Category: conference play

Previewing Today’s Games!

Goood morning. We’ve got some great games ahead of us and so… Let’s talk about them!

All times pacific.

MSUB @ SPU @ 2pm

MSUB just beat SMU by 29, while SPU is coming off of a day of rest after having beat SMU by a mere 24, but… Here’s the thing: A lot of guys from MSUB that haven’t had particularly good games all year, had them against SMU. While for the Falcons, a bunch of guys that consistently play well, played somewhere between mediocre and terrible (looking at you Divant’e Moffitt) and so the games played were rather different. That said, the thing about playing in RBP is that everybody gets up to do it. Nobody goes into RBP like “oh, well, another game,” it’s always ‘MUST. KILL. GOLIATH!!!!!!!!!!” and so we’ll see if the Yellowjackets succeed in that.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

UAA @ NNU @ 4:15pm

Super curious about this game and we’ll actually get to watch most of it, seeing as Snoqualmie Pass is still a mess. NNU is coming off of a nice win over the Nooks, while UAA is coming of an uncharacteristic blow-out loss to CWU. UAA will want to right the ship, although we wouldn’t quite say they need to; NNU is a hard place to play and UAA is fine in terms of conference standings. NNU, on the other hand, is fighting for a spot in the conference tournament and they know they boast a solid-to-great home court advantage and so they really do need to make the most of it and get the ‘W.’

Prediction: Pick ’em.

WOU @ WWU @ 7pm

This should be a really great game. WOU has actually had a full week of rest, after the SFU game on Thursday got moved. The full week of rest should have been incredibly helpful, seeing as they last played an overtime game against SPU. An SPU-WWU “back-to-back” while challenging, actually could be pretty ideal. There’s no let down game, no overlook game, just attack mode. WWU is coming off of a predictably dominant win over Concordia, which was likely a nice warm-up, and now they can get down to the serious business that is defeating the Wolves of WOU.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CU-PDX @ SFU @ 7pm

This shouldn’t be a good game, although the thing is: it very well might be. CU-Portland is coming off a predictable loss at WWU, but last week they put up promising numbers against the Puget Sound schools. Simon Fraser is coming off of getting swept in Alaska, and while that’s respectable… Simon Fraser returns everything on a team that made it to the conference tournament last year, and so it really shouldn’t have happened.

Prediction: Simon Fraser wins.

UAF @ CWU @ 7:15pm

This is one that could go in any direction. UAF could win big; CWU could win big; UAF could win close; CWU could win close. CWU is coming off of a fantastic blow-out over UAA, but… UAA played strangely poorly. UAF is coming off of a relatively close loss to NNU, that also seemed a tad uncharacteristic. We like a lot of the UAF guys, and while we like CWU just fine, outside of Kevin Baker there really hasn’t been any type of consistency, so it’s really hard to say what they’ll do and what they’re capable of. The good news is that while it’s taking them a while to figure stuff out, the conference standings are still widely in flux, despite being almost halfway through conference play. No one’s really separated themselves outside of WWU and SPU being good and CU-PDX and SMU being bad. The middle seven are all right in it and so a win tonight for the Wildcats would in fact make a huge difference in conference standings.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

It should be a good night. We’ll be following along with everything, although we’re not 100% on our plans just yet, so the medium we’re following along from is yet to be determined.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Conference Game Day #7!

Goood morning.

UAF 75 @ NNU 83

NNU FINALLY STARTED FUNCTIONING THE WAY WE KNOW THEY CAN!!!!!!!!!! And no, it’s not “just against Fairbanks,” Fairbanks is pretty legit this year. Regional threat? Not quite. But definitely should be a conference tournament bound team. It was tied at halftime, and then the Nighthawks made some great halftime adjustments and never trailed in the second half, although they didn’t truly walk up and away until about seven minutes left, and even then Fairbanks kept it decently nailbiting.

Nanook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz went 11-12 from th eline and had five boards; Spencer Sweet had 16 points; Quinn Daugharty had five boards; Mawich Kachjaani had six boards; and off the bench Alex Sommerfield had five boards.

Nighthawk highlights: Beto Diaz had 13 points and five boards; George Reidy had 16 pionts and five fouls; and SPIDER played a whopping 29 minutes (super high for him) and had a full house among nine points and 17 boards. Off the bench Zac Furgerson had four boards; Zeke Alley had 22 points; and Gabe Murphy had five boards.

Big-ish win for the Nighthawks just in terms of getting back on track. Great to see Spider playing so many minutes. Sam Roth had a quiet game, but largely the Nighthawks functioned how they need to function night in and night out. Curious to see Beto Diaz regress so much, simply because it follows the usual GNAC pattern of guys peaking junior year.

UAA 50 @ CWU 84

CWU HAS FINALLY GOT THEIR POOP IN A GROUP!!!!!!! Hopefully. East schools comin’ after ya. The Wildcats never trailed. Not sure what really went wrong for Anchorage; they’ve had a lot of nights of guys having off nights, but they’ve still largely managed to keep it together, and yet… This one they didn’t. Bound to happen at some point, but still surprising to have happen at CWU of all places.

Seawolf highlights: DeAndre Osuigwe had seven boards; Niko Bevens had 15 points; and off the bench Oggie Pantovic had 10 points and six boards.

Wildcat highlights: Kevin Baker had five assists; Amari Stafford had 11 points; and Marqus Gilson had 18 points and eight boards. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas had 10 points and five boards; Gamaun Boykin had seven boards among a full house of stats; Matt Poquette had a full house of stats; and Tariq Wood yhad six boards and 13 points while going 5-6 from the line.

Nicely done Wildcats. Really not sure what it means, but we’ll continue to find out on Saturday.

SPU 87 @ SMU 63

This game was funny. It was a game for approximately two minutes, give or take. SPU went up, and then they went up some more, and then they went up some more, and then they stayed there and that was that. What made it funny though is that SMU actually put up really respectable numbers, score aside.

Falcon highlights: Carry Cavell had 17 points and six boards while going 5-6 from the line; Divant’e Moffitt had five boards among a full house of stats; Gabe Colosimo had 16 points; Filip Fullerton had nine points; and Shaw Anderson had 11 points and five boards. Off the bench, Braden Olsen had 10 points; Sharif Khan had four boards; Mehdi El Mardi had 10 points and four boards; and Jacob Medjo had nine points.

Saints highlights: Alex Schumacher had 13 points; Demonte Molloy was ON FIRE and had 19 points, 11 boards, and four assists; John Moore had 13 points and six boards; and Marky Adams had eight points and 11 boards.

Logan Rooney continues to be cold. SMU was definitely playing this game to win, despite being down by so much. SPU was… We’re not really sure what they were doing. Regardless, we’re ridiculously proud of the Saints, because largely they’re the best numbers we’ve seen them put up in quite a while, and yet… They lost by 20. And they won the rebounding battle by 10, so yay for moral victories!

Also: While their floor looks atrocious on screen, in person it’s totally fine and looks 100% normal.

CU-PDX 66 @ WWU 82

About what we expected, although it should be noted that CU-PDX kept it within reason until about halfway through the second half, so that’s progress.

Cavs highlights: Russell Tillery had five fouls and five assists; HUNTER SWEET had 25 points and nine boards; and off the bench Isaac Morrow had five points and five boards.

Viks highlights: Siaan Rojas had 16 points and eight boards; Jalen Green had 24 points and 13 boards among a full house of stats; and Trevor Jasinsky had six boards. Off the bench Leif Anderson went 6-6 from the line; and Cameron Retherford had 11 points, six boards, and four blocks.

Some really weird numbers on both sides. It appears that the Cavs decided to rest Dakota Ayala and as such, the Vikings rested Logan Schilder. Probably a smart move. No use for the Cavs taking the risk in an almost impossible to win game. Simon Fraser could be a possibility on Saturday, so save it. Still waiting for Leif Anderson to warm up, although credit where credit is due with the free throws; and then hopefully Tucker Eenigenburg gets back in the swing of things soon as well.

MSUB 96 @ SMU 67

We’re not sure how we feel about the Yellowjackets being the Saints by more than the Falcons. Maybe that it was more necessary for the Yellowjackets? Regardless, it’s a win, which is critical in the Yellowjackets having any hope for the conference tournament.

Jacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had five boards nad six assists; Zharon Richmond finally made noise with 11 points and a whopping 14 rebounds; TYLER GREEN had an insane 38 points; STEVIE JAMES STARTED and had 16 points and six assists; and Brendan Howard finally was able to have his load reduced, but still had 16 points and six boards. Off the bench Clarence Daniels had six boards; Jordan Lehrer had five points; and Seth Christaens had five points.

Saints highlights: Alex Schumacher had five assists; Demonte Malloy continues to impress with 15 points and five boards; John Moore had 14 points;  Marky Adams had a mere five boards; and off the bench Logan Rooney had six boards.

Really interesting numbers from the Saints. Defense continues to be a struggle for them, both playing it and getting past it from the other team. Excited about the numbers from the Yellowjackets, but they head to Seattle on Saturday, so… Great warm-up game, but we’re sure lots to review before taking on the Falcons.

Good night of games. Really excited and intrigued by a lot of the results, and so… We’ll see you tomorrow morning for game previews.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Previewing Tonight’s Games!

Goood evening.

Snoqualmie Pass has been a mess all week and so we knew we weren’t going to the UAA/CWU game 😢 and thus we procrastinated on putting this post up. POW was actually done on Sunday night, it just still exists in a physical notebook (yes, we do the math the old fashioned way) and thus isn’t in digital form yet. At some point in the next five days we’ll post it.

Right now, let’s jump into previewing tonight’s games!

All times pacific.

UAF @ NNU @ 4:15pm

Hopefully this post is up by halftime. We’re not looking at what the results currently are, but we feel very 50/50 overall. We’re starting to really believe in the Nanooks -at least to the degree of thinking that they’re almost assuredly getting a berth in the conference tournament- and the evidence is suggesting we write off the Nighthawks, but… Can’t do it quite yet.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CU-PDX @ WWU @ 7pm

The Cavs picked up a nice win over the Saints, but let’s be real here: This is WWU at home and while CU-Portland is improving rapidly and we like a lot of their guys… Seriously, it’s Concordia & Rhodes first year as their coach.

Prediction: WWU wins.

MSUB @ SMU @ 7:30pm

This should be a pretty good game. While the Saints got blown-out on Tuesday, they put up really good numbers despite said blow-out. Are things finally clicking? Perhaps. That and the fact that the battle between Marky Adams and Brendan Howard is going to be amazing, means that this game is definitely worth a perusal. One of those games in which… It could be close, or either team could blow the other out. We have no real sense of it, because the teams do exist in around the same area of the conference standings. Our instinct is that SMU might have the edge because while MSUB’s Zharon Richmond has had good moments in the past, he hasn’t had any yet in conference play this year.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

UAA @ CWU @ 7:30

Sad to be missing this. Is CWU finally starting to figure out what they’re doing? Probably. They had a good win over NNU and a heartbreakingly close loss at MSUB, but…. This is Anchorage. A team that uses two full line-ups and gets at least average play out of every single guy, generally speaking. That’s depth. Usually at least two out of eight guys will be below average, but not the case with UAA.

Prediction: Seawolves win.

WOU @ SFU: Rescheduled to 12:30pm on Monday Jan. 20, 2020.

Rescheduled because of stormy weather on SFU’s campus. We were skimming the article and noticed several grammatical errors that we doubt were intentional… Journalism majors 🙄 Signed, a Holier-Than-Thou English major

We’ll preview this game in Sunday’s results post.

It should be a great night of games. We’ll be following along with all of them from our couch and talk to y’all tomorrow morning about what went on.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Conference Game Day #6!

Whoa ho ho HO! Best day of conference play so far this year. It was incredible, and so let’s jump right in.

SFU 66 @ UAA 81

So our instinct was right UAA was largely in control the whole way through, and it all led to a really great victory by the Seawolves. Large enough to be impressive, but not too large to make SFU look terrible. Okay, 15 is a bit of a stretch, but… It’s probably the cut-off for within reason and yet not worrisome in the slightest, so just about perfect.

Clan highlights: Mike Provenzano had a full house including five fouls; Jasdeep Singh had 10 points; Julian Roche had nine points and 10 boards; and Mike Hannan had seven boards. Off the bench Matt Kiatripis had five points; and Drew Bryson had three assists. Wil Balata didn’t play.

Seawolf highlights: Deandre Osuigwe had eight assists and was 4-5 from the line; Tyler Brimhall had four boards and five assists; Niko Bevens had 11 points; and Tobin Karlberg had 10 points. Off the bench Tyrus Hosley had 12 points and five boards among a full house; JACK MACDONALD had 17 points, three boards, and five assists on perfect shooting, including going 5-5 from three; and Oggie Pantovic had five boards and 16 points.

These Seawolves numbers aren’t much and in that, they’re kind of awesome. Jack Macdonald was the only guy that had an amazing game, all of the “starters” were average and yet the job was done and done well. Love it. Mark of a good team is when everyone merely plays okay and yet you win convincingly. The Seawolves also continue to mess with their starting line-up, and so on the one hand we’re starting to worry about guys rhythm and mental state, but on the other hand maybe it’s beneficial in the whole “you could be starting” and “it’s not who starts but who finishes” mentality. Congrats to the Seawolves on a good win, and as for the Clan: it’s hard to play in Alaska. This isn’t the end of the world.

WWU 71 @ UAF 63

The Viks got the win in the hostile gymnasium! Nicely done men. In good news for the Nooks, it was close the vast majority of the way; WWU only pulled away in the final couple of minutes, and so we would say it’s a QualityLoss™.

Viks highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had 18 points on solid shooting, including being 5-6 from the line; Jalen Green had seven boards among a full house of stats; and the always reliable Trevor Jasinsky had 16 points and 11 boards among 39 minutes and a full house of stats. Off the bench Leif Anderson had six points; and RJ Secrest had four boards.

Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz went 9-11 form the line; Spencer Sweet had 14 points and seven boards; Koby Huerta had five fouls; and Mawich Kachjaani had seven boards. Off the bench Markel Baks had six points and four boards among a flawless full house of stats; and highly skilled sixth man Alex Sommerfield had seven points and 10 boards.

This honestly doesn’t bode well for the Nooks unless you think WWU is a really, really good team. The Nooks put up good numbers but couldn’t seal the deal. Shadeed Shabazz went 6-21 from the field and it definitely seems like this UAF team lives and dies by game, granted likely had he not been taking all of those shots, someone else could have gotten them in but… Maybe not. Congrats to both teams on a hard game well fought.

SPU 98 @ WOU 88 in OT

What. A. Game. Usually we have some idea of what happened in a game before we look at the numbers, but this game… No idea. WOU led for a huge majority of it, SPU turned the ball over on the last possession, WOU took a shot at the buzzer that bounced around a fair bit and then ultimately didn’t go in, meaning the game remained tied. Crazy.

Falcon highlights: Harry Cavel had 12 points and six boards; Divant’e Moffitt had 23 points; Filip Fullerton had six boards; SHAW ANDERSON had 34 points and nine boards while playing a whopping 44 minutes; and off the bench BRADEN OLSEN had a whopping 19 points, five boards, and seven assists while going 8-9 from the line.

Wolves highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had 16 points; Cameron Cranston had 16 points among a full house of stats, including three blocks; Dalven Brushier had 13 points, five boards, five assists, and five fouls;  DARIUS LUBOM had a whopping 26 points and five boards; and off the bench Emanuel Gant had 10 boards, four assists, four steals, and five fouls.

SPU’s senior leader in Gavin Long was out and yet the Falcons managed to get a win in a gym they haven’t won in since 2013. We say that good teams find a way to win, but… We didn’t expect this victory at all. What’s especially amazing is that the Wolves had a good-to-great day numbers-wise, so the Falcons seemingly beat them at their best on the road while down one of their best players. Nicely done to all involved, it’s only January but this was a March-style game. Absolutely insane.

SMU 74 @ CU-PDX 86

CONCORDIA FINALLY BROKE THROUGH!!!!!! Nicely done men. It was very back-and-forth for a huge majority of the game, with SMU leading by three at halftime and then the back-and-forth continuing until roughly nine minutes left in the game when Concordia took the lead and never relinquished it.

Saints highlights: Alex Schumacher played 40 full minutes and had eight assists; Demonte Molloy had 23 points, nine boards, and five assists; CJ Jennings had five fouls and nine points; Marky Adams had a double double among 11 boards, four blocks, and 24 points; and off the bench Caden Smith had three boards and six points.

Cavs highlights: Russell Tillery had 14 points; Xavier Smith had 17 points, five assists, and six steals; Caleb Larsen had 16 points and four assists; Dakota Ayala had 19 points, four boards, and six assists; and off the bench Bryce Cheney had five boards.

Arguably turnovers were the name of the game; SMU had a whopping 18, while Concordia only had seven, so that’s great to see. While Concordia went deep into their bench, they didn’t get much of it, not even from El-roi Butler, so that’s rather curious. Logan Rooney is slumping a bit as SMU’s sixth man, so hopefully he comes back strong soon. Congrats to the Cavs on a good win.

CWU 91 @ MSUB 92 in OT

Okay, we thought the Wildcats and Yellowjackets were closely matched, but we didn’t realize they were this closely matched. Absolute insanity. It tied at halftime, tied at the end of regulation, and then even in OT there was a difference of a mere one, wow.

Wildcat highlights: Xavier Smith had 13 points; and Kevin Baker had 13 points among a full house of stats. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas had nine points and five boards; Matt Poquette had 11 points; and TARIQ WOODY had a whopping 29 points and six boards.

Yellowjacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had 22 points and five boards; Zharon Richmond had 22 points, five boards, and five fouls while going 5-7 from the line; Tyler Green had nine points and six boards; Brendan Howard had 21 points and seven boards.

Insanely close game. We’re not sure what’s going on with CWU’s starting line-up, but… It is what it is. We’ll be curious to see if they try moving Tariq Woody into a starting role, or if it’s considered a one-off. Both teams need to hurry their recovery and get ready for a big week -the Jackets are at the Puget Sounds schools, while the Wildcats are hosting the Alaskas.

Really great night of games, ridiculously proud of all of the guys. Player-of-the-week will be up in the morning.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Previewing Today’s Games!

Gooood morning. We have quite an array of games ahead of us at a massive smattering of times, so let’s jump right in.

All times pacific.

SMU @ CU-PDX @ 2pm

UNDER THE BASKET IN FRONT OF THE CONCORDIA BENCH IS CURSED!!!!!!! Two SPU players and a CU-PDX player got injured there on Thursday, so… Take heed and you have been warned. Again: We don’t think it’s a facilities issue; we just think it’s cursed. That said, we think CU-PDX has a pretty decent chance to win this game. They didn’t play terribly against the Falcons, and while SMU truthfully didn’t play terribly against the Wolves, there was an insane lack of D that could be a great opening for Concordia. The Cavs have some really good guys and we love their new coach in Rhoades, but it’s a matter of putting it together. And recruiting to a school that has an official policy that the earth is 8,000 years old.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

WWU @ UAF @ 3:15pm

It’s currently -28° and is projected to be -30° as of game time. The good news is, there’s only 48% humidity and Fairbanks is a dry climate as is, so it probably feels like it would around 20° in Seattle. The humidity kills you. And so too might the Nanooks kill the Vikings. They got a good win over SFU, SFU did in fact beat WWU, and WWU only barely escaped Anchorage, and so they’re gonna be tired while the Nooks should be decently well rested. There’s also the whole historical thing of “WWU can’t win in UAF,” to the point that none of the Viking fans even blink at a loss up there; in their national championship season back in 2012, they beat just about everybody and yet still lost at UAF. It happens. We’ll see if it happens today.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

SPU @ WOU @ 4:15pm

Another school that tends to be good and yet can’t win in a certain location. The Falcons haven’t won in Monmouth since 2013. While we suspect they’ll still be out Gavin Long, honestly: It doesn’t matter. Our whole policy these entire six years of blogging has been that good teams find a way to win regardless of who’s out and who’s not and regardless as to how long its been since your program has won in a particular gym. In our opinion WOU is still definitely fighting for an at-large berth and so a win against SPU would be a great one to get. While WOU showed depth against SMU, that game was entirely different from the one we expect to see against SPU and so we’ll see if their rotation shortens up once again. Should be a really great game.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CWU @ MSUB @ 6pm

We’re excited about this game. CWU is coming off of having Thursday off after beating the Nighthawks in Nampa, MSUB is coming off of a respectable loss to NNU at home, and so… CWU is going to want to keep it rolling, while MSUB is going to want to right the ship. We think both teams are incredibly well matched, although with different strengths. CWU’s best player currently appears as Kevin Baker (although Gamaun Boykin and Matt Poquette both have their moments as well), while with MSUB it’s indisputably Brendan. We’ll see how things shake out.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

SFU @ UAA @ 6:15pm

We’ll be honest: We lean toward UAA getting the win. They got the wins against the Oregon schools, they blew out SMU, they played  SPU close, and they played WWU even closer and… As a general rule they’ve just proven to be more trustworthy as a team than this SFU team, despite the fact that they have identical in-conference records. With the Clan, the turnovers have got to stop. Mike Provenzano had 10 the other night, Wil Balata had eight on a different day, the fundamentals are so bad we feel sick to out stomach and we know that Rusty Osborn is going to take advantage of it. That’s going to be the key for UAA tonight: Allowing SFU to beat themselves at their own game. That said, while we feel like UAA is going to win, SFU has proven to be able pull wins out of a hat, so…

Prediction: Pick ’em.

All pick ’ems, and while yes the last game is a bit dicey on that status, there is a key part of us that feels like we’re falling into a false sense of security with this SFU team.

It should be an absolutely amazing day of games, we’re going to be in Monmouth so by all means, come say ‘hi.’ We’ll be in our usual spot, but probably not knitting because we finally have SPU families that travel again and so we do actually have people to hangout with pre-game. Shout-out to said families, particularly the Fullertons and the Andersons.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC, and we’ll see y’all tomorrow morning with the results.

Conference Game Day #5!

Good morning! What a night of games we had and so let’s jump right in.

SFU 74 @ UAF 80

That score looks way closer than it was. For the most part UAF was leading by 10+. Are we surprised? Not really. While we liked the Clan last year, they’ve regressed despite returning everyone. The Nooks have been looking really good and you mix that with home court advantage and you get a result like this. That said: SFU did all they could there at the end to make game of it and they did get closer.

Clan highlights: Mike Provenzano had a full house; Jasdeep Singh went 9-10 from the line, had a full house, and picked up eight boards; and Julian Roche had six boards and 10 points in limited minutes (no foul trouble). Off the bench Matt Kiatipis had a whopping 11 points in five minutes on great shooting; and Mike Hannan had seven points and five boards.

Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz was back with a vengeance, picking up 30 points and six steals while going a whopping 10-10 from the line; Spencer Sweet was better than ever, scoring 23 points, grabbing eight boards, and procuring five steals; Koby Huerta shot well and had 12 points; and ff the bench Markel Banks had four boards and four steals.

Honestly: We have no idea what was up with SFU because the numbers are complete trash. While we think UAF is good, SFU was clearly have a very, very off night. One interesting note of the match-up is that UAF barely used Mawich at all; we’re assuming it’s because Julian Roche outweighs him by 30lbs and it’s not worth the risk, but interesting strategy nonetheless.  Congrats to the Nooks on a convincing victory.

WWU 74 @ UAA 70

Great game. Just as you would see the Vikings walking up, UAA would come right back. Definitely a heartbreaking loss for the Seawolves, but… All the more reason to avenge it later in the season on their return trip to Carver.

Viking highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had 16 points, five boards, and five assists; Siaan Rojas had seven boards; LOGAN SCHILDER had 17 points and a whopping 14 rebounds; Jalen Green had 14 points and six boards; Trevor Jasinsky had 11 points, six boards, and five assists; and off the bench RJ Secrest had seven points while going 5-6 from the line.

Seawolf highlights: NIko Bevens had 12 points; and Jack Macdonald had 13 points. Off the bench Deandre Osuigwe had eight points, nine assists, and six boards; Tyler Brimhall had 15 points and nine boards; and Oggie Pantovic had 16 points and four boards.

UAA continues to mess with their starting line, we really think they should take heart from this loss; WWU played as well as they have all year, their numbers were all fantastic, and yet the Seawolves still only lost by four. That says good things and it says that WWU is definitely beatable by UAA, so… Congrats to the Viks on their victory and a great game to all.

SPU 80 @ CU-PDX 55

Interesting game, interesting atmosphere. Props to the Concordia fans; every time their team would hit a shot, the reaction was that the shot was to take the lead, despite the fact that it definitely was not. That said, it was close for a bit, and then SPU’s Gavin Long went down and we were like “oh, maybe this is going to be really competitive” but nope. Somehow you take out SPU’s senior leader and arguable best player and… They still win by 25 because of course they do; not even we were expecting that.

Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had six boards among a full house of stats; Divant’e Moffitt had six boards; Filip Fullerton had six boards; Shaw Anderson had 11 points; and despite playing only six minutes, Gavin Long had nine points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had eight points; Mehdi El Mardi had four boards; Jacob Medjo had four boards and six points; and GABE COLOSIMO had 17 points.

Cavs highlights: Xavier Smith had 17 points; Hunter Sweet had 10 points and five boards; and Dakota Ayala had a whopping 13 boards. Off the bench Brendan Ritschard had eight points; Isaac Morrow had five points; and Caleb Larsen had five points.

Honestly: The Falcons numbers confuse us just a bit, because really… No one played especially well, with the exception of Gabe Colosimo and the brief appearance of Gavin Long. It was a full team effort that ended in the throttling of Concordia, but Concordia actually did a really good job in defending the Falcons. Dakota Ayala also didn’t break his face at any point, which last year it seemed like every game he did, so that’s exciting too. While it was a loss for the Cavs by 25… It didn’t feel that way, it felt closer, so we’ll continue pondering them. Perhaps as the experience is gained throughout the season they’ll get a bit hotter.

SMU 73 @ WOU 108

Good lord. It seems like SMU is regressing, although… The numbers aren’t bad, so maybe WOU is just maturing and getting into super power mode. We’d be good with that. That said, the Wolves “only” won by 35, so as much as the three digits makes it look insane, it’s not like the Saints lost by 50. Bright side.

Saints highlights: Alex Schumacher had 14 points; Demonte Molloy had 13 points and five fouls; CJ Jennings had six boards and five fouls; and Marky Adams had a quiet night for Marky with 11 points and six boards. Off the bench Logan Rooney had 11 points; and Caden Smith had six points.

Wolves highlights: Cameron Cranston had 16 points among six boards and four steals; DALVEN BRUSHIER had an insane 37 points and six assists; and Darius Lubom had 14 points and eight boards. Off the bench Emanuel Gant had 11 points; Antonio Salinas had six points; and Zach Baugher had five points and four boards.

The Saints had a whopping 27 turnovers, what the heck? Nice harassment, WOU. While we’ve been thinking WOU is good and will contend for an at-large, we still don’t think the Saints are truly as bad as this loss makes them look. We’re not sure where they fall, but still probably mid-GNAC-ish? CWU and Concordia below them and then we’ll see how they match-up with MSUB next week, which should be interesting. Congrats to the Wolves on a dominating win.

CWU 72 @ NNU 70

!!!!!!!!! Nicely done CWU, and at NNU of all places; NNU is hard to play at. It was back and forth all game and then CWU clinched it. We would call it a huge victory in regard to CWU finally getting over the hump, but also not term it as a huge loss for NNU; it was close and CWU is going to beat some teams. The Nighthawks can get revenge on the return trip.

Wildcat highlights: Davon Bolton had 13 poitns and six boards; Xavier Smith had 10 points; and KEVIN BAKER had 22 points and six boards. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas had 11 points; Gamaun Boykin had six points; and Matt Poquette had four boards.

Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had 11 points; George Reidy went 4-5 from the line; and Spider had 10 points and nine boards. Off the bench ZEKE ALLEY had 18 points; and Jayden Bezzant had 10 boards and five assists.

Weird starting line-ups for both teams and arguably for both it worked. It seemed like a very molasses-y game and in the case of the Wildcats we’ll be curious to see what they do against MSUB. In the case of the Nighthawks… Here’s what they did against MSUB:

NNU 85 @ MSUB 72

Close-ish game, but never got super dicey, so that’s a nice win for NNU. We had it as a pick ’em, but… One guy can’t do it all. We love you Brendan!

Nighthawk highlights: Beto Diaz was back in form and had 19 points and five boards; George Reidy had a full house among 11 points; Jayden Bezzant was back in the starting line-up and had 14 points and seven boards; and off the bench ZEKE ALLEY had a whopping 27 points including being 4-4 from three.

Jacket highlights: Zharon Richmond finally had a good game with 17 points; TYLER GREEN had 19 points; Brendan Howard had 22 points and seven boards; and off the bench Psalm Maduakor had four boards.

Really good match-up overall, nice to see NNU bounce back. This’ll be another game in the second half that we’ll be excited to see what happens. Not a ton say about ti through simply because it was a matter of NNU having more talent than MSUB straight-up.

Great night of games. We’re convinced that the floor under the basket in front of Concordia’s bench is cursed; three guys got injured in that area last night, two Falcons, one Cavalier, so… Beware of that when you go there. We’re not even convinced it’s anything CU-PDX facilities could fix; it’s just simply cursed. Is what it is.

Tomorrow’s game day previews will be up in the AM.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Conference Game Day #4!

We were going to blog last night, but then we didn’t, and yet we woke up this morning excited to tell you all about what happened AND already longing for Thursday and our trek down to Portland. Life is good. And the games last night were interesting, so let’s talk about them.

UAF 68 @ SPU 86

So yesterday when we did our preview, we didn’t discuss SPU at all because we feel like we’re too close to the situation. As much as we still love Fairbanks and think they’re a great team, we think SPU is decently unique in their ability to counteract the Nanooks. Much as the Nooks have a bunch of different guys that can be relied upon, so too do the Falcons, and so it didn’t matter how UAF rotated, someone on the SPU team was ready to play lock down D.

Nanook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz went 9-9 from the line; Spencer Sweet had nine points; Quinn Daugharty had five boards; and Koby Huerta had 14 points. Off the bench Zach Hatch had five points; and Alex Sommerfield had 17 points and five boards.

Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 10 boards; Divant’e Moffitt had 14 points and five assists; SHAW ANDERSON had 33 points and nine boards; Gavin Long had 14 points and seven boards; and off the bench Gabe Colosimo had six points.

While not much bench play was credited to the Falcons, Jacob Medjo did play some insanely critical minutes against Mawich Kachjaani, and that was a great match-up. Mawich is tiny and seems like he could be prone to getting guys in foul trouble, but in this case Jacob Medjo is just as tiny and so they were battling in the paint in their insanely long but insanely tiny bodies and it was AMAZING.

UAA 96 @ SMU 57

This was never a game, ever. Honestly, we dislike the Saints new court so much and we’re kind of wondering if it’s a point of aggravation that works against them. The court is so obnoxious that everyone just wants to get in and get the heck out. All that said, the Seawolves starting line-up was back to normal, so that was semi-exciting too.

Seawolf highlights: Tyler Brimhall had 10 points and six boards; and Niko Bevens had 23 points and seven boards. Off the bench Deandre Osuigwe had five points, five steals, and five assists; Tyrus Hosley had 18 points; Tobin Karlberg had 14 points; Keegan Crosby had four boards; and Oggie Pantovic had a double-double with 13 points and 11 boards on good-to-great shooting.

Saints highlights: Alex Schumacher had five boards; CJ Jennings had 23 points; and John Moore had nine points.

It was an absolute blow-out, so not a ton to write home about, but… Some interesting contemplations in regard to the conference round robin with regard to SMU killing NNU before getting killed by UAA. We’ll see what comes of it.

CWU 57 @ SFU 75

Not gonna lie, SFU was killing CWU and so we turned off the game for a while, but then ultimately clicked back just out of curiosity and sure enough, the score was 34-33 Clan at halftime. CWU made a fight of it for a good bit, but… Simon Fraser is definitely a second half team and that was that.

Wildcat highlights: Xavier Smith had 11 points; Kevin Baker had 13 points and five boards; and Matt Poquette had nine points. Off the bench Marqus Gilson had eight points; and Tariq Woody had seven points and five boards.

Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had five boards; Jasdeep Singh had five assists; Julian Roche had 17 points and 11 boards for the double-double among a full house of stats; and Mike Hannan started in place of Wil Balata and had nine points among a full house of stats. Off the bench David Penney had seven points among a smattering of field stats; Wil Balata went 8-11 from the line and finished with 12 points and six boards; and Drew Bryson had five points.

We like Wil coming off the bench. Mike Hannan is the better all around player, while Wil is more of a shooter, but the starting line-up already has so many shooters that it seems like overkill. Having Mike Hannan in there as a person that absolutely doesn’t need the ball the way Wil does worked out fantastically; having Wil also gave wayyy more juice to the second unit, so we really like the move. Not sure what this game really implies, but definitely a good chance for the Clan to go out and run before heading up to the always difficult Alaska schools next week.

NNU 59 @ WWU 84

This was never a game. Ever. The Vikings came out and dominated, which is leading us to think that it’s athleticism that kills the Nighthawks. It wasn’t like WWU was playing out of their minds; the numbers are pretty normal, but… The Nighthawks just couldn’t get anything together. And this was while playing in Carver while students were gone. We can only imagine what the score would have been like if the students were there. Count your blessings Nighthawks.

Nighthawk highlights: Jayden Bezzant had five assists. Off the bench Zeke Alley had 15 points and five boards; while Gabe Murphy had seven boards.

Viking highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had six assists; SIAAN ROJAS had 15 points and 11 boards; Logan Schilder had 13 points among a smattering of field stats; Jalen Green had 17 points and seven boards among a flawless full house; Trevor Jasinsky had 10 points and five boards, also among a full house of stats; and off the bench Cameron Retherford had 13 points.

We’ll be curious to see the Nighthawks bounce back; they have a good opportunity on Tuesday when they host the Wildcats. WWU is now on a 2-0 streak as they get ready to head up to face what appear to be decently formidable Alaska schools, so that should be good.

MSUB 85 @ CU-PDX 73

About what we expected. Billings won comfortably, but it was by no means a blow-out, and CU-Portland put up better numbers than they have in any other game this season.

Jacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had 17 points and six boards; Zharon Richmond had 11 points, five boards, and five fouls; Tyler Green had five boards; and Brendan Howard had a bit of an off game with 20 points and eight boards. Off the bench Clarence Daniels had six points and six boards; and Psalm Maduakor had 15 points and eight boards.

Cavs highlights: Russell Tillery had 15 points; Xavier Smith had 11 points; Hunter Sweet had seven boards; and Dakota Ayala had 25 points and nine boards.

We like a lot of the numbers put up by both teams, it’s just hard to take them seriously because the numbers are so different from what these two teams have put up against any other teams. Billings is facing CWU and NNU this week, while CU-Portland will face the Puget Sound schools, so… We’ll see what happens.

There’s a lot of really curious results and implications now that we have two weeks of conference play under our belts. We also want to check in with the other two conferences and see what’s going on there. Non-con suggested that it’s the CCAA, then the GNAC, then the Pac-West, but… We’ll see. This coming week is another week of super interesting games, so… Lots on the horizon.

We’ll see you all tomorrow morning for Player-of-the-Week nominations and winner, and then hopefully mid-week for the first ‘Discussions’ post we’ll have had reason to write in a few years.

Congrats to all on a great weekend of games.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Previewing Today’s Games!

Up a little bit late, and so… Let’s jump right in.

All times pacific. <— All times are being played in pacific time regardless today (and on Thursday) but ah well. Rituals.

MSUB @ CU-PDX @ 2pm

MSUB played WOU respectably, while at the same time we feel like this could be a chance for CU-Portland to pick up a win? Do we seriously think it’s going to happen? No. But it could happen, which is a lot more than can be said about other CU-PDX games this year. The Brendan/Dakota match-up should be good and we’re curious to see the types of numbers put up, because the strategy likely to be employed by CU-PDX will likely be different than we’ve seen of other, better teams. Our thought would be that CU-Portland would in fact try to shut down Brendan, with the thought being that if they can do that, there’s such a drop-off with other MSUB players that the game becomes decently evenly matched. Now, how they’ll shut down Brendan is anyone’s guess; we would probably veer toward a by-committee approach rather than just throwing Dakota at him the entire time, because if you just throw Dakota at him, Dakota is simply going to end up in foul trouble and then BH can do what he wants regardless and now the Cavs are down their second best player. That said, we’ll see.

Prediction: MSUB wins.

UAF @ SPU @ 4:15pm

We’re sooo excited to watch this game. We really like the numbers and rotations UAF has been putting up and so it could and should be decently dicey. In our post non-con review, UAF is really the only “outlier” team that we see having a legitimate shot to vie for the autobid in the conference tournament -outlier meaning that there’s still a reasonable chance they don’t even make the conference tournament, but if they do they have massive upset potential. The fact is, the Nanooks have a crazy number of guys that have had crazy good games, which means they’re not relying on one person to get hot, but can rely on any number of them. We’ve seen greatness out of Shadeed Shabazz, Spencer Sweet, Quinn Daugharty, Koby Huerta, Mawich Kachjaani, Keshaun Howard, and Alex Sommerfield. While they’re not consistent, the odds are there on any given night that SOMEONE is going to be out of their mind, which means teams have to be super flexible in their game planning because you don’t know who it’s going to be and UAF has proven that they’re willing to get it to the hot hand. Super dangerous.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

UAA @ SMU @ 5pm

Another really great game. UAA is coming off a close loss to SPU, SMU is coming off of a loss to UAF that just screamed “inexperience,” which makes sense because they’re so young and so new. Every game has the potential to be that game where the Saints come together or where they completely fall apart. There’s really no telling what could happen in this game, because SMU has a pretty tight line-up, while UAA has been so inconsistent that Rusty Osborne has taken to completely swapping things in attempts to inject energy and so ultimately the guys settle down and settle in. We’ll see what happens in this game; we see it as a situation where either team could lose close, or UAA could win big, but SMU would at most win by seven or so.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CWU @ SFU @ 7pm

This game feels very similar to the MSUB/CU-PDX game. SFU is the better team, but there’s not enough of a gap so the answer is obvious. While SFU has a good home court advantage, the fact is that CWU is 0-3 and likely know this is one of their better chances to actually pick-up a win. The bad news is that the tables have turned and when we think of the SFU team, there are so many guys that can get hot and make shots, and the Wildcats just haven’t shown that yet this year. They can keep things close, they can take things down to the wire, but there’s no guy on the team that we would describe as ‘reliable’ just yet. This would be a good game for Gamaun Boykin, Matt Poquette, and Kevin Baker to all really step up their defense (if possible) and dig in, but… Will it happen? Not sure. With SFU, the big things to keep an eye on will be Wil Balata not taking stupid shots and then Mike Provenzano and Mike Hannan continuing to click into gear, particularly Mike Hannan on defense.

Prediction: SFU wins.

NNU @ WWU @ 7pm

THIS SHOULD BE AN AMAZING GAME. WWU is more talented but NNU is better fundamentally. NNU is another team that we’ve been waiting to fully click into gear because we truly believe in their guys and their abilities, it’s just a matter of locking them down and tightening things up. WWU it’s pretty near impossible for them to tighten things up, but they are really talented and so… We’ll see how much more talented they are than NNU. We really don’t think the gap is that big, and so if NNU can be self-disciplined with their shooting, they should have a really great chance of procuring another ‘W.’ That said, as much as we like them; they still got blown out by an SMU team that looks very middle-of-the-pack, so they also could lose big to this super talented Vikings team. We shall see.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

All this post has made us think is that we finally want to start coaching again. Alas, it’ll have to wait until April because we’re busy with you all until the end of March.

Today we’ll be at SPU in our usual spot. Come say ‘hi’ if you want.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC, and we’ll see y’all tomorrow morning.

Player-of-the-Week #1!

We’re doing it all in one post this year; no more monkey business with two posts on Mondays.

For those new around here: We have a formula similar to the production stat that we use for player-of-the-week. Doing it this way allows us to compare players across eras relatively well and it means that even in recent years when the GNAC has been down, receiving a win from us means that despite playing in a down era, they are likely to match-up well talent-wise with guys from better eras.

This past year we didn’t name a GNAC player-of-the-year nor all conference team because no one hit the numbers required, and we feel it’s better to not give out awards than to give out best-of-the-bad awards.

We do try to nominate a player from each school each week, but if no one from a given school hit the minimum numbers required then the spot gets donated to a player that did. If we have more players than spots, we do name honorable mentions -although it hasn’t happened all that often as of late.

That said: It’s player of the week not “best individual game of the week,” so in order to receive a nomination a guy has to hit at least a certain minimum in BOTH games.

With that, this week’s nominees:

UAF: Shadeed Shabazz
UAA: Tyrus Hosley
SFU: Jasdeep Singh
WWU: Jalen Green
SPU: Harry Cavell
SMU: Marky Adams
CWU: Kevin Baker
NNU: N/A —> Donated to CJ Jennings of SMU.
MSUB: Brendan Howard
CU-PDX: Hunter Sweet
WOU: Cameron Cranston

Player-of-the-Week: Hunter Sweet -he just edged out Shadeed Shabazz.

Honorable Mentions: Dakota Ayala (CU-PDX), Darius Lubom (WOU), and Jaylyn Richardson (WOU).

Does it mean something that the top two guys both played in a 2OT game against a team they projected in the same range as? Maybe. But really it was only half of our metric; they also both played in regulation games against teams that were supposedly much better than they were. The numbers logged honestly were great but still not a particular outlier of what we’ve seen in past years from various other guys in regulation games and so we don’t consider it statistically significant. While the honorable mentions also played in OT games, it was mentioned in both of the posts that WOU is incredibly top heavy and so yes a number of their guys will likely hit high every week, but… You can only do so much without having a bench.

Congrats again to Hunter Sweet on the win.

Sometime later this week or early next week we’ll do a deep dive of West Region non-con and the implications going into the full block of conference play.

Great week of hoops. Good luck to all during finals.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Conference Game Day #2!

Hooooooly… What an absolutely positively insane night of games. The Alaskas vs. the Oregons went to OT, the Puget Sound schools vs. the East schools were threatening to, and Western Washington finally actually looked like the conference leaders they should be.

And so… Let’s talk about all of it.

SPU 77 @ NNU 68

This game seemed to take forever. There were three minutes left in the first half and it felt like it should already be the second half. Second half, same thing. The Nighthawks will wear you out. They have great post presence and are a great rebounding team and despite the Falcons coming away with the win, we’re sure that they are feeling the battle this morning and that is high praise to the Nighthawks.

Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 11 points and eight boards; Divant’e Moffitt had 10 points and five assists; and Gavin Long had 11 points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 17 points on good-to-great shooting; Sharif Khan had 10 points and four steals; and Jacob Medjo had eight points.

Nighthawk highlights: Jaylen Fox had 14 points on great shooting; Sam Roth had 10 boards and seven assists; Beto Diaz had 16 points and five boards; George Reidy had 11 points among a full house of stats; and Spider had seven boards. Off the bench Zac Furgerson had seven points; and Zeke Alley had 10 points.

It’s funny how much the numbers can differ from impressions; we felt like George Reidy had an amazing game, and yet numbers-wise he didn’t. Same with Sam Roth; we never trust Sam Roth, while tonight he went 1-7 the Falcons were EVERYWHERE trying to defend him and it definitely took a lot of their energy. Really well fought battle by both teams; the Nighthawks were in it at the end, Spider made a huge jump shot and it got dicey, but the Falcons hit their free throws and pulled it out.

SMU 79 @ CWU 76

Heartbreak for the Wildcats two games in a row with just not being able to seal the deal. They led by 13 and one point, battled down the stretch, had the ball as they needed it in the waning seconds to get the final shot, and then Xavier Smith turned it over and that was the end of it. Ouch.

Saints highlights: Demonte Malloy had 12 points; CJ Jennings had 18 points, four boards, and four assists; LOGAN ROONEY started and had 13 points; John Moore had 13 points among a full house of stats; Marky Adams had a flawless full house with a double-double of 11 points and 10 boards; and off the bench Alex Schumacher had four boards.

Wildcat highlights: Davon Bolton had five boards; and Tariq Woody had 12 points. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas had 13 points; KEVIN BAKER was on fire and had 19 points and eight boards; Amari Stafford had four assists; and Marqus Gilson had seven boards and six points.

The numbers confuse us. The minutes distribution by the Wildcats confuses us even more. How they were in this game at all is a miracle that we would attribute to Alex Schumacher playing wayyyy too selfishly. With the Wildcats, it’s looking like Rinta really wanted to get everyone involved (almost everyone saw 20 minutes) and yet… At what cost? There was no foul trouble, so why did Matt Poquette only see 18 minutes? Why did an on-fire Tariq Woody only see 20 minutes? Why did an on-fire Kevin Baker only see 22 minutes? Rarely do we have a desire for a post-game interview, but… The minutes distribution is a head scratcher at best and moronic at worst. Congrats to the Saints on pulling out the victory.

MSUB 62 @ WWU 86

This game was never a contest. Ever. WWU went up 13-0, and that was as close as MSUB got. The Viks led by 27 at halftime, the Jackets came back out ready to play, but… The contest ended just post tip-off.

Yellowjacket highlights: Chrishon Dixon had five assists among a full house of stats; Tyler Green had a full house; BRENDAN HOWARD had 17 points and 13 boards for the double-double; and Seth Christaens had five boards. Off the bench Clarence Daniels had four boards; and Stevie James had nine points while going 6-7 from the line.

Viking highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had 15 points and four steals; SIAAN ROJAS started and had six assists; Logan Schilder had eight boards and 10 points in limited minutes; JALEN GREEN had 23 points and five boards among a full house of stats; and Trevor Jasinsky had a full house. Off the bench RJ Secrest had eight points; Luke Lovelady had 17 points and four boards; and Cameron Retherford had seven points.

We’re actually relatively pleased with the Yellowjackets play, despite the blow-out. The numbers say they were distributing and trying new things when the old things weren’t working, which is everything. Don’t do the same darn things expecting to get a different result. We’re surprised the Vikings weren’t able (or didn’t care) to shut down Brendan; and then Trevor Jasinsky despite having an off night from the field was still super effective. Congrats to both teams on a game well fought.

CU-PDX 111 @ UAF 116 in 2OT

Hooooly what. At one point the Cavs led by 10 in the first half, 13 in the second half, and yet couldn’t hang on. Ouch. This is a loss that’s likely to haunt them for a while, but hopefully they learn from it? The Nooks really only led in the final two minutes of regulation, the Cavs managed to tie it, it went to the first OT and the Cavs consistently led until the Nooks tied it at the end of that first OT, it was back and forth in the second OT, and then Shadeed Shabazz got a steal and the Cavs couldn’t recover. Free throws and the Nooks win. Nuts.

Cavs highlights: El-roi Butler had five fouls; Caleb Larsen had five fouls and went 6-6 from the line; HUNTER SWEET played a whopping 47 minutes and had a full house of stats among 26 points, five boards, seven assists, and four steals; and Dakota Ayala had 22 points, six boards, and five fouls. Off the bench David Wheeler had 18 points and seven boards; and Brendan Ritschard had 14 points and eight boards.

Nanook highlights: SHADEED SHABAZZ played a whopping 47 minutes and had a full house among a whopping 43 points with solid shooting from the field, good shooting from the line, four steals, and five fouls; SPENCER SWEET also played 47 minutes and 19 points and six boards on good shooting; and QUINN DAUGHARTY started and had five boards. Off the bench Zach Hatch had five boards and four assists; and MARKEL BANKS had a whopping 33 points and six boards among a full house of stats and absolutely elite shooting from both the field and the free throw line, going 11-14 from the field and 11-12 from the line. Insane.

The numbers from this game are crazy and this is what we would describe as good minutes distribution; some of the Nooks go-to guys weren’t playing as well as they could have, and so swaps were made and they were effective. Special note that while Quinn Daugharty and Zach Hatch didn’t put up remarkable numbers, they played 25+ minutes apiece and that says that their defense and propensity of being team players was high, so very quality minutes right there. Basketball IQ, basketball IQ, basketball IQ.

WOU 86 @ UAA 88 in OT

And this is why everyone always says playing in Alaska is hard. While we picked WOU to finish eighth, we didn’t expect them to get swept in Alaska; we picked them to finish eighth because never count transfers before you see them play in-conference games, and this is why. Anchorage worked their way up in the first half, before WOU was able to tie it going into halftime. Anchorage at one point led by 10 in the second half before WOU was able to get back in and tie it leading to OT, and in JACK MACDONALD made a three and the game was over.

Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had 12 points and seven boards; Cameron Cranston had 21 points; Dalven Brushier played 41 minutes and had 21 points, 10 boards for the double-double, along with five assists; Darius Lubom played 40 minutes and had 17 points, five boards, and five assists; and John Morrill-Keeler had 14 points and eight boards. No notable bench play.

Seawolf highlights: DeAndre Osuigwe had 12 boards and six assists; and Tyler Brimhall had 11 points and five boards. Off the bench TYRUS HOSLEY had 16 points, four boards, and six assists; Jack Macdonald had seven points and seven boards; and our guy OGGIE PANTOVIC had 20 points and 13 boards.

The bench was the difference. It’s looking like WOU is going to continue having an insanely short rotation, which can be fine but in this game wasn’t. Anchorage went way deeper and it paid off; some of the UAA starters didn’t have the best nights, but their bench bailed them out and they got the ‘W.’ We still think individual guys at WOU have more talent, but UAA was able to utilize the collective talent more and procure the victory. Nicely done Seawolves.

Really great night of basketball. We’ll get into some non-con analysis this coming week, along with the first round of player-of-the week nominations and the POW winner tomorrow morning.

Congrats to all on some insanely hard battles (yes, including you MSUB) these games were all amazing.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!