It may not be the postseason berth Cowboy fans were hoping for, but accepting the invitation to the College Basketball Invitational does mean the University of Wyoming men’s basketball team will play at least one more game in the Arena-Auditorium. UW will face North Dakota State on Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Laramie.

“I’ve been proud of this team’s hunger and edge since day one, so we look forward to adding another game in the Double A to this season,” UW head coach Larry Shyatt said. “This is a great opportunity for our Wyoming fans to support the program’s first 20-win team in nine years and a well-earned reward for our six seniors this season.”

Wyoming went 20-11 with Shyatt at the helm once again. They placed sixth in the Mountain West Conference after going 6-8 in league play before falling to UNLV in the conference tournament. NDSU is 17-13 on the season and finished tied for fourth in the Summit League with a 9-9 mark. Both the Cowboys and Bison are making their first postseason appearance since 2009 when NDSU went 0-1 in the NCAA Tournament and UW went 0-1 in the CBI.

Common opponents include Green Bay and South Dakota. Wyoming lost at Green Bay 52-44 early in the season while North Dakota State beat Green Bay at home 65-61. Both teams beat South Dakota, with UW taking them down 67-56 in Laramie and NDSU defeating them twice in conference play, 82-59 in Fargo and 82-71 in Vermillion.

The game will not be televised, so the only way to see it will be in person. Tickets are $16 for adults, $8 for youth (3-18) and $5 for UW students. If you are a season ticket holder you need to either call the ticket office or visit it in person to reserve your seat by noon on Wednesday.

2012 CBI Bracket