Good morning and happy Monday! Great Hawks victory yesterday, good couple of GNAC victories the day before… It’s gonna be a good week.
Northwest Nazarene @ Cal State LA @ 7pm PST
With a record of 0-7 against D2 competition including one loss already to the Crusaders, we’re gonna go ahead and pick NNU to win. However: We’re also going to call for NNU to beat the Golden Eagles more handily than the five points than they beat them by last time. NNU has exceeded all expectations and with great power comes great responsibility, so now we’re counting on NNU to step up their game. We’ll do a final GNAC prognostication on the 29th, but as of now it’s looking like a. things are a mess, and b. NNU is going to be much higher than they were in the pre-season. They really seemed to get a lot out of going up to the Alaska schools and have made tons of progress, so this should be a good game if you’re a Crusader fan.
Western Oregon @ UC San Diego @ 7pm
Game of the week, heck you could even call it the game of the month. #3 Western Oregon of the GNAC vs. #14 UC San Diego of the CCAA. Both are undefeated, both played Monterey Bay (WOU won by 12, UCSD won by 19), but we’re starting to lose our convictions regarding the transitive property of college basketball so we’re not sure how much it matters; that’ll be a discussion for later this week. Both are two really good teams and we have no idea who’s going to win.
As noted last week: We really like UCSD’s schedule, we think they’re very seasoned at this point. They have wins against then-10th ranked Colorado Mines, then-4th ranked Cal Baptist, and a Sonoma State team that’s proven to be solid. This win could be dynamite for the Tritons and with some luck, set us all up for a trip to San Diego. Still -much as we like UCSD, we’re also pretty fond of the Wolves. They return their awesome core, brought in a dynamite coaching staff, and their schedule, while not particularly challenging, has been good practice. WOU’s best win by far comes from the PLNU Sea Lions, also of San Diego, so hopefully they’re able to go in and get one more. It’ll be interesting to see how the Wolves will respond against a team that’ll theoretically truly test them, but… We’ve got faith that they’ll do what needs to be done.
Our plan is to watch both simultaneously for the most part, but likely we’ll end up watching more of the UCSD/WOU game. Good luck to both the Wolves and the Crusaders against the CCAA -looking forward to you guys bringing home a couple of Ws.