CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) — Wyoming coach Larry Shyatt doesn't see his squad being in awe when playing nationally ranked teams.
"I think our team has played pretty close to the same way against the weakest teams on our schedule and the best teams," Shyatt said. "I think if there was one thing about our team, in terms of description, I would say when people watch us they see the same thing night in and night out."
On Saturday, Wyoming (17-5, 3-3 Mountain West) will play one of those "best" teams when its hosts No. 11 UNLV (21-3, 5-1).
Last week, the Cowboys lost 52-42 at home to No. 17 San Diego State — the only other ranked team Wyoming has played this season.
Against UNLV, Shyatt said Wyoming will face more than a team with talented athletes.
"We're not going to play a track team," he said. "We're going to play a team that's already beaten Illinois, North Carolina and some terrific ballclubs this year."
The Runnin' Rebels have won five straight games and 12 of their last 13 after beating Colorado State 82-63 on Wednesday night and pulling out two overtime road wins last week.
UNLV coach Dave Rice comes to Laramie with a team led by veterans Chace Stanback, who is averaging 14.2 points a game, and Oscar Bellfield, who is averaging 5.3 assists a game.
"Our guys just always believe that as a group we're going to make the necessary plays, to get a stop or to get a basket, and they just believe that if we do all of those things we've got a great chance to win," Rice said. "A lot of it has to do with confidence, but a lot of it has to do just with the fact that they have experience and we've been through a lot together."
UNLV has beaten Wyoming in eight of their last 10 meetings.