UW Men Start Second Half of MW Season at Boise State on Saturday
Feb. 7, 2013
Laramie, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball will seek a measure of revenge on Saturday at Boise State. The Broncos (15-7, 3-5 MW) halted a 13-game winning streak for the Cowboys (16-6, 2-6 MW) on Jan. 9 in the first meeting between the two this season, and the Pokes have gone 3-5 since. BSU hit 11 a season-high 11 threes for a UW opponent, but the Cowboys have held six of their last eight opponents to three treys or less. Saturday's matchup should be another close one between the high-scoring Bronco offense and stingy Cowboy defense. Tip is set for 6 p.m. MT in Taco Bell Arena.
Fans can follow live stats, live audio 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.
A Look at the Matchup
Head coach Leon Rice and the Broncos sit sixth in the MW standings at 3-5 in conference play and 15-7 overall. Like Wyoming, Boise State crafted an impressive non-conference record, but has faltered against tough MW opponents. In their most recent action, the Broncos lost a 63-62 game at No. 25 San Diego State on Wednesday. BSU erased a 17-point first-half deficit, but lost on a three by Chase Tapley with 2.8 seconds left. Boise State is 9-1 at home this season, as its one loss was in overtime, 79-74, to league-leading New Mexico. The Broncos sport one of the best offenses in the MW, leading the conference in points per game (75.2), three-point percentage (40.4) and free throw percentage (75.2). BSU also ranks second in field goal percentage (46.3) and threes per game (8.0). Defensively, Boise State allows opponents 65.8 points per game and ranks eighth in field goal defense (43.9) and seventh in three-point defense (33.7). BSU has a plus 4.8 rebounding margin and plus 1.9 turnover margin.
Each Team's Leaders
Sophomore guard Derrick Marks leads Boise State at 16.6 points and 3.5 assists per game, which rank fourth and fifth in the MW, respectively. Marks also leads the league in free throw percentage (85.8) and steals (2.1). Sophomore guard/forward Anthony Drmic adds 15.9 points and 4.6 rebounds, ranking second in the league in three-point percentage (40.6) and threes per game (2.5). Junior guard Jeff Elorriaga is the top three-point shooter in the MW at 47 percent beyond the arc and 3.1 threes per game. Those marks lead the league and rank sixth and 11th in the nation, respectively. Junior forward Ryan Watkins adds 9.4 points and a team-high 7.7 rebounds. Redshirt freshman guard Michael Thompson contributes 9.2 points and 2.9 rebounds. Marks and Thompson both had 16 points at SDSU.
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