Laramie, WY – The Wyoming Cowboys season is slowly coming to a close but not before a stop in Las Vegas to take on the UNLV Runnin’ Rebels. The Cowboys will enter the game with a 10-17 record overall and 3-10 in the Mountain West Conference. Interim head coach Fred Langley has the team playing a loser and under his short time as head coach The Pokes are 2-2.
Both Wyoming and UNLV come into the game coming off of wins this past Wednesday night. The Cowboys defeated Air Force in Laramie 63-61 when Adam Waddell blocked a last second shot by the Falcons.
UNLV is on a three game win streak entering Saturday’s game and is 21-7 overall and 9-5 in the MWC after Wednesday nights win against New Mexico 77-74.
Leading the way for the Cowboys will be Amath M’Baye who is averaging over 20 points a game since Langley took over as head coach. M’Baye has raised his scoring average over 10 points a game over the last four games.
UNLV is led by senior guard Tre'Von Willis, who is averaging a team-high 13.0 points a game.
Despite a great effort by the Cowboys earlier this season in Laramie, UNLV won the first meeting of the season 74-65 back on Jan. 25. The Cowboys held UNLV to 23 first-half points and led by eight at the break, before eventually falling to the Rebels.
Saturday's game will mark the 42nd meeting between Wyoming and UNLV on the basketball floor. UNLV leads the series 27-14 and in games played in Las Vegas, the Cowboys are 3-17 all time.
After traveling to UNLV, the Cowboys will close out the regular season by playing the top two teams in the MWC. They will host No. 6/4 San Diego State on Tue., March 1 before traveling to No. 7 BYU on Sat., March 5. The MWC Championships will begin on Wed., March 9 in Las Vegas.