The Wyoming men’s basketball team knew it wasn’t going to play in the NCAA Tournament, and it was hoping for the NIT.
Instead, it got word late Sunday night it will play in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) and hosts North Dakota State at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Laramie.
Do you even care enough to give your thoughts or opinions?
As I wrote in my Sunday column, it’s what UW makes of it.
Do the Cowboys want their season to end without trying to make a run in any sort of tournament? One got that impression in the 2008-09 season, when UW went to the CBI and lost its only game to Northeastern 64-62 in Laramie in a game where the players – and fans – seemed not to care if the Cowboys played or not.
But this UW team isn’t anything like the 08-09 squad.
“I really just want to play again with these other five guys,” said senior point guard JayDee Luster after the Cowboys’ 56-48 loss to UNLV in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament last Thursday.
Here’s a link to the complete column http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2012/03/11/sports/19sports_03-11-12.txt
It would be nice if fans became interested, and perhaps they will if UW is fortunate enough to win Wednesday and possibly host another game, and possibly another. At least the first game won’t conflict with any of the NCAA Tournament games. I think if UW fans had to choose between watching NCAA Tournament games or a live CBI game in Laramie. … well, you know where I’m going with this.
There are some interesting story lines within this year’s CBI. UW and TCU are on the same side of the bracket and could play each other in the semis if both win their first two games. Butler is on the other side of the bracket, along with Pittsburgh of the Big East. In Wednesday’s game, UW junior guard Luke Martinez gets to play against a school from his native North Dakota. He is from Bismarck.
Heck, maybe center Adam Waddell may have another breakaway dunk and do a complete flip afterwards like he did in the 2009 CBI game against Northeastern?
OK, I might be grasping for straws here, but the bottom line is UW is playing in the postseason. If anyone would have told you this team would win 20 games and be in ANY postseason tournament after winning just 20 games the previous two seasons, most of you would be pretty happy with that.
Let’s hope the players feel the same and show it on the court starting Wednesday night.
For more on this story, see Monday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle.