Aug. 9, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The 2007-08 Wyoming Cowboy Basketball schedule will feature sixteen home games. Highlighting the schedule are Saturday afternoon meetings versus longtime rivals Colorado State and Brigham Young and non-conference Saturday games against Colorado and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
"I think our schedule is going to be great for our fans because of the number of attractive games we have on Saturdays," said first-year head coach Heath Schroyer. "We not only play two big rivals in CSU and BYU on Saturday afternoons, but we also have conference games against New Mexico, UNLV and Utah coming in here for Saturday afternoon games.
"For many of our fans who travel long distances to come see us play, having those traditional rivalry games on Saturdays versus weeknights is a big plus. We also have two appealing non-conference Saturday home games against Colorado and Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
"I'm very pleased with how the schedule came together after we got here in April. When you look at road games at Wichita State, at Akron and in the UTEP Christmas Tournament, I believe it is a schedule that will prepare us well for league play and hopefully for postseason play, which is going to be our goal every year. The UTEP Tournament is an opportunity that came about recently. Playing UTEP gives us another quality opponent from a quality league (Conference USA), and it renews an old rivalry from the old WAC days."
Wyoming renewed its Front Range series with CU a year ago, but this year's appearance by Colorado in the Arena-Auditorium on Saturday, Dec. 8 will mark the Buffaloes first appearance in Laramie in nine seasons. The last meeting between the Cowboys and Buffs in Laramie was Dec. 9, 1998, when Wyoming won 67-66. A year ago, the Cowboys won in Boulder by a score of 76-73 on Nov. 26.
This season's game at Akron on Dec. 1 is the beginning of a new home-and-home series with the Zips.
Another traditional game that the Pokes have maintained on their schedule is the Wyoming Shootout, where they will host Montana State.
"We're happy to be returning to Casper and continuing our series with Montana State," said Schroyer. "We have so many great fans in that part of the state, and with Eric Platt being a Casper native it makes that game even more special."
The Cowboys have seven non-conference home games beginning with an exhibition game versus Regis on Saturday Nov. 3. Mountain West Conference play will tip off on Saturday, Jan. 5 in Laramie against New Mexico. The Pokes also have one non-conference game in the middle of the conference schedule. That non-conference contest will be versus Cal State Bakersfield in Laramie on Feb. 6.
"I'm really excited about getting started, and I'm just as excited about the attitude of our young men," commented Schroyer. "Our guys have worked hard in conditioning through the spring and summer. Most of them stayed here this summer to take summer classes and work out with our strength coach. I believe we've laid a really strong foundation over the spring and summer that will help us reach our goals this year and in years to come."
Schroyer and his Cowboys will begin practice for the 2007-08 season on Oct. 12.