The Pokes will play in front of their home crowd for the first time without Heath Schroyer at the helm. Attendance has been dwindling this year as fans became distraught with the direction of the program. Now that Fred Langley is in charge there should a new look on the court as well.
TCU is coming to town and the Horned Frogs have lost seven in a row since beating Wyoming 78-60. To make matters worse their leading scorer Ronnie Moss has been indefinitely suspended from the team. Moss averaged over 15 points in 20 games this year.
So will the fans be interested in attending the game because Schroyer is gone and TCU is struggling? Or will the weak opponent keep the fans at home. Wyoming only managed 5,131 fans for the BYU game that featured Jimmer Fredette. TCU and Air Force have both had sellouts when Jimmer comes to town. Wyoming was able to get 5,453 for the Border War.
Even without Moss there some developing weapons for the Horned Frogs. Hank Thorns has stepped up his scoring after Moss was suspended and now averages 10.3 points and 6.5 assists. Garlon Green continues to improve in his sophomore year and a putting up 11.7 points and 4.8 rebounds. Former Sheridan College Guard J.R. Cadot leads the team with 5.8 rebounds.
Francisco Cruz has stepped up big for Wyoming the last couple weeks and is the only Poke who can hit from long range. He has hit 37 treys on the year which is one third of the teams total. Amath M'Baye is now averaging 10/5 in his second year as a Cowboy. Earlier it was basically the Desmar Jackson show so it is nice to see the supporting cast develop.
Wyoming has kept their last three games close but still lost to BYU, CSU and New Mexico. It appears almost certain that TCU and Wyoming will meet in the pigtail game of the Mountain West tournament. A victory on Saturday would help a team that not had a lot of breaks this year.