Cowboys open Diamond Head Classic against Stanford
* University of Wyoming Athletics media relations release
LARAMIE -- The Wyoming Cowboys return to action on Wednesday heading to Honolulu to take on Stanford in the First Round of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. It will be the Cowboys first trip to the island since 2006 and the first meeting against Stanford since 1980.
The contest will be televised on ESPNU and is set for a 3 p.m. MT start.
Fans can 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 is 9-1 on the season and will play in their first contest since downing Utah Valley at home 74-62 on Dec. 11. Wyoming ranks in the Top-25 of the NCAA Net Rankings. The Pokes rank in the top-10 in the nation in turnovers per game with only 9.5. The cowboys rank No. 24 in the nation in field goal percentage at 48.7 percent. Defensively, Wyoming is holding the opposition to 39.1 percent to rank second in the MW this season. The Pokes rank second in the conference this season grabbing 38.2 rebounds per game with 29.1 coming on the defensive end of the floor to rank No. 27 in the nation.
Stanford heads into the contest with 6-4 overall record after falling to No. 17 Texas by a score of 60-53 on Sunday. The Cardinal are averaging 70.1 points per game and a re allowing 69.8 points. Stanford is shooting 45 percent from the field with opponents shooting 45.4 percent. One of the tallest teams in the nation, the Cardinal are grabbing 37.7 rebounds per game with a +8.9 rebounds margin for the season.
About The Players
Wyoming is led in scoring by forward Graham Ike at 19.6 points per game. He is second in the conference in scoring this season. He also leads the team grabbing 8.5 rebounds per game to rank third in the conference. Guard Hunter Maldonado adds 16.8 points per game to rank tenth in the conference. He also adds 5.2 assists per game for fourth in the conference and No. 33 in the nation. Guard Xavier DuSell adds 11.9 points per game and has 28 threes on the season to rank second on the team.
The Cardinal are led by Harrison Ingram at 12.8 points per game, He also leads the team adding 6.9 rebounds per game. He is second on the team this season with 34 assists. Jalden Delaire is adding 12.2 points per game and adds 4.2 rebounds. He is shooting 51 percent from the field for the season.
About The Series
Wyoming and Stanford will meet for the eighth time on Wednesday. It will be the first meeting since 1980 and the first on neutral floor. Wyoming is 4-3 all-time against the Cardinal and won the last meeting in 1980.
The Wyoming Cowboys take on either Liberty or Northern Iowa on Thursday in a time to be determined inside SimpliFi Arena at the Sheriff Center. The contest will be on the ESPN Family of Networks.
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