Location: Ogden, UT
Conference: Big Sky
Last Year’s Record: 21-10
Why they’ll make it: With much of the nucleus returning to a team that breezed through the regular season in the Big Sky last year, the Wildcats are in good shape to repeat that feat. Now it’s time for the Wildcats to take that next step. Sophomores Damian Lillard and Kyle Bullinger and Senior Steve Panos return to a team that lost only one game in the conference last season. They need to complete the task though, and any team that loses a conference tournament game on its homecourt should have plenty of motivation.
Why they won’t make it: Replacing Kellen McCoy will be a very difficult task. He was the conference’s MVP and leaves big shoes to fill. Add in the graduation of Daviin Davis and there are some question marks in the lineup. There are some nice pieces returning and a solid recruiting class coming in, but whether they can replace McCoy and Davis’ production is going to decide the Wildcats’ fate.