Feb. 20, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys (14-12 overall and 5-7 in the Mountain West Conference) host the Utah Utes (9-16 overall and 4-8 in the MWC) in an important game for both teams entering the final two weeks of the 2006-07 regular season. Wyoming is currently in fifth place in the MWC standings, while Utah is tied with New Mexico for seventh. Wednesday night's game will be the 161st meeting between the Cowboys and Utes. Wyoming trails in the overall series 71-89, but holds a 45-30 advantage in games played in Laramie. The game is scheduled to tip off at 6 p.m., Mountain Time from Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium. The game will be televised by The Mtn. (Mountain West Sports Network).
Earlier this season, Wyoming lost a heartbreaker to Utah in Salt Lake City. The Utes narrowly came away with a 62-60 victory. Wyoming is 10-2 at home this season, while the Utes are 1-8 in road games. Utah's only road win of the season came on Feb. 3 at TCU by a score of 70-65.
The Wyoming-Utah series dates back to Jan. 23, 1925, when Wyoming defeated Utah 31-29 in Salt Lake City. Since the 1937-38 season, the two schools have played every season but three -- the 1943-44 season Wyoming didn't have a team due to World War II, and in the 1997-98 and 1998-99 seasons the two didn't meet due to the rotating schedule of the 16-team Western Athletic Conference. The recent series has been dominated by the home teams. Wyoming has won eight of the last 11 meetings in Laramie. Utah has won 11 of the last 12 in Salt Lake City. In games played in Wyoming's Arena- Auditorium, UW's Steve McClain has won four out of seven games versus Utah. McClain is 6-10 overall versus the Utes.
The Cowboys are hoping to move up in the conference standings as they prepare for the Mountain West Conference Tournament in Las Vegas the second week of March. Wyoming defeated the Aztecs by a score of 80-71 last Saturday in Laramie in one of the Cowboys' best performances of the season. The victory broke a four-game UW losing streak and a five-game Aztec winning streak. With the win, Wyoming pulled within two games of SDSU in the MWC standings with four games left to play. San Diego State currently sits in fourth place with a 7-5 conference mark. The Pokes swept the regular-season series with SDSU.
This past Monday, Cowboy guard Brad Jones was named the Mountain West Conference Player of the Week for his 32-point performance against San Diego State. It was Jones' second MWC Player of the Week honor of the season.
Wednesday night's game between Wyoming and Utah will be broadcast on radio over the Cowboy Sports Network, beginning with the pregame show at 5:30 p.m., Mountain Time.