By Gregory Crawford--- TV, Print and Radio Basketball Analyst--- on twitter @wchoops @kcsportsmgmt @crawssportsbiz
Big Sky Conference---- Tonight the great Big Sky Conference starts its men's basketball league season. Quite frankly, the Big Sky Conference is an underrated league, that has good players and great coaches. It is fun basketball and many times, it is actually a pure style of basketball, not seen these days on the college level.
Two things that I think need to change in the Big Sky Conference to move it up to the next level. 1) The league in basketball needs to play a balanced schedule, meaning there needs to be 22 league games as compared to the 18 league games at present. There is no real excuse not to play a balanced schedule and I have not talked to every coach in the league, but the ones I have want a balanced schedule. 2) Change the name, as long as it has been there, it is outdated. The league is spread out so much, Big Sky no longer fits, plus the branding that would occur with a new name would give the league some great added publicity. Other than that, if you have not been to a Big Sky men's or women's game, you are missing a real treat.
Crawford's predicted order of finish for the Big Sky men in the 2014-15 season, hold me to it and we will see you in March as to how I did.
1. Eastern Washington
2. Weber State
3. Portland State
4. Northern Arizona
5. Sacramento State
6. Northern Colorado
9. North Dakota
10. Southern Utah
11. Idaho State
12. Montana State
The Big 3--- While Wade, James and Bosh, no question were the Big 3 in Miami and had much success, the next Big 3 in the NBA could very easily be Westbrook, Love and Durant. What uniform will they be wearing? It easily could be a Laker uniform, scary for the rest of the league.
As I mentioned in this blog in August, ahead of everyone else, I thought Kevin Love would end his career in Los Angeles. When contracts allow, these three very easily could unite, in what would be a huge move for the Lakers and a huge move for the NBA, as the league needs a great team with an iconic franchise, whether you love em or dislike em.
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