June 24, 2011
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
University of Wyoming head men's basketball coach Larry Shyatt announced on Friday that the non-conference portion of the 2011-12 basketball schedule had been finalized.
The non-conference schedule will be highlighted by 12 home games, including a four-team tournament in Laramie over the Thanksgiving weekend. The Cowboys will also play regional road games at Colorado, Denver, Idaho State and Utah Valley. Both the Idaho State and Utah Valley games will be part of a home-and-home series, as both teams will also play in Laramie during the coming season.
"I like the way our non-conference schedule came together in our first season back," Shyatt said. "I am excited about the balance of our schedule, as well as the challenges presented to our team. We have five challenging road games during non-conference play and four of those will be played against regional opponents, which will make for some good environments. I believe that as our program grows, so too will our schedule.
"We strive to have a schedule that will prepare us for league and postseason play, and I believe this schedule will do that. We have some games scheduled on consecutive days, like the Jim Thorpe Classic in Laramie, and some games with only a couple days off between them.
"We can't wait to get back into the Arena-Auditorium with our fans, and are looking forward to starting practice in October."
Wyoming will open the season on Sat., Nov. 5 by hosting CSU-Pueblo in an exhibition game, which will follow UW's football game with TCU. The Cowboys will then open the regular season with a pair of home games. They will host Western State on Sat., Nov. 12 and Northern Colorado, which played in the NCAA tournament last season, on Tue., Nov. 15. The game with Northern Colorado is part of a home-and-home series, as the Cowboys will play in Greeley during the 2012-13 season.
The Pokes' only road game during the month of November will be a trip to Green Bay, Wis., to play the Green Bay Phoenix on Sat., Nov. 19. They will then return to Laramie to host South Dakota on Tue., Nov. 22.
The November schedule will be highlighted by the Cowboys hosting the Jim Thorpe Classic over Thanksgiving weekend. They will play three straight days, beginning Fri., Nov. 25, against the likes of Portland State, Maryland Eastern Shore and Louisiana Tech.
The Pokes will close November with a home game against Utah Valley on Wed., Nov. 30.
December will begin with the Cowboys hosting Bradley in the third installment of the Mountain West-Missouri Valley Challenge on Sat., Dec. 3.
The Cowboys will then renew an old rivalry when they travel to Boulder to face the Colorado Buffaloes on Fri., Dec. 9. That game will open a four-game series between Wyoming and Colorado, with two games being played on each school's home floor. Colorado will travel to Laramie in both 2012-13 and 2014-15. Wyoming will play in Boulder again during the 2013-14 season.
Following that game in Boulder, the Cowboys will play two home and two road games prior to the holiday break. They will host UC Irvine and Sioux Falls on Tue., Dec. 13 and Fri., Dec. 16, respectively. They will then play at Denver on Mon., Dec. 19 and at Idaho State on Thurs., Dec. 22.
Finally, there are two non-conference games scheduled for the month of January. The Cowboys will play at Utah Valley on Tue., Jan. 3 and will host Idaho State on Mon., Jan. 9.
The 2011-12 season will officially begin on Fri., Oct. 14 when the Cowboys host "A Night of Madness", a celebration of hoops, homecoming and so much more in the Arena-Auditorium.