Shyatt, Cowboys focused on themselves

Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt said Friday he and his staff have focused more on what UW does well and needs to improve on than introducing a lot of new offensive and defensive sets since the players returned to Laramie from a few days off after their 80-56 win at Idaho State Dec. 22.

Shyatt met with frontcourt and backcourt players to go over their strength and weaknesses, and what they need to do to get better at the weaknesses. Shyatt feels this is a good time to do it as UW’s next two games are against teams its already played. The Cowboys are at Utah Valley Tuesday, a team they beat 74-41 in Laramie Nov. 30. The rematch with Idaho State is Jan. 9.

Don’t think that UW is overlooking Utah Valley and Idaho State. The Cowboys have about eight or nine practices before their Mountain West opener against New Mexico in Laramie on Jan. 14, and Shyatt said every one of those practices “are very important for us.”

Shyatt said every player should be available for the Utah Valley game. Senior walk-on forward Rob Watsabaugh hurt his back during a lifting session recently, but it wasn’t expect to hamper him too much.

For more on the Cowboys, see Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. Also, see Saturday’s WTE for our top 10 local sports stories for 2011. I bet many of you can name most of them.

6 thoughts on “Shyatt, Cowboys focused on themselves

  1. Why would they be replaying those two teams? I don’t understand that kind of scheduling?

    • Both Utah Valley and Idaho State needed games as did Wyoming by the time Shyatt took over. You see more teams schedule non conference home and homes these days. Don’t know if UW will do it again next season but it is a trend. And for Wyoming these are games it could win and that was important to shyatt this season.


  2. first year transition is always a catch twenty two. Inexperience new recruits need more time on basics while total team requirements need additional variety in offensive and defensive sets. To bad we play New Mexico at home so early. By the time the pokes step their game up to Mtn caliber we will be facing the Lobo in the Pitt. No matter what happens the rest of the year, I feel the coach has done a great job in a commitment to seniors while looking for next years potential. Robert, do you agree or disagree with that assessment??

    • He enrolls in January so he’s technically eligibile then but he’s a project and will redshirt. It may be a year until he sees the floor.


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