Nov. 17, 2011
Laramie, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball hits the road for the first time during the 2011-12 season with a trip to Wisconsin this weekend. The Cowboys will take their 2-0 record to Green Bay (1-2) for a 6 p.m. MT showdown with the Phoenix in the Resch Center on Saturday. UW has struggled on the road in recent years, but an improved Cowboy squad will look to limit a Green Bay team with a talented inside presence.
Fans can follow the game on WyomingAthletics.com through the men's basketball Gameday Central page, which features links for live stats, live audio and live video. ESPN3.com will also have live video of the game. The contest will be broadcast on the radio through the Cowboy Sports Network.
A Look at the Matchup
An improved 2011-12 Wyoming squad looks to continue its momentum to start the season onto the road after home wins over Western State, 78-39, and Northern Colorado, 75-56. The Cowboys are 2-0 to start a season for the first time since the 2008-09 campaign, but have had troubles away from Laramie the last two seasons. UW's last road win, excluding one neutral-site victory, came on Feb. 28, 2009.
The Cowboys are averaging 76.5 points per game and allowing 47.5, while shooting 50 percent (48-of-95) from the field and 31 percent (11-of-35) from deep. UW has a 23-9 advantage in steals on the season and has held opponents to just eight assists.
Green Bay enters Saturday's contest with a 1-2 overall mark, after falling on the road to North Dakota State, 65-61, on Wednesday. The Phoenix started the season with a 94-55 home win over Mary, but fell 84-66 at Duquesne on Sunday for their current two-game losing streak. Green Bay finished 14-18 overall in 2010-11 in its first season under head coach Brian Wardle, including 8-10 in the Horizon League to finish seventh in the conference.
The Phoenix are averaging 73.7 points per game this season and allowing 68.0, while shooting 43 percent (86-of-199) from the field and 26 percent (13-of-49) from behind the arc. Green Bay has a 21-14 deficit in steals and has committed 45 turnovers.
Each Team's Leaders
Several Cowboys have step into prominent roles so far in 2011-12. Senior guard Francisco Cruz dazzled with his 30 points on Tuesday, as he used his dribble to create contact and get to the free-throw line 20 times during the game. He leads UW at 20.5 points and 5.5 rebounds per game. Senior center Adam Waddell established an inside presence with 16 points and is averaging 10.0 points and 1.0 block per contest this season. Guard Luke Martinez has been UW's outside threat, as the redshirt junior has attempted a team-high 10 treys and is averaging 12.0 points.
Green Bay has relied heavily on returning starter Alec Brown in the paint so far this season. The 7'1", 220-pound center excelled as a freshman in 2010-11 and looks to be even better as a sophomore. He is averaging a team-high 16.0 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.6 blocks per game through the first three contests, while shooting 55 percent (20-of-36) from the floor. Senior forward Jarvis Williams is also a returning starter for the Phoenix that adds to Green Bay's strength under the basket. He is contributing 9.0 points and 3.3 rebounds this season. Senior guard Steve Baker has a team-high four treys to go with 9.3 points and 4.7 rebounds per game.
About the Series
The Pokes and Phoenix have split their two meetings, to sit tied 1-1 in the all-time series. Wyoming won an 87-45 home game on Dec. 2, 1983, but Green Bay claimed a 68-62 win in Laramie last season. Saturday will be UW's first visit to Green Bay, and head coach Larry Shyatt's second meeting with the Phoenix. He lost a 64-47 neutral-site game during the 1999-2000 season as Clemson's head coach.
The Cowboys return home next week for a four-game homestand. UW squares off with South Dakota on Tuesday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium, before hosting the Jim Thorpe Classic on Friday-Sunday, Nov. 25-27. Wyoming will play Portland State, Maryland Eastern Shore and Louisiana Tech each night of the tournament at 7 p.m.