204th Meeting in the Border War to be Featured on ESPN2 Saturday Night

Feb. 23, 2006


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On Saturday, the Wyoming Cowboys and Colorado State Rams will meet on the basketball court for the 204th time in "The Border War". The two archrivals are separated by just 65 miles and the Wyoming-Colorado state border, and have been playing each other in basketball since 1911. Wyoming leads the overall series 122-81. Saturday's game is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m. from Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium. The game will be televised live on ESPN2.

Wyoming will enter this week's game with a 12-14 overall record, 5-8 in the Mountain West Conference. Colorado State is 14-12 overall and 3-10 in the MWC. The Cowboys are currently in sixth place in the MWC race, while CSU is in eighth place.

Throughout recent history, the Cowboys and Rams have had one of the closest series in college basketball.

Thirteen of 15 Mountain West Conference meetings, or 86.7 percent, have been decided by 10 points or less, with Wyoming leading the MWC series 10-5. The Cowboys lead the MWC series in Laramie 5-1. The Pokes also hold the advantage in MWC games played in Fort Collins, 4-3. The series is tied at 1-1 in Mountain West Conference Tournament games, with both meetings being played in Las Vegas, Nev.

Earlier this season on Jan. 25, Wyoming won by five points, 72-67, in Fort Collins. This season marks the 61st consecutive season the two teams have played.

No other player in NCAA Division I basketball this season can match what Wyoming's Justin Williams has accomplished thus far. Williams is the only player in Division I that ranks in the Top 10 in the country in both rebounding and blocked shots. The Wyoming senior ranks No. 7 in the nation in rebounding, averaging 11.1 rebounds per game, and he ranks No. 2 in the nation in blocked shots, averaging 5.3 blocks per game.

Saturday's game will also be Senior Night for four Wyoming Cowboys playing their final home game at UW. James Ebert, Kevin Lewis, Derek Wabbington and Williams will play their last home game on Saturday.

Each of the four joined the Cowboy Basketball program prior to the start of the 2004-05 season, after enjoying outstanding junior-college careers. The four seniors will be honored on court prior to the start of Saturday's game.

As always, the Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast the game on its 25-station radio network beginning one-half hour prior to the start of the game.

Next week the Cowboys will wrapup the 2005-06 regular season with road games at San Diego State on Wednesday, March 1 and at Utah on Saturday, March 4.