Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt is as serious as the next guy when he’s coaching his players, whether it’s in practice or in a game.
But he also has a great sense of humor, and that was on display during his teleconference with the media Thursday.
Over the last few weeks, Shyatt has talked about adding more to UW’s offense over the holiday break leading up to conference play. He said last week some new wrinkles have been added, but probably more on defense.
He then said this: “We may add a touch here and there offensively, but we’re so gifted offensively that I didn’t think we had to touch much.”
He was kidding, of course, as UW shoots about 47 percent per game, including 33 percent from 3-point range and averages 66.8 points per game.
When you’re 13-2, it’s probably easier to have a sense of humor about that.
UW didn’t practice Wednesday as it returned to Laramie from Tuesday night’s 76-70 win at Utah Valley via bus. Shyatt said he had time to watch the game film from the Utah Valley game twice on the bus ride home. He said immediately after teh game he didn’t like what he saw from his team in the game’s first 37 minutes, but liked the final three minutes. After seeing the film twice, Shyatt said the first 37 minutes wasn’t as bad as he once thought.
“I couldn’t be happier with the outcome, especially the last three minutes,” he said.
The team practiced twice Thursday. It’s next game is Monday at home against Idaho State, the Cowboys’ final non-conference game before their Mountain West opener a week from Saturday at home against New Mexico.
See Friday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang on why the home-and-home series with Utah Valley and Idaho State are good for UW, and what Shyatt would like to see improve from his team defensively.