Nope. Idaho joins the fun next season.
WHO ARE THE FAVORITES?
It seems like the Big Sky has been a battle between Weber State and Montana for the last decade. The Grizzlies have edged out the Wildcats for the regular season title each of the last two years and then punched their ticket in front of the home fans during the Big Sky Tournament. Even when Weber won and hosted the conference tournament in 2010 this happened. The preseason media poll guessed it would be more of the same picking Weber and Montana first and second again this year.
CAN ANYONE BREAK THROUGH?
North Dakota was the preseason favorite to pass the Weber-Montana blockade and was picked second in the coaches poll. Northern Colorado was the last team to win the league not named Montana and is off to a 4-2 start, including a win at Kansas State to open the season.
Despite being heavy league favorites Weber and Montana have just a victory each at this point in the season so there is an opportunity for a wide open league.
WHATS AWESOME ABOUT THE BIG SKY?
The fine folks at the Big Sky office decided that non-conference scheduling was getting too difficult and playing an unbalanced league schedule was unfair. With that in mind they chose to play a full 20-game round robin league slate, which gives the regular season more weight. The winner of the league hosts the postseason tournament and gets a first round bye in the seven team event. No conference outside of the Ivy has a regular season that means as much.
WHAT DOES THE STATE SAY?
The Awesome Basketball State rankings have the 5-2 Eastern Washington Eagles as the class of the conference at this early stage. Followed by Idaho State, Portland State and North Dakota fighting North Dakota in the fourth spot.