The biggest game for the Wyoming men’s basketball team this season is less than 48 hours away when the Cowboys host New Mexico at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Arena-Auditorium.
It’s the biggest game at this point because it’s the next game, but first place in the Mountain West will be on the line. UW is 16-3 overall, 5-1 in the MW and tied with San Diego State for first place. New Mexico is right behind UW and San Diego State at 13-6, 5-2.
UW is hoping for its first home crowd of 10,000 since 2005, and possibly its first sellout since 2003. As of Thursday afternoon, around 2,500 tickets remained for the game.
Student attendance should be good as the spring semester starts Monday. Senior forward Larry Nance Jr. said the team is “starting to feel the buzz a little bit” about this game as students begin to come back to campus.
“Every time we play New Mexico it’s a big deal,” Nance said. “It will be fun to have some students at the game. We’ve had great support with he students off campus during the break. But now that they’re back it will be a whole new atmosphere with our student section.”
UW is promoting the game as “Fan Appreciation Day.” It will give away five iPads and two 42-inch televisions. The game is in the afternoon, the weather will be good and a quality team is coming in — at team UW has lost eight in a row to dating back to 2011.
There definitely seems to be buzz in the air. Let’s see if that buzz will be in the A-A Saturday.
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