Cowboys, Dayton Set to Clash Tonight in Chicago
* University of Wyoming press release
LARAMIE -- The Wyoming Cowboys will clash with the Dayton Flyers on Saturday evening in Chicago. The neutral site contest is a part of the Legends of Basketball Showcase at the United Center.
Tipoff is set for a 6 p.m. MT start and will be televised on CBS Sports Network.
Fans can listen to the contest, as well as follow stats on GoWyo.com. The game will be broadcast live on radio over the 26 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network, as Keith Kelley will have the call with Kevin McKinney on color.
Carter Blackburn will be on the call on CBS Sports Network with Pete Gillen as the analyst.
About The Teams
The Cowboys head into the game with a 5-5 record and winners of two-straight games with the Pokes score 90-plus points in both contests. Wyoming is averaging 76.1 points per game and are allowing 70.0 points per night.
The Pokes and their opponents are both shooting 45 percent from the field. Wyoming is hitting 10 threes per game to rank in the top-25 in the nation. The Cowboys have recorded only 13 turnovers in their last two games and are averaging 11.5 per game.
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Dayton was ranked in the preseason AP top-25. The Flyers sit at 6-5, fresh off a 79-56 victory over UNC-Asheville. The Flyers were picked to win the Atlantic 10 in the preseason conference poll. The Flyers are scoring 65 points per game and are allowing 61 points per contest.
Dayton shoots 43 percent from the field and holds opponents to 38 percent.
About The Players
The Cowboys are led in scoring this season by Hunter Maldonado at 13.6 points per game. He also adds 4.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per night.
Noah Reynolds, the reigning Mountain West Player of the Week, adds 13.4 points per game and has scored 75 points over his last three games. He is shooting 54 percent from the field and 41 percent from behind the arc. Brendan Wenzel adds 10 points per game and ranks second on the team with 4.8 rebounds per game. He is shooting 50 percent from behind the arc this season going 19-of-38.
Hunter Thompson leads the Pokes, grabbing 5.2 rebounds per game.
Dayton is led by DaRon Holmes II. He pours in 16.6 points per game to go alongside 7.9 rebounds and 1.8 assists per contest. Toumani Camara adds 11 points per game and a team-best 9.1 rebounds per contest.
Mustapha Amzil and Kobe Elvis average double figures, as well, collecting 10.5 and 10.1 points per game, respectively.
About The Series
Wyoming and Dayton will meet for the third time on Saturday and the first time on a neutral floor. It will be the first meeting since the Flyers defeated the Cowboys 62-57 on Dec. 7, 2004 in Dayton. The Cowboys won 61-59 at home on Jan. 3, 2004.
The Cowboys remain on the road for their second consecutive neutral-site game. Wyoming travels to Phoenix on Dec. 21 for a contest against St. Mary’s inside the Footprint Center.
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