Gooood morning, and welcome to the first day of the conference tournament!
Let’s jump right into the previews:
All times pacific.
#6 Simon Fraser vs. #3 Northwest Nazarene
Ooooh boy. NNU is coming off of two insane battles against the Puget Sound schools. SFU is coming off of a three-game week that saw them beat WWU and then lose to both CU-PDX and Western Oregon. The good news is that if their pattern is to win one in three, this should be that one-in-three. The bad news is that seriously: NNU is really good. But the Clan did get a win before, and that win occurred at home; Simon Fraser’s closest school by far is in fact WWU, but do we think people will really travel and give them some type of advantage? Absolutely not.
Prediction: NNU wins.
#5 MSU-Billings vs. #4 Western Oregon
This is a really interesting match-up. Most recently MSUB swept the Alaska schools convincingly and WOU split with the North schools. During the regular season, WOU beat MSUB convincingly both times BUT that was a while back; the teams last met the first week of February. Since their last meeting Brendan Howard of MSUB has gone on a tear and Kobe Terashima has clicked into gear, meanwhile the WOU players have been consistently solid, but rarely good or great. #5 vs. #4 always is going to have upset potential, but… We’re not sure where we land on this game. Either team could blow the other out, or either team could win a close one, so… We shall see.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Now, some CCAA news:
In their eight-team conference tournament, the higher-seed hosted prelim games went as follows:
San Bernardino 69 @ UCSD 98
Cal State LA 81 @ San Fran State 76 in OT
Humboldt State 67 @ Cal Poly Pomona 85
Dominguez Hills 54 @ East Bay 68
So the only upset that happened was the #5 team at the #4 team and the CCAA should switch to a six team conference tournament like the Pac-West and the GNAC. Got it.
It should be a great night of basketball, we absolutely cannot wait. As always: We’ll be sittin’ and we’ll be knittin’, so come say ‘hi’!
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!