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WAC basketball: 2017-18 power rankings
Quote:This will be the first season where all the teams are able to compete for the NCAA bid. Which team has the advantage this time?

The Western Athletic Conference is one of the more geographically confusing conferences in all of Division I basketball. There are eight teams coming from eight different states, ranging from Illinois and Missouri to California and Washington.

This newly reformed conference has a member with a different story of how they got to this point. From coming from Division II to not having a league to call home, this collection of teams is what makes the WAC different.

But, in terms of basketball, this conference is no slouch, having a collection of big victories and accomplishments outside of the league. Slowly but surely people are starting to take notice of the WAC, with arguably it’s highest-profile member about to take center stage.

This will be Grand Canyon’s fifth season in Division I basketball. Now that the four year transition period that makes schools ineligible for postseason play is over, the Antelopes will have the chance to go to the NCAA Tournament for the first time ever.

If Grand Canyon does take the top spot in the WAC, it’ll come at the New Mexico State Aggies expense. With the exception of two years ago, it’s been the Aggies who have represented the conference in the Big Dance.

But what about Cal State Bakersfield? Two years ago the Roadrunners went to the tournament themselves for the first time in school history, then won the regular season title last season. They’ve gotten a taste of the bright lights and don’t want to back down from it.

Then you have the other schools, who’ve been biding their time before making a statement of their own. Will this be the year one of them makes the big leap to the upper echelon of the WAC?

Let’s look at how the WAC will play out for this season.

https://bustingbrackets.com/2017/10/07/w...18-season/

This is a slide show, so here are links to each teams rankings:

8. UMKC Kangaroos/7. Texas Rio Grande Valley Vaqueros

6. Chicago State Cougars/5. Seattle Redhawks

4. Utah Valley Wolverines

3. Cal State Bakersfield Roadrunners

2. Grand Canyon Antelopes

1. New Mexico State Aggies

Agree? Disagree?
10-08-2017 11:54 AM
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On paper, I agree with their assessment about NMSU. But I still need to see our chemistry as a team. He makes mention of Jojo Zamora for NMSU but I'm not sure he will be eligible this season? On sheer veteran leadership, GCU returns most of their squad. So, they should come out of the gates quicker than NMSU and CSUB. I like UVU's team but defense is the question mark. Again, the writer confuses Conner Toolson with Jake Toolson. And, he made no mention of 7'0 Akolda Manyang.
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10-08-2017 01:53 PM
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(10-08-2017 01:53 PM)NMSUPistolPete Wrote:  On paper, I agree with their assessment about NMSU. But I still need to see our chemistry as a team. He makes mention of Jojo Zamora for NMSU but I'm not sure he will be eligible this season? On sheer veteran leadership, GCU returns most of their squad. So, they should come out of the gates quicker than NMSU and CSUB. I like UVU's team but defense is the question mark. Again, the writer confuses Conner Toolson with Jake Toolson. And, he made no mention of 7'0 Akolda Manyang.

UMKC has a nice home field they will finish 6th. They are actually in a pattern where they finish either 3 or 4 and then finish 6th. How the roster is set up I think they could finish 3rd the following year. This year my money is on 6th.

Kinda weird knowing what my team will do in opposite years.
10-08-2017 04:52 PM
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Im not sure this guy did any research into Seattle U. Zero mention of Hayford being hired and a lazy assessment of how theres no clear new scorer. Hayford brought in Gittens for that and its like they don't realize WAC FOY Matej Kavas is back. The rank of 5 is fine, but they did no research into SU
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