Nov. 28, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
This Wednesday's meeting between the University of Wyoming and Colorado School of Mines will be the first regular-season meeting between the two Front Range schools since New Year's Day 1940. The Orediggers won that last meeting 37-28 in Golden, Colo. Wednesday night's game is scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. from Wyoming's Arena-Auditorium.
Wyoming leads the series with CSM 37-28. Prior to that loss in 1940, Wyoming had won 14 games in a row versus Mines.
UW and CSM did play an exhibition game during the 2004-05 season, but exhibition games don't count in a team's record.
The Pokes will enter this Wednesday's home game versus Colorado School of Mines with a 4-1 (.800) record for the 2006-07 season. If the Pokes can win Wednesday's contest, UW would match its best start since the 2000-01 season. In 2000-01, Wyoming went on to an 8-1 start before losing at South Carolina in the 10th game of the season.
Wyoming captured its first road win of the 2006-07 season with a 76-73 win in Boulder, Colo., over the University of Colorado Buffaloes this past Sunday. That win over the Big 12 school came on Nov. 26.
A year ago, it wasn't until Jan. 7 when the Pokes notched their first road win at TCU in Mountain West Conference play.
Last season, close games were not kind to the Wyoming Cowboys. But this season, UW has fared much better in close contests.
Thus far in the 2006-07 campaign, Wyoming has had three games decided by six points or less, which translates to just two possessions. Wyoming's record in those three close games is 3-0.
In the 2005-06 season, Wyoming had an amazing 15 of its 32 games decided by six points or less. Unfortunately, UW won only six of those close games, while losing nine.
Not only are Cowboy guards Brandon Ewing and Brad Jones the two leading scorers for Wyoming this season, but they are the two leading scorers in the Mountain West Conference, averaging 23.2 and 22.4 points respectively. Jones is also leading the Mountain West in assists, handing out 6.2 assists per game.
There is no television coverage of this week's game, but as always the game will be broadcast on radio over the Cowboy Sports Network, beginning one-half hour before tipoff.