Previewing Today’s Games!

Big day ahead of us, and so… Let’s talk about it.

All times pacific.

WOU @ SMU @ 2pm

While there are a ton of “big games” left on the schedule, in our opinion this is one of the biggest. SMU is coming off of a clobbering of CU-Portland, while WOU lost by 10 or so to Seattle Pacific. Last time WOU and SMU met the Saints won by five and so… This game should be hard fought. The Saints played solidly on Thursday while the Wolves played terribly and so… Bounce back game for the Wolves imminent? Perhaps. It’s so hard to say because the more we watch, the more we feel like no game implicates anything by itself. Parity life.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CU-PDX @ SPU @ 4pm

The Cavs just got absolutely blown-out by the Saints, but… We think it was less the Saints shutting them down and more of the Cavs having a really off night. As such, we know they’re more than capable of beating the Falcons. The Cavs have recent wins against both WOU and MSUB, but… They also lost to UAF. They’re a very 50/50 team, and so we’ll see what kind of night they’re having. Last time the two teams met, SPU won a thriller by just one point and so… Guessing both teams are going to be thinking about that.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

UAF @ NNU @ 6pm

One of the only games we’re confident in. UAF just got blown-out by the Wildcats, NNU got a nice win against the Seawolves, and we have full confidence in saying:

Predicton: NNU wins.

WWU @ MSUB @ 6:30pm

And we’re back to games that we have no clue on. MSUB blew out SFU, WWU lost to NNU, but SFU beat NNU, and so who the heck knows? MSUB is hard to play at home, but this game looms large for WWU and so if WWU has been resting semi-injured players as we suspect they have, this would be a game that they would play. Why wouldn’t they play against NNU? Because it was a home game and because NNU is securely in the conference tournament and thus moot for the Vikings; the Jackets are an opponent that’s similarly vying for a spot in the conference tournament.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

UAA @ CWU @ 7pm

UAA is coming off of a respectable loss to NNU, CWU is coming off of a huge win against their former head coach. A huge part of us wants to say that this game is a pick ’em and the Wildcats have turned the corner and they’re going to fight like hell to try and grab an un-probable berth in the conference tournament, but mmm… No.

Prediction: UAA wins.

Today’s games should be amazing, we’ll be keeping an eye on all of it, and thanks to the schedule we’re headed to both SMU and CWU, so… Come say ‘hi’! As always: We’ll be sittin’ and we’ll be knittin’!


Player-of-the-Week #6!

This is the weekend of Jan. 31-Feb. 1; The Oregons played the Alaskas, the North schools played the Puget Sound schools, and all three eastern schools were together.

UAF: Tymoryae Glover
UAA: N/A —> Zharon Richmond of MSUB.
SFU: N/A —> Riley Hawken of WOU.
WWU: N/A —> Jarrett Gray of CU-PDX.
SPU: Divant’e Moffitt
NNU: Obi Megwa
MSUB: Melvin Newsome Jr.
CU-PDX: Cody Starr
WOU: Darius Luborn

Player-of-the-week: Darius Luborn.

Player-of-the-Week #5!

Hey, look, it’s going up! And unfortunately it’s late and yet not the best week of basketball.

This is for the weekend of January 24-26, and the match-ups were: Alaskas vs. WWU/SFU; the Oregons vs. CWU/NNU; and MSUB vs. the Puget Sound schools.

Here’s the very short list of nominees:

UAF: Tymoryae Glover
SFU: Julian Roche
WWU: Trevor Jasinsky
SMU: Chandler Redix
NNU: Adonis Arms
CU-PDX: Jarrett Gray

Player-of-the-week: Trevor Jasinsky.

And yes: Five open spots and no one to fill them. Not the best week for GNAC basketball.

Conference Game Day #15!

AAAAAH, WE ONLY HAVE FIVE GAMES LEFT. Plus the conference tournament. Plus hopefully/theoretically major presence at the Regional, but more about that later.

Not as exciting of a night as we were expecting, but regardless: Let’s talk about it.

SFU 60 @ MSUB 83

It was close and it was molasses-y for the first half, and then… Second half adjustments, but SFU wasn’t out of it for quite a while. For a bit there they were down 10 or so, and while the game had been really slow, it still was mathematically feasible for them to come back until they didn’t and got blown out by 20. Nice job by MSUB for the continual grind.

Clan highlights: Mike Provenzano had 17 points and five assists among a full house; Jasdeep Singh had 13 points among a full house; and off the bench Mike Hannan had seven boards.

Yellowjacket highlights: Zharon Richmond had 17 points; Tyler Green had 11 points; and Melvin Newbern Jr. had 10 points, seven boards, and five fouls among a full house of stats. Off the bench Kobe Tereshima had 13 points while going 11-11 from the line; and BRENDAN HOWARD had 20 points and six boards.

The story of this game was turnovers; SFU had 23 to MSUB’s nine and there’s the game.

UAA 77 @ NNU 87

NNU was comfortably in control through most of it, but it was never really a blow-out either. It’s the good type of grinding game we like to see because none of the numbers Anchorage put up were particularly awful, so it was two teams playing well where one was simply deeper than the other.

Seawolf highlights: Tyler Brimhall had 19 points; Niko Bevens had 11 points and five boards; and Brian Pearson started and had 11 points and seven boards. Off the bench Tobin Karlberg had 14 points; and Keenan Dowell had nine points while being perfect from the field.

Nighthawk highlights: Adonis Arms continues to be on fire with 23 points, seven boards, and six assists; Obi Megwa had a good game with 23 points; Beto Diaz finally made noise again with nine points; Spider had five fouls; and off the bench Jayden Bezzant had 15 points and a full house of stats.

Again: This is the type of game that we like to see because there are no atrocious numbers on either side. The bad news is, we’ve seen both of these teams put up really bad numbers and so in our opinion it still doesn’t lend credence to the idea of the GNAC being “strong,” just full of mediocre parity.

UAF 65 @ CWU 84

For a while this game was really close and we regretted not being there, and then the Wildcats blew it open and we were totally fine with it. Great to see them get the win against their former coach, meanwhile the Nooks continue to disappoint us, but it is what it is.

Nook highlights: Spencer Sweet had 10 points; Isaiah Easaw had seven assists; Michael Kluting had a great night with 15 points and 12 boards among a full house of stats; and off the bench Jalon McCullough had nine points.

Wildcat highlights: Gamaun Boykin had a good game with 14 points, five boards, five assists, and four steals; and Matt Poquette had a great night with 17 points among a smattering of field stats. Off the bench Jackson Price had 10 points; Malik Montoya had a whopping 16 points, seven boards, and four assists on near-perfect shooting (side note: Malik should be starting in our opinion); Marcus Austin had six points; and Hayden Nelson had eight points.

Good night for the Wildcats. We’re happy to see it. We have really low expectations and yet are still excited to see what they do against the Seawolves on Saturday.

CU-PDX 41 @ SMU 73

It wasn’t so much that SMU was playing fantastically as Concordia-Portland playing abominably. We still had a really good time, but… The game itself was not what we were expecting. We noted in a different post that it seems like UAA’s hoops are really tall; SMU is the opposite, their hoops seem really accessible, and yet they definitely were not for the Cavaliers.

CU-PDX highlights: Dominique Bradley had eight boards; and off the bench Cody Starr had 12 points.

SMU highlights: Luke Chavez had 12 points; Chandler Redix had 11 points and five boards; Jordan Kitchen had 10 points and 10 boards among a flawless full house of stats; Rhett Baerlocher had five boards; EJ Boyce continues to make the argument for ‘best shooter in the conference’ with 19 points; and off the bench Tavian Henderson had eight points nad five boards.

While the game wasn’t much, the company was great, so… Big thanks to SMU. According to the attendance there were only 350 people, but those people were LOUD. We’re a big fan of quality over quantity.

WOU 57 @ SPU 66

The score pretty much tells the story; SPU led pretty much the entire time, but we wouldn’t say it was completely out of reach until fairly late in the game. We’re 50/50 on the numbers that WOU put up. Riley Hawken was definitely contained, but aside from that they were pretty par-for-the-course.

Wolves highlights: Etan Collins had seven boards; Dalven Brushier had 15 points; and Kaleb Warner had nine points. Off the bench Darius Luborn had 12 points; and Buster Souza had six boards.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 13 points and six boards; Harry Cavell had 12 points among a full house of stats; and Nathan Streufert had 11 points and 10 boards for the double-double. Off the bench Sharif Khan had five points; and Sam Simpson had six points and four boards.

The Falcons continue to have turnover issues, but it is what it is. Nice to see Coleman Wooten finally catch his groove with shooting; we’ll see if it continues. Good win for the Falcons and not a bad loss for the Wolves.

Fun, if ordinary night of basketball. No nail biters, which… Okay, maybe that’s not ordinary for the GNAC. We’re curious about tomorrow; couple of big games: WOU @ SMU and WWU @ MSUB, so we’ll see how those go.

Player-of-the-week math is all caught up with the exception of this week; three weeks worth should be posted later today, and then game previews tomorrow morning.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Previewing Tonight’s Games

If you didn’t catch it, you’re not crazy: WWU was supposed to be at SFU on Tuesday but the game was rescheduled for the 26th because of snow. Stop rolling your eyes non I-5 corridor folks, you have zero population and no cause to build in the foothills -signed, a person that hasn’t parked in their own driveway in TWO FLIPPING WEEKS.

Anyway… Let’s get into the game previews.

All times pacific.

SFU @ MSUB @ 4:15pm

Bigggg fight for positioning in regard to the conference tournament because right now things are all tied up. SFU just got a nice couple of wins over NNU & CWU, meanwhile MSUB just took a couple of losses to the Oregon schools. It should be a decent match-up. We love how on fire Simon Fraser has been, and before the Oregon schools MSUB was similarly on fire, so we’ll see. We really have no expectation for this game; MSUB could blow out SFU, SFU could win moderately over MSUB, SFU could lose a close one, MSUB could lose a close one. Aside from the fact that we don’t see SFU blowing out the yellowjackets, anything is really possible.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

UAA @ NNU @ 6pm

UAA just got through the gauntlet that is the Puget Sound schools and NNU is coming off a nice win over WWU. While WWU isn’t as good as usual this year, we still have great respect for the atmosphere at Carver. UAA won the match-up when they took on the Nighthawks up in Alaska and so they’ll be pushing to get yet another win and officially own the tiebreaker. NNU had been looking like the cream of the crop and now they’re looking beatable, plus they’re yet to go for round two against SMU, WOU, SPU, and now a rather threatening Concordia-Portland team, so this is an arguably critical win for the Nighthawks to get.

Prediction: NNU wins.

UAF @ CWU @ 7pm

Greg Sparling returns to CWU for the first time as the opposing coach. Very exciting. CWU is coming off of a rough loss to SFU and will like to get back into the swing of things against their old coach; UAF has to see this as a very winnable game after the thrashing they [reasonably] took against SMU and SPU respectively. Not sure what’s going to happen in any respect; it could be close and either team could win, or it could be a blow-out that either team could win.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CU-PDX @ SMU @ 7pm

We’re actually going to this game because the Pass has been iffy and Concordia is a really fun team to watch, so why not? We’re excited to see if SMU is a little ornery. The Saints just got two great wins in Alaska, buuuuut last time they were at home they got upset by Concordia’s usual peer of Simon Fraser, so… We’re curious. Concordia just got a nice couple of wins against MSUB and WOU and so… Giant killers, why not one more?

Prediction: Pick ’em OR SMU blows out the Cavs, but the Cavs won’t blow out the Saints.

WOU @ SPU @ 7pm

We don’t even know what to say about this game. It’s at SPU, which gives the Falcons a shot, but… The talent gap in regard to minutes distribution is huge. In our opinion WOU is the class of the conference in regard to both athleticism and coaching and as much as we believe in the SPU guys an insane amount… Can they overcome those factors? The fact that they lost in gut-wrenching fashion at WOU last time should weigh on them, but… We shall see.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

It should be a great night. We’ll be following along with everything on our phone, and as usual: We’ll be sittin’ and we’ll be knittin’ so come say ‘hi’!

Conference Game Day #14!

Helloooo. Apparently it’s not snowy at the WA/BC border, which is a little weird because it is snowy as all heck near Seattle. For the Alaskans/Montanans/Idahoans reading this: You don’t have hills nor a large population. Snow in Seattle SUCKS. Too many people, too many hills, too high of temperatures and so it’s all thaw-freeze-thaw-freeze and everything turns to ice and it’s HORRIBLE. And insanely pretty and absolutely picturesque, but horrible.

That said: While the snow causes consternation, the games last night were great so let’s talk about them!

SPU 89 @ UAF 52

WHY DO WE KEEP HAVING FAITH IN THE NOOKS?!?! Ah well, this was never a game. SPU went up and then they went up some more and then they went up some more, just for good measure.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 20 points and 14 boards for the double-double on great shooting; Harry Cavell had 11 points and 11 boards also for a double-double; Nikhil Lizotte had six assists; Nathan Streufert had 10 points; and Gavin Long had 12 points. Off the bench Sharif Khan had six points; Sam Simpson had eight points and six boards; Sam Boone had eight points and six boards; and Divant’e Moffitt had seven points, four boards, and four assists.

Nook highlights: Tymoryae Glover went 8-10 from the line; and off the bench Trey Eisenhut had 12 points on solid shooting.

Alright, sorry, we’re going to point this out: SPU would have likely hit 100, but they kept feeding it to walk-on Conner Van Dyken in an attempt to get him some stats, so that’s adorable. Teamwork makes the dream work.

SMU 69 @ UAA 53

This game was consternated. UAA continued to have scoring issues. SMU didn’t really break it open until maybe six or seven minutes left, and yet while UAA was only down six or so for most of the game, it both seemed perfectly reasonable and entirely impossible for the Seawolves to come back. Is it just us, or do the UAA hoops seem weird? They seem like they’re taller than most hoops. Not entirely sure why. And we feel like we’ve heard players comment that shooting in the UAA gym is odd. Go figure.

Saints highlights: LUKE CHAVEZ was on fire nad had 19 points; Rhett Baerlocher had five boards; and EJ Boyce had 19 points while going 5-7 from three. Off the bench BJ Standley had 17 points and five assists; and Tavian Henderson had six points, five boards, and four assists.

Seawolf highlights: Tyler Brimhall had eight boards, five assists, and five fouls; Jack Macdonald had five boards; and Brian Pearson started and had 11 points and five boards. Off the bench Travis Adams had five points; and Austin White had four boards.

Overall everyone was ice cold with the exception of Luke and EJ. Good on them. Valiant fight by the Seawolves, but nowhere near enough. We’ve been waiting for Luke to get hot, so that’s good to see. They have a match-up with a super hot Concordia team on Thursday, so out of the frying pan and into the fire for the Saints. Good March preparation.

CWU 66 @ SFU 82

For a bit there it was competitive and then it wasn’t. The Clan absolutely dominated and avenged the OT loss they suffered at Nicholson. We’r really excited about it because with the other results of the day, they’re starting to make a really strong push to make the conference tournament, which would be great and we would be so excited for them! They’re completely our pets this year and we have zero shame, considering it was that OT loss at CWU that convinced us they were pet-worthy.

Wildcat highlights: GAMAUN BOYKIN WAS BACK and had 22 points and five boards. Off the bench Jackson Price had five points; and Tanner Davis had eight points.

Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had a good bounce-back game with 15 points and five boards; Wil Balata was back in the starting line-up and had 10 points; Mike Provenzano had eight assists; JASDEEP SINGH had 25 points; Julian Roche had a double double with 15 points and 11 boards; and off the bench Jordan MK went 5-5 and had 12 points.

We love seeing Jasdeep play well particularly because how often do you get Indians in NCAA basketball?! It’s fun to see a minimally represented demographic get some actual representation, especially being from a place like BC where Indians are a huge demographic among the general population.

NNU 90 @ WWU 79

WWU kept it relatively close until the very end, so props to them on that. They were again missing both Luke Lovelady and Jalen Green, so who knows on that front. The Viks are locked into a battle for a place in the conference tournament and the good news for them is that MSUB lost; the bad news is that SFU won.

Nighthawk highlights: Adonis Arms had 17 points and seven boards; Obi Megwa had a double-double with 20 points and 11 boards; Sam Roth had five boards; and Spider had 12 points and 11 boards among other stats for a full house. Off the bench James Nelson had 11 points; and Jayden Bezzant was on fire and finished with 11 points as well. The team collectively had a whopping 48 rebounds to WWU’s 33.

Viking highlights: Tyler Payne had six assists; KJ Bosco had five fouls; Leif Anderson had 16 points; Trevor Jasinsky had 23 points and seven boards among a full house of stats; and Cameron Retherford had 12 points and seven boards among a full house of stats. Off the bench Tucker Eenigenburg had 13 points; Elijah Cotton-Welch had five points; and Braden Ahlemeyer had four boards.

Good win by the Nighthawks. Regardless as to how bad WWU is, playing in Carver is always a worthy challenge.

MSUB 65 @ WOU 97

Yeah, good bounce back game from WOU but not much of a game from MSUB. It was over way before halftime even started, and then… The Wolves and half time. Woof. Uncle. Mercy.

Yellowjacket highlights: Sven Jeuschede had 13 points; Zharon Richmond had nine points and 10 boards; Zack Rollins had seven boards; and BRENDAN HOWARD WAS DYNAMITE with 27 points and seven boards among a full house on great shooting. No real bench play.

Wolves highlights: Dalven Brushier had 14 points and five boards; Kaleb Warner had 18 points and four boards; and Riley Hawken had 12 points, nine boards, and five steals. Off the bench Darius Luborn had six points nad four assists; O’landa Baker had 11 points and four boards; Jaylyn Richardson had 13 points; and Buster Souza had six points and four boards.

Congrats to the Wolves on getting it done.

Fun weekend of basketball.

Be careful if you’re headed into the Puget Sound region this week because the weather is iffy; it could turn to rain, it could remain snow, but regardless it’s supposed to drop below freezing at night and so roads are guaranteed to be dangerous. Right now various places have between 6″ and 10″ on the ground and so even main thoroughfares are completely snow covered, which with the thaw-freeze that’s projected for Tuesday it’s likely to turn into a sheet of ice.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Previewing Today’s Games!

Heyooo, here we go. Today is the “parity” day of games when almost every match-up is of peers, and so… Let’s talk about it.

All times pacific.

SPU @ UAF @ 3pm

We’re curious about this game. Last time SPU predictably comfortably beat the Nooks, but the teams are different. We would argue that SPU is weaker and UAF is stronger. While we’re curious and would be tempted to say that SPU has no answer for Tymoryae, we feel like SPU would roll their eyes at us and be like “right…” so, we’ll see. We’re also curious to see how dirty this game is. The Wildcats always played the Falcons dirty and we’re convinced it was a coaching culture thing, so… Be prepared to fight, birdies.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

MSUB @ WOU @ 5:15

We’re excited for this game, because you know what these two teams have in common? THEY BOTH JUST LOST TO CONCORDIA!!!!!! Constant vigilance. No, we’re excited to see what’s been a super hot MSUB team take on a team that we think is arguably the conference’s biggest threat if they make the Regional. We lean toward WOU winning, but we’ll still say…

Prediction: Pick ’em.

NNU @ WWU @ 7pm

Super excited about this game. NNU just lost a heartbreaker to SFU, meanwhile WWU just got a nice victory over rival CWU. WWU is fighting for a spot in the conference tournament while NNU is fighting to win the conference. Curious to see what the attendance is like; western Washington as a geographic locale just got blanketed in snow and collectively lacks the infrastructure to deal with it, so we’re guessing not the best attendance. We’ll see if the Vikings can make some magic.

Prediction: NNU wins.

CWU @ SFU @ 7pm

SFU is on a huge two game winning streak against conference-leading SMU and NNU respectively and so CWU is just another team for them to knock-off. Could SFU make a push for the conference tournament? Absolutely. They’re only one game back of both MSUB and WWU, and those two both play far more daunting opponents than the Wildcats. That said: CWU is having a down season and has no doubt circled SFU as a good chance to get a win, so… It should be a good game.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

SMU @ UAA @ 8pm

Hopefully we’ll get to watch this game, but we’ll see what the people at UAA in charge of the stream decide. UAA just lost a close one to SPU, last time they played SMU they only lost by one, huge heartbreak. We think UAA has a slight edge in terms of the upper level of their players (looking at you, Tyler Brimhall) but we think that SMU is just a bit deeper. If the starters can handle it all, UAA has a great chance to win; if benches come into play, the fact that SMU has two starters on their bench is going to be everything.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Ridiculously excited. Yet another night where we’ll be at home on the couch watching everything, so tweet at us!

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Conference Game Day #13

Hooooly. This night was SO much fun. We were at home on the couch watching all five games simultaneously while attempting to do some knitting and… The knitting wasn’t going so well, but the games can be summarized as: AAAAAAAH!!!!!!!! Shout out to Saint Martin’s for looking out for our cardiovascular health.

SMU 86 @ UAF 68

For a while there the Nooks were actually doing really well and SMU didn’t walk the lead up until mid-way through the second half, so that’s exciting for the Nooks. We’ll be curious to see what they’re able to do against the Falcons tomorrow, considering SMU and SPU play in drastically different styles and have drastically different strengths although both are obviously good-to-great teams.

Saints highlights: Chandler Redix had 16 points; Jordan Kitchen had nine boards; and EJ Boyce had 12 points among a full house of stats. Off the bench BJ STANDLEY was out of his mind and dropped 30 points meanwhile picking up four assists; and Tavian Henderson had 10 points and eight boards.

Nook highlights: Tymoryae Glover scored 17 points; SPENCER SWEET was on fire for 25 points; Isaiah Easaw had nine points and a whopping eight assists; and Michael Kluting had 10 points and 10 boards. No real bench play.

Solid match-up. Remember, it’s a coaching transition year for the Nooks and even though their new coach knows the GNAC inside and out, he and his players are having to adapt to each other. Congrats to the Saints on the win.

SPU 65 @ UAA 64

What. A. Game. And we barely saw any of it because the stream was so glitchy and pixelated. It lists there being 869 people in attendance, which judging by the arena is total malarkey. Seems like knowing how many people aren’t in attendance, you’d want to make sure those that cared enough to watch it from home had a decent viewing, but… Apparently not.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 14 points and eight boards; Nikhil Lizotte had 15 points; and off the bench Sam Simpson eight points; while Divant’e Moffitt had six points.

Seawolf highlights: Tyler Brimhall was locked in with 26 points and five boards; Brennan Rymer had 11 points and seven assists; and Jack Macdonald had 11 points.

On the one hand it was a low scoring game, but on the other hand it’s crazy just how minimal those numbers are. Two well matched teams, both absolutely fighting and grinding it out. Really great game, wish we could have seen it.

NNU 77 @ SFU 78

The score leads you to the wrong conclusion: SFU was up by 6-8 most of the game and the Nighthawks didn’t manage to reel them back in until the very end and then… They lost. Another huge win for the Clan, second one in a row, we’re so proud of them and excited to see their energy on Saturday against the Wildcats.

Nighthawk highlights: Adonis Arms had 24 points, five boards, and went 8-9 from the line; Spider had six boards; and off the bench Jayden Bezzant went 7-10 from the line and finished with 11 points; while Zac Furgeson was perfect from the field and finished with five points.

Clan highlights: Mike Hanan started and grabbed eight boards; Mike Provenzano had five fouls; Jasdeep Singh had 17 points and six boards; and Julian Roche had a quiet-ish night with 14 points and six boards. Off the bench Jordan Muir-Keung had eight points and five assists; Wil Balata went 10-13 from the line and finished with 14 points; and Drew Bryson had five points.

What’s interesting is we don’t consider the Nighthawks to have had a particularly bad night or the Clan to have had a particularly good night. The numbers are fairly prototypical for the respective teams, which is curious because it tells you just how close many of the GNAC teams are. It’s not a matter of ‘Oh, so-and-so had a bad night/good night’ it’s that there’s legitimate parity.

CWU 86 @ WWU 91

The gym actually wasn’t as crowded as we were expecting. Puget Sound-area snow perhaps prevented what’s usually a sell-out. One of the big reasons we didn’t go to this game was that we had forgotten to buy a ticket in advance and figured it wasn’t worth the battle. Had we gone, we would have seen a battle for the ages in person; instead we settled for the compute and oh lordy was it ever a battle. Went down the final free throws.

Wildcat highlights: Jeryn Lucas had 20 points; ZELLIE HUDSON had 19 points and seven boards among a full house of stats; and Matt Poquette had nine points. Off the bench Jackson Price was on fire from the field, going 6-7 and 2-2 from the line to finish with 17 points; and Hayden Nelson had 4 points as well as three boards and three assists.

Viking highlights: Tyler Payne had 11 points and five assists; Leif Anderson had 13 points and eight assists; TREVOR JASINSKY finally found his shot and had 33 points while going 8-8 from the line; Cameron Retherford started and had a double double with 14 points, 11 boards, and threw in four steals for good measure; and off the bench Tucker Eeinigenburg had 11 points and four boards.

Good game. Likely closer than it otherwise would have been with the absence of both Jalen Green and Luke Lovelady from the Vikings starters. Nice to see them still get the job done. We’re firm believers that every team deals with injuries and you just have to dig in, battle, and get the job done and that’s exactly what the Vikings did. Nicely done guys.

MSUB 66 @ CU-PDX 73

HOOOOLY COW. MSUB has absolutely been DYNAMITE as of late and then CU-PDX got the upset win over WOU on Tuesday, but… We weren’t sure what to think of what this game would entail. On the one hand, MSUB has started to grow in their consistency, but on the other hand the Cavs have been terrifying teams all season with close game after close game and have finally figured out how to win. Absolutely amazing. Really fun game to watch, and although the final score is further apart than NNU/SFU, we just never felt like Billings was truly out of it.

Yellowjacket highlights: Sven Jeuschede had 11 points; Zharon Richmond had seven boards and five assists; Tyler Green had 17 points and five assists; Zack Rollins had seven boards; and Brendan Howard started and had 18 points. No real bench play.

Cavs highlights: Jace Cates had five boards; Tyler Wells had 22 points; Jarrett Gray had 19 points and seven boards; Dominique Bradley had eight boards; Hunter Sweet had 13 points; and off the bench Cody Starr had five points and seven boards.

Notably Melvin was missing from MSUB’s line-up, but… As noted with WWU: Good teams find a way to win even when down men. People step up. We keep waiting on Kobe Terashima because he played good minutes last year, but it just hasn’t happened yet. Hugest of congrats to the Cavaliers on yet another great win! Ridiculously proud of you.

Seriously amazing night of hoops. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow holds in store. Game previews’ll be up in the AM.

Previewing Tonight’s Games!

All times pacific.

NNU @ SFU @ 7pm

On the one hand, SFU just got a great victory over Saint Martin’s and the Clan has decent fans when those fans decide to show up. On the other hand, who are we kidding?? NNU is monstrous. We believe SFU has the ability to beat the Nighthawks, but we don’t believe that they will unless the Nighthawks are hardcore overlooking them in anticipation of WWU on Saturday. That said: We don’t expect it to be an insane blow-out. We’re thinking 10-15 points.

Prediction: NNU wins.

CWU @ WWU @ 7pm

RIVALRY GAME!!!!!!! And WWU is worse than normal this year. We’ve been asked if we think WWU risks missing the conference tournament in this year that they host it, and… Maybe. If you look at the standings now, you would say ‘yes’ and halfway through conference play that could be true, but the GNAC is freaking wacky, and so… We hesitate to commit to an official stance on it. That said, as much as WWU is worse than normal, so is CWU and CWU just got killed by MSUB whom killed WWU, so…

Prediction: Pick ’em; it is a rivalry game, after all.

MSUB @ CU-PDX @ 7:30pm

CU-PDX just got an AMAZING win over WOU on Tuesday and now they take on the ragingly hot Yellow Jackets of MSUB. MSUB is coming off of a one possession overtime loss to NNU and so they’ll be wanting to take out some frustration on the Cavaliers. While we hope Concordia shocks the conference yet again…

Prediction: MSUB wins comfortably.

SMU @ UAF @ 8pm

UAF just got a nice win over Concordia on Saturday meanwhile SMU was suffering a heartbreaking loss to SFU. Now Saints fans, not a heartbreaking loss. You guys are killing it, you’re arguably the best team in the conference, and despite there being asterisks about those statements in our opinion, they are objectively true. And so while UAF is hard to play at and Tymoryae Glover is quality…

Prediction: SMU wins.

SPU @ UAA @ 8pm

SPU absolutely murdered the Seawolves when they came to RBP and now we’re sure UAA wants to return the favor. We’ll see if it happens. We adore Tyler Brimhall, Brennan Rymer, and Niko Bevans along with holding residual fondness and respect for Sjur Berg, Travis Adams, and Jack Macdonald, but… We’ll see what they do against the Falcons. In more recent history, SPU is coming off of a big win against WWU while UAA is coming off of a big loss against WOU, but it’s the GNAC and none of that means anything.

Prediction: Homecourt advantage means UAA wins.

Looking forward to a great night of basketball. WE’RE FINALLY AT HOME, which means we’ll actually be getting to see snippets of all of what’s going on, and so by all means: tweet at us, cyber tailgate with us, bite your nails with us, it’s going to be a good time!

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Conference Game Day #12!!


Okay, one more time, for the people in the back:


So yesterday happened and somehow we were actually there to witness it.

We went to UAA @ WOU and we were having a good time but it was a blow-out at halftime and WOU is the best-of-the-best at halftime adjustments, and so in reality it was over, and at the last second before halftime ended we were like “We want to go to SFU/SMU,” and so we got in the car and went.

Don’t ask. We just love this year’s SFU team a lot and wanted another game with them, but as much as we love them… We never saw this coming. Still, they were the last game of the night, so scroll down if you want the deets, because first we’re going to talk about everyone else.

UAA 61 @ WOU 81

For a solid five minutes this was a game and then it wasn’t. WOU walked up before we even knew what was happening. They were amazing at forcing turnovers and irritating the ever loving heck out of the Seawolves. On the one hand it’s just one game, but on the other hand… We’re leaning toward WOU being the best team in the conference. It’s the combination of basketball IQ, athleticism, and coaching.

Seawolf highlights: Tyler Brimhall went 5-6 from the line and had eight boards; and Niko Bevens had 11 points. Off the bench Travis Adams had five points and four assists; Keenan Dowell had eight points nad five fouls; and Brian Pearson went 4-4 from the line.

Wolf highlights: Darius Luborn had an amazing game, scoring 30 points and being 6-6 from the line with a plethora of other field stats; Brandell Evans didn’t score much but was really productive in helping his teammates, picking up a full house; Dalven Brushier had yet another great game with 20 points on good shooting and going 5-6 from the line; Kaleb Warner had six boards; Riley Hawken had 12 points and eight boards; and off the bench O’landa Baker had four boards.

Congrats to the Wolves on bouncing back. Seawolves, we still believe in you -Tyler, Niko, and Brennan are cream of the GNAC crop- but this conference is wacky. And losing at WOU is par for the course, they’re a good team.

WWU 75 @ SPU 91

Ooookay then. We have no idea what to make of this WWU team. This SPU team, it’s complicated. They’re good and unselfish and full of high basketball IQ guys, but… They’re injured. They’re really injured. But they finally got their turnovers in check, and that may very well have made all the difference.

Viks highlights: Tyler Payne ha five assists; Jalen Green had 11 points, five boards, and five fouls; and Trevor Jasinsky played 40 full minutes and had 21 points and seven boards. Off the bench Tucker Eenigenburg had 12 points; KJ Bosco had seven points, five boards, and five fouls; and Elijah Cotton-Welch had five points.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 12 points and seven boards; Harry Cavell went 9-11 from the line and had nine boards among a flawless full house of stats; NIKHIL LIZOTTE had 20 points including going 8-8 from the line; and Gavin Long had 10 points and five boards. Off the bench Sam Simpson had eight points; Sam Boone had four boards; and Divant’e Moffitt had 13 points and eight boards.

On the one hand, we’re thrilled because that’s the Falcon basketball we know they’re capable of, but on the other hand: Really, WWU, really?? It’s irritating how dangerous they are and yet how they can also have games like this.

NNU 92 @ MSUB 89 in OT

Good teams find a way to win. Billings was blowing out NNU to the point that we were like “We just don’t know anything this year, do we?” and then… NNU clicked into gear. No alarmingly bad numbers, so whatever happened in the first half was remedied. Congrats Nighthawks.

Nighthawk highlights: Adonis Arms had 16 points among a full house of stats; Obi Megwa had 10 boards and went 4-4 from the line; SAM ROTH had 12 points; and Spider had eight boards. Off the bench Jayden Bezzant EXPLODED for 27 points and six boards while going 5-7 from three; Zac Furgerson also chipped in five points and clearly, those five points mattered.

Jacket highlights: Zharon Richmond had 21 points and seven boards on good shooting; Melvin had a whopping 15 boards among a full house of stats; and Zack Rollins had 19 points including going 6-7 from the line. Off the bench Kobe Terashima had five points; and Brendan Howard had 12 points on good-to-great shooting.

Crazy game. We’re not getting to Alterowitz this year but games like this make us wish we were. We’re excited to have the Jackets when they come to SMU in a few weeks because while we’re not sure what to make of them… You can’t fault them for not being entertaining. Congrats to the Nighthawks on a good overtime win.

UAF 63 @ CU-PDX 61

We planned to be at this game and then… We felt the Call Of The Clan. That’s with a ‘C,’ there’s nothing nefarious about it. Anyway, we would have been treated to an incredibly good game had we went as intended because this game was tense the whole way through. They may be basement dwellers, but they’re OUR basement dwellers.

Nook highlights: Tymoryae Glover continues to impress with 21 points and five boards among a full house of stats including gong 7-7 from the line; Jalon McCullough had eight points; and Spencer Sweet had six boards and a full house. Off the bench Zach Hatch had five points; and Jaqua Morrow had four boards.

Cavs highlights: Jarrett Gray had 13 points; Dom Bradley had 10 boards among a full house of stats; Hunter Sweet 12 points and five boards; and off the bench CODY STARR FINALLY PLAYED LIKE WE KNOW HE CAN and had 18 points, five boards, and SIX assists. Goodness Cody, we’ve been waiting all year.

We finally looked it up: Hunter and Spencer are both very sweet but not related, ha! Cavs, how on earth did you stay in this game with numbers like these? That’s an achievement unto itself. Scrappy gon’ scrappy. Congrats to the Nooks on the win!

SFU 61 @ SMU 59

Holy whaaaat. We didn’t see this coming. Our best guess as for why it was able to happen is that both teams aren’t particularly high as it comes to collective basketball IQs and so in that respect it’s a good match-up, but… We believe in Alex Pribble and EJ Boyce way too much to think that this was possible, and yet… It happened, and we’re so happy because we love the Clan way too much this year.

Clan highlights: Wil Balata had six boards; Mike Provenzano had 15 points and five boards; Jasdeep Singh had nine points and five boards; Julian Roche had a whopping 23 points and 10 boards for the double-double; and off the bench Jordan MK had four boards.

Saints highlights: Rhett Baerlocher had five boards; EJ Boyce had 23 points; and off the bench BJ Standley had six points; while Tavian Henderson had eight points and four boards.

The big discrepancy is in the rebounds; SFU had 41 to SMU’s 28, but… Who knows. It was a two point game. Yes, Julian Roche is a more skilled 6’11 guy than we usually see on the D2 level, yes Mike Provenzano had a good night, but… Wil Balata had an oddly bad night. Othniel Spence had an oddly bad night. We have no idea how a full SMU team lost to a team that lost big to a depleted SPU team, but they did, and we were there to witness it, and goodness, two incredible games at SMU, what an amazing weekend. Win or lose, the Saints have proven to be 100% worth the nightmare drive.

Amazing day of basketball. Thank-you all so much. We had a blast.

Shout-out to @SFU_MBB on twitter; we woke up to a pile of notifications and it made our morning.

We may “just” be a blogger, but we take the writing and analysis aspect of what we do seriously. In person, we take the caring aspect of what we do seriously. It’s become a tradition for us to always root on the ‘away’ team -yes, even if the home team is SPU- and we love it. We love getting to give them a boost and the knowledge that while they may be outnumbered, the best fan in the conference is on their side.

This past week was chaotic; we were sick all week and so player-of-the-week for both this week and last is coming, the round-robin chart update is coming, as well as bracketology speculation and west region analysis, so look for that.

Amazing week of basketball. We love this conference so much and can’t wait for another great week.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!