After getting burned by Colorado State's guards for 46 points Saturday, Utah must face another excellent guard tandem when it takes on Wyoming tonight.
The Utes and Cowboys meet at the Arena-Auditorium at 10 p.m. in the ESPN-televised contest. The Utes are hoping to fare better than in their first "Big Monday" game back on Jan. 8, when they lost a buzzer-beater to Fresno State.To do so, they'll need to shut down Cowboy guards Jeron Roberts and LaDrell Whitehead, who are both averaging 16.4 points a game.
If they can contain Roberts and Whitehead, the Utes should capture their 20th win of the season because they have a huge edge on the frontline with forwards Keith Van Horn, Brandon Jessie and centers Michael Doleac and Ben Melmeth.
The Cowboys counter with HL Coleman, Sly Johnson and Derek Washington. Coleman scores 13 points a game and is the leading rebounder in the WAC with 11.1 per game, but Johnson averages 7.2 points and a measly 1.8 rebounds, while Washington numbers are just 4.3 and 3.3.
Johnson was involved in a brawl during Saturday's BYU game and was ejected from the game along with four reserves. But since the players weren't considered to be "fighting," all will be eligible to play tonight.
Even though the Utes had an easy time with Wyoming in Salt Lake winning 88-65 three weeks ago, coach Rick Majerus is worried as usual.
"This will be a tough game for us," he said. "Wyoming has a very athletic team and one of the better defensive teams in the league."
Majerus is displeased about having to play tonight for TV purposes. He said it's not fair to the players, who have to miss classes today and Tuesday. He also doesn't like the short preparation time for Thursday's game with Hawaii.