Wyoming and BYU Meet for 167th Time

Feb. 1, 2008


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The Wyoming Cowboys (8-11, 2-5 in the Mountain West Conference) will host the Brigham Young Cougars (16-5, 5-1 in the MWC) on Saturday in the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie. The game is scheduled to tip off at 2 p..m. The game will be televised live on The Mtn. and will be broadcast on radio by the Cowboy Sports Network. The radio broadcast will begin at 1:30 p.m.

The Wyoming-BYU series is a long and rich one. The two schools first played each other in basketball on Dec. 16, 1929, with BYU winning 47-25 in Provo, Utah. This season marks the 79th anniversary of that first meeting.

This week's meeting will be the 167th in basketball, with Wyoming trailing in the series 69-97.

Since the 1937-38 season, the two schools have played every year but two -- the 1943-44 season Wyoming didn't have a team due to World War II and in the 1998-99 season the two didn't meet due to the rotating schedule of the 16-team Western Athletic Conference.

Wyoming has won six of the last 10 meetings in Laramie. BYU has won the last two meetings in Laramie, but both games have come down to the wire. Last year on Feb. 6, 2007, the Cougars snuck by with a narrow four-point win (77-73). The previous season on Feb. 18, 2006, BYU won by six points (74-68). The last time Wyoming won in Laramie was Jan. 17, 2005, by 12 points (83-71).

Wyoming has won its last two games of the season -- at home over Colorado State on Saturday, Jan. 26 (73-58), and on the road this past Wednesday, Jan. 30 at Utah (69-64). That marks the first time this season that the Cowboys have won two consecutive games. BYU currently has a four-game winning streak.

Saturday's game will feature the Mountain West Conference's highest scoring backcourt -- the Wyoming Cowboys -- versus the MWC's highest scoring frontcout -- the BYU Cougars. Wyoming's starting backcourt of junior Brandon Ewing and senior Brad Jones rank No. 2 and No. 15 in the league in scoring. Ewing is averaging 17.7 points per game, while Jones is averaging 12.8 points for a combined 30.5 points per game -- better than any other starting backcourt in the Mountain West.

BYU's starting frontcourt of juniors Lee Cummard (forward) and Trent Plaisted (center), along with sophomore Jonathan Tavernari (foward) are ranked No. 3, No. 7 and No.13, respectively, in scoring. Cummard averages 15.9 points. Plaisted averages 15.0 and Tavernari averages 13.5. That is a combined 44.4 points per game -- better than any starting frontcourt in the MWC.

University of Wyoming head basketball coach Heath Schroyer and his coaching staff, along with the BYU coaching staff, will be making a unique fashion statement on Saturday. The two coaching staffs will be wearing sneakers with their suits.

Suits and Sneakers weekend is held every February to support the Coaches vs. Cancer program, a joint effort by the American Cancer Society and the National Association of Basketball Coaches. The goals of the program are to raise awareness and funds to fight cancer.

Since the Coaches vs. Cancer program began in 1993, more than 500 basketball coaches across the country have raised nearly $40 million to help fight cancer and provide hope to all people facing the disease.

For more information about the American Cancer Society and the Coaches vs. Cancer program, call 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.coachesvscancer.org.