March 11, 2006
DENVER, Colo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys play for the 2006 Mountain West Conference Championship tonight. The Cowboys will face 2006 regular-season MWC Champion San Diego State for the MWC Tournament title. The game is scheduled to tip off at 8 p.m., Mountain Time, from the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colo. The game will be televised nationally on ESPN.
Wyoming came into this week's tournament as the No. 7 seed. San Diego State is the No. 1 seed.
For Wyoming it is its first appearance in a Mountain West Conference Tournament Championship game. But the Cowboys are looking for their third MWC title in the seven-year history of the conference. Wyoming won regular-season Mountain West titles in the 2000-01 and 2001-02 seasons.
The last time Wyoming appeared in a conference tournament championship game was back in 1988, when the Cowboys won the Western Athletic Conference tournament title by a 79-75 margin over UTEP. That team was led by former Cowboy greats Fennis Dembo and Eric Leckner. Wyoming has appeared in only three conference tournament championship games since it began playing in conference tournaments back in 1984. Those three appearances came in three successive years 1986, '87 and '88. Wyoming won the WAC Tournament championship in both 1987 and '88, and lost in 1986.
If the Cowboys capture this year's Mountain West Tournament Championship, they will earn the league's automatic bid to the 2006 NCAA Tournament which begins next week. Wyoming last appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 2002.
In addition to tonight's ESPN national television coverage, the Cowboy Sports Network will also broadcast the game on radio over its 25-affiliate network, beginning with the pregame show at 7:30 p.m.