For the first time since 2011, Wyoming (6 2) will play the same non conference team twice in one season, an effort to prepare the Cowboys for the rigors of Mountain West play.
"We've had two tremendous packed houses with rabid fans at both CU and Ohio State, and that's the environment you need to be ready for," Shyatt said. "And our guys have been ready. We fell short in both those games, but I sort of felt like we ran out of time."
That balance could be the ultimate equalizer, negating South Dakota's previous experience playing Wyoming. However, there's no denying that with the game being played in Rapid City the Coyotes will at the very least have the crowd on their side.
Though Wyoming breezed past Summit League opponent South Dakota 70 43 on Nov.
This time, though, he's hoping for a different result.
What the Cowboys see on Saturday won't just be a bad case of deja vu.
Grabau, Larry Nance Jr. and Adams all average double figure points. Beyond those three, Nathan Sobey, Charles Hankerson Jr. or Jerron Granberry could all lead the team in scoring on any given night.
DEJA VU: Wyoming also hosted South Dakota on Nov. 22, pulling out a 70 53 victory at the Arena Auditorium. It will be the first time Wyoming has played a non conference team twice in the same season since 2011.
RECORDS: Cowboys (6 2 overall); Coyotes (3 4).
Wyoming set to take on South Dakota for second time this season
While some may view Wyoming's lack of a go to scorer as a hindrance for the club, the players prefer to give it a glass half full spin. In Adams' eyes, any Cowboy can make the game winning basket.
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"Every team has its own identity," Shyatt said. "I think going into the season it was pretty clear, at least in the eyes of the people who do the voting, we had no all conference potential players. Therefore, you're going to need a level of balance and a different hero on different nights. That's sort of been the disposition of the ball club at this point."
Junior guard Riley Grabau, who was a freshman on that 2011 team, knows the Cowboys can't roll into South Dakota expecting another 17 point win.
like we were before we played them here," Grabau said. "They're a great team, and I think we need to get mentally focused and physically focused."
HE SAID IT: "It's definitely hard to play a team two times, because obviously they know how you play. They know your playing style, especially when the second game is on their home turf. It's a nice preparation to have going into conference." UW sophomore guard Josh Adams. 15.
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Shyatt said that environment should be nothing new for his team, which has previously hit the road for major tests against Colorado and Ohio State.
Though Grabau led the team with 20 points and four 3 pointers in the previous win over South Dakota (3 4), the Coyotes can't simply shut him down and assume their job on the defensive end is done.
That's what separates this team from Shyatt's others.
In that case, good luck guarding all of them.
The good news for Wyoming is that the Coyotes won't have only one player to key in on.
And though the opponent is the same, Larry Shyatt's team knows the end result may not be.
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"It's absolutely a positive, because how do you prepare for that?" Adams said. "How do you prepare your team to go up against Wyoming when you have no idea who they're going to go to down the stretch when things get tight? Anyone can go off at any given moment."
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Wyoming has dealt with this issue before. In 2011, the Cowboys dismantled Utah Valley 74 41 at home, only to barely escape against the same team on the road 76 70 just over a month later.
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