"I think our schedule is going to be great for our fans because of the number of attractive games we have on Saturdays," said first-year head coach Heath Schroyer. "We not only play two big rivals in CSU and BYU on Saturday afternoons, but we also have conference games against New Mexico, UNLV and Utah coming in here for Saturday afternoon games."
"For many of our fans who travel long distances to come see us play," Schroyer continued, "having those traditional rivalry games on Saturdays versus weeknights is a big plus."
In all, the Cowboys will play 16 home games and 14 away or neutral contests, including a trip to El Paso, Texas Dec. 22-23 for the UTEP Sun Bowl Tournament.
"I'm very pleased with how the schedule came together after we got here in April," Schroyer said. "When you look at road games at Wichita State, at Akron and in the UTEP Christmas Tournament, I believe it is a schedule that will prepare us for league play and hopefully for postseason play, which is going to be our goal every year. The UTEP Tournament is an opportunity that came about recently. Playing UTEP gives us another quality opponent from a quality league (Conference USA), and it renews an old rivalry from the old WAC days."
Wyoming renewed its Front Range series with CU a year ago, but Colorado's appearance on Dec. 8 this season will mark the first Buffalo sighting in Laramie in nine seasons. The last meeting between the two teams took place in Laramie on Dec. 9, 1998, when Wyoming won 67-66. A year ago, the Cowboys won in Boulder by a score of 76-73 on Nov. 26.
The Cowboys will also be traveling to Akron, Ohio, Dec. 1, to start a new home-and-home series with the Zips.
Another traditional game the Pokes have maintained on their schedule is the Wyoming Shootout, where they will host Montana State.
"We're happy to be returning to Casper and continuing our series with Montana State," said Schroyer. "We have so many great fans in that part of the state, and with Eric Platt being a Casper native it makes that game even more special."
The Cowboys have seven non-conference home games beginning with an exhibition game against Regis on Saturday Nov. 3. Mountain West Conference play will tip off Saturday, Jan. 5 in Laramie against New Mexico. The Pokes also have one non-conference home contest in the middle of the conference schedule against Cal State Bakersfield Feb. 6.
"I'm really excited about getting started, and I'm just as excited about the attitude of our young men," Schroyer said. "Our guys have worked hard in conditioning through the spring and summer. Most of them stayed here this summer to take summer classes and work out with our strength coach. I believe we've laid a really strong foundation over the spring and summer that will help us reach our goals this year and in years to come."
Wyoming returns seven players from a year ago, including leading scorer Brandon Ewing (19.9 ppg) and top assist man Brad Jones (4.5 apg). The Cowboys will also welcome six new signees in 2007.
Here is the 2007-2008 schedule:
2007-08 Wyoming Cowboy Basketball Schedule
Sat., Nov. 3 - Regis (Exhibition), Laramie, Wyo. 3:30 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 6 - Colorado State-Pueblo (Exhibition,) Laramie, Wyo. 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Nove. 10 - Colorado-Colorado Springs, Laramie, Wyo. 7:00 p.m.
Tue., Nov. 13 - at Denver, Denver, Colo. (Time TBA)
Mon., Nov. 19 - at Lamar, Beaumont, Texas (Time TBA)
Sat., Nov. 24 - at Wichita State, Wichita, Kan. 6:00 p.m.
Mon., Nov. 26 - Arkansas-Pine-Bluff, Laramie, Wyo. 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Dec. 1 - at Akron, Akron, Ohio (Time TBA)
Sat., Dec. 8 - Colorado, Laramie, Wyo. 2:00 p.m. (The Mtn. [TV])
Sat., Dec. 15 - Wyoming Shootout vs. Montana#, Casper, Wyo. 3:30 p.m.
Sat.-Sun., Dec. 22-23 - at UTEP Sun Bowl Tournament, El Paso, Texas
Dec. 22 - TBA
Dec. 23 - Second Round TBA
(Teams participating are: South Caroline Upstate, UTEP, Wyoming and a fourth team TBA)
Sat., Dec. 29 - Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Laramie, Wyo. 1:30 p.m. (The Mtn.)
Mon., Dec. 31 - Chadron State, Laramie, Wyo. 2:00 p.m.
Sat., Jan. 5 - New Mexico*, Laramie, Wyo., 4:00 p.m. (CSTV)
Sat., Jan. 12 - at TCU*, Fort, Worth, Texas, 4:00 p.m. (CSTV)
Wed., Jan. 16 - Air Force*, Laramie, Wyo., 6:30 p.m. (The Mtn.)
Sat., Jan. 19 - at San Diego State*, San Diego, Calif., 9:00 p.m. (CSTV)
Wed., Jan. 23 - at UNLV*, Las Vegas, Nev., 8:30 p.m. (The Mtn.)
Sat., Jan. 26 - Colorado State*, Laramie, Wyo., 2:00 p.m. (CSTV)
Wed., Jan. 30 - at Utah*, Salt Lake City, UT, 8:00 p.m. (The Mtn.)
br> Sat., Feb. 2 - BYU*, Laramie, Wyo., 2:00 p.m. (The Mtn.)
Wed., Feb. 6 - Cal State Bakersfield, Laramie, Wyo., 7:00 p.m.
Sat., Feb. 9 - at New Mexico*, Albuquerque, N.M., 7:00 p.m. (The Mtn.)
Wed., Feb. 13 - TCU*, Laramie, Wyo., 6:30 p.m. (The Mtn.)
Sat., Feb. 16 - at Air Force*, Colorado Springs, Colo., 4:00 p.m. (The Mtn.)
Tue., Feb. 19 - San Diego State*, Laramie, Wyo., 7:00 p.m. (The Mtn.)
Sat., Feb. 23 - UNLV*, Laramie, Wyo., 2:30 p.m. (The Mtn.)
Wed., Feb. 27 - at Colorado State*, Fort Collins, Colo., 6:30 p.m. (The Mtn.)
Sat., March 1 - Utah*, Laramie, Wyo., 2:00 p.m. (The Mtn.)
Wed., March 5 - at BYU*, Provo, Utah, 8:00 p.m. (The Mtn.)
$Wed.-Sat., March 12-15 - Mountain West Conference Basketball Championships, Las Vegas Nev.
Bold indicates home games
All times listed are Mountain Time, tentative and subject to change.
# Indicates neutral-site games.
* Indicates Mountain West Conference games.
$ The 2008 Mountain West Conference Tournament will be played in the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev.
Information provided by the University of Wyoming Sports Information Department.