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. ..."
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.
Background 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
Uche Nsonwu-Amadi ... Jason Straight
Donta Richardson ... David Rottinghaus
Joe Ries ... Steve McClain
(Photos by the AP.)