The Wyoming Cowboys will face Northern Iowa in the NCAA men's basketball tournament on Friday in Seattle. The Pokes received an automatic berth after winning the Mountain West Conference Tournament over the weekend. It’s Wyoming’s first appearance in the tournament since 2002.
It’s been a tough few years for the Cowboys who’ve had to overcome a series of incidents including injuries and illness. Head Coach Larry Shyatt said those incidents have made the team mentally tough.
“Sometimes through adversity you become stronger and you become hardened. And this team is hardened.”
Wyoming Forward Larry Nance Jr. said it is exciting to finally get to play in the tournament.
“We’ve been so close before and have seen it slip right through our fingertips. But to know this is ours and that there is nothing anybody can do to take that away from us, is everything we imagined and more.”
Northern Iowa is the Missouri Valley Conference Champion and the Panthers are 30-3 on the season. 6-foot 8-inch forward Seth Tuttle who averages 15 points and 7 rebounds a game leads NIU. Tipoff is Friday morning at 11:40 a.m. Mountain time. The game will be televised on TBS.