Contemplating the Regional Attendance.

The official guidelines say families and media only, but… We’ve been to a lot of Regionals and so we’re wondering if and how the numbers will differ from other years.

Because the students are gone, it’s harder to say for UCSD, but here are the numbers from when UCSD hosted the tournament in 2017:

Round of 64

12pm: #3 Western Washington vs. #6 Chico State
Result: WWU 83, Chico 96
Attendance: 117

2:30pm: #2 Hawaii Pacific vs. #7 Sonoma State
Result: HPU 73, Sonoma 61
Attendance: 174

5pm: #4 Cal Baptist vs. #5 San Francisco State
Result: CBU 71, SFSU 50
Attendance: 261

7:30pm: #1 UCSD vs. #8 Dixie State
Result: UCSD 94, Dixie 68
Attendance: 895

Round of 32

5pm: #2 Hawaii Pacific vs. #6 Chico State
Result: HPU 74, Chico 77
Attendance: 236

7:30pm: #1 UCSD vs. #4 Cal Baptist
Result: UCSD 84, CBU 80
Attendance: 710

Round of 16

7pm: #1 UCSD vs. #6 Chico State
Result: UCSD 86, Chico 95.
Attendance: 1004


Those numbers for the non-UCSD schools… We’ve been to a lot of Regionals. We’ve seen the types of people that travel to the Regionals, and… It’s mostly parents and grandparents. And the numbers add up:

13 guys per team.
4 relatives per guy.
26 x 4 = 104.

Throw in a few friends and random smattering of alums of any given school that happen to live in San Diego… You get your totals.

And according to the state of Washington’s restrictions (events that attract more than 250) only the games that involve UCSD need to be closed to the general public. Are they going to do that? Probably more or less. Will UCSD suffer for it? Probably not.

Last time they got upset by a #6 seed, despite 1000 fans, and so… No. The attendance won’t make a difference.

Oh and for those wondering: No, we’re not attending. Logistically Seattle to San Diego sucks and we went last year, so… Sitting this one out. We will be watching on the couch all day at home though, so by all means: Hit us up for some cyber tailgating!

Game previews’ll be up Friday morning.

Wash your hands, have fun, and as always: West coast is best coast!

Let’s Talk About the Bracket.

This is as wrong as we’ve ever been about a D2West bracket and yet we still like it better than last year’s?

As much as we dislike some of the match-ups, it does match our core feelings really well in that GNAC was bad and the Committee took that into account way more than we thought they would.

1 – UCSD – Duh.
2 – APU – Stand by it.
3 – CPP – Yup.
4 – SPU – You really had to go and do this, huh?
5 – Chico – Yup.
6 – PLNU – Yup.
7 – CSUSB – We’re guessing East Bay keeping it close against UCSD made this possible.
8 – WWU – AHAHAHA.

Basically what this bracket does is say that the GNAC is terrible, and mathematically it was. We’ve said it all year. We said it in the bracketology post. We just didn’t think they would actually seed a tournament winner that finished 2nd in their conference, 8th.

Is it bad that we’re kind of in love with this bracket? We usually never have any idea who’s going to win any given game, and yet the first rounds should be pretty low-key, with the exception of Cal Poly Pomona vs. Point Loma.

UCSD will beat WWU.
Chico will beat SPU.
APU will beat CSUSB.
CPP = PLNU ??

And thus…

UCSD vs. Chico
APU vs. CPP/PLNU

It seems like this bracket was geared toward the second round match-ups way more than the first. All the first does is get the bad teams out without any upset potential. Chico vs. SPU does not count as an upset because SPU is blatantly seeded too high. And no, we don’t feel that way about APU because APU proved themselves in non-con and then Biola gave PLNU all the Sea Lions could handle as well.

With our preferred bracket:

UCSD beats Chaminade (or CSUSB; doesn’t matter.)
APU and WWU takes it to the wire, more likely than not.
CPP and SPU takes it to the wire, more likely than not.
Chico and PLNU takes it to the wire, more likely than not.

And then in the second round, you either have:

UCSD vs. PLNU or Chico State
APU vs. SPU or Cal Poly Pomona

And we’ve found the reason they seeded the bracket as they did. Had they seeded it as it arguably should have been, it would have been widely considered that the Pac-West and GNAC had the advantages, despite the CCAA being definitively the best conference.

We get the arguments for San Bernardino over Chaminade, namely that the Pac-West was extremely top-heavy with APU and PLNU, while the CCAA was definitely the strongest and so they deserve four teams, but… We also think it’s a product of the seeding. San Bernardino being a 7th seed when they got bounced in the first round seems highly questionable. And it’s not like they were upset by a 7th seed; a 4/5 match-up is wholly legit and they lost that battle. Go Pioneers!


On the whole, we’re 100% good with this bracket. This year is a throwaway because of UCSD and so…

We look forward to watching UCSD hopefully tear through the bracket (or be upset by Chico State) and then getting down to business contemplating whether next year’s GNAC will be as chaotic as this year’s.

Game previews’ll be up on Friday morning.

Be safe, have fun, and as always: West coast is best coast!

The GNAC Championship Game + Final Bracketology.

Goood Evening.

Let’s jump right in with discussing the conference championship game and then we’ll get into the final bracketology.

#5 UAA 78 vs. #2 WWU 81

We thought UAA was out of it and then they worked their way back in, managed to stay there, and just couldn’t close the deal. Kudos to WWU managing to close said deal and win the championship; guaranteed autobid and likely no bubbles were really burst because for the most part the tournaments weren’t super wacky.

Seawolf highlights: Tyrus Hosley had 16 points; Tobin Karlberg shot well and had 22 points; and Oggie Pantovic had another good game with 20 points, six boards, and five fouls. No real bench play.

Viking highlights: Siaan Rojas stepped up and had 16 points; Logan Schilder had 10 points, five fouls, and six boards; Trevor Jasinsky went 7-8 from the line; Cameron Retherford had nine boards; and off the bench LEIF ANDERSON had 16 points going 5-6 from three. That’s exciting, Leif had fallen off a cliff this year and so it’s awesome to see him have another great game, finally.

Leif Anderson getting hot going into March at the right time, they’re San Diego-bound provided travel restrictions don’t go into place, and so… Let’s talk about what the Committee might have decided.


The Final Bracketology

First, let’s look at the final standings for the respective conferences:

The CCAA:

UCSD is 21-1; we know they’re the #1 seed, they won their tournament, it’s all moot.

Cal Poly Pomona is 17-5
Chico State is 17-5

They should both be in; the CCAA was pretty strong this year, although not nearly as much parity as the GNAC and we’re not sure if that means they were better or worse? In a sense, better because UCSD, but let’s be real here: the top three CCAA teams beat the top two GNAC teams, and while we’ll be the first to remind you that SPU was breaking in a brand new team… WWU wasn’t. And WWU still finished way below SPU in the conference standings. Is what it is.

The Pac-West:

Azusa Pacific is 20-2
Point Loma is 18-4 and holds the Pac-West autobid.
Chaminade is 17-5 with a win in the conference tournament before being slaughtered by Point Loma.

Very top heavy conference. While we like that Biola made the championship game and think they’re on a great track, they were 5th in their conference below a CU-Irvine team that was beat by said bad SPU team and good WWU team at home in non-con. Biola, provided you return almost everything, let’s schedule this year.

The GNAC:

Seattle Pacific is 18-2
WWU is 13-7 and holds the GNAC autobid.

Our beautiful, chaotic mess of a conference. We love it. We would take WOU over Chaminade but in the whole “what have you done for me lately?” WOU got GNAC’d. Make no mistake: this year’s WOU team was good, regardless of ‘oh they have a new coach’ they’re a genuinely good team. But they would have had to win at least two games in the conference tournament and lose to WWU in the championship game in order to get an at-large bid and that didn’t happen.

The D2West Overall

Is not a complicated bracket this year. We were curious about some of the CCAA teams playing their way into an at-large bid; it seemed like San Bernardino was a big threat and at 16-6 had they made the championship game and looked even slightly respectable against UCSD, we would have made a big argument that the CCAA should get four teams, but… That didn’t happen.

So the eight teams pretty obviously are:

UCSD
Cal Poly Pomona
Chico State
Azusa Pacific
Point Loma
Chaminade
Seattle Pacific
Western Washington

That’s just done in the order of conference standings and so… What does the seeding look like?

That’s a good question. WWU dodges the 8th seed by winning the conference tournament, so bless you Vikings.

1 – UCSD
8 – Chaminade

Those are the obvious ones.

The rest… Here’s our initial instinct/reasoning before we look at the latest and final “poll” before it goes up:

2 – Azusa Pacific -Beat Chico State, Cal Poly Pomona, and SPU in non-con, as well as won the regular season Pac-West title.
3 – Cal Poly Pomona -Tied Chico in the regular season and beat the pants off of Chico on Friday. What have you done for me lately? That. Nicely done Broncos.
4 – Chico State -Tied with CPP in the regular season, got blown out by them on Friday, but killed SPU in conference play.
5 – Point Loma -We know it’s a far fall, but they almost got beat by the 5th seed in the conference tournament, so while they won… Not as impressive as it would have been had they beat APU.
6 – Seattle Pacific -Yes, they beat PLNU in non-con, yes they won their conference, but the GNAC was a mess this year and nothing epitomizes it more than a team that managed to go 18-2 despite losing one of their two returning starters to a season-ending injury.
7 – Western Washington -Yes, they won their conference tournament, but they lost their conference regular season title by five games, despite returning everything; they also finally scheduled a decent non-con and yet got the same results as that nothing-returning team that beat their regular season record by five games.

And so that full bracket is:

1 – UCSD
2 – Azusa Pacific
3 – Cal Poly Pomona
4 – Chico State
5 – Point Loma
6 – Seattle Pacific
7 – Western Washington
8 – Chaminade

There are lots of arguments you could make; PLNU and WWU won their tournaments, why are they still lower than CPP and Chico that didn’t win theirs, blah blah blah, but some of it does have to do with match-ups.

While yeah, a lot of these teams have met before… That’s ideal. That happens when the good teams actually schedule well. They’ve now all made it and get to match-up yet again after a season more of experience.

UCSD vs. Chaminade, if Chaminade gets the upset… We’ll rush the court in our head, promise. And we hate court rushing. Don’t give your opponent so much credit, unless they’re a D2 team currently about to jump up to D1 and thus playing with D1 talent.

APU vs. WWU, they played way early and APU won by 10, WWU just won their conference tournament, should be a good game and yet APU has really good odds of winning again.

CPP vs. SPU, they met earlier in the year and it went to OT, now SPU finished 1st while CPP finished 2nd (which is essentially first ’cause UCSD outlier), and we’d like to see the rematch.

Chico vs. PLNU, they actually didn’t meet but it would be such a good match-up! Especially now that PLNU has truly gotten in gear. We think the Sea Lions have gotten better as the year’s gone on and they’ve adjusted to Logie and Chico is going to be trying to bounce back after the 25 point loss… This would be a great game.

Overall, we feel like we’ve gotten the teams right and the match-ups should be right, if the Committee follows our thought process on entertaining games with upset potential. You could do SPU vs. Chico but SPU has no post presence, so that would be boring; we trust PLNU’s post way more. If you did that, you would also end up doing WWU vs. PLNU and… Stylistically that’s not fun. WWU vs. APU and PLNU vs. Chico is way more entertaining.


Writing that wasn’t nearly as consternating as we were expecting, and so… Let’s now see what the experts were saying after the regular season ended, but before the conference tournaments:

As of March 1st, the Regional ranking was:

1 – UCSD
2 – APU
3 – CPP
4 – SPU
5 – Chico
6 – PLNU
7 – San Bernardino
8 – Western Oregon
9 – Western Washington
10 – Chaminade

Okay, that does largely make sense as of that date; WWU had gotten beaten by SFU, while WOU had swept the Alaska schools, and San Bernardino was right in it, which we noted above. We’re on the same page. Good.


1300 words later…

COMMITTEE, WE HOPE YOU REALIZE IT MAKES NO SENSE TO HAVE SPU GET SLAUGHTERED BY CHICO IN THE FIRST GAME. They can get beat by Cal Poly Pomona, that’s fine, but c’mon, the Falcons have no post, that won’t be entertaining. And it looks like by the time the first game is played in five days, we could all be in quarantine, so… If they’re playing these games in an empty RIMAC Arena and we’re all going stir crazy at home, MAKE THE GAMES ENTERTAINING.

Kthxbai,
The GNAC Men’s Basketblog

Previewing Today’s Championship Game!!

We’ll get the posts were supposed to put up yesterday, up later tonight. We’ve acted as an older sibling to this SPU team all year and so as much as we were excited with both Tobin and Oggie’s play and really proud of the Anchorage guys, the loss was brutal.

As such, we have zero opinion on who should win tonight, but… The good news is, Azusa Pacific lost to Biola last night, and thus SPU should still be headed to San Diego next week.

#5 UAA vs. #2 WWU @ 5pm

UAA had a somewhat major upset of SPU last night? Somewhat just because UAA gave the Falcons all they could handle when SPU visited Anchorage, and so… The Seawolves got their revenge in a HUGE way. Fairbanks hung around WWU for a while, but really couldn’t do much. While the instinct would be “Oh, WWU is gonna kill UAA,” it really depends. That definitely could happen, but this is the GNAC and the GNAC is gonna GNAC and so… Anchorage could get the win. And if they do, there could be three GNAC teams in the Regional, because Chico state got murdered last night by Cal Poly Pomona, we’re talking a 35 point loss. And so with this GNAC game… Anchorage isn’t getting an at-large bid, but they could get the auto with a win and so we shall see.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


We’re shockingly not going to this game; figure we best save our hearing because WWU fans are loud, but we’ll be watching the stream and tweeting along.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Previewing Today’s Games!

Gooood morning, and welcome once again to the GNAC Tournament, hosted in the COVID19 ridden enclave that is the Peoples Republic of Seattle.

There’s a major theory going around that the vast majority of people only have mild symptoms and have largely been unaffected despite being infected, but… The CDC won’t give Seattle adequate numbers of test kits, so who the heck knows? Personally we have asthma and are immunocompromised and yet… Yeah. Still not concerned.

What we are concerned about is the fact that this is the conference of chaos and we’ve got another two games on our hands today, and so… Let’s talk about them.

All times pacific.


#6 UAF vs. #2 WWU @ 12pm

The Nooks got what could be considered a pretty darn big upset, and they’ll be looking to do the same thing today. The thing about this UAF team is that back in January, we said they could miss the conference tournament entirely, or they could win the whole thing. While the Nooks don’t have much, what they do have is so good at teamwork and with that they can compete with the best of the best. WWU’s teamwork isn’t at that level, but admittedly they do have a lot bigger spread of talent. While Trevor is great, he’s not head-and-shoulders above everyone else the way Shadeed is, and so… If both teams successfully teamwork it, WWU will likely win; if UAF teamworks it and WWU doesn’t, UAF will likely win. The teams split during the season, each getting a win on the other’s home court, and we see this as being a game that could go three ways: WWU wins a close one, UAF wins a close one, or WWU wins a blow-out; it seems unlikely that UAF will win a blow-out.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


#5 UAA vs. #1 SPU @ 2:15pm

We’re beyond excited about this game, it seemed like UAA was really only getting warmed up yesterday and yet they still got the ‘W’ and so today they should come out swinging even harder. Yesterday Tyler Brimhall was back in a big way, and so looking for that to continue; Tobin Karlberg had a pretty off day and so he’ll be looking to get back on track. UAF defended Oggie Pantovic as well as we’ve seen, and so we’re curious to see SPU respond; we assume it’ll largely be a by-committee approach, but who knows. The Falcons have been off for five days, but we really liked the way they ended their season against CWU; the game was long and strong and they were grinding, their fitness looked great, and so while the intensity will likely ramp up quite a bit today, they’ll want to carry on that “in control” mindset.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


The big question today is will we get an all-Alaska final? We shall see. It’s going to be amazing. We’ll be in our usual spot, so come say ‘hi.’

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Pac-West Tournament Day #1.

Mostly just writing this for the GNAC context and so we know what we’re looking at next week going into the NCAA tournament.

#6 Art U. 64 vs. #3 Chaminade 90

As far as we saw, this was never really a game. Art U. is typically among the really bad Pac-West schools and so we’re starting to think that them making it to the conference tournament and then getting blown out is a signal that the conference is even more top-heavy than normal.

Knights highlights: Josh Hill had 23 points and 14 rebounds for the double-double; Victor Ruiz de Carranza had five boards; and off the bench Dante Williams had nine points and six boards among a full house of stats.

Silverswords highlights: Andre Arissol had 24 points; Elet Donley had 15 points and six boards; Bil Awet had 15 points in 20 minutes on perfect shooting; and Kendall Small had six boards, 10 assists, and 12 points for the double-double, wow. Off the bench Isaac Amaral-Arathree had 16 points; and Kevin Kremer had nine boards.

Honestly? Academy of Art’s numbers were so bad and Chaminade’s were so good, that we’re kind of thinking Chaminade isn’t quite as good as we were thinking/hoping they were? It’s too big of a discrepancy, meanwhile Chaminade still has some puzzling losses and a 15-7 record in conference play, in a conference that sent a 10-12 team to the six team conference tournament.

GNAC context: It’s a bit too soon to say, but… We like NNU and WOU’s odds against Chaminade, despite the fact that both teams lost today.


#5 Biola 86 vs. #4 CU-Irvine 77

This game actually matched the UAA/NNU game really well. We felt like CU-I was in control most of the way and yet then at the end Biola got it back and got the win. Biola has a 13-9 conference record and we’ll be honest: We don’t know nearly as much about them as we do CU-I, but… All the better to burst bubbles?

Biola Eagle highlights: Chris Rossow had 31 points and six steals on solid shooting and while going 6-6 from the line; Michael Bagatourian had 18 points, six boards, and six assists; Whitten Dominguez had 17 points and five fouls while going 5-6 from three; Jesse Elrod had 12 points and seen boards; and Alex Right had eight boards among a full house of stats in 40 full minutes. No real bench play.

CU-I Eagle highlights: Kayle Knuckles had 21 points; Robert McCoy had 16 points; Andre Green had 14 points; and Jamel White had six assists. Off the bench Kyle Gray had seven points; Cameron English had seven points and four rebounds in just 11 minutes; and Austin Clark had six points.

Interesting, so while CU-I was deeper, Biola got way more out of their starters. Biola out-rebounded CU-I 32-24, so that’s an interesting number. As noted on twitter: CU-Irvine would like to say that this burst their bubble, but… We don’t think it really did. We think the losses to WWU and SPU early meant that the Eagles of Concordia-Irvine were going to have to have a pretty darn amazing conference record in order to undo it, and… They finished fourth. They were going to have to win the tournament to get a bid this year; the CCAA is just too good, as are PLNU, APU, and Chaminade.


Let’s be real here: the only interesting thing about tonight’s Pac-West games was the Biola upset, and even that’s paltry because when SPU was busy looking like a mess early in the year, they still beat CU-Ivine, so… Congrats Biola? Sincerely looking forward to seeing what you do against Azusa Pacific tomorrow.

Our GNAC Tournament Day #2 preview will be up in the AM.

Be safe, have fun, and as always: West Coast is best coast!

Conference Tournament Day #1!

Hooooo boy, today was everything we wanted and more in terms of great play, great games, and a great place to watch the tournament.

We were hesitant about SPU hosting it because of the parking situation, but at least today the parking was fine -not sure how COVID19 is affecting things attendance-wise, but for midday games on a Thursday, they felt pretty well attended? It seemed like each school had about 50 or so people in attendance, so some good noise was made. The games were intense and amazing and so… Let’s talk about them.


#6 UAF 91 @ #3 WOU 88

HOLY OH GEE OH MY. WOU was up 15 at the half, but the general buzz in the gym was that this is the GNAC and UAF has Shadeed Shabazz and so 15? Please. Turns out everyone was right, because UAF made great halftime adjustments and then it was back and forth the whole way. Absolutely amazing. Ridiculously fun game. We had a fun time watching the SPU guys watch the game -it’s the opposite side of the bracket, and so they didn’t really have a horse in the race and yet they were into it big time. Super fun.

Nook highlights: SHADEED SHABAZZ had a whopping 42 points along with five assists and five fouls; Spencer Sweet had a full house; KOBY HUERTA was everywhere and had 18 points on good shooting; and Mawich Kachjaani had 10 boards. Off the bench Keshaun Howard had six points; and Alex Sommerfield had 10 points.

Wolf highlights: Cameron Cranston had 17 points; Dalven Brushier had 21 points; Darius Lubom had 24 points and five boards; and off the bench Emanuel Gant had 16 poing, eight boards, seven assists, six steals, and three blocks among quite the impressive full house.

Yes, the defense was lacking overall, but… Ridiculously fun game to watch. There was a weird technical called on Shadeed that amazingly neither fanbase thought was necessary and it looks like it ultimately was rescinded post-game? Overall the reffing wasn’t as atrocious as we’ve often seen. Great game by both teams, big congrats to the Wolves on an intense and better-than-expected season, and congrats to the Nooks on living to see another day. Good luck against WWU.


#5 UAA 85 @ #4 NNU 76

Is it really a true upset when the #5 team upsets the #4? Maybe in this case, considering WWU/NNU/WOU were all essentially tied, with Anchorage one step below and yet Anchorage got the upset, so that’s impressive? Good for Anchorage. NNU has some ridiculously good players, but unfortunately they didn’t schedule their non-con to be a bubble team, and as such with this first round loss, their season is over.

Seawolf highlights: Niko Bevens had 12 points; Tyrus Hosley had 15 points and five boards; Jack Macdonald had 11 points and five boards; and Oggie Pantovic was held to 12 points and only 20 minutes played via foul trouble. Off the bench DeAndre Osuigwe had nine points; and Tyler Brimhall had 17 points.

Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had seven boards; Beto Diaz had 10 points; George Reidy had a good game with 17 points; Jayden Bezzant had five fouls; Spider Adetunji had 10 points and 11 boards among a full house of stats; and off the bench Jaylen Fox had 12 points.

It’s funny. This is another one of those games where we look at the stats and go “How did NNU lose?” and yet they did. It’s a head scratcher. They started off slow, caught on fire throughout January and most of February, and then in their last three games were insanely competitive and yet couldn’t get it done against a wide range of conference teams. There’s something almost poetic in losing to the #1 team, the #5 team, and the #11 team. Still -congrats to the NNU seniors on a heck of ride, and congrats to the Seawolves on getting the upset; good luck against SPU.


Today’s games were so insane we still feel mildly dazed, it’s so weird that we’re finally entering post-season play after a conference season that seemed to last forever in the best way possible. Because all of the GNAC teams were so well matched, the beginning of February felt like the end of February and every week would ramp up to a new level of intensity you didn’t know was possible, and then yup: The first day of the conference tournament took it up yet another notch that no one knew existed. So insane. So much fun.

It came up a couple of times that the Alaska schools are on opposite sides of the bracket and thus we could have an all-Alaska final. Obviously there are miles to go before that happens, but… It is a possibility, which is cool.

We had a blast at the first day of the conference tournament, SPU is doing a great job and has taken great steps in terms of making hand washing more easily accessible in light of COVID19, so… 10/10 Day One Logistics, Birdies.

Game previews’ll be up in the AM.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Previewing Today’s Games!

Gooood morning and welcome to the start of the GNAC Men’s Basketball Tournament, hosted in the Peoples Republic of Seattle.

All times pacific.

#3 WOU vs. #6 UAF @ 12pm

Yes, these teams just met and it was a BARN BURNER, but that was in Monmouth, and Seattle is oddly a way more neutral site. Greg Sparling has his contingent of Ellensburg peeps, and then Seattle is the “Gateway to the Alaskan Frontier,” and so there should actually be a decent number of Alaskans in attendance. The thing is, we could see this game going three ways: WOU wins a blow-out, WOU wins a close one, or UAF wins a close one. We don’t see UAF winning in blow-out fashion. In the regular season both games were close and WOU won both, but as Coach Wes reminded us… Teams are incredibly unlikely to win three in a row.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


#4 UAA vs. #5 NNU @ 2:15pm

Honestly… We think NNU is under-seeded. They went on a craaaazy long winning streak between January and February, they have super talented guys that seemingly largely peaked as juniors but have finally found some of the magic once again (looking at you, Beto Diaz). Both teams are currently on a two-game skid in similar situations; losing agonizingly to a good team and a bad team, respectively, and so… We’ll see. It’s the GNAC, and so as much as we have a feeling about NNU…

Prediction: Pick ’em.


This tournament should be great. We’re curious to see how SPU handles the parking logistics. We’re expecting every game to be well-attended by opposing fanbases because it is admittedly by far the most centrally located and convenient location for all involved, and so… It should be a good tournament.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

The CCAA Satellite Tournament.

We’re temporarily (for one post) becoming a CCAA blog.

Because let’s be real here: Did we have anything else to do on a Tuesday night? Absolutely not.

Disclosures: Seattle Pacific (our undergraduate alma mater) regularly schedules Chico State in non-con, so we love the Wildcats; and  Bryan Rooney, now at East Bay, was our grad school coach at Cal Maritime, and so we also love the Pioneers; other than that, we’re neutral regarding CCAA teams.

#5 East Bay 70 @ #4 San Bernardino 68

WHAT A GAME. Close the whole way through and yet… We’ll be honest: We didn’t believe East Bay was going to win just because we have terrible memories of the San Bernardino gym, but it’s good we’re old ’cause the Pioneers GOT IT DONE.

Pioneer highlights: Nai Calisle had 18 points; Zafir Williams had 18 points and eight boards while going 6-8 from the line; Ant Navarette shot well nad had 12 points and eight boards; and off the bench Josh Dhatt had seven points.

Coyote highlights: Jeremy Smith shot well while playing 40 full minutes, ultimately finishing with 22 points and six boards; Andres Villa had 14 points and 11 boards; Shea Rax went 4-5 and finished with nine points; Daytone Jennings had eight boards; and off the bench Richard Laku had five boards.

GNAC context: Both of these teams shot well tonight, but really had zero depth. We’re not convinced they would they would beat any GNAC tourney team consistently. They could get lucky with Fairbanks or Anchorage having an off day, but from what we saw you’re looking at 3/10 games won at best.

If San Bernardino was considered a bubble team, it just burst, and then East Bay will need to win the CCAA tournament to get a win, so… GNAC and Pac-West bubble teams, you’re safe so far.


#7 Dominguez Hills 66 @ #2 Cal Poly Pomona 67 in OT

A way closer game than we expected, like East Bay/San Bernardino, it was close the whole way through. We’re guessing it was because the Cal Poly Pomona guys actually have to study in addition to playing basketball, unlike the DH guys. Nice effort, though, Toros.

Toro highlights: Colten Kresl played a whopping 45 minutes and grabbed nine boards; Andrew Whitsett had five blocks in addition to 12 points and 12 boards for the double-double; Wonder Smith had 11 points, six boards, and five assists; Kaden Bradley had five boards; and off the bench Nick Kornieck had five points.

Bronco highlights: William Christmas had 17 points and a whopping 16 rebounds for one heck of a double-double; and BJ STANDLEY (HE’S ONE OF OUR GNAC GUYS!!!!) had 13 points. Off the bench Mason Dickerson had five points; Finn Eckhardt had five rebounds; and TAVIAN HENDERSON (HE’S ANOTHER ONE OF OUR GNAC GUYS!!!!!!) had four rebounds.

GNAC context: It feels like this Cal Poly Pomona team would match-up really well with Northwest Nazarene and Western Washington, so… About the same area of the standings. Unfortunately non-con exists and Cal Poly Pomona beat Western Washington, straight-up, and so if it comes down to it and both are bubble teams and everything else is equal, Cal Poly Pomona will likely get the nod.


#6 Stanislaus 73 @ #3 Chico 75 in OT

WHAT AN INSANE GAME. We’ve thought this Stanislaus team was dangerous all year and we feel like we were proven decently correct? Stanislaus 2020, you is done, but you is baaaaad. Really great season guys, all of y’all should be proud, this Chico team is terrifying and you gave them all they could handle.

Warrior highlights: Darius Scott had 21 points, six boards, six assists, and four steals, WOW; Vida Faniel had 16 points; Xavier Francis had 14 points and five fouls ;and Ty Davis had 12 points; and Luis Salgado contributed 33 minutes off the bench.

Wildcat highlights: Kevin Warren had 21 points; Calvin Geraci shot well and had 13 points; Justin Briggs shot well and had 12 points and six boards; Isaiah Brooks went 6-7 from the line and had seven assists; Malik Duffy had nine boards; and off the bench Amari Stroud had six points and four rebounds.

GNAC context: The Chico numbers weren’t as good as we were expecting and so we’ll be really curious to see what happens in their next game. We’re going to wait on making a prognostication in regard to how they match-up with various GNAC teams. The thing is, Chico’s big thing (no pun intended) is their height and post play, and no GNAC team has three good 6’7+ post players; we’ve all got one or two, but… Chico is a hard match-up.


#8 CSULA 70 @ #1 UCSD 89

Honestly… The CSULA numbers aren’t bad. They look like pretty typical GNAC numbers, and we’re not sure if that means that there are a number of really good GNAC teams or a number of really bad GNAC teams. We’ll see.

Golden Eagle highlights: Fard Muhammad had 17 points; Ja’Sean Lewis had seven boards; and off the bench Michael-Isaiah Ajiboye had 16 points.

Triton highlights: Marek Sullivan shot well and had 16 points and 12 boards for the double-double, in addition to a full house of stats; Scott Everman had 15 points; Tyrell Roberts had 14 points and five boards; Christian Oshita had seven boards; and Mikey Howell had 10 assists and five boards. Off the bench CHRIS HANSEN HAS RETURNED?!?!?! and had 14 points and five boards in just ten minutes; and Gabe Hadley had 10 points and four boards.

UCSD won the rebounding battle 42-24.

GNAC context: We’re all gonna die at the hands of UCSD, unless the Pac-West kills us first. But seriously, if we’re looking at an autobid only situation and the autobid doesn’t go to Seattle Pacific, the GNAC team will be the 8th seed and whichever team that is will die at the hands of the Tritons. But next year we can do some group therapy of watching UCSD get their butts kicked in their first year D1, just like Seattle U. did. @$#! the Redhawks.


While we won’t preview the CCAA and Pac-West tournament games, we will probably blog about them because with the GNAC men playing early and Seattle Pacific hosting the tournament, we’ll actually have enough time to do all of, so… Look forward to that.

Seriously amazing night of hoops, 3/4 games came down to the final possession, welcome to March Madness =)

Be safe, have fun, and always remember: West coast is Best Coast!

Contemplating the D2West Conference Tournaments!

Gooood morning and welcome to conference tournament week!

We have half of a mind to actually go over all of the conference tournament games like we do with GNAC schools, simply to familiarize ourselves with the teams pre-NCAA tourney, but… We’ll see what happens.

UCSD is hosting the Regional regardless as to what happens.

At the D2 level, the #1 team in the Region hosts. That will be UCSD regardless as to any upsets that may happen because let’s be real here: This is the CCAA, and not the GNAC, thus an upset is not going to happen.

Here’s what’s going on with the CCAA specifically:

The CCAA does an eight team tournament where the first round is hosted at the higher seed, thus on Tuesday:

#5. East Bay @ #4 San Bernardino @ 7pm.
#6. Dominguez Hills @ #3 Cal Poly Pomona @ 7:30pm.
#7. Stan State @ #2 Chico State @ 7:30pm.
#8. Cal State LA @ #1 UCSD @ 8pm.

The winners will move onto the main conference tournament, which is in fact being hosted by UCSD.

We’re not really going to discuss much until these initial games are played, because the winner of the CCAA tournament receives the auto bid, and thus… Bubbles could in fact burst on Tuesday.


Here’s what’s going on with the Pac-West:

The Pac-West conference tournament is being hosted by Azusa Pacific and is also the same format as the GNAC; two schools receive a first round BYE on Thursday, four schools play on Friday, and Saturday’s winner gets the auto bid to the West Region.

Thursday:

#6 Art U. vs. #3 Chaminade @ 5pm
#5 Biola vs. #4 CU-Irvine @ 7:15pm

Friday:

#2 Point Loma vs. Art U./Chaminade @ 5pm
#1 APU vs. Biola/CU-Irvine

The Pac-West is really top heavy; APU and PLNU are seriously legit, Chaminade has made some waves, CU-I has looked questionable among the top; they’re better than those below six, but they had a pretty big loss to Biola on Thursday night and now they meet up with them again a week later… Hmmm.


Here’s what’s going on in the GNAC:

The GNAC regular season was a gauntlet.

Unlike the other two conferences that had plenty of ‘gimme’ games on their schedules, the GNAC was insane almost every single night; literally eight teams were in vying for five available bids until the second to last week of conference play, when it became seven teams vying for five available bids.

The in-conference records:

Seattle Pacific: 18-2
Western Washington: 13-7
Western Oregon: 13-7
Northwest Nazarene: 12-8
Alaska-Anchorage: 11-9
Alaska-Fairbanks: 10-10

And then two teams that didn’t make it were still insanely close:

Central Washington: 10-10; lost the tiebreaker via. UAF having a win against SPU.
Simon Fraser: 9-11.

The GNAC tournament is being hosted at Seattle Pacific, with the winner receiving the autobid.

Thursday:

#6 UAF vs. #3 WOU @ 12pm
#5 UAA vs. #4 NNU @ 2:15pm

Friday:

#2 WWU vs. UAF/WOU @ 12pm
#1 SPU vs. UAA/NNU @ 2:15pm

We highly recommend watching these games. SPU streams all of their games on youtube and so we’re hoping that because the conference tournament is being hosted by the Falcons, the conference tournament will also be streamed on youtube, but… We shall see. Even if it is StretchInternet these games are guaranteed to be entertaining, so read our previews on Thursday morning and then start your March Madness lack-of-productivity early!


All of the above said… We have a fantastic week of basketball on our hands, it’s gonna be great!

Be safe, have fun, and always remember: West Coast is BEST coast!