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Preview: Runnin' Utes at Wyoming Cowboys

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Utah Utes at Wyoming Cowboys
Wednesday, January 27th
7:00pm MST

Arena-Auditorium

TV: none


With a week off to clear their minds and prepare the Wyoming Cowboys (8-11, 1-4) need a new vibe as they prepare for the last 11 games this season. Missing will be leading scorer Afam Muojeke the MWC Freshman of the Year last season. Muojeke had surgery over the weekend to repair his left knee which he injured in last weeks loss at BYU.

The Runnin' Utes (10-9, 3-2) bring a Jekyll and Hyde squad to Laramie for the first meeting of these teams this year. With wins over Illinois, Michigan and UNLV the Utes can play with nearly any team. Losses to Pepperdine, Seattle and Idaho show they lack consistency. Carlon Brown leads the Utes with 13 points a game despite coming off the bench for the last nine games. Freshman guard Marshall Henderson takes nearly seven 3 point attempts each game hitting a third and averaging 11 points. David Foster is a beast at 7-3 and averages 4.4 blocks a game.

Who will step up for Wyoming with Muojeke out? That is a hard question to answer. Adam Waddell is the most likely candidate with four double digit games in his last five. Arthur Bouedo has averaged 7 points a game in his last five games this year and shown a knack for hitting threes. A.J. Davis is the second leading scorer for the Pokes but saw only limited minutes prior to Muojeke going down.

Both games this week are winnable for the Pokes. A bid advantage at home should help against Utah and then on Saturday the Pokes travel to Colorado Springs to face a young Air Force team that is winless in conference play.