Feb. 14, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Wednesday night will mark the 112th meeting in basketball between the Wyoming Cowboys and New Mexico Lobos, and it will also mark the 40th time the two teams have played one another in one of college basketball's most famous arenas "The Pit" in Albuquerque. The game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m., Mountain Time.
Wyoming has enjoyed its share of success in "The Pit", having won there 14 times. If the Cowboys are able to defeat the Lobos this week, they would tie BYU for the most wins by a Lobo opponent in "The Pit" with 15.
Wyoming enters Wednesday's game 12-12 overall and 5-6 in the Mountain West Conference. UW is tied with Utah for sixth place in the conference race. The Pokes trail New Mexico by one game in the conference race. The Lobos are 6-5 in the MWC, and 15-9 overall.
The Cowboys lead the overall series between the two long-time rivals, having won 61 times while UNM has won 50. Since the two teams joined the Mountain West, Wyoming leads in the MWC series 10-3. UW has won three of the last six times it has played in Albuquerque, but New Mexico has won the last two meetings on their home court. The Cowboys defeated the Lobos earlier this season in Laramie by a score of 77-70.
Freshman guard Brandon Ewing has scored 172 points in conference games this season, and is averaging 15.6 points per game in conference play to rank No. 5 in the MWC. He needs only 11 more points to break the MWC freshman scoring record in conference games only. That record is held by former Utah Ute Andrew Bogut, who scored 182 points in conference play when he was a freshman in the 2003-04 season.
Another milestone that is in reach for two Wyoming Cowboys is the 500 career points. Senior Justin Williams will enter Wednesday's game with 499 career points. Junior Steve Leven has scored 484 points in his two-year Wyoming career.
There will be no television coverage of Wednesday's game, but the Cowboy Sports Network will, as always, broadcast the game on radio over its 25-station network. Wednesday night's broadcast will begin at 6:30 p.m.
The Cowboys' next game will be on Saturday, Feb. 18 versus BYU in Laramie. The BYU game on Saturday will tip off at 3 p.m., Mountain Time, and will be televised by SportsWest TV and carried on KTWO-TV of Casper, Wyo.