LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team seeks a measure of revenge when Nevada visits the Arena-Auditorium on Wednesday at 7 p.m. MT. The Cowboys (10-9, 3-3 MW) suffered a close 71-68 loss to the Wolf Pack (10-7, 2-3 MW) on Jan. 2 in Reno, Nev. Wyoming is 3-1 since then, though, to sit tied for fifth in the conference standings, while Nevada is 1-2 for seventh.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or online at GoWYO.com. Fans can follow live stats, audio and video of the contest through the gameday central page on GoWYO.com. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network.
A Look at the Matchup
Head coach Larry Shyatt and the Pokes are tied for fifth at 10-9 overall and 3-3 in the league after a 70-68 win at New Mexico last Saturday. With the Pokes down six just seven minutes into the second half, Wyoming scored a 22-7 run that put the Cowboys in front 62-53 with five minutes left. The Lobos would make a late run to cut the lead to one with 26 seconds left, but free throws would break Wyoming's 12-straight losses to UNM in the building. The Pokes shot 42 percent (21-of-50) from the field and 39 percent (12-of-31) from deep to tie season highs in three-pointers made and attempted. New Mexico connected on 49 percent (26-of-53) and 14 percent (1-of-7) beyond the arc to set a season low for a Cowboy foe in threes made and threes attempted. The Lobos earned a 39-27 advantage on the boards and 42-12 in points in the paint, but the two squads combined for 49 fouls. Wyoming's 25 fouls were a season high, but their seven turnovers were their second fewest this season. On the season, Wyoming averages 69.3 points on 43 percent from the field and 36 percent from deep. The Cowboys' 9.1 threes per game rank second in the MW and 31st in the NCAA, while their 36 percent from deep is second in the conference. Their 74 percent at the free-throw line is second in the league and 42nd in the nation. Defensively, Wyoming allows 69.2 points on 42 and 31 percent, respectively. The Cowboys limit opponents to 31 percent beyond the arc for second in the MW and 58th in the NCAA. Wyoming's 17.8 fouls per game are second in the conference and 70th nationally.
First-year head coach Eric Musselman and Nevada are tied for seventh in the MW at 10-7 overall and 2-3 in conference play. The Wolf Pack is 1-2 since playing the Pokes, including most recently a 74-67 home loss to Boise State last Wednesday. The Broncos led 63-49 with four minutes to play, but Nevada went on an 11-0 run to pull within three with one minute left. That would be as close as the Wolf Pack would get, though. Both teams shot 40 percent from the field and 25 percent from deep, but the Broncos claimed a 42-38 advantage on the boards. Overall, Nevada's 78.2 points per game are second in the MW, thanks in part to 13.2 offensive rebounds per game which are second in the league and 44th in the nation. The Wolf Pack shoots 44 percent from the field and 32 percent beyond the arc. Defensively, Nevada allows 72.5 points per game, but is second in the MW and 41st in the NCAA allowing opponents 40 percent from the field and 32 percent from deep. Nevada's 6.5 blocks per game pace the conference and rank fifth in the NCAA, while its 28.1 defensive rebounds are first and 39th, respectively.
Each Team's Leaders
Senior guard Josh Adams was back to his old ways with a career-high 38 points at New Mexico last Saturday, including seven threes, for his fifth 30-point effort this season. His 24.7 points per game are first in the MW and sixth in the NCAA, while his 2.9 threes per game rank first and 37th, respectively. He also paces the Pokes at 5.5 rebounds and 3.7 assists per game. Junior guard Jason McManamen chipped in 10 points versus the Lobos and now has reached double-figure points in nine of UW's last 10 contests. He averages 12.2 points, while his team-best 42 percent from deep and 2.4 triples per game are both second in the MW. Sophomore forward Hayden Dalton made his first career start at New Mexico and hauled in a career-high eight rebounds to go with five points. He averages 4.3 points and 3.8 boards per game. Sophomore guard Jeremy Lieberman sparked the Pokes in the second half against the Lobos with a personal 7-0 run, as he contributes 2.8 points and 1.4 rebounds. Sophomore forward Jonathan Barnes is UW's other probable starter at 2.2 points and 1.6 boards per game.
Senior guard Marqueze Coleman paces four Nevada players in double figures at 17.9 points per game, which ranks fourth in the MW. His 44 percent from the field is seventh in the league, while his team-high 4.1 assists are fourth. He notched 17 points, seven rebounds and eight assists against the Broncos. Junior guard D.J. Fenner posted 15 points versus Boise State and adds 12.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.1 assists per contest. Freshman forward Cameron Oliver is Nevada's leading rebounder at 7.1 per game to go with 10.5 points. His 2.5 blocks per game lead the MW and rank 21st in the NCAA, while his rebounds are eighth in the league. Senior guard Tyron Criswell is Nevada's other double-figure scorer at 10.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. Freshman guard Lindsey Drew contributes 5.4 points and 4.3 rebounds, while his 1.8 steals per contest are second in the conference.
About the Series
The Pokes have dominated the all-time series with the Wolf Pack, 13-3, including 7-1 in Laramie. The Wolf Pack won the last meeting between the two, though, with a 71-68 home win on Jan. 2 in Reno, Nev. Trailing by eight with five minutes left, the Cowboys sparked a comeback with threes to pull within one at 65-64 with 44 seconds remaining. The Wolf Pack would respond with a three of their own with 20 seconds left to extend the lead back to four and forced a late Pokes turnover for the win. Adams had 26 points.
Wyoming hosts Boise State on Saturday at 2 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium.