Some Wednesday news and notes

It’s that time of year where postings on the blog slow down, but here are few news and notes:

–I will be at spring football practice today in Laramie, at least the first 30 minutes UW allows us to watch. Today is the first practice in full pads and fourth of 15 overall this spring. Will report back later on any big happenings. The first scrimmage of spring is set for a week from today.

–Unfortunate to see true freshman forward Tyrone Marshall will transfer at the end of the semester from the UW men’s basketball team. It’s not unexpected after a posting on his Twitter account a couple of weeks ago all but indicated he would. Hard to miss someone that didn’t do much this season. Marshall played in just nine games and averaged less than a point and a rebound per game. He was raw and athletic, but a lot of seasoning needed to be done. This leaves coach Larry Shyatt with three scholarships in the spring signing season. He needs to find some size.

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For the second time in less than a week, Matt Youmans of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and who covers UNLV men’s basketball answered five questions I had for him on Thursday’s game with Wyoming in the quarterfinals of the MW Tournament.

What was your take of last Saturday‚Äôs UNLV-Wyoming game and what surprised you the most about the outcome of the game? The Cowboys played well, the Rebels shot well as expected, and the officiating was awful. Two soccer flops by UNLV players drew key fouls on Leonard Washington and JayDee Luster. Sometimes officials act as if they get paid by the whistle. The game was choppy and ugly because of too many unnecessary foul calls. That did not surprise me, because I get used to seeing poor officiating, and the final score didn’t surprise me. But in reality it was closer than an 11-point game.
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Shyatt, Cowboys focused on themselves

Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt said Friday he and his staff have focused more on what UW does well and needs to improve on than introducing a lot of new offensive and defensive sets since the players returned to Laramie from a few days off after their 80-56 win at Idaho State Dec. 22.

Shyatt met with frontcourt and backcourt players to go over their strength and weaknesses, and what they need to do to get better at the weaknesses. Shyatt feels this is a good time to do it as UW’s next two games are against teams its already played. The Cowboys are at Utah Valley Tuesday, a team they beat 74-41 in Laramie Nov. 30. The rematch with Idaho State is Jan. 9.

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UW-Denver postgame thoughts

The Wyoming men’s basketball team tried to neutralize Denver sophomore forward Chris Udofia, who averaged 14 points, 4.2 rebounds and 3.2 blocked shots per game.

It did as Udofia was saddled with foul trouble and finished with eight points, eight rebounds, no blocks and five turnovers.

Unfortunately, Denver caught fire from the perimeter — especially in the second half — and beat Wyoming 57-46 Monday night at Magness Arena. UW (11-2) saw its nine-game winning streak end.

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