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University of Wyoming Cowboys will open Mountain West play in the new year

Published: Dec. 30, 2021 at 11:30 PM CST
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LARAMIE, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - The University of Wyoming men’s basketball team has begun the 2021-22 season with an 11-2 record. The Cowboys will face their first Mountain West Conference opponent of the season in the new year on Saturday.

“It’s exciting when you’re 11-2. If I was 2-11, I’m not sure if I’d be excited,” said Cowboys Head Coach Jeff Linder. “But [I am] excited at the fact that we’ve got a group of guys that understand you show up every day, and there’s no secret formula. You just gotta work.

“It doesn’t matter whether it’s September 1st or January 1st. They’re gonna show up and put in the work and do the things necessary in order to give them a chance to win, and so to have the opportunity to be able to come every day to practice with this team I mean it’s just exciting.”

Linder added the hope is to continue to get better over the last few months of the season. It’s also the focus.

So far this season, Linder’s squad has put in the work. The team has especially improved on the defensive end of the floor, which had been an emphasis since last season ended.

After allowing 75.5 points per game to opponents last season, the Pokes have limited teams to more than a dozen less this season. Teams are scoring an average of 63.4 points per game this season on 38.9% shooting, which is currently the 27th best opponent shooting percentage in the nation.

The Pokes have also notched wins over Washington in Seattle and a tough Utah Valley team at the Arena-Auditorium.

Boise State will come to Laramie on Saturday for the Mountain West Conference opener. Coach Linder’s teams went 0-2 against the Broncos in his first season in brown and gold.

The game will tip-off at 2 p.m.

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