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Cowboys visit UC Santa Barbara basketball team on Wednesday

Nov 27, 2012 - From staff reports

The University of Wyoming men's basketball team takes its perfect 6-0 record on the road this week, as the Cowboys play UC Santa Barbara on Wednesday at 8 p.m. MT in the Thunderdome. The Pokes seek a 7-0 start to the season for the first time since 1969-70, while the Gauchos attempt to maintain an unblemished 2-0 home record in 2012-13. UW is coming off a 63-49 win over CSU Bakersfield last Saturday in the Arena-Auditorium. UCSB lost a 72-56 road game at Boise State in its latest action.

The Pokes have raced out to a 6-0 record to the 2012-13 season, their best start since beginning the 1987-88 campaign with the same mark. Four of those victories have come by double figures, including two by 20 points. In its latest action, Wyoming earned a 63-49 home win over CSU Bakersfield last Saturday. The Cowboys led by eight at halftime, before stretching the advantage to as much as 22 in the second half. Wyoming held CSUB to just 28 percent from the field, a season low for a UW opponent, and blocked eight Roadrunner shots. The Cowboys rank second in the Mountain West in scoring defense by allowing 53.7 points per game, third in blocked shots at 4.5 and fourth in field goal percentage defense at 36.8. Offensively, Wyoming is second in threes per game (7.6) and fourth in three-point percentage (33.6).

The Cowboys have shot over 75 percent at the free throw line for fourth in the MW. UW's plus 3.8 turnover margin is second in the conference and its plus 1.1 assist-turnover margin is third.

Head coach Bob Williams is in his 15th season at the helm for the Gauchos, as he guided them to a 20-11 overall record and berth in the CollegeInsider.com Tourn-ament in 2011-12.

UC Santa Barbara went 12-4 for second in the Big West last season and returns two starters and six letterwinners from that squad.

UCSB has started its 2012-13 campaign with a 2-3 record, as both wins came by double digits at home and all three losses came by double digits on the road.

UCSB's closest game this season was a 77-63 season-opening loss at LSU.

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