Home » Conference Notes » Currently Reading:

Big West Recap

October 29, 2002 Conference Notes No Comments

Big West Recap

by Shaan Hassan

Last season, seven of the ten teams in the Big West Conference finished with a .500 record or better (just Idaho, UC Riverside and Cal State Fullerton had a losing record) and that strong competition opened the door for a wide open conference tournament at the Anaheim Convention Center Arena in Anaheim, Calif.

Utah State and UC Irvine (both 13-5 conference records) were the favorites going in, but UC Santa Barbara (11-7) ending up playing the roll of the underdog and won the tournament. However, the Gauchos’ bubble was soon burst by the Arizona Wildcats in the first round of the NCAA tournament, while UCI and Utah State also faced first round exits in the NIT.

Despite the Anteaters’ disappoints recently in the Big West tournament, the reason they even got that far was due to the help of two-time conference MVP Jerry Green. The standout guard is now playing professional basketball in Germany on a one-year contract and according to reports, is averaging just below 30 points per game. Cal Poly’s forward David Henry also chose to play overseas in Europe.

The only coaching move made in the conference was at Long Beach State, where Wayne Morgan departs in favor of Larry Reynolds who comes from the head coaching position of Cal State San Bernardino. The other news coming out of Long Beach State is that guard Anthony Davis has asked the program to release him from his scholarship to pursue other options.

Gone from CSUN is leading scorer Markus Carr and big man Jermar Welch, who both graduated. UCSB loses center Adama Ndiaya, their third-leading scorer and leading rebounder due to graduation, as well. Fullerton will have to do without forward Josh Fischer, who graduated this past season.

Idaho is entering the season with a seven-man roster, which means they have lost four players from last year’s team. Most notably is Rodney Hilaire, the team’s leading rebounder. Pacific, however, had eight seniors on last year’s squad and just five underclassmen. Meanwhile, Riverside said good-bye to forward Lloyd Cook, the team’s third-leading scorer.

Utah State, meanwhile, loses their on-court leader Troy Brown from graduation, before he was named National Multiple Sclerosis Society Utah State Chapter Collegiate Male Athlete of the Year.


Comment on this Article:

Subscribe to Hoopville

Enter your email address to subscribe to Hoopville


Hoopville Archives

College Basketball Tonight

We hope you enjoyed COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT during the 2016 NCAA Tournament. COLLEGE BASKETBALL TONIGHT is a comprehensive look at the NCAA Tournament hosted by veteran college basketball broadcaster Ted Sarandis, along with co-hosts Mike Jarvis and Terry O'Connor, both former Division I coaches. It also included many great guests, including Hoopville's own Phil Kasiecki.

The show aired on AM 710 WOR in New York City on Sunday evenings starting with Selection Sunday and running through the NCAA Tournament.

Here are links to the shows:

March 13, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 20, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

March 27, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

April 3, 2016 - First hour | Second hour

Everybody Needs a Head Coach

Former college basketball coach Mike Jarvis has a new book out, Everybody Needs a Head Coach.

"As you read this book, I hope that Coach Jarvis' experiences inspire you to find your purpose in life."
-Patrick Ewing, NBA Hall of Fame center

"Mike Jarvis' is one of my special friends. I am so pleased that he has taken the time to write this fabulous book."
-Mike Krzyzewski, Five-time NCAA championship head coach, Duke Blue Devils

"In reading this book, I can see that Mike hasn't lost his edge or his purpose. Readers should take a look at what he has to say."
-Jim Calhoun, Three-time NCAA champion, UConn Men's basketball

Review on Hoopville coming soon!

Coaching Changes and NBA Draft Early Entrants

The coaching carousel is moving. Keep track of the latest coaching changes right here on Hoopville.

Also, keep track of players who have declared early for the NBA Draft.

Hoopville Podcasts

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 18, 2018

January 18, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about big road wins for a few teams, including a couple of bluebloods that looked destined for losses, as well as an unsettled Big Ten beyond one team, an SEC where you shouldn’t pay attention to bracketologists, and the problems with a proposed earlier start to the college basketball season.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 11, 2018

January 11, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about several big pieces of news away from game play, one of which puts a lot in perspective. We also talk about the lack of dominant teams and how this has shown up in the results, especially this past weekend.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – January 4, 2018

January 4, 2018 by

In our latest podcast, we start with a big game in the Big East, then move on to the sudden lack of undefeated teams, a big injury in the ACC, and a powerhouse that looks vulnerable in a stacked conference they have long ruled.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – December 8, 2017

December 8, 2017 by

In our latest podcast, we talk about a bizarre finish to an early-season tournament game, the Pac-12’s early struggles, Florida teams going in different directions and two northeast teams trending less relevant even as they excite fans at a famous arena.

Talking Hoops With Ted Sarandis – November 22, 2017

November 22, 2017 by

In our pre-Thanksgiving podcast, we look at a key injury that is likely to be devastating for his team and an under-the-radar 4-0 week, then move on to some early SEC impressions and a couple of teams that just continue to win.

Phil Kasiecki on Twitter

Recruiting Coverage

Lincoln captures Hamilton Park title

August 15, 2017 by

For the first time, a public school won the Hamilton Park Summer League, and they were led by a big effort from a junior point guard in the title game.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Boston Shootout

June 12, 2017 by

Some news and notes coming from the second and final day of action at the 2017 Boston Shootout, where the host program provided plenty of talent, but so did a program that produced a team that beat them.

Notes from a day at the 2017 Northeast Hoops Festival

April 11, 2017 by

The Northeast Hoops Festival helped bring in the new spring travel season in New England, and we have notes from some of Saturday’s action.

2016 Boston Back to School Showcase notes

September 12, 2016 by

We look back at the 2016 Boston Back to School Showcase, where a couple of Boston City League teams were among the most impressive on the day.

2016 Hoopville Spring Finale championship recap

June 28, 2016 by

We look back at the championship games of the 2016 Hoopville Spring Finale, which had a big local flavor as one might have expected.