Pokes open MW play against Boise State Saturday
* University of Wyoming Athletics media relations release
LARAMIE -- The Wyoming Cowboys open conference action on Saturday hosting Boise State in the Arena-Auditorium in a 2 p.m. MT start on CBS Sports Network. It will mark the first game for the Pokes in the Arena-Auditorium since defeating Utah Valley on December 11.
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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 finished non-conference play with an 11-2 record. The Pokes went 2-1 at the Diamond Head Classic earning the Consolation Championship. The Cowboys are shooting 47 percent from the field on the season and holding opponents to 39 percent to rank second in the conference. The Pokes also take care of the basketball with 9.8 turnovers per game, which ranks first in the conference and No. 11 in the nation. The Pokes grab 36.5 rebounds per game to rank fourth in the conference.
The Broncos head into the game with a 10-4 overall record and a 1-0 mark in conference play after defeating Fresno State by a score of 65-55. Boise State is averaging 69.1 points per game and allowing 58.2 points per contest.
The Broncos are shooting 45 percent from the field and opponents are shooting 40 percent. The Broncos are averaging 37.9 rebounds per game and are adding 7.4 more rebounds per game than opponents.
About The Players
Wyoming is led in scoring this season by forward Graham Ike at 19.5 points per game to rank fourth in the conference. He adds 8.4 rebounds per game to lead the team and rank fourth in the MW. Ike ranks second in the nation in free throws attempted with 92. Guard Hunter Maldonado adds 17.3 points per game, which ranks ninth in the conference. He also adds 5.9 assists per game to rank third in the MW and No. 18 in the nation. Guard Xavier DuSell adds 11.5 points per game and guard Drake Jeffries adds 10 points per game.
The duo has combined for 75 three-pointers this season. Jeffries ranks No. 11 in the nation in three-point percentage at 48 percent.
The Broncos are led in scoring by Abu Kigab at 14.2 points per game. He also ranks second on the team this season with 6.9 rebounds per game. Marcus Shaver Jr. adds 12.9 points per game on the season and is shooting 39 percent from behind the arc. Emmanuel Akot adds 11.1 points per game and leads the team with 43 assists. Miaden Armus leads the team grabbing 8.5 rebounds per game.
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.
The Pokes hit the road for a meeting with Nevada on Tuesday evening in Reno. The contest is slated for a 9 p.m. MT. start on FS1.
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