Hoops Border War: The Laramie Edition.
What a great way to start off the New Year with the beginning of Mountain West play and the CSU Rams coming to town. The Border War starts on Wednesday with a 6pm MST tip off time at Arena-Auditorium. With most students still away from campus for winter break it should be a smaller crowd than usual.
The Rams head into town with a surprising 9-5 record including wins over Denver, Montana and Colorado. The fact that they are 0-5 on the road so far this year is great news for the Cowboys. Dorian Green leads the Rams in points and assists so far this year: 13/2. Travis Franklin (11.9) and Ogide (11.4) are the other scorers in double digits. The trio of Franklin, Ogide and Pierce Hornug all average 5+ rebounds a game.
Coach Schroyer and the Pokes (7-7) are coming off the highest scoring game in program history after a 123-71 victory over Adams State over the weekend. This boost of confidence is exactly what the Cowboys needed entering conference play. Hitting the long range shot has been a struggle all season for the Pokes. If they can improve on their 22% 3 point shooting it could make a big difference in keeping games close. The Cowboys have gotten a large portion of their points this year from the free throw line. Wyoming is currently ranked #1 in the nation in free throws made and have a 35 shot margin over #2 Kansas State.
Sophomore Afam Muojeke leads the Cowboys with 17 points per contest and is the #2 scorer in the Mountain West. These points have come at a cost as Muojeke often tries to do too much on his own and leads the league with 4.3 turnovers a game. Wyoming also needs to keep their big men out of foul trouble. Adam Waddell, Djibril Thiam, Boubacar Syalla and Amath M'Baye have all struggled to stay in games this season.
These two teams will meet again on Febuary 6th in Fort Collins.