LARAMIE, WY. – The Cowboys will faceoff against SEC foe South Carolina in the Arena-Auditorium on Wednesday night at 7 p.m. It will be a reunion for head coach Allen Edwards, as his brother Doug is on the staff for South Carolina and he was coached in high school by Gamecock head coach Frank Martin. South Carolina was the last SEC team to play in the “Dome of Dome” facing the Pokes in 2002.
Tickets are available to Saturday’s game by: going online at GoWyo.com/tickets, emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 307-766-7220 or stopping by the UW Athletics Ticket Office on the west side of the Arena-Auditorium.
The game will be streamed by Stadium and can be seen exclusively on Facebook with Chris Hasssel on the call and Tim Scarborough on Color with Olivia Dekker on the sidelines Fans can watch, listen to the game and follow stats on GoWyo.com. The game will be broadcast live on radio over the 25 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network, as Dave Walsh and Kevin McKinney will call the action.
A Look at the Matchup
Wyoming heads into the contest with a 2-6 overall record after falling to Northern Colorado at home on Saturday. The Pokes continue to take care of the basketball, as Wyoming ranks third in the MW and No. 33 in the nation with only 11.3 per game.
The Cowboys rank No. 32 in the nation and third in the MW in free throws made with 143. Wyoming has attempted 194 on the season for No. 42 in the nation and are hitting their freebies at a 74 percent clip for No. 58 in the nation.
The Gamecocks are 4-3 on the season after defeating Coastal Carolina at home last Friday evening. South Carolina protects the rim, as they rank No. 36 in the nation averaging 5.1 blocks per game.
South Carolina ranks No. 48 in the country in turnovers forced per game at 16.4. They also rank No. 35 nationally in field goal percentage defense holding opponents to 38 percent from the field. Offensively, the Gamecocks shoot 43 percent from the field.
Each Team’s Leaders
James leads the Cowboys in points, rebounds and assists. He leads the MW and ranks tenth in the nation in scoring at 24.9 per game. He also ranks third in the conference in rebounds at 9.6 per game and is sixth in the league at 4.1 assists per night. He is second in the nation in free throws made with 66 on the year and ranks third in the country in attempts at 85.
Sophomore Hunter Maldonado adds 15.2 points per game to rank second on the Cowboys. He is ninth in the MW in rebounds at 7.5 per night. Redshirt freshman Hunter Thompson adds 13.3 points per game and has a career-high 15 points in back-to-back games.
South Carolina is led in scoring by freshman A.J. Lawson at 14.9 points per game. He also adds 4.4 rebounds per night and has a team-high 26 assists. Chris Silva adds 10.1 points per game and leads the team with 5.7 boards per game. He leads the team with 12 blocks this season.
About the Series
Wednesday’s game is the fourth meeting between the two schools. South Carolina leads the series at 2-1 including an 80-64 win last season in Columbia. The Pokes won the last meeting in Laramie in 2002 by a score of 77-63.