Ready or Not, Colorado Could Face Cowboys in Vegas Tournament Next November

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After a Dome of Doom matchup with the Cowboys that resulted in Wyoming not only beating Colorado 56-33, but holding the Buffalos to nine second-half points, Colorado basketball coach Tad Boyle has refused to even discuss resuming the series between the two schools.

That is changing.

Colorado is scheduled to play in the MGM Resorts Main Event in Las Vegas Nov. 25 and Nov. 27 next year, in a field that has since been firmed up to also include Clemson and TCU, as well as Wyoming.

The tournament will provide for each of the four teams to also have two home games against other opponents -- much like the Cowboys hosted Grambling and Niagara in November in November this season before playing Boston College and Richmond in the Fort Myers (Fla.) Tipoff Tournament the week of Thanksgiving.

These early-season tournament have continued to grow in popularity, particularly for schools like Wyoming, which have a difficult time getting better Division I schools to come to Laramie.

In his three years as the Wyoming head coach, Allen Edwards has worked to build stronger schedules, knowing that success against upper echelon opponents would enhance the team's stature at post-season tournament time. This year, the Cowboys only had one regular-season game against a non-Division I school -- Dixie State. And that game was on Dec. 29, designed to get the Cowboys on the floor in a competitive situation after a week off for Christmas, in preparation for the start of the Mountain West Conference season Jan. 2 against Boise State.

The season, however, has not evovled as anticipated in light of a series of injuries that until two games ago had only seventhy healthy scholarship players available -- five of whom were freshmen.