This is going to be a great year for the Big Sky basketball fan and a very rough year for Big Sky coaches. The men’s side of the conference is the strongest I have seen it in a very long time. Who ever finishes second or third may well have won the league in years past. For fans this will mean some very exiting basketball over the next 2 and half month. This will also make for some very frustrated coaches who have put together what they may have thought to be a pretty good team only to see it chewed up during the conference season. If you are a coach on the hot seat, it could be bad news. A team that might have finished 9-7 last year will be lucky to finish 5-11 this year.
First let’s look the preseason polls:
|Coaches’ Poll||Media Poll|
|1||Weber State||1||Weber State|
|3||Idaho State||3||Portland State|
|4||Portland State||4||Idaho State|
|5||Montana State||5||Montana State|
|6||Northern Colorado||6||Northern Colorado|
|7||Northern Arizona||7||Northern Arizona|
|8||Eastern Washington||8||Eastern Washington|
|9||Sacramento State||9||Sacramento State|
Here is where the RPI would rank the team as of 12-31-09
(and before checks it, their win/loss number do not add up)
|RPI||Conf Rank||Team||Projected Record|
Also note that Realtime RPI is projecting that Weber State, Idaho State and Northern Colorado are showing a great deal of improvement as of late. Montana State is a team that they think is showing some improvement while Sac. State and Northern Arizona are teams that seem to be going the other direction.