Wyoming is coming off a dominant 74-57 victory over Utah State. This is one of their stronger performances in conference play in quite a while. For the second time in three games head coach Larry Shyatt was forced to miss the game due a re-occurrence of his viral illness. His son, Jeremy Shyatt filled in nicely as the interim coach during the game. Things will be difficult in the Pokes next game, as they will be slightly shorthanded.
Josh Adams won't be able to follow up on one of the best performances of his career. Adams had 19 points and a career high eight assists in the victory over Utah State on Saturday. Unfortunately, he was ejected for a flagrant foul in the second half. The Mountain West reviewed the call this morning and determined that Adams needed to be suspended for one game. Adams took a slight swipe at Spencer Butterfield after running into him. Butterfield retaliated by shoving Adams into the scorers table. Both players were called for fouls, Adams' was dealt a flagrant 2 and was ejected from the game.
Heading into The Pit is never an easy task, now things are going to be even more difficult for the Cowboys.
New Mexico holds a 65-64 lead in the overall series, they've also won nine of the last 10. Now Wyoming will need to find a way to replace Adams' 12 points and three assists production. The Cowboys normally run a tight rotation, that will likely be even more so on Wednesday. Those likely to get more opportunities are Jerron Granberry, Charles Hankerson and Trey Washington. Those are the main bench players for the Pokes. Wyoming has gone with the same lineup for all 21 games this year. Any predictions on who will get the start in replace of Adams?
The Lobos (17-4, 8-1) are as dangerous as ever. Led by Cameron Bairstow who is second in the Mountain West with a 20 point average. He's backed up by Kendall Williams who averages 17 points and five assists. The Lobos also feature a solid big man in Alex Kirk (13 points, six rebounds). That's not typical in the Mountain West, it will be interesting to see how the Cowboys try and handle him. You can tune into ESPNU to check in on the action at 9:05 MT.