March 5, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys (19-8,10-4 in the Mountain West)
Game No. 28: Thu., March 8,2001, Las Vegas, Nev.., 7:00 p.m., M.T.vs. The San Diego State Aztecs(14-13, 4-10 in the Mountain West)To Be Televised on ESPN Regional TV,KWYF-TV in Cheyenne, Wyo., andKLWY-TV in Casper, Wyo.
Cowboys Capture Share of First Regular-Season Conference Basketball TitleSince 1985-86 Season: The Wyoming Cowboys captured a share of the 2001Mountain West Conference Basketball title this past Thursday with a 69-62road win at San Diego State.
It is the first men's basketball regular-season title for Wyomingsince the 1985-86 season -- 15 seasons ago.
In postseason conference tournament play, Wyoming is looking for itsfirst conference tournament title since the 1988 Western Athletic ConferenceTournament won by Wyoming 79-75 over UTEP in Provo, Utah.
Cowboys Will Face San Diego State in First Round of 2001 Mountain WestConference Tournament, Pokes Seeded Third: Here is the schedule for the2001 Mountain West Conference Men's Basketball Tournament, beginningThursday, March 8 and running through Saturday, March 10 in Las Vegas, Nev.,at the Thomas & Mack Center.
MWC Tri-Champions Wyoming, Utah and BYU all split head-to-headseries against each other this season, which was the first tiebreaker forseedings in the MWC Tournament. The second tiebreaker was a comparison ofhow those three teams fared against the fourth-place team UNLV. Utah sweptits season series vs. UNLV, and so is the No. 1 seed. BYU split its twogames against UNLV, and so the Cougars are the second seed. Wyoming lostits two games vs. the Runnin' Rebels, and so UW is the No. 3 seed.
Josh Davis Named ESPN.com's Mountain West Conference Player of the Year:Wyoming junior Josh Davis has been named Mountain West Conference Player ofthe Year by ESPN.com. The 6-8, 235-pound junior from Salem, Ore., led theMountain West in rebounding, averaging 9.3 rebounds per game. He also isranked No. 11 in scoring at 13.1 points per game.
During his junior season, Davis reached the 1,000-point plateau forhis career (he currently has scored 1,026 points), and he has also brokeninto the Top 10 in career rebounding in UW history (he enters today's gamewith 682 to rank No. 10.
Davis was a First Team All-Mountain West Conference selection as asophomore a year ago, in voting by MWC head coaches.
The 2000-01 MWC All-Conference team is to be announced this comingMonday, March 5.
CollegeInsider.com Names Wyoming's Josh Davis MWC Player of the Year andSteve McClain MWC Coach of the Year: Wyoming has also had two individualshonored by CollegeInsider.com. Wyoming head coach Steve McClain was namedthe 2000-01 Mountain West Conference Coach of the Year byCollegeInsider.com, and Josh Davis was named the MWC Player of the Year.
In Case You Missed It:
*Wyoming captured its first conference championship in 15 seasonswhen it tied Utah and BYU for the 2001 title this past week. The last timeWyoming won a share of a conference basketball title was the 1985-86 season.
*The last time Wyoming has won a postseason conference tournamenttitle was the 1987-88 season.
*Marcus Bailey captured the MWC scoring title as only a sophomorethis season, averaging 17.9 points per game. For the season, he scored 30or more points on two occasions, 20 or more points in 12 games and scored indouble figures in 22 of 27 games. He has led the conference scoring racealmost from start to finish, and he has ranked in seven differentstatistical categories in the MWC throughout the season.
*Josh Davis captured the conference rebounding title with a 9.3average this season. Davis also broke into Wyoming's Top 10 careerrebounders this past week, he will enter the MWC Tournament with 682 careerrebounds, ranking him 10th on the UW all-time list.
*Josh Davis was named First Team All-District 13 by the NationalAssociation of Basketball Coaches (NABC) this past week. His teammate,sophomore Marcus Bailey, was named to the Second Team.
*Josh Davis reached the 1,000-point plateau for his career this pastweek. Davis enters the Mountain West Conference Tournament with 1,026career points. He became only the 26th player in the 96-year history ofWyoming Basketball to reach the 1,000-point milestone.
*Chris McMillian moved into third place on Wyoming's career assistlist last Saturday versus UNLV. McMillian will enter the MWC Tournamentwith 358 career assists. He passed former Cowboy great Mike Jackson, whohanded out 357 assists from 1980-83.
*Josh Davis recorded his seventh double-double of the season againstSan Diego State on Thursday, March 1. Davis had 10 points and 13 rebounds.It also marked the 23rd double-double of his career.
*Ronell Mingo blocked a career high six shots vs. the Aztecs lastThursday. Mingo's six blocked shots also tied for the team high thisseason. Josh Davis blocked six shots vs. Colorado State on Feb. 20, 2001.
Wyoming Cowboys' Season CapsuleWyoming's 2000-01 Record: 19-8 (.704)Wyoming's 2000-01 MWC Record: 10-4 (.714) in the MWCLast Time Out for Wyoming: Wyoming lost to UNLV 102-106 on March 3, 2001, in Las Vegas, Nev.Current Win/Loss Streak: Lost 1UW Head Coach (Alma Mater): Steve McClain(Chadron St.'84)McClain's Overall Record: 56-30 (.651), 3rd seasonMcClain's Record at Wyoming: SameLetterwinners Returning/Lost: 5/9Starters Returning/Lost: 4/2 (Including one from 98-99)1999-00 Record: 19-12, 8-6 T4th in MWC1999-00 Postseason: Defeated Colorado State 74-68 in the MWC Tournament Lost at UNLV 92-97 in the MWC Tournament
UW Series Record vs. San Diego St.: Wyoming leads 28-18UW Record versus in Laramie: Wyoming leads 19-2UW Record versus on the Road: Wyoming trails 8-13UW Record versus at Neutral Sites: Wyoming trails 1-3Last Meeting versus:Wyoming defeated San Diego State 69-62 in San Diego, Calif.,on March 1, 2001
San Diego State Aztecs' Season Capsule2000-01 Record: 14-13 (.519)2000-01 Conference Record: 4-10 (.286) in the MWCLast Time Out: San Diego State defeated CSU 78-73 in San Diego, Calif., on March 3, 2001University Location: San Diego, Calif.Current Win/Loss Streak: Won 1Head Coach (Alma Mater): Steve Fischer (Illinois St '67)Coach's Overall Record: 203-118 (.632), 10th seasonCoach's Record at School: 19-36 (.345), 2nd seasonLettermen Returning/Lost: 4/6Starters Returning/Lost: 2/31999-00 Record: 5-23, 0-14 8th in the MWC1999-00 Postseason: Lost to UNLV 72-77 in the MWC Tournament
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