Mott Community College has been steadily rising in the NJCAA national poll in recent weeks, currently ranked number two behind Louisburg College in Maryland. Louisburg (16-0) is ranked in the national poll nearly every season, though the school has not had a lot of success in the national tournament in recent years due, at least in my humble opinion, to the weakness of its league when compared to the MCCAA (or the OCCAC in Ohio).
The Bears actually beat Louisburg last March to advance to the semifinals of the national tournament.
On Wednesday night, the 14-1 Bears will hit the road to take on unranked St. Clair County at 7:30 p.m. The game will be broadcast live online on the Michigan Regional Sports Network. The Skippers are 9-4 on the season but have lost their last two games against two tough MCCAA opponents, Oakland and Wayne County.
The Bears, meanwhile, are winners of nine straight games.
St. Clair is led by sophomores Ken Bradshaw and Johnnie Mills, the only players on the team to average double-figures in scoring. The Skippers’ head coach, Dale Vos, started at St. Clair at the same time Mott head coach Steve Schmidt came to Flint. The two are in their 22nd season and, in spite of SC4’s inability to beat Mott over the years, have coached in some very competitive games against each other.
I expect a big, bounce-back performance from Mott freshman Devin Foster on Wednesday night. Foster was held out of most of the game versus Wayne County on Saturday due to foul trouble. He’s arguably Mott’s most talented player.