MWC men’s hoops news and notes

Wyoming’s next opponent, Air Force on Saturday, has already matched its win total from last season at 10. The Falcons are 10-6 and 1-2 in Mountain West Conference play and nearly beat UNLV at home last Saturday before losing 64-52.

“They’re playing witha lot more confidence, and the biggest thing is (Air Force coach Jeff Reynolds) has all his guys healthy,” UW coach Heath Schroyer said. “They’re much improved. They’re a lot better and they’re hard to play. They’re very good at home. They had Vegas on ropes and beat Utah at home.”

UW hopes to use this week to get some guys healthy and figure out a way to snap a 17-game road losing streak. For more on that, see Tuesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle www.wyomingnews.com and Laramie Boomerang www.laramieboomerang.com.

Some other news and notes from Monday’s MWC coaches teleconference:

–Air Force may have beaten UNLV last Saturday if it had made free throws, but it was only 12 of 25 from the line.

–San Diego State made 13 3-pointers in its 87-77 win at New Mexico. The Aztecs (19-0, 4-0) remain No. 6 in the nation.

–Brigham Young senior guard Jackson Emery will be honored prior to Tuesday’s home game with TCU for breaking the school’s career record for steals, previously held by Danny Ainge. Reynolds described Emery as one of the best shooters in the MWC. Emery shoots 38.8 percent from 3-point range.

–UNLV coach Lon Kruger said senior guard Tre’Von Willis (knee) is probable for Wednesday’s home game against Colorado State. Willis didn’t play at Air Force.

–Brigham Young senior guard Jimmer Fredette is getting a lot of national attention these days after his 47-point game last Tuesday at Utah. He was named MWC Player of the Week for the third straight week, fifth time this season and 12th time in his career.

“He’s more of a humble kid now than he was then,” said Cougars coach Dave Rose when asked how Fredette has handled all the attention this season. “At times I think it’s almost embarassing for him.”

Sunday’s stories

It’s game week mode for everyone in the MWC now. Here are some interesting stories I found:

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/utahsports/50181972-59/carries-pitt-practice-shakerin.html.csp

http://www.gazette.com/sports/calhoun-103752-thiessen-morgan.html

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/collegesports/2012722914_survey29.html?syndication=rss

http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20100829/SPORTS/8290352/Final-football-scrimmage-in-books-for-Rams

http://www.staradvertiser.com/sports/sportsnews/20100830_Fleeing_members_foiled_conferences_big_plans.html#axzz0y1g8PidO

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/50172736-88/players-team-mendenhall-monson.html.csp

http://www.lvrj.com/sports/rebels–run-defense-faces-big-challenge-from-badgers–clay-101744868.html

Thursday’s stories

Air Force has some nice things planned for its Sept. 11 home game with Brigham Young, and is BYU staying in the Mountain West?

http://www.gazette.com/sports/force-103602-air-game.html

http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/cougars/50167857-88/byu-mwc-football-state.html.csp

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/08/26/2422741/tcu-aiming-to-dominate-again-ending.html

http://www.lvrj.com/sports/clayton–clausen-still-doing-battle-101544943.html

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/aug/25/sdsu-offense-wont-get-too-flamboyant/

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700060250/Utah-Utes-football-notebook-Kamaron-Yancy-with-late-start-tops-Utes-old-guy-list.html

BYU, WAC certainly were talking

Interesting story by the Deseret News out of Salt Lake City on BYU’s possible move to being an independent in football and to the WAC in other sports. From the sounds of this story, BYU may stay in the MWC. What do you think? http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700059598/BYU-football-Cougar-WAC-prenup-gives-insight.html

And here’s a story on BYU and TV http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700059600/BYUs-broadcast-issues-boiling-over.html

Some other stories around the MWC:

http://www.gazette.com/sports/steve-103477-feel-art.html

http://www.kob.com/article/stories/S1708457.shtml?cat=10508

Hope you will join me tomorrow afternoon for a live blog during Wyoming’s fourth and final scrimmage of fall camp. We will start around 3:30 p.m. Here is the link

http://wyomingcowboysblog.com/2010/08/23/live-blog-final-fall-scrimmage/

UW to face five top receivers

Wyoming will face five receivers named to the 2010 Biletnikoff Award Watch List, given to the nation’s top receiver:

–Vincent Brown, San Diego State

–Philip Payne, UNLV

–Eric Page, Toledo

–Austin Pettis and Titus Young, Boise State

Here are some interesting stories I found this morning on some of UW’s opponents this season:

http://www.gazette.com/sports/top-102714-air-competition.html

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700055299/BYU-football-notebook-Cougars-full-of-energy-on-second-day-of-camp.html

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700055321/Utah-Utes-football-notebook-Team-defense-ahead-of-offense-during-Monday-practice.html

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/aug/09/seasoned-lindley-is-key-to-aztec-offense/

http://www.statesman.com/sports/longhorns/acho-will-lead-the-horns-line-wherever-he-850605.html

Three UW foes in preseason top 10

The USA Today coaches poll is out, and even though it is the preseason it is still fun to see and talk about.

Three of Wyoming’s opponents this season are in the top 10: 4. Texas, 5. Boise State and 7. TCU. Utah is tied for No. 24 with West Virginia, and BYU is No. 28.

What do you think of that?

Here is the complete poll http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/usatpoll.htm

Here are some other stories from around the Mountain West:

http://www.gazette.com/sports/falling-102582-shoots-short.html

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700054097/BYU-football-notebook-Cougars-confident-in-running-backs.html

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700054140/Utah-Utes-football-Jan-Jorgensen-not-welcome-at-U-practice.html

http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20100806/SPORTS/8060330/Drake-makes-impression-in-first-practice-for-Rams

http://www.lvrj.com/sports/seasoned-depth-not–a-strength-for-rebels-100103244.html

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/aug/05/coaches-names-linked-apr-scores-sdsu-elsewhere/

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/08/05/2387695/summer-heat-greets-horned-frogs.html

Thursday’s stories

Here are some stories of Wyoming football opponents this season as fall camp begins for most, or has already started.

The Cowboys get going at 3:45 p.m. today. I will try and provide some live updates via Twitter at twitter.com/rpgagliardi. Check back to this blog later this afternoon or early evening for a practice recap.

Also, expect Wyoming to release its men’s basketball schedule soon. All by three MWC teams have done so in the past day or two.

In the meantime, enjoy these stories:

http://www.gazette.com/sports/air-102519-cochran-force.html

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700053791/Utah-Utes-football-Team-has-issues-to-settle-as-camp-opens.html

http://www.coloradoan.com/article/20100805/SPORTS/8050340/Rams-ready-to-finally-get-back-on-football-field

http://www.signonsandiego.com/news/2010/aug/04/ex-aztec-files-suit-over-post-workout-treatment/

http://www.toledoblade.com/article/20100804/SPORTS11/8030357

Cowboys open camp Thursday

Wyoming’s first football practice of fall camp is at 3:45 p.m. Thursday in Laramie. See Thursday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang on what coach Dave Christensen’s top priority of fall camp is, and also my top five things to look for during camp and leading up to the Sept. 4 season-opener against Southern Utah.

Here are some stories I found this morning worth reading, including two of the Mountain West’s top basketball teams playing on CBS.

http://www.gazette.com/sports/approach-102467-calhoun-competition.html

http://www.themwc.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/080310aaa.html

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700053467/BYU-football-Cougars-will-face-numerous-senior-QBs-during-the-2010-football-season.html

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700053497/Utah-Utes-football-Liineman-out-due-to-knee-injury.html

http://www.star-telegram.com/2010/08/03/2381947/tcu-oregon-st-stepping-out-on.html

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/news/story?id=5435317

NCAA and agents

My column today, and first in quite some time, hit on the recent investigations involving sports agents and alleged contact with college football players. This isn’t a new problem by any means, but it has certainly been in the news a lot lately.

What can be done about it in terms of the agents breaking the rules? I offered some ideas, perhaps far-fetched, but hopefully it will make for some discussion and make you think. If I had the answer to this, I probably wouldn’t be doing this right now. Let me know what you think after reading the column below.

http://www.wyomingnews.com/articles/2010/07/22/sports/19sports_07-22-10.txt

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The Wyoming women’s volleyball team will play two games on the mtn. this fall, both on the road. UW will play at UNLV at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 and at TCU at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 11

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Here are some other interesting stories from around the MWC I found this morning. Check out the tomfoolery with the CU-CSU football game.

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/700050012/BYU-basketball-Jimmer-Fredette-is-a-more-crafty-player-at-the-USA-team-camp.html

http://blogs.denverpost.com/sports/2010/07/21/csu-students-hack-computer-system-for-cu-tix/11266/

http://gazetteafasports.freedomblogging.com/