Cowboys Clash with Western Michigan in CBI Quarterfinals
March 23, 2013
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
After an exciting victory in the first round, the University of Wyoming men's basketball team continues postseason play on Monday when the Cowboys host Western Michigan for the quarterfinals of the CBI presented by Buick. The Pokes (20-13) used a buzzer-beating three to down Lehigh, 67-66, at home last Tuesday, while the Broncos (21-12) earned a dramatic 72-71 overtime win over North Dakota State at home last Wednesday. Tip is set for 7 p.m. MT in the Arena-Auditorium, where Wyoming has won 23 consecutive non-conference games dating back to 2010.
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 and live audio of the 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 AXS TV (DirecTV: 340; DISH Network: 362). Check your cable or satellite provider for channel info.
A Look at the Matchup
Head coach Steve Hawkins and Western Michigan are in their first CBI this season in Hawkins' 10th year at the helm. The Broncos won their seventh outright MAC West division title in 2013 with a 21-12 overall mark and 10-6 in conference play, but fell in the semifinals of the MAC tournament to NIT participant Ohio. WMU is 3-3 in its last six contests and 6-9 on the road this season. The Broncos rank in the middle of the MAC in most statistical categories. On the offensive end, WMU averages 67.2 points for sixth in the conference on 43 percent from the field and 32 percent beyond the arc. The Broncos rebound well, though, as their plus 5.7 rebounding margin leads the MAC and ranks 26th in the NCAA. WMU ranks second in the conference in offensive rebounds (36.8) and first in defensive rebounds (31.2). The Broncos allow 63.9 points per game for fifth in the MAC, but rank third in the conference and 72nd in the nation in field goal defense as opponents shoot 40 percent. WMU gives up 36 percent beyond the arc. The Broncos have a minus 1.7 turnover margin.
Each Team's Leaders
Redshirt junior center Shayne Whittington paces Western Michigan at 13.2 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.6 blocks per game, as he was named to the All-MAC Second Team. His 11 double-doubles on the season led the conference and ranked 40th in the NCAA. Forward Darius Paul was named the MAC Freshman of the Year after averaging 10.8 points and 5.8 rebounds, while senior forward Nate Hutcheson was Honorable Mention All-MAC with 10.2 points and 4.8 rebounds. Sophomore guard Austin Richie's 2.9 assists rank eighth in the MAC and he adds 6.0 points. Senior guard Brandon Pokley adds 8.8 points and 2.5 rebounds thanks to 39 percent beyond the arc, which ranks eighth in the MAC. Whittington paced four Broncos in double figures against NDSU with 18 points, as Pokley added 15.
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