Dec. 8, 2006
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys will host one of the nation's top teams in Casper, Wyo., this coming Saturday when the No. 10 ranked Wichita State Shockers travel to the Casper Events Center for the 2006 Blue Cross/Blue Shield Wyoming Shootout. The Cowboys and Shockers will tip off at 3:30 p.m., Mountain Time. That game will be preceded by the Wyoming Cowgirls versus the Western State Mountaineers at 1:00 p.m.
The Cowboys have posted their best start since the 2000-01 season, with a 7-1 record. UW began the 2000-01 campaign with an 8-1 start. The Shockers are 6-0 for the 2006-07 season.
Wichita State will enter Saturday's game ranked No. 10 in this week's Associated Press Media Poll and No. 16 in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' Poll.
WSU has recorded some impressive wins early this season. Among the Shockers' big wins are: a 57-53 win over current No. 9 ranked LSU on the road in Baton Rouge, La., on Nov. 25; a 64-61 victory over current No. 21 ranked Syracuse on the road in Syracuse, N.Y., on Dec. 2; and a 72-66 win over 2006 Final Four participant George Mason on the road in Washington D.C. on Nov. 18.
The last time the Wyoming Cowboys defeated a Top 25 ranked team was in the First Round of the 2002 NCAA Tournament when UW upset No. 6 ranked Gonzaga by a score of 73-66 in Albuquerque, N.M. The win over Gonzaga was also the last time the Pokes defeated a Top 10 ranked team. That victory also occurred on a neutral-site, as will this coming Saturday's meeting versus No. 10 ranked Wichita State.
The only television coverage of Saturday's game will be a local broadcast back to the Wichita, Kan., market.
Tickets are still available to this year's Shootout games. Fans can contact the Casper Events Center Ticket Office at (800) 442-2256 or (307) 577-3030. Ticket prices range from $18 for reserved tickets to $15 for general admission. Tickets admit fans to both the women's and men's games.
The game will, as always, be broadcast on radio over the 25-affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network, beginning one-half hour prior to tipoff.