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!