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Shyatt sick and will not coach Wyoming Cowboys vs. Air Force

Jan 22, 2014 - From staff reports

University of Wyoming men's basketball coach Larry Shyatt won't coach the Cowboys in their game Wednesday at Air Force due to an illness.

According to UW, Shyatt became ill while with the team in Colorado Springs, Colo. UW said he hopes to rejoin the team at practice in Laramie on Thursday.

Assistant coach Allen Edwards will coach the team Wednesday. Edwards was in charge of the scouting report and game plan for Air Force.

Getting on a roll

The win by the Cowboys on Saturday at home against San Jose State was big on several levels.

First, despite being a week apart on the calendar, it came after beating Boise State in Boise, Idaho. To be good -- top half of the conference good -- you need to have "prove it" wins. And that's exactly what Saturday was for the Cowboys.

In this day and age of parity, it seems upsets are more commonplace than ever before on the men's Division I level. But what you do after those upsets can say as much, or maybe even more, about a team than pulling off the upset in the first place. How you handle adversity is one thing. How you handle success is a completely different animal.

Take Indiana, for example. The Hoosiers upset then-No. 3 Wisconsin on Tuesday, only to fall at home to a below-average Northwestern team on Saturday. I know coaches don't like to hear it, but a loss like that lessens the previous achievement.

The Cowboys' win over Boise State was huge for the team. It stopped a two-game losing streak and proved what coach Larry Shyatt and his staff have been preaching -- that UW was very close to some big things. But if you go out and lose to the last-place team in the league in the next game, that message gets muted.

Now the Pokes can look at starting a winning streak in the Mountain West. With games at Air Force, home against Nevada, at Fresno State and home against Utah State on the horizon, there's a good chance Wyoming could be well within the top half of the league before starting a tough stretch of games in mid-February.

Winning streaks in league play aren't easy.

But after this past week, you can see one coming for the Cowboys.

The Cowgirls, on the other hand, didn't have a good Saturday.

UW lost 74-68 on the road at San Jose State. And there's no way around the fact that Saturday was a bad loss for a team that had hopes of contending for a regular-season title.

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