Wyoming Cowboys
2021–22 Wyoming Cowboys basketball team
Wyoming Athletics logo.svg
University University of Wyoming
Head coach Jeff Linder
(2nd season)
Conference Mount West
Location Laramie, Wyoming
Arena Arena-Auditorium

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Nickname Cowboys
Colors Brown and gold[one]

Uniforms

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Home jersey

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Team colours

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Pre-tournament Helms Champions
1934
NCAA Tournament Champions
1943
NCAA Tournament Final 4
1943
NCAA Tournament Elite Eight
1941, 1943, 1947, 1949, 1952
NCAA Tournament Sweet 16
1952, 1953, 1967, 1987
NCAA Tournament Circular of 32
1981, 1982, 1987, 2002
NCAA Tournament Appearances
1941, 1943, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1958, 1967, 1981, 1982, 1987, 1988, 2002, 2015
Conference tournament champions
1987, 1988, 2015
Conference regular season champions
1928, 1931, 1932, 1933, 1934, 1936, 1941, 1943, 1946, 1947, 1949, 1952, 1953, 1958, 1967, 1969, 1981, 1982, 1986, 2001, 2002

The Academy of Wyoming men’s basketball plan, which competes in the Mount West Briefing, has a lengthy tradition dating back to 1905. Wyoming won the 1943 NCAA championship under Hall of Fame coach Everett Shelton and behind star guard Ken Sailors, who pioneered the leap shot that is now the standard in basketball game. Wyoming has fabricated a total of 15 appearances in the NCAA Tournament. Since the Mountain West was formed in 1999, Wyoming has won two conference titles, including an outright title in 2002. Prior to that, Wyoming won five championships in the Western Athletic Conference, eight championships in the Skyline Conference, and one championship in the Rocky Mount Athletic Conference.

History

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The Wyoming basketball game program began in 1904 when a group known equally the “Laramie Town Team” challenged a team from the university to a basketball game; Wyoming won that game by a score of 17–five.[2]
The squad became a powerhouse in the 1930s under double-decker Willard “Dutch” Witte, who led the 1934 Cowboy squad to a 26–3 record. Wyoming was retroactively named the 1934 national champion by the Helms Foundation. Witte coached a full of nine seasons in Laramie and compiled a 134–51 record.

After Witte stepped down in 1939, Everett Shelton took over the squad and went on to become the winningest coach in Wyoming history in his 19 years in Laramie. Although Shelton went only 6–10 in his showtime season, his teams would win twenty or more than games seven times during his career. In 1943, the Cowboys went 31–two and won the NCAA Tournament. That squad was led by Ken Sailors, who scored sixteen points in the championship game victory over Georgetown on his way to being named the tournament’s Near Outstanding Actor. In addition, Sailors was named college basketball’s Thespian of the Year in 1943 and again in 1946 after returning from fighting in Globe War II. In all, the Cowboys made viii NCAA tournament appearances under Shelton, though they just won i game aside from the three-game run in 1943.

After Shelton retired in 1959, Wyoming basketball lay fallow for some time. Including Shelton’south last four campaigns every bit head bus, the Cowboys endured nine sequent losing seasons from 1956 to 1964. Bus Bill Strannigan, who succeeded Shelton, had just six winning seasons in 14 years as caput coach and fabricated 1 NCAA Tournament appearance in 1967 in which the Cowboys were handed a lopsided loss at the easily of eventual national champion UCLA and its All-American center Lew Alcindor, who later inverse his name to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Again from 1971 through 1978, the Cowboys had one winning flavor, a 17–10 campaign under Don DeVoe in 1976–77.

In 1978, Jim Brandenburg became the Cowboys’ caput coach and the program experienced a resurgence. In his nine seasons, Wyoming did not have a unmarried losing season and made four NCAA Tournament appearances. In 1981, the Cowboys were 24–6 and reached the second circular of the NCAA Tournament. In improver to being the Cowboys’ first tournament appearance since 1967, it was their first 20-win season since 1952–53 and first NCAA Tournament victory since 1952. After guiding the Cowboys to the Sweet xvi in 1987, even so, Brandenburg left the Cowboys to get the motorbus at conference rival San Diego Land.[3]
He was replaced by Benny Dees, who went 26–half-dozen in his get-go year with the Cowboys and returned them to the NCAA Tournament where they lost in the get-go round of the 1988 NCAAs to Loyola-Marymount.

Larry Shyatt went 19–ix in 1997–98, his merely season in Laramie before becoming the caput coach at Clemson University. After his deviation, Steve McClain took over the head coaching job and had three consecutive 20-win seasons from 2001 to 2003, including briefing titles in 2001 and 2002 and an NCAA Tournament appearance in 2002. On March 22, 2007, Wyoming hired former Portland State head coach Heath Schroyer to become its next head jitney. Shyatt was hired yet again as Wyoming’s head charabanc afterward the 2010–xi season concluded due to the firing of Heath Schroyer.[four]
The 2010–eleven team’s top two scorers left the program[v]
afterwards, with Desmar Jackson and Amath M’Baye transferring to Southern Illinois Academy[half-dozen]
and the Academy of Oklahoma,[7]
respectively.

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The Cowboys went 21–12 in Shyatt’s first season, for their get-go 20–win flavor in ix years.[8]
They made the Higher Basketball Invitational each of the next three seasons,[9]
[10]
[11]
making the quarterfinals in 2012 and 2013. In the 2014–15 season, the Cowboys finished with a record of 25–10, won the Mount West Conference Tournament over San Diego State 45–43, and earned an automated bid to the NCAA Tournament.[12]
Larry Nance Jr. was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers with the 27th pick in the 2015 NBA draft, becoming Wyoming’southward showtime player selected in the typhoon since Theo Ratliff in 1995. On March 21, 2016, Shyatt announced his resignation from the head coaching chore,[13]
and Allen Edwards was announced as the 21st head coach in program history.

In Edwards’ start season, the Cowboys went 23–fifteen and won the CBI Tournament, defeating Coastal Carolina in the championship.[fourteen]
Edwards again won twenty games in his 2nd season. In 2019, Justin James was drafted 40th overall by the Sacramento Kings, becoming the 2d Cowboy in the decade to be taken in the NBA Draft.[xv]
On December 9, 2019, the plan retired Fennis Dembo’s no. 34 jersey.[sixteen]
Following ii disappointing campaigns where the Cowboys failed to win 10 games each twelvemonth, Edwards was let go equally head coach.[17]
Jeff Linder was hired every bit the 22nd head coach in plan history on March 17, 2020.[eighteen]

In Linder’s beginning season with the Cowboys, he led the squad to a 14-11 year despite inheriting a squad with only 6 conference wins the two seasons prior. This included a six-1 non-conference tape highlighted by a road win against eventual Elite Viii participant Oregon State. The team’s season ended in the Mountain W Tournament quarterfinals 69-66 to eventual champion San Diego Land.

Head coaching records

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Double-decker Tenure Seasons Tape Win Percentage.
Due west. Yates 1904–1906 2 four–2 .667
Lt. Coburn 1906–1908 2 5–7 .417
Elmer Hoefer 1908–1909 1 3–iii .500
Harold I. Dean 1909–1912 3 9–13 .409
Leon Exelby 1912–1913 1 2–5 .286
Ralph Thacker 1913–1915 ii 3–vii .300
John J. Corbett 1915–1924 9 39–41 .488
Stewart Clark 1924–1928 iv 44–26 .629
George McLaren 1928–1930 2 29–12 .707
Willard Witte 1930–1939 9 135–52 .722
Everett Shelton 1939–1959 19 328–201 .620
Beak Strannigan 1959–1973 14 179–187 .489
George Radovich 1973–1976 3 24–55 .304
Don DeVoe 1976–1978 2 29–25 .537
Jim Brandenburg 1978–1987 9 176–97 .645
Benny Dees 1987–1993 6 104–77 .575
Joby Wright 1993–1997 4 53–60 .469
Larry Shyatt 1997–1998 1 19–ix .679
Steve McClain 1998–2007 9 157–115 .577
Heath Schroyer 2007–2011 4 49–68 .419
Larry Shyatt 2011–2016 5 98–69 .587
Allen Edwards 2016–2020 4 60–76 .441
Jeff Linder 2020–present ii 31–14 .689
Totals 22 coaches 116 seasons 1580–1221 .564

Postseason

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NCAA tournament results

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The Cowboys accept appeared in the NCAA Tournament 15 times, with a combined record of 9–twenty. They were national champions in 1943.

Twelvemonth Seed Round Opponent Upshot
1941 Elite Eight
Regional 3rd Place
Arkansas
Creighton
50 40–52
L 44–45
1943 Aristocracy Eight
Final Four
Championship
Oklahoma
Texas
Georgetown
W
55–50
West
58–54
Due west
46–34
1947 Aristocracy Eight
Regional 3rd Place
Texas
Oregon Country
L xl–42
50 46–63
1948 Elite Eight
Regional third Place
Kansas State
Washington
L 48–58
L 47–57
1949 Elite Eight
Regional tertiary Place
#2 Oklahoma A&M
Arkansas
Fifty 39–40
L 48–61
1952 Sweet Sixteen
Elite Viii
Oklahoma Urban center
Santa Clara
Due west
54–48
Fifty 53–56
1953 Round of 22
Sweet Sixteen
Regional 3rd Identify
Good day
# 16 Santa Clara
#fourteen Seattle

50 52–67
Fifty 64–80
1958 Round of 24 #18 Seattle L 51–88
1967 Round of 23
Sugariness Sixteen
Regional tertiary Place
Goodbye
#1 UCLA
#10 Texas Western

L lx–109
Fifty 67–69
1981 5 W Round of 48
Round of 32
(12) Howard
(iv) #19 Illinois
W
78–43
L 65–67
1982 8 West Circular of 48
Round of 32
(nine) USC
(1) #6 Georgetown
W
61–58
L 43–51
1987 12 W Round of 64
Round of 32
Sweet Sixteen
(5) Virginia
(iv) #15 UCLA
(1) #one UNLV
Westward
64–threescore
W
78–68
Fifty 78–92
1988 seven W Round of 64 (10) #15 Loyola Marymount L 115–119
2002 11 W Round of 64
Circular of 32
(6) Gonzaga
(three) #seven Arizona
W
73–66
50 60–68
2015 12 East Round of 64 (5) #eleven Northern Iowa L 54–71
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NIT results

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The Cowboys have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) eight times, with a combined tape of 7–8.

Yr Round Opponent Effect
1968 First Circular Villanova L 66–77
1969 Offset Round Army L 49–51
1986 First Round
Second Circular
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Title
Texas A&M
Loyola Marymount
Clemson
Florida
Ohio Land
Due west
79–70
Westward
99–90
W
62–57
W
67–58
Fifty 63–73
1991 Start Round
Second Round
Butler
Colorado
W
63–61
Fifty 75–83
1998 Outset Round Gonzaga L 55–69
1999 Outset Round
Second Round
USC
Oregon
W
81–77
50 72–93
2001 First Round Pepperdine L 69–72
2003 First Round
Second Round
Eastern Washington
North Carolina
W
78–71
Fifty 74–ninety

CBI results

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The Cowboys take appeared in the College Basketball Invitational (CBI) five times, with a combined record of 7–5. They were champions in 2017.

Year Round Opponent Event
2009 Beginning Round Northeastern L 62–64
2012 Get-go Round
Quarterfinals
North Dakota Country
Washington State
W
76–75
L 41–61
2013 First Circular
Quarterfinals
Lehigh
Western Michigan
West
67–66
L 67–75
OT
2014 First Round Texas A&M L 43–59
2017 Kickoff Round
Quarterfinals
Semifinals
Finals–Game ane
Finals–Game ii
Finals–Game 3
Eastern Washington
UMKC
Utah Valley
Coastal Carolina
Coastal Carolina
Coastal Carolina
Due west
91–81
W
72–61
West
74–68
Fifty 81–91
W
81–57
Due west
83–59

National Campus Basketball game Tournament results

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The Cowboys appeared in the only National Campus Basketball Tournament, with a record of i–2.[19]

Year Circular Opponent Upshot
1951 Quarterfinals
Semifinals
3rd Identify Game
Duquesne
Bradley
Utah
W
78–61
Fifty 63–77
L 52–55

Records vs. Mountain West opponents

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Equally of Jan. 31, 2022

Opponent Wins Losses Per centum. Streak
Air Force 80 41 .661 West
ii
Boise State 14 twenty .412 L 8
Fresno State 12 21 .364 50 ane
Colorado State 136 100 .576 W
ane
Nevada 18 9 .667 Due west
4
UNLV 19 41 .317 Westward
1
New Mexico 71 74 .490 West
three
San Diego Country 41 47 .466 50 7
San Jose State 19 2 .905 W
11
Utah Country 52 33 .612 W
1

Notable players

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Statistical leaders

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Career leaders

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Source:[xx]

Career Scoring Leaders
Seasons Player Points
1985–88 Fennis Dembo 2,311
2006–09 Brandon Ewing 2,168
2015–19 Justin James 2,061
1963–65 Flynn Robinson 2,049
1985–88 Eric Leckner 1,938
2013–16 Josh Adams 1,819
1989–92 Reggie Slater 1,809
1978–81 Charles Bradley 1,744
1995–98 Jeron Roberts one,599
1968–seventy Carl Ashley ane,598
Career Rebounding Leaders
Seasons Actor Rebounds
1989–92 Reggie Slater 1,197
1998–02 Josh Davis 956
1985–88 Fennis Dembo 954
1994–97 HL Coleman 939
1964–66 Leon Clark 889
1979–82 Bill Garnett 840
1978–81 Kenneth Ollie 833
1968–70 Carl Ashley 818
2012–fifteen Larry Nance Jr. 807
1985–88 Eric Leckner 774
Career Assists Leaders
Seasons Thespian Assists
1984–88 Sean Paring 502
2006–09 Brandon Ewing 471
2002–05 Jay Straight 453
1999–03 Chris McMillian 434
1985–88 Fennis Dembo 410
2013–sixteen Josh Adams 398
1980–83 Mike Jackson 357
2006–08 Brad Jones 351
2010–12 JayDee Luster 344
2015–xix Justin James 343
Career Blocks Leaders
Seasons Player Blocks
1992–95 Theo Ratliff 425
2005–06 Justin Williams 244
2015–18 Alan Herndon 184
1998–01 Josh Davis 173
1985–88 Eric Leckner 164
2012–15 Larry Nance Jr. 135
1989–92 Reggie Slater 100
1979–82 Neb Garnett 97
2008–11 Djibril Thiam 95
1985–88 Fennis Dembo 95
Career Steals Leaders
Seasons Player Steals
1984–88 Sean Dent 249
1985–88 Fennis Dembo 176
2006–09 Brandon Ewing 161
1995–97 LaDrell Whitehead 150
2013–16 Josh Adams 144
2012–15 Larry Nance Jr. 141
1999–02 Josh Davis 140
1999–03 Chris McMillian 136
2002–05 Jay Direct 126
2015–19 Justin James 121
Career Games played Leaders
Seasons Player Games
2015–18 Alan Herndon 133
1985–88 Eric Leckner 131
2013–xvi Josh Adams 131
2015–nineteen Justin James 131
1985–88 Fennis Dembo 129
1985–88 Turk Boyd 129
1985–88 David Lodgins 128
1984–88 Sean Dent 127
2006–09 Brandon Ewing 126
2009–12 Adam Waddell 124

Single-flavor leaders

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Single–Flavor Scoring Leaders
Season Player Points
2015–16 Josh Adams 740
2018–xix Justin James 706
1964–65 Flynn Robinson 701
1986–87 Fennis Dembo 689
1962–63 Flynn Robinson 682
1963–64 Flynn Robinson 666
1987–88 Fennis Dembo 653
1955–56 Joe Capua 637
1986–87 Eric Leckner 634
2006–07 Brandon Ewing 616
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Single–Season Rebounding Leaders
Season Actor Rebounds
1990–91 Reggie Slater 331
2005–06 Justin Williams 329
1989–90 Reggie Slater 328
1991–92 Reggie Slater 327
2016–17 Hayden Dalton 316
1964–65 Leon Clark 315
1952–53 Ron Rivers 314
1996–97 HL Coleman 303
1965–66 Leon Clark 302
1951–52 Dick Haag 293
Single–Season Assists Leaders
Season Actor Assists
1986–87 Sean Dent 183
2008–09 Brandon Ewing 166
1985–86 Sean Dent 166
2004–05 Jay Straight 148
1991–92 Maurice Alexander 147
2018–19 Justin James 143
2006–07 Brad Jones 135
1998–99 Chris McMillian 130
1991–92 Mike Jackson 129
1992–93 David Murray 128
Single–Season Blocks Leaders
Season Player Blocks
2005–06 Justin Williams 163
1994–95 Theo Ratliff 144
1992–93 Theo Ratliff 124
1993–94 Theo Ratliff 114
2004–05 Justin Williams 81
2016–17 Alan Herndon 74
2017–18 Alan Herndon 72
1989–90 Reggie Page 60
2013–14 Larry Nance Jr. 55
2012–thirteen Leonard Washington 55
Single–Season Steals Leaders
Season Player Steals
1985–86 Sean Dent 93
1986–87 Sean Dent 75
1995–96 LaDrell Whitehead 70
2010–11 Desmar Jackson 61
1987–88 Sean Dent 61
1998–99 Anthony Blakes 59
1990–91 Maurice Alexander 58
2011–12 Luke Martinez 54
1993–94 David Murray 53
1998–99 Chris McMillian 52

Retired jerseys

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Wyoming Cowboys retired jerseys
No. Player Playing years
4 Ken Sailors 1940–1946
34 Fennis Dembo 1984–1988

All-Americans

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Player Twelvemonth(south) Team(s)
Les Witte 1932 Consensus Commencement Team
– Helms (1st), Converse (1st)
1933 Helms (1st)
1934 Consensus First Team
– Helms (1st), Converse (1st)
Ken Sailors 1943 Consensus Outset Squad
– Helms (1st), Converse (tertiary),
Sporting News
(1st)
1946 Consensus Second Team
– Converse (2nd),
True
(1st),
Sporting News
(3rd)
Milo Komenich 1946 Truthful
(2nd)
John Pilch 1950 Look
(2nd),
Collier’s
(2nd)
Joe Capua 1956 NEA (third)
Pecker Garnett 1982 USBWA (2nd)
Fennis Dembo 1988 AP (third)

Arena

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The Arena-Auditorium, which seats 11,612, serves as the habitation courtroom for the Cowboy basketball team. Since its opening in 1982, the Cowboys have enjoyed a strong homecourt advantage at the AA.

Wyoming’southward first home courtroom was a small, cerise brick building known as the “Little Red Gym.” That was followed by the Half Acre Gym, which served equally the Cowboys’ home from 1925 to 1951 and seated but over 4,000; the Cowboys had a record of 222-44 in the edifice. The Cowboys moved into War Memorial Fieldhouse in 1951 and remained there until the Loonshit-Auditorium opened in 1982.[2]

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External links

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  • Official website



Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wyoming_Cowboys_basketball