UW sports live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my weekly live chat on University of Wyoming sports Thursday.

There was plenty of conversation about football as the Cowboys open Mountain West play Saturday at home against Hawai’i, and also about last week’s game with No. 24 Oregon.

There also was some UW men’s basketball talk.

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

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UW sports live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my live chat on University of Wyoming sports on Thursday, Sept. 14.

Most of the talk was about the Cowboys’ home football game with Oregon, which is at 5 p.m. Saturday. As of Thursday afternoon, only around 500 tickets were left for sale. And, 21 NFL scouts/personnel from 16 different teams were scheduled to be at the game.

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

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UW sports live chat replay

Here’s the replay of my weekly live chat on University of Wyoming sports Thursday.

Plenty of UW football talk as the Cowboys lost their season-opener 24-3 at Iowa last Saturday, and play their home-opener at 2 p.m. Saturday against Gardner-Webb.

For more UW sports coverage, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and log on to wyosports.net.

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Thoughts on the 2017-18 UW men’s basketball conference schedule

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

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CBI championship format intriguing to Cowboys

One thing you can say about the College Basketball Invitational — its not afraid to be different.

As Wyoming and Coastal Carolina get ready to play Monday for the CBI championship, it’s not a one-game format. When the CBI was created 10 years ago it went with a best-of-3 series for the championship.

Allen Edwards

UW (21-14) plays at Coastal Carolina (19-17), located in Conway, S.C., at 5:30 p.m. MT. Game two is in Laramie at 7 p.m. MT Wednesday. If a third game is necessary, UW hosts that one as well at 5 p.m. MT. All games are televised on ESPNU. If you’re wondering why a potential third game is at such an odd time, don’t blame UW, it has to do with TV.

As for the best-of-3 format, first-year UW coach Allen Edwards said: “We’ll try it out. It’s differnet when you think about what is traditionally done in college basketball. It has more of a NBA feel. I’m interested to be a part of it and see.”

The NBA now uses best-of-7 series’ for all of its playoff games. There used to be best-of-5 for early round playoff matchups. The travel between Laramie and Conway is 1,810 miles and that will make things interesting for that second game in Laramie Wednesday — not just how both teams adjust from the first game, but also fatigue from travel, etc.

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Many college bowls and smaller postseason hoops tournaments – what’s the difference?

Answer this question for me: Why is the perception or vibe of the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) generally negative among most fans, yet in college football most teams are celebrated when they get bowl bids to such games as the — and I’m just throwing out a few names here — the Famous Idaho Potato Bowl, Belk Bowl and Dollar General Bowl?

Not including the College Football Playoff semifinals and championship game, there were 38 bowl games for the 2016 seasons. That’s 76 teams out of close to 130 in the Football Bowl Subdivision. A good number of .500 teams, and even below .500 teams, have gone to bowl games in recent years to fill those slots.

Throw in the CFP teams, and about 61 percent of FBS teams play in postseason bowls in 2016, and over the last five years or so.

There are 351 Division I college basketball teams. This year, 132 made one of four postseason tournaments, which equates to 37.6 percent.

Tournaments like the CBI and CIT don’t hold the same prominence or clout as the NCAA Tournament or the NIT, and probably never will. But most college bowl games don’t hold the interest level compared to the CFP games or the bigger bowls such as the Rose Bowl.

But when you break it down, what is the difference between going to a lesser-than bowl in football and playing in a postseason basketball tournament like the CBI?

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Another new experience for many Cowboys as MW Men’s Basketball Tournament begins

There’s been a lot of firsts for Wyoming men’s basketball this season.

A first-year coach.

First-year players, and others with bigger roles.

Five UW players will go through another first Wednesday when the No. 7 seed Cowboys (18-13) play No. 10 Air Force (11-20) at 2:30 p.m. MT  in a first-round game. They will play in their first-ever MW Tournament game.

Justin James

Two in particular are sophomore guard Justin James and junior forward Hayden Dalton. Both were on the team last year, but were suspended prior to the tournament after being cited by Laramie police for drug use. James and Dalton are UW’s two leading scorers at 15.5 and 12.5 points per game, respectively.

“It hurt knowing I couldn’t be out there helping my team in some way. This year I’m ready to play,” James said.

Needless to say, UW needs both players to have good games Wednesday, but perhaps the biggest area is ball security. James and Dalton lead UW in turnovers. Between both, they average about five turnovers per game, and many of them are careless turnovers that can easily be avoided.

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MW not perceived as a good hoops league, but don’t tell Allen Edwards that

As Wyoming gets set to begin play in the Mountain West Tournament at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday against Air Force, it appears — and this isn’t breaking news — that the MW will again be a one-bid league to the NCAA Tournament.

Allen Edwards

Last year, San Diego State went 16-2 in MW play and was the top seed in the MW Tournament. It lost to Fresno State in the tournament’s championship game, and played in the NIT. Nevada won this year’s regular-season MW title, and although its RPI entering the MW Tournament is 36, the Wolf Pack seemingly has to win the tournament to get to the NCAAs.

Right, wrong or indifferent, on a national scale the MW is a mid-major conference. The days of getting multiple teams into the NCAA Tournament, let alone five not that long ago, are gone — at least until its 11 hoops-playing members win some notable nonconference games.

First-year UW coach Allen Edwards was asked about this perception Monday, and had this to say:  “Sometimes the perception hurts because of the year San Diego State (sixth seed) and New Mexico (fifth seed) has had, and probably because those guys not taking down a Power 5 team. This is a well-balanced league and we’ve been beating up on each other. Sometimes that looks bad. There are teams in this league can go into the (NCAA) Tournament and get a win. Nevada is a good team. So is Colorado State, Boise State, Fresno State. … I can go down the list all the way down to us (the seventh seed in the MW Tournament). I disagree with people saying it’s down year or a one-bid league.”

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