Aug. 20, 2001
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
A spot in the preseason NIT, adate with Bobby Knight's Texas Tech Red Raiders, and 16 home gameshighlight Wyoming's 2001-02 basketball schedule, UW Athletics DirectorLee Moon announced Monday.
The schedule also includes the University of DetroitMercy--finalist in last year's NIT Championship--NCAA entrants Cal StateNorthridge and Indiana State (advancing to the second round afterbeating Oklahoma), a trip to Boise State and Montana State at theShootout in Casper, also highlight the preseason schedule.
"The schedule was a very difficult process to complete," Moonsaid. "It is a great compliment to Steve (McClain), his staff and theteam for taking the program to this level. We're very pleased with theschedule, and the fact we are providing 16 home games for our fans.
"This year's schedule gives us an extremely attractive homeschedule for the 2002-03 season because Boise State, Detroit Mercy andSouth Carolina are coming to Laramie, and Texas Tech will be at theShootout in Casper."
Wyoming will host two exhbition games in early November, beforemeeting Southern California in the first round of the NIT at LosAngeles. The Cowboys open the regular-season home slate on Nov. 19,hosting Arkansas-Pine Bluff. They follow up that home date with a Nov.24 meeting with Eastern Kentucky.
The matchup with Texas Tech at Lubbock on Jan. 1, preceeds theopening of the Mountain West Conference season for the Cowboys. Wyomingwill begin its conference campaign on Jan. 5, at UNLV. It opens the MWChome season on Jan. 12, hosting Colorado State. The regular seasoncloses with the Cowboys hosting Brigham Young (Feb. 28) and Utah (March2). The Mountain West Conference Tournament is set for March 7-9.
Wyoming will appear on ESPN seven times, all road games (Southern Cal, in the NIT, Detroit Mercy, San Diego State, New Mexico,Brigham Young, and Utah) including three Big Monday games (San DiegoState, Utah, and New Mexico).
"I think the difficult early tests will be good for this team,"Head Coach Steve McClain said. "USC and the Detroit Mercy games arereally big games in November, and I really like that. We are going tosee what we are made of early, and see what we really need to work on.
"I like the way the conference season unfolds in that we are onthe road early (five of the Cowboys' first eight), and at home later inthe year. Hopefully we will be in position to make a run late in theyear at the Arena-Auditorium. We have a couple of other situationswhich I like. We have a couple of gaps which will help us prepare,it's a nice TV schedule because we are on the road giving our fans anopportunity to watch more conference games, we have three Big Mondaygames, and the Saturday starts are either at 1 p.m. or 4 p.m., whichshould be better for our fans.
"I believe our league is going to be much improved so it shouldmake for a lot of fun in the Double A."