Game Preview: Wyoming Cowboys

Written November 24th, 2013 by Ken

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Here we are, rolling into The Holidays and our beloved Buckeye basketballers are at 4-0 after being ‘un-Patriot-ic’ by weathering a brick-fest to defeat the American University Eagles. After disposing of the Eagles on Wednesday, the Buckeyes get to dust off another American icon, the Cowboys of Wyoming. Why does Thad hate this country?

Here’s a profile on University of Wyoming.

School: University of Wyoming (the other U-Dub)

Location: Laramie, WY

Founded: 1886

Student Population: 13,800

School Type: Public, coed

Division: D-I

Conference: Mountain West

Arena: Arena-Auditorium

Seating: 15,000

Built: 1982

Head Coach: Larry Shyatt (Coach Shyatt is an alum of College of Wooster ’73)

Year: 4th

Wyoming Cowboys

Although this is Coach Shyatt’s 4th year as head coach at UW, he’s in his 40th year of coaching, so this isn’t his first rodeo. The Cowboys are 4-1 this season, driven by a fairly efficient offense, shooting 50% from the field and 39% from 3-pt range. Wyoming came off a streaky 20-14 (4-12) season in 2012-2013. They started last year on a 15 game winning streak, and at one point were ranked in the top 25. Unfortunately, they also had a 4-game and an 8-game losing streaks as the season progressed.

 

There is an Ohio element to this team. As listed in the profile, Coach Shyatt is an alum of College of Wooster. On court, the Cowboys are led by 6’8″ junior forward Larry Nance, Jr (yes, that Larry Nance), a native of Akron OH. Nance leads the Cowboys in rebounding, blocks and is 2nd in scoring. Reserve guard, Jack Bentz, is a native of Chagrin Falls. Nance Jr was not recruited by Ohio State. Since OSU’s junior class includes Thompson, Williams, Ross and McDonald, I guess that Thad gets a pass on this.

 

Wyoming starts a 3-guard 2-forward offense. Riley Grabau (6’2″, 14.5 ppg), Josh Adams (6’2″, 12.3 ppg) and Nathan Sobey (6’3″, 8.8 ppg) man the guard spots while the forwards are Larry Nance Jr (6’8″, 13.3 ppg) and Derek Cooke, Jr (6’9″, 5.0 ppg).

 

Here is the University of Wyoming:

No Name Hgt Pos PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG TPG
2 R. Grabau 6’2″ G 14.5 53.6 81.8 55.6 0.8 2.8 2.0
22 L. Nance, Jr. 6’8″ F 13.3 56.7 70.8 33.3 8.3 2.0 1.5
20 N. Sobey 6’3″ G 8.8 38.5 65.0 16.7 3.0 1.3 1.5
14 J. Adams 6’2″ G 12.3 55.2 70.6 38.5 2.8 3.0 2.5
11 D. Cooke, Jr. 6’9″ F 5.0 66.7 57.1 0.0 7.0 1.0 0.8
15 J. Granberry 6’4″ G 5.3 53.8 66.7 60.0 3.0 1.3 1.3
1 C. Hankerson, J 6’4″ G 8.8 43.5 82.4 16.7 3.5 1.5 1.0
5 T. Washington I 5’11″ G 4.8 50.0 71.4 50.0 0.3 0.0 0.5
13 J. Bentz 6’1″ G 0.7 0.0 100.0 0.0 1.3 1.0 0.7
21 A. Haldorson 6’8″ F 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.3 0.3
33 Z. Stull 6’1″ G 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
3 A. Tyser 6’4″ G 1.0 50.0 0.0 0.0 1.0 0.0 0.5

 

 

Ohio State Buckeyes

As mentioned in the intro, the 8th ranked Buckeyes (4-0.0-0) are coming off an interesting win over American University. This had echoes of the previous win over Marquette; horrible 1st half shooting, followed by much better play in the 2nd half. After this game, the Buckeyes have a game on November 29th against North Florida to round out the month of November. They have about a month to remedy these slow starts before they open B1G season at Purdue.

And, here are your Ohio State Buckeyes:

No Name Hgt Pos PPG FG% FT% 3P% RPG APG TPG
3 S. Scott 6’1″ G 12.5 54.3 70.0 31.3 4.8 3.8 2.8
4 A. Craft 6’2″ G 10.5 34.5 71.0 0.0 4.8 6.0 2.8
32 L. Smith Jr. 6’4″ G 9.5 44.4 70.0 41.2 3.8 0.8 1.3
23 A. Williams 6’11″ C 9.5 70.6 82.4 0.0 6.8 0.3 1.5
10 L. Ross 6’8″ F 7.0 24.3 66.7 26.7 5.3 0.8 1.0
12 S. Thompson 6’7″ F 11.0 47.1 60.0 30.0 4.8 0.8 1.3
2 M. Loving 6’7″ F 6.5 41.2 84.6 16.7 2.5 0.3 0.0
33 A. Della Valle 6’5″ G 2.3 23.1 20.0 25.0 2.0 0.5 0.5
55 T. McDonald 6’8″ C 2.0 50.0 33.3 0.0 2.3 0.3 1.3
34 J. Lorbach 6’7″ F 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 1.0
24 A. Goldstein 6’3″ G 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
15 K. Williams 6’2″ G 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0

 

Wrap Up

This will be an interesting challenge for the Buckeyes. In three of four games, OSU has started out relatively slowly. In contrast, Wyoming has started out with better 1st halfs in three of their four games. Ohio State needs to come out  better in the first half, similar to the football team, to blunt any hope that Wyoming will have to win this game. Wyoming is a good, efficient offensive team. There are a lot of similarities between these teams in terms of offensive stats; points per game, assist/turnover ratio and possessions per game. The significant metric is Ohio State’s significantly better defense.

 

PPG O PPG D RPG APG TPG PPG PPP A/T
Wyoming 73.5 63.0 33 13.8 12.3 65 1.13 1.12
Ohio State 70.8 51.5 39.5 13.3 12.5 67.8 1.04 1.06

 

 

The game is this Monday, tipping off at 7:00 PM EST in Value City Arena. The game will be broadcast on BTN.  Please join us for our live blog beginning approximately 30 minutes before tip-off. Refreshments may be provided.

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