This should be a low-scoring game tonight as Wyoming leads the Mountain West in scoring defense (54.7 ppg), which also is seventh nationally.
Fresno State is third in the MW in scoring defense (60.4 ppg). Only two teams have scored more than 70 points on the Bulldogs this season — UCLA and New Mexico. Fresno State forces 15.6 turnovers per game and have 50 more steals than its opponents (123-73).
UW has yet to allow a team to score more than 70 points.
Fresno State averages a league-worst 61 points per game, shoots 39.3 percent from the field and under 70 percent from the free-throw line (68.1 percent).
First one to 50 wins?
–Senior guard Luke Martinez not listed in UW’s game notes roster for this game. Without his 14.5 points per game, the combined scoring average for the players coming off the bench is 7.6 points per game.
–One player that could really help UW with Martinez out is junior-college transfer Nathan Sobey. At 6-foot-4 (or at least listed at 6-4) he gives the Cowboys a little more size at guard. He has scored six points in each of UW’s last two games, and played a career-high 18 minutes at Nevada last Saturday. Sobey has a pretty quick first step off the dribble. UW could really use him now.
–UW also could use all the size it has in the post tonight. Fresno State true freshman center Robert Upshaw is a 7-footer who is about 250 pounds. The Bulldogs also have proven players that go 6-7, 6-8 and 6-10. Senior forward Leonard Washington and sophomore forward Larry Nance Jr., will have their hands full and must stay out of foul trouble.
–The Cowboys are 5-0 on the road this season and have won five straight road games for the first time since the 1990-91 season. The last time they won six straight road games was the 1951-52 season. If UW wins today it will match it win total on the road for all of last season.
–Wyoming is 0-7 all-time at Fresno State, but have lost the last five by an average of 4.4 points per game.
Follow me on Twitter tonight for updates from the game: @rpgagliardi, @wyosports. For a story on Washington’s stellar play in the second half of the last three games for the Cowboys see today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and go to www.wyosports.net.