Boise State Broncos at Wyoming Cowboys – NCAAM January 11

Boise State (10-1, 6-0) at Wyoming (7-2, 1-1)

  • Time: 6 PST/8 CST/9EST
  • Location: Arena-Auditorium, Laramie, Wyo.
  • TV: CBS Sports Network

Broncos Post Slight Edge in Series:

Boise State leads the all-time series with Wyoming, 17-14, as the Broncos have won five consecutive games in the series and they have won 9 out of the last 10. The Cowboys hold a 9-7 lead in Laramie. Boise State is 6-3 in Laramie since the Broncos joined the MW starting in the 2012-13 season.

Vs. The Spread:

Boise State:

  • The total has got OVER in the Broncos’ last five games
  • BSU is 2-5 ATS in it’s last 7 games against Wyoming
  • The Broncos are 5-2 ATS in their last 7 road games

Wyoming:

  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of the last 5 games between the Cowboys and Broncos
  • The total has gone OVER in six of the Cowboys’ last eight games
  • The Cowboys are 12-5 ATS in their last 17 games

Last Time Out:

The Broncos took two from Air Force to stay undefeated in Mountain West play as they broke open Saturday’s game late for an 80-69 win. Derrick Alston, Jr., buried two threes in a 9-0 that stretch a one-point lead to 72-62 with 3:56 to play. Abu Kigab led Boise State with 25 points and 11 boards.

Wyoming won the first game of a back-to-back, 78-74, at Fresno State and then the Cowboys dropped an 81-61 decision on Saturday. The Bulldogs held the Cowboys to 38.6 percent from the field while Wyoming had no answer for Fresno State’s Orlando Robinson, who had 33 points.

Teams Spread Money Line Total Points
Boise State -7½ (-113) -350 O 149 (-110)
Wyoming +7½ (-107) +280 U 149 (-110)

Broncos’ Clipboard:
Boise State Broncos LogoAlston (17.8 ppg, 40.6% -3) has upped his play even more in MW play as he is averaging 20 points per night in league play as he has shot 55.9 percent in those six games. Marcus Shaver, Jr., (14.0 ppg, 46.7% -3) came over from Portland and has been a huge asset as well in providing another option which makes defenses have to play Alston honest.

RayJ Dennis (11.6 ppg, 3.7 apg) has settled in on the point where he has shot the ball well while working his way to the free throw line. At 6-7, 220, Kigab is a matchup problem where he is a stretch-4 and lead Boise State in rebounding at 7.4 per night. The Broncos are tough off the dribble as they have attempted 22 free throw attempts per game.

Boise State has won 10 straight game which is tied for the longest in program history as it is tied for the sixth longest active streak in the nation. The only two times Boise State had posted 10 in a row was 1987-88 and 2015-16.

Cowboys’ Clipboard:
Wyoming Cowboys LogoWyoming has taken off well under new coach Jeff Linder as the Cowboys are a consistent offensive team who shoots 46.4 percent from the field while netting 82 points per game. The key matchup is how Wyoming can solve Boise State’s stingy defense that has allowed opponents to make only 39.1 percent of their shots.

Although the last three opponents have made 50.3 percent of their shots while making 41.1 percent of their triples. Freshman Marcus Williams (17.6 ppg, 49.% -FG) has had a stellar campaign so far as he leads Wyoming in scoring while dishing 4.1 assists per game. His matchup with RayJ Dennis will go a long way in determining the winner as well.

The Cowboys’ offense is player friendly and athletic small forward Hunter Maldonado (14.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg) has benefitted as he and Kigab will also be a key matchup as well. Wyoming is 285 in defensive efficiency, per kenpom.com, but they have a (+4.1) turnover differential in forcing 14 turnovers per game. Kwame Marble has been hot of late as he has averaged 12.3 points and 4.7 rpg over the last three games.

Marcus Williams is the only freshman in the country averaging over 17 points and four assists per game. His 17.6 pointers per game is fourth among freshmen in the NCAA so far this season.

Winner: Boise State (-7½) 83, Wyoming 72
O/U: Take OVER 149

The Bets
Boise State -7½
-113
OVER 149
-110
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Kenneth Cross / Author

Kenneth Cross is a new entry to The Sports Geek staff as he has 25 years of experience in print, broadcast, and internet sports journalism. Cross is a lover of all sports, but college basketball is his passion. He estimates that he has seen around 1,500 college basketball games - live and in-person - and hopes that grows this season. If you listen to Radio, you have likely heard him on Sundays covering the Carolina Panthers for some 20 years. Now in Tampa Bay, he works as a national radio correspondent.