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Rant Sports NCAAB Conference Preview: Big Sky

Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

Another year of college basketball is quickly approaching and in preparation, Rant Sports College Basketball Network Manager Paul Seaver will be breaking down and predicting the outcomes of each conference across the country.

Today, we look at the Big Sky Conference:

Just last week, news surfaced that Montana‘s star guard Will Cherry broke his foot in a workout and would miss the beginning portion of the season. Cherry’s health is crucial to the Grizzlies’ success, but with expectations of a return in late November or early December, Montana still has aspirations of conference supremacy in 2013.

It will be impossible for Weber State to replace Damian Lillard, who was a top-10 NBA Draft pick this past June, but the Wildcats should still be in the title hunt. Weber State lost to Montana in the conference championship just last season.

In addition to the league’s pair of heavyweights, Northern Colorado and North Dakota continue to improve while the rest of the league appears wide open.

Big Sky Predictions:

1. Montana

2. Weber State

3. Northern Colorado

4. North Dakota

5. Eastern Washington

6. Sacramento State

7. Montana State

8. Southern Utah

9. Portland State

10. Northern Arizona

11. Idaho State

First Team All-Big Sky Predictions:

G Will Cherry, Sr., Montana

G Scott Bamforth, Sr., Weber State

G Kareem Jamar, Jr., Montana

G Tate Unruh, Jr., Northern Colorado

F Colin Chiverton, Sr., Eastern Washington

Big Sky Player of the Year Prediction:

Will Cherry, Sr., Montana

Coach of the Year Prediction:

Wayne Tinkle, Montana

Newcomer of the Year Prediction:

Derrick Barden, Jr., Northern Colorado

Last Team to Win NCAA Tournament Game:

2006- Montana in Round of 64

 

 

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