Inside the Numbers: Projected winners for marquee matches this weekend

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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.]

The No. 1 team in the coaches poll welcomes the red-hot Christian Janke and the rest of the Grand Canyon. UCLA is a clear favorite, but GCU is no stranger to pulling off an upset.


USC, top VBelo gainer of the season, takes on BYU, which is looking to snap its seven-match losing streak. VBelo has this as a close match, but these teams are trending in opposite directions.

It’s Off the Block Division II National Match of the Week.First-place North Greenville takes a break from ConfCarolinas play to take on the 11-win Limestone.

After last week’s five-set defeat to Penn, NJIT is traveling to play on No. 1/2 Long Beach and looking to add a huge win to its resume. Long Beach is in a good position, but NJIT will make it a tough match.

McKendree defeated Loyola last week and now plays host to a Pepperdine team that is wanting to build a winning streak. Home court advantage gives the Bearcats a slight edge for VBelo.

The battle of the Ivy League comes to Cambridge. Princeton and Harvard will play an EIVA match with Ivy bragging rights on the line. VBelo sees this as a close matchup.