Wyoming looks to make it four wins in a row and move their record above .500 for the first time since their opening night win back in November. What stands between them are the Phoenix of Wisconsin-Green Bay. As a Chicago Bears fan the fact that this team from Green Bay makes me mad. And of course green is their school color which makes it even worse.
With three straight wins over weaker opponents Wyoming has looked to turn around their season. But can they extend it any further? With their 5-7 record it may seem like the Cowboys stand a shot but the Phoenix are favored by 4.5 points. They've faced a much tougher schedule so far and kept themselves in most of the games. San Diego State beat them by just 9 points in the Mesa. They boast an RPI of 158 compared to 287 for Wyoming.
So who are these pesky Phoenix that are coming to town? Well they are led by four year starter Rahmon Fletcherwho is currently averaging 17 points a game. He's only 5-10 but he has a nice balance between his outside shooting and isn't afraid to attack the rim. He handles the ball most of the game so if he doesn't shoot then look for him to pass to fellow Senior SG Bryquis Perine who is averaging 12 points a game. They aren't a very aggressive team but just do a great job of ball control. They average only 12 turnovers a game while Wyoming is at 15.
The Pokes are 6-1 at home this year so that bodes well. Schools like Indiana State and Western Illinois have all struggled with the altitude so hopefully the same thing happens with the Phoenix. Afam Muojeke and Adam Waddellhave both missed the last two games as they deal with injuries and there is a chance they may not be ready until the start of the conference schedule.
What the Pokes need to do is use the confidence they gained from winning three games in a row and use that against this tougher opponent. The bench was able to get some quality minutes and now Brian Gibson should be feeling more comfortable in the system. Francisco Cruzhas had career highs in pretty much every category over the last week. Desmar and JayDee have been working on sharing the ball and being on the court at the same time. Hopefully they can put together a solid effort and improve their record to 7-6.