Wyoming Cowboys and SMU Mustangs Play for Only the Fifth Time in History

Dec. 22, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The last time the Wyoming Cowboys and SMU Mustangs played each other in basketball the two teams were members of the same conference. That was the 1998-99 season when both schools were members of the Western Athletic Conference. UW and SMU split the two meetings in the 1998-99 season, and they have split the four previous matchups dating back to the first contest in Dallas on Dec. 27, 1947. This Thursday the series tie will be broken when the two meet for only the fifth time in history.

If the first four meetings are any indication of just how close the series has been, this week's meeting should be a thriller. All four previous meetings have been decided by five points or less. Wyoming has won both previous games played in Laramie. UW won 89-85 on Jan. 16, 1999, in the Arena-Auditorium, and also defeated SMU 70-65 on Nov. 18, 1988, in the Double A. The Mustangs captured the first meeting with Wyoming in 1947 by a 41-39 final score, and also won in the most recent meeting on Feb. 13, 1999, by a 75-72 margin.

Since that last meeting, Wyoming moved on to become a founding member of the Mountain West Conference, while SMU left the WAC after last season and is currently in its first season as a member of Conference USA.

This Thursday's home game for the Cowboys marks the first of three home games before the end of the year. Wyoming will also host Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Tuesday, Dec. 27 in a 7 p.m. contest, and UW will face Weber State on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. also in the Double A.

Special Holiday ticket packages are available for the final three home games before the end of the year. To purchase tickets, fans may call the UW Athletics Ticket Office at 1-800-922-9461.