March 2, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys will conclude the 2007 Mountain West Conference regular season on Saturday, March 3 when they host the New Mexico Lobos in a 1 p.m. game to be televised by The Mtn. (Mountain West Sports Network).
Wyoming will bring a 15-14 overall record and a 6-9 conference mark into Saturday's game. The Cowboys enter Saturday's contest tied with Colorado State and Utah for fifth place in the conference race. The Rams travel to UNLV Saturday, while the Utes play in Provo against BYU. Depending on the outcome of Saturday's games, Wyoming could finish anywhere from fifth to seventh place. UW's next game will be on Thursday, March 8 in the Quarterfinal Round of the 2007 Mountain West Conference Basketball Championships.
New Mexico is 15-15 overall this season, and has posted a 4-11 MWC record. The Lobos are tied for eighth place with TCU, and will face the Horned Frogs in the MWC Tournament First Round game on Tuesday, March 6 as neither team can finish higher than the eighth seed.
Five teams are still battling for seeding position in next week's MWC Tournament. Air Force and San Diego State are battling for the third and fourth seeds, while Wyoming, Colorado State and Utah are fighting for the fifth, sixth and seventh seeds.
The only seedings already determined for this year's conference tournament are: 1. BYU has clinched the No. 1 seed and a share of the regular-season title. Even if UNLV is able to tie the Cougars for the regular-season championship on Saturday, BYU will be the No. 1 seed due to holding tiebreaker advantages over the Rebels; 2. UNLV will be the No. 2 seed; 3. New Mexico and TCU will play each other in next Tuesday's MWC Tournament First Round game - neither team can finish higher than the eighth seed.
Wyoming has won the last nine games versus the Lobos in Laramie.
Cowboy sophomore Brandon Ewing has the chance to accomplish something no other player in Wyoming Basketball history has ever accomplished - score 1,000 career points before the conclusion of his sophomore season. Ewing enters Saturday's game with 977 career points - a mere 23 shy of 1,000.
Saturday's game will be broadcast on radio over the 25 affiliate stations of the Cowboys Sports Network, beginning with the pregame show at 12:30 p.m.
Wyoming's Brad Jones and Joseph Taylor and New Mexico's Darren Prentice and Jamaal Smith are all suspended from playing in Saturday's game due to their involvement in an altercation on Jan. 30 in this season's first meeting between the two teams. The suspension penalties were originally announced on Feb. 1 by the Mountain West Conference, the University of Wyoming and the University of New Mexico. All four players were found to have violated the MWC Sportsmanship Rule Sections 4.2-(a) through (d). The violation of the MWC Sportsmanship Rule centered around a fight that broke out with 1:10 left in the game and the ensuing events that followed.