Sunday, September 24, 2017

Big South: Asheville's Top 100 Duo One of Best, But Liberty a Balanced Threat

Liberty football is the best football school in the Big South, but lost badly Saturday to help turn almost all of the focus of these schools to basketball. Asheville is always dangerous and as one of the few schools in the country with two Top 100 players (out of 4000) they have a good chance to dethone a Wintrop team that must retool after an incredible 26-7 season.

Value Add projects the Asheville duo will be edged out by Liberty, the school that takes their charge to find converts to the Christian faith seriously. Longwood struggles on the court, but landed a coup when they hosted the Vice Presidential debate this year.

Here is where Value Add ranks each Big South 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 South / 2017 SeedHoops 2017-18Football
North Carolina Asheville120
Gardner Webb194244
Winthrop 13243
Charleston Southern283166
High Point312

Here are the top 15 projected players in the conference in order.

Top 15 Big South PlayersValue AddSchoolHt
MaCio Teague 317.68North Carolina Asheville`6-03
Ahmad Thomas 146.88North Carolina Asheville`6-03
Ryan Kemrite 56.09Liberty`6-04
Chris Clemons6.00Campbell`5-09
Xavier Cooks 125.90Winthrop`6-08
Ed Polite 245.60Radford`6-05
Christian Keeling 114.70Charleston Southern`6-03
Georgie Pacheco-Ortiz 114.40Liberty`6-01
David Efianayi 114.20Gardner Webb`6-02
Jo'Vontae Millner 214.00Presbyterian`6-06
Anders Broman 103.42Winthrop`6-02
Isaiah Williams 113.19Liberty`6-01
Jamaal Robateau 03.14Gardner Webb`6-05
Kevin Vannatta 102.96North Carolina Asheville`6-02
Andrew Eudy 252.82Campbell`6-07

Ken Pomeroy ranked the Big South 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 IllustratedFox 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.

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