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Wyoming extends Larry Shyatt’s contract through 2019

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Wyoming and its head coach Larry Shyatt agreed to a contract extension through the 2018-2019 season, the school announced on Tuesday afternoon.

Shyatt becomes the fifth Mountain West head coach to receive a new deal this offseason behind Boise State’s Leon Rice, New Mexico’s Craig Neal, UNLV’s Dave Rice and Fresno State’s Rodney Terry, who made his extension official on Monday.

The new, five-year deal gives Shyatt a base salary of $205,008 for next season. His guaranteed compensation package for 2014-2015 will be north of $700,000. Shyatt returned to Laramie in 2011, and is 59-41 in three seasons with the Cowboys, posting two 20-win seasons in that span. He began his head coaching career at Wyoming in 1997, leaving for Clemson after a 19-9 record.

“We are pleased that we have been able to instill a winning culture, both in the way our team members perform academically and on the court,” Shyatt said in a statement. “We are certainly not satisfied with where our program is at, and our goal is to move our program into the upper echelon of the Mountain West. For us, it is about building a successful program, not simply building a winning team.”

Entering next season, San Diego State will be the Mountain West favorite followed by the likes of UNLV, New Mexico, Boise State, Colorado State with a potential darkhorse being Fresno State given its young talent. Wyoming can remain competitive in conference if senior forward Larry Nance Jr. can fully recover from an ACL tear. Without Nance — 15.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game — the team’s offense struggled, and its season went in a tailspin, dropping six of the last seven games of the season. In March, Shyatt said Nance was on track to be ready for the start of practice this fall.

Wyoming finished sixth in the Mountain West standings with an 18-15 (9-9 MWC) record.

BUBBLE BANTER: All of the action on the fringe of the NCAA tournament

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Tonight’s bubble action. This post will be updated as the games are completed.

Cincinnati at UCF, 7:00 p.m.
Pitt at No. 12 Miami, 7:00 p.m.
No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.
Ole Miss at Florida, 9:00 p.m.
Georgia at No. 22 Kentucky, 9:00 p.m.
Arkansas at Mississippi State, 9:00 p.m.

PREGAME SHOOTAROUND: A Big 12 and a Big Ten showdown

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GAME OF THE NIGHT: No. 10 West Virginia at No. 6 Kansas, 7:00 p.m.

The last time these two teams got together, West Virginia actually knocked off Kansas in Morgantown. It was the third time in the last three seasons that WVU has beaten KU at home. So there’s some revenge at stake here. But there’s also the whole Big 12 title race, which West Virginia currently leads. If the Mountaineers win tonight, they’ll be up by two games on Kansas with the tie breaker and just seven games left to play. The Jayhawks regular season title streak could be over if that happens.

THIS ONE’S GOOD, TOO: No. 8 Michigan State at No. 18 Purdue, 7:00 p.m.

We think the Spartans are back to their early season form after wins over Maryland (at home), Northwestern, Rutgers and Michigan. If Michigan State really wants to prove something to the college basketball world, they will go into West Lafayette tonight and get a win. Denzel Valentine vs. Raphael Davis will be fun.

FIVE THINGS TO WATCH FOR

  1. Pitt will pay a visit to No. 12 Miami in a game the Panthers could really use a win in. Pitt hasn’t been the most consistent team in the country and without adding a few quality wins they could be looking at the bubble.
  2. Duquesne will be paying a visit to No. 19 Dayton, who moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic 10 thanks to VCU’s loss on Saturday.
  3. Georgia is right there on the bubble, and they will have a chance to try and push themselves into a better spot when they play at No. 22 Kentucky tonight.
  4. Creighton probably has to win out to have a shot of making the NCAA tournament, and that includes tonight, when they host No. 5 Xavier.
  5. No. 7 Virginia will be hosting Virginia Tech, who picked off the Wahoos in Blacksburg earlier this year.

THE REST OF THE TOP 25

  • No. 1 Villanova at DePaul, 8:30 p.m.
  • No. 25 Wichita State at Drake, 8:00 p.m.