The annual preseason Big Sky basketball polls are out with Idaho men selected ninth by the Big Sky coaches and sixth by the media.

Montana took every possible first place vote in the coaches poll.  The Grizzlies won the regular season and conference tournament last year and return most of their squad.

Idaho finished second last season at 14-4, but lost six seniors to graduation.  Three of those six, Brayon Blake, Arkadiy Mkrtychyan and Victor Sanders, have moved on to play professionally overseas.

This year’s squad features a young core of underclassmen that are hungry to prove they belong.  The Vandals feature just one senior, Nate Sherwood, and one returning junior in Trevon Allen.

The Vandals will play 15 home games in 2018-19, including a 10-game conference home schedule.  Idaho will also be competing in the Vandal Holiday Hoops Showcase in Boise during Thanksgiving weekend.

Coaches Poll

1. Montana 100 (10)
2. Weber State 90 (1)
3. Northern Colorado 70
4. Eastern Washington 63
5. Portland State 55
T6. Montana State 53
T6. Southern Utah 53
8. Idaho State 50
9. Idaho 34
10. Sacramento State 27
11. Northern Arizona 10

 

Media Poll

1. Montana 383 (33)
2. Weber State 346 (2)
3. Northern Colorado 280
4. Eastern Washington 261
5. Montana State 194
6. Idaho 192
7. Portland State 189
8. Idaho State 176
9. Southern Utah 128
10. Sacramento State 115
11. Northern Arizona 46