Wyoming and Boise State Square Off on Saturday in Laramie
Feb. 27, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
The University of Wyoming men's basketball team looks to break out of a three-team tie for fourth in the Mountain West standings when the Cowboys host Boise State on Saturday at 4 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium. The Pokes (17-11, 8-7 MW) and Broncos (18-10, 8-7 MW) are tied with Nevada at 8-7 in conference play, just one game behind UNLV. The last two meetings between Wyoming and Boise State have been decided on a last-second shot.
Tickets can be purchased by calling the Wyoming Athletics Ticket Office at 877-WYO-FAN1 (877-996-3261) or online at GoWYO.com. Fans can follow live stats, audio and video of the game through the men's basketball Gameday Central page on GoWYO.com. The contest will also be broadcast on the radio by the Cowboy Sports Network and televised by CBS Sports Network. Contact your local cable or satellite provider for further channel information.
A Look at the Matchup
Head coach Leon Rice and Boise State are also tied for fourth in the MW standings at 8-7 in conference play and 18-10 overall. Most recently, the Broncos had their three-game winning streak snapped with a 76-56 loss at Fresno State on Wednesday. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 46-25 lead at halftime thanks to shooting 48 percent (27-of-56) from the field and 58 percent (11-of-19) from deep for the game. The Broncos earned a 35-28 advantage on the boards, but committed 12 turnovers to just four for Fresno State. On the season, Boise State's 76.9 points per game lead the MW and rank 39th in the NCAA. The Broncos shoot 46 percent from the field and 38 percent from deep for second in the conference in both categories. Defensively, BSU allows 69.8 points per game for eighth in the MW on 46 and 37 percent, respectively, as the Broncos are last in the conference in both field goal defense and three-point defense. The Broncos lead the MW and are 13th in the nation in free throw percentage at 76 percent. Boise State's 9.9 turnovers per game are 11th in the NCAA.
Each Team's Leaders
Junior guard Anthony Drmic paces Boise State at 16.9 points and 4.7 rebounds per game, but scored just two points against Fresno State. He ranks fourth in the MW in scoring and second in steals at 1.7 per contest. Junior guard Derrick Marks is second on the team and 11th in the league at 15.3 points per game, as he was held to four points by the Bulldogs. Senior forward Ryan Watkins averages a double-double at 11.4 points and 10.7 rebounds. He ranks second in the MW and sixth in the NCAA in rebounds, while his 12.5 boards per game in MW play lead the league. Redshirt sophomore guard Mikey Thompson posted a team-high 21 points against the Bulldogs, as he averages 9.2 points and 2.5 assists per game. Freshman forward Nick Duncan rounds out BSU's probable starters at 5.6 points and 2.5 rebounds.
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