Previewing Today’s Games!

Gooood morning and welcome to the start of the GNAC Men’s Basketball Tournament, hosted in the Peoples Republic of Seattle.

All times pacific.

#3 WOU vs. #6 UAF @ 12pm

Yes, these teams just met and it was a BARN BURNER, but that was in Monmouth, and Seattle is oddly a way more neutral site. Greg Sparling has his contingent of Ellensburg peeps, and then Seattle is the “Gateway to the Alaskan Frontier,” and so there should actually be a decent number of Alaskans in attendance. The thing is, we could see this game going three ways: WOU wins a blow-out, WOU wins a close one, or UAF wins a close one. We don’t see UAF winning in blow-out fashion. In the regular season both games were close and WOU won both, but as Coach Wes reminded us… Teams are incredibly unlikely to win three in a row.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

#4 UAA vs. #5 NNU @ 2:15pm

Honestly… We think NNU is under-seeded. They went on a craaaazy long winning streak between January and February, they have super talented guys that seemingly largely peaked as juniors but have finally found some of the magic once again (looking at you, Beto Diaz). Both teams are currently on a two-game skid in similar situations; losing agonizingly to a good team and a bad team, respectively, and so… We’ll see. It’s the GNAC, and so as much as we have a feeling about NNU…

Prediction: Pick ’em.

This tournament should be great. We’re curious to see how SPU handles the parking logistics. We’re expecting every game to be well-attended by opposing fanbases because it is admittedly by far the most centrally located and convenient location for all involved, and so… It should be a good tournament.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!