UW-UNLV key to the game

Here is my No. 1 key for the Wyoming men’s basketball team in tonight’s game at No. 17 UNLV:

Slow the pace: Wyoming has to dictate the tempo of the game and keep the score in the 60s or low 70s, like it did in its 68-66 victory over the Rebels in Laramie last month. That’s not easy to do against UNLV as it averages 83.5 points per game at home. But, the faster the pace the less chance UW has to win.

Can UW do this, and what do you think the biggest key is for the Cowboys?

For my other four keys, and more on the game see today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

UW-Boise State postgame thoughts

I liked how Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt described the Cowboys’ 64-54 win over Boise State Saturday.

He said it wasn’t much different than the previous four games — which UW lost.

The difference was there was no lengthy offensive droughts, and junior forward Leonard Washington stayed out of foul trouble and played like he’s more accustomed to playing.

Washington had 15 points and 11 rebounds, and didn’t pick up a foul, which in its own right may be the stat of the game. Washington has been plagued by foul trouble in recent games, and didn’t score in double figures during UW’s four-game losing streak.

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UW-Boise State key to the game

My top key for Wyoming in today’s men’s basketball game with Boise State in Laramie:

Hit the boards: Wyoming has been outrebounded in three of its four consecutive losses by an average of nearly 11 per game. The Cowboys have only six offensive rebounds in the last three games. Narrowing the rebounding gap, and even winning the rebounding margin, is vital today.

What do you think? For my other four keys, and more on today’s game see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. If you can’t go to the game or watch it on TV, follow me on Twitter: @rpgagliardi

UW-San Diego State key to the game

For the Wyoming men’s basketball team to have a chance to win at San Diego State tonight, the No. 1 key is rather simple:

No scoring droughts: Wyoming can’t afford extended periods of time where it doesn’t score. During its three-game losing streak those times have come mostly in the second half. But whether its early or late, UW needs to be more consistent and efficient offensively.

Any thoughts, opinions?

Be sure to join me at 3 p.m. Thursday for our weekly live chat on UW sports. An update will be posted soon on the blog.

Gilmore cleared to play by NCAA

Here’s is the release from Wyoming on junior point guard Derrious Gilmore cleared to play immediately:

Derrious Gilmore Cleared to Play by NCAA

Laramie – University of Wyoming head basketball coach Larry Shyatt announced on Wednesday that junior guard Derrious Gilmore has been cleared to play by the NCAA beginning immediately.  Gilmore’s academic eligibility was reinstated by the NCAA through an appeal process.  The NCAA notified the University of Wyoming Athletics Department that Gilmore’s appeal was granted late Tuesday.

Gilmore was ruled academically ineligible to play in games, beginning with Wyoming’s home game versus Idaho State on Jan. 9.  He was allowed to continue to practice with the Cowboys, per NCAA rules, as he continued his education at the University of Wyoming.  He missed the last nine games for the Cowboys.

Gilmore played in Wyoming’s first 15 games of the season, starting one game versus Northern Colorado on Nov. 15.  He is averaging 4.3 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.

Definitely good news for Wyoming. Thoughts, opinions? Will be curious how much he plays tonight against Air Force. Since he’s still been allowed to practice, perhaps it will be double-digit minutes?

Shyatt has high priase for Martinez

Wyoming junior guard Luke Martinez leads the Mountain West with 64 3-pointers, and is the Cowboys’ leading scorer at 13 points per game.

Coach Larry Shyatt likes that, but likes something even more about the 6-foot-4 Martinez.

His defense.

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UW-New Mexico key to the game

My No. 1 key for the Wyoming men’s basketball team vs. New Mexico:

Defend the 3: It’s tough to beat any team that shoots 8 of 14 from 3-point range, but if New Mexico does that against Wyoming today like it did in last month’s win in Laramie, it will be a long day for the Cowboys. New Mexico has a lot of guys that can make 3s, and UW must account for all of them.

Yes? No? What do you think?

For my other four keys and more on today’s game, see Saturday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang. Follow me on Twitter today for live updates throughout the game: @rpgagliardi.

UW-TCU key to the game

Here is my top key of the game for Wyoming in tonight’s game at TCU:

Consistent defense: This is an area that’s been a strength for Wyoming as it continues to be one of the nation’s best scoring defenses (53.6 points per game). TCU can score both inside and outside, and UW can’t afford lapses because if one of those areas gets rolling for the Horned Frogs the other will open up.

Let me know what you think, and see today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang for my other four keys and more on tonight’s game.

UW-San Diego State key to the game

Here it is, my highly anticipated key for the Wyoming men’s basketball team in tonight’s home game against No. 13 San Diego State:

Keeping tabs on Tapley: San Diego State guard Chase Tapley was the Aztecs’ third or fourth option the last two seasons, but now as a junior he’s the top scoring option and leads the Mountain West in scoring at 16.6 points per game. Tapley is arguably the league’s best pure scorer. Tapley may get his points, but Wyoming needs to make him work for them. And, if Tapley gets his points, UW needs to make sure no one else for the Aztecs has big games offensively.

Here are a couple of other things to chew on:

–San Diego State has only nine players on scholarship. It has four walk-ons, but they don’t play much. Could the altitude in Laramie play a factor with such a short bench?

–San Diego State has won the last three games against UW by an average of 32 points. But it’s lost the last two games in Laramie during the month of January. The Cowboys won 85-83 on Jan. 9, 1010 and 83-79 on Jan. 14, 2009.

For more on the game, and my other four keys/things to watch, see today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

UW-CSU Q&A

I asked Colorado State men’s basketball beat writer Kelly Lyell five questions about Saturday’s game with Wyoming.

Colorado State seems to be able to score in a lot of different ways, but in your opinion what are their strengths offensively? CSU’s offensive strengths are its shooting accuracy, particularly from 3-point range, its ability to get to the free-throw line and the offensive balance. All eight players in the Rams’ regular rotation average 5.9 or more points a game, and four of the eight have led the team in scoring in various games this season. When leading scorer Wes Eikmeier has an off night, others have picked up the slack without there being any obvious drop-off in the offensive production.

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