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This Week In WAC Men's Basketball - Jan. 24

This Week In WAC Men's Basketball - Jan. 24
 

UTAH VALLEY WITH A NARROW LEAD OVER SEATTLE U IN THE LATEST WAC RESUME SEEDING RANKING

In the latest WAC Resume Seeding System ranking update on Jan. 22, Utah Valley edged out Seattle U to stay atop the ranking system with a 16-5 overall record and 7-1 mark in WAC play to post 4.09 points. Seattle U checked in with a 16-4 overall showing and perfect 7-0 WAC record (4.03 points). Other teams with positive point values included Sam Houston (15-5; 5-3 WAC; 3.57 points), Grand Canyon (13-7; 4-3 WAC; 1.77 points), Southern Utah (14-7; 6-2 WAC; 1.67 points) and Stephen F. Austin (13-7; 5-2 WAC; 0.92 points).
 

SEATTLE U REMAINS THE FINAL TEAM UNBEATEN IN WAC PLAY

Seattle U improved to 7-0 in WAC play, the only team remaining in the league with an unbeaten conference record, after defeating Tarleton 67-47 on Jan. 19 and racing past Southern Utah 81-60 at home on Jan. 21. The Redhawks own the best scoring defense in the WAC across their seven conference starts, yielding 63.29 points per game in league play.
 

30-POINT SCORERS APLENTY LAST WEEK

Three different players from the WAC surpassed the 30-point plateau during the game week that ended on Jan. 22. Grand Canyon’s Ray Harrison established a WAC conference high this season with 38 points for the Lopes in an 89-85 win over Utah Tech on Jan. 18 in Phoenix. Seattle U’s Riley Grigsby turned in a career-high 33 points for the Redhawks during an 81-60 victory against Southern Utah on Jan. 21. UTRGV’s Justin Johnson posted his fourth 30-point performance of the 2022-23 campaign during a road trip at UT Arlington, tallying an even 30 points for the Vaqueros in an 85-73 setback on Jan. 19. 
 

SU’S GRIGSBY REPEATS AS WAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK FOLLOWING ANOTHER STANDOUT SHOWING

Seattle U guard Riley Grigsby became the third player in the WAC this season to win multiple league player of the week honors, and the first to win the award back-to-back after averaging 23.0 points per game for the second straight week to lead the Redhawks to two victories. Grigsby added 6.5 rebounds per contest and shot 65.5 percent from the floor in convincing triumphs against Tarleton and Southern Utah.
 

THE WAC IN THE LATEST NCAA NET

As of the NCAA NET rankings that were released on Jan. 23, Sam Houston remained the top team in the WAC with a net ranking of 51 on the strength of two wins in Quadrant 1. Utah Valley was the next WAC team in the rankings at 74, leaping into the top 75 in the NET for the third time in January after being ranked 200th in the initial release of the NET on Dec. 4. Utah Valley has four combined victories against teams in Quadrants 1 and 2 and enters play this week leading the WAC with seven true road wins thus far this season.
 

THE WAC IN THE NATIONAL STATS RANKINGS

In the latest NCAA DI national statistics rankings that were released on Jan. 23, Utah Valley remained first in the country with 6.5 blocks per game and ranked fourth in defensive rebounds per game (29.62). UTRGV maintained the national lead in free throw attempts (27.4 per game) and moved into first in free throws made (19.2 per game). Southern Utah was second nationally in scoring offense (86.0 points per game). Sam Houston was second in bench points per game (35.00), third in scoring margin (18.6), fourth turnovers forced per game (19.10) and fifth in turnover margin (5.8), Stephen F. Austin placed second in NCAA DI in turnovers forced per game (19.35). UT Arlington checked in fourth in offensive rebounds per game (14.40). Individually, UTRGV’s Justin Johnson was first in free throw attempts (177) and third in free throws made (118). Utah Valley’s Aziz Bandaogo ranked fourth in total blocks (58). Seattle U’s Cameron Tyson checked in fifth in made 3-pointers per game (3.56).