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The Wyoming Cowboys host the Fresno State Bulldogs Saturday in a Mountain West Conference match up. Wyoming is 5-14 overall and 0-7 in the Mountain West while Fresno State is 5-12 overall and 1-5 in the conference. Fresno State beat the Cowboys twice last season. Tipoff is Saturday at 6:00 p.m. ET at the Auditorium in Laramie, Wyoming.
Fresno State loses to No. 7 San Diego StateThe Fresno State Bulldogs had maybe their best showing of the season on Tuesday, but still lost to No. 7 ranked San Diego State 64-55. The loss dropped the Bulldogs to 5-12 overall and 1-5 in the Mountain West Conference. Freshman center Orlando Robinson led the Bulldogs with 18 points and six rebounds while guard New Williams added 15 points. Fresno State shot just 36.4 percent from the field, including 29.4 percent from beyond the arc.
"I thought we played hard and we played pretty good defense. There were a few breakdowns, but when you're playing a team of that caliber there are going to be some breakdowns. Sometimes they make you break down," Fresno State coach Justin Hutson said reported Fresno State basketball. "They made some good plays. All those teams made some good plays at the end of the half, and we got stagnant on offense."
Wyoming loses heart breaker to NevadaThe Wyoming Cowboys came really close to scoring their first conference win of the season, but lost in the final seconds to Nevada 68-67. The loss dropped Wyoming to 5-14 overall and 0-7 in the conference. The Cowboys took a 65-64 lead on a three-pointer by Hunter Thompson with about 1 minute left. Nevada scored on the next possession to go up 66-65, but Hunter Maldonado made a layup with 15 seconds left to put Wyoming up 67-66. But Nevada got a layup by Jalen Harris with 8 seconds left and that turned out to be the game-winner.
Edwards: "I think our guys took our message to heart about putting more time in the gym and in the weight room, but tonight was heartbreaking to lose that way."— 7220sports.com (@7220sports) January 15, 2020
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"I think our guys took our message to heart about putting more time in the gym and in the weight room, but tonight was heartbreaking to lose that way," Wyoming coach Allen Edwards said, reported Wyoming basketball. "But we are encouraged with the young group to come out and compete in hostile environment. I'm proud of the effort. We were right there and it was another opportunity and we will learn from this."
Maldonado led Wyoming with 17 points while Thompson had 16 points, including 5 three-pointers. Jake Hendricks and Kenny Foster each added 10 points while Kwane Marble added eight points and nine rebounds. The Cowboys shot 43 percent from the field while the Wolf Pack shot 42 percent. Also, theCowboys held Nevada, the 13th best three-point shooting team in the nation, to 24 percent shooting from beyond the arc.
The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.
Full-Game Side Bet
Take Wyoming here to cover the spread. Something has to give here as both teams are mired in the basement of the Mountain West Conference. Both of these teams are not as bad as their records indicate. Fresno State has twice, both at home and on the road, given No. 7 San Diego State all they could handle. And Wyoming came within a last second layup of beating a very good Nevada team, which is ranked No. 103 in the power rankings. Both teams will see this as a huge opportunity to score a win in a tough conference but win less Wyoming will want it a little bit more. And they are home, which will give them that extra boost they need to win and cover.
Full-Game Total Pick
Take the under here. Wyoming has not been successful in scoring wins, but that's not for a lack of trying, particularly on defense. They are a very good defensive team. They held a very good offensive team in Nevada in check and they typically hold teams to the high 60s- low 70s in points per game. Fresno State is also a good defensive team, ranking No. 138 in defensive efficiency. More importantly, these are two of the slowest teams in the country. Wyoming ranks No. 314 in pace of play while Fresno State ranks No. 338 in pace of play. This will be a tough, slow grind. Don't expect a lot of points and do expect this to be played in the under.