Cowboys’ basketball schedule solid for 2014-15 season

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)

November

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

December

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)

January

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

February

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)

March

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.

2 thoughts on “Cowboys’ basketball schedule solid for 2014-15 season

    • Not really surprising there, Paul, because Shyatt has done that in each of his four seasons since he returned. Last season it was with South Dakota (although the game there was in Rapid City). In 2012-13 it was with UC-Santa Barbara and Cal-State Bakersfield, and in 2011-12 it was with Idaho State and Utah Valley. … It’s a good way for UW to get games — home and away — and Montana State is a good regional foe.
      RG

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