Nov. 30, 2004
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming Cowboys make their first road trip of the 2004-05 season this week when they travel to Tucson, Ariz., to face the nationally ranked Arizona Wildcats on Tuesday, Nov. 30.
Wyoming is off to a 3-0 start for the first time since 2000-01 season. Arizona is 3-2 for the year, and is ranked No. 20 in this week's ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll and No. 21 in the Associated Press media poll. The Wildcats advanced to the championship game of this year's Preseason National Invitation Tournament where they lost by only three points, 60-63, to the No. 1 team in the country, Wake Forest. U of A has defeated the University of San Diego (80-69), Wright State (83-66) and Michigan (61-60 in overtime), while losing to No. 24 ranked Virginia on the road (60-78) and No. 1 ranked Wake Forest in New York City (60-63).
Entering this week, UW is the only undefeated team in the Mountain West Conference, having won three home games against Alcorn State (77-63), Princeton (64-59 in double overtime) and Texas-Arlington (86-79). New Mexico (5-1), Colorado State (3-1) and Utah (3-1) are right behind the Cowboys.
Three different Pokes lead the league in scoring, rebounding and assists. Redshirt sophomore Steve Leven is leading the MWC in scoring, averaging 22.0 points per game. Senior center Alex Dunn is the league leader in rebounding, pulling down 12.0 rebounds per game, and senior point guard Jay Straight leads the league in assists, averaging 7.0 assists per outing.
During the seven years Steve McClain has coached the Wyoming Basketball program, the Cowboys have faced Arizona twice. UW lost to the Wildcats in Phoenix, Ariz., on Dec. 5, 1998, by 10 points (84-94), and the second meeting came in the Second Round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament in Albuquerque, N.M., where the then No. 7 ranked Wildcats defeated UW by eight (68-60) to advance to the Sweet 16.
Tuesday's game in Tucson between the Cowboys and Wildcats will tip off at 7:00 p.m., Mountain Time. The only television coverage of the game will be by FOX Sports Net Arizona.