Wyoming (1-0) at Colorado (1-1)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Wednesday, November 13, 9 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Coors Events Center (11,064) -- Boulder, Colorado. Television: Pac-12 Network. Home Record: Wyoming 1-0, Colorado 1-0. Away Record: Wyoming 0-0, Colorado 0-0. Neutral Record: Wyoming 0-0, Colorado 0-1. Conference Record: Wyoming 0-0, Colorado 0-0. Series Record: Wyoming leads, 42-35.
GAME NOTES: The Colorado Buffaloes continue on with the second game of a six- game homestand tonight as they host the Wyoming Cowboys in non-conference action in Boulder.
The Buffs already have two games under their belts, the first being a 72-60 setback against Baylor in Dallas last Friday night and then a 91-65 blowout victory versus UT Martin at home two days later. After this matchup with the Cowboys, Colorado is slated to host Jackson State, Arkansas State, UC Santa Barbara and Harvard before traveling to Air Force on Nov. 30.
As for the Cowboys, who themselves have a three-game homestand on the horizon, they began the campaign with a 78-60 victory over the same UT Martin squad last Friday night at Arena Auditorium in Laramie.
As far as the all-time series is concerned, the Cowboys own a 42-35 advantage over Colorado, winning the most recent encounter last season by a score of 76-69 at home.
Riley Grabau scored a game-high 17 points for the Cowboys, leading four players in double figures, as the squad easily posted an 18-point win over visiting UT Martin in the season opener. Grabau converted 4-of-6 shots behind the 3-point line, the team making good on 8-of-19 attempts beyond the arc on the night. Reserves Charles Hankerson and Trey Washington both dropped in 14 points and Larry Nance registered a double-double with 10 points and a game- high 12 rebounds as Wyoming won the battle of the boards, 39-28.
In addition to holding the Skyhawks to only 35.1 percent from the floor, Wyoming also paraded to the free-throw line where the team connected on 28- of-40 opportunities, compared to 13-of-21 for UT Martin.
The Pokes tallied 45 points in the first half of the opener, a total that would have been the highest output in any game last season.
Meanwhile, when the Buffaloes got their crack at the Skyhawks in what is being billed as part of the Global Sports Main Event, they completely dismantled the visitors by close to 30 points. Except for Askia Booker who tallied just six points in 18 minutes, every starter posted double digit for Colorado, beginning with Josh Scott who tallied 15 points to go with eight rebounds. Spencer Dinwiddie and Wesley Gordon produced 13 points apiece and a combined 14 boards, followed by Xavier Johnson with 12 points as he converted all five of his free-throw attempts.
Colorado as a whole shot 28-of-34 at the charity stripe, compared to only 9- of-17 for the visitors.
Thanks to Scott (15.0 ppg) and Wesley (11.0 ppg) who have combined for 17.5 rpg, the Buffs have beaten their opponents on the glass by an average of 8.5 rpg.
The Cowboys may have some up-and-coming performers on their roster, but Colorado has players who know their roles and are comfortable doing what is needed in order to get the squad into the win column.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Colorado 73, Wyoming 68
11/13 10:30:46 ET