Jan. 22, 2008
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wednesday night the Wyoming Cowboy basketball team travels to Las Vegas, Nev., for the 35th meeting versus the Runnin' Rebels. The game is set to tip off at 8:30 p.m., Mountain Time (7:30 p.m., Pacific) from the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. Wyoming is still looking for its first Mountain West Conference victory of the season as the Cowboys will bring a 6-10 overall record and an 0-4 conference mark into Wednesday night's contest. UNLV is 13-4 for the season and 2-1 in MWC play. The game will be televised live on The Mtn. The Cowboy Sports Network will also broadcast the game on radio beginning at 8 p.m., Mountain Time with the pregame show.
A number of streaks have marked the series history between Wyoming and UNLV since 2000. During the 2000 and 2001 Mountain West Conference seasons, UNLV won four games in a row. Then in the 2002 and 2003 conference seasons, Wyoming won four in a row. In the 2006-07 season, the Cowboys captured an 86-76 victory in one overtime in Laramie on Jan. 10. That win broke a UNLV seven-game winning streak that included UNLV sweeping the regular-season series in 2004, `05 and `06 and also capturing an MWC Tournament win in the 2005 campaign.
UNLV began a new streak by defeating Wyoming in the most recent meeting between the two schools on Feb. 10, 2007, where the Rebels won by 10 points, 80-70, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Wyoming has lost its last four games versus UNLV in Las Vegas. The last time UW defeated the Rebels in Vegas was Feb. 1, 2003, by a score of 90-80.
Wyoming did capture a win in the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas over Air Force in the quarterfinals of last year's Mountain West Conference Tournament. The Cowboys defeated Air Force, 67-62.
Wyoming and UNLV have played three common opponents this season -- Montana State, UTEP and Air Force. Wyoming lost close games to all three of those common opponents: by seven to Montana State in the Wyoming Shootout in Casper, Wyo.; by six to UTEP on the road in the championship game of the Sun Bowl Tournament; and by two in overtime at home to Air Force.
UNLV defeated Montana State and UTEP in games played in Las Vegas, and lost on the road at the Air Force Academy.
Later this week, Wyoming will return home to host Colorado State on Saturday, Jan. 26 in a 2 p.m. game in the Arena-Auditorium.