Team preview: Wyoming

Blue Ribbon Illustrated previews the 2005-06 college basketball season, exclusively on Insider.

Updated: November 5, 2005, 1:46 PM ET
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(Information in this team report is as of October 1.)

COACH AND PROGRAM

Steve McClain is so eager to get a handle on his eighth Cowboy team, he signed up for the Black Coaches Association Invitational on Nov. 13. What's more, he enlisted seven other teams to make the trek to Laramie and its 7,200-foot elevation.

The tournament will provide early season exposure for 6-10, 225-pound senior forward Justin William (8.0 ppg, 6.4 rpg), Wyoming's lone returning starter. Most of the Mountain West teams bring back a two- or three-man nucleus but McClain expects something special from a list of five returning letter winners and six recruits.

"We'll be as deep as we were two or three years ago," McClain said. "We'll get back to running and pressing and what we did during that era. We'll press more, we'll run more."

And on one of the highest elevation home courts in the country, that's a punishing combination for visitors from sea level.

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