Utah can climb to .500 in league play tonight with a victory over the struggling Wyoming Cowboys. The Cowboys enter tonight's contest with a 7-11 record, they are 1-5 in the Mountain West.
Wyoming had entered the season with fairly optimistic expectations, as they returned the best backcourt in the league. However, under the leadership of new head coach Heath Schroyer, they have failed to gain any traction. Tonight, they will look to change all that with a victory over Utah, who snapped a 3 game losing streak with a decisive victory over TCU Saturday.
Utah too has a new coaching staff, but the transition has been far easier on their side. Utah's 11-wins this season matches last year's win total and the Utes have been competitive in nearly all their defeats. However, the team has struggled in close games, losing to San Diego State in overtime, BYU by 3 and then New Mexico in overtime as well. Their two Mountain West victories (the other against Air Force) were blowouts.
Tonight's game provides Utah a chance to climb closer to the top of the league and even though they are probably out of the title hunt, it's still entirely possible they make a run at the postseason, most likely the NIT. These types of games, against inferior foes at home, are essentially must wins, as losing will ultimately destroy any hope of receiving an NIT bid.
For the Cowboys, they'll rely on junior guard Brandon Ewing, who averages 17.6 points per game on 43% shooting. In Wyoming's last outing, a victory over Colorado State, Ewing had 19 points on 6 of 12 shooting. The Cowboys won 73-58.
A quick look at Wyoming.
Here's to a Utah victory!