Feb. 28, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboy basketball team begins its final road trip of the 2006 regular-season this week as it travels to San Diego State for a Wednesday night game. The Cowboys and Aztecs will face each other in an 8 p.m., Mountain Time tipoff from Cox Arena in San Diego, Calif. There is no television coverage of Wednesday's game.
For the Cowboys, they are looking to maintain their sixth-place position in the conference race and break a four-game losing streak. The Pokes, 12-15 overall and 5-9 in the Mountain West Conference, are also trying to break a three-game road losing streak in conference play. A year ago on the road at San Diego, UW came away with an 88-81 overtime win against SDSU. Earlier this season, Wyoming lost an overtime heartbreaker by one point, 77-78, to the Aztecs in Laramie.
San Diego State, 19-8 overall and 12-3 in the MWC, can clinch the 2006 Mountain West Conference regular-season title with a victory. The Aztecs have already assured themselves of at least a share of the title, which is their first regular-season conference title since 1978.
The recent series history between the Wyoming Cowboys and San Diego State Aztecs has been one of down-to-the-wire finishes. Since the 1992-93 season, the series has featured a number of extremely close games. During that time period, the two teams have met 28 times, with each team winning 14 games each. In those last 28 meetings, 21 of the 28 games have been decided by 10 points or less and 13 of the last 28 meetings have been decided by four points or less. Of the last 28 meetings, Wyoming has won nine of 12 meetings in Laramie, while San Diego State has won seven of 11 in San Diego. SDSU holds a 4-1 advantage in conference tournament meetings over that 28-game span.
Wednesday's game will feature the only two players in the Mountain West Conference who are averaging a double-double this season. Wyoming senior forward Justin Williams is averaging 11.1 points and 11.0 rebounds per game, while SDSU junior forward Marcus Slaughter is averaging 16.8 points and 10.7 rebounds. The two also rank No. 1 and 2, respectively, in rebounding in the MWC.
As with all Cowboy Basketball games, the Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast the game on radio beginning one-half hour prior to tipoff.
Following Wednesday's game versus San Diego State, the Cowboys will travel to Salt Lake City for a Saturday game versus Utah to wrap-up the 2006 regular-season schedule. Saturday's game at Utah will begin a 7 p.m., Mountain Time, and will be televised by KJZZ-TV in Salt Lake City. It will also be available on a pay-per-view basis on ESPN FullCourt.