Cowboy Basketball Will Host No. 8/9 Ranked BYU this Wednesday Night

Feb. 1, 2011


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    The Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will face its second straight top-10 ranked team this Wednesday night as the No. 8/9 BYU Cougars will play in Laramie. The game is set to tip-off at 6 p.m. (Mountain Time) from the Arena-Auditorium and will be televised by The Mtn.

    Cowboys Play Back-to-Back Top-10 Ranked Teams for the First Time Since 2002 NCAA Tournament:
    The Cowboys will play back-to-back games against top-10 ranked teams for the first time since the 2002 NCAA Tournament. Last Saturday, the Cowboys lost at No. 4 San Diego State.
    In the 2002 NCAA Tournament, the Cowboys played No. 6 ranked Gonzaga in the first round and No. 7 ranked Arizona in the second round (AP rankings). The Cowboys beat Gonzaga 73-66 but lost to Arizona 68-60. That Gonzaga win marks the last time the Cowboys defeated a top-25 ranked team. The Pokes have defeated six of the last eight top-25 teams to visit the Arena-Auditorium.

    A Look at the Matchup with BYU:
    The Cowboys (8-13 overall and 1-6 in the Mountain West Conference) are looking to break a five-game losing streak that dates back to a buzzer-beating victory over New Mexico on Jan. 8. The Pokes have been comfortable at home this season and have posted an 8-4 record in the Double A.

    BYU, ranked No. 8 in the AP Poll and No. 9 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll, suffered their second loss of the season this past Saturday at New Mexico. The Cougars are 20-2 overall and 6-1 in MWC play. They are tied with No. 6/7 San Diego State for first place in the league.

    Each Team's Leaders:
    The Cowboys are led by sophomore Desmar Jackson, who is averaging 15.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.25 steals a game. He is one of only three players in the MWC to rank among the top of all three categories, as he currently ranks No. 5 in scoring, No. 2 in steals and No. 16 in rebounding.

    Two other Cowboys are scoring in double figures, senior Djibril Thiam (10.6 ppg) and sophomore Amath M'Baye (10.4 ppg). M'Baye leads the team in rebounding with 5.4 per game.

    BYU is led by the nation's leading scorer and National Player of the Year candidate, senior Jimmer Fredette. Fredette is currently averaging 27.6 points a game. In addition to Fredette, senior guard Jackson Emery is averaging 12.3 points a game and sophomore forward Brandon Davies is averaging 11.6 points a game. Junior forward Noah Hartsock leads the Cougars in rebounding with 6.0 per game.

    Thiam Needs Just One More Block to Join UW's All-Time Top-10 Shot Blockers:
    Senior Djibril Thiam is close to entering his name among the top-10 shot blockers in Wyoming history. During his two and a half-year career, he has blocked 79 shots. He enters Wednesday's game needing just one more block to reach UW's all-time top 10.

    Cowboys and Cougars Will Meet for the 173rd Time:
    Wednesday's meeting will be the 173rd between Wyoming and BYU. Wyoming trails in the series 69-103. The 173 meetings between Wyoming and BYU makes this the second longest series in Wyoming basketball history. The only school UW has played more is Colorado State (214 meetings).

    Tickets to the Game and Special Promotions:
    Tickets to all Wyoming Cowboy basketball games can be purchased online at www. or by calling the UW Athletics Ticket Office at 1-877-WYO-FAN1 (1-877-996-3261) or 307-766-4850.

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