Wyoming (6-7) looks to even their record at .500 for the third time this season when they host the Kennesaw State Owls (2-9) on Tuesday night in Laramie. The Cowboys have not had a winning record since their victory in the season opener against Kean University.
Incase you hadn't heard of Kennesaw State before he is a quick synopsis. Third largest university in Georgia with more than 22,500 students. Based northwest of Atlanta the school just made the transition from Division 2 to Division 1 in 2009 and is a member of the Atlantic Sun Conference.
So how has this season gone so far for the Owls? Well they won their first two games including a 80-63 win over Georgia Tech. Since then they've lost nine straight games and hopefully that will increase to ten after Tuesdays game. The Owls are winlesson the road this year at 0-7 and the elevation won't do the flatlanders any favors. The Cowboys hold the edge in most categories so it will come down to execution. The Owls also can't play defense which should be a boost for the Cowboys. The Owls average 66 points a game but give up 77.
So who to watch for when the Owls have the ball? Well the backcourt duo of Markeith Cummings and Spencer Dixon cover most of the scoring with both averaging 16 points while appearing in all 11 games this year. Cumming is listed at 6-7 230 and should create create problems for whoever is defending him. I would bet that Desmar gets assigned that duty since he is Wyoming's best defender and just a little shorter than Cummings. Afam Muojeke could be another candidate but not sure if we'll see him or Adam Waddell play again in 2010. Both have been dealing with injuries and not played over the last couple weeks.
Dixon plays PG and will either dish the ball to Cummings or shoot a three. LaDaris Green and Aaron Anderson are the two front court players and listed at 6-9 and 6-7 respectively. Both average around seven or eight points a game and four rebounds. As a team the Owls are shooting just 40% from the field and 64% on free throws.
Wyoming needs this victory to not only get back to an even record but also rid themselves of the bad taste from that loss against Green Bay where they went scoreless for over 10 minutes. Following this game they will hit the road for Texas to take on Houston Baptist on New Years Eve. If the Cowboy can win out they can bring a winning record into conference play which starts on January 4th with the Rams.