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T-C-U (17-11) at Wyoming (19-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Tuesday, February 28th, 9:30 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Arena Auditorium (15,000) -- Laramie, Wyoming. Television: The Mountain. Home Record: TCU 13-2, Wyoming 14-3. Away Record: TCU 3-7, Wyoming 5-6. Neutral Record: TCU 1-2, Wyoming 0-0. Conference Record: TCU 7-5, Wyoming 5-7. Series Record: TCU leads, 11-8.
GAME NOTES: Aiming for back-to-back wins for the first time in more than a month, the Wyoming Cowboys settle in against the TCU Horned Frogs for a Mountain West Conference showdown at Arena Auditorium in Laramie tonight.
Since posting consecutive victories over Air Force and Colorado State back in January, the Cowboys have won a total of just three times and are now 5-7 in conference play which drops them to sixth in the standings. Over the weekend, the team delivered a 64-54 win over Boise State at home to snap a three-game slide.
As for the Horned Frogs, they have assumed fourth place in the league standings with a record of 7-5 following a thorough beating of 18th-ranked New Mexico on Saturday at home, 83-64. The triumph was the second in a row and the fourth in five tries for the team.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, TCU owns an 11-8 advantage over the Cowboys, thanks in part to a 58-52 win in the first meeting of the season in Fort Worth. The victory was the second straight and the fifth in the last six encounters for the Frogs.
One of six players to score in double figures against New Mexico at Daniel- Meyer Coliseum on Saturday, J.R. Cadot dialed up 15 points and pulled down 10 rebounds, en route to being named the MWC Player of the Week. Not to be overlooked were Hank Thorns with 14 points and nine assists, Garlon Green with 13 points off the bench, Craig Williams 12, Amric Fields 11 points and Kyan Anderson 10 as the team shared the ball in one of their most balanced outings of the campaign. Cadot currently ranks second on the team in scoring with 10.9 ppg and is first on the glass with seven rebounds per contest, his 51.3 percent shooting from the floor helping to offset the lack of accuracy by Thorns (13.1 ppg) who is making good on just 38.3 percent of his field goal tries to this point.
The Cowboys' defense held Boise State to just 32.7 percent shooting from the floor, including a mere 6-of-24 behind the three-point line, more than enough of an effort in order for the hosts to come up with the double-digit win. Leonard Washington led the way for the Pokes with a double-double consisting of 15 points and 11 rebounds, adding in three blocked shots for good measure, while Francisco Cruz and Luke Martinez accounted for 16 and 10 points, respectively. The defense for Wyoming against the Broncos was nothing all that new, considering the team is one of the top units in the entire country in holding the opposition to a mere 54.6 ppg. Unfortunately, the offense rarely kicks into high gear and with just 63.1 ppg the Cowboys are always in jeopardy of being taken down. Washington and Luke Martinez are both putting up 12.4 ppg and Cruz another 12.0 ppg which means they shoulder the bulk of the weight at that end of the floor.
As long as scoring is kept to a minimum the Cowboys will be in contention tonight, especially since Thorns can be so inconsistent for TCU and he is such an important part of the team's success these days.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wyoming 61, TCU 57
02/28 10:48:30 ET
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