By Jeff Portnoy
As we approach the end of the regular season, there is a site that predicts Conference Tournament Champions by providing each teams likelihood of getting into the Big Dance in one bid leagues, like the Big West. They use mathematical projections based upon several factors. For your enjoyment and to assist in playing our game, here is what they say as of today.
Believe it or not, the favorite is UC Irvine at 21%, followed by Pacific at 19%. Next up is probable regular season champ Long Beach at 16%, just 1 % ahead of Cal Poly. Surprisingly, Fullerton is next at 11%, ahead of Hawaii at 8% and Davis at 6%. Taking up the rear is Santa Barbara at 5%.
Now i guess things could change slightly depending on games this week, but dont expect it to change too much. If you are counting, these folks think Hawaii has the 6 th best chance of winning the Tournament ( not very encouraging, but that's why they play the games).
By the way, the same site picks seeding in the Big Dance. They have UC Irvine at either a 14 or 15, Hawaii a 16 ( possible play-in game if they make the Tournament?). Not much love anywhere for the Big West. Look forward to lots more entries in the contest. Check the last few blogs for the rules and dont forget Hoopstalk tonight as we review the last week of the regular season and look ahead to the league tournament