UW-TCU postgame thoughts

No loss is ever considered good, but some are worse than others.

Wyoming’s 58-52 loss at TCU Wednesday night felt like it was one of the Cowboys worst so far this season.

The Cowboys turned the ball over 14 times (only five in the second half), made only seven shots in the second half and its three starting guards were a combined 7 of 24 from the field. Junior Luke Martinez was 2 of 12 — all from 3.

Junior forward Leonard Washington and senior center Adam Waddell were solid. They combined for 34 points and 15 rebounds. Both players got UW back in the game as they scored all nine points in a 9-0 run to cut an 11-point lead to two at 49-47 with 6:29 to play.

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UW-Boise State postgame thoughts

Wyoming may not shoot the ball that well most games, but it certainly did in its 75-64 win at Boise State Saturday.

The Cowboys recorded season-bests with 65.8 percent from the field and 57.1 percent from 3-point range. They’ll win a lot of games doing that.

Seven players scored at least seven points.

All that was impressive, along with the fact UW has won four straight road games and five this season.

But the two things that really struck me in this game:

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UW-Air Force postgame thoughts

Wyoming won at Air Force 64-53 and I thought the difference in the game was UW’s offense in the second half.

There was a 3-point basket followed by a two-pointer by junior guard Luke Martinez that gave UW a 47-46 lead — a lead it never gave up.

Junior forward Leonard Washington added a layup for a three-point lead.

Then senior point guard JayDee Luster made his only shot of the night in three attempts — a 3-pointer for a 52-46 lead with 2:37 to play.

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UW-New Mexico key to the game

What’s the biggest thing the Wyoming men’s basketball team must do to have a chance to beat New Mexico today?

Big play from the bigs: Wyoming must get good efforts from junior forward Leonard Washington and senior center Adam Waddell. Both need to play well offensively and defensively, but also need to avoid foul trouble and stay on the floor against New Mexico seniors Drew Gordon and A.J. Hardeman. Freshman Larry Nance Jr. and senior walk-on Rob Watsabaugh also need to play well for UW, but it starts with Washington and Waddell.

What do you think? I have four other keys for the Cowboys in today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, along with an interesting look at how UW forward Leonard Washington and New Mexico’s Drew Gordon took similar paths to where they are today.

UW-New Mexico Q&A swap II

Here is the second part of my Q&A swap with New Mexico men’s basketball beat writer Mark Smith of the Albuquerque Journal.

The following are questions Mark had for me, and my answers. The first part where Mark answered my questions are still posted on the blog.

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