Previewing Tonight’s Games.

First of note: Hope everyone up in Anchorage is recovering well from the 7.0 earthquake that hit yesterday morning.

That said: We have an exciting night of games in store, so let’s talk about them!

All times pacific.

UAA @ MSUB @ 6pm

MSUB just eked out a win against UAF. We get the sense that UAF is better than UAA, but their non-con play matched up relatively well, so who knows. We still think UAF is overall better than MSUB as well, but Alterowitz is brutal. We’ll see what happens when the Seawolves and Jackets face off, but we’ll give the edge to MSUB.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

SFU @ CU-PDX @ 7pm

INTRIGUE. SFU is better than normal, CU-PDX is about as good as normal and just had two wins against SFU-like teams in the Bay area. That said, we feel like SFU gets better talent than Concordia, and so… Who knows? It should be a good game.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

WWU @ WOU @ 7pm

Battle of the Westerns. Always a good game. We’re really excited to see what happens because WWU is clearly starting to click meanwhile WOU hasn’t so much yet, but… We like what WOU brings to the table. If they can finally lock in, they should be able to get past Western Washington. If they can’t, it could be a long night and WWU could win by a lot.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CWU @ SPU @ 7:30pm

Rivalry game. Our best advice is for the Falcons to play like we know they can, and for CWU to take advantage of the clear mental weakness SPU has been displaying. If Gabe Colosimo plays, SPU will 100% win, but if he doesn’t… It’ll be an interesting game, that is for sure.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

NNU @ SMU @ 7:30pm

We’re really loving this NNU team -they played fantastically against the Falcons- and yet we love this SMU team too. SMU needs to stay committed to team first basketball and lockdown defense and they should be fine. If they don’t, NNU will take full advantage and the game could easily get precarious.

Prediction: SMU wins.

It should be a good night of games -we’re definitely looking forward to it! We’ll see you tomorrow morning for game recaps.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!


Conference Game Day #1!

Gooood morning and happy Friday. Let’s jump right in to talking about last night’s games.

SFU 58 @ WOU 72

About ten minutes into the first half things were a little closer than we expected and then WOU never truly looked back. Still, WOU winning by 14 is comfortable and yet speaks to the progress of Simon Fraser, so that’s good.

Clan highlights: Othniel had five boards; Graham Miller had eight points; Michael Provenzano had eight points; and Julian Roche had 14 points and six boards. Off the bench Jordan MK had six points while going 4-4 from the line; and Jasdeep Singh had five points on 5-6 free throw shooting.

Wolf highlights: Darius Lubom had 14 points; Etan Collins had nine points and five boards; RILEY HAWKEN!!!! HAD 22 POINTS, six boards, three steals, and five fouls; and off the bench Brandell Evans had seven points, five assists, and five boards.

Interesting. Riley Hawken finally clicked into gear and won them that game. These numbers scream ‘off night’ so hmmm.

WWU 83 @ CU-PDX 66

Pretty much exactly what we expected. WWU rolled pretty much from the get-go and even exceeded our expectations just slightly, but… Glad to see the Viks getting it together.

Viking hlights: Tyler Payne had nine boards and six assists; Trevor Jasinsky continues his amazingness with 24 points and seven boards; and Cameron Retherford had six boards among a full house of stats. Off the bench KJ Bosco had five points; Leif Anderson had eight points and four boards; and Jalen Green had six points and four boards.

Cavs highlights: JARRETT GRAY had 19 points and five boards among a full house of stats; Xavier Smith had 13 points; Dominique Bradley had nine boards; and off the bench Daktoa Ayala had six points.

Congrats to both teams on a well fought game; welcome back to reality Cavs. Wait a second, y’all believe the earth is 8,000 years old, so… Despite this loss, you’re probably still not in reality. Oh well. Good job Viks.

NNU 87 @ SPU 86

Once again: The Falcons didn’t have Gabe Colosimo, and they lost. Luckily we’re not a hundred percent on where in the conference this NNU team is, so we can’t say the loss is terrible just yet, but we suspect the Nighthawks are in the 7-9 range, so woof. Congrats Nighthawks on taking advantage of the Falcons mental problems.

Nighthawk highlights: OBI MEGWA had 18 points; Beto Diaz had 13 points; ADONIS ARMS had 32 points and eight boards while being 8-9 from the line; and Jayden Bezzant had 14 points. Off the bench James Nelson had five boards; and Jalen Burkett had four points.

Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 15 points; Nikhil Lizotte had 18 points; Nathan Streufert had 10 points and seven boards; and Gavin Long had 14 points. Off the bench SAM SIMPSON had 17 points and four boards among a full house of stats; and Divant’e Moffitt had nine points. The Falcons had 10 collective rebounds, so yay teamwork.

Huuuge shout-out to the Nighthawks; it appears they had the game of their lives, because we’ve never seen so many players on that team have numbers like that. We love it.

CWU 69 @ SMU 77

Not as close as the score makes it look; SMU was in control throughout the second half. Still, CWU was on it throughout most of the first half and we consider it really good progress because this is a really good SMU team.

Wildcat highlights: Jeryn Lucas had 11 points; Gamaun Boykin was 5-6 from the line; and Malik Montoya had 11 points and five boards. Off the bench Matt Poquette had eight points; and Marcus Austin had 14 points.

Saints highlights: Chandler Redix had 15 points; Jordan Kitchen had five boards; Rhett Baerlocher had five boards; EJ Boyce had 18 points; and LUKE CHAVEZ had 20 points. Off the bench BJ Standley had 14 points; and TAVIAN HENDERSON had 10 boards and eight points.

Overall not bad numbers from either team, although we’re sure SMU feels like they could have played better. Really proud of Jordan Kitchen and Rhett Baerlocher -they were cold and so instead focused on rebounding and hey look! Your team won. Awesome. Great leadership guys, proud of you ❤ <— We are probably way too attached to this SMU team, but oh well.

Pretty prototypical night of GNAC basketball. Hope everyone had fun and we’ll see you tomorrow for game previews.

UAF/MSUB + Previewing Today’s Games!

Hope you guys are having a great week, recovering from Thanksgiving weekend game travel, as well as Thanksgiving food for those of you that stayed home.

Before we dive into the first real night of conference play, let’s talk about the MSUB/UAF game:

UAF 77 @ MSUB 79

The big thing to know about this game is that MSUB jumped out to a huge lead fairly early in the first half and then UAF was able to reel them back in, before MSUB jumped out to another solid lead in the second half before UAF was able to creep back in. On the one hand, good for MSUB for pulling it out, but on the other hand: SERIOUSLY?! We don’t think MSUB gained much advantage via Mick Durham leaving UAF and now being at MSUB because D2 has so much turnover in regard to players, we do think MSUB just did everything in their power to choke but couldn’t manage it.

Nanook highlights: Jalon McCullough had 12 points; Alex Baham had 13 points; and Michael Kluting had 10 points and seven boards. Off the bench Aushaunti had -21- points; and Alex Martin had six boards.

Yellowjacket highlights: Zharon Richmond had seven boards; Tyler Green had 16 points, five boards, and six assists -nicely done!; Melvin had 11 points and six boards; and Zack Rollins had a good game iwth 16 points, five boards, four assists, and five fouls. Off the bench Brendan Howard had 13 points; and Seth Christianson had four boards.

While a huge facepalm is involved for both teams, congrats MSUB on getting it done.

Alright, time to get into previewing tonight’s games. Of note, the Alaska schools are playing each other a week from Saturday on December 8th, rather than this week.

All times pacific.

WWU @ CU-PDX @ 7pm

We’re curious about this WWU team, while at the same time this Concordia team has done things to surprise us and give us hope, namely sweeping down in the Bay. That said, we think this WWU team is going to turn on and Concordia will help them do that.

Prediction: WWU wins.

SFU @ WOU @ 7pm

SFU comes into this game 2-2 in D2 play and having beat up on a bunch of Canadian schools. While we suspect the Clan are better than normal, meanwhile the Wolves of WOU are worse than normal…

Prediction: WOU wins big.

NNU @ SPU @ 7:30pm

What do we even say about this game? If the Falcons have Gabe Colosimo, they’ll win; if Gabe is still out, they’ll likely lose. They’re more than capable of winning without Gabe, they just don’t. Who knows.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CWU @ SMU @ 7:30pm

SMU is decently well tested with their only loss coming against a good UCSD team, as well as a win at Point Loma. The rest of their D2 non-con has been meh, but all of the games were on the road, so they’ve at least got that going for them. As for the Wildcats of Central Washington, it’s hard to say where they are. They have a couple of wins against a couple of projectedly bad teams, and a couple of close losses against what should be a good Westminster team and decent San Bernardino team. While logic says that SMU should win, we won’t be surprised with a Wildcat upset.

Prediction: SMU wins a close one.

We’re excited about tonight’s games! Tweet at us, and we’ll see you tomorrow for recaps and highlights.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Discussing This Weekend’s Games.

The bad news is many teams lost last night. The good news is that we’re not alone in beating our head against a wall

UAF 68 vs. Black Hills State 64 @ MSUB

NEUTRAL SITE WIN. Nicely done Nooks!

Highlights: Tymoryae Glover had 12 points and eight boards; Jalon McCullough had five assists; SPENCER SWEET had 20 points while being 9-9 from the free throw line!; Michael Kluting continues to impress with a double double of 13 points and 11 boards; and off the bench Alex Martin had 13 points, five boards, and four assists among a full house of stats.

UAF 76 vs. Domiguez Hills 75 @ MSUB


Highlights: Ty Glover continues impressing with 13 points and five fouls; SPENCER SWEET HAD ANOTHER GREAT GAME with 20 points and four boards; and Michael Kluting had 12 rebounds. Off the bench Aushanti Potts-Woods had 14 points including going 4-4 from the line; and Isaiah Easaw had nine points and six assists.

Ridiculously proud of the Nanooks this weekend, and intrigued by the match-up with MSUB on Tuesday.

UAA 75 vs. South Dakota Mines 55

Highlights: Tyler Brimhall had 26 points and nine boards; Niko Bevens had 16 points; and SJUR BERG STARTED and had 14 points, four boards, and four blocks among a full house of stats. Off the bench Tobin Karlberg had five points; Keenan Dowell had four boards and three assists among a full house of stats; and Jack MacDonald had nine points on 3-3 shooting from beyond the arc.

UAA 73 vs. South Dakota Mines 68

Highlights: Tyler Brimhall was 4-4 from the line and had five boards; Niko Bevens had another good game with another 16 points + five assists; Brennan Rymer had 20 points and six boards on solid shooting and while going 6-6 from the line; and Sjur Berg had 10 pionts and five boards. Off the bench Jack MacDonald had 12 points and four boards; while Brian Pearson had four boards.

A D2 win is a D2 win, eh? We dislike playing the same team twice, but ah well. It looks like South Dakota Mines at least learned from one game to the next, so that’s good. Congrats on the two wins, Seawolves.

SPU 69 vs. St. Cloud State 77 @ Point Loma

Highlights: Coleman Wooten had 10 boards; Nathan Streufert had 12 points and five boards; and GAVIN LONG had 19 points among a smattering of field stats. Off the bench Sam Simpson had four boards and five fouls; and Divant’e Moffitt had five points.

SPU 72 vs. San Bernardino 79 @ Point Loma

Highlights: Coleman Wooten had 11 boards and nine points; Nikhil Lizotte had 17 points; Nathan Streufert had seven boards and eight points; and Gavin Long had 12 points and five fouls. Off the bench Sharif Khan had four assists; Sam Simpson had six points; and Divant’e Moffitt went 3-4 from the line.

We’re really angry about these two losses, largely because it calls into question their win against Westminster and makes their win against Azusa look even more meaningless. This is an upperclassmen dominated team. Gabe Colosimo being out shouldn’t collapse them. And yet it did. Have fun NNU & CWU.

SMU 81 @ Notre Dame de Namur 55

Highlights: LUKE CHAVEZ is back in the starting line-up and had nine points and SEVEN assists, holy crap we love Luke so much; Jordan Kitchen had five boards and 11 points; Rhett Baerlocher had four boards and three rebounds among a full house of stats; and EJ Boyce had 10 points. Off the bench Caden Smith had 12 points; BJ Standley had 15 points and five boards; Robert Little had five boards; and Marky Adams had six points.

SMU 77 @ Holy Names 63

SMU was definitely off this game. It took them a fair bit to walk it up. Even at halftime we were like ‘waaaa?’ but all’s well that ends well.

Highlights: Chandler Redix had 16 points, four boards, and four assists; Jordan Kitchen had eight boards; Rhett Baerlocher had 10 points; and EJ Boyce had 14 points. Off the bench Caden Smith had five points; BJ Standley had six points, four boards, and four assists; and Tavian Henderson had six points and eight boards.

Another day, another dub, heh heh heh. It’s nice when you’re a Catholic school and have other D2 Catholic schools to beat up on, rather than having to drop down to play within your denomination. No, but seriously, D2 West Region road games. Sounds good to us.

MSUB 73 vs. Dominguez Hills 75

Highlights: Melvin Nebern Jr. had 11 points and eight boards; Zack Rollins had 12 points; and off the bench Zharon Richmond had 15 points and eight boards.

MSUB 90 vs. Black Hills State 70

Highlights: Zharon Ricmond started and had 10 points; Tyler Green had 19 points; Melvin was on FIRE and had 22 points and 11 boards among a plethora of other stats for both a double double AND a full house; Zack Rollins had 13 points and eight boards; and off the bench Brendan Howard had 16 points and six boards.

We’re honestly really not sure what to make of these games. Congrats on the MSUB Yellowjackets on the ‘W’ against a team that UAF struggled with, but… What does it mean? Who knows. We’ll find out. We’ll find out a bit more on Tuesday considering MSUB and UAF now play each other.

CU-PDX @ Notre Dame de Namur

CUPDX vs. Holy Names

Once again: Their department finds the teams they host unworthy of mention on the Cavs official site, so we’re not going to discuss them when they go visit another school. By their own standards, they’re not worth a mention. But they did play D2 this weekend.

Thanks to Notre Dame de Namur for hosting a great GNAC/Pac-West crossover.

WOU 68 vs. Westminster 59 @ Dixie State

We’re excited about this win. We’re thinking upper-middle pac for Westminster? Just based on what we’ve seen. But for what WOU projects as this year (upper middle of the GNAC) it’s a great win.

Highlights: Darius Luborn had 10 points; BRANDELL EVANS had 17 points and five boards while going 8-11 from the line; and Riley Hawken had a full house among seven boards and five fouls. Off the bench Dalven Brushier had five boards and was 9-12 from the line; Buster Souza had four boards; and Cameron Cranston had five points.

Assuming Riley Hawken was seen as the target for Westminster’s D, but the numbers say he still found a way to be effective. Nicely done Riley!

WOU 70 @ Dixie State 80

Not concerned about this loss. Dixie State has consistently been really good, it’s a rebuilding year for WOU, it was on the road. Quality loss.

Highlights: Darius Luborn had five fouls; and Riley Hawken had six boards and 11 points. Off the bench Etan Collins had six points and four boards; Dalven Brushier was ON FIRE and finished with 16 points and five boards; and Buster Souza continues to add productivity grabbing six boards.

The numbers were worse than expected, but ah well. Learning game. It’s not west region, but at the same time we know Dixie State so well (because this is their first year not being west region) that we have to add a lot of benefit-of-the-doubt.

Overall really pleased with this weekend for the Wolves. Very optimistic that they’ll grow into themselves over the course of the season and make a run at the autobid if not win it.

Overall what we learned from this weekend is that we’re excited about the Nooks, we’re cautiously optimistic about WOU, and we’re curious about WWU although they weren’t mentioned in this post because they were beating up on Canadian schools.

The preview for UAF vs. MSUB on Tuesday: Theoretically well matched teams. UAF struggled with Black Hills State while MSUB blew out Black Hills State. Both teams won close over Dominguez Hills. We think this means that both are looking to be in the range of 6-8th in the GNAC, but that’s just a hunch.

Congrats on the many victories procured over this Thanksgiving weekend and we’ll see you on Thursday for the MSUB/UAF result and the game previews for the FIRST DAY OF CONFERENCE PLAY!!!!

Previewing Today’s Games!

HOW ABOUT THEM APPLES?!!? What a game. Go Dawgs. King in da norf! Sorry Alaska schools.

Fun facts: UW is now the ‘Huskies’ (neé Sun Dodgers) because Washington is the ‘Gateway to the Alaskan Frontier.’ Previously (early 1900s) we were the SunDodgers (led by Sunny, a little man with an umbrella), but it was seen as too derogatory (it was about our climate) and hard to make into a cartoon. In the 50s, the UAA student body gifted UW a live malamute, but it was never used as one of our live mascots because it ended up looking like an overgrown fox terrier rather than a Husky. Go figure. Thanks Anchorage! It’s the thought that counts.

Anyway, like last weekend, we’re going to go ahead and wait on talking about yesterday’s games until tomorrow so we can look at both games in context, so… Let’s preview today’s games.

All times pacific.

UAF vs. Dominguez Hills @ MSUB @ 4:15pm

UAF won comfortably over Black Hills State, while Dominguez Hills eked out a win over MSUB. Quality win for DH and so they’ll want to keep it rolling, but we think UAF is showing a lot of great promise this year and so we’re cautiously optimistic.

Prediction: Nooks win.

SMU vs. Holy Names @ Notre Dame de Namur @ 5pm

SMU is coached by Alex Pribble and HNU just got blown out by Concordia-Portland.

Prediction: SMU wins big.

SPU vs. San Bernardino @ Point Loma @ 5:30pm

WE SAID ‘BE SAFE’ FALCONS, GEEZ. We are three games into the SPU season and they’re already down a starter, because of course they are. They lost to St. Cloud last night, but St. Cloud projects to be good and aren’t a west region team so we’re not as worried as we could be.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Western Oregon @ Dixie State @ 6:30pm

We don’t know much about Dixie State yet, but Western Oregon’s win over Westminster gives us hope that they’re going to be solid. That said, it’s a road game and Dixie has plenty to prove, so… We’ll see.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

MSUB vs. Black Hills State @ 6:30pm

Black Hills got blown out by UAF and MSUB lost a close one to Dominguez Hills, so we’re hoping the Jackets are all fired up to beat the other Jackets.

Prediction: Yellowjackets win.

CU-PDX @ Notre Dame de Namur @ 7pm

CU-PDX just blew out Holy Names, but… Again: these teams usually sit in the same realm as it comes to conference standings and so we’re going to have to say:

Prediction: Pick ’em.

UAA vs. South Dakota Mines @ 8:30pm

Last night UAA won by 20 and so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt:

Prediction: UAA wins.

We’re excited. It should be a good afternoon/evening of hoops. We’ll see you tomorrow to discuss the implications of all of this.

Have fun, be safe, go GNAC!

Previewing Today’s Games!

Happy Thanksgiving, Happy Apple Cup/Civil War! We may be a D2 blog, but we were a D1 to D2 transfer, so… We love our big school rivalries!

First and foremost: Thoughts are with the University of Washington’s Husky Marching Band; one of their buses rolled over on I-90 last night on their way to the Apple Cup. No serious injuries nor fatalities, thankfully, but many band members were taken to the hospital.

That said, let’s jump right into today’s basketball games.

All times pacific.

Western Oregon vs. Westminster @ Dixie State @ 4pm

This game intrigues us. Westminster is a supposedly good team that put up a fight against a supposedly good SPU team. WOU’s in a rebuilding year, and yet the Wolves have been so good the last few years that we feel like it should be a really good match-up.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

UAF vs. Black Hills State @ MSUB @ 4:15pm

Black Hills went 12-10 in conference last year, UAF is still feeling things out this year. It should be a fairly decent match-up. It’s so early we still don’t really know anything, but we’ll see! Hopefully the Nooks get the win.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CU-PDX vs. Holy Names @ Notre Dame de Namur @ 5pm

Two well-matched teams with typically similar finishes in regard to conference standings. It should be a good game.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

SPU vs. St. Cloud State @ Point Loma @ 5:30pm

SPU head coach Grant Leep is consternated. On the one hand: BEAT THE HUSKIES!!!!! of St. Cloud State. On the other hand: GO HUSKIES!!!!!!! BEAT THE COUGS!!!!! of Washington State. We’ll settle it with a GO PURPLE, BEAT RED, because that applies in both cases seeing as we’re very of the mindset that maroon is not a shade of red, it is its own glorious thing that has nothing to do with that yucky crimson color.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

MSUB vs. Dominguez Hills @ 6:30pm

Another couple of teams that tend to finish in similar places conference wise -mid-lower pack, and so we’ll see what happens. Our instinct says that MSUB is going to take care of it, but that may or may not be right. We’ll find out.

Prediction: MSUB pulls it out at home.

SMU @ Notre Dame de Namur @ 7pm

SMU is projected to win our conference and NDNU is usually bottom three of the Pac-West.

Prediction: SMU wins easily.

UAA vs. South Dakota Mines @ 8:30pm

As far as we can tell, South Dakota Mines isn’t good. Unfortunately, also as far as we can tell: UAA isn’t good. As it comes to games, not good + not good = good.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Good luck to all of the teams playing today. We’ll see you tomorrow morning for results + previewing tomorrow’s games.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Going Over This Weekend’s D2 Games.

Just a reminder: When we go over these stats and what happened and our perspective, we do it from the mindset of “If we were telling one of our guys about this team/these players, what would we want them to know?” That’s pretty much it.

As an example, we’ll throw one of our guys under the bus:

Let Coleman Wooten shoot. He usually misses. He also misses most free throws, so don’t waste your defense thinking he’s a shooter. Focus on rebounding the shots he takes, which is a strength of his anyway, and so it nullifies him in three ways.

Anyway, now that you’re properly conflicted about whether or not we’re a homer, let’s get into dissecting the games. It makes sense to look at the overall weekend product, so we’ll do the highlights for individual games and then reflect on the whole for each team.

UAF 63 vs. Lake Superior State 85

Highlights: Michael Kluting had seven boards, five fouls, and 15 points! And off the bench Tymoryae Glover continues to impress, going 4-5 from the field and finishing with 10 points and five boards; Spencer Sweet had five boards; Alex Martin had four assists; and Daulton Lootens had four boards and went 3-4 from the line.

UAF 84 vs. Northwood 79


Highlights: Jalon McCullough had 13 points, six assists, and five fouls; and Michael Kluting had another good game with 23 points, four boards, and five fouls. Off the bench Isaiah Edwards chipped in four boards; Tymoryae Glover had 12 points, five boards, and four assists among a full house of stats while going 6-8 from the line; and Alex Martin had a bordering on great shooting night, going 9-14, grabbing five boards, and finishing with 23 points.

What do we think those two results mean? That Lake Superior State is good, but the Nooks also are perfectly capable of playing really good basketball and if they catch you on an off night, especially if they’re on, they will make you work and you will go down. Good warning for the rest of our conference.

Good luck in Billings, Nooks!

UAA 58 vs. Lake Superior State 67

Highlights: Brian Pearson had seven boards. Off the bench Tobin Karlberg had 12 points; BRENNAN RYMER had 19 points, five boards, and four assists; and Sjur Berg had six points and six boards. Sjur, we appreciate you -blue collar stats.

UAA 77 vs. Northwood 83

Highlights: Travis Adams finished with 13 points, going 4-5 from the field and 5-6 from the line; Tyler Brimhall had a great game with a full house and double-double including 23 points, 10 boards, and five fouls; Niko Bevens had 11 points; and Brian Pearson had seven points and eight boards. Off the bench Tobin Karlberg had seven points and four assists; Brennan Rymer was 6-6 from the line and finished with 8 points as well as five boards and four assists; and Sjur Berg continued his steadfast hammering with eight points and four boards.

What we’ve learned: UAA has off nights and UAA has ‘on’ nights and even on that ‘on’ night, they couldn’t beat a Northwood team that we weren’t particularly impressed with going in, so… Who knows? We’re excited about Tobin Karlberg, that is one thing.

Another thing is: DON’T SEND THE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT BACK TO ANCHORAGE. They just went 0-2. Home court clearly doesn’t matter for them and it just causes 10 other teams to suffer. We include Fairbanks in our suffering because we’d be willing to give it a go in Fairbanks before we’d go back to Anchorage.

SFU 73 vs. Humboldt State 72

IT WAS WELL ATTENDED!!!!! Proud of you Clan Fam!

Highlights: Wilfried Balata had 22 points, seven boards, and five fouls; Michael Provenzano had eight points and a solid smattering of field stats; Julian Roche had another good game with 18 points and 11 boards for the double-double; and off the bench Jordan Muir-Keung had four boards; while Jasdeep Singh had six points.

SFU 92 vs. MN-Moorhead 81

ANOTHER WELL ATTENDED GAME. We credit the Clan Fam with the energy for the win!

Highlights: Othniel Spence was on fire with 21 points on great shooting; Michael Provenzano had 16 points on perfect shooting from the field and being 9-10 from the line; and Julian Roche had 13 points and seven boards. Off the bench Jordan M.K had four boards and four assists; Jasdeep had another solid game with seven points; and Drew Bryson was dynamite with 20 points on good shooting.

Regardless of anything implications and how good these teams turn out to be: We’re proud and excited for the Clan. The program has been down for so long and it’s great when the deep water mixes with the surface water. A storm is brewin’. Beat up on your Canadian Brethren and we’ll see you soon for the first week of conference play!

WWU 80 vs. MN Moorhead 76

Highlights: TYLER PAYNE was bringing the pain with 18 points and six boards; Luke Lovelady was great, going 6-8 from the field and finishing with 18 points and eight boards; and TREVOR JASINSKY had 21 points and six boards. Off the bench Tucker Eenigenburg had seven points; and Jalen Green had eight points and nine boards.

WWU 81 vs. Humboldt State 76

Highlights: Tyler Payne had five boards; TREVOR JASINSKY had 21 points and seven boards; and Micah Winn had 22 points among a plethora of other stats. Off the bench Leif Anderson had 12 points; and Braden Alemeyer had seven points.

Concerning. The margins of these wins are concerning. Because when you’re WWU and don’t blow someone out in non-con, it’s concerning. Especially because you rarely schedule anyone good in non-con, so there’s not that expectation that these should be close games. Admittedly they are largely breaking in a new team and the numbers that they’re putting up aren’t bad, but… What’s the context? Too early to truly know.

SPU 81 vs. Westminster 72

Highlights: Coleman Wooten had 12 boards; Gabe Colosimo had 18 points; Nathan Streufert was fantastic with a double double on great shooting with 16 points and 11 boards; Gavin Long had 19 points; and off the bench Sam Simpson had 11 points and five boards on near-perfect shooting.

SPU 83 vs. Azusa Pacific 65

Highlights: Coleman Wooten had a good game with 18 points and 11 boards; Harry Cavell had 12 points; Nathan Streufert had five boards and a full house of stats; and Gavin Long had nine points. Off the bench Sam Simpson had five points; Nikhil Lizotte was on fire with 19 points and five boards, including going 5-5 from three; and Divant’e Moffitt was 5-6 from the free throw line.

While it’s great SPU picked up two wins, these games still don’t really tell us anything meaningful because only 1/4 had played significant competition and that team (Azusa) went 0-2 on the weekend.

CWU 85 vs. Azusa Pacific 80

Highlights: Jeryn Lucas had 12 points; Gamuan Boykin had 15 points and seven boards on good shooting including being 5-5 from the line; Jackson Price went 8-9 from the line and finished with 16 points; Malcolm Cola had six boards; Malik Montoya shot well and finished with 20 points including being 4-4 from three; and off the bench Matt Poquette had five boards

CWU 97 vs. Westminster 100 in OT

Highlights: Jeryn Lucas had 12 points; Gamuan Boykin had 13 points among a full house of stats; Jackson Price went 4-5 from the line and had five assists; Malik Montoya had another 20+ point game, finishing wiht 24 points and five boards; and Malcolm Cola had nine points whilst going 4-4 from the field and having three blocks. Off the bench Nygil Carr had five points; Matt Poquette had 13 points on good shooting; and Hayden Nelson had five fouls.

There were a lot of things we liked about these games and a lot of things that made us go “yup, as expected.” CWU was incredibly on when they beat Azusa Pacific, including winning the rebounding battle. A game that hits 100 doesn’t have much defense and the Wildcats managed to lose the rebounding battle by 18. Ouch. There’s where that win went, Wildcats.

NNU 77 vs. San Marcos 62

Highlights: Beto Diaz had 12 points on near-perfect shooting; Adonis Arms had 19 points and six boards among a flawless full house of stats and great shooting; JAYDEN BEZZANT is now starting and had 16 points; and Spider had five fouls in 10 minutes. Off the bench James Nelson had nine points; Sam Roth had five points and five boards; and Felix White had six points and four boards.

NNU 71 vs. Cal State LA 68

Highlights: OBI MEGWA bounced back and had 20 points; Adonis Adams had 11 points and a plethora of stats to fill out a full house; Jayden Bezzant had 11 points; and Spider had seven boards. Off the bench James Nelson had five points; and Sam Roth had seven points and four rebounds among a full house of stats.

First of all: NNU SID, we adore you for openly adding nicknames on your roster list. It makes life so much better for everyone involved.

Second of all: NICELY DONE NIGHTHAWKS!! Two wins on a decently neutral court. Proud of you. Keep rolling. Go get revenge for last week against College of Idaho. Booo Yotes. We firmly believe rivalries are one of the best parts of college, so dig in and get that ‘W.’

CU-PDX 76 vs. CSULA 79

CU-PDX 76 vs. San Marcos 80

Highlights: CU-PDX Athletics is getting a technical by us, and we’re not writing about their team.

CU-PDX was hosting a tournament this weekend that featured NNU, San Marcos, and CSULA, but didn’t post the non CU-PDX games and stats on their schedule page and thus were reliant on other athletic departments to put results up promptly. If you look at literally any other schedule in the ENTIRE REGION, if a school hosts a tournament they post the times and results of all the games. Not just their own. CU-PDX doesn’t want to share attention with the other schools, so we’ll skip giving them any.

MSUB 79 vs. Minot State 65

Highlights: SVEN JEUSCHEDE STARTED; Tyler green had 17 points and five assists with zero turnovers; Melvin had 10 boards; Zack Rollins had 14 points among a full house of stats; Brendan Howard had 16 points and six boards; and off the bench ZHARON RICHMOND had 16 points.

We learned nothing from this game other than that Minot State is bad, but… You know. We’re not sure if MSUB is middle-of-the-pack good, or lower pack bad, but, you know, we’ll see. Good job Jackets! Got it done.

WOU 64 vs. Colorado Christian 35

Looking at that number pre stats, we guess most of the WOU guys had around 10 points and played around 20 minutes. Now let’s see.

Highlights: HA! Darius Luborn had 10 points and some well rounded steals/rebounds/assists in a game high (for the Wolves) 26 minutes; and Jaylyn Richardson had 10 points and five boards. Off the bench Bryan Berg had 13 points; O’landa Baker had four boards; and BUSTER SOUZA had 14 points on 7-7 shooting while playing -14- minutes.

Obviously we didn’t learn much from this game, but there is some context we can provide: Buster is their human victory cigar, and Kaleb Warner (not mentioned above, but did start) always starts slowly and usually heats up around January.

Other news… Chico is essentially the only probable Regional team whose schedule is being affected by the fires, but… Chico. Oh Chico. You’re in our thoughts every single hour of every single day. Living nightmare. California is almost always on fire, but… An entire town gone in three hours. Chico’s entire neighboring town gone in three hours. Chico State’s own amazing forensic team sifting through ashes in search of remains of the former residents of Paradise.

We keep talking about the Camp Fire (so named because it started on Camp Creek Road) because in three hours it became the most deadly fire in California history. The fire started in the early morning hours in the northeast corner of town, with winds blowing southwest. It was a quiet retirement community with only four roads out, three that were quickly compromised by the fire.

Global warming is real and at least partially man-made. CalFire is elite. This fire largely consists of federally managed lands. It is alleged that it was started by the faulty wire of the private electric company PG&E.

We repeat these things to do our part that so no one is able to forget. We suspect by the time a ‘final’ death toll is announced, it’ll be near or over 1,000, and the reality is that it’s likely many deaths will never be confirmed due to the persons being incinerated alive by the fire itself.

Meanwhile back at basketball: Overall a good-to-great weekend of games and we’re looking forward to next weekend’s D2 games. Have a great Thanksgiving and we’ll see you for game previews on Friday.

Previewing Today’s Games

We’re going to skip going over yesterday’s games for the time being -we’ll do that tomorrow- and just preview those of today. That said, from yesterday we were humbled and reminded that this early in the season we. know. nothing.

But let’s pretend we do anyway. No, what we’re mostly doing is giving you all of the game times in pacific time rather than the hodgepodge of times the conference website gives you.

All times pacific.

UAF vs. Northwood @ 1pm

Northwood “upset” Anchorage yesterday. On the one hand we appreciate it because we didn’t project Anchorage to be all that good. On the other hand, conference pride causes us to weep.

Prediction: Northwood wins.

NNU vs. Cal State LA @ CU-PDX @ 3pm

Gosh darn it, we thought Concordia had beaten Cal State LA. Ah well, kept it close meanwhile NNU beat San Marcos convincingly -GO NNU. With that win fresh on their feet, we have all the confidence that they’ll beat Cal State LA. Let’s go Night Hawks!!

Prediction: NNU wins.

CWU vs. Westminster @ SPU @ 3pm

This game intrigues us because the Wildcats got a solid win against Azusa yesterday and so we’re really excited. That said, both Westminster and Seattle Pacific were playing their first respective games of the year, and so we’re not sure how much we can glean against Westminster just yet. Aside from one of their players taking wayyy too many shots, we don’t really see too much wrong with Westminster’s numbers.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CU-PDX vs. San Marcos @ 5pm

San Marcos got killed by NNU yesterday, CU-PDX suffered a close loss to Cal State LA, and what do those results mean? Who knows.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

WWU vs. Humboldt State @ 5pm

Humboldt lost to Simon Fraser by one. While we expect them to come out fired up… The best example we can give you is that SPU has an all-conference CCAA transfer from Humboldt, and he doesn’t start at SPU. Western shouldn’t have any problems.

Prediction: WWU wins.

UAA vs. Lake Superior State @ 6pm

UAA just lost unexpectedly to Northwood. Lake Superior State just beat the pants off of UAF. We’re not sure what any of that means, but…

Prediction: Lake Superior State wins.

MSUB vs. Minot State @ 6pm

MSUB just beat U of Mary and Minot State hasn’t beat anyone impressive either, so it seems like the Yellowjackets have a solid chance. Alterowitz does give them a good home court advantage, admittedly, and really: What is there to do in Billings on a Saturday night other than go to a basketball game?

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Western Oregon vs. Colorado Christian @ 7pm

We’re excited to see WOU play D2 and yet Colorado Christian went 3-19 in conference last year, so we’re not sure how much we’re going to learn from this game. Ah well, a ‘W’ is a ‘W.’

Prediction: WOU wins.

SFU vs. MN Moorhead @ 7pm

While we’re thrilled with Simon Fraser’s victory last night, even WWU struggled with Moorhead and so we don’t have as much hope for the Clan tonight. That said… We like it when we’re wrong about conference teams losing.

Prediction: MN Moorhead wins.

SPU vs. Azusa Pacific @ 7pm

We’re a little surprised with Azusa’s losing record thus far and their loss to CWU doesn’t help it. It’s causing us to think that Azusa isn’t particularly good, which has us worried that the Falcons won’t take them seriously. That said… SPU should handle the Cougars just fine, provided they stay focused.

Prediction: SPU wins.

As always: tweet at us, and then the results of yesterday may go up later tonight; we’ll be at the Husky football game a majority of the day, but we’ll be following along with everything per usual. Nice dispersal of games throughout the day, so should be good.

Previewing Today’s Games.

We’re in pre-panic mode, so let’s just get into discussing today’s games.

All times pacific.

UAF vs. Lake Superior State @ UAA @ 1pm

Lake Superior State is a very good team. We don’t have much hope for a win (although will be thrilled if they pick one up) so hopefully just good numbers and good teamwork to prepare them to win tomorrow against Northwood University.

Prediction: Lake Superior State wins convincingly.

CWU vs. Azusa Pacific @ SPU @ 3pm

On the one hand we want the Wildcats to win, on the other hand we feel like it just tanks the collective conference SOS because Azusa Pacific is supposed to be really good and a CWU win is likely to be flukey and so it probably wouldn’t help anyone (in any conference) if they did win. Life is hard when you’re a Wildcat.

Prediction: Azusa wins but CWU has some good moments.

WWU vs. MN-Moorhead @ SFU @ 5pm

MADNESS ON THE MOUNTAIN. If our passport wasn’t currently expired we would sooo go to this game just to get a tournament tee. MN-Moorhead is currently 3-0 and so it should be a good game. The SFU gym is really echo-y and we doubt many people from Moorhead are going to make it to this game, so WWU has potential. Hopefully the Vikings get the win.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

NNU vs. San Marcos @ CU-PDX @ 5pm

NNU is coming off of a close loss to NAIA rival College of Idaho, and so we’re not sure what to expect. Hopefully a very fired up group of Nighthawks, but San Marcos is currently 2-1 and the program seems to be on a big upswing, so… It’s seeming like the Cougars’ll get the win, but of course: the game has to be played.

Prediction: San Marcos wins.

UAA vs. Northwood @ 6pm

Why do we get the feeling that this tournament is made up of hockey schools that are familiar with UAA through that sport? Regardless, it should be a good opportunity for the Seawolves to pick up another win because Northwood is currently 0-2. We missed them when we went through non-con SOS because we assumed they were a tiny Canadian school, but ah well. They were 7-13 in conference last year. It’s not going to help anyone’s SOS. The good news is, it is a game, and the flight from Michigan to Alaska can’t be pleasant, and so… We’ve got high hopes. Hopefully they’re not misplaced.

Prediction: UAA wins.

SFU vs. Humboldt State @ 7pm

Hopefully the students turn up. If the students turn up, we have full confidence that the Clan can win. The bad news is, it’s a Friday night and reality says it’s Simon Fraser; will the students turn up? Seems kind of unlikely. But again: hopefully they do! Humboldt State is very manageable for the Clan, seeing as the Jacks were 6-16 in conference last year and have no D2 wins yet this year.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CU-PDX vs. Cal State LA @ 7pm

We really want to be like YEAH CONCORDIA, YOU CAN DO THIS! Except Cal State LA is currently 2-1, with the one loss coming against Azusa Pacific by a mere two points. We’re not so sure about Concordia’s ability to do this. We’ll be crossing our fingers that we’re wrong.

Prediction: Cal State LA pulls out a win.

SPU vs. Westminster @ 7pm

SPU is on fire. They played UW; UW’s bus caught on fire. They went to Chico; east Chico caught on fire, and Chico State is now closed for two weeks. They went home; a warehouse near campus caught on fire, causing their own campus to be evacuated.

First D2 game for both teams; Westminster by choice, SPU by flame. Westminster was really good last year + eked out a win against SPU that the Falcons were none too pleased with. We weren’t pleased with Westminster either; the number of dirty looks we got for walking in with a cup of coffee was insane -it’s not an LDS (Mormon) school, it’s just a predominantly LDS student body. Here’s a thought: We stand with Sam Young.

We also stand with SPU, c’mon Falcons, get it done! You can do this. We 100% believe in you, you displayed such great and fundamental teamwork against UW, let’s do this!

Prediction: Pick ’em.

We’ll be following everything super closely on our phone, so by all means tweet at us -even if we don’t tweet it, we are 100% guaranteed to be sitting there overreacting to whatever is going on.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!!

Panic Time? Maybe.

It’s been a weekend + three games and we’re already debating whether or not it’s panic time.

Reasons not to panic:

  • We still haven’t seen WOU play D2, and while it’s a rebuilding year, they still could be really good.
  • We still haven’t seen SPU play D2 and while they’ve been injured the last two years, they still made the conference tournament while having THREE STARTERS out. They’re deep and fundamental and we feel like we’re actually seeing player development from them, which is new.
  • WWU is looking like they’ll get a lot better as the season goes on.
  • SMU beat PLNU, whom beat UCSD, so the transitive property of those wins and losses is 1; SMU is good, Point Loma is good, and UCSD is good.

Reasons to panic:

  • Two critical “prove it” games were cancelled, that being SPU’s games against Cal Poly Pomona and Chico State. We hope they’re rescheduled, but we have our doubts. SPU has room in their schedule when they head down to CU-Irvine, but… We’ll see.
  • At this point the middle on down of the conference isn’t seeming particularly strong, which means top to bottom we aren’t going to get the benefit of the doubt. The top two teams need to separate themselves, or else we get into high potential territory of only getting the conference tournament champion autobid into the Regional.

We expected to be panicking more after writing that, but really we feel pretty soothed. Point Loma beating UCSD helps a lot because creates a circle.

That said… Let’s look at the D2 games from these past four days:

SMU 69 @ UCSD 96

Woof. The good news is that UCSD’s Christian Oshita was especially on fire and his 35 points were what likely largely propelled the Tritons to victory. That and fundamental play and taking good shots and working as a team, blah blah blah, we’ll spare you. No one from SMU managed to get hot, although there also aren’t any crazy bad numbers. It was an off night. Those happen.

Saints highlights: Chandler Redix had six boards; Jared Matthews had five boards; Jordan Kitchen had 12 points and was 5-5 from the line; and Rhett Baerlocher had 11 points. Off the bench BJ Standley was boiling (if not on fire) going 5-7 and finishing with 12 points; Tavian Henderson had five boards and eight points; and Luke Chavez had five points.

When this game happened we started panicking, but… Point Loma’s close win against UCSD on Wednesday soothed us a lot. Still a lot of hoops left to be played.

UAF 80 @ Hilo 86

PORQUE NOOKS, PORQUE?!?!!?!?!? This makes us panic because UAF really needed this win, as did our conference. They’re now 0-3, but… They’re headed home to the tundra, so hopefully a win is soon.

Nook highlights: Aushanti Potts-Woods had 26 points; Alex Baham had 11 points; MICHAEL KLUTING had an amazing 33 points and -16- boards, WOWWW; and off the bench Tymoryae Glover had four boards.

Alright, well, they have players that can play, now they just need to put it together. Good luck, Nooks.

U of Mary 53 @ MSUB 56

A win is a win is a win is all we’re going to say.

Jackets highlights: Melvin Newbern Jr. had a fantastic 17 points and 14 boards on good shotoing; Zack Rollins had eight boards among a full house of stats; and Brendan Howard had 22 points.

Again: the Jackets won and we’ll take it where we can get it. That’s where we’re currently at.

Not the best week of GNAC basketball because is a loss by 30 really a quality loss? And the only SOS they have left on their schedule is Dixie State, and Dixie State is yet to play anyone.

We’re pre-panicking. We’re not panicking yet. But we’re getting ready.

Game previews for today will be up in an hour.