The Massive Sky Event is ready to get underway this weekend at Idaho Central Area in Boise, Idaho. The winner will punch their computerized bid to the 2023 males’s NCAA match. The Massive Sky is more likely to be a one-bid league this yr, which implies the complete season comes right down to the convention match.
The match has a brand new format this season. With the convention now down to 10 groups, the highest six groups within the Massive Sky convention have a bye into the quarterfinals, whereas the underside 4 groups play within the first spherical. If a kind of groups desires to crash the large dance, they’ll must win 4 sport in 5 days to make the NCAA males’s match.
Jap Washington is the highest seed within the Massive Sky match, with a 22-9 report total, and a 16-2 report within the convention. The Eagles gained their first 16 video games in convention play — which set a brand new convention report — however they enter the match having misplaced their ultimate two video games within the Massive Sky, together with of their season finale in opposition to Montana State. Jap Washington is led by guard Steele Venters, who was named the Massive Sky MVP on Thursday. The 6’7 redshirt sophomore averages 15.1 factors per sport, and was third within the convention with 70 3-pointers made. The Eagles are additionally stifling on protection. They held opponents to capturing simply 42% this season, and held opponents underneath 40% in 11 video games this yr.
Talking of Montana State, they’re the #2 seed within the convention, and enter the match with an identical 22-9 total report. Solely Montana State’s 15-3 convention report saved them from incomes the highest seed for the match. They’re led by guard RaeQuan Battle, who averages 17.1 factors per sport this season, in addition to final yr’s Massive Sky MVP Jubrile Belo. Belo 12.8 factors per sport together with 6.1 rebounds per sport.
2023 males’s Massive Sky match bracket
2023 males’s Massive Sky match schedule
March 4 First Spherical
Recreation 1: Northern Arizona 87, Idaho 76
Recreation 2: Northern Colorado 84, Portland State 80
March 5 Second Spherical
Recreation 3: Northern Arizona 81, Jap Washington 80
That’s proper, the #9 seed Northern Arizona — who entered play Sunday with a 10-22 report — knocked off the highest seed within the convention on this buzzer-beater:
Recreation 4: Montana State 83, Northern Colorado 73
March 6 Third Spherical
Recreation 5: Montana 83, Idaho State 74
Recreation 6: Weber State 70, Sacramento State 64
March 7 Semifinals
Recreation 7: Northern Arizona 83, Montana 71
Recreation 8: Montana State 60, Weber State 58
March 8 Championship
Recreation 9: Montana State 85, Northern Arizona 78