It was a fun first weekend of WAC Hoops and this weekend recap reflects that. We had a Quad I win. There were also three road wins. Three teams were playing shorthanded in Tarleton, Lamar and Chicago State.
And that led to the first power rankings of 2022. Remember, these are weekly power rankings. Thus, they will fluctuate from week-to-week. I live in the here and now not what a team did a month ago. That is for the bracketologists. These power rankings are more of a ‘what have you done for me lately’ kind of mentality. I am not a big analytics guy. I leave that to the guys at Heat Check.
So, here are some things to think about in the weekend recap.
That is why ACU is at the top. A pair of road wins including a Quad I win at UVU puts the Wildcats at the top of the list. Sorry but road wins are better than home wins. At least that is what the argument was when New Mexico State beat Washington State. I was inundated with tweets about how that win was better than GCU’s win over higher-ranked and undefeated San Francisco.
So, just be patient. The rankings will come out every Monday after the weekend wraps up. There are some thoughts on Tarleton, Lamar and Chicago State all missing players. Montre Gipson played all 40 minutes of both games this weekend for the Texans. Chicago State has some really good freshman guards who put up big numbers in both losses. Lamar was without three of its leading scorers and still nearly knocked off Sam Houston. Dixie State didn’t look real good in its opening weekend at home. Just a lot of storylines from a few games.
There were several teams that didn’t play on opening weekend. So, take these rankings with a grain of salt.
It’s going to be a fun conference season and it’s just getting started. There will be COVID issues but hopefully those are minimal with the new policy the WAC has put in place. Either way, enjoy the episode and enjoy your night.