by staff–28 Jun ’16
Wyoming basketball fans will have the opportunity to see the Cowboys host a pair of NCAA Tournament teams, along with two popular regional rivals and the first two rounds of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic during the 2016 non-conference schedule.
On Saturday, Dec. 3, the Cowboys will host Northern Iowa in the Mountain West/Missouri Valley Challenge. Last season, Northern Iowa captured the Missouri Valley Tournament championship and advanced to the NCAA Championship where the Panthers defeated Texas, 75-72, in the opening round before losing to Texas A&M in the round of 32 by a score of 88-92 in double overtime. UNI finished the season with a 23-13 record. Of course, the Cowboys and Panthers last met in the 2015 NCAA Tournament.
The Cowboys will host 2016 Summit League Tournament Champion South Dakota State on Saturday, Nov. 19. South Dakota State earned an automatic bid to the 2016 NCAA Tournament following its Summit League title. The Jackrabbits lost a close, 74-79, game to Maryland in their opening round game of last year’s NCAAs and concluded the season with a 26-8 overall record.
“We are excited that our schedule is now completed. We have some real quality, NCAA Tournament teams coming to Laramie, which will be great for our fans,” said first-year Wyoming head basketball coach Allen Edwards. “In addition, we are playing in a very competitive field of teams in the Las Vegas Classic against BCS programs, and as part of that event will be hosting our first two games in that tournament here in Laramie.
“I think our pre-conference schedule is good in the sense that it will prepare us well for our conference season. It will be a competitive non-conference schedule, but at the same time, it will give our team an opportunity to grow as we go into conference play.” On Saturday, Dec. 17 and Monday, Dec. 19, Wyoming will host Cornell and Troy, respectively, in the first two rounds of the 2016 Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic. The Pokes will then travel to Las Vegas on Thursday, Dec. 22 to play DePaul at the Orleans Arena in the third round of the tournament. UW will wrap up the Las Vegas Classic playing either USC or Missouri on Friday, Dec. 23. USC posted a 21-13 record last year and concluded the season with a one-point, opening-round loss, 69-70, to Providence in the NCAAs.
The University of Denver will visit Laramie on Wednesday, Nov. 30. The Pioneers are one of two regional rivals that will play in the Arena-Auditorium during the 2016 non-conference schedule. The other non-conference regional rival that Wyoming will play this coming season will be Montana. The Griz will travel to Wyoming for a game on Saturday, Dec. 10. The Cowboys will play a home-and-home series versus Montana this season. Wyoming will play in Missoula, Mont., on Monday, Nov. 14. Montana was invited to the 2016 College Basketball Invitational, losing 75-79 to Nevada, and ended the season with a 21-12 mark.
Wyoming will open its 2016-17 season in Torrington, Wyo., on Thursday, Nov. 3 against Chadron State in the Cowboys’ lone exhibition game of the season. The first home game in Laramie will be played Friday, Nov. 11 vs. Western State. The Cowboys’ other non-conference home game will be on Monday, Dec. 5 against Colorado Christian.
In addition to the road game at Montana and the road games in the Las Vegas Classic, Wyoming will travel to northern California for games in Stockton, Calif., versus Pacific on Tuesday, Nov. 22 and in Berkeley, Calif., on Friday, Nov. 25 vs. the Cal Bears. Cal is the other Cowboy non-conference opponent that participated in last year’s NCAA Tournament. The Bears lost to Hawai’i, 66-77, in their opening round NCAA game and ended the season with a 23-11 record.
Game times and television coverage will be announced at future dates in connection with the Mountain West Conference and its television partners.
2016-17 Wyoming Cowboys Basketball Schedule
Date Opponent Site Time (TV)
Thu., Nov. 3 Chadron State (Exh.) Torrington, Wyo. 7 p.m.
Fri., Nov. 11 Western State Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Mon., Nov. 14 at Montana Missoula, Mont. TBA
Sat., Nov. 19 South Dakota State Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Tue., Nov. 22 at Pacific Stockton, Calif. TBA
Fri., Nov. 25 at California Berkeley, Calif. TBA
Wed., Nov. 30 Denver Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Mountain West/Missouri Valley Conference Challenge^
Sat., Dec. 3 Northern Iowa^ Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Mon. Dec. 5 Colorado Christian Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Sat., Dec. 10 Montana Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Continental Tire Las Vegas Classic#
Sat., Dec. 17 Cornell # Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Mon., Dec. 19 Troy # Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Thu., Dec. 22 DePaul # Las Vegas, Nev. TBA
Fri., Dec. 23 Southern California or Missouri St. # Las Vegas, Nev. TBA
Wed., Dec. 28 Air Force * Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Sat., Dec. 31 at UNLV * Las Vegas, Nev. TBA
Wed., Jan. 4 at Fresno State* Fresno, Calif. TBA
Wed., Jan. 11 Utah State* Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Sat., Jan. 14 Nevada * Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Wed., Jan. 18 at San Jose State * San Jose, Calif. TBA
Sat., Jan. 21 at New Mexico * Albuquerque, N.M. TBA
Wed., Jan. 25 UNLV * Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Sat., Jan. 28 Boise State * Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Wed., Feb. 1 at San Diego State * San Diego, Calif. TBA
Sat., Feb. 4 at Air Force * Colorado Springs, Colo. TBA
Wed., Feb. 8 Fresno State * Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Sat., Feb. 11 at Utah State* Logan, Utah TBA
Wed., Feb. 15 Colorado State * Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Sat., Feb. 18 at Boise State * Boise, Idaho TBA
Sat., Feb. 25 New Mexico * Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Wed., March 1 at Colorado State * Fort Collins, Colo. TBA
Sat., March 4 San Jose State* Laramie, Wyo. TBA
Mountain West Championship$
Wed., March 8 First Round$ Las Vegas, Nev. TBA
Thu., March 9 Quarterfinals$ Las Vegas, Nev. TBA (CBSSN)
Fri., March 10 Semifinals$ Las Vegas, Nev. TBA (CBSSN)
Sat., March 11 Championship$ Las Vegas, Nev. TBA (CBS)