Cowboys Face 2005 NCAA Sweet 16 Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Tuesday

Dec. 27, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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The Wyoming Cowboys (6-4, 0-0 in the Mountain West Conference) will host the Wisconsin-Milwaukee Panthers (6-3, 1-0 in the Horizon League) in a 7 p.m. game on Tuesday, Dec. 27.

It will mark the first time the two schools have met in basketball. Wyoming brings a two-game winning streak into Tuesday's matchup, with wins over Montana State and SMU over the past 10 days. UWM also has a two-game winning streak in place, having defeated Wisconsin-Green Bay and Oakland University of Michigan in its last two outings.

The Cowboys have only lost seven non-conference home games over the eight seasons Steve McClain has been head coach at Wyoming. UW brings a 49-7 (.875) home record versus non-conference opponents into Tuesday's contest.

Wisconsin-Milwaukee returns four of five starters from last year's team that advanced to the Sweet 16 of the 2005 NCAA Tournament. The Panthers defeated Alabama (83-73) and Boston College (83-75) in last year's NCAAs to move into the Sweet 16, before losing to national runner-up Illinois by a score of 63-77 in the regional semifinals.

There will be no television coverage in the state of Wyoming for the Wisconsin-Milwaukee game, but the game will be carried on radio via the 25-station Cowboy Sports Network, beginning one-half hour before tipoff.

Wyoming will return to action on Saturday, Dec. 31 in a home game versus Weber State that will tip off at 2 p.m., Mountain Time.