McClain Announces Men's Hoop Schedule

August 9, 1999


A "Big Monday" matchup with Utah inthe Arena-Auditorium, and road dates with Indiana of the Big Ten and OregonState of the Pac-10, highlight Wyoming's 1999-2000 basketball schedule whichincludes 10 opponents who were in postseason play last year, Head CoachSteve McClain announced Monday.

McClain., who enters his second season with the Cowboys, welcomesback 10 lettermen from last year's team which finished 18-10, and moved tothe second round of the National Invitation Tournament.

Six of next seasons opponents played in the 1999 NCAA Tournament,while four joined the Cowboys in the '99 NIT. The Cowboys could play asmany as 14 regular-season games against last year's postseason teams, oralmost half of the schedule. Conference opponents who competed in the NCAAare New Mexico and Utah, while Indiana, Mt. St. Mary's, Samford andSouthwest Missouri State are the non-conference opponents who were in lastyear's NCAA. Last year's NIT teams are Colorado State, UNLV, Fresno Stateand Toledo. Both Fresno and Toledo are in the Thanksgiving Classic atHonolulu.

The Cowboys open the regular season on Nov. 19, hosting NorthwesternState of Natchitoches, La. There are two exhibitions scheduled prior tothat, Nov. 1., against the California All-Stars, and a Nov. 13, meetingwith a yet-to-be-named foreign team.

One of the highlights of the early-season home schedule will be theAkron game on Nov. 23. The Zips are a preseason favorite to win theMid-American Conference. The Cowboys then hit the road for that three-dayHawai'i Pacific Thanksgiving Tournament in Honolulu. Following the tourney,the Cowboys return home Dec. 4, to host Nevada.

The newly-formated Cowboy Shootout is scheduled for Dec. 11, atCasper's Events Center with the Cowgirls meeting Montana State-Billings, at6 p.m., and the Cowboys hosting Montana State at 8 p.m.

The Indiana game is set for Dec. 18, at Bloomington, Ind., followedby Oregon State on Dec. 20 at Corvallis. The Cowboys open the Mountain WestConference schedule at home, hosting New Mexico, Jan. 13, followed byColorado State on Jan. 15. They will play a pair of "Big Monday" games fortelevision. The first is scheduled at New Mexico on Feb. 14, and the secondwill be Utah, in the Double A, Feb. 28.

The Mountain West Tournament is set for March 9-11, at Las Vegas.

"We've put together a pre-season schedule that will be verychallenging both at home and on the road," McClain said. "We have a chanceto play some opponents who will prepare us for a very difficult conferenceschedule.

"Utah, New Mexico, UNLV are all teams who will be pre-season rankedteams. We are now back in a league where each and every game will be a bigone, McClain continued. "Our kids are looking forward to that challenge,and I know our fans are very excited about it as well."

Ticket prices will remain the same for the new season. Reservedseason tickets for the lower concourse are $128, upper reserved are $112. AFamily Plan which offers four seats for the season in sections A1 and E1,are $300. Individual tickets are $8 for upper level and $9 lower, fornon-conference games, and $12 and $15 for conference games. For theCalifornia All-Star game, seating will be open, and tickets will be $5. Theforeign exhibition game also will be $5, if fans bring that day's BrighamYoung football game ticket stub.

1999-2000 Wyoming Cowboy Basketball Schedule

Opponent Site TimeNovember

Mon., Nov. 1 California All-Stars (Exh.) Laramie, Wyo. 7:00 p.m.Sat., Nov. 13 Foreign Team (Exh.) Laramie, Wyo. 12:00 p.m.Fri., Nov. 19 Northwestern State (La.) Laramie, Wyo. 7:00 p.m.Tue., Nov. 23 Akron Laramie, Wyo. 7:00 p.m.Fri., Nov. 26 Hawai'i Pacific Thanksgiving Classic Honolulu, Hawai'i 9:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m., H.T.) vs. Hawai'i Pacific Sat., Nov. 27 Hawai'i Pacific Thanksgiving Classic Honolulu, Hawai'i TBA vs. LSU or Oakland (Mich.)Sun., Nov. 28 Hawai'i Pacific Thanksgiving Classic Honolulu, Hawai'i TBA TBA

Teams in Hawai'i Pacific Classic are: FresnoState, Florida International, Hawai'i Pacific, LSU,SW Missouri State, Oakland (Mich.), Toledo


Sat., Dec. 4 Nevada Laramie, Wyo. 7:00 p.m.Tue., Dec. 7 Mount St. Mary's (Md.) Laramie, Wyo. 7:00 p.m.Sat., Dec. 11 Montana State Casper, Wyo. 8:00 p.m.Sat., Dec. 18 Indiana Bloomington, Ind. 11:00 a.m. (1:00 p.m., E.T.) Mon., Dec. 20 Oregon State Corvallis, Ore. TBAWed., Dec. 22 Denver Denver, Colo. TBAThu., Dec. 30 Samford Laramie, Wyo. 7:00 p.m.


Mon., Jan. 3 Idaho State Pocatello, Idaho TBASat., Jan. 8 North Texas Laramie, Wyo. 7:00 p.m.Mon., Jan. 10 Wichita State Wichita, Kan. 6:35 p.m. (7:35 p.m., C.T.)Thu., Jan. 13 New Mexico* Laramie, Wyo. 7:00 p.m.Sat., Jan. 15 Colorado State* Laramie, Wyo. 7:00 p.m.Thu., Jan. 20 Brigham Young* Provo, Utah 7:00 p.m.Sat., Jan. 22 Utah* Salt Lake City, Utah 1:00 p.m. (ERT) Sat., Jan. 29 San Diego State* Laramie, Wyo. 7:00 p.m.Mon., Jan. 31 UNLV* Laramie, Wyo. 7:00 p.m.


Sat., Feb. 5 Air Force* Colorado Springs, Colo. 7:05 p.m.Sat., Feb. 12 UNLV* Las Vegas, Nev. 8:35 p.m.Mon., Feb. 14 New Mexico* Albuquerque, N.M. 9:59 p.m. (ESPN2) Sat., Feb. 19 San Diego State* San Diego, Calif. 1:00 p.m. (ERT)Mon., Feb. 21 Air Force* Laramie, Wyo. 7:00 p.m.Sat., Feb. 26 Brigham Young* Laramie, Wyo. 7:00 p.m.Mon., Feb. 28 Utah* Laramie, Wyo. 9:59 p.m. (ESPN)


Sat., March 4 Colorado State* Fort Collins, Colo.TBA

Thu.-Sat., March 9-11 MWC Tournament Las Vegas, Nev. TBA

*Indicates Mountain West Conference games.All times listed are Mountain time and subject to change.ERT stands for ESPN Regional Television