Value Add projects a very balanced basketball season after North Dakota earned a 15th seed after a 22-12 season.
Here is where Value Add ranks each Big Sky team for the season, and the Massey Rankings rank the football teams against all other schools (including behind the 129 FBS schools). Updates will be provided here.
|Big Sky / 2017 Seed||Hoops 2017-18||Football|
|North Dakota 15||193||132|
Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.
|Top 15 Big Sky Players||Value Add||School||Ht|
|Tyler Hall 3||6.85||Montana St.||`6-05|
|Victor Sanders 11||5.58||Idaho||`6-05|
|Ahmaad Rorie 14||5.51||Montana||`6-01|
|Bogdan Bliznyuk 32||5.43||Eastern Washington||`6-06|
|Geno Crandall 0||4.80||North Dakota||`6-03|
|Michael Oguine 0||4.52||Montana||`6-02|
|Justin Strings 3||4.30||Sacramento St.||`6-07|
|Traylin Farris 30||4.19||Portland St.||`6-08|
|James McGee 14||3.79||Southern Utah||`6-02|
|Bryce Canda 0||3.57||Portland St.||`6-04|
|Harald Frey 5||3.56||Montana St.||`6-06|
|Jonah Radebaugh 12||3.44||Northern Colorado||`6-02|
|Dusty Baker 25||3.35||Weber St.||`6-04|
|Brekkott Chapman 0||3.20||Weber St.||`6-08|
|Fabijan Krslovic 20||3.14||Montana||`6-08|
|Jerrick Harding 10||3.14||Weber St.||`6-01|
Ken Pomeroy ranked the Big Sky 26th of 32 Division 1 basketball conferences, which will all be previewed here with notes on which schools are now "basketball" or "football" schools based on which program is stronger this season. Football revenue is much higher, but programs are much more expensive between equipment and the requirement of matching enough women's scholarships in other sports. Therefore some programs forgo FBS football programs to focus on low cost basketball programs as their biggest revenue sport.
Sports Illustrated, Fox Sports and ESPN have lauded Value Add Basketball for estimating the number of points each college basketball players is worth to his team above a replacement player - similar to baseball WAR (Wins Above Replacement). Massey Ratings is used for the football rankings above.