No. 25 Wyoming Opens MW Play by Hosting Boise State
Jan. 7, 2013
Laramie, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team opens its 14th season in the Mountain West on Wednesday when the Cowboys host Boise State at 8 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium. The 13-0 Pokes have crafted the best start in program history to climb into a top-25 poll for the first time since the 1987-88 campaign. UW is 25th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll and 27th in the Associated Press Poll, but now faces the top offensive team in the conference in the Broncos. BSU leads the league in points, scoring margin, field goal percentage and three-point field goal percentage.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or going online at GoWYO.com. Fans can follow live stats and live video of Wyoming's game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on the website. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network and televised by ROOT Sports.
A Look at the Matchup
Head coach Leon Rice and the Broncos went 13-17 overall and 3-11 in the MW last season for seventh in the league, but returned four starters and eight letterwinners this season. That group has helped Boise State start the 2012-13 campaign with an impressive 12-2 mark, including 7-0 at home and 3-2 on the road. BSU's two losses were at 74-70 defeat at No. 15 Michigan State and a 76-55 loss at Utah. The Broncos have won 10 of their 12 games by double digits and are winners in their last six contests. Most recently, Boise State earned a 106-39 home win over Walla Walla on Saturday, during which four Broncos scored in double figures and two over the 20-point mark. BSU ranks as one of the top offensive teams in the MW, leading the conference in points per game (79.1), scoring margin (+17.5), field goal percentage (48.7) and three-point field goal percentage (41.3). The Broncos make 8.6 threes per game for second in the MW. Defensively, Boise State allows opponents 61.6 points per game on 41.8 percent from the field and 30.3 percent beyond the arc. BSU has a plus 6.6 rebounding margin and plus 3.3 turnover margin.
Each Team's Leaders
Sophomore guard Derrick Marks leads Boise State at 16.3 points and 4.0 assists per game, which rank fifth and fourth in the MW, respectively. Marks also leads the league in free throw percentage (87.5) and steals (2.2). Sophomore guard/forward Anthony Drmic adds 15.4 points and 4.8 rebounds, ranking fourth in the league in field goal percentage (49.3), three-point field goal percentage (41.9) and threes per game (2.5). Junior guard Jeff Elorriage is the top three-point shooter in the MW at 48 percent beyond the arc and 3.2 threes per game. Those marks lead the league and rank eight and 12th in the nation, respectively. Junior forward Ryan Watkins adds 9.1 points and a team-high 7.2 rebounds. Redshirt freshman guard Michael Thompson earned his first start of the season on Saturday, subbing for sick sophomore guard Igor Hadziomerovic. Watkins posted a double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds against Walla Walla, while Drmic added 22 points also.
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