Inside the Numbers: Projected winners for marquee matches this weekend

Photo courtesy of Grand Canyon athletics

Check out the winner projections for the marquee matches this weekend via the VBelo Rating Model.

[Editor’s note: The VBelo is the only elo model in college men’s volleyball and makes projections based on a variety of data. T.J. Breshears, a contributor to Off the Block, created the VBelo.]

In this likely preview of the MIVA conference finals, Ball State and Lewis will each be looking to establish themself as the team to beat in the Midwest.


When the No. 1 and No. 2 teams in the coaches and media polls square off, it is must-see volleyball. The winner of this match will likely be No. 1 in the polls next week.

An incredibly even match between UC Santa Barbara and Grand Canyon. The MPSF has been dominating this season so far, and both teams want to add a top-10 win to their resume.

The Off the Block Division II match of the week and a rematch of last season’s ConfCarolinas tournament finals. VBelo has it as a great matchup.

Undefeated Lincoln Memorial will try to extend their record to 8-0. VBelo gives them about a 50/50 chance of going into next week still undefeated.