Jan. 30, 2012
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team continues the road portion of its 2012-12 season by traveling to Fort Worth, Texas, on Wednesday for a 6 p.m. showdown with Mountain West foe TCU. The Cowboys (17-4, 3-2) currently have a four-game winning streak on the road, their longest since winning five in a row during 1990-91, but are just 1-7 all-time in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs (12-8, 2-3) are 9-2 in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum this season and now look to climb back into the conference race with another home win.
Fans can follow live stats and live audio of Wyoming's game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on WyomingAthletics.com. The contest will be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network and televised on The Mtn.
A Look at the Matchup
The Pokes are coming off a dominant 75-64 win at Boise State last Saturday, during which Wyoming led wire-to-wire to earn its fourth-straight road win. The streak is UW's longest since winning five in a row on the road in 1990-91. The Cowboys shot season highs of 65 percent from the field and 57 percent beyond the arc and held the Broncos to just 16 rebounds. The victory kept Wyoming in a third-place tie with New Mexico and Colorado State at 3-2 in the conference standings. UNLV and San Diego State lead the MW at 4-1. Although the Cowboys have slipped in the national rankings in field goal percentage defense, the Pokes continue to force opponents off the three-point line and into taking tough two-point shots. Wyoming is fourth in scoring defense (53.6 ppg) in the latest NCAA rankings, 28th in field goal percentage defense (39.3) and 34th in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.2). Two of the three marks lead the MW. The Cowboy offense came to life against Boise State and has been executing well during conference play. UW ranks 11th in the NCAA in free throw percentage (76.2), 22nd in turnover margin (+3.5) and 53rd in field goal percentage (47.0). All five Cowboy starters shot at least 50 percent against BSU.
TCU dropped a 71-54 game at New Mexico last Saturday to enter the week just below Wyoming in the MW standings at 2-3 in conference play and 12-8 overall. The Horned Frogs trailed by five early in the second half, but the Lobos rattled off a 12-0 run to take control of the game for the win. Fourth-year head coach Jim Christian and TCU began the conference season with two-straight losses, but have won two of their last three thanks to home wins over Boise State, 54-52, and Air Force, 59-56. The Horned Frogs are sixth in the MW in scoring offense at 71.2 points per game and allow 69.7 for seventh in scoring defense. TCU is second in turnover margin at plus 2.7, but that is the only category they rank in the top three in the MW in. The Horned Frogs are fourth in assists (13.7) and offensive rebounds (11.0) per game, while ranking fifth in steals (7.2). TCU has a minus 1.4 rebounding margin.
Each Team's Leaders
Redshirt junior guard Luke Martinez was Wyoming's leading scorer against Boise State, but it was an all-around team effort for the Cowboys. Senior guard Francisco Cruz added 16 points and is averaging 12.1 points and 1.9 assists per game, while redshirt junior forward Leonard Washington contributed 10 points to average 12.7 points on the season. Washington ranks in the top 10 of seven different MW categories, while Martinez leads the conference in threes per game at 2.8. Senior guard JayDee Luster continued to rack up the assists with five against the Broncos and currently sits sixth in the nation in assist-turnover ratio at 3.0. Senior center Adam Waddell rounds out UW's probable starters after grabbing six rebounds versus BSU. Freshmen Larry Nance Jr. and Riley Grabau both added eight points off the bench against the Broncos.
Senior guards Hank Thorns and J.R. Cadot lead the way for the Horned Frogs. Thorns ranks eight in the MW in scoring (13.2), fourth in assists (4.6) and sixth in three-pointers made (1.9) per game. Cadot is fourth in rebounds (6.8), including third in offensive rebounds (2.5), and 10th in blocks (0.7) per game, while averaging 10.1 points. Junior guard/forward Garlon Green contributes 10.5 points and 3.3 rebounds per game thanks to a team-high 85 percent from the free throw line. Freshman guard Kyan Anderson and senior forward Craig Williams round out TCU's probable starters at 7.7 and 6.7 points per game, respectively. Sophomore forward Amric Fields scored 16 off the bench against New Mexico and averages 10.3 points per game. Cadot added 15 points and nine rebounds versus the Lobos, while Thorns had six assists. Nine Horned Frogs have started at least one game this season.
About the Series
The Horned Frogs have been a thorn in Wyoming's side the past several years. The Cowboys trail the all-time series 8-10 and are just 3-7 versus TCU in the last 10 meetings. The series has been dominated by the home team, as UW has a 1-7 all-time mark in Fort Worth. TCU ended UW's season last year with a 70-61 victory over the Pokes in the opening round of the Mountain West tournament.
Wyoming returns to Laramie to face No. 11/13 UNLV on Saturday at 2 p.m. Cowboy fans are encouraged to pack the Arena-Auditorium for the game, as UW attempts to break the 10,000 attendance mark for the first time since 2005.