The Nevada Wolf Pack (8-16, 4-8 MW) will play the Wyoming Cowboys (20-6, 9-4 MW) in the second meeting between the two teams this season. But unlike the first meeting, the Cowboys will be with Larry Nance Jr,. The senior forward will miss his fourth straight game due to mononucleosis.
The Cowboys have dropped two of their last three games since Nance has been out of the lineup. The Cowboys were blown out by 23 points to Air Force and 25 points to San Diego State but the Cowboys were able to defeat lowly San Jose State to halt the losing streak. But now the Cowboys face a Wolf Pack team who are coming off a come from behind overtime victory over New Mexico and are looking to build off of that success.
"We're just looking to make that step forward" junior forward AJ West said about building off of that OT win.
West also went on to say that "We've had some really good games, but we can't get past putting together a bunch of wins. We want to try and do that here."
West looks to benefit from Nance's absence in the paint. In the last meeting between the two teams the Cowboys dominated in the paint. But the last time the Wolf Pack played a team that was missing its star player, the Wolf Pack were obliterated by the Colorado State Rams by 56 points.
Wolf Pack guard Marqueze Coleman said of the Cowboys playing without Nance "We don't want to take them lightly at all because we know they are a very good team despite Nance being out."
In the last meeting between these two teams, the Cowboys defeated the Wolf Pack 63-55 due to Wyoming dominating in the rebounding department as they out-rebounded Nevada 34-24. With Nance out, the battle in the paint should be a little easier for Nevada to deal with but they must play with the same energy and determination they did against New Mexico if they are to pull off the upset victory against the Cowboys.