Dec. 20, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The Wyoming Cowboys and Buffalo Bulls will be playing each other for the first time in the two schools' histories when they meet in the first round of the 2007 State Farm Sun Bowl Tournament on Friday, Dec. 21. The game is set to tip off at 9 p.m., Mountain Time from the Don Haskins Events Center in El Paso, Texas.
Wyoming will enter the tournament with a 4-4 record on the season. Buffalo is 5-4 thus far this year.
Beginning in 1961, there has been a Sun Bowl Basketball Tournament held in El Paso, Texas. This year will mark the 47th Consecutive Sun Bowl Tournament. It will be the first time the Wyoming Cowboys have appeared in the tournament. Wyoming will join long-time rival UTEP in this year's tournament. UTEP (6-2) will play South Carolina Upstate (2-8) on Friday at 7 p.m.
A consolation game will take place on Saturday at 5 p.m., with the championship match-up at 7 p.m. that night.
This week's appearance by the Wyoming Cowboys in the State Farm Sun Bowl Tournament marks the second consecutive season that Wyoming is playing in a Holiday Tournament. Last season, UW played in the 2006 Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic in Honolulu, Hawaii. The Cowboys posted a 1-2 record in the last season's Rainbow Classic, defeating San Francisco (84-81 in one overtime) while losing to Nebraska (58-73) and by one point to Charlotte (78-79).
El Paso is familiar territory for the Cowboys as they and the hometown Miners were conference opponents in the old Western Athletic Conference (WAC) for 31 years from the 1968-69 season through 1998-99 campaign. Wyoming was an original member of the WAC in 1962, along with Arizona, Arizona State, BYU, New Mexico and Utah. UTEP joined the WAC in 1968. The Cowboys left the WAC beginning with the 1998-99 season to be a founding member of the Mountain West Conference. UTEP remained in the WAC through the 2004-05 season before joining Conference USA for the 2005-06 season.
The last time the Wyoming Basketball team played in El Paso was Feb. 7, 1998. UW defeated the Miners in that last meeting by a score of 67-55. Wyoming and UTEP have played each other 64 previous times. Wyoming trails in the series 23-41.
The other potential second round opponent for UW is the University of South Carolina Upstate Spartans. If the Pokes and Spartans meet on Saturday, it would be the first meeting between the two schools.
There is no television coverage of this week's Cowboy games, but the Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast both of the Cowboy games on radio beginning one-half hour before game time.