Jan. 24, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
It is what a rivalry is all about! The Wyoming Cowboys and Colorado State Rams meet for the 203rd time on Wednesday, Jan. 25 in Fort Collins, Colo., at 7:00 p.m., Mountain Time.
In four out of the last five meetings in Fort Collins, the games have gone to overtime, and the average margin of victory in the last 20 meetings between the two archrivals has been 5.3 points. UW has won 11 of the last 20 meetings - CSU has won nine.
Wyoming will enter the game 10-8, 3-2 in the Mountain West Conference. CSU is 12-6, 1-4 in conference play this season. The series dates back to 1911, and for the last 61 consecutive seasons the two teams have played uninterrupted in the annual "Border War".
While Wyoming leads the overall series 121-81, but since 1968, when CSU joined the Western Athletic Conference the border rivalry has been one of the closest contested rivalries in the country. The two teams met 62 times as members of the WAC from the 1968-69 season through the 1998-99 season. In those 62 meetings, Wyoming won 31 and CSU won 31.
Since the 1999-2000 season, when the Cowboys and Rams became founding members of the Mountain West Conference, Wyoming has won nine of 14 meetings. In WAC play, 75 percent of the meetings were decided by 10 points or less. In MWC play, 12 of the 14 meetings, or 84.6 percent, have been decided by 10 points or less.
This year's teams both rank among the Top 10 teams in the country in blocked shots. Wyoming ranks No. 4 in the NCAA in blocks, while CSU ranks No. 7.
The game will also feature two of the Mountain West Conference's top big men. Wyoming's senior forward Justin Williams is leading the nation in blocks, averaging 6.0 blocks per game. He is also one of only two players in the MWC averaging a double-double this season. Williams is averaging 11.3 points and 10.5 rebounds per game. CSU sophomore forward Jason Smith is averaging 16.6 points and 7.1 rebounds per game. Williams was the MWC Defensive Player of the Year last season. Smith was the MWC Freshman of the Year a year ago.
The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:00 p.m., Mountain Time, from CSU's Moby Arena. There is no television coverage of Wednesday's game, but as always the Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast the game live on radio beginning with the pregame show at 6:30 p.m.