Pokes Return to Action Tuesday against Front Range Foe Denver
Dec. 17, 2012
Laramie, Wyo. -
After a 10-day layoff for final exams, the University of Wyoming men's basketball team gets back to the court on Tuesday when the Cowboys host Denver at 7 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium. The 150th meeting between the two programs features the perfect 10-0 Pokes with a 7-0 home record this season versus the 3-5 Pioneers who are 0-3 on the road, but have won their last two contests.
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.
A Look at the Matchup
Denver went 22-9 overall last season and 11-5 in the Sun Belt, before joining the WAC during the summer and will join The Summit League after this season. Head coach Joe Scott returned three starters and seven letterwinners from last year, and has started his sixth season at the helm for the Pioneers with a 3-5 record. Six of DU's first eight opponents played in the postseason in 2011-12, though, including NIT champion Stanford and CIT champion Mercer. DU enters Tuesday on a two-game winning streak, after home wins over Mercer (69-40) on Dec. 5 and Nebraska-Omaha (82-47) on Saturday in its most recent action. UNO took an early lead on the Pioneers, but DU closed the first half on a 38-5 run and never looked back for the easy victory. Denver averages 62.4 points per game on 43 percent from the field and 34 percent beyond the arc, but only collects 27.3 rebounds per game. The Pioneers post 14.5 assists per contest and commit just 12.5 turnovers. Defensively, Denver allows 58.4 points per game, as opponents shoot 45 percent from the field and 30 percent beyond the arc. DU earns 7.5 steals and 4.6 blocks per game. The Pioneers have a minus 6.0 rebounding margin, but a plus 3.5 turnover margin.
Each Team's Leaders
Sophomore forward Royce O'Neale paces the Pioneers at 15.4 points, 5.8 rebounds and 3.5 assists per game, thanks to a team-high 40 baskets on the season. Junior forward Chris Udofia is the only other Pioneer to score in double figures at 12.0 per game. He also grabs 5.5 rebounds and has a team-high 19 blocks and 31 assists in 2012-13. Senior guard Chase Hallam adds 9.8 points and 4.4 rebounds to go with nine blocks, while sophomore guard Brett Olson contributes 9.1 points and 1.8 rebounds. Freshman guard Jalen Love made his second start of the season on Saturday against UNO and averages 4.0 points and 1.2 assists. O'Neale, Udofia, Hallam and Olson have started all eight games, while three other Pioneers have rotated as the fifth starter. O'Neale posted 17 points and 10 rebounds against UNO on Saturday, as Udofia added 11 points and a career-high eight assists.
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