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30 days ‘til opening day: 30 WAC questions entering 2017-18

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Nov. 10 couldn’t come soon enough.

As we slide through the final weeks before college basketball returns, we’ll look at one storyline about the upcoming season that lines up with the number of days until opening day. Keep coming back to see if we have the creativity and dedication to pull this off. No promises.

It’s Oct. 11 and we’re just 30 days from opening day.

The countdown has expended any and all long-form thoughts on the WAC in today’s preview pieces.

But it must go on, so here are 30 WAC questions to watch for, look forward to or plain think about as we careen toward the 2017-18 season:

  1. What’s the encore to UTRGV guard Nick Dixon’s superb junior year?
  2. Can Chicago State escape the league cellar?
  3. Will Utah Valley put a scare into Duke or Kentucky during the Wolverines’ brutal, season-opening back-to-back?
  4. Will CSU Bakersfield have the league’s best defense yet again?
  5. Can Seattle’s Aaron Menzies stay healthy and dominate?
  6. Will we actually get The Bachelor: Utah Valley?
  7. Does the now-eligible pressure affect Grand Canyon?
  8. What will Damiyne Durham’s single-game three-point attempt high be?
  9. Will Brent Wrapp notch a triple-double at some point?
  10. Who will be the more intimidating rim protector, UVU’s Akolda Manyang or CSUB’s Moataz Aly?
  11. Will Rod Barnes let Jarkel Joiner loose?
  12. How does Seattle’s Matej Kavas’ follow up his great freshman year?
  13. Will Jim Hayford continue to reel in talent at Seattle?
  14. Will CSU’s Fred Sim’s lead the league in scoring?
  15. Does UMKC’s Isaiah Ross break out as a sophomore?
  16. Can UVU beat BYU in back-to-back years?
  17. How many highlights will Jemerrio Jones create on the fast break?
  18. What will the noise be like in the Pan-Am Center when Paul Weir walks in?
  19. Can CSU’s Travon Bell have an instant impact for the Cougars?
  20. Does CSUB win the final edition of the Great Alaska Shootout?
  21. Will someone in the league knock off a high major?
  22. Will Keonta Vernon break a backboard?
  23. Can Terry Winn help UTRGV’s defense get better?
  24. Does GCU’s Oscar Frayer explode as a sophomore?
  25. Will Josh Braun pick up the Player of the Year award?
  26. Is there another leap for NMSU’s Eli Chuha to make?
  27. Can UTRGV create momentum ahead of a new arena opening?
  28. How does Cal Baptist close out its final year before entering the WAC?
  29. Does Chris Jans keep the good times rolling in Las Cruces?
  30. Does GCU make the NCAA Tournament in its first year of eligibility?