Dec. 28, 2007
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
This Saturday's game versus Wisconsin-Milwaukee will be the first time the Wyoming Cowboys have played on their home court in Laramie in 21 days. The date of the last Wyoming home game was Dec. 8, when the Cowboys hosted and defeated Colorado, 73-64. Saturday's game versus Milwaukee is schedule to tip off at 1:30 p.m.
What difference does playing at home mean -- Wyoming is 3-0 at home this season, while posting a 2-5 record away from Laramie.
Wyoming will enter Saturday's game with a 5-5 overall record. Wisconsin-Milwaukee is 4-7 this season.
Over the next week, Wyoming will also play its first back-to-back home games for the first time during the 2007-08 season. Wyoming will host Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Saturday, Dec. 29, followed by a home game against Chadron State on Monday, Dec. 31 and then will begin Mountain West Conference play by hosting New Mexico on Saturday, Jan. 5.
The non-conference portion of Wyoming's 2007-08 schedule has been a difficult one. Including last week's games at the State Farm Sun Bowl Tournament in El Paso, Texas, Wyoming has played seven of its first 10 games of the season away from its home court in Laramie.
Saturday's opponent, Wisconsin-Milwaukee, has been among the best teams in the nation over the past decade, winning four consecutive Horizon League Championships in 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 and appearing in three NCAA Tournaments in 2003, 2005 and 2006. In 2005, the Panthers advanced all the way to the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament.
The two teams have met only twice before in history, with those two meetings coming in each of the past two seasons. The Panthers won both previous meetings -- 84-69 on Dec. 27, 2005, in Laramie and 75-73 on Dec. 27, 2006, in Milwaukee.
Wyoming senior guard Brad Jones scored his 1,000th career point in Wyoming's most recent game versus UTEP. Jones scored 16 points vs. the Miners to improve his career total to 1,007 career points. He becomes only the 32nd player in the 103 seasons of Wyoming Cowboy Basketball to score 1,000 career points. He joins teammate Brandon Ewing, who currently ranks No. 19 on the UW career scoring list, with 1,208 career points scored.
For his performance in two games last week in El Paso, Jones was named to the five-man Sun Bowl All-Tournament team. Jones averaged 16.0 points, 8.5 rebounds and four assists in the two games versus Buffalo and UTEP. He scored 16 points and grabbed 11 rebounds against Buffalo to record his first career double-double. Versus UTEP in the Championship Game, Jones again scored 16 points, pulled down six rebounds and handed out four assists.
In its last game at UTEP, Wyoming enjoyed its most balanced offensive attack of the season. Wyoming had five individuals score in double figures which was only the second time this year that UW had five individuals score in double figures in the same game. The other game in which five individuals scored in double digits was a season-opening win over CU-Colorado Springs. Versus UTEP the double-figure scorers were: Brad Jones (16 points), Joseph Taylor (12 points), Brandon Ewing, Tyson Johnson (11 points) and Ryan Dermody (10 points).
The other area that Wyoming saw great balance in its game versus UTEP was contribution from its bench. Wyoming's bench contributed 19 points and 15 rebounds against UTEP. In a game at Wichita State earlier this season, UW's bench contributed not one point nor one rebound in the game.
Saturday's game against Milwaukee will be televised live on The Mtn. As with all Wyoming men's basketball games the Cowboy Sports Network will broadcast the game on radio beginning with the pregame show one half hour before tipoff.