College hoops action within the Mountain West Conference and we will see the Wyoming Cowboys grapple with the Nevada Wolf Pack at Lawlor Events Center in Reno, Nevada. These teams met just once last year and Nevada won that game on the road by a score of 82-49. The Cowboys enter this game at 5-13 overall, including 0-6 within the MWC while the Wolf Pack are 10-7 overall and 3-2 in league play.
It Has Been A Miserable Start For The CowpokesThe Wyoming Cowboys have had a very rough start to their season as they enter this game at 5-13 overall and 0-6 in league play. The offense has been a mess overall as they have averaged just 60.4 ppg on the year and it hasn't been a whole lot better in league play as the Cowboys have averaged just 63 ppg against their MWC counterparts. The defense did play very well in their non-league games, but against league opponents, the Cowboys have allowed 75.3 ppg. In their last game, Wyoming lost 78-69 to UNLV in OT at home. They were outscored 15-6 in the extra session. The cowboys shot 33% from the field overall, including 30% (10/33) from long range, plus they missed 13 free throws. That was the killer. Leading their attack was Kwane Marble II, who had 19 points while Jake Hendricks had 18. The defense was not horrible as the Rebels shot just 39% from the field overall, including 34% (11/32) from long range. Can the Cowboys breakthrough with their first league win of the year.
Wyoming enters this game ranked 344th in the nation in scoring at 60.4 ppg, 312th in field goal percentage at 40.8%, 267th in three-point shooting at 31.6% and 185th in free-throw shooting at 69.8%. On the defensive end of the floor, they are ranked 137th in points allowed at 67.1 ppg, 188th in defensive FG% at 42.5% and 147th in three-point defense at 32.2%.
Nevada Looks to End Two-Game SlideThe Nevada Wolf Pack are off to a nice 10-7 start to the year which includes a 3-2 mark in league play. Still, they will be looking to end a mini two-game slide in this one. They have a good chance at doing so as the Cowboys have clearly been the worst team in the Mountain West Conference so far. Both of those losses were on the road and this one will be played at home where Nevada has gone 8-2 on the year. The defense was their issue in the last two games as they allowed 75 ppg in those contests but the defense should not be a problem in this one against the offensively challenged Cowboys. In their last game, the Wolf Pack lost to Utah State by a score of 80-70 and the Aggies shot 46% from the field overall but they did shoot just 29% (7/24) from long range. The Wolf Pack shot just 39% from the floor overall but they were 10/23 (43%) from long range. Their three-point shooting just wasn't enough. Leading the offense was Jalen Harris, who poured in 31 points while Jazz Johnson had 18.
Nevada has won its last 14 Mountain West home games and is 27-2 in its last 29 conference games Lawlor. The Pack looks to make it 15 in a row on Tuesday night against Wyoming at 7 p.m.#BattleBornhttps://t.co/4dXcpWu12c— Nevada Basketball (@NevadaHoops) January 13, 2020
Nevada enters this game ranked 97th in the nation in scoring at 75.3 ppg, 154th in field goal percentage at 44.1%, 11th in three-point shooting at 38.9% and 86th in free-throw shooting at 73.1%. On the defensive end of the floor, they are ranked 232nd in points allowed at 71.3 ppg, 70th in defensive FG% at 39.8% and 6th in three-point defense at 26.3%.
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- 1-4 ATS in their last 5 games following an ATS loss
- 2-8 ATS in their last 10 Tuesday games
- 7-2 ATS in their last 9 home games vs. a team with a losing road record
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of less than .400