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Wyoming Basketball: Home for the Holidays

The bad news for Wyoming is that they can't win on the road.  The good news is that they play their next five games in the friendly confines of Arena-Auditorium where they have all three of their wins this year.  First up is the Denver Pioneers (2-8) who are starting to be a pesky Front Range rival for the Pokes.

Last year the Pioneers knocked off the Cowboys 80-77 down in Denver.  Last year the Pio's were having a much stronger season but have struggled early on in 2010.  The Pokes an advantage in most categories and that is reflected in them being 5.5 point favorites.  With their next five games being played at gome and all those teams having losing records there is a good shot that the Pokes could get their record to .500 or above over before we see 2011 on our calenders.

Upcoming schedule:

  • Denver (2-6)
  • Western State (Division 2)
  • Centernary (0-11)
  • Wisconsin Green Bay (4-7)
  • Kennesaw State (2-6) 

Denver has major problems with scoring and rebounding.  I'm not saying that the Cowboys are dominate in those areas but when you compare the two it shows how rough things have been for the Pioneers this year.

Denver Wyoming
PPG 57.6 69.7
FG% 42.8 55.5
3P% 39.7 27.4
RPG 21.9 32.8

Denver can shoot the three ball but that is where their success ends.  They can't grab any rebounds to get second chance shots.  An 11 rebound differential in favor of the Cowboys is incredible.  Chase Hallam and Brian Stafford both average 13 points a game to lead the team on offense.  Tyler Thalkan puts up 11 and is the only other Pioneer in double digits.   They lost their big scorer Nate Rohnert from last year who put up 32 against Wyoming and no one has stepped to fill his role.

Frankly put this is a game that Wyoming should win - they blewout Indiana State and then struggled on the road at UC Irvine on Saturday.  These next two weeks are vital to gain momentum as a team before heading into the conference schedule.  Adam Waddell has been the last couple weeks but may be ready  to play some this week.  He gives the Cowboys another big man inside and great leadership on the floor.  If Wyoming can hit some three pointers and play defense like they did against Indiana State then this should be a W.