2022 Big Sky Tournament Preview: Odds, Bracket, TV Schedule

Written By Staff on March 8, 2022
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The Big Sky is set to tip off its conference tournament Wednesday, March 9, as the bottom-six teams are set to play. Win, and the top-five seeds await in Thursday’s quarterfinals. Below, we’ll break down Big Sky tournament odds with what to watch for with an automatic berth in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament on the line.

Big Sky Tournament Odds

Here is the Big Sky men’s bracket. The top-three seeds face first-round winners. Every game will be played in Boise, Idaho.

Game
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(EST)
Montana St.
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+200
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+200
Southern Utah
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+300
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+325
Weber State
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+400
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+400
N. Colorado
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+600
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+550
Montana
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+1000
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+850
E. Washington
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+1000
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+1100
Portland St.
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+2500
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+3300
Sacramento St.
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+10000
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+8000
Idaho
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+20000
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+15000
Idaho St.
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+25000
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+20000
N. Arizona
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+25000
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+25000

Big Sky Preview

Over the last decade, one of the Big Sky’s top two-seeded teams has gone on to advance to the NCAA Tournament in all ten seasons, seven of which were won by the number-one seed.  The last seed outside the top two to win the Big Sky tournament was the fourth-seeded Montana Grizzlies in 2010.

In 2022, the top-seeded Montana State Bobcats hope to build upon such dominance and punch their first ticket to the Big Dance since 1996. Over the course of the 2021-22 season, the Bobcats posted an impressive 24-7 overall record, whilst winning 16 of their 20 matchups versus conference opponents.  

Key Players 

The Big Sky Player of the Year went to Montana State Forward Jubilee Belo, who was well deserving of the high acclaim upon posting 13.5 PPG in addition to seven rebounds in leading Montana State to their first Big Sky regular season title in years. Playing alongside the elite Bobcats forward are star guards Xavier Bishop and Amin Adamu, both of which put up double figure scoring numbers over the course of the regular season.

Unfortunately for the No. 2 seed Southern Utah Thunderbirds, they have been plagued by the injury bug to begin the Big Sky conference tournament, as starting guard Tevian Jones is questionable for their first matchup versus the winner of No. 10 Idaho State and No. 7 Portland State. Fortunately, Southern Utah has other very reliable scoring options, including John Knight and Maizen Faussett.

Perhaps the most dominant player in the Big Sky tournament is Colorado transfer, and current Northern Colorado guard Daylen Kountz. He has without question been the most dynamic scoring threat over the course of the season, averaging nearly 21 points per game in addition to four assists and three rebounds. Look for Kountz’ effortless scoring ability to play a major role in the Northern Colorado’s quest to take home the Big Sky title and advance to the NCAA tournament.

Where’s The Value?

Despite Montana State winning the Big Sky regular season title with minimal resistance, a more in-depth look into the Bobcats’ offensive metrics tell the story of another Big Sky team with substantial value to win the conference over Montana State and Southern Utah.

In comparing the offensive efficiencies within the Big Sky’s eleven teams, according to ShotQuality, the tournament’s No. 3 seed Northern Colorado leads the conference in two very important metrics: both the Rim & 3 Rate and adjOFF SQ. The Rim & 3 Rate is one of the most important metrics in measuring the effectiveness of a team’s half court offense, more specifically the rate at which a team gets a shot at the rim or a three-point attempt.

At 85%, Northern Colorado leads the entire conference, exceeding No. 1 seed Montana State’s rate by over 5%. Moreover, Northern Colorado also leads the Big Sky in adjOFF SQ with a rating of  1.1, indicating that the No. 3 seed has more efficient offensive possessions than any other conference foe.

Look for Big Sky’s number one-rated offense to continue to put up impressive offensive numbers throughout the Big Sky Tournament. There is sufficient value to back the Northern Colorado Bears to emerge from Big Sky tournament odds

Big Sky Tournament Schedule

Wednesday, March 9

Game 1: No. 9 Sacramento State v No. 8 Idaho, 11:30 AM ET

Game 2: No. 10 Idaho State vs. No. 7 Portland State, 2PM ET

Game 3: No. 11 Northern Arizona v No. 6 Montana, 4:30PM ET

Thursday, March 10

Game 4: Winner of Game 1 vs. No 1 Montana State, 2:00 PM ET

Game 5: No. 5 Eastern Washington vs. No 4 Weber State, 4:30PM ET

Game 6: Winner of Game 2 vs. No. 2 Southern Utah, 7:30PM ET

Game 7: Winner of Game 3 vs. No. 3 Northern Colorado , 10pm ET

Semifinals and Finals

Semifinals: Friday, March 11 at 7:30 and 10 p.m. ET

Championship Game: Saturday, March 12 at 8 p.m. ET

How To Watch

First round, quarterfinals and semifinals matchups will be televised on ESPN+. The championship game will be broadcast on ESPNU.

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