UW Men Start Final Homestand with Boise State on Saturday
Feb. 23, 2012
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team begins its final homestand of the 2011-12 season by hosting Boise State on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium. Just two games out of fourth place in the Mountain West standings, the Cowboys (18-9, 4-7) now face two critical home games, including a showdown with fourth-place TCU on Tuesday. The Broncos (13-13, 3-8) began the conference season 0-7 before rebounding to win three of their last four, but are just 1-9 on the road this season.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or going online at WyomingAthletics.com. Fans can also follow live stats and live audio of Wyoming's games, as well as live video of the postgame press conference, through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on the website. The contest will be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network and televised on The Mtn.
A Look at the Matchup
After starting the conference season 0-7, Boise State has rebounded to win three of its last four contests to enter the weekend tied with Air Force for seventh in the MW standings at 3-8 in league play and 13-13 overall. The Broncos earned a 72-61 win at Air Force on Feb. 11, nipped Colorado State 70-69 at home on Feb. 15 and earned another one-point victory, 65-64, versus TCU at home last Saturday. Most recently, BSU dropped at 75-58 contest at UNLV last Wednesday. Boise State is 1-9 on the road this season, including 1-4 in the conference. The Broncos ranked sixth in the conference in scoring offense (70.0), and fifth in scoring defense (66.0), while placing third in turnover margin at plus 1.7. BSU hits the second-most threes per game in the MW at 7.8 and ranks fifth beyond the arc at 35.1 percent. BSU has limited opponents to 31.2 rebounds for third in the league.
Each Team's Leaders
Freshman guard/forward Anthony Drmic continues to lead the way for the Broncos, ranking 13th in scoring (12.2) and 11th in rebounds (4.9) in the MW. The only double-figure scorer for BSU, he also ranks sixth in threes per game (2.0) and three-point percentage (32.9). Fellow freshman Derrick Marks adds 9.0 points and 3.5 rebounds and is tied with Drmic for the team lead in assists with 53, while redshirt junior center Kenny Buckner shoots a team-high 61 percent from the field to average 8.7 points and 4.5 rebounds. Senior Tre Nichols and freshman Joe Hanstad started against UNLV, the fourth start of the season for both, as 11 different Broncos have made at least four starts this year. BSU has used 12 different starting lineups. Nichols scored 5.0 points per game and Hanstad adds 3.9. Drmic scored nine points versus the Rebels and Thomas Bropleh added nine points and six rebounds off the bench.
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