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 sports live chat replay – Sept. 18

Here’s the replay of WyoSports senior editor Robert Gagliardi’s weekly live chat on University of Wyoming sports on Thursday, Sept. 18.

Lots of great conversation about UW’s football game with Florida Atlantic on Saturday, as well as some men’s basketball chatter.

Gagliardi will host his live game chat from the UW-Florida Atlantic football game starting at 1:30 p.m. Saturday. For more information on that and UW sports, see the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang, and check back to

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UW-Fresno State postgame thoughts

In coach Larry Shyatt’s mind, there were three things that resulted in Wyoming’s 67-62 loss at Fresno State Wednesday night.

— Missed free throws. UW was 9 of 17 from the line, missed six in the second half and five straight at one point.

— Not getting to as many loose balls as Fresno State.

— Some key turnovers when trying to get to the basket.

Here is some second half highlights from the game:

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UW men’s hoops begin practice Friday

Are you ready for some hoops?

The Wyoming men are as they have their first official practice of the season at 4:30 p.m. today.

I talked to coach Larry Shyatt and a few players this week about numerous things. The team returns three starters and 10 lettermen from last season’s 20-14 squad, but also has five newcomers.

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Video: Tim Gleeson

Wyoming true freshman punter Tim Gleeson is third in the Mountain West and 24th in the nation in punting. Not bad for someone that has been doing this for less than two years, and is in his first year of playing American football. The interview was done on Monday, Nov. 12.

For more on Gleeson, see Wednesday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang and go to

Also check out how the Wyoming men’s basketball program decided to take a chance on two players who never played high school basketball.

Camping with the Cowboys

Wyoming men’s basketball coach Larry Shyatt described the start of his Friday’s  first of 10 allotted days to prepare for next month’s four-game exhibition trip to Canada as a “mini-camp.”

The Cowboys get 10 days, not 10 practices,  to get ready for this trip. Shyatt said he may have five practices in a day. Of course he was joking, but he put his team through about a 2 1/2 hour practice Friday morning at the Arena-Auditorium. UW also practices Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24 and July 31-Aug. 4. The Canadian tour begins Aug. 5.

“We’ll have some fun this weekend,” said Shyatt with a wry grin prior to Friday’s pracitce.

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Thoughts on Herndon coming to UW

The University of Wyoming men’s basketball team got its first verbal commitment for 2012-13 when senior-to-be Alan Herndon, a 6-foot-8, 170-pound forward told UW he wanted to be a Cowboy Thursday.

Herndon averaged 9.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 2.3 blocked shots per game at Widefield High in Colorado Springs, Colo., as a junior. Sounds like a kid that continues to improve and may blossom. For more on that see Friday’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

A couple of things stick out to me about this kid and the recruiting process.

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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.

Thoughts, opinions?

Do you even care enough to give your thoughts or opinions?

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