UW Mens Basketball Game

Wyoming head coach Allen Edwards walks off the court following his team's win against Colorado State at the Arena-Auditorium last season.

LARAMIE — A matchup against the high-major program across the border will highlight the non-conference schedule for Wyoming men’s basketball next season.

The Cowboys will compete in the MGM Main Event in Las Vegas, where they will play Colorado on Nov. 24 before facing TCU or Clemson on Nov. 26. It will mark Wyoming’s first meeting with the regional Pac-12 opponent since 2014.

Wyoming will open the season against Idaho State on Nov. 5 at the Arena-Auditorium after a home exhibition Oct. 30 against Northwest Nazarene. The schedule also features rematches with SEC foe South Carolina and Oregon State of the Pac 12. Wyoming, which has split its matchups with the Gamecocks the last two seasons, will travel to South Carolina on Nov. 10 before hosting Oregon State on Nov. 16.

The Cowboys will also play host to Cal State Fullerton (Nov. 13), Detroit Mercy (Nov. 19), Louisiana (Nov. 21), Northern Colorado (Dec. 14), Utah Valley (Dec. 18) and Nebraska Wesleyan (Dec. 28). Wyoming will hit the road to take on Denver on Dec. 21.

The non-conference portion was the final piece to the Cowboys’ schedule after the Mountain West announced the conference slate for all 11 teams in June. With next season’s MW tournament being moved up a week, Wyoming will open league play the first week of December with a pair of home games against Air Force (Dec. 4) and New Mexico (Dec. 7) before continuing its league slate at Boise State on New Year’s Day.

Wyoming will conclude the regular season at Fresno State on Feb. 29. Game times will be released at a later date.

The Cowboys are entering a critical fourth season of coach Allen Edwards’ tenure after winning just eight games last season -- their fewest since the 1973-74 season. Wyoming is losing just three players that ended last season a part of the rotation, though one of them is leading scorer Justin James, who finished his career No. 3 on the program’s all-time scoring list before being taken by the Sacramento Kings with the 40th overall pick in this year’s NBA Draft.

Wyoming added five newcomers this summer, including junior college point guard transfer Greg Milton III and Colorado Gatorade Player of the Year Kenny Foster.

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