Feb. 9, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
On Wednesday night, the Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will remain on the road as they travel to San Diego, Calif. to take on the San Diego State Aztecs. The game will begin at 8:30 p.m. (MT) at Viejas Arena and will be televised live by The Mtn.
After beating San Diego State earlier this year in Laramie, 85-83, Wyoming will be looking for its first season sweep of the Aztecs since 2006-07. The Cowboys erased a 17-point deficit in that game and made six three pointers over the final 4:12.
The Cowboys are currently 9-14 overall and 2-7 in the Mountain West Conference. They are also looking to snap a three-game losing streak by winning their first road game of the season.
San Diego State saw a modest two-game winning streak end last Saturday at New Mexico. The Aztecs battled the Lobos before falling in overtime, 88-86. The Aztecs are currently 16-7 overall and 5-4 in the MWC. They have won four of their last six overall, and are 10-1 at home this season.
Sophomore Adam Waddell recorded his second career double-double last Saturday at Colorado State. He is currently averaging 10.7 points and 6.3 rebounds a game. He ranks No. 5 in the MWC in rebounding.
True freshman Desmar Jackson has been hot for the Cowboys over the past four games. In fact, he has averaged 17.3 points a game during that stretch. He is currently the fifth best scoring freshman in the MWC with 9.3 points a game.
Redshirt sophomore JayDee Luster, who is a San Diego native, is the Pokes' leading assist man. He is currently averaging 4.6 and ranks No. 4 in the MWC. He has handed out at least four assists in eight of UW's nine MWC games. He is also averaging 8.9 points per league game.
San Diego State's Leaders:
Four of San Diego State's starters are scoring in double figures this season. The Aztecs are led by freshman forward Kawhi Leonard and his 11.8 points a game. He is followed by junior guard D.J. Gay (10.8 ppg), junior forward Malcolm Thomas (10.7 ppg) and junior forward Billy White (10.4 ppg).
Leonard is nearly averaging a double-double, as he is also adding an MWC best 9.6 rebounds per game. The Aztecs are one of the best rebounding teams in the MWC, as they rank No. 1 in opponents' rebounding average (30.8 pg) and No. 2 in rebounding average (38.3 pg).
Wyoming leads the all-time series 37-29. They have posted a record of 11-18 in San Diego. Of the last 37 meetings, 26 have been decided by 10 points or less. The last time the Cowboys won in San Diego was during the 2006-07 season.
Wyoming Tied for No. 19 in the Nation in Steals Per Game:
In this week's NCAA statistics, the Wyoming Cowboys are tied for No. 19 in the nation with 9.0 steals per game. That average is the best in the Mountain West Conference.
Wyoming will return home to host the TCU Horned Frogs this coming Saturday. The Cowboys and Frogs will tip off at 1:30 p.m. from the Arena-Auditorium. The game will be televised live by The Mtn.