In an interesting early season scheduling arrangement the Cowboys are hosting the Global Sports Showcase again this year. Last year it took place over Thanksgiving and featured low attendance. This week it is a week earlier and hopefully that will help get a few more fans in the stands.
With just one regular season game under their belt the 1-0 Pokes will play three games in three days. This may test the endurance of Wyoming but at least the team is healthy and at full strength right now. The team can use their depth and hopefully get some of the younger players some important minutes as well.
Here is the Cowboys schedule for the next three days. I would expect them to repeat as showcase champs and go undefeated.
WEDNESDAY - 7PM
Wyoming (1-0) VS North Carolina Central Eagles (1-1)
2011 Record: 17-15
2011: RPI: 239
2011 SOS: 324
The Eagles started the year off by losing to Wichita State 71-57. Then they defeated the powerhouse known as Johnson and Wales 109-46. The Pokes are currently 11.5 point favorites heading into this game. Senior wing Ray Willis is the teams top returning scorer.
THURSDAY - 7PM
Wyoming Vs South Dakota Coyotes 0-0
2011 Record: 10-18
2011: RPI: 288
2011 SOS: 231
The Cowboys and Coyotes are meeting for the third straight year. South Dakota won in 2010 while Wyoming bounced back in 2011. The Coyotes had a rough season and also lost a huge percentage of their contributors. Only one returner averaged double digits last year (Trevor Gruis). These two team usually play fairly close games. I would expect this to be the toughest contest for the Pokes.
FRIDAY - 8PM
Wyoming Vs Southern Jaguars 0-2
2011 Record: 17-14
2011: RPI: 286
The Jaguars started off the season with back to back losses to Iowa State and Nebraska. They didn't lose many key contributors from last years squad. The only reason the Jaguars were above .500 is due to playing such a soft schedule. This will be the first time Wyoming has ever played Southern or North Carolina Central.