The Wyoming Cowboys (3-0) are off to a hot start and will try to remain undefeated when they square off with the Denver Pioneers (2-4) at Magness Arena. Wyoming opened as a 5.5-point favorite, while the Over/Under (O/U) for the game has been set at 145 points. Action starts at 9 p.m. ET on Wednesday, November 29, 2017.
Wyoming Cowboys at Denver Pioneers Odds Preview
The Cowboys defeated the New Mexico Highlands Cowboys in their last outing, 83-70. With 16 points and seven rebounds, Alan Herndon played well for Wyoming. Wyoming had a much better effective field goal percentage (0.605 vs. 0.456) and had a better free throw rate (0.129 vs. 0.118).
The last time the Pioneers played, they were defeated by the Navy Midshipmen, 79-71. Joe Rosga was the top scorer from either team with 33 points on 7-for-13 shooting. Navy had a turnover percentage of 15.6 (better than their season average of 18.9). Denver, on the other hand, did a fantastic job of getting to and converting from the charity stripe (26-34; 76.5 percent).
This matchup pits one of the NCAA’s top offenses against one of its elite defensesDating back to last season, Denver ranks 46th in effective field goal percentage (0.541), while Wyoming is 14th in effective field goal percentage allowed (0.455). Additionally, second chance points figure to be rare for the Cowboys. They rank 334th in the NCAA in offensive rebounding percentage at 22.6 percent, while the Pioneers have been 22nd-best on the defensive glass (defensive rebounding percentage of 74.9 percent).
Since last season, the Cowboys are 21-14 straight up (SU) and 27-14 against the spread (ATS). Wyoming games have finished under the projected point total 58.5 percent of the time since last season.
On the other hand, the Pioneers, are 18-18 SU and 16-16 ATS since last season. Over that same period, games involving Denver have had a tendency to go over the O/U total (59.4 percent).
The Cowboys won the only game against the Pioneers last season, 82-70. The Cowboys played a nearly perfect game. They had a turnover percentage of 11.1 and a ridiculous free throw rate of 0.344. For those same stats, the Pioneers were 21.9 and 0.180, respectively.
Wyoming Cowboys vs. Denver Pioneers Prediction
Predictions: SU Winner – Wyoming, ATS Winner – Denver, O/U – Over
Betting Notes (2016-Present):
- The Cowboys rank 220th in steals allowed per game (6.8) while the Pioneers rank 245th (7.1).
- Wyoming ranks 40th in assists allowed per game (11.4) while Denver ranks 58th (11.7).
- Denver ranks 17th in rebounds allowed per game (31.3) while Wyoming ranks 306th (39.2).
- The Cowboys rank eighth in three pointers attempted per game (27.5) while the Pioneers rank 264th (18.4).
- Wyoming ranks 43rd in blocks per game (4.7) while Denver ranks 284th (2.1).