Just as I predicted, the Wyoming community college basketball season is catching fire with five of the Cowboy State’s six Div. I Juco teams still in the hunt for the Region IX regular season title. Wyoming’s squads may be beating each other up, but it sure doesn’t show in the standings. Five of Wyoming’s Juco eight teams currently boast at least 15 wins despite mainly playing inner-state matchups for about the past two months.
Sheridan College, Northwest College, Western Wyoming, Central Wyoming and Casper College are rolling right now, making this week’s top five poll very easy. It seems voters for the NJCAA men’s basketball top-20 poll don’t seem to think Wyoming is worth any praise, though. Western, Sheridan and Casper have all spent at least a week in the top-20 with the Mustangs topping out at No. 9. So it doesn’t make much sense when voters didn’t pick a single Wyoming squad for the top 20 in their latest poll on Jan. 31. In fact, not a single team from the Cowboy State even received a vote to join the club of the nation’s best.
Now don’t get me wrong. The top 20 is full of talented squads, ranging from No. 1 South Plains College (20-0) to No. 20 Sante Fe College (19-3). But at least Northwest College at 17-5 should receive a vote for in the top 20 or one earning at least one vote to be in the national poll. So I’ll take it upon myself and give these Wyoming schools some love: