Wow. What a night. No Andy Avgi. WOU got blown out. Haven’t heard what’s up with him, so if someone on here knows if we can expect him back -let us know.
We’re getting to a point when bracketology is starting to rule the day, and so before discussing the results of last night, we’re going to talk about the potential implications regarding the WOU loss. This isn’t necessarily what the committee’s thinking but what they should be thinking.
WOU didn’t have Andy -this was covered; it meant that WOU lost 18 points and 5 boards. It also meant that Julian missed out on a bunch of assists, but that’s not quite as telling.
Should it be taken into consideration by the committee? Someone said it won’t be, but I’d disagree. If the Wolves will have Andy for post season, they should fall a bit, but it shouldn’t really affect their place too much unless they completely blow it in the last couple of weeks. However, if they’re not going to have Andy… that should be taken into account. You’re looking at two wholly different teams.
Last year Seattle Pacific dropped a few games early and when looking at a potential at-large birth, the reasoning I regularly heard for the Falcons getting one was because for those three they didn’t have Patrick Simon. Patrick Simon was injured during the Chico State game (loss) and didn’t come back until after the losses to Saint Martin’s and Western Oregon. It was argued they shouldn’t matter because the Falcons would have Pat for the tournament.
It ended up being for naught because the Falcons got the auto bid and instead WWU’s bubble burst not from the loss to the Falcons, but because of other teams that wouldn’t have gotten a bid winning the other respective conference tournaments.
WOU should be safe from that, but if they’re not going to have Andy, their seeding should still take a bit of a hit. It could actually be bad for the GNAC, assuming we get a second team -if WOU ends up fourth, that means two GNAC teams likely immediately play, which would be BS, but oh well.
Anyway, onward with last night’s stuff:
Alaska Fairbanks 56 @ Northwest Nazarene 67
It went back and forth for a bit, then NNU gained control and didn’t let go. It was what it was. They could’ve opened it up more, but Kevin Rima didn’t have a good game. Not really something concerning -NNU’s seemed off lately, but they’re still for the most part doing what they need to, and thus it’s fine.
Nanook highlights: Anthony Reese had six boards and nine points; Alex Duncan had 18 points; Almir had 10 points and eight boards; off the bench, Eric Fongue had 11 points.
Crusader highlights: Alex Birketoft had 10 points and eight boards; Erik Kinney had 17 points; Kevin had 11 points; Bouna had 12 points off the bench. Not too much to write home about, but they got it done.
Alaska Anchorage 67 @ Central Washington 80
People keep asking why we’re not giving UAA the “credit they deserve.” We are; they qualified for the tournament second, but they have no signature wins. They lost to Humboldt State, lost to BYU-H, swept WWU in an off-year, and got swept by CWU, SPU, and potentially WOU. Where is the strength of resume? Not saying it’s impossible for them to do something still, but there are plenty of other teams with better resumes.
Seawolf highlights: Travis T. had 11 points; Derrick Fain had 12; DOM HUNTER HAD 21 OFF THE BENCH!!!!! That should’ve been a nightlight, but oh well.
Central highlights: Marc Rodgers had 10 points; Joe Stroud almost had a double double with 12 points and 9 boards; Dom Williams had 26 points; GARY JACOBS HAD 16 POINTS OFF THE BENCH!!
Overall not the most exciting game, but it could have been; congrats to CWU on getting it done.
Simon Fraser 103 @ Saint Martin’s 87
Simon Fraser still playing like they’ve got something to go for -team pride, and making sure Sango leaves with decent memories. They’re officially out of the conference tournament, but they still put on a show against the ever irritating Saint Martin’s. Remember: irritating because they’re not as bad as they play. They’ve got talent and good coaching, the guys just don’t utilize it that often.
Modified per usual.
Clan highlights: Sango had 10 points, 9 assists, five rebounds, a steal, and a block; Justin Cole had 16 points; Rod had 10 points, Michael Harper had nine points, and Patrick Simon II appeared again with 12 points. Off the bench, Adam Westfall had five points. Rebounding otherwise was a team effort.
Saints highlights: Victor had seven boards and eight points; Riley Carel had five assists; Ryan Rogers had 15 points and seven boards. Off the bench, Isaac Bianchini had nine points; Tyler Idowu had 10 points.
Western Washington 73 @ Western Oregon 50
There’s not much to say about this game that hasn’t already been said; there’s no way WOU rests Andy for it, so we suspect he’s genuinely injured, although we won’t know for sure until some type of statement is made -it doesn’t matter if they have him against SFU.
Viking highlights: Ricardo Maxwell had 16 points; Anye Turner had a full house with 15 points, 11 boards, two assists, one steal, one block, and three fouls; Jeff Parker had 18 points on 7-11 shooting; Mac Johnson had 11 points and 11 boards. Off the bench: Kyle Impero had 8 points and three boards; Joey Schreiber had eight boards.
Congrats to the Vikings on a nice win with a big asterisk; semi-harsh, but the truth.
Sorry this ultimately went up so late, game previews ASAP.