Coaches weigh in about keeping MW Tournament at Thomas & Mack Center

Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt spoke for a little more than 20 minutes Monday on behalf of the other 10 Mountain West men’s hoops coaches about the league’s decision to change the format of the MW Tournament to eight teams for both the men’s and women’s events starting in 2017.

Larry Shyatt

Larry Shyatt

In the past, and for the 2016 event, all teams were allowed to participate.

Here’s is Shyatt’s full statement from Monday. Quick hint, he didn’t hold anything back and needless to say, he wasn’t happy.

The MW decision, which was released on Dec. 18, also included keeping the MW Tournament at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas — the home court for UNLV — through 2019.

UNLV has won three MW Tournament titles there, with the last one coming in 2008. The MW gets a good deal in terms of “rent” for the facility, which was the driving force to keeping it there.

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UW-Fresno State pregame notes

Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt had a simple message about the Cowboys’ rematch today against Fresno State.

“Hopefully our plan will work out a little better than it did in Fresno,” he said.

Wyoming lost 49-36 a month ago today in Fresno. The point total was UW’s lowest in the shot-clock era. It made only 12 baskets, shot 24 percent from the field and 18.5 percent from 3-point range. It also made only 7-of-20 free throws.

The plan wasn’t bad that night, UW just couldn’t put the ball through the basket.

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