Feb. 23, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
On Saturday in Fort Collins, Colo., the Wyoming Cowboys and Colorado State Rams will meet for the 206th time in the basketball version of "The Border War". The game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m., Mountain Time, and will be televised on The Mtn. (Mountain West Sports Network).
Wyoming will enter Saturday's game with a 15-12 record on the season and is in fifth place in the Mountain West Conference with a 6-7 conference mark. Colorado State is 15-11 overall and 5-9 in the MWC, which places the Rams in sixth place in the conference race. Exactly one month ago, on Jan. 24, Wyoming captured a 75-70 victory in Laramie.
The Cowboys lead the overall series versus CSU with 123 wins against 82 losses. Throughout recent history, the Cowboys and Rams have had one of the closest series in college basketball. Fifteen of 17 Mountain West Conference meetings, or 88.2 percent, have been decided by two possessions --six points or less -- with Wyoming leading the MWC series 11-6. There have been four overtime games in the previous 17 MWC meetings. All four overtime contests have been played in Fort Collins. The two schools have split the four ot games, winning two each.
In a very unique situation, Wyoming guards Brandon Ewing and Brad Jones are tied for the MWC scoring lead in conference games entering Saturday. Against conference opponents, both Ewing and Jones have scored an identical 220 points for an 18.3 scoring average. In all games, including non-conference and conference contests, Ewing is the league leader, averaging 19.8 points per game (515 total points). Jones ranks third in scoring in all games, averaging 17.6 points per game (457 total points) for the season.
Wyoming senior center Daaron Brown re-sprained his left ankle this past Wednesday versus Utah, and was forced to leave the game. He had missed five consecutive games after originally spraining his ankle against Colorado State on Jan. 24. Brown returned to action on Feb. 17 versus San Diego State and played 14 minutes against Utah before suffering the second sprain. His availability for the CSU game will be a gametime decision.
Colorado State is led by junior forward Jason Smith, who ranks sixth in the league in scoring. He has averaged 17.0 points per game this season. Smith leads the league in rebounding, pulling down 9.3 rebounds per contest.
Wyoming will be trying to win its third consecutive game this season. CSU will be trying to avoid its third consecutive loss.
The Cowboys Sports Network radio broadcast will begin at 6:30 p.m. on the 25-affiliate stations of CSN.