Wyoming Cowboys

Are part of the Mountain West Conference, were established in 1886, and their home arena is the Arena-Auditorium, University of Wyoming in Laramie, Wyoming.
Wyoming Cowboys

The Wyoming Cowboys, a beacon of resilience and determination in NCAA basketball, represent more than just a sports team. Hailing from the University of Wyoming, this basketball program carries a legacy rich with unique attributes, a fascinating history, and a culture that’s intricately woven into the fabric of collegiate basketball. Their story is one of humble beginnings, remarkable triumphs, and a continuous journey of growth and perseverance. The Cowboys embody the spirit of Wyoming itself – rugged, enduring, and full of surprises.

 Intriguing Facts About Wyoming Cowboys

  • The Cowboys’ journey in the realm of basketball began in the early 20th century, marking them as one of the storied programs in NCAA history. This long-standing history sets them apart, showcasing a tradition steeped in basketball lore.
  • They pioneered one of the most critical aspects of modern basketball – the jump shot. This innovation, brought forth by Ken Sailors during the 1943 NCAA championship, revolutionized how the game is played, marking the Cowboys as trendsetters in basketball tactics.
  • Wyoming Cowboys were the 1943 NCAA champions, an achievement that highlights their early dominance in the sport and their capacity to excel at the national level. This victory remains a shining moment in the history of the program, symbolizing their potential and competitive spirit.
  • The team has made a remarkable 16 appearances in the NCAA tournament, showcasing their consistent performance and ability to compete at the highest levels of college basketball. This consistency underlines the program’s enduring quality and resilience in the face of changing times and challenges.
  • They have fostered a unique and intense rivalry with Colorado State, adding an extra competitive edge to their games. This rivalry is not just about sports; it’s a reflection of regional pride and the deep-seated competitive spirit that drives collegiate athletics.

The Historical Tapestry of Wyoming Cowboys

The Wyoming Cowboys’ basketball program began as a small, unassuming venture in 1905 and grew to become a force to be reckoned with in the world of collegiate basketball. The early years saw the team laying the foundations of what would become a rich basketball tradition, marked by gradual improvements and growing regional recognition. The program’s rise to prominence was not sudden but rather a result of persistent efforts and strategic growth. The 1930s and 1940s saw the emergence of the Cowboys as a powerhouse, especially under the guidance of Coach Willard Witte, leading to their pinnacle achievement – the 1943 NCAA Championship victory. This period in their history was not just about winning games; it was about setting a standard and establishing a legacy that would influence the program for decades to come.

The Golden Era

The golden era of the Cowboys, under the guidance of Coach Everett Shelton from 1939 to 1959, is a period etched in the annals of basketball history. Shelton’s philosophy of disciplined play, teamwork, and strategic innovation transformed the team into a national powerhouse. The 1943 NCAA Championship victory under his leadership was a culmination of this transformative period. Key players like Ken Sailors, with his revolutionary jump shot, and Milo Komenich, a tower of strength on the court, were instrumental in this triumph. This era was not just about winning a championship; it was about setting a standard of excellence and innovation that would become synonymous with the Cowboys basketball program.

 The Current Landscape

In recent times, under the leadership of Coach Jeff Linder, the Wyoming Cowboys have been focused on rebuilding and striving for consistent performance in an ever-competitive collegiate basketball landscape. Despite facing various challenges, the team has shown glimpses of promise and resilience, notably with their victory against Oregon State. The recent seasons have been a mix of fluctuating successes and learning experiences, but the team continues to work hard towards achieving excellence. The current era is characterized by a focus on nurturing young talent, developing strategic gameplay, and fostering a team spirit that resonates with the rich history of the program.

 Legendary Figures in Wyoming Cowboys History

The history of the Wyoming Cowboys is adorned with legendary figures who have left an indelible mark on the program. Players like Ken Sailors, Fennis Dembo, and Milo Komenich stand out not just for their on-court achievements but also for their contributions to the team’s legacy. These individuals have become synonymous with the Cowboys’ tradition of excellence, inspiring future generations of players. Their stories are not just about individual glory; they are about leadership, innovation, and the enduring spirit of Wyoming basketball.

A Game to Remember

Among the many memorable games in Cowboys history, the victory in the 1943 NCAA Championship remains unparalleled. This game was not just a display of skill and tenacity; it was a moment that solidified the Cowboys’ place in basketball history. The game’s context, the high stakes, and the dramatic moments made it a classic, etching it in the memory of basketball enthusiasts and setting a benchmark for future Cowboys teams.

Wyoming Cowboys  [year] Schedule

Regular Season

Week Date Opponent Result
Week 1 Date: Tue 07/11/2023 Opponent: Northern New Mexico Eagles Result: W 104-56
Week 1 Date: Sat 11/11/2023 Opponent: Cal Poly SLO Mustangs Result: W 80-66
Week 2 Date: Thu 16/11/2023 Opponent: Saint Louis Billikens Result: L 69-79
Week 2 Date: Fri 17/11/2023 Opponent: Charleston Cougars Result: W 67-60
Week 2 Date: Sun 19/11/2023 Opponent: Furman Paladins Result: W 78-71
Week 3 Date: Sun 26/11/2023 Opponent: Texas Longhorns Result: L 63-86
Week 4 Date: Fri 01/12/2023 Opponent: Portland Pilots Result: L 70-81
Week 5 Date: Tue 05/12/2023 Opponent: S. Dakota Mines Result: W 80-59
Week 5 Date: Sat 09/12/2023 Opponent: Stephen F. Austin Lumberjacks Result: W 78-70
Week 6 Date: Sat 16/12/2023 Opponent: Weber St. Wildcats Result: L 71-84
Week 7 Date: Wed 20/12/2023 Opponent: South Dakota State Jackrabbits Result: W 78-65
Week 7 Date: Thu 21/12/2023 Opponent: South Dakota State Jackrabbits Result: TBD
Week 7 Date: Thu 21/12/2023 Opponent: Texas-El Paso Miners Result: L 67-78
Week 8 Date: Sat 30/12/2023 Opponent: Brigham Young Cougars Result: L 68-94
Week 9 Date: Tue 02/01/2024 Opponent: San Jose St. Spartans Result: W 75-73
Week 9 Date: Sat 06/01/2024 Opponent: New Mexico Lobos Result: L 60-77
Week 10 Date: Tue 09/01/2024 Opponent: Utah St. Aggies Result: L 59-83
Week 10 Date: Sat 13/01/2024 Opponent: Fresno St. Bulldogs Result: W 68-67
Week 11 Date: Sat 20/01/2024 Opponent: Nevada Wolf Pack Result: W 98-93
Week 12 Date: Tue 23/01/2024 Opponent: San Diego St. Aztecs Result: L 65-81
Week 12 Date: Sat 27/01/2024 Opponent: Colorado St. Rams Result: W 79-76
Week 13 Date: Tue 30/01/2024 Opponent: Air Force Falcons Result: W 83-72
Week 13 Date: Sat 03/02/2024 Opponent: UNLV Rebels Result: L 48-62
Week 14 Date: Tue 06/02/2024 Opponent: New Mexico Lobos Result: L 73-91
Week 15 Date: Wed 14/02/2024 Opponent: Utah St. Aggies Result: L 76-84
Week 15 Date: Sat 17/02/2024 Opponent: San Jose St. Spartans Result: W 80-75
Week 16 Date: Tue 20/02/2024 Opponent: Nevada Wolf Pack Result: L 58-76
Week 16 Date: Sat 24/02/2024 Opponent: Boise St. Broncos Result: L 72-92
Week 17 Date: Tue 27/02/2024 Opponent: UNLV Rebels Result: L 69-75
Week 17 Date: Sat 02/03/2024 Opponent: Colorado St. Rams Result: L 62-70
Week 18 Date: Tue 05/03/2024 Opponent: Air Force Falcons Result: W 74-63
Week 18 Date: Sat 09/03/2024 Opponent: Fresno St. Bulldogs Result: W 86-47

Post Season

Week Date Opponent Result
Conf. Tournament Date: Wed 13/03/2024 Opponent: Fresno St. Bulldogs Result: L 73-77

 Home of Wyoming Cowboys: Arena-Auditorium

The Arena-Auditorium, affectionately known as “The Dome of Doom”, is more than just a sports venue; it’s the heart and soul of the Wyoming Cowboys basketball program. Since 1982, this arena has been the battleground where the Cowboys have displayed their basketball prowess. With a capacity of 11,612, it’s known for its electric atmosphere, where fans come together to support their team, creating an intimidating environment for visiting teams. The history of this venue is intertwined with the history of the Cowboys, hosting countless memorable games and moments that have contributed to the lore of Wyoming basketball.