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Pokes begin final home stand

Feb 24, 2012 - Staff

LARAMIER00;-- The Wyoming Cowboy's begins their final homestand of the 2011-12 season by hosting Boise State on Saturday at 2 p.m. in the Arena-Auditorium.

Just two games out of fourth place in the Mountain West standings, the Pokes (18-9, 4-7) now face two critical home games, including a showdown with fourth-place TCU on Tuesday. The Broncos (13-13, 3-8) began the conference season 0-7 before rebounding to win three of their last four, but are just 1-9 on the road this season.

A Look at the Matchup

The Pokes have dropped their last four contests to sit sixth in the MW at 4-7 in the league and 18-9 overall, but are hardly getting blown out. Wyoming led New Mexico, Air Force, Colorado State and San Diego state at halftime, before falling in each contest.

Three of the four losses have come on the road and all four have been decided by less than 10 points.

New Mexico continues to lead the MW at 8-3. Wyoming's statistical numbers on the defensive end have slipped a little with the higher competition of the MW, but the Cowboys continue to keep opponents off the scoreboard.

UW has held 26 of its 27 foes below their season scoring average. The Pokes were fourth in scoring defense (54.2 ppg) in the latest NCAA rankings and 42nd in three-point field goal percentage defense (30.7). Both marks rank in the top three of the Mountain West. Offensively, UW is 12th in the NCAA in free throw percentage (76.1), 25th in turnover margin (+3.1) and 41st in scoring margin (+9.1).

After starting the conference season 0-7, Boise State has rebounded to win three of its last four contests to enter the weekend tied with Air Force for seventh in the MW standings at 3-8 in league play and 13-13 overall.

The Broncos earned a 72-61 win at Air Force on Feb. 11, nipped Colorado State 70-69 at home on Feb. 15 and earned another one-point victory, 65-64, versus TCU at home last Saturday. Most recently, BSU dropped at 75-58 contest at UNLV last Wednesday.

Boise State is 1-9 on the road this season, including 1-4 in the conference. The Broncos ranked sixth in the conference in scoring offense (70.0), and fifth in scoring defense (66.0), while placing third in turnover margin at plus 1.7. BSU hits the second-most threes per game in the MW at 7.8.

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