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Boise State (13-13) at Wyoming (18-9)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 25th, 4:00 p.m. (et).
FACTS & STATS: Site: Arena Auditorium (15,000) -- Laramie, Wyoming. Television: The Mountain. Home Record: BSU 11-4, Wyoming 13-3. Away Record: BSU 1-9, Wyoming 5-6. Neutral Record: BSU 1-0, Wyoming 0-0. Conference Record: BSU 3-8, Wyoming 4-7. Series Record: Wyoming leads, 9-5.
GAME NOTES: Losers of four in a row, the Wyoming Cowboys try to get back on the horse this afternoon as they take on the Broncos of Boise State in Mountain West Conference action from Arena Auditorium in Laramie.
Since stunning UNLV at home a few weeks back, the Pokes have hit the skids and are now just 4-7 in conference play which pushes them to sixth in the standings entering weekend action. On Wednesday night, Wyoming had nationally- ranked San Diego State on the ropes at Viejas Arena, but upon going to overtime the Cowboys lost their drive and the game, 67-58.
As for the Broncos, they are the newest addition to the MWC and were treated as such as they dropped their first seven league dates on the schedule. Finally, against Air Force two weeks ago BSU broke through with a 72-61 win. It was the first of three straight over league competition, but again on Wednesday night the team met up with nationally-ranked UNLV, a team which it took to overtime the first time around, but this time bowed in a 75-58 final at the Thomas & Mack Center. Not surprisingly, Boise State is currently tied for last place in the standings with the Falcons at 3-8.
With respect to the all-time series between these two schools on the hardwood, the Cowboys are now ahead by a count of 9-5 after posting a 75-64 win in the first meeting of the season last month at Taco Bell Arena.
For the first time this season the Broncos failed to have a single player score in double figures as the Runnin' Rebels took out some of their frustrations on visiting Boise State. Anthony Drmic and reserve Thomas Bropleh both tallied nine points, the former shooting just 4-of-11 from the floor, including 1-of-8 behind the three-point line. Also having trouble on the perimeter was Drew Wiley who came up empty on seven tries, the team finishing the night a mere 7-of-30 on the outside, 35.7 percent accurate from the floor and 11-of-22 at the free-throw line. In conference play this year the Broncos are producing only 61.1 ppg and not a single player is averaging double figures. Drmic is turning the trick overall this year with his 12.2 ppg, but if not for a couple of triple-digit scoring games against Cal State Northridge and Drake there's no telling how bad the numbers would look right now for the Broncos.
Wyoming looked like it had the Aztecs close to collapse a few nights ago, but to count out SDSU at home would be somewhat foolish. Once the game went to overtime it became quite clear which school had the better talent as the Cowboys scored a total of just three points in the period. Arthur Bouedo scored a team-best 11 points for the visitors, shooting 3-of-4 behind the three-point line off the bench in just 19 minutes, while Adam Waddell tacked on 10 points and six boards in the losing cause. In the last four games, all of them defeats, the Cowboys have had a different leading scorer, so perhaps there is something to be said about having an offensive leader and perhaps not leaving it up to scorer-by-committee. But honestly, this is a Wyoming team built on defense anyway, a group that is holding MWC foes to just 58.5 ppg and competitors overall to a mere 54.7 ppg. While it wasn't the case against SDSU, Luke Martinez (12.5 ppg), Leonard Washington (12.3 ppg) and Francisco Cruz (11.8 ppg) are generally the go-to guys.
As long as the Cowboys put aside the disappointment they felt following the missed opportunity against San Diego State, this should again be a matchup made for Wyoming.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Wyoming 62, Boise State 55
02/25 11:32:51 ET
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