Eastern Washington, Montana tabbed Big Sky men’s hoops preseason favorites
FARMINGTON, Utah (October 17, 2019) – For the first time in 15 years, Eastern Washington has been tabbed the Big Sky men’s basketball preseason coaches’ favorite, while Montana was picked by the media to win the title.
Coaches could not vote for their own team while the media – made up of the league’s sports information directors and Big Sky media members – could vote for all 11 teams.
Eastern Washington collected eight of 11 first-place votes in the coaches’ poll while totaling 96 points. Reigning champion Montana received the remaining three first-place votes and 87 points while Weber State was a close third with 86 points.
Montana led the way in the media poll with 13 first-place nods and 354 points. Weber State followed with 12 first-place votes and 345 points. Eastern Washington came in third with 330 points and nine first-place votes. Northern Colorado received the remaining two first-place votes while being picked fourth with 275 points.
“I think that tradition earns you a few votes, so when you win games consecutively, people are going to put you up there, regardless of what you return,” sixth-year head coach Travis DeCuire said in a UM press release. “We’re a long ways from being at that championship level, but our guys except it and we expect it of them. It’s October now, and hopefully by March we’ll be at that level.”
The Big Sky has had two preseason favorites three previous times since 2006 with the last coming in 2015.