The Hardwood Border War: Cowboys and Rams to Square Off for the 207th Time

Jan. 25, 2008


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This Saturday in Laramie, the Wyoming Cowboys (6-11 overall, 0-5 in the Mountain West Conference) and Colorado State Rams (6-12, 0-4 in the MWC) will meet for the 207th time in "The Border War". Tip-off is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium. Throughout recent history, the Cowboys and Rams have had one of the closest series in college basketball. Fifteen of 18 MWC meetings, or 83.3 percent, have been decided by 10 points or less, with Wyoming leading the MWC series 11-7.

But "The Border War" series began long before the Mountain WestConference. In fact, the series dates back to Jan. 27, 1911. Wyoming holds a 40-game advantage over its border rival Colorado State. The Cowboys lead in the overall series 123-83.

The game will be televised live on CSTV. The Cowboy Sports Network will also broadcast the game on radio beginning at 1:30 p.m., Mountain Time with the pregame show.

Wyoming lost to Colorado State in the last meeting between the two schools, 86-68, on Feb. 24, 2007, in Fort Collins, Colo.

Saturday's game will feature the MWC's two leading scorers this season --Wyoming junior guard Brandon Ewing and Colorado State junior guard MarcusWalker.

Ewing is the MWC's defending scoring champion. A year ago as a sophomore, he led the conference with a 19.9 point-per-game average. This year, Ewing is averaging 17.5 points per game to rank second behind CSU'sWalker.

Walker is in his first season playing for the Rams. He transferred toColorado State from Indian Hills Community College in Ottumwa, Iowa. Walker currently leads the MWC in scoring, averaging 17.6 points per game -- one tenth of a percentage point ahead of Ewing.

Ewing has scored 297 points this season in 17 games. Walker has scored316 in 18 games.

A key to Wyoming's success this year seems to be their team defense. When the Wyoming Cowboys have been able to hold their opponents to under 70 points, the Pokes are 5-1 this season. The only Cowboy opponent to score less than 70 points and win was Air Force. The Falcons defeated UW 64-62 in overtime earlier this season. When UW allows its opponents to score 70 or more points, UW is only 1-10. The one time that a Wyoming opponent scored 70 or more and lost the the Pokes was Lamar. UW defeated Lamar on the road by the score of 75-71.