LARAMIE -- The University of Wyoming men's basketball team announced its 2020-21 conference schedule Friday in connection with the Mountain West Conference.

The schedule is subject to approval from state, county and local officials. The conference slate features nine home contests with nine road tilts including four Saturday home contests under first-year head coach Jeff Linder.

The Cowboys return four players from last season, including three of the top four scorers. Linder also welcomes the top-rated recruiting class in the Mountain West according to Rivals.com.

Wyoming’s conference home opener on Tuesday, Jan. 5 will see Colorado State head to Laramie for the first Border War contest of the season. The following Tuesday, Jan. 12 will see the Pokes host San Diego State.

The Pokes will host four Saturday home contests this season. Air Force will open that slate on Jan. 23. Other Saturday games include, New Mexico (Feb. 6), Fresno State (Feb. 27) and the regular season finale against UNLV on March 6. Other home games all on Tuesday include San Jose State (Feb. 2), Boise State (Feb. 6), Utah State (Feb. 23).

The Cowboys open the conference season on the road at Fresno State on Tuesday, Dec. 29. Wyoming follows that game up at New Mexico on Saturday, Jan. 2. The Pokes will face Colorado State on the road on Saturday, Jan. 30 highlights the road games. Other road contests for the Pokes include; Utah State (Jan. 9), UNLV (Jan. 19), Boise State (Jan. 26), Air Force (Feb. 13), San Jose State (Feb. 20) and Nevada (March 2).

Today’s release represents the first phase in the 2020-21 men’s basketball schedule process.

Mountain West national television partners CBS Sports and FOX Sports will now initiate a selection procedure, which will include the shifting of several games from their current Saturday and Tuesday dates. Additional announcements on television selections will be made in the coming weeks.

Information on the non-conference schedule and Cowboy basketball tickets will be announced in the coming weeks.

Wyoming's 2020 MW schedule:
Tuesday, Dec. 29 @ Fresno State
Saturday, Jan. 2 @ New Mexico
Tuesday, Jan. 5 vs. Colorado State
Saturday, Jan. 9 @ Utah State
Tuesday, Jan. 12 vs. San Diego State
Tuesday, Jan. 19 @ UNLV
Saturday, Jan. 23 vs. Air Force
Tuesday, Jan. 26 @ Boise State
Saturday, Jan. 30 @ Colorado State
Tuesday, Feb. 2 vs. San Jose State
Saturday, Feb. 6 vs. New Mexico

Saturday, Feb. 13 @ Air Force
Tuesday, Feb. 16 vs. Boise State
Saturday, Feb. 20 @ San Jose State
Tuesday, Feb. 23 vs. Utah State
Saturday, Feb. 27 vs. Fresno State

Tuesday, March 2 @ Nevada
Saturday, March 6 vs. UNLV
March 10-13 @ Mountain West Championships (Las Vegas)