Adams looks to attack basket more today vs. Colorado

Wyoming junior guard was 4 of 6 from 3-point range in the Cowboys’ season-opening win over Northern Colorado last weekend. Adams showed good range, and said he worked a lot in the offseason on his shot.

Josh Adams

Josh Adams

But in the Cowboys’ next game, a 61-46 win over Division II Western State on Tuesday, Adams was 1 of 4 from the field and 0 of 2 from 3-point range.

In UW’s game today against Colorado, which tips off at 4 p.m. at the Arena-Auditorium, Adams said he wants to get to the basket more.

“I haven’t done that much in the first two games because (opponents) gave me open shots outside, but I know that’s something I need to get back to doing in a game like this,” Adams said.

Riley Grabau

Riley Grabau

It also should be interesting to see how Adams and senior guard Riley Grabau play today. Both are from Colorado — Adams from the Denver area and Grabau from Boulder where CU is located. Both downplayed the fact they are playing a school from their home state who didn’t show a ton of interest in them in the recruiting process. In fact, both have done that since they’ve been at UW and in previous games with CU, in which UW has won two of the last three.

Grabau also struggled against Western State as he was 0 of 3 from the field — all from 3-point range and had two turnovers compared to no assists.

Safe to say that both Adams and Grabau must play a lot better today if UW has a chance to win.

For more coverage from the game, see Sunday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net/

UW-Boise State football live chat – 8 p.m. tonight

Join WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi for his live game chat as the University of Wyoming football team plays its home-finale Saturday against Boise State.

The chat starts at 8 p.m. about 15 minutes before kickoff.

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Wyoming vs. Boise State football: key to the game, notes and quotes

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s key to the game for Wyoming in its home-finale against Boise State. Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. MT at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium:

Possess and finish: Wyoming’s offense must win the time of possession battle, and more importantly, finish drives with points. That may be the Cowboys’ best defense against Boise State’s league-leading scoring offense (37.7 points per game). UW did a decent job two weeks ago against Utah State of possessing the ball, but must do a better job of finishing and eliminate penalties and turnovers.

What do you think, folks? Yay or nay?

Here is Gagliardi and WyoSports editor Scott Nulph’s weekly video blog about the game:

Here are some notes and quotes from both UW and Boise State from this week:

Blair Burns

Blair Burns

–UW has never defeated Boise State (0-8) and has lost by a combined score of 148-43 in the four games played in Laramie. The Cowboys have scored no more than 17 points against the Broncos. But that doesn’t mean UW is intimidated by Boise State: “Boise State is a great team, but I wouldn’t say we are intimidated. We played at Oregon and Michigan State and we weren’t intimidated against those teams. Getting a win would be great. Why not now?” — UW senior cornerback Blair Burns.

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Mountain West football power rankings/picks – Week 13

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi with his weekly installment of the Mountain West football power rankings and picks for Week 13 of the college football season. Look for this every week during the football season, and as always, your feedback is welcome.

1. Colorado State (9-1 overall, 5-1 MW): Remains No. 1 coming off a bye week. Winners of eight straight and the only MW team ranked in the polls, yet needs a Boise State loss to win the Mountain Division (assuming the Rams win out). Senior quarterback Garrett Grayson was notified last week by the Heisman Trust that he is a candidate to win this year’s award. He’s good, but not sure he’s that good. This week: vs. New Mexico, 11:30 a.m. MT Saturday (ROOT). Rams will end their home season on a high note, but a big game at Air Force next week looms: Colorado State 45, New Mexico 22.

2. Boise State (8-2, 5-1): Still not far behind Colorado State in the rankings. The Broncos had to rally from first-half deficits in their last two games, but they lead the MW in scoring (37.7 ppg) and they find ways to win games. This week: at Wyoming, 8:15 p.m. MT Saturday (ESPN2). Boise State is 8-0 all-time against Wyoming, and it will make it 9-0 in a game closer than some may think. Boise State 27, Wyoming 20.

3. Utah State (8-3, 5-1): Can still win the Mountain Division, but needs some help. The Aggies have allowed the fewest points in the MW this season (213), and just keep winning. This week: vs. San Jose State, 7:30 p.m. MT Friday (ESPN2). Perhaps the rest of the country will see why Utah State is one of the best stories in college football as they win their ninth game despite playing their fourth quarterback due to injuries. Utah State 30, San Jose State 14.

4. Air Force (8-2, 4-2): The fourth team from the Mountain Division with eight or more wins, and perhaps one of the more underrated teams in the country. A big test comes this week, but no matter what the Falcons do the rest of the season, the program has bounced back nicely after going 2-10 in 2013. This week: at San Diego State, 7:30 p.m. MT Friday (CBSSN). Should be a low-scoring game between two good defenses. Going with the home team, but not feeling overly confident with that. San Diego State 24, Air Force 21.

5. Nevada (6-4, 3-3): Leaders in the West Division and still the favorite to win that division despite an overtime loss at Air Force last week. Capable of beating any team in the league, but also capable of losing to them all. This week: vs. Fresno State, 8:30 p.m. MT Saturday (ESPNU). The division title is on the line in this one. Going with the home team and senior quarterback Cody Fajardo. Nevada 38, Fresno State 31.

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UW sports live chat replay

Here’s the replay of WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s weekly live chat on University of Wyoming sports on Thursday, Nov. 20.

A lot of UW men’s basketball conversation as the 2-0 Cowboys host 2-0 Colorado at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Arena-Auditorium. The football team (4-6 overall, 2-4) plays its final home game of the season at 8:15 p.m. Saturday against Boise State.

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UW-Boise State football Q&A

WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi did a question-and-answer session with Chadd Cripe, who covers Boise State football for the Idaho Statesman, about Saturday’s game with the University of Wyoming. Kickoff is at 8:15 p.m. at Jonah Field at War Memorial Stadium in Laramie.

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Look for Q&As with beat writers that cover UW football opponents every week throughout the season.

Has this Boise State team lived up to expectations this season with a new coach in Bryan Harsin, and what are the biggest changes in the program and around the team compared with former coach Chris Petersen?

Chadd Cripe

Chadd Cripe

I’d say they’re about where people expected. The loss to Ole Miss was no surprise. The loss to Air Force was, but you have to expect a bump somewhere with a new staff. Otherwise, they’ve maybe been more inconsistent than expected but they’ve still put themselves in position to win the league. The changes are mostly cosmetic — Harsin and his staff are more promotion-oriented, using tools like Twitter and behind-the-scenes videos. In terms of the actual on-the-field product, it’s very similar, except this offense looks more like the old Boise State offense than the one Petersen installed last year.

 

Senior Grant Hedrick struggled and was benched in a loss at Air Force earlier this season, but since then has been the most accurate quarterback in the Mountain West. What changed with him, if anything, that has enabled him to be so effective?

Hedrick told me last week that he became more assertive, which helped fuel his hot streak. That said, offensive coordinator Mike Sanford has said the last two weeks weren’t his best in terms of the reads he’s been making. So there’s still some inconsistency there. Hedrick has a lot of talent — his issues have been turnovers and inconsistency in his career.

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UW-Western State postgame thoughts

It was a very Wyoming-like win Tuesday night.

The Cowboys worked through a barrage of 3-pointers by Division II Western State and got a balanced offensive attack in a 61-46 victory Tuesday night at the Arena-Auditorium to improve to 2-0.

Western State got to the free-throw line about 35 times a game in its first two contests, and that was something UW wanted to eliminate. It did, as the Mountaineers got to the line three times.

But they made 3s — 10 in all — and five came from senior wing Dominique Wright who had not made one in the previous two games.

However, UW held Western State to just seven 2-point baskets.

Here is coach Larry Shyatt after the game:

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Bohl concerned with top two offensive threats for Boise State

It takes 11 guys on offense and defense for a unit to perform well.

But when first-year Wyoming coach Craig Bohl talked about the Cowboys’ foe this week — Boise State — two guys came to the forefront.

Grant Hedrick

Grant Hedrick

Senior quarterback Grant Hedrick leads the Mountain West in total offense (325.6 ypg), and is the only player in the conference with more than 300 yards of total offense per contest. He also leads the league in completion percentage (71.4 percent). Hedrick is second in passing yards (279.5 ypg) and in passing efficiency (153.7). Hedrick’s 461 rushing yards is third among MW quarterbacks.

“He can throw it deep and short, he can run and makes good decisions,” Bohl said. “As an old defensive coordinator, when that quarterback plays well, the plays on (the defensive) call sheets get a lot harder. The element of the quarterback run makes it all the tougher.”

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Cowboys ready for the home stretch with plenty to play for

First-year Wyoming football coach Craig Bohl said his team “utilized its bye week wisely” last week.

The team practiced a good part of last week, and much of that work was getting ready for Saturday’s home-finale against Boise State — a team UW has never defeated in eight games and has been outscored 148-43 in three home games.

UW enters the game 4-6 overall and 2-4 in the Mountain West. It needs to win its final two games to get to 6-6 and become bowl eligible. Boise State is 8-2, 5-1 and if it wins out it will win the league’s Mountain Division.

“Without question (Boise State) is one of the top teams in our conference and around the country,” Bohl said. “We’re excited about playing them, but it will be a big challenge.”

Here is Bohl during his weekly news conference with the media Monday:

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UW-Northern Colorado postgame thoughts

It was quite the day in Laramie Sunday as Wyoming gave fans their first look at the renovated Arena-Auditorium and a glimpse of this season’s men’s basketball team.

The Cowboys took care of business with a 78-70 victory over Northern Colorado in front of 5,876 fans. I must say, the A-A has a completely different feel to it. From the position of the court, the new retractable seating, the pregame introductions of players … it all feels different — but in a good way.

Here is video of the new player introductions:

As for the team, senior forward Larry Nance Jr. looked good in his first game after tearing his ACL in mid-February. He led UW with 21 points and eight rebounds. He didn’t score until about 13 minutes into the game, but he moved well, he rebounded well and logged 35 minutes. Nance also took a hard fall with just under five minutes to play that had everyone in the arena holding their collective breaths. But he was fine, and UW’s fortunes could be fine if Nance keeps this up.

Here are some highlights from the game:

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