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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