Cowboys expect pressure at UNLV

Less than 24 hours after Wyoming’s 63-61 win over Air Force, interim coach Fred Langley’s attention turned toward Saturday’s game at UNLV.

Langley said after the Air Force game UNLV plays like he wants the Cowboys (10-17, 3-10) to play: with suffocating pressure defense.

“From the moment you get off the bus it feels like they’re putting pressure on you,” he said. “I think it’s across the board from their perimeter players, their post players and even their fans.”

UNLV (21-7, 9-5) leads the MWC with 8.14 steals per game and force a league-high 17 turnovers per contest.

More on that in Saturday’s game preview.

Langley said his team is excited to play UNLV’s style in terms of more up-tempo and running the floor. This might be a case of be careful what you ask for as the Cowboys have lost three straight to UNLV, seven of the last eight and 14 of the last 16 dating back to 2004.

UNLV missed 10 free throws in its 77-74 overtime win at New Mexico Wednesday night. UW missed 16 free throws against Air Force. The Rebels’ leading scorer, junior forward Chace Stanback, scored only two points and fouled out midway through the second half. But senior guard Tre’Von Willis, despite a sore knee, scored a season-high 25 points.

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Wyoming football will host its “Cowboy Combine” from 12:30-3 p.m. Monday at the indoor practice facility on campus.

Players will be tested in five different areas: the vertical jump, standing long jump, three-cone test, 20-yard shuttle and 40-yard dash.

Coach Dave Christensen asks fans who attend to bring a canned food item that will be donated to the Interfaith-Good Samaritan Food Pantry in Laramie. Fans should park in the gravel parking lot east of War Memorial Stadium. Donation bins will be located inside the Indoor Practice Facility for fans to donate their canned food items.

I’m hoping to be there and to post resluts — if any are released — on some of the highlights. This will be the final testing prior to the start of spring drills on March 5.

7 thoughts on “Cowboys expect pressure at UNLV

  1. Rg,
    looking forward to hearing from you on this…. I’m jacked about the up coming year…. just have that feeling, something I have not had in a couple of years…. last year was okay but I knew we were going to struggle with loosing the guys on the DL…
    Steve

    • I haven’t seen one of these in this format before. I’ve seen them do testing in the past with past strength coaches. Should be interesting. Spring football starts a week from Saturday.

      The guy that covers Air Force football and men’s hoops doesn’t think UW will be any good. There are some holes and uncertanties, but I do think this team has a chance to do some good things.

      RG

  2. Gigs, wyoming better be careful what they ask for pressuring vegas full court.Vegas is way more athletic then us.You hustle your butt back on defense and make them shot more threes then normal.You try and trap them like they do to you on the preimitter.I have seen us with way more athletic teams then this bunch under mcclain get blowed out in vegas. Iwatched the unlv-air force game a while back in vegas most uglish game I saw on tv in a while. Both teams about knocked the rims off the backboard.Air foce never scored for like 14 minutes in second half but neither did vegas but vegas played that tough defense made enough plays to win the game . Slow it down on them it frustrate them on offense.

    • Good stuff Jimmy and I agree. Langley agrees too but told me today he still will pressure UNLV. Now if the Rebels are making outside shots we will see. I like the fact Langley is going to play how he wants and will not back sown from it. Hope that doesn’t bite them in the butt. But either way Jim Wyoming isn’t talented enough to win at UNLV so it might as well play on its terms.
      Take care Jim.

      RG

  3. Gigs, I know this is way off topic but I didn’t know where to put it. When is the university going to build the swimming diving team a new facillity for goodness sakes.Talk about a team that over achieves.Abillion in surplus and I’ll bet half the high schools in the state have way better facillities then UW. There building all around that place time for new swimming facillity. I follow football basketball by far the most ,but I’ll make sure my CBJ donation goes to those people until they help them out. GREAT JOB TOM JOHNSON AND STAFF.

    • That’s one of the next facility projects. But it will be at least five to 10 years before it gets done. The state will never approve any “surplus” money for athletics. They can’t even approve a lottery.

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