Video: Luke Anderson

One of the more colorful and pleasant guys to talk to on the team. The senior safety talks going home to play Texas, how he grew up a Longhorns fan and how important it its for Wyoming to continue to play games in the state of Texas. For more video interviews about all this, see this blog or go to wyosports.net. For more on this story, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, or go to wyosports.net.

UW-Washington State pregame

I’m high above here at Beasely Coliseum in Pullman, Wash., less than an hour before Wyoming and Washington State play in a second-round CBI game.

There is some pregame news.

First, I’ve been told if Wyoming wins tonight it will play at the winner of tonight’s Oregon State-TCU game Wednesday. That game is in Corvallis, Ore. Yes, even if TCU wins, UW goes back to Fort Worth for a second time this season. Was told TCU outbid UW for that game.

Heard the CBI folks like a possible TCU-Pitt match-up in the finals with TCU going to the Big 12 next year and Pitt in the Big East.

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UW-TCU postgame thoughts

TCU’s Natalie Ventress was named the Mountain West Freshman of the Year in women’s basketball earlier this week.

Many thought the award should have gone to Wyoming’s Kayla Woodward of Sheridan.

Hard to argue that after how Woodward and the Cowgirls played in their 61-44 victory over TCU in the quarterfinals of the MW Tournament Wednesday here at the Thomas & Mack Center.

Woodward had a game-high 17 points, along with three assists, three steals and three 3-point baskets.

Ventress had two points on 1 of 11 shooting.

“There was a little bit of a motivation,” said Woodward on wanting to come out and play well knowing she didn’t get the Freshman of the Year award. “But this was a team effort. We played with heart and that really showed.”

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MW men’s power rankings

I have really enjoyed the comments and feedback on my weekly MW men’s basketball power rankings. Here’s what I got heading into this week’s MW Tournament.

1. No. 21 San Diego State (24-6, 10-4): The Aztecs won back-to-back road games at Boise State and TCU to capture the first seed in the conference tournament. Impressive late-season run by the Aztecs with only seven scholarship players that see playing time.

2. New Mexico (24-6, 10-4): The Lobos should have and did easily defeat Air Force and Boise State last week. This team isn’t far back from San Diego State, and this is the week their depth should help by having to win three games in three days to win the MW Tournament. I still think this is the team to beat in the tournament.

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UW-TCU postgame thoughts

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.

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UW-TCU key to the game

My No. 1 key for the Wyoming men’s basketball team for tonight’s game vs. TCU:

Defend the 3: TCU leads the Mountain West in 3-point shooting in conference play at 39 percent, and once one player starts knocking those shots down others seem to follow. Andn it’s not just the guards, TCU’s big men can also shoot the 3. Wyoming must do a good job of fighting through screens and defending even a little deeper out on the perimeter to limit  TCU’s looks at open shots.

Yes, no?

For my other four keys and a look back at UW’s large and diverse senior class, see today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

UW-TCU Q&A swap

TCU beat writer Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram graciously agreed to swap five questions and answers with me about tonight’s game with Wyoming.

First are my questions and his answers, followed by my answers to his questions.

Let me know what you think.

What has TCU done well specifically to put itself in position to possibly win the conference title? TCU has stepped up its defense. The Frogs are 10-0 when outrebounding their opponent and 11-1 when holding teams to under 47.6 percent shooting from the field. TCU has also been shooting well from 3-point range. The Frogs have made six or more 3-pointers in 11 consecutive games and 11 or more 3s in five of their last seven games.  

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MW men’s power ratings

Three teams tied for first, two teams tied for seventh and a mess in between.

That’s how the Mountain West men’s basketball standings look heading into the final week of the regular season.

“This conference is crazy. You have three teams tied for first when at the start of last week you didn’t think that was feasible,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said during Monday’s MW coach’s teleconference.

Here is my power rankings this week, and as always, would love to hear your feedback:

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