Wyoming Cowboys set to host No. 6 Nevada Saturday

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(Wyoming release)

LARAMIE, Wyo. – The Cowboys host No. 6/7 Nevada on Saturday evening at 8 p.m. in the Doom of Dome. It marks the second-straight season the Wolf Pack come to Laramie ranked in the top-25. The Pokes defeated the then ranked No. 23 Wolf Pack in double overtime 104-103 on Jan. 23, 2018. Nevada is the highest ranked team to play in Laramie since the Pokes defeated No. 5/5 San Diego State 68-62 on Feb. 11, 2014.

Tickets are available to Saturday’s game by: going online at GoWyo.com/tickets, emailing tickets@uwyo.edu, calling 307-766-7220 or stopping by the UW Athletics Ticket Office on the west side of the Arena-Auditorium. Saturday’s game will be a Gold Rush, as fans are encouraged to wear gold to the game. Special Gold Rush Tee shirts will be available for students.

The contest will be televised on ESPNU and the WatchESPN App. Fans can listen and follow love stats on GoWyo.com. The game will be broadcast live on radio over the 25 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network, as Dave Walsh and Kevin McKinney will call the action.

A Look at the Matchup
Wyoming heads into Saturday’s game with a 6-18 overall record and a 2-9 mark in the Mountain West. The Pokes fell at Utah State on Wednesday, 76-59. The Cowboys went toe-to-toe with the Aggies till a late run gave Utah State the win.

Wyoming is shooting 42 percent from the field on the season, as the opposition connects on 45 percent of their attempts. The Pokes are shooting 36 percent from behind the arc with 183 makes this season. Wyoming has shot over 40 percent from the three-point line in three-straight games making 36 in that stretch.

The Wolf Pack are ranked sixth in the nation in the Coaches’ Poll and seventh in the Associated Press rankings. Nevada is 23-1 overall and 10-1 in the MW. Nevada has won eight-straight and defeated New Mexico at home last Saturday by a score of 91-62.

Nevada leads the MW in scoring at 82.2 points per game. The Wolf pack also rank second in the league allowing only 65.5 points per game. Nevada ranks fourth in the MW shooting 47 percent from the field and ranks second in field goal percentage defense at 40 percent. The Wolf Pack average 16 assists per night for second in the conference and rank fifth in the nation in assists/turnover ratio at 1.59.

Each Team’s Leaders
Wyoming is led in scoring, rebounding and assists by senior guard Justin James. He leads the MW in scoring at 20.9 points per game, which ranks No. 34 in the nation. He grabs 8.4 rebounds per game for sixth in the MW and adds 4.4 assists per game for fifth in the league. James recorded 26 points at Utah State, as he moved into the top-10 in career three pointers at Wyoming with 144 for ninth all-time.

Junior guard Jake Hendricks adds 11.3 points per game and leads the Pokes with 45 three pointers on the year. He has made 11 over the last three game, as he returned from injury that saw him miss 10 games. Redshirt freshman Hunter Thompson adds 10.7 points per game and is shooting 48 percent from the field.

The Wolf Pack are led by in scoring by Caleb Martin at 19.3 points per game for third in the MW. He also adds five rebounds and has 69 assists on the season. Jordan Caroline adds 19 points per game and 10.1 rebounds. He is fifth in the league in scoring and second in rebounding. Cody Martin adds 11.2 points per game and leads the team at 5.4 assist per game to lead the MW.

About The Series
The Cowboys are 14-6 all-time against the Wolf Pack including a 8-3 record at home. The series dates back to 1938 with the Wolf Pack taking four of the last five meetings.

Up Next
Wyoming returns home on Tuesday at 8 p.m. hosting UNLV in a contest televised on CBS Sports Network.

Casey Conlon

Casey Conlon

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