Cowboy Basketball Team to Play Exhibition Games in Canada

Aug. 23, 2006

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

Wyoming's basketball Cowboys are making a trip to Calgary, Alberta for four exhibition games in early September, Head Coach Steve McClain announced Wednesday.

The schedule will include a Sept. 2, game with the University of Calgary, a Sept. 3 doubleheader with Calgary and the NSD Stars club team, and a Sept. 4 meeting with the University of Lethbridge.

The NCAA allows a member institution to take one designated "foreign" trip every four years. A program cannot miss any class time, and can only practice 10 days prior to the trip. New student-athletes entering the program--the Cowboys have four--cannot start practice until the beginning of classes which is Aug. 28.

"With nine freshmen and sophomores in our program, this is a tremendous opportunity for our young basketball team to practice and play early," McClain said. "Not only is this great from a growth and team chemistry standpoint, but also culturally. It is certainly an advantage to be able to practice for 10 days, and play four games this early in the year."

The games will utilize regular NCAA rules rather than international rules, according to McClain.

The Cowboys will leave for Calgary on Friday evening, Sept. 1, and return Monday evening Sunday, Sept. 4.

Wyoming's regular-season schedule will be released early next week.