Even though the weather and the road prevented me from going to the game, it wouldn’t matter if you saw Wyoming play in person, on TV, listened on the radio or read a box score — the seniors took center stage on Senior Night.
Wyoming beat TCU 71-59 in arguably its best offensive game in Mountain West play to date.
One turnover and 18 assists on 28 baskets says it all. So does shooting nearly 54 percent from the field.
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.
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.