Everything you need to know about Idaho State
LARAMIE -- Idaho State could be without the services of three starters -- Daxton Carr, Brayden Parker and Balint Mocsan -- in the season-opening game tonight at the Arena-Auditorium in Laramie.
Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
That trio didn't play for the Bengals in exhibition wins over Eastern Oregon or Montana Tech.
Two standouts that will be on the court tonight are Chier Maker and Malik Porter, who are averaging 17 and 14 points per game, respectively.
“We turned it over too much. Our ball movement side to side is nowhere near where it needs to be,” first-year ISU coach Ryan Looney told Madison Guernsey of the Idaho State Journal after the Montana Tech exhibition. “I don’t think the pace of our players is fast enough. But we all know collectively as a group, that’s where we need to get better. We’re going to keep coming back to practice, we’re going to plug away every single day, and honestly, we need to get some guys healthy and some news on Daxton.”
Wyoming knows all about turnovers. The Cowboys had 20 of them in a 62-56 win over another Idaho school, Northwest Nazarene last Wednesday night in Laramie.
One of the bright spots for the Pokes was the play of guard Jake Hendricks. The senior scored a game-high 23 points, including 21 in the first half, while hitting 4-of-5 from beyond the arc.
Sources say Kenny Foster, last season's Colorado Gatorade High School Player of the Year, will not make his debut tonight. He is still in concussion protocol after taking a blow to the head in practice the day before the NNU game. Tyler Mormon, who was injured late in the game against the Nighthawks, is also in concussion protocol and will miss tonight's game.
Tonight, it's for real.
How about some famous ISU alums?
William Petersen, or "Gil" from CSI, is a Bengal. Jared Allen, a former NFL Pro Bowler, also went to Idaho State. Marvin Lewis, you know, the guys who coached the NFL's Bengals for about 50 years ... yeah, he went to ISU, too. So did Kevin Gilbride. He was a longtime NFL coach. You might remember him and Buddy Ryan throwing fists on the sidelines when they were both with the Oilers. Merril Hoge, former NFL running back and ESPN personality, also went to school in Pocatello.
Return of the Mac
Former Wyoming point guard, Chris McMillian will make his long-awaited return to the Arena-Auditorium, where he played for the Cowboys from 1998-2003.
“It will be surreal,” McMillian said about coaching against his alma mater inside the Arena-Auditorium, the place he once called his home court. “I don’t know how I’m going to feel walking in. If anyone knows me or remembers my career, it didn’t end the way I wanted it to with a broken leg. Maybe it will be a little bit of closure. There will be excitement, too. I’m excited to see old faces and compete against the team that 364 days a year, I cheer for.
“It will be weird wearing different colors.”
Read about McMillian's homecoming right HERE.
Here’s all the information you need about Tuesday's game:
WHO: Idaho State (0-0, Big Sky) at Wyoming (0-0, MWC)
WHEN: Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 7:00 p.m. MST
WEATHER: High of 46, low of 27 – sunny
WHERE: Arena-Auditorium, Laramie, Wyo.
RADIO: Wyoming affiliates
STREAMING: Live video
BOX SCORE: ESPN
ROSTERS: Wyoming / Idaho State
VEGAS ODDS: Wyoming -7.5, O/U 141
HISTORY: Wyoming is 13-8 in the series (Last meeting: 73-49 UW in Laramie in 2012)
HEAD COACHES: Allen Edwards / Ryan Looney
ALL-TIME RECORDS: Wyoming / Idaho State