As far as Spencer Dinwiddie is concerned, the Colorado men's basketball team has two rivals.

"We consider (Colorado State) and Arizona rivals; we don't think of Wyoming as rivals," CU's junior point guard said.

On Wednesday, Wyoming (1-0) will visit the Buffaloes (1-1) in a non-conference game at Coors Events Center (7 p.m., Pac-12 Network).

While Dinwiddie and the Buffs may not consider the Cowboys to be rivals, they certainly are aware of the Pokes' recent dominance in this series. Since 1991, Wyoming is 10-2 against the Buffs, including 6-0 since 1997.

"Hey, the record speaks for itself," Dinwiddie said. "They're winning against us in recent history, so it's time that we change the tide."

CU’s Spencer Dinwiddie is looking for his first win against Wyoming.
CU's Spencer Dinwiddie is looking for his first win against Wyoming. ( CLIFF GRASSMICK )

Wyoming is a much different team this year. Three of the Cowboys' best players -- Derrious Gilmore, Luke Martinez and Leonard Washington -- are gone. Washington, in particular, was a Buff killer, but that entire trio accounted for nearly half of Wyoming's points last season.

CU coach Tad Boyle is hardly breathing a sigh of relief.

"They still have talented players," Boyle said, while specifically naming Josh Adams, Larry Nance Jr., and Boulder High graduate Riley Grabau. "We will not be overlooking the Cowboys. I guarantee you that.

"They've owned us. We have a lot of respect for (Wyoming coach) Larry Shyatt. He does a great job. We've got to be ready and we will be."


CU has to respect the Cowboys, but the Buffs' main focus will be on themselves. They are still a work-in-progress with so many freshmen playing key minutes and the returners learning new roles.

"We're a young team, we're still learning every day and not always sure what you're going to get," Boyle said. "But if we compete and play hard and execute the way we're capable of, we'll be fine."

Forwards Josh Scott (15.0 points, 9.5 rebounds per game) and Wesley Gordon (11.0 points, 8.0 rebounds per game) are off to great starts for the Buffs. They would like to get more production out of guards Spencer Dinwiddie and Askia Booker, however.

Boyle said CU expects Wyoming the slow the pace, make it a half-court game and play a zone defense against the Buffs. Ideally, CU would like a faster-paced game, but Boyle said, "We need to be able to execute in (the half-court), both offensively and defensively."

More than anything, the Buffs want to see more consistent effort and better all-around play on defense. CU has given up 20 3-pointers already this season. Wyoming hit eight in its season-opening win against Tennessee-Martin, with Grabau going 4-for-6 from beyond the arc.

"Very important," Dinwiddie said of CU's perimeter defense. "We need to do a little better job of guarding the 3-point line."

If the Buffs can show some improvement in key areas, they'll stand a good chance of finally beating the Pokes.

"Of course it's a big deal," said Dinwiddie, who is 0-2 against Wyoming. "You don't want to go 0-3 against a team."


On Tuesday, Dinwiddie was named as one of the top 50 candidates for the John R. Wooden Award. Every year, the award honors the top player in college basketball at the end of the season. ... This game is part of the Global Sports Main Event, which is a round-robin series of games between CU, Wyoming, Tennessee-Martin, Arkansas State and Jackson State. ... CU will host Jackson State at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The game will feature Bacon Fest, where 10,000 pieces of bacon will be handed out to fans in attendance.

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CU men's hoops preview

TODAY: The Colorado Buffaloes (1-1) host the Wyoming Cowboys (1-0) in a 7 p.m. game at Coors Events Center in Boulder.

BROADCAST: Radio -- KOA (850 AM), with Mark Johnson on play-by-play and Scott Wilke providing color commentary. TV -- Pac-12 Network, with JB Long on play-by-play and Dan Dickau providing color commentary.

STORYLINES: CU rebounded from a season-opening loss to No. 25 Baylor to defeat Tennessee-Martin at home on Sunday, 91-65. Josh Scott led the Buffs with 15 points and eight rebounds. ... Wyoming defeated UT-Martin 78-60 in its season opener on Friday. Larry Nance, Jr., had a double-double (10 points, 12 rebounds) in the victory, and Boulder High graduate Riley Grabau led the Cowboys with 17 points. ... CU's Spencer Dinwiddie has averaged 20.0 points in two meetings with Wyoming (24 last year, 16 on Dec. 9, 2011). He has committed just one turnover in 70 career minutes against the Cowboys. ... Dinwiddie needs just 12 points to become the 35th player in CU history to reach the 900-point mark. ... In each of the last two meetings, Wyoming has connected on 48 percent of its shots. CU hit 41.1 percent last year and 38.8 percent in 2011. ... CU is 45-7 at home under head coach Tad Boyle, including 9-0 in November.

KEY STAT: In last year's meeting, a 76-69 Wyoming win, the Cowboys made 14 layups, with seven in each half. The Buffs generally try to hold opponents to eight layups.

COACHES: Tad Boyle is 70-39 in his fourth year at Colorado and 126-105 for his career. Larry Shyatt is 61-35 in his fourth year at Wyoming and 131-119 for his career.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Colorado -- F Wesley Gordon, 6-9, Fr. (11.0 ppg, 8.0 rpg, 1.5 apg); F Xavier Johnson, 6-7, So. (10.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.0 spg); F Josh Scott, 6-10, So. (15.0 ppg, 9.5 rpg, 1.0 bpg); G Askia Booker, 6-2, Jr. (8.0 ppg, 3.5 rpg, 2.5 apg); G Spencer Dinwiddie, 6-6, Jr. (11.5 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.5 apg). Wyoming (stats from opener) -- G Riley Grabau, 6-2, Jr. (17 points, 3 assists); G Josh Adams, 6-2, So. (3 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists); G Nathan Sobey, 6-3, Sr. (9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 assists); F Derek Cooke Jr., 6-9, Jr. (6 points, 6 rebounds); F Larry Nance Jr., 6-8, Jr. (10 points, 12 rebounds, 2 assists).

SERIES: Wyoming leads 42-35, and has won six in a row dating back to CU's last win on Dec. 10, 1996. CU is 24-16 against the Cowboys in Boulder, but has not beaten them on the home floor since March 18, 1991. Since that win, Wyoming is 10-2 overall in the series and 6-0 in Boulder.

UP NEXT: CU will host Jackson State on Saturday at 10 a.m.