Boise State is 2-2 against the Wyoming Cowboys since joining the Mountain West before the 2011-12 season. The Broncos lost both the first year, but won 63-61 in Laramie last Jan. 9 and 68-61 in Boise last Feb. 9.
The Broncos have averaged 62.3 points per game against the Cowboys in those four meetings, a reflection of Wyoming’s defensive strengths and ability to slow the game down.
“It’s always such a grind with them, no matter how you slice it, no one’s blown them out or got distance from them — all their games are close, down to the wire,” Boise State coach Leon Rice said. “… the way they play, it’s hard to play against.”
Boise State (11-4, 1-1) and Wyoming tip off at 7 p.m. Saturday at Taco Bell Arena on ESPN3.
Wyoming (9-6, 0-2) is last in the Mountain West with 68.1 ppg on offense, but is No. 2 defensively, giving up just 61.7 ppg. The Cowboys are 0-4 away from home, and just came off a tough 72-69 overtime loss to New Mexico in Laramie on Wednesday. Certainly look for Boise State to push the pace whenever it can.
“We have to have the right discipline, the right mindset,” Rice said.
Larry Nance Jr., son of the former Cleveland Cavaliers star, leads the Cowboys in scoring (15.7 ppg), rebounding (9.0 rpg), steals (21) and blocks (26). They also have a very good 3-point shooter in Riley Grabau, who hails from my former residence of Boulder, Colo. Grabau is scoring 12.4 ppg and has hit 53.3 percent of his 3-pointers (40-of-75).
I answered a few questions regarding the Broncos with Robert Gagliardi of WyoSports. Check it out here. He’s on Twitter at @rpgagliardi.