Wyoming’s 2014-15 basketball schedule was released Thursday, and from first glance it is a good one.
Nineteen home games, including 10 of 13 in the nonconference. There is a good mix of quality teams coming to Laramie in Northern Colorado, New Mexico State, Colorado and Denver, and two quality road games at SMU and California.
Eleven teams on the schedule played in the postseason in 2013-14, and 13 won 20 or more games.
Ten games are slated to be on national television as of now. The Jan. 14 home game with San Diego State is slated for ESPN2. Four other games will be on ESPNU or ESPN3 (online only for ESPN3) and five on CBS Sports Network. More TV games will be announced as the season nears.
The unbalanced conference schedule has Boise State coming to Laramie, but no return trip to Boise for the Pokes. UW plays at Air Force, but will not host the Falcons. I was a little surprised Air Force fell into that mix. It is a solid rivalry within the league, and Mountain West officials have stressed that rivalries are important.
One thing I don’t like is that both games with Border War rival Colorado State are on Wednesday. That won’t help crowds in Laramie and Fort Collins.
It is also unfortunate that most of UW’s bigger home conference games fall at a time when the students are still on Christmas break. According to the school’s academic calendar, students don’t return from break until Jan. 26. The Cowboys host UNLV Dec. 31, Boise State Jan. 10, San Diego State Jan. 14 and New Mexico Jan. 24. Many students will be back for the New Mexico game, but there will be only five home conference games after that.
There also is no exhibition games on the schedule for the first time since the 1981-82 season. No big deal there, as teams have held closed scrimmages against other teams in recent years.
This schedule should be a RPI-friendly one for UW if it can win its home nonconference games and perhaps get one of two over SMU or Cal. And, UW’s RPI will be boosted if the rest of the MW can win some of its bigger nonconference games.
What do you think, folks? Do you like this schedule, and what do you like or dislike about it?
Below is the full schedule:
2014-15 Wyoming Men’s Basketball Schedule
Date Opponent Site Time (TV)
Sun., Nov. 16 Northern Colorado Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Tue., Nov. 18 Western State Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Sat., Nov. 22 Colorado Laramie, Wyo. TBA (ESPN3)
Mon., Nov. 24 Florida A&M Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Wed., Nov. 26 Stetson Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Sat., Nov. 29 New Mexico State Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Tue., Dec. 2 Denver Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Fri., Dec. 5 at SMU Dallas, Texas TBA
Sun., Dec. 7 Regis Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Wed., Dec. 10 at California Berkeley, Calif. TBA
Sun., Dec. 14 Montana State Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Sat., Dec. 20 Southern Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Tue., Dec. 23 Montana State Bozeman, Mont. TBA
Wed., Dec. 31 UNLV* Laramie, Wyo. TBA (ESPN3)
Sat., Jan. 3 at San Jose State* San Jose, Calif. TBA
Wed., Jan. 7 at Colorado State* Fort Collins, Colo. TBA
Sat., Jan. 10 Boise State* Laramie, Wyo. TBA (CBSSN)
Wed., Jan. 14 San Diego State* Laramie, Wyo. TBA (ESPN2)
Sat., Jan. 17 at Fresno State* Fresno, Calif. TBA (ESPN3)
Sat., Jan. 24 New Mexico* Laramie, Wyo. TBA (ESPNU/ESPN3)
Wed., Jan. 28 at Utah State* Logan, Utah TBA
Sat., Jan. 31 Nevada* Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Wed., Feb. 4 Colorado State* Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Sat., Feb. 7 at Air Force* Colorado Springs, Colo. TBA
Wed., Feb. 11 at San Diego State* San Diego, Calif. TBA (CBSSN)
Sat., Feb. 14 San Jose State* Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Tue., Feb. 17 at Nevada* Reno, Nev. TBA
Wed., Feb. 25 Fresno State* Laramie, Wyo. TBA (CBSSN)
Sat., Feb. 28 at UNLV* Las Vegas, Nev. TBA (CBSSN)
Wed., March 4 Utah State* Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Sat., March 7 at New Mexico* Albuquerque, N.M. TBA (CBSSN)
Mountain West Championship$ Las Vegas, Nev.
Wed., March 11 vs. First Round 1, 3:30 p.m.
Thu., March 12 vs. Quarterfinals 1, 3:30, 7, 9:30 p.m.
Fri., March 13 vs. Semifinals 7, 9:30 p.m.
Sat., March 14 vs. Championship 4 p.m.