Feb. 5, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The second half of the Mountain West Conference basketball season will begin on Saturday night for the Wyoming Cowboys, as they will travel to Fort Collins, Colo. to take on Colorado State in the 213th "Border War". The game will begin at 7 p.m. from CSU's Moby Arena and will be televised live by The Mtn.
The Pokes will be looking to avenge a home loss to the Rams in this season's first meeting. CSU beat the Cowboys 83-73 back on Jan. 6. The Cowboys have won back-to-back meetings in Moby Arena, winning 82-79 last year and 77-67 in 2008.
The Cowboys, who are currently 9-13 overall and 2-6 in the Mountain West Conference, will be looking for their first road win of the season on Saturday.
Colorado State enters this weekend with a 13-9 overall record and a 4-4 league mark. The Rams are coming off of a road win over Utah, 65-50, this past Wednesday.
Wyoming's Leaders: Through the first half of conference play, the Pokes have been led in scoring by sophomore Adam Waddell (11.6 ppg), redshirt sophomore JayDee Luster (9.1 ppg), freshman Desmar Jackson (9.0 ppg) and junior Djibril Thiam (7.9 ppg).
Waddell, who leads the team with 6.2 rebounds a game, currently ranks No. 5 in the MWC in rebounding. Luster ranks fourth in the league with 4.5 assists per game.
Colorado State's Leaders: The Rams' roster features three different players who are scoring in double figures on average. They are led by freshman guard Dorian Green (13.0 ppg), junior forward Andy Ogide (11.4 ppg) and junior forward Travis Franklin (10.7 ppg).
Ogide is the Rams' leading rebounder with 5.8 per game, while Green is their leading assist man with 2.2 per game.
Series Notes: The Cowboys, who have won four of the last six meetings, lead the all-time series 127-85. With back-to-back wins in Fort Collins over the past two seasons, the Cowboys have posted a record of 49-45 on the road in the series.
Fabulous Freshmen Face Off: Saturday's game will feature two of the top freshmen in the MWC, Wyoming's Desmar Jackson and CSU's Dorian Green. Jackson is currently the fifth best freshman scorer in the MWC with an average of 8.9 points per game. Green is the MWC's best freshman scorer with an average of 13.0 points a game.
Up Next: Wyoming will remain on the road, as the Cowboys will travel to San Diego State next Wednesday. After beating the Aztecs in Laramie last month, the Cowboys will face the Aztecs on their home floor of Viejas Arena. The game is set to begin at 8:30 p.m. (MT) and will be televised by The Mtn.