Feb. 19, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
This Saturday afternoon, the Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will host its' first top-25 team since the 2006-07 season in No. 16/14 ranked BYU. The game will begin at 4 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium and will be televised live by The Mtn.
The Cowboys have upset six of the last seven top-25 teams that have traveled to Laramie, dating back to the 1995-96 season. The Cowboys had beaten six in a row until No. 15 Air Force beat the Cowboys at the buzzer on Jan. 13, 2007. That game against AFA marked UW's last home game against a top-25 team.
The Cowboys (9-17 overall and 2-10 in the Mountain West Conference) will be looking to end a six-game losing streak on Saturday.
In addition to a No. 16/14 national ranking (AP/ESPN and USA Today Coaches' Polls), BYU is currently in sole possession of second place in the MWC. The Cougars (24-3 overall, 9-2 in the MWC) have won two straight games and four of their last five. At 24-3, the current BYU team has tied with their 1987-88 team for the best record in school history through 27 games.
Earlier this season, the Cowboys fell on the road to BYU 81-66. BYU led by eight at halftime and extended that lead before the Cowboys brought the game to 10 points with 7:30 left. The Cowboys couldn't get any closer and lost by 15 points. The game was the last of the season for Cowboy Afam Muojeke, as he injured his knee during the first half.
Wyoming's Leaders: True freshman Desmar Jackson has been the Cowboys' go-to guy over the past seven games. Over that stretch, he has averaged 16.3 points a game. He is currently the fifth best scoring freshman in the MWC with 9.9 points per game.
Despite struggling with a sore right knee and left ankle, sophomore Adam Waddell continues to be the Pokes leading scorer and rebounder. Waddell is currently averaging 10.1 points and 6.0 rebounds a game. He ranks No. 6 in the MWC in rebounding.
Junior Djibril Thiam has scored in double figures in three straight games. On the year, he is averaging 9.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 0.9 blocks per game.
BYU's Leaders: BYU is led by junior guard Jimmer Fredette, who is the leading scorer in the MWC and the 15th best scorer in the nation with 21.5 points per game. Fredette also ranks second in the league in assists with 5.0 per game.
Behind Fredette, three other Cougars are averaging double figures including junior guard Jackson Emery (12.3 ppg), freshman guard Tyler Haws (11.4 ppg) and senior forward Jonathan Tavernari (10.3 ppg). Sophomore forward Noah Hartsock is BYU's leading rebounder with 5.0 per game.
Series Notes: Saturday's meeting will be the 172nd between Wyoming and BYU in basketball. Wyoming trails in the series 69-102. However, the Pokes have posted a 53-31 record in Laramie. UW has won six of the last 12 meetings in Laramie.
Up Next: Wyoming will have a bye next week before returning to action a week from Saturday. On Feb. 27, the Cowboys will play at Utah in a 4 p.m. game from the Huntsman Center. That game will also be televised by The Mtn.