Shyatt has high priase for Martinez

Wyoming junior guard Luke Martinez leads the Mountain West with 64 3-pointers, and is the Cowboys’ leading scorer at 13 points per game.

Coach Larry Shyatt likes that, but likes something even more about the 6-foot-4 Martinez.

His defense.

Martinez matched his career-high with five steals in UW’s 48-38 loss at New Mexico last Saturday. Shyatt compared Martinez’s defensive effort to that of one of his all-time great players he coached at Florida — Joakim Noah.

“If you watch Luke Martinez only on the defensive end against (New Mexico) would see an incredible effort, an effort equal to none on the floor,” he said. “Not just with the steals but with deflections. He’s had the energy Noah had and very few people at any position will give you that energy, especially on a bad shooting night.”

Martinez was 2 of 8 from the field and scored nine points.

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Here my latest power rankings in the MW. Let me know what you think:

1. New Mexico (20-4, 6-2): Has the longest current winning streak in the MW at five, and has won those games by an average of 23 points. Playing the best basketball in the league, but Lobos play UNLV and San Diego State this week.

2. No. 11 UNLV (22-4, 6-2): Coming off a home win over nationally-ranked San Diego State. Still a shaky team on the road, but also not far behind New Mexico in my eyes right now.

3. No. 13 San Diego State (20-4, 6-2): Like last week, there is not a lot of separation from Nos. 1-3 in the MW. Aztecs fall to third after two-point loss at UNLV. Team’s lack of depth down the home stretch could be an issue.

4. TCU (14-9, 4-4): Have to give it the Frogs this week after beating Colorado State at home last week and already owning a win over Wyoming. A home win over UNLV this week could signify if TCU is legitimate or not this year.

5. Wyoming (18-6, 4-4): Still playing great defense at 54 points allowed per game. Nearly pulled off upset at New Mexico last week.

6. Colorado State (15-8, 4-4): No road conference wins yet, and only a 2-6 road record so far. Rams’ RPI is in the 30s, but they need road wins more than anything now.

7. Boise State (11-12, 1-7): Ended an eight-game losing streak with an impressive road win at struggling Air Force last week. Every player on the roster has started at least one game.

8. Air Force (11-11, 1-7): A coaching change last week and a home loss to Boise State. Can’t get much lower right now.

6 thoughts on “Shyatt has high priase for Martinez

  1. I’ll tell you nobody got more energy then Martinez. The only thing I’d like to see Luke do is drive to the basket alittle more when his long shots aren’t following. He’s a pretty good ball handler and a good free throw shooter for the most part. Teams play up tight on Luke all he has to do is make a little head fake could go right around them to the basket or dish off they’ed have to pick him up.We need this game wednesday for sure.Pokes need to come out fired up, there still getting some national attention. Can’t blow it with a loss.

  2. Your kidding me right? TCU ranked higher than Wyoming? Do you actually watch these basketball games? Should base these on overall performance, not one game wonders (Wyoming losing to TCU on the road). The Cowboys are the better team and will handle TCU in a much bigger margin at home. But what do you expect from a sportswriter who continuously goes with the worst case scenario and dooms/glooms predictions. Example: recent predictions in football and preseason basketball.

  3. I’ll help you out Gagliardi. From a guy that hasn’t missed a minute of MWC games. I base this on overall play, not because one team got the better on one game shot.

    1. UNLV
    2. New Mexico
    3. SDSU
    4. WYO
    5. TCU
    6. CSU
    7. BOISE
    8. AFA

    • It’s a weekly thing and I respect your opinions and thoughts. Thanks for your feedback.

      RG

  4. Just finished watching TCU beat UNLV in texas after they were down 17 points. Just shows you really how good Wyoming does play defense. Lost the game down there but holding TCU to 58 points says alot about our defense. There very atheletic thats for sure.Not like vegas was’nt shooting lights out at times. Maybe Gigs was right. Can’t figure there fans out I think they’ve only lost one game at home all year there probally was’nt more then 1000 fans there.For Christ Sakes they got half million people live there. Thorns was hotter then Jeremy Lin of the Knicks tonight.

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