The Non-Conference

As noted: Is really, really, really, REALLY important. Because if there’s a men’s basketball tin foil hat club, it consists of those of us that look at every possession and think “the committee is watching.”

Because they are. Doesn’t matter D1, D2, D3, or NAIA; the committee is always watching. They’re like Santa Claus.

You better play D,
You better fly high,
You better shoot the three, I’m telling you why:
The selection comm is coming to town…

They’re making their lists,
And checking them twice,
Gonna find out who’s half-hearted or tries,
The selection comm is coming to town…

They see you in transition,
They know when you’re in the paint,
They know if you’ve been planting your feet,
So be technically proficient, for goodness sake!

Oh -you better score points,
You better rebound,
You better get down and battle on the ground,
The selection comm is coming to town… ♫

That was fun.

Anyway, last year non-conference hardly told us anything. There was a lot of parity and we were weaker than the CCAA, but other than that? Nothing. Then we went through the first round of the conference round-robin and found out that we knew exactly the same amount that we did before we started conference play.

Non-conference did actually prove to be telling: across all three conferences, everyone ultimately beat each other up during the regular season (except for San Bernardino State) and to a degree in the respective conference tournaments. The GNAC tournament didn’t get rocked, but the other two did, and it was a detriment to the GNAC that we didn’t.

SPU wasn’t going to miss the tournament; their non-conference schedule was less than impressive, but they won the conference outright, the couple of games they lost early they were missing their [arguably] best player, and they proved themselves. If a non-SPU school had won the conference tournament, Dixie State’s bubble would’ve likely burst. Instead, WWU’s went boom and SPU couldn’t even take credit for it; that was the responsibility of CSU-Stanislaus and Chaminade winning their respective conference tournaments.

Hopefully this year is better.

In the coming days we’ll get into breaking down the collective non-conference schedules for the GNAC, Pac-West, and CCAA. We’ll also take a look at the non-west region teams the GNAC will face and see what we can glean from the context of those teams, because:

The selection comm is coming to town… ♫


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