I am not sure we are number 78 in the country without playing a game as yet. If the new PGs are really good we could be that high. Time will tell. Another reason we could win the Big West is that Norris and Wishart are gone from UCSB and Baker 15.3ppg and Davis 15ppg are gone from UCI. Also Pullin left UCR for Florida so the Big West is down some of its better players. We have a good chance to be top 3 in the BW, barring injuries, which have hurt us badly in the past. We have lost players due to leg injuries by November 1st over the several years. That makes me wonder if we are training too hard early on as it doesn't make sense to peak in December instead of February and March. Without injuries to key players, I might start attending road games again if we play as well as the prognosticators think we will.
I don't think the direct link was ever posted here. We are the top rated BW team. A good summary to look at...only error is Tobias is still listed.
For our team stats, four glaring weaknesses, 3 pt shooting was horrible as was team FTs, turnovers as usual way too high, and team defense. I get it with the opened up offense we'll give up plenty of points and have our share of TOs, but I hope Jadon is fully healed up his perimeter defense should help, and his 3 pt shooting yeah he's hot and cold but should be a 35%+ guy. Messiah and Silva can hopefully tamp down the TOs, I feel much more confident in them compared to outta control Tone.
Who else besides Jadon can seriously hit 3's? Tsohonis has an uncanny knack to get his line drives to fall but shouldn't take more than 4 a game. Messiah has decent stats, same as Silva but none of them are 3 pt killers. Polynice? I hope he can hit 2 or 3 a game that would be a nice weapon.
#1 improve the team defense, this is something achievable, and LA I hope is the coaching key to defense. Next work like mad on FT shooting. Hope as a team we can hit 3's. Let er rip on offense and hope to TOs don't add up as much. The rebounding should be top 25, the Traores the top rebounding duo on the nation. Scoring offense should be a no brainer top 25.
#78? I don't know about that. UCSB #106 is next, UCI #127 next. List only goes to #59 currently. I don't see any of our non conference opponents in it, yet. Love the high rating, but just hoping at least around #100 and get hot at the end instead of withering up when it counts.