Martinez to have wrist surgery

Wyoming senior-to-be guard Luke Martinez will undergo surgery on his left wrist April 12 in Laramie. Martinez sprained the wrist during the first half of the Cowboys’ first-round College Basketball Invitational game against North Dakota State on March 14.

X-rays showed no broken bones, and UW men’s basketball trainer Dustin Enslinger said doctors will look at the wrist arthoscopically to see what needs to be done to repair the wrist.

“When they took pictures just recently they thought the best way to travel down this road to give him the best chance of a real successful senior year is to do some minor surgery now,” coach Larry Shyatt said.

“I remember a fast-break, going up for a layup and coming down on it wrong,” said Martinez of the injury. “Going to the free-throw line it kind of starting hurting a little bit.”

Martinez didn’t miss any game action in that game, nor did he in UW’s next game at Washington State where it lost 61-41. Martinez said the injury didn’t affect his play, but in those two games he was a combined 3 of 13 from the field.

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UW-Washington St. key to the game

May be stating the obvious, but here is my key to the game for Wyoming in tonight’s second-round CBI game at Washington State.

Better defense: Wyoming must get back to the way it played defense most of the season. In its last game against North Dakota State last Wednesday the Cowboys allowed a season-high 78 points. It must do a better job across the board if it hopes to win tonight.


UW-North Dakota State postgame thoughts

Of all the things I thought I might see from the Wyoming men’s basketball team in Wednesday’s first-round CBI game with North Dakota State, I didn’t think one of them would be the Cowboys giving up 75 points.

Fortunately, UW scored 78 and won the game to advance to the second round where it plays at Washington State at 8 p.m. Monday night.

I thought junior forward Leonard Washington was a beast, once again. He had his fourth double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. His three-point play with 18.5 seconds to play gave UW a 75-70 lead.

More on Washington later this week in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

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UW-North Dakota State pregame notes

Here are a couple of tidbits leading up to tonight’s CBI first-round game between Wyoming and North Dakota State.

–North Dakota State coach Saul Phillips knows first hand how good UW junior forward Leonard Washington is. When Washington was a freshman at USC in the 2008-09 season, he and the Trojans beat North Dakota State 61-57 in Los Angeles, and Washington scored 17 points. That was a season-high for him. Washington has posted double-doubles in three of the last four games for the Cowboys.

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UW-North Dakota State key to the game

My No. 1 key to the game for Wyoming in tonight’s CBI first-round game with North Dakota State is ….

Effort level: Often times effort is what determines who wins tournament games. Effort hasn’t been an issue for Wyoming this season. If the Cowboys show that kind of effort tonight it will go a long way toward them winning and advancing.

I always enjoy hearing yours, so let me know. For more on tonight’s game, see today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

UW-North Dakota State Q&A

Jeff Kolpack covers North Dakota State men’s basketball for the Fargo Forum and was kind enough to answer five questions I had for him about Wednesday’s game with Wyoming in a first-round CBI game in Laramie

What was the reaction among the North Dakota State team about playing in the CBI? Unexpected for certain, considering after a first round loss in the Summit League tournament had everybody including the coaching staff thinking the season was over. I think a couple of unexpected invites to the NIT started to change things in favor of NDSU.

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Shyatt has respect for CBI

Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt said after the Cowboys’ loss to No. 20 UNLV last Thursday in the quarterfinals of the Mountain West Tournament he felt the Cowboys “earned the right to play in some high-level tournaments” when the postseason rolled around.

In my Sunday column in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang I questioned whether the College Basketball Invitational and event was considered “high-level.” I said hit-and-miss at best.

UW was invited to the CBI Sunday night and hosts North Dakota State at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie. Shyatt talked to the media via teleconference Monday and I’m not sure if he took this from my column, but here’s what he said about the CBI.

“Despite of what might be written and said by others, when you have a tournament that’s only existed four or five years and Cincinnati, Stanford, St. John’s, Virginia, Oregon, Oregon State and VCU have played in it, I would dare say it’s not bad company.”

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Cowboys host Bison in CBI first-round game

The Wyoming men’s basketball team knew it wasn’t going to play in the NCAA Tournament, and it was hoping for the NIT.

Instead, it got word late Sunday night it will play in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) and hosts North Dakota State at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Laramie.

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