UW-Denver pregame notes

The Wyoming men’s basketball team (10-0) plays its first game in 10 days when it hosts Denver (3-5) at 7 tonight at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.

Here are a few tidbits about the game:

–UW has outscored teams 391-270 in the second half this season, and went on impressive second-half runs in its last two games. At Illinois State it ended the game on a 36-7 run over the last 12:20 to win 81-67. Against Division II Oklahoma Panhandle State, the Cowboys outscored the Aggies 25-6 over the final 10:50.

–The Cowboys lead the Mountain West in free-throw percentage (76.7) and senior guard Luke Martinez is tops among players at 92.6 percent. Martinez also needs one 3-pointer to move into sole possession of 10th place on UW’s career list. He currently is tied with Sean Ogirri (2009) with 109.

–One more note on Martinez: He averages a MW-best 2.8 3-pointers per game.

–Sophomore guard Riley Grabau is expected to play for the first time since the Dec. 1 game with Colorado with a knee injury.Grabau hasn’t seen extensive playing time since the Nov. 24 home game with Cal-State Bakersfield. He remains first in the MW and third in the nation with an assist-to-turnover ration of +6. He has 24 assists and only four turnovers.

–Denver has won two straight and shot a combined 58.1 percent from the field in those games. In their first six games they shot 38.1 percent.

–Denver junior forward Chris Udofia, at 6-6, was the Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year last season.

–Denver is playing in the WAC this season, and moves to the Summit League next year in all sports.

–The Pioneers are 0-3 on the road.

–This is the 150th game between the two teams. UW leads the series 100-49 and 63-14 in Laramie, but the two squads have split the last 10 games.

–UW’s men’s and women’s basketball teams are a combined 18-2 heading into their games today (the women are at Ball State today). That’s the best combined start for both since women’s hoops started at UW in the 1972-73 season.

For more on the game, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and go to www.wyosports.net.