The University of Wyoming men’s basketball team ended an opponent’s winning streak last week and hopes to do it again tonight.
UW (16-9 overall, 7-5 Mountain West) hosts Fresno State (13-13, 6-7) at 7:05 tonight at the Arena-Auditorium. The visiting Bulldogs have won five straight, starting with a 67-62 home victory over UW on Jan. 29.
A week ago the Cowboys killed No. 6 San Diego State’s 20-game winning streak with a 68-62 victory at the A-A.
The Cowboys did extended one streak in their last game, a 46-38 win San Jose State last Saturday: The Spartans dropped their 13th straight game.
“It’s probably better for our team at this point in playing somebody on a winning streak than otherwise,” UW coach Larry Shyatt said.
In the earlier loss to Fresno State, two things stood out: The Bulldogs shot 53.3 percent from the field and the Cowboys were 9 of 17 from the free-throw line.
That was the highest shooting percentage UW has allowed this season, and it was the worst free-throw percentage (52.9) that the Cowboys have posted.
UW also was outrebounded 24-18 on the defensive glass. Shyatt has said he would like his team’s defensive rebounding percentage to be around 75 percent. Right now, it is 70 percent.
The Cowboys are 1-7 when they have fewer defensive rebounds than the opposition, and that win came at San Jose State, where they were outrebounded by one.
Shyatt also wants his team to limit turnovers. UW’s turnover margin is just under one per game, and Fresno State is second in the MW with 6.6 steals per game.
Fresno State’s average margin of victory during its streak is 13 points, and it led UW by as many as 11 last month.
“(Fresno has) been pretty consistent at both ends of the floor,” Shyatt said. “They’ve done just about everything right.”
Fresno State’s strength is its guards. Senior Tyler Johnson averages a team-best 16 points per game. And sophomores Marvelle Harris and Cezar Guerrero are getting 14.6 and 14 points, respectively.
Those three scored more than half of the Bulldogs’ points in the win last month, led by Johnson’s 20.
About Fresno State’s backcourt, UW junior guard Charles Hankerson Jr. said, “They have so many of them. They’re really quick and crafty.
“Johnson is probably one of the most underrated players in the league. He doesn’t get half as much credit as he deserves.”
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