Wyoming and UAB to Play for Only the Third Time in History, UW Leads Series 2-0

Nov. 17, 2006


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The Wyoming Cowboys will look to improve their record to 3-0 as they host their third consecutive home game this coming Saturday versus the University of Alabama-Birmingham (UAB). The game is scheduled to tip off at 7:00 p.m., Mountain Time from Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium. UW will enter Saturday with a 2-0 record on the season. UAB will bring a 2-1 record into the game.

Saturday's meeting between the Cowboys and Blazers will be only the third between the two schools. Wyoming leads the series 2-0. The two prior meetings came in the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons. Wyoming won the first meeting in Birmingham, Ala., on Dec. 12, 1987, by a score of 74-69. UAB traveled to Laramie, Wyo., on Dec. 10, 1988, in a game also won by the Cowboys, 109-91.

A flurry of threes by the Wyoming Cowboys was key to a 76-71 victory last Wednesday over the Montana Grizzlies -- 11 threes to be exact.

Led by junior James Spencer's perfect 5 of 5 shooting from three-point range, the Cowboys posted the fifth best three-point shooting performance in school history, and the third best performance in Arena-Auditorium history. Sophomore Brandon Ewing added four threes, and junior guard Brad Jones contributed two. Wyoming's 11-three pointers fell only three short of the school record of 14.

The UAB Blazers have been through a very successful period over the past several years. They earned bids to each of the last three consecutive NCAA Tournaments, including a Sweet 16 appearance in the 2004 NCAA Tournament. That was all accomplished under the direction of former head coach Mike Anderson, who this past offseason took over as the head coach at the University of Missouri.

The Blazers also lost First Team All-Conference point guard Carldell "Squeaky" Johnson and their two leading scorers from a year ago, Marvett McDonald and Demario Eddins, who averaged 14.8 and 13.1 points respectively.

But the program is now under the able direction of another outstanding coach --Mike Davis. Davis came to UAB after being the head coach at Indiana University from 2000-06. During his six seasons as the Hoosiers' head coach, Davis led IU to five NCAA Tournaments, including the 2002 Final Four.

UAB's top returning player this season is senior forward Wen Mukubu, who ranked third in scoring for the Blazers a year ago, with a 9.3 point-per-game average.

There will be no television coverage of Saturday's game. As with all Cowboy Basketball games, the Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast the Wyoming-UAB contest over its 26-affiliate radio stations beginning with the pregame show one-half hour before tipoff.