Wyoming senior-to-be guard Luke Martinez will undergo surgery on his left wrist April 12 in Laramie. Martinez sprained the wrist during the first half of the Cowboys’ first-round College Basketball Invitational game against North Dakota State on March 14.
X-rays showed no broken bones, and UW men’s basketball trainer Dustin Enslinger said doctors will look at the wrist arthoscopically to see what needs to be done to repair the wrist.
“When they took pictures just recently they thought the best way to travel down this road to give him the best chance of a real successful senior year is to do some minor surgery now,” coach Larry Shyatt said.
“I remember a fast-break, going up for a layup and coming down on it wrong,” said Martinez of the injury. “Going to the free-throw line it kind of starting hurting a little bit.”
Martinez didn’t miss any game action in that game, nor did he in UW’s next game at Washington State where it lost 61-41. Martinez said the injury didn’t affect his play, but in those two games he was a combined 3 of 13 from the field.
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.
May be stating the obvious, but here is my key to the game for Wyoming in tonight’s second-round CBI game at Washington State.
Better defense: Wyoming must get back to the way it played defense most of the season. In its last game against North Dakota State last Wednesday the Cowboys allowed a season-high 78 points. It must do a better job across the board if it hopes to win tonight.
Christian Caple covers Washington State sports for the Spokesman Review newspaper in Spokane, Wash. He answered five questions I had for him about Monday’s CBI second-round game between Wyoming and Washington State, and I answered five questions for him. First are his answers to my questions, followed by my answers to his questions.
Here are my questions for you. I answered yours below.
Seemed like Washington State played well in its first-round CBI win at San Francisco. Is the team excited to play in the CBI and what did it do well at San Francisco to win? Hard to say if they’re necessarily excited, but they’re certainly focused. Coach Ken Bone has been pleased with the effort they’ve brought to practice, noting that it could have been easy for them to lament the fact that they’re missing their spring break and spending it practicing, instead. But if any of the players are thinking that, they’re not showing it. They looked a lot looser against San Francisco – shared the ball, shot well, made free throws. The Dons trap a lot in the halfcourt, and WSU has played pretty well against teams that do that this season. They dissected USF’s defense with great efficiency, and assisted on 20 of their 29 made field goals.