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Wyoming off to a hot start to the 2012-13 season. Can they continue their winning ways?
The Pokes will face their biggest test of the season this weekend when hosting the #19 Colorado Buffaloes. The game will be televised on ROOT Sports and we will be having a game thread on Cowboy Altitude.
Let's take a look at how the Coach Shyatt has helped lead his team to a perfect start.
Defense continues to be the main formula for success this year. Last year the Pokes boasted one of the stingiest defenses in the country. Even though they lost Mountain West Defender of the Year JayDee Luster the Pokes have not lost a beat.
51.7 PPG Allowed - Tied For Third In the Nation
35.4 Opp. FG % - 17th in the Nation
29.7 Rebounds Allowed - 27th in the Nation
Offensively the Pokes are led by seniors Leonard Washington, Luke Martinez and Derrious Gilmore. The biggest surprise has been the offensive growth of Gilmore who has posted career highs of 19 and 24 points this year.
Riley Grabau actually leads the team in assists with 3.3 per game. He has shown a great improvement in his second year. His ball control is impressive and it took till the fifth game of the season before he had his first turnover. Unfortunately Grabau has been dealing with an IT band issue and could only play three minutes in Wednesday's win over UCSB.
Larry Nance Jr. continues to fill up the stat sheet while improving his offensive game. He's averaging 8.6 points and 7.7 rebounds and has had one double double on the year.
Derek Cooke Jr. has impressed with his athleticism off the bench for the Pokes. We always knew he could rebound and play defense. Lately he has shown a nice offensive touch. He may not be as raw a project as originally thought. He is full of energy and very fun to watch.
Colorado will be looking for revenge after the Pokes beat them in Boulder last year. They went to the tournament last year and are looking to repeat that this year. Interesting to see that Wyoming is a two point favorite over the ranked Buffs. Colorado has three wins over teams with RPI's of 50 or lower while Wyoming has none. There is no doubt that CU has faced the much tougher schedule this year.
The biggest offensive threat for the Buffs are Askia Booker, Andre Roberson and Spencer Dinwiddie all average double digits in scoring. Last year the Mountain West dominated the PAC 12, this year the series is even at two wins a piece.