Until New Mexico and BYU each won an NCAA tournament game last spring, only three Mountain West teams had done so this decade: UNLV (’08, ’07), Utah (’03 and ’05) and Wyoming (’02).
Yes, Wyoming. But judging by the recent state of the Cowboys men’s team, you’d never know it.
Since that 73-66 first-round win against Gonzaga, Wyoming’s 123-133 overall. If not for Colorado State, the Pokes would consistently be dragging the bottom of the MWC, but considering UW’s hoops history – an NCAA title, 16 conference titles and 14 appearances in the Big Dance – the recent mediocrity galls the Cowboys faithful.
How bad is it? Put it this way: If you’re a mid-major team seeking an upset, schedule the Cowboys. They’re a sure thing, even if Denver couldn’t get it done Tuesday.
Things are bad in Laramie. They could get worse Friday if – gasp! – D-II Western State wins at the AA.
This Wyoming native is wishing for a few more of these. Or anything close. Right now, a reliable point guard would be nice.
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