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. Montana100 (10)
2. Weber State90 (1)
3. Northern Colorado70
4. Eastern Washington63
5. Portland State55
T6. Montana State53
T6. Southern Utah53
8. Idaho State50
9. Idaho34
10. Sacramento State27
11. Northern Arizona10

 

Media Poll

1. Montana383 (33)
2. Weber State346 (2)
3. Northern Colorado280
4. Eastern Washington261
5. Montana State194
6. Idaho192
7. Portland State189
8. Idaho State176
9. Southern Utah128
10. Sacramento State115
11. Northern Arizona46