Aug 17, 2012 - UW Sports InformationLaramie, Wyo. (Aug. 17, 2012) - The University of Wyoming men's basketball team announced its 2012-13 schedule on Friday. The Cowboys' third season under head coach Larry Shyatt will feature eight Mountain West home games, in addition to 10 home games during the non-conference schedule. Game times and additional television games will be released at a later date.
Shyatt returned to Laramie last season to guide UW to a 6-8 conference record for sixth place in the tightly-contest MW. This season's schedule will remain a double round robin format with each team playing two games per week, but will have 16 MW games with the additions of Fresno State and Nevada.
UW's conference slate in the Arena-Auditorium is highlighted by Saturday showdowns with last season's MW regular-season champions San Diego State (Jan. 19) and UNLV (Feb. 23), Front Range foe Air Force (Jan. 26) and MW newcomer Fresno State (Feb. 16). The Pokes knocked off the No. 11/13 Rebels, 68-66, at home on a Saturday last February. Wyoming concludes the MW regular season in the AA against archrival Colorado State on Wednesday, March 6.
The non-conference schedule also features several quality home opponents. The Pokes welcome long-time foe Colorado to the Arena-Auditorium for the first time since 2007 on Saturday, Dec. 1 and battle another Front Range program against Denver on Tuesday, Dec. 18. UW hosts the Global Sports Hoops Showcase on Wednesday, Nov. 14, through Friday, Nov. 16 against South Dakota, Southern University and North Carolina Central. Two games will be played each day. California programs CSU Bakersfield and UC Santa Barbara visit Laramie on Saturday, Nov. 24 and Friday, Dec. 21, respectively.
"This schedule will be a great challenge for our young team this season," Shyatt said. "The non-conference schedule has a good balance against quality opponents, which will help us prepare for yet another challenging Mountain West conference schedule. Our fans will have plenty of chances to pack the AA again, and that's what we need. We need our fans to get that building rocking again."
UW's three other home conference games will be played on Wednesdays versus Boise State (Jan. 9), MW tournament champion New Mexico (Jan. 30) and MW newcomer Nevada (Feb. 13). Road games on the conference schedule within driving distance include at Colorado State (Feb. 2), at Air Force (Feb. 27) and at New Mexico (March 2). Noteworthy road games during the non-conference schedule include at Northern Colorado (Nov. 21) and at SMU (Jan. 2). Wyoming begins the season by hosting Fort Lewis College for an exhibition game on Wednesday, Oct. 31 in Ethete, Wyo. A collaboration between the Cowboys and the Nike N7 program, the contest will be played at the Wyoming Indian High School on the Wind River Reservation.
The Mountain West Championship will once again be held at UNLV's Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The Lobos will look to defend their tournament title from Tuesday, March 12, to Saturday, March 16.
2012-13 Wyoming Cowboy Men's Basketball Schedule
Date, Opponen,t Site, Time MT, (TV)
Wed., Oct. 31 vs. Fort Lewis College (Exhibition) Ethete, Wyo. 7 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 3 College of Wooster (Exhibition) Laramie, Wyo. 7:30 p.m.
Sat., Nov. 10 Western State Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Global Sports Hoops Showcase + Laramie, Wyo.
Wed., Nov. 14 South Dakota vs. North Carolina Central TBA
Southern vs. Wyoming TBA
Thu., Nov. 15 Southern vs. North Carolina Central TBA
South Dakota vs. Wyoming TBA
Fri., Nov. 16 Southern vs. South Dakota TBA
North Carolina Central vs. Wyoming TBA
Wed., Nov. 21 at Northern Colorado Greeley, Colo. TBA
Sat., Nov. 24 CSU Bakersfield Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Wed., Nov. 28 at UC Santa Barbara Santa Barbara, Calif. 8 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 1 Colorado Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Tue., Dec. 4 Mountain West/Missouri Valley Conference Challenge
at Illinois State Normal, Ill. TBA
Sat., Dec. 8 Oklahoma Panhandle State Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Tue., Dec. 18 Denver Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Fri., Dec. 21 UC Santa Barbara Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Wed., Jan. 2 at SMU Dallas, Texas TBA
Wed., Jan. 9 Boise State* Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Sat., Jan. 12 at Nevada* Reno, Nev. TBA
Wed., Jan. 16 at Fresno State* Fresno, Calif. TBA
Sat., Jan. 19 San Diego State* Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Thu., Jan. 24 at UNLV* Las Vegas, Nev. 7 p.m. (CBSSN)
Sat., Jan. 26 Air Force* Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Wed. Jan. 30 New Mexico* Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Sat., Feb. 2 at Colorado State* Fort Collins, Colo. TBA
Wed., Feb. 6 at CSU Bakersfield Bakersfield, Calif. TBA
Sat., Feb. 9 at Boise State* Boise, Idaho TBA
Wed., Feb. 13 Nevada* Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Sat., Feb. 16 Fresno State* Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Wed., Feb. 20 at San Diego State* San Diego, Calif. TBA
Sat., Feb. 23 UNLV* Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Wed., Feb. 27 at Air Force* Colorado Springs, Colo. TBA
Sat., March 2 at New Mexico* Albuquerque, N.M. TBA
Wed., March 6 Colorado State* Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Mountain West Conference Championship$ Las Vegas, Nev.
Tue., March 12 vs. First Round TBA
Wed., March 13 vs. Quarterfinals TBA
Fri., March 15 vs. Semifinals TBA
Sat., March 16 vs. Championship TBA
Bold indicates home games; All times listed are Mountain time, tentative and subject to change.
+ Global Sports Hoops Showcase will be played in Laramie, Wyo.
* Indicates Mountain West games
$ The 2013 Mountain West Championship will be played at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
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