Sunday, September 24, 2017

Big West Teams All Get to Visit Hawaii While Settling Balanced Hoops Season

The conference of teams that get to travel to Hawaii every regular season is the hardest to predict this season, after three of the teams finish football seasons including Hawaii at the FBS level and Cal Poly and Cal Davis in FCS.

Value Add projects Chima Moneke as potential Player of the Year after begin voted newcomer of the year as Cal Davis made their first NCAA tournament. However, he lost four of the top five scoring teammates, which could lead to a drop well down the balanced conference. Every team plays one game in Hawaii. While the conference has solid players, none are in the top 10 percent of all players.

Here is where Value Add ranks each Big West 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 West / 2017 SeedHoops 2017-18Football
Cal Santa Barbara149
Cal Irvine159
Cal St. Fullerton239
Long Beach St.247
Cal St. Northridge262
Cal Poly280185
Cal Riverside305
Cal Davis 16320133

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

Top 15 Big West PlayersValue AddSchoolHt
Tavrion Dawson 44.20Cal St. Northridge`6-08
Chima Moneke 114.11UC Davis`6-06
Marcus Jackson 223.75UC Santa Barbara`6-03
Tommy Rutherford 423.41UC Irvine`6-08
Jack Purchase 123.30Hawaii`6-08
Jack Purchase 123.30Hawaii`6-08
Menno Dijkstra 323.06UC Riverside`7-00
Jonathan Galloway 52.96UC Irvine`6-10
Evan Payne 12.85Long Beach St.`6-01
Gibson Johnson 212.66Hawaii`6-08
Temidayo Yussuf 42.50Long Beach St.`6-07
Jackson Rowe 342.42Cal St. Fullerton`6-07
Gabe Levin 02.40Long Beach St.`6-07
Micheal Warren 12.39Cal St. Northridge`6-05
Austen Awosika 102.28Cal St. Fullerton`6-03

Ken Pomeroy ranked the Big West 29th bestof 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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