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WAC Power Rankings – Jan. 10, 2018

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It is the second installment of our Western Athletic Conference power rankings. Yes, it has been a few weeks since the last power rankings. And, in that time, a lot has happened. Now, ahead of the second weekend of conference play beginning on Thursday night, here are the updated power rankings.

1. Grand Canyon

There were question marks regarding the ‘Lopes coming into conference play. Yes, the more-difficult-than-usual non-conference slate didn’t go as some expected. And GCU didn’t have a true road win to its resume. Good thing they started at home in WAC play. The ‘Lopes took care of two of the hottest teams in the WAC in Utah Valley and Seattle to take the top spot this week. GCU travels to Las Cruces and Edinburg, TX this weekend to try and gets its first true road win of the season. 

2. Cal State Bakersfield

There is just something about a Rod Barnes-coached team that scares everyone. The man just knows how to get the best out his guys. In opening weekend, the ‘Runners did just that by beating both Seattle and Utah Valley. The argument could be made that the ‘Runners probably shouldn’t have beat Utah Valley. But, they ultimately did. Now, CSU Bakersfield goes with GCU on its road trip to the southwest. Don’t be surprise if Cal State Bakersfield is potentially 3-1 or 4-0 in WAC play after this weekend.

3. New Mexico State

After a week to lick their wounds from a humbling defeat at California Baptist, the WAC defending champs should be ready to go at home against GCU on Thursday night. The Aggies are arguably the most talented team in the WAC. They just got caught in a perfect storm in Riverside last Thursday. New Mexico State doesn’t face a player like Milan Acquaah again so Chris Jans’ team should get back on track this weekend.

4. California Baptist

Oh, the newbies! The newest member of the WAC did the unthinkable in its first WAC game. It beat the defending champs and kings of the mountain in New Mexico State. Milan Acquaah is arguably the best player in the conference and went for a career-high 36 points. Yes, California Baptist lost two nights later at home to UTRGV. But, Rick Croy has something brewing in Riverside. Expect the Lancers to pick up a road win on Thursday night at UMKC. 


Remember when we said winning on the road would be hard in the WAC? Well, Seattle, UVU and NMSU went a combined 0-5 in road games to open WAC play. The only team to win a road game on opening weekend? Yep, UTRGV. That is why I give them the nod. The Vaqueros overcame two 16-point deficits to earn the road win. Now, the Vaqueros are back home to host CSU Bakersfield on Thursday night and GCU on Saturday. You want to prove you belong? Win this weekend.

6. (Tie) Seattle University and Utah Valley

This is a week-to-week rankings so take it with a grain of salt, Redhawk and Wolverine fans. Both teams struggled on the road although UVU had the near win at CSU Bakersfield. Winning on the road is tough and opening weekend was a bit of humble pie for the two hottest teams in the WAC. The tough part is these two teams face off on Saturday night. The loser falls to 0-3 in conference play. So, who wins on Saturday night in Orem? 


An 8-point win at home in the WAC opener against Chicago State isn’t much to write home about. The ‘Roos are inconsistent but will have a chance to prove people wrong. UMKC hosts California Baptist on Thursday night in what some might see as a high-scoring affair. 

9. Chicago State

Oh, Chicago State…how we love you. It’s as simple as that. Head coach Lance Irvin is doing as best a job as he can. And with news of sports information director Corey Miggins passing away earlier this week, things got even tougher for the Cougars. Chicago State has Thursday night off and hosts California Baptist on Saturday. Perhaps the Cougars can get their first conference win of the season. 

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