Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in the day to day looks at the conference, but let's take a step back and look at the big picture. Here are the Big Sky standings, and some quick thoughts on them.
1. Weber State (6-0)
2. Montana (4-1)
3. Montana State (3-2)
4. Northern Colorado (3-2)
5. Portland State (3-3)
6. Eastern Washington (3-3)
7. Idaho State (2-4)
8. Northern Arizona (1-5)
9. Sacramento State (0-5)
- Obviously the regular season in the Big Sky means a lot. Only six teams make the conference tournament, and the winner of the regular season hosts the semifinals and finals of the Big Sky tournament, meaning the odds are stacked in their favor to make the Big Dance. In my opinion, that's exactly the way it should be.
- Weber State is obviously established itself the undisputed favorite, and they look like far and away the best team in the conference. If anyone is going to beat them, it will have to be away from Ogden. The Wildcats are 10-0 at home this year.
-Montana State it sitting at three right now, but I don't think it will last. I just don't think they have the talent of Northern Colorado, Portland State or Eastern Washington. Now, the Bobcats did beat the Vikings already this year, I just think PSU is a little bit better. Northern Colorado's overall record of 6-10 still looks ugly, but they look like a top 5 team in the Big Sky.
- I think it will be a mild upset if the top six teams as they currently sit are not the six teams that make the Big Sky tournament. Idaho State has definitely had their moments (and currently sit right outside the tourney), but I don't think they can put together enough wins to finish in the top 6. Northern Arizona is capable of putting together the occasional good game, but they don't have the talent or depth to consistently win games.
- Sacramento State can be a top six team on paper, but they are not showing it on the court. They have lost some games they should have won (ahem), and there simply doesn't seem to be a lot of positive vibes coming out of Sacramento right now. They are already three games back in the win column, and watching them so far this year, you don't get the impression that they will even win three conference games all year!
Your thoughts on the way things look right now?
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