Quick Previews: Big Sky Conference

Our conference quick previews are just quick predictions for the all-conference teams and the conference standings. If you came here looking for a deep analysis on each team, you’ve came to the wrong place. We’re too lazy to do that ­čÖé

First of all, can we talk about how awesome the name “Big Sky” is? It’s so accurate. The sky is really, really big and this conference gives it the credit it deserves. Anyways…basketball. For the second year in a row, it’s looking like the Big Sky goes through Weber State. Most people only know Weber State for Damian Lillard, but this program should be known for being one of the powers in the Big Sky. The Wildcats went 15-3 in conference play last season and won the conference tournament. They return 4 starters from that team, although they did lose their best player in Joel Bolomboy (17.1 PPG, 12.6 RPG). If anyone is going to challenge them, the best bet right now may be North Dakota. The Fighting Hawks return every starter and their top 2 bench scorers from a team that went 10-8 in conference play last season. And guess what? We’re gonna go against everyone’s predictions right now and say North Dakota does in fact win the league this season. They went from 4 wins to 10 wins last year with no seniors in the rotation and that could jump to 14 or 15 this year. Quinton Hooker is one of the top scorers in the country and having a guy that can take over like that is key to winning a conference title. The league may still be Weber State’s to lose, but when it’s all said and done, North Dakota will have made them lose it.

Big Sky Projected Standings

(Records from 2015-2016 season)

1. North Dakota: 17-16 (10-8)

2. Weber State: 26-9 (15-3)

3. Idaho: 21-13 (12-6)

4. Montana: 21-12 (14-4)

5. Idaho State: 16-15 (11-7)

6. Montana State: 14-17 (9-9)

7. Northern Colorado: 10-21 (7-11)

8. Eastern Washington: 18-16 (10-8)

9. Sacramento State: 14-17 (6-12)

10. Portland State: 13-18 (8-10)

11. Northern Arizona: 5-25 (3-15)

12. Southern Utah: 5-24 (3-15)

First Team All-Big Sky

(Stats from 2015-2016 season)

Quinton Hooker, North Dakota (20.1 PPG, 4.9 RPG) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jeremy Senglin, Weber State (17.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG)

Ethan Telfair, Idaho State (20.2 PPG, 5.4 APG)

Tyler Hall, Montana State (19.2 PPG, 5.2 RPG)

Victor Sanders, Idaho (15.9 PPG, 3.6 RPG)

NCAA Tournament Bid: North Dakota

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