It’s a little early to talk Wyoming basketball, but the Mountain West came out with the 2017-18 conference schedule for the men’s and women’s teams Tuesday.
Here is the men’s slate, with times and TV to be announced at a later date. The women’s schedule is opposite of the men in terms of locations.
2017 UW men’s basketball conference schedule
Wed., Dec. 27: vs. San Diego State
Wed., Jan. 3: at Nevada
Sat., Jan. 6: vs. Boise State
Wed., Jan. 10: at New Mexico
Sat., Jan. 13: vs. Colorado State
Sat., Jan. 20: at Utah State
Wed., Jan. 24: vs. Nevada
Sat., Jan., 27: at San Jose State
Wed., Jan. 31: at Colorado State
Sat., Feb. 3: vs. Fresno State
Wed., Feb. 7: vs. Utah State
Sat., Feb. 10: at UNLV
Wed., Feb. 14: at San Diego State
Sat., Feb. 17: vs. San Jose State
Wed., Feb. 21: vs. New Mexico
Sat., Feb. 24: at Fresno State
Wed., Feb. 28: vs. Air Force
Sat., March 3: at Boise State
March 7-10: MW Men’s Tournament, Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas
Some initial thoughts:
— UW’s “bye” weeks, which means it plays only one game a week instead of two, come early. In fact, its first one is the first week of the conference season, and the second comes just a few weeks later. After Jan. 20 through early March, the Cowboys play two conference games a week. It would have been nice if the MW spread those bye weeks out a little more. Granted, the schedules are done by a computer program, but why can’t a little human common sense come into play here?
— Speaking of common sense, I have never understood why the UW-Colorado State games are played in the middle of the week. This season, UW’s game at CSU will be on a Wednesday. The first game in Laramie is a Saturday, but it will be played before the students come back for the spring semester. Not everyone can get their way when it comes to league schedule, but to me all rivalry games in MW should be played on Saturdays.
— Each of the 11 MW teams play two league teams once. For UW, it gets UNLV and Air Force only once — at UNLV and home to Air Force. It would be nice that the Front Range teams play each other twice each year. I hope the computer program will not ever have a scenario where UW and CSU play only once. Same with Air Force-CSU, UNLV-Nevada, etc.
— I know UW can’t play all of its home conference games on Saturdays, but some of the better teams in the MW — either in name recognition or being actually good — get to come to Laramie mid-week where the numbers indicate those games won’t be well attended. Some of those teams include New Mexico, Nevada, Air Force and Utah State. UW does get San Diego State, Boise State and CSU at home on a Saturday, so I guess one can’t complain too much about that.
What do you think of the league slate for the Cowboys, or at this point in the year, do you care that much about it?