Hoops news and notes

The Wyoming men’s and women’s basketball teams are about a month into their seasons, with mixed results for both.

The men are off to a disappointing 3-5 start, which is last in the Mountain West Conference. But they are coming off an impressive 81-51 win last Saturday against Indiana State.

The Cowgirls are a solid 5-2, with both losses coming on the road.

Here are some interesting notes on both squads:

–According to CollegeRPI.com, the Cowboys’ RPI as of today is 276 out of 345 teams. Surprisingly, that’s not the worst among MWC teams. Colorado State is 292.

–The Cowgirls’ RPI, according to RealTimeRPI.com is 48. New Mexico is the top MWC team at 33.

–The Cowboys are third in the MWC in free-throw shooting (69.3 percent), but are second-to-last in rebounding margin (minus-2.8 per game) and assists (10.38 per game)

–The Cowboys’ average home attendance is 3,819, compared to 3,267 for the Cowgirls.

–The Cowgirls lead the MWC in defensive rebounding (32.9 rpg) and are second in rebounding margin (plus-6.3).

–The MWC has handed out player of the week honors each of the last four weeks. On the men’s side, three of them have gone to San Diego State (twice for forward Kawhi Leonard and this past week to forward Malcolm Thomas. The women’s award has gone to four different players.

The UW men play at UC-Irvine at 8 p.m. Friday night. The women play the second of a four-game homestand at 2 p.m. Saturday against Westminster College out of Salt Lake City.