Feb. 3, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The second half of the 2006 Mountain West Conference schedule begins Saturday for the Wyoming Cowboys on the road in Las Vegas. Wyoming (11-10, 4-4 in the MWC) will face the UNLV Runnin' Rebels (12-8, 6-2 in the conference) at 8 p.m., Mountain Time on Saturday, Feb. 4 in the Thomas & Mack Center.
Saturday's game will be televised live by SportsWest TV. In the state of Wyoming, the game will be carried on SportsWest affiliate KTWO-TV of Casper, Wyo. The game will also be available on a subscription basis on ESPN FullCourt.
Wyoming enters Saturday's game in fifth place in the conference race. UNLV is tied for second place with Air Force. Earlier this season, UNLV won in Laramie, 88-77.
Two of the Mountain West's top freshmen will be featured in Saturday's game. Since the beginning of conference play, Wyoming freshman guard Brandon Ewing is ranked No. 3 in the MWC in scoring, averaging 17.0 points per game against conference opponents. UNLV freshman guard, Jo'Van Adams ranks No. 10 in the league in scoring, averaging 13.5 points per contest versus MWC opponents.
Whether or not Cowboy senior Justin Williams will play on Saturday will be a game-time decision. Williams missed last Wednesday's home game against Utah due to re-injuring his left ankle against San Diego State on Jan. 28.
One Cowboy who definitely won't play for the remainder of the 2005-06 season is junior center Daaron Brown. Brown re-injured his lower back in the Utah game last Wednesday. Brown's injury is to multiple discs in his lower back. He had an MRI on Thursday, Feb. 2 and met with University of Wyoming team physicians the morning of Friday, Feb. 3. Brown is expected to undergo surgery later this month.
The Compton, Calif., native played 15 minutes against Utah on Wednesday, prior to re-injuring his back. On the season, Brown has appeared in 19 of 21 games for the Cowboys, starting five of those 19 games.
He is in his first season as a member of the Cowboy Basketball program after transferring from Compton Community College in Compton, Calif.
The Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast Saturday's game on its 25-station network, beginning with the pregame show at 7:30 p.m., Mountain Time.
Wyoming will return home next week to host TCU on Wednesday, Feb. 8 in Laramie. That game is scheduled for 7 p.m. There won't be any television coverage of next Wednesday's Wyoming-TCU game.