Breakdown: Fresno State vs. Wyoming

Marvelle Harris expected to start on Wednesday

Fresno State looks to bounce back from a humbling loss at No. 19 New Mexico after pushing No. 15 San Diego State in its MWC opener. The Bulldogs host 14-1 Wyoming that fell out of the Top 25 after losing to Boise State last week. Check inside for the breakdown…

Fresno State 6-9 (0-2) vs. Wyoming 14-1 (1-1)

PG: Aaron Anderson (6-3, 190, Fr.) vs. Derrious Gilmore (5-10, 170, Sr.)

Gilmore gives Wyoming a solid scoring option at 11.7 points per game with 2.8 assists per game. With Cowboys' guard Luke Martinez out, Gilmore is by far Wyoming's best three-point option at 43%. Freshman Anderson looks to bounce back from a six turnover game at New Mexico.

Advantage: Wyoming

SG: Kevin Olekaibe (6-2, 180, Jr.) vs. Riley Grabau (6-2, 170, So.)

Grabau has turned into a key role player for Wyoming. In two conference games, Grabau played all but three minutes for the Cowboys, and is shooting his best in recent games. Olekaibe looked to be returning to form, scoring in double digits in four straight games before going 2-of-11 from the field at New Mexico.

Advantage: Fresno State

SF: Marvelle Harris (6-4, 200, Fr.) vs. Josh Adams (6-2, 175, Fr.)

Fresno State's starting small forward Tyler Johnson is expected to play Wednesday, but it's yet to be seen how effective he will be after suffering an ankle injury just a week ago. Two promising Mountain West freshmen will match up in Harris and Adams.

Advantage: Fresno State

PF: Kevin Foster (6-8, 230, Sr.) vs. Leonard Washington (6-7, 230, Sr.)

Washington is a 6-foot-7 forward that has proven to be very effective down low, averaging 14.9 points and 8.8 rebounds this season. Washington has posted seven double-doubles on the season. Foster has the talent to play a key role for the Bulldogs, but has only scored in double digits three times this season.

Advantage: Wyoming

C: Jerry Brown (6-7, 220, Jr.) vs. Larry Nance Jr. (6-8, 210, So.)

Larry Nance Jr. has been a solid compliment to Washington in the post for the Cowboys. The two bigs on average combine for over half of the team's rebounds and over a third of the team's points. The Bulldogs will turn to high-energy defender Jerry Brown and 7-footer Robert Upshaw to disrupt the Wyoming duo.

Advantage: Wyoming

Benches:

Without Luke Martinez, Wyoming's rotation is down to seven players. The Cowboy bench has accounted for just seven points per game in conference play. With Tyler Johnson and Kevin Foster back for the Bulldogs, expect the Bulldogs to go back to a nine man rotation.

Advantage: Fresno State

Coaches: Rodney Terry vs. Larry Shyatt

Wyoming head coach Larry Shyatt has quickly turned around the Cowboys' basketball program. Shyatt led Wyoming to a 21-win season last year, and his team currently sits 14-1 in his second season. While Terry has Fresno State in the right direction, the Bulldogs have won just 19 games in the same two year time frame.

Advantage: Wyoming

Intangibles:

Bad publicity has surrounded Wyoming with the recent suspension of Martinez along with the Cowboys dropping out of the top 25. Fresno State comes off a 27-point loss at New Mexico. Wyoming has proven to be beatable with their lone loss coming last week and a home court advantage could help the Bulldogs give them a second.

Advantage: Fresno State

Final Analysis/Prediction:

Wyoming hasn't found a way to replace suspended guard Martinez's 14.4 points per game, but the Cowboy's defense continues to be very good. Fresno State gives Wyoming a tough game, but the Bulldogs will fall short again if they have another sub 40% shooting night.

PREDICTION: Wyoming 63, Fresno State 55



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