Gooood morning and welcome to the first day of the 2019-2020 season!
Despite the fact that of any day of games this year, this is the one we know the least about, let’s talk about it anyway!
All times pacific.
CU-Portland vs. San Bernardino @ CWU @ 2pm
On the one hand, CU-PDX lost Jarrett Gray, Cody Starr, and Jace Cates; on the other hand, they bring in one of the NNU assistants as their head coach. Losing Jarrett Gray obviously really hurts, but we feel okay about this team. CSUSB had a couple of really good years a while back, but since then hasn’t made the tournament nor much noise, so… It’ll be an uphill battle for the Cavs, but is potentially doable.
Prediction: San Bernadine wins a close one.
MSU-Billings vs. Fresno Pacific @ PLNU @ 2pm
This game should actually be really interesting. In terms of where the teams usually sit in their respective conferences, MSUB tends to sit higher, but not much higher. They should be decently well matched, although if Brendan Howard can continue his late season trajectory and Zharon Richmond can click back into gear, the Yellowjackets could look really good.
Prediction: MSUB wins.
Simon Fraser vs. UCSD @ WWU @ 5pm
This is UCSD’s final year of D2 and the entire Region is relying on them for strength-of-schedule, and thus this becomes a Boise State vs. Nevada situation; for the good of their season and strength of their schedule, SFU ideally loses a close one to UCSD. There are other games on the Tritons schedule that could be considered quality losses, but if UCSD loses to SFU right off the bat, our entire Region is going to likely pay for it all year.
Prediction: UCSD wins.
Central Washington vs. Monterey Bay @ 6pm
Monterey Bay was in the basement last year, and CWU should be much improved, so we’re pretty excited about this game. It should be good. Nice game to get the season started off with.
Prediction: CWU wins.
Seattle Pacific vs. Chico State @ 7pm
GAME OF THE NIGHT. Chico wasn’t as good as they normally are last year, and yet… How long will Chico be bad for? Our guess is probably not that long, and thus this game should be really competitive. SPU is a huge question mark, this is the game where that question mark starts to get answered. With how the Falcons schedule, the rest of the conference needs to be pulling for them to win all of their non-con; an SPU win here, helps literally every GNAC team.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Western Washington vs. Dominguez Hills @ 7:30pm
DH has been getting better but they’re still not that great. This is an important statement win for the Vikings; take care of business, run them into the ground. Dominguez Hills could be seen as middle-pack, while WWU wants to be seen as the top of the pack, so… Go in and leave no doubt.
Prediction: WWU wins.
Not a ton to say in these previews just because it’s the first of the year. We’ll know a bit more tomorrow morning and so we’ll see you then!
Tonight we’ll be at SPU. As always: Come say ‘hi’; we’ll be sittin’ and we’ll be knittin’ =)
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!