Battle of lone MW unbeatens meet tonight in Boise
* University of Wyoming Athletics media relations release added to this report
BOISE, Idaho -- The Wyoming Cowboys, the winners of six-straight head to Boise State, winners of 12-straight for a battle for First Place in the Mountain West on Tuesday evening in ExtraMile Arena in Boise, Idaho. Both teams are receiving votes in the AP Top-25 Poll.
The contest is slated for a 7 p.m. start on Stadium and the Mountain West Network.
"If you look at the numbers, I mean, we both play at a similar pace," UW head coach Jeff Linder said about the Broncos in his weekly press conference. "I mean, it's going to be somewhere between a 65-to-70 possession game on both ends."
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Fans can watch and listen to the contest, as well as follow stats on GoWyo.com. The contest will be broadcast live on radio over the 26 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network, as Reece Monaco will have the call with Kevin McKinney on color.
About The Teams
Wyoming has won six-straight contest and are off to their best start at 15-2 and 4-0 in MW since the 2014-15 season.
Wyoming downed New Mexico 93-91 on Saturday in the Arena-Auditorium. Wyoming has shot 58 percent from the field in their last two contests. For the season, the Pokes are shooting 48.6 percent to rank second in the conference and No. 18 in the nation. Wyoming is holding opponents to 40.6 percent from the field to rank fourth in the MW.
The Pokes are holding the opposition to 28.3 percent from behind the arc for second in the MW and No. 15 in the nation.
The Broncos have won 12-straight games and are 6-0 in conference play and 15-4 overall. The Broncos are one of the top defensive teams in the nation holding teams to 57.9 points per game to rank third in the conference and seventh in the nation.
"The thing with them is -- with their length and their athleticism -- is that you really got to minimize them getting out in transition off of turnovers and block shots," Linder said. "If you allow them to get out on transitioning and get some easy baskets off their defense, then that's when they can really start scoring points."
The Broncos are holding opponents to 40 percent from the field to rank second in the conference. Boise State is shooting 43.7 percent from the field to rank eighth in the conference.
About The Players
Wyoming is led in scoring by Graham Ike at 20.6 points per game, a number that leads the MW conference and ranks No. 16 in the nation. He also leads the team grabbing 8.9 rebounds per game to rank fourth in the MW. MW Player of the Week Hunter Maldonado adds 17.8 points per game to rank eighth in the conference.
He leads the team with 6.7 assists per game to lead the conference and rank fourth in the nation. Drake Jeffries adds 11.4 points per game. He leads the conference and ranks fifth in the nation shooting 49.1 percent from behind the arc.
The Broncos are led in scoring by Marcus Shaver Jr. at 13.2 points per game. He hit a pair of game winning threes last week at San Diego State and Utah State.
Abu Kigab adds 13.1 points per game and 6.8 rebounds. Emmanuel Akot adds 11.5 points per game with 57 assists to lead the team. Mladen Armus adds 9.2 rebounds per game to lead the team and rank third in the MW.
"They're an elite defensive team, which if you would see the numbers, that's what they are," Linder said. "Not just from a conceptual and tactical standpoint, but you know, they have a toughness and resiliency to them that's kind of built over the course of this winning streak.
"It's going to be a 12-round fight."
About The Series
Wyoming trails the all-time series against the Broncos 14-19 in a series that dates back to 1979. Boise State won both meetings in Laramie last season and have won nine of the last 10 meetings in the series dating back to 2017.
Wyoming heads to Air Force on Friday afternoon for a 4 p.m. start on the Mountain West Network.