Nov. 30, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After having the past six days off, the Wyoming Cowboy basketball team will return to the floor on Wednesday night and travel to Vermillion, S.D. to take on the South Dakota Coyotes. The game will begin at 6 p.m. (MT) in USD's Dakota Dome.
This will mark the second consecutive year that Wyoming has faced South Dakota. Last season, the Cowboys beat the Coyotes 86-74 in Laramie on Dec. 20. This will mark the first time in the series that the Pokes have played in Vermillion, S.D.
About the Series:
Wednesday's game will mark the sixth game in the series between Wyoming and South Dakota. The Cowboys lead the series 4-1 and all five previous games were played in Laramie. USD's only win in the series came during the 1979-80 season.
Amath M'Baye Named to the Cancun Challenge Riviera Division's All-Tournament Team:
Sophomore Amath M'Baye played two very good games in the Cancun Challenge last week and was rewarded by being named to the Riviera Division's All-Tournament Team.
Over the two-day event, M'Baye scored 35 points and pulled down eight rebounds.
He opened the tournament with a then career high 16-point performance against No. 11/12 Missouri. He then improved that career high with 19 points against Providence in the second round.
Desmar Jackson Is One of the Mountain West Conference's Best Scorers, Rebounders and Steal Artists:
Sophomore Desmar Jackson is currently ranked as one of the best scorers, rebounders and steal artists in the Mountain West Conference. He ranks as the league's 12th best scorer, 10th best rebounder and is ranked No. 6 in steals. He is currently averaging 12.8 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.8 steals a game.
Jackson is one of only five players in the conference to rank among the top-12 in both scoring and rebounding. He is one of only three players to be ranked in all three categories.
Djibril Thiam Ranks Among MWC's Best Scorers, Rebounders and Shot Blockers:
Senior Djibril Thiam is putting up some impressive numbers for the Cowboys thus far this season. In fact, he ranks among the Mountain West Conference's best scorers, rebounders and shot blockers.
Thiam currently ranks No. 15 in the MWC in scoring with an average of 12.2 points per game. He is tied for No. 3 in the league in blocked shots with 1.5 per game and is tied for No. 19 in rebounding with 4.7 per game.
About South Dakota:
South Dakota enters Wednesday's game with a record of 2-4. Their wins have come over the South Dakota School of Mines and Louisiana Monroe. They have lost games to Nebraska, Marquette, Illinois State and Jacksonville State. They are led by junior guard Charlie Westbrook who is averaging 16.3 points and 4.3 rebounds a game.
South Dakota returns two starters and six lettermen from a successful 2009-10 season. Last year, the Coyotes finished 22-10 and won the Great West Conference with a league mark of 11-1. They played in the postseason, losing at Creighton in the first round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.
Where to Watch and Listen:The game will be televised in the state of South Dakota on the Midco Sports Network. However, the game will not be available in the state of Wyoming.
As always, the Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast the game on the radio. Fans can tune into any of 25 affiliate stations or listen to the game through Wyoming All Access on WyomingAthletics.com.
For a fee, fans can watch a video stream of the game through South Dakota's website USDCoyotes.com.