Cowboys and Cornhuskers Open Rainbow Classic on Wednesday

Dec. 19, 2006


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The Wyoming Cowboys and Nebraska Cornhuskers will open play in the 2006 Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic on Wednesday, Dec. 20 in Honolulu, Hawaii. Wyoming and Nebraska will meet in the first game of the four-day tournament. That game will tip off at 8 p.m., Mountain Time (5 p.m., Hawaii Time) on Wednesday.

Wyoming enters the Rainbow Classic with an 8-2 record - the best of any of the eight teams. Nebraska is 6-2 thus far this season.

It has been 17 seasons since the Cowboys and Huskers have played one another in basketball, and now the two teams will travel all the way to Honolulu, Hawaii, to renew their rivalry.

The last meeting between the two schools was Jan. 22, 1990, in Laramie, Wyo., when the Cowboys defeated the Huskers by 30 points, 95-65, in the Arena-Auditorium. This year's meeting will be the 26th meeting. Wyoming trails in the overall series 10-15.

The 43rd Annual Rainbow Classic is hosted by former Wyoming rival the University of Hawaii. The eight-team tournament is one of the most prestigious in all of college basketball. The teams participating in this year's Rainbow Classic and their 2006-07 records are: the Charlotte 49ers (3-5 record); Nebraska Cornhuskers (6-2); Creighton Bluejays (4-3); San Francisco Dons (4-7); Hawaii Rainbow Warriors (5-4); Valparaiso Crusaders (3-6); Houston Cougars (4-3); and Wyoming Cowboys (8-2).

Wyoming's participation in this year's Rainbow Classic marks the sixth regular-season tournament that the Wyoming Cowboys have played in during the nine seasons Steve McClain has been head coach of the Cowboys. McClain's Cowboys have built a 7-5 record in regular-season tournaments over the nine-season span.

Following their first round game against Nebraska, Wyoming will have Thursday off before playing either the host team, the University of Hawaii, or the University of San Francisco on Friday in the second round. The complete bracket for this year's Rainbow Classic is attached to this story as a pdf file. There is a three-hour time difference between the times listed on the bracket and Mountain Time.

There is no television coverage of the tournament games back to Wyoming, but the Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast each Cowboy game on radio, beginning with the pregame show one-half hour before tipoff.