Allen Edwards was a guard at the University of Kentucky from 1994-98 and the Miami native who was recruited to Lexington by Rick Pitino was a member of three Final Four teams and two national champions. After his playing career was over, he started his coaching career at Morehead State working for Kyle Macy from 2003-06. After stops at VCU, Towson and WKU, Edwards made the move to Laramie to serve as an assistant for former Florida assistant Larry Shyatt. After five seasons on the bench, Shyatt resigned and in stepped Edwards.
After winning 18 regular season games and eventually a CBI championship in his first season, it looked the future could be bright under Edwards. However, the Pokes followed a 20-13 year two with an 8-24 mark last season and Wyoming entered the Mountain West Conference Tournament with a 7-23 record and a last place finish in the Mountain West this year. At the beginning of this week, Wyoming ranked 273rd in KenPom and were a double-digit underdog to No. 6 seed Colorado State in the first round.
Wyoming was able to pull a 80-74 upset over the Rams from Fort Collins and that setup a meeting in the Thursday night/Friday morning nightcap against Nevada and their first-year head coach Steve Alford. The Wolf Pack have a potential NBA prospect in guard Jalen Harris and they were a 10.5 point favorite entering the game. Despite staring at a double-digit deficit in the second half, the Cowboys found a way to claim the upset victory and that resulted in an emotional head coach interview after the final buzzer.
Wyoming won 2 Mountain West games all season. They came into the MWC Tournament with a record of 7-23.
— Mid-Major Madness (@mid_madness) March 6, 2020
Wyoming’s two wins in the tournament now match the total number of conference dubs they had during the regular season and for the third night in a row they’ll be featured in the nightcap out in Vegas. Awaiting them will be a Utah State team with a 24-8 record who is firmly on the bubble for an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament. Wyoming hopes that the slipper will still fit when the two squads meet in the Thomas & Mack Center late tonight. The Aggies beat the Cowboys by 20-plus in both of their regular season meetings.
March Madness is officially here and a Kentucky alum and former national champion is currently the talk of college basketball. Now a lot of people are going to figure out who Cowboy Ken is and for that we should all be thankful.
— CBS Sports Network (@CBSSportsNet) March 6, 2020