Quick Previews: Western Athletic 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 🙂

Last season, New Mexico State’s streak of four straight WAC Tournament championships came to an end when Dedrick Basile hit a game-winning three pointer to send Cal State Bakersfield to their first ever NCAA Tournament. Was that loss a fluke or a sign that parity is on its way in the WAC? The Aggies and Roadrunners will be battling for the top spot in the league, but it may be another team that should be considered the favorite: Grand Canyon. The Antelopes return four starters from a team that went 11-3 in league play last season. The only bad part? Grand Canyon is in their last year of a transition period to D1 so they are ineligible for the postseason. That means they could win the WAC but not alter the postseason at all. Regardless, the WAC looks like it could have a very entertaining three team race for the league championship in 2017.

WAC Projected Standings

(Records from 2015-2016 season)

1. Grand Canyon: 27-7 (11-3)

2. New Mexico State: 23-11 (13-1)

3. Bakersfield: 24-9 (11-3)

4. Seattle: 15-17 (7-7)

5. Utah Valley: 12-18 (6-8)

6. UMKC: 12-19 (4-10)

7. UTRGV: 8-22 (4-10)

8. Chicago State: 4-28 (0-15)

First Team All-WAC

(Stats from 2015-2016 season)

Joshua Braun, Grand Canyon (16.5 PPG, 5.2 RPG) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Martez Harrison, UMKC (15.4 PPG, 4.2 APG)

Ian Baker, New Mexico State (13.8 PPG, 3.7 APG)

Brendan Westendorf, Seattle (12.8 PPG, 4.3 APG)

Damiyne Durham, Bakersfield (11.7 PPG, 3.3 RPG)

NCAA Tournament Bid: New Mexico State

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