Coming off their first win of the season, an 83-81 thriller against the University of Nebraska-Omaha at the DakotaDome Nov. 20, the University of South Dakota men’s basketball team will travel to face the Cowboys of the University of Wyoming Tuesday night.
Head coach Dave Boots said the team will have to play a complete game in order to beat the Cowboys.
“We are going up against a very tough defensive team,” Boots said. “We need to play hard
offensively, shoot the ball well and play big in the paint in order to win.”
Senior guard Charlie Westbrook said the team will have to be prepared for a tough game against the Cowboys.
“We will have to control the ball and the tempo in order to be effective,” Westbrook said. “We need to execute on both our offensive and defensive sets.”
The Coyotes are currently 1-2 on the season with both losses coming on the road against the University of Nebraska and Eastern Washington.
Boots said the team is learning how to handle playing well on the road.
“It’s difficult to play so many games on the road, especially during the early months of the season,” Boots said. “We have gone up against some very tough teams on the road. At the same time we need to learn how to play as a team on the road and bring our best game with us.”
Westbrook, who is averaging 13.7 points per game so far this season, said the team should be able to pull out the first road win of the season tonight
“We have played OK on the road so far this year,” Westbrook said. “We just need to play together and execute our game plan and we will be just fine.”
Boots, who has 599 career wins, will be looking to capture his 600th win as a head coach. Boots has won 484 games in his 24 seasons with the Coyotes.
The Cowboys (2-1) are coming off a 44-52 loss to the University of Green Bay on Nov. 19.
USD will have to shut down senior guard Francisco Cruz who is averaging over 16.7 points a game, ranking third in the Mountain West Conference.
Boots said defending Wyoming’s outside shooters will be a tough task for the Coyotes.
“They like to use their size inside in order to free up their shooters on the outside,” Boots said. “We will need to play strong defensively in order to have success.”
Wyoming leads the all time series against USD 4-2 and the Cowboys are 1-1 against coach Boots.