Five things to watch from UW’s second spring scrimmage

Here are the top five things I will be looking at in today’s second spring scrimmage for the Wyoming football team:

1. Improved offensive play: Despite not having some key players (QB Brett Smith, WR Chris McNeill) the offense struggled in the first scrimmage last week in just about every area. I would like to see improved play across the board, from the line to the quarterbacks, to the run game to the receivers.

2. Continued solid defensive play: The defense played a big role in the offense’s struggles last week, and it seems like the entire unit is getting a decent grasp of new defensive coordinator Chris Tormey’s schemes and philisophies. I would like to see continued progress there.

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UW-Washington State postgame thoughts

Kind of thought the lead to my story in Tuesday’s paper said it all about this one:

A memorable season had a forgettable ending for the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team.

That ending was a 61-41 loss to Washington State here at Beasley Coliseum Monday night in a second-round CBI game.

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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-Washington St. key to the game

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.

 

UW-North Dakota State postgame thoughts

Of all the things I thought I might see from the Wyoming men’s basketball team in Wednesday’s first-round CBI game with North Dakota State, I didn’t think one of them would be the Cowboys giving up 75 points.

Fortunately, UW scored 78 and won the game to advance to the second round where it plays at Washington State at 8 p.m. Monday night.

I thought junior forward Leonard Washington was a beast, once again. He had his fourth double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds. His three-point play with 18.5 seconds to play gave UW a 75-70 lead.

More on Washington later this week in the Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.

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UW-North Dakota State pregame notes

Here are a couple of tidbits leading up to tonight’s CBI first-round game between Wyoming and North Dakota State.

–North Dakota State coach Saul Phillips knows first hand how good UW junior forward Leonard Washington is. When Washington was a freshman at USC in the 2008-09 season, he and the Trojans beat North Dakota State 61-57 in Los Angeles, and Washington scored 17 points. That was a season-high for him. Washington has posted double-doubles in three of the last four games for the Cowboys.

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UW-North Dakota State key to the game

My No. 1 key to the game for Wyoming in tonight’s CBI first-round game with North Dakota State is ….

Effort level: Often times effort is what determines who wins tournament games. Effort hasn’t been an issue for Wyoming this season. If the Cowboys show that kind of effort tonight it will go a long way toward them winning and advancing.

I always enjoy hearing yours, so let me know. For more on tonight’s game, see today’s Wyoming Tribune Eagle and Laramie Boomerang.