain West Conference play this season. The Utes are 6-12 overall and 1-4 in the MWC. Utah's one conference win came this past Tuesday when they upset the No. 11 ranked Air Force Falcons by a score of 85-79 in Salt Lake City.

The Utes lead the overall series versus Wyoming 88-71, and they hold a 9-6 advantage in Mountain West Conference meetings versus the Pokes.

The last time the Cowboys and Utes met on the basketball court was March 10, 2006, in Denver, Colo. The meeting took place in the semifinals of the 2006 Mountain West Conference Tournament.

Wyoming entered the 2006 MWC Tournament as the No. 7 seed. Utah was the No. 6 seed. The Cowboys upset No. 2 seed Air Force, 57-55, to earn their way to the semifinal round.

The Utes upset intrastate rival No. 3 seed BYU, 74-70, to advance to the semifinals.

Despite the fact that Utah had swept the regular-season series against Wyoming last season, the tournament game was all Cowboys. Wyoming led 27-19 at halftime, and outscored the Utes 33-28 in the second half to capture a 13-point victory, 60-47.

Wyoming was led by current Cowboys Brad Jones and Brandon Ewing, who scored 20 and 17 points, respectively. Former Poke Justin Williams, a senior last year, scored 10 points, grabbed 15 rebounds and blocked 12 shots to record a triple double.

Utah's leading scorer was current Ute Luke Nevill, who scored 17 points and pulled down 9 rebounds against the Cowboys.

UW advanced to the MWC Championship Game where it took regular-season champion and No. 1 seed San Diego State to overtime before losing 64-69.

Saturday's 160th meeting will feature six of the Mountain West Conference's Top 20 scorers this season. Here are the Cowboys and Utes ranked among the league leaders.

Wyoming Cowboys, MWC Rank in Scoring
Brandon Ewing, No. 1, 21.2 points per game
Brad Jones, No. 9, 16.0 ppg
James Spencer, No. 17, 12.6 ppg

Utah Utes, MWC Rank in Scoring
Luke Nevill, No. 4, 17.3 ppg
Johnnie Bryant, No. 10, 15.9 ppg
Shaun Green, No. 16, 12.6 ppg

Ewing scored his 800th career point as a Wyoming Cowboy this past week when he scored 22 points at BYU. Ewing currently has scored 804 career points, and he is only halfway through his sophomore season. The Chicago native has scored 381 points this season, and scored 423 as a true freshman in the 2005-06 season.

It was a career night for Wyoming senior center Daaron Brown when the Cowboys played BYU this past Tuesday.

Brown scored a career high 22 points and grabbed a career best 18 rebounds versus the Cougars. Brown's 22 points marked the first 20-point scoring game of his career. His previous career bests were 19 points, on two previous occasions, and 14 rebounds at Wisconsin-Milwaukee earlier this season.

Wyoming and Utah have played three common opponents to date. Those common opponents were Colorado, UNLV and Air Force. Here are how the Cowboys and Utes have fared against those common opponents.

Common Opponent / Wyoming vs. (2-1) / Utah vs. (1-2)
Colorado / W 76-73 in Boulder, Colo. / L 59-60 in Salt Lake City, Utah
UNLV / W 86-76 (1ot) in Laramie, Wyo. / L 94-97 (2ot) in Las Vegas, Nev.
Air Force / L 56-58 in Laramie, Wyo. / W 85-79 in Salt Lake City, Utah

Saturday's game will be televised live regionally on "the mtn." network, beginning at 1 p.m.. As with all Cowboy Basketball games, the game will also be broadcast on radio on the Cowboy Sports Network, starting with the pregame show one-half hour before tipoff.