Thoughts on the 2017-18 UW men’s basketball conference schedule

It’s a little early to talk Wyoming basketball, but the Mountain West came out with the 2017-18 conference schedule for the men’s and women’s teams Tuesday.

Here is the men’s slate, with times and TV to be announced at a later date. The women’s schedule is opposite of the men in terms of locations.

2017 UW men’s basketball conference schedule

Wed., Dec. 27: vs. San Diego State

Wed., Jan. 3: at Nevada

Sat., Jan. 6: vs. Boise State

Wed., Jan. 10: at New Mexico

Sat., Jan. 13: vs. Colorado State

Sat., Jan. 20: at Utah State

Wed., Jan. 24: vs. Nevada

Sat., Jan., 27: at San Jose State

Wed., Jan. 31: at Colorado State

Sat., Feb. 3: vs. Fresno State

Wed., Feb. 7: vs. Utah State

Sat., Feb. 10: at UNLV

Wed., Feb. 14: at San Diego State

Sat., Feb. 17: vs. San Jose State

Wed., Feb. 21: vs. New Mexico

Sat., Feb. 24: at Fresno State

Wed., Feb. 28: vs. Air Force

Sat., March 3: at Boise State

March 7-10: MW Men’s Tournament, Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas

Some initial thoughts:

— UW’s “bye” weeks, which means it plays only one game a week instead of two, come early. In fact, its first one is the first week of the conference season, and the second comes just a few weeks later. After Jan. 20 through early March, the Cowboys play two conference games a week. It would have been nice if the MW spread those bye weeks out a little more. Granted, the schedules are done by a computer program, but why can’t a little human common sense come into play here?

— Speaking of common sense, I have never understood why the UW-Colorado State games are played in the middle of the week. This season, UW’s game at CSU will be on a Wednesday. The first game in Laramie is a Saturday, but it will be played before the students come back for the spring semester. Not everyone can get their way when it comes to league schedule, but to me all rivalry games in MW should be played on Saturdays.

— Each of the 11 MW teams play two league teams once. For UW, it gets UNLV and Air Force only once — at UNLV and home to Air Force. It would be nice that the Front Range teams play each other twice each year. I hope the computer program will not ever have a scenario where UW and CSU play only once. Same with Air Force-CSU, UNLV-Nevada, etc.

— I know UW can’t play all of its home conference games on Saturdays, but some of the better teams in the MW — either in name recognition or being actually good — get to come to Laramie mid-week where the numbers indicate those games won’t be well attended. Some of those teams include New Mexico, Nevada, Air Force and Utah State. UW does get San Diego State, Boise State and CSU at home on a Saturday, so I guess one can’t complain too much about that.

What do you think of the league slate for the Cowboys, or at this point in the year, do you care that much about it?

2 thoughts on “Thoughts on the 2017-18 UW men’s basketball conference schedule

  1. I agree that not having Saturday afternoon games during conference play hurts attendance. Playing before the students are back is like playing to an empty house. Wyoming should volunteer to have one of their byes the first Saturday of January and Play a Montana or Dakota opponent in Casper on a Saturday Afternoon. Easy trip for Northern Wyoming fans. Nice to have your bog during the summer when there is little going on

  2. There are a lot of factors about the schedule that you mentioned (Saturday games, bye weeks, etc.), but when it comes down to it, we need to fill Arena-Auditorium and win games. Hoping for a great season!

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