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Cowboys battle No. 15/17 Texas in Austin on Sunday

UW Cowboys basketball team (Photo by Lara Zuk, courtesy University of Wyoming)

By Nick Seeman, University of Wyoming

LARAMIE, Wyo. — The Wyoming Cowboys head to No. 15/17 Texas on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. MT in the Moody Center in Austin, Texas. It marks the first meeting between the two schools since 1949, and the first-ever meeting in Austin after the previous three meetings came on neutral floors.

Fans can listen to the contest as well as follow stats on GoWyo.com. The game will be televised on Longhorn Network and WatchESPN App and will be broadcast live on radio over the 26 affiliate stations of the Cowboy Sports Network, as David Settle will be on the call.

About the teams

Wyoming heads into the contest with a 4–1 overall record after going 2–1 at the Myrtle Beach Invitational with wins over College of Charleston and Furman, who were both picked to win the respective conferences.

The Cowboys are shooting 49.1% from the field on the season and 40.2% from behind the arc to rank in the top 25 nationally. Wyoming is averaging 37.4 rebounds per night and is +4.6 for the season.

Wyoming ranks second in the conference this season with 5.2 blocks per game.
 
The Longhorns head into the contest with a 4–1 record with their only loss coming to UConn by a score of 81–71 in the last contest. Texas is shooting 50.5% from the field this season and 37.9% from behind the arc. Defensively, Texas is holding opponents to 39.7% from the field and 26.6% from behind the arc. Texas is grabbing 36.8 rebounds per game.

About the players

Wyoming is led in scoring by Sam Griffin at 20.4 points per game. He was named to the All-Tournament team at the Myrtle Beach Invitational. He also adds 3.2 assists per game to take second on the team. He ranks in the top 40 in scoring in the NCAA this season. 

Akuel Kot adds 15.4 points per game and leads the team with 3.4 assists per game. Cam Manyawu adds 10 points and a team-best 7.8 rebounds per game. He ranks in the top 10 in the nation with three double-doubles. 

Caden Powell adds 96 points and 7.4 rebounds per game. He has scored in double-figures in three-straight contests.
 
Texas is led in scoring by Kadin Shedrick with 14.3 points per game. He also adds 4.8 rebounds as the Longhorns have five players averaging double figures.

Max Abmas, one of the nation’s top three-point shooters, adds 13.6 points per game. He leads the team with 13 three-pointers on the season.

Dillon Mitchell adds 11.6 points per game and leads the team grabbing 8.4 rebounds per game.

About the series

The Cowboys lead the all-time series against the Longhorns 2–1 with the last meeting coming in 1949. Wyoming defeated Texas on their way to a national championship in 1943 and met in the NCAA Tournament in 1947, with both meetings taking place in Kansas City.

Up next

The Pokes return to action next Friday with a trip to Portland with a start of 7 p.m. MT on ESPN+.


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