Analysis

Vandals draw 16-seed, play Baylor; MSU lone Big Sky team in WNIT

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If postseason invitations are the measure of a league’s national reputation, the Big Sky Conference earned no respect on Monday evening.

Idaho, the Big Sky Tournament champion, received a No. 16 seed and will face No. 1 Baylor. The Vandals had an RPI of 123 and 24 wins to their credit yet will face a team that has qualified for six Elite Eights and three Final Fours in Kim Mulkey’s 17 seasons at the helm. The Bears are the seven-time reigning Big XII champions and the No. 4 overall team in the country in the latest AP poll, meaning Idaho essentially received the fourth-lowest field in the 64-team field.

If postseason invitations are the measure of a league’s national reputation, the Big Sky Conference earned no respect on Monday evening.

Idaho, the Big Sky Tournament champion, received a No. 16 seed and will face No. 1 Baylor. The Vandals had an RPI of 123 and 24 wins to their credit yet will face a team that has qualified for six Elite Eights and three Final Fours in Kim Mulkey’s 17 seasons at the helm. The Bears are the seven-time reigning Big XII champions and the No. 4 overall team in the country in the latest AP poll, meaning Idaho essentially received the fourth-lowest field in the 64-team field.

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About Colter Nuanez

Colter Nuanez is the co-founder and senior writer for Skyline Sports. After spending six years in the newspaper industry with stops at the Missoulian, the Ellensburg Daily Record and the Bozeman Daily Chronicle, the former Washington Newspaper Association Sportswriter of the Year and University of Montana Journalism School graduate ('09) has cultivated a deep passion for sports journalism during his 13-year career covering the Big Sky Conference. In August of 2014, Colter and brother Brooks merged their passions of writing and art to found Skyline Sports.

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