The Big West entered 2014-15 poised for a very good year, and it eventually got there, albeit in a very roundabout way.
A number of the storylines for the league coming into the season never quite materialized, for a myriad of reasons. Among them:
-Preseason favorite UC Irvine was hammered by injuries for much of the season. Mammoth (7-foot-6) game-changer Mamadou Ndiaye played in less than half the team’s games, and four other regulars missed substantial time. After a 3-2 start that included a scare of Arizona and a tough loss at St. Mary’s, the Anteaters really were never whole again the rest of the year.