Breakdown: Fresno State vs Wyoming
Wyoming forward Larry Nance
Wyoming forward Larry Nance
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Posted Jan 29, 2014


Fresno State looks to end a five game losing streak on Wednesday night. Bulldog Playbook breaks down how they match up with Wyoming.

Fresno State (8-13, 1-7) vs. Wyoming (13-6, 4-2)

Point Guard
#3 Cezar Guerrero (6-1, 190, So.) 14ppg, 4.3 apg
#2 Riley Grabau (6-2, 175, Jr.) 10.7 ppg, 2.1 apg

Cezar Guerrero hit five 3-pointers versus UNLV on 12 attempts and dished out 6 assists. Guerrero continues to be one of the Mountain West’s top players when it comes to assists. Riley Grabau’s production on offense has disappeared in the Cowboys’ winning streak. He made just one field goal in three games before scoring 13 versus Nevada. He is Wyoming’s best 3-point shooter, however.

Advantage: Fresno State

Shooting Guard
#1 Tyler Johnson (6-4, 186, Sr.) 15.5 ppg, 7.1 rpg
#14 Josh Adams (6-2, 175, So.) 11.9 ppg, 2.7 apg

Tyler Johnson is averaging 18.4 points per game in Mountain West play and has been one of the best rebounding guards in the conference as well. Johnson posted two double-doubles in his last four games. Expect Johnson to have a big game on Wednesday. Josh Adams isn’t a big threat from 3-point range but is an efficient scorer. Adams has scored in double digits in all six conference games.

Advantage: Fresno State

Small Forward
#23 Marvelle Harris (6-4, 212, So.) 14.9 ppg, 5.3 rpg
#20 Nathan Sobey (6-3, 180, Sr.) 7.8 ppg

Marvelle Harris has hit a major slump recently which has contributed to five straight losses for the Bulldogs. The high-volume shooter has made just 23% of his shots from the field over the five games and made just 3 of 19 from 3-point range. Nathan Sobey has become a more reliable scorer for Wyoming, averaging 11.2 points per game over the team’s last five games.

Advantage: Wyoming

Power Forward
#22 Paul Watson (6-7, 187, Fr.) 10.3 ppg, 4.8 rpg
#22 Larry Nance Jr. (6-8, 225, Jr.) 16.2 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 2.1 bpg

Larry Nance Jr. is the star player for the Wyoming Cowboys. Nance ranks in the top 10 in both points and rebounding in Mountain West play. He delivered the game winning shot for Wyoming versus Nevada in overtime. Nance’s post game will be far superior to anyone else on either team. Bulldog freshman Paul Watson has adjusted to Mountain West play and is back to putting up solid numbers for the Bulldogs.

Advantage: Wyoming

Center
#4 Karachi Edo (6-6, 226, Fr.) 5.2 ppg, 4.1 rpg
#11 Derek Cooke Jr. (6-9, 220, Jr.) 4.9 ppg, 4 rpg

Derek Cooke Jr has had his role decrease to very few minutes in Wyoming’s recent success. Cooke had some solid showings in non-conference for Wyoming and could have a better matchup versus the Bulldogs than he has in recent games. Karachi Edo has also lost minutes to 6-foot-9 Alex Davis who has played his best basketball in his last two games.

Advantage: Wyoming

Benches

Both Fresno State and Wyoming use an eight-man rotation. Senior guard Jerron Granberry comes off the bench but has played as many as 37 minutes for Wyoming in recent games. Fresno State will ask guard Allen Huddleston and forward Alex Davis to bring scoring off the bench. Davis had his second double-double for Fresno State on Saturday.

Advantage: Fresno State

Coaches: Rodney Terry vs. Larry Shyatt

Wyoming head coach Larry Shyatt is in his third consecutive season coaching the Cowboys. Shyatt led the team to two 20 win seasons the past two years, but only resulted in postseason appearances to the CBI Tournament. The Cowboys also finished just 4-12 last year in conference play. The home team won both meetings last season.

Advantage: Wyoming

Intangibles

These two teams enter Wednesday’s game on two very different notes. Wyoming has won four straight games while Fresno State has lost five straight.

Advantage: Wyoming

Prediction

When these two teams played in the Save Mart Center last year, Fresno State won a very ugly 49-36 contest. Both teams have improved their offensive firepower this year. Wyoming’s winning streak and Fresno State’s losing streak both come to an end on Wednesday night.

Prediction: Fresno State 71, Wyoming 66


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