Previewing Tonight’s Games!

We have several douzies on the schedule and so… Let’s discuss the possibilities!

All times pacific.

UAF @ WWU @ 7pm

Ridiculously excited for this game, meanwhile not as excited as we probably should be? WWU is in a MASSIVE downward spiral, while UAF just had a topsy-turvy weekend, beating Seattle Pacific, and losing to Saint Martin’s. Both teams are going to want to right the ship, but who’s going to want it more and who’s going to be able to achieve it? While we’re sure WWU is going to want it (losing to your bottom third rival is brutal), they were at full fire power and yet they couldn’t get it done, despite being the most experienced team in the conference. While we lean heavily toward UAF winning, we’ll humor the Vikings:

Prediction: Pick ’em.

UAA @ SFU @ 7pm

Also ridiculously excited for this game. SFU is coming off of two close losses to the East schools, while UAA is coming off of an agonizingly close loss to SPU at home. Much like the Vikings, SFU is in a downward spiral, and… We believe in Steve Hanson’s coaching more than Tony Dominguez, and yet for some reason we believe in the WWU players more than the SFU players -SFU has more turnovers than a bake sale, and that is going to be brutal against this Anchorage team, although admittedly not as brutal as it’ll be against Shadeed on Saturday.

Prediction: UAA wins.

MSUB @ CWU @ 7:30pm

CWU is coming off of three fantastic victories over SFU, WWU, and NNU, and they’re going to want to keep the ball rolling in a big way. They still have zero consistency, and continue to play like a poor man’s version of UAF (salt in the wound, we know), but… 3-0 in their last three games is 3-0. MSUB is coming off of a bit of a brutal loss to WOU, and so they’ll be hoping to bounce back under the guise of “it’s only this season’s version of CWU,” and yet… The Wildcats are clicking into gear at the right time, because NNU was starting to look really good and yet still got the ‘L’ against Central.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CU-PDX @ SMU @ 7:30pm

For a while there it was looking like SMU was even worse than CU-PDX, which in the GNAC would be some type of backwards level achievement, but alas… SMU is gelling. We’re really curious to see about their line-up. Logan Rooney had been faltering in his bench role, and yet he got shifted up to starting and now he is dynamite. While “it’s not who starts the game, it’s who finishes it” we do get that it’s hard to get a rhythm, and mentally it’s hard to watch someone “ahead of you” repeatedly turning the ball over 5+ times and shooting terribly, meanwhile you’re stuck on the bench. That said, maybe it was just “unexpected playing time” luck? Will Logan now be in his own head too much? We shall see. The big match-up’ll be Marky Adams vs. Dakota Ayala, so that’ll be fun. Should be a good game.

Prediction: SMU wins.

WOU @ SPU @ 7:30pm

This feels like a big game, and we have every bit of confidence that the Wolves are going to throw everything they have at SPU. People get up to play at RBP (families included), and we have no doubt the Wolves will do exactly that. Last time the two teams met, SPU eked out a win in Monmouth for the first time since 2013. Usually we don’t care about streaks like that, but… SPU is the one semi-consistent “heavy weight” this conference has, and so for WOU to hold a streak like that over them is pretty big, and they’re going to want revenge for the Falcons finally breaking it. Will the Wolves get a win in Seattle? Maybe. If Harry Cavell keeps taking way too many shots while cold, probably.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Yes we’re aware that all of these games are in fact in pacific time regardless.

We’ll be at the SPU game, come say ‘hi.’

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!