Warrior Insider

The Inside Source for Hawaii Men's Basketball

Checking in on the Big West Conference

There are 10 weeks of regular-season games this season in Big West Conference men’s basketball. Two weeks have been completed so far, which means there is still a long way to go.

However, there have been a few noteworthy developments. Last week, only two teams (Cal State Fullerton and UC Irvine) went 2-0 in Big West Conference games, creating a shakeup in the standings after Week 2 of the regular season.

• UC Irvine and UC Santa Barbara (which went 1-0 last week) are now the only undefeated teams atop the standings. Both are 3-0.

• CSUF, Hawai’i and UC Riverside are right behind at 3-1. CSUF earned two crucial wins last week over Hawai’i and UCR.

• At the opposite end of the standings, CSUN went 0-2 last week and remains the only winless team in the BWC at 0-4.

Expect more shakeups over the next two weeks. New to BWC scheduling this year are conference games scheduled for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on January 16. It makes for a busy two weeks for some teams.

CSUN, for example, will play five games in 11 days, against five of the top six teams in the standings: vs. UC Davis on Jan. 11, vs. UC Irvine on Jan. 14, at Hawai’i on Jan. 16, at UC Santa Barbara on Jan. 19, vs. Cal State Fullerton on Jan. 21.

Hawai’i catches a break on the first day of this new scheduling (no game on Jan. 11) and will play four games over the next two weeks: vs. Long Beach State on Jan. 14, vs. CSUN on Jan. 16, at UC Irvine on Jan. 19, at UC Riverside on Jan. 21.

Here are the upcoming games:

January 11
Cal State Fullerton at UC Irvine
UC Santa Barbara at CSU Bakersfield
UC Davis at CSUN
UC Riverside at UC San Diego

January 12
Cal Poly at Long Beach State

January 14
UC Irvine at CSUN
UC San Diego at CSU Bakersfield
Cal State Fullerton at UC Davis
UC Riverside at UC Santa Barbara
Long Beach State at Hawai’i

January 16
UC Davis at UC San Diego
Cal Poly at UC Riverside
UC Santa Barbara at UC Irvine
CSU Bakersfield at Cal State Fullerton
CSUN at Hawai’i

January 19
UC Riverside at UC Davis
Cal State Fullerton at Long Beach State
UC San Diego at Cal Poly
CSUN at UC Santa Barbara
Hawai’i at UC Irvine

January 21 Games
Long Beach State at UC San Diego
Cal Poly at UC Davis
Cal State Fullerton at CSUN
CSU Bakersfield at UC Santa Barbara
Hawai’i at UC Riverside

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Guards Lead the Scoring

To describe the BWC as a guard-dominated league would be accurate, based on current statistical evidence. The top 14 individual scorers in the BWC are guards.

Currently at the top of the list is Zyon Pullin of UC Riverside at 19.6 points per game. Close behind him are Bryce Pope of UC San Diego at 19.0, and Elijah Pepper of UC Davis at 18.7.

Hawai’i junior guard Noel Coleman is 12th with 13.9 points per game.

The first non-guard to show up among the statistical leaders is UC Santa Barbara forward Miles Norris, who is ranked 15th in BWC scoring at 12.9 points per game.

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