The Cowboys finished the first portion of their conference schedule last week with a huge 68-66 win over #11 UNLV. That was certainly the biggest regular season win the Pokes have had in over a decade. Wyoming finished with a 4-3 record to start conference play. The Cowboys will certainly be heading to some type of postseason tournament this year but an at large berth in the NCAA tournament will require several more big wins.
The challenge lies in that all the games against better teams will now be on the road. The Cowboys start off the schedule with a visit to The Pit in Albuquerque this weekend. Other key games will be a 2/18 trip to Fort Collins, 2/22 at San Diego State and 3/3 at UNLV. I say the Pokes will need to at least split those four games to put them in solid contention for the NCAA tourney. Sweeping the season series with UNLV would make an incredible statement.
The visit to New Mexico will give the Cowboys their toughest road test to date. The Pit provides the Lobos with a huge homecourt advantage. That is one of the loudest arenas in college basketball. Snake will be waiting outside the Cowboys bus whe they arrive to give them a warm reception.
Wyoming held tough with the Lobos in their first meeting and Shyatt felt like the team could have won if the game was a little longer. The Pokes have gelled even more over the last couple weeks and the win over UNLV has to be a big confidence boost. Still no word on Derrious Gilmore. He is not expected to play this weekend. There is a chance his "academic issue" may be resolved next week. Getting him back would be a huge boost for the Cowboys bench.