Previewing Wyoming

Wyoming comes to Chapel Hill Monday night for second round of the NIT. Tip-off is at 8 p.m. with no TV. Tickets are general admission. <br><center> (<a target=new href="">INTERNET BROADCAST</a>) - (<a target=new href="">LIVE STATS</a>)</center>

North Carolina (18-15, RPI-52) vs. Wyoming (21-10, RPI-63)
Smith Center, Chapel Hill
8 p.m., no TV

Doherty Pregame Quotes

"Looking forward to playing another basketball game. After Sunday, how many teams will be playing college basketball? Not many, and we're fortunate to be one of those teams playing. And playing against a very tough opponent in Wyoming. I've known Steve McClain since his days at Hutchinson Community College. He's a heck of a coach and watching their team on tape they've got a lot of speed and quickness out on the perimeter and one of the best big men that will face in Uche - I struggle with his last name - but he's one of the best big men we'll face all year.

"I have watched a good amount of tape on them and the thing I notice is that Uche in the middle at 6-10 and 260, in league play he averages a double-double. And as you know, we've struggled against big guys this year - he could probably be an all-ACC post guy, that's how good he is. We're really going to have to find a way to limit him as best we can. I don't know if we're going to be able to do that, but he's really a talented player. ..."

     LINK: Doherty's Saturday Quotes

How They Got Here
Wyoming defeated Eastern Washington, 78-71, in the first round of the NIT Thursday night in Laramie, Wy. Donta Richardson led the Cowboys with 24 points and Uche Nsonwu-Amadi posted 14 points and 12 boards.

Location: Laramie, Wy.
Conference: Mountain West
Nickname: Cowboys
Colors: Brown and Wyoming Prairie Gold
Head Coach: Steve McClain
Record at WY: 100-51

Probable Starting Lineup: 
   Jason Straight (5-11, G, So.) – 10.4 ppg, 3.2 apg
   Donta Richardson (6-2, G, Sr.) – 18.0 ppg, 2.5 apg
   David Rottinghaus (6-5, G, Jr.) – 5.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg
   Joe Ries (6-8, F, Jr.) – 7.1 ppg, 4.1 rpg
   Uche Nsonwu-Amadi (6-10, C, Sr.) – 14.1 ppg, 9.7 rpg
Key Reserves: 
   David Adams (6-2, G, Jr.) – 5.8 ppg
   Mory Correa (6-9, F, Jr.) – 3.5 ppg, 2.7 rpg
   Omoniyi Makun (6-8, F, Jr.) – 1.7 ppg, 2.5 rpg
   Ryan Wildenborg (6-11, C, Jr.) – 1.4 ppg, 1.4 rpg
   Chris McMillian (5-10, G, Sr.) – 1.2 ppg, 1.3 rpg

Note: Senior forward Marcus Bailey (15.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg), a Top 50 Wooden Award finalist, was sidelined for the rest of the season after suffering a torn ACL in December.

Wins vs. Top 50 (RPI)
Dec. 14 - Texas Tech - 67-62
Feb. 1 - UNLV - 90-80
Mar. 3 - UNLV - 69-66

Losses vs. Top 50 (RPI)
Jan. 15 - Kansas - 70-98
Feb. 8 - BYU - 66-74
Feb. 10 - Utah - 56-69
Mar. 6 - BYU - 50-69
Mar. 8 - Utah - 70-86

Wyoming Info

Photo Gallery

Uche Nsonwu-Amadi ... Jason Straight

Donta Richardson ... David Rottinghaus

Joe Ries ... Steve McClain

(Photos by the AP.)

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