Quick Previews: Big West 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 🙂

One of my favorite parts of college basketball season is watching those late night Big West conference games on Saturday. While most of the world has called it a night from basketball, some of the most exciting action has yet to happen. One of the highlights of the league the past couple seasons has been 7’6 Mamadou N’Diaye. He decided to turn pro, but there are tons of other intriguing players and teams that makes late night Big West basketball so awesome. Long Beach State is the favorite this season, led by all 5’8 of Justin Bibbins, a Player of the Year candidate. UC Irvine lost 4 starters, but does return last year’s leading scorer Luke Nelson, as well as another skyscraper in 7’2 Ioannis Dimakopoulos (dont ask us how to pronounce that). UCSB brings back three starters from last seasons and should contend for the league title. While the league has a lot of questions after departures and Hawaii, who upset Cal in the NCA Tournament last season, being ineligible for postseason play, there is no doubt that I’ll be glued to my TV every Saturday night for some Big West basketball.

Big West Projected Standing

(Records from 2015-2016 season)

1. Long Beach State: 20-15 (12-4)

2. UC Irvine: 28-10 (13-3)

3. UCSB: 19-14 (11-5)

4. Cal State Northridge: 10-20 (5-11)

5. Cal State Fullerton: 10-20 (3-13)

6. UC Riverside: 14-19 (5-11)

7. UC Davis: 11-19 (6-10)

8. Cal Poly: 10-20 (4-12)

9. Hawaii: 28-6 (13-3)

First Team All Big West

(Stats from 2015-2016 season)

Justin Bibbins, Long Beach State (12.0 PPG, 5.0 APG) PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Luke Nelson, UC Irvine (13.7 PPG, 3.9 APG)

Gave Vincent, UCSB (14.1 PPG, 3.2 RPG)

Tre’ Coggins, Cal State Fullerton (15.6 PPG, 3.9 RPG)

Kendall Smith, Cal State Northridge (15.3 PPG, 3.0 APG)

NCAA Tournament Bid: Long Beach State


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