Weber State men’s basketball game at Idaho State postponed
The only game scheduled for Weber State men’s basketball (10-5, 3-1 Big Sky) this week has been postponed due to COVID-19 protocols in Idaho State’s program, both teams announced Thursday evening.
After the Big Sky announced changes this week that will allow for postponed games to be rescheduled, the league is currently working with the two schools to reschedule the contest.
Weber State’s next games are scheduled for Jan. 13 against Idaho and Jan. 15 against Eastern Washington, both at home in Ogden.
Details of changes to the COVID reschedule policy included that the Big Sky will not reschedule games in a way that makes a team play on consecutive days. It also said teams with seven available players and one full-time coach are eligible to play.
The Big Sky clarified with the Standard-Examiner that the rule of seven available includes scholarship and walk-on players so, it would seem, Idaho State has at least 11 of its 17 rostered players unavailable.
With other postponements around the league, the conference schedule already seems destined to finish with an imbalanced completion of games and uneven conference standings.
Ways to address this potential competitive imbalance are currently “being discussed,” a representative of the league office told the Standard-Examiner on Thursday. Last season, the Big Sky used a standard win-loss procedure despite some teams not having played other teams, and some teams having played more at home than others.
Last season, the West Coast Conference used a model that could work for all conferences in this situation. It coordinated with Ken Pomeroy to create a weighted standings formula that accounts for the imbalanced differences.