Category: non-conference

Going Over This Weekend’s D2 Games.

Just a reminder: When we go over these stats and what happened and our perspective, we do it from the mindset of “If we were telling one of our guys about this team/these players, what would we want them to know?” That’s pretty much it.

As an example, we’ll throw one of our guys under the bus:

Let Coleman Wooten shoot. He usually misses. He also misses most free throws, so don’t waste your defense thinking he’s a shooter. Focus on rebounding the shots he takes, which is a strength of his anyway, and so it nullifies him in three ways.

Anyway, now that you’re properly conflicted about whether or not we’re a homer, let’s get into dissecting the games. It makes sense to look at the overall weekend product, so we’ll do the highlights for individual games and then reflect on the whole for each team.

UAF 63 vs. Lake Superior State 85

Highlights: Michael Kluting had seven boards, five fouls, and 15 points! And off the bench Tymoryae Glover continues to impress, going 4-5 from the field and finishing with 10 points and five boards; Spencer Sweet had five boards; Alex Martin had four assists; and Daulton Lootens had four boards and went 3-4 from the line.

UAF 84 vs. Northwood 79


Highlights: Jalon McCullough had 13 points, six assists, and five fouls; and Michael Kluting had another good game with 23 points, four boards, and five fouls. Off the bench Isaiah Edwards chipped in four boards; Tymoryae Glover had 12 points, five boards, and four assists among a full house of stats while going 6-8 from the line; and Alex Martin had a bordering on great shooting night, going 9-14, grabbing five boards, and finishing with 23 points.

What do we think those two results mean? That Lake Superior State is good, but the Nooks also are perfectly capable of playing really good basketball and if they catch you on an off night, especially if they’re on, they will make you work and you will go down. Good warning for the rest of our conference.

Good luck in Billings, Nooks!

UAA 58 vs. Lake Superior State 67

Highlights: Brian Pearson had seven boards. Off the bench Tobin Karlberg had 12 points; BRENNAN RYMER had 19 points, five boards, and four assists; and Sjur Berg had six points and six boards. Sjur, we appreciate you -blue collar stats.

UAA 77 vs. Northwood 83

Highlights: Travis Adams finished with 13 points, going 4-5 from the field and 5-6 from the line; Tyler Brimhall had a great game with a full house and double-double including 23 points, 10 boards, and five fouls; Niko Bevens had 11 points; and Brian Pearson had seven points and eight boards. Off the bench Tobin Karlberg had seven points and four assists; Brennan Rymer was 6-6 from the line and finished with 8 points as well as five boards and four assists; and Sjur Berg continued his steadfast hammering with eight points and four boards.

What we’ve learned: UAA has off nights and UAA has ‘on’ nights and even on that ‘on’ night, they couldn’t beat a Northwood team that we weren’t particularly impressed with going in, so… Who knows? We’re excited about Tobin Karlberg, that is one thing.

Another thing is: DON’T SEND THE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT BACK TO ANCHORAGE. They just went 0-2. Home court clearly doesn’t matter for them and it just causes 10 other teams to suffer. We include Fairbanks in our suffering because we’d be willing to give it a go in Fairbanks before we’d go back to Anchorage.

SFU 73 vs. Humboldt State 72

IT WAS WELL ATTENDED!!!!! Proud of you Clan Fam!

Highlights: Wilfried Balata had 22 points, seven boards, and five fouls; Michael Provenzano had eight points and a solid smattering of field stats; Julian Roche had another good game with 18 points and 11 boards for the double-double; and off the bench Jordan Muir-Keung had four boards; while Jasdeep Singh had six points.

SFU 92 vs. MN-Moorhead 81

ANOTHER WELL ATTENDED GAME. We credit the Clan Fam with the energy for the win!

Highlights: Othniel Spence was on fire with 21 points on great shooting; Michael Provenzano had 16 points on perfect shooting from the field and being 9-10 from the line; and Julian Roche had 13 points and seven boards. Off the bench Jordan M.K had four boards and four assists; Jasdeep had another solid game with seven points; and Drew Bryson was dynamite with 20 points on good shooting.

Regardless of anything implications and how good these teams turn out to be: We’re proud and excited for the Clan. The program has been down for so long and it’s great when the deep water mixes with the surface water. A storm is brewin’. Beat up on your Canadian Brethren and we’ll see you soon for the first week of conference play!

WWU 80 vs. MN Moorhead 76

Highlights: TYLER PAYNE was bringing the pain with 18 points and six boards; Luke Lovelady was great, going 6-8 from the field and finishing with 18 points and eight boards; and TREVOR JASINSKY had 21 points and six boards. Off the bench Tucker Eenigenburg had seven points; and Jalen Green had eight points and nine boards.

WWU 81 vs. Humboldt State 76

Highlights: Tyler Payne had five boards; TREVOR JASINSKY had 21 points and seven boards; and Micah Winn had 22 points among a plethora of other stats. Off the bench Leif Anderson had 12 points; and Braden Alemeyer had seven points.

Concerning. The margins of these wins are concerning. Because when you’re WWU and don’t blow someone out in non-con, it’s concerning. Especially because you rarely schedule anyone good in non-con, so there’s not that expectation that these should be close games. Admittedly they are largely breaking in a new team and the numbers that they’re putting up aren’t bad, but… What’s the context? Too early to truly know.

SPU 81 vs. Westminster 72

Highlights: Coleman Wooten had 12 boards; Gabe Colosimo had 18 points; Nathan Streufert was fantastic with a double double on great shooting with 16 points and 11 boards; Gavin Long had 19 points; and off the bench Sam Simpson had 11 points and five boards on near-perfect shooting.

SPU 83 vs. Azusa Pacific 65

Highlights: Coleman Wooten had a good game with 18 points and 11 boards; Harry Cavell had 12 points; Nathan Streufert had five boards and a full house of stats; and Gavin Long had nine points. Off the bench Sam Simpson had five points; Nikhil Lizotte was on fire with 19 points and five boards, including going 5-5 from three; and Divant’e Moffitt was 5-6 from the free throw line.

While it’s great SPU picked up two wins, these games still don’t really tell us anything meaningful because only 1/4 had played significant competition and that team (Azusa) went 0-2 on the weekend.

CWU 85 vs. Azusa Pacific 80

Highlights: Jeryn Lucas had 12 points; Gamuan Boykin had 15 points and seven boards on good shooting including being 5-5 from the line; Jackson Price went 8-9 from the line and finished with 16 points; Malcolm Cola had six boards; Malik Montoya shot well and finished with 20 points including being 4-4 from three; and off the bench Matt Poquette had five boards

CWU 97 vs. Westminster 100 in OT

Highlights: Jeryn Lucas had 12 points; Gamuan Boykin had 13 points among a full house of stats; Jackson Price went 4-5 from the line and had five assists; Malik Montoya had another 20+ point game, finishing wiht 24 points and five boards; and Malcolm Cola had nine points whilst going 4-4 from the field and having three blocks. Off the bench Nygil Carr had five points; Matt Poquette had 13 points on good shooting; and Hayden Nelson had five fouls.

There were a lot of things we liked about these games and a lot of things that made us go “yup, as expected.” CWU was incredibly on when they beat Azusa Pacific, including winning the rebounding battle. A game that hits 100 doesn’t have much defense and the Wildcats managed to lose the rebounding battle by 18. Ouch. There’s where that win went, Wildcats.

NNU 77 vs. San Marcos 62

Highlights: Beto Diaz had 12 points on near-perfect shooting; Adonis Arms had 19 points and six boards among a flawless full house of stats and great shooting; JAYDEN BEZZANT is now starting and had 16 points; and Spider had five fouls in 10 minutes. Off the bench James Nelson had nine points; Sam Roth had five points and five boards; and Felix White had six points and four boards.

NNU 71 vs. Cal State LA 68

Highlights: OBI MEGWA bounced back and had 20 points; Adonis Adams had 11 points and a plethora of stats to fill out a full house; Jayden Bezzant had 11 points; and Spider had seven boards. Off the bench James Nelson had five points; and Sam Roth had seven points and four rebounds among a full house of stats.

First of all: NNU SID, we adore you for openly adding nicknames on your roster list. It makes life so much better for everyone involved.

Second of all: NICELY DONE NIGHTHAWKS!! Two wins on a decently neutral court. Proud of you. Keep rolling. Go get revenge for last week against College of Idaho. Booo Yotes. We firmly believe rivalries are one of the best parts of college, so dig in and get that ‘W.’

CU-PDX 76 vs. CSULA 79

CU-PDX 76 vs. San Marcos 80

Highlights: CU-PDX Athletics is getting a technical by us, and we’re not writing about their team.

CU-PDX was hosting a tournament this weekend that featured NNU, San Marcos, and CSULA, but didn’t post the non CU-PDX games and stats on their schedule page and thus were reliant on other athletic departments to put results up promptly. If you look at literally any other schedule in the ENTIRE REGION, if a school hosts a tournament they post the times and results of all the games. Not just their own. CU-PDX doesn’t want to share attention with the other schools, so we’ll skip giving them any.

MSUB 79 vs. Minot State 65

Highlights: SVEN JEUSCHEDE STARTED; Tyler green had 17 points and five assists with zero turnovers; Melvin had 10 boards; Zack Rollins had 14 points among a full house of stats; Brendan Howard had 16 points and six boards; and off the bench ZHARON RICHMOND had 16 points.

We learned nothing from this game other than that Minot State is bad, but… You know. We’re not sure if MSUB is middle-of-the-pack good, or lower pack bad, but, you know, we’ll see. Good job Jackets! Got it done.

WOU 64 vs. Colorado Christian 35

Looking at that number pre stats, we guess most of the WOU guys had around 10 points and played around 20 minutes. Now let’s see.

Highlights: HA! Darius Luborn had 10 points and some well rounded steals/rebounds/assists in a game high (for the Wolves) 26 minutes; and Jaylyn Richardson had 10 points and five boards. Off the bench Bryan Berg had 13 points; O’landa Baker had four boards; and BUSTER SOUZA had 14 points on 7-7 shooting while playing -14- minutes.

Obviously we didn’t learn much from this game, but there is some context we can provide: Buster is their human victory cigar, and Kaleb Warner (not mentioned above, but did start) always starts slowly and usually heats up around January.

Other news… Chico is essentially the only probable Regional team whose schedule is being affected by the fires, but… Chico. Oh Chico. You’re in our thoughts every single hour of every single day. Living nightmare. California is almost always on fire, but… An entire town gone in three hours. Chico’s entire neighboring town gone in three hours. Chico State’s own amazing forensic team sifting through ashes in search of remains of the former residents of Paradise.

We keep talking about the Camp Fire (so named because it started on Camp Creek Road) because in three hours it became the most deadly fire in California history. The fire started in the early morning hours in the northeast corner of town, with winds blowing southwest. It was a quiet retirement community with only four roads out, three that were quickly compromised by the fire.

Global warming is real and at least partially man-made. CalFire is elite. This fire largely consists of federally managed lands. It is alleged that it was started by the faulty wire of the private electric company PG&E.

We repeat these things to do our part that so no one is able to forget. We suspect by the time a ‘final’ death toll is announced, it’ll be near or over 1,000, and the reality is that it’s likely many deaths will never be confirmed due to the persons being incinerated alive by the fire itself.

Meanwhile back at basketball: Overall a good-to-great weekend of games and we’re looking forward to next weekend’s D2 games. Have a great Thanksgiving and we’ll see you for game previews on Friday.


Previewing Today’s Games

We’re going to skip going over yesterday’s games for the time being -we’ll do that tomorrow- and just preview those of today. That said, from yesterday we were humbled and reminded that this early in the season we. know. nothing.

But let’s pretend we do anyway. No, what we’re mostly doing is giving you all of the game times in pacific time rather than the hodgepodge of times the conference website gives you.

All times pacific.

UAF vs. Northwood @ 1pm

Northwood “upset” Anchorage yesterday. On the one hand we appreciate it because we didn’t project Anchorage to be all that good. On the other hand, conference pride causes us to weep.

Prediction: Northwood wins.

NNU vs. Cal State LA @ CU-PDX @ 3pm

Gosh darn it, we thought Concordia had beaten Cal State LA. Ah well, kept it close meanwhile NNU beat San Marcos convincingly -GO NNU. With that win fresh on their feet, we have all the confidence that they’ll beat Cal State LA. Let’s go Night Hawks!!

Prediction: NNU wins.

CWU vs. Westminster @ SPU @ 3pm

This game intrigues us because the Wildcats got a solid win against Azusa yesterday and so we’re really excited. That said, both Westminster and Seattle Pacific were playing their first respective games of the year, and so we’re not sure how much we can glean against Westminster just yet. Aside from one of their players taking wayyy too many shots, we don’t really see too much wrong with Westminster’s numbers.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CU-PDX vs. San Marcos @ 5pm

San Marcos got killed by NNU yesterday, CU-PDX suffered a close loss to Cal State LA, and what do those results mean? Who knows.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

WWU vs. Humboldt State @ 5pm

Humboldt lost to Simon Fraser by one. While we expect them to come out fired up… The best example we can give you is that SPU has an all-conference CCAA transfer from Humboldt, and he doesn’t start at SPU. Western shouldn’t have any problems.

Prediction: WWU wins.

UAA vs. Lake Superior State @ 6pm

UAA just lost unexpectedly to Northwood. Lake Superior State just beat the pants off of UAF. We’re not sure what any of that means, but…

Prediction: Lake Superior State wins.

MSUB vs. Minot State @ 6pm

MSUB just beat U of Mary and Minot State hasn’t beat anyone impressive either, so it seems like the Yellowjackets have a solid chance. Alterowitz does give them a good home court advantage, admittedly, and really: What is there to do in Billings on a Saturday night other than go to a basketball game?

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Western Oregon vs. Colorado Christian @ 7pm

We’re excited to see WOU play D2 and yet Colorado Christian went 3-19 in conference last year, so we’re not sure how much we’re going to learn from this game. Ah well, a ‘W’ is a ‘W.’

Prediction: WOU wins.

SFU vs. MN Moorhead @ 7pm

While we’re thrilled with Simon Fraser’s victory last night, even WWU struggled with Moorhead and so we don’t have as much hope for the Clan tonight. That said… We like it when we’re wrong about conference teams losing.

Prediction: MN Moorhead wins.

SPU vs. Azusa Pacific @ 7pm

We’re a little surprised with Azusa’s losing record thus far and their loss to CWU doesn’t help it. It’s causing us to think that Azusa isn’t particularly good, which has us worried that the Falcons won’t take them seriously. That said… SPU should handle the Cougars just fine, provided they stay focused.

Prediction: SPU wins.

As always: tweet at us, and then the results of yesterday may go up later tonight; we’ll be at the Husky football game a majority of the day, but we’ll be following along with everything per usual. Nice dispersal of games throughout the day, so should be good.

Previewing Today’s Games.

We’re in pre-panic mode, so let’s just get into discussing today’s games.

All times pacific.

UAF vs. Lake Superior State @ UAA @ 1pm

Lake Superior State is a very good team. We don’t have much hope for a win (although will be thrilled if they pick one up) so hopefully just good numbers and good teamwork to prepare them to win tomorrow against Northwood University.

Prediction: Lake Superior State wins convincingly.

CWU vs. Azusa Pacific @ SPU @ 3pm

On the one hand we want the Wildcats to win, on the other hand we feel like it just tanks the collective conference SOS because Azusa Pacific is supposed to be really good and a CWU win is likely to be flukey and so it probably wouldn’t help anyone (in any conference) if they did win. Life is hard when you’re a Wildcat.

Prediction: Azusa wins but CWU has some good moments.

WWU vs. MN-Moorhead @ SFU @ 5pm

MADNESS ON THE MOUNTAIN. If our passport wasn’t currently expired we would sooo go to this game just to get a tournament tee. MN-Moorhead is currently 3-0 and so it should be a good game. The SFU gym is really echo-y and we doubt many people from Moorhead are going to make it to this game, so WWU has potential. Hopefully the Vikings get the win.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

NNU vs. San Marcos @ CU-PDX @ 5pm

NNU is coming off of a close loss to NAIA rival College of Idaho, and so we’re not sure what to expect. Hopefully a very fired up group of Nighthawks, but San Marcos is currently 2-1 and the program seems to be on a big upswing, so… It’s seeming like the Cougars’ll get the win, but of course: the game has to be played.

Prediction: San Marcos wins.

UAA vs. Northwood @ 6pm

Why do we get the feeling that this tournament is made up of hockey schools that are familiar with UAA through that sport? Regardless, it should be a good opportunity for the Seawolves to pick up another win because Northwood is currently 0-2. We missed them when we went through non-con SOS because we assumed they were a tiny Canadian school, but ah well. They were 7-13 in conference last year. It’s not going to help anyone’s SOS. The good news is, it is a game, and the flight from Michigan to Alaska can’t be pleasant, and so… We’ve got high hopes. Hopefully they’re not misplaced.

Prediction: UAA wins.

SFU vs. Humboldt State @ 7pm

Hopefully the students turn up. If the students turn up, we have full confidence that the Clan can win. The bad news is, it’s a Friday night and reality says it’s Simon Fraser; will the students turn up? Seems kind of unlikely. But again: hopefully they do! Humboldt State is very manageable for the Clan, seeing as the Jacks were 6-16 in conference last year and have no D2 wins yet this year.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CU-PDX vs. Cal State LA @ 7pm

We really want to be like YEAH CONCORDIA, YOU CAN DO THIS! Except Cal State LA is currently 2-1, with the one loss coming against Azusa Pacific by a mere two points. We’re not so sure about Concordia’s ability to do this. We’ll be crossing our fingers that we’re wrong.

Prediction: Cal State LA pulls out a win.

SPU vs. Westminster @ 7pm

SPU is on fire. They played UW; UW’s bus caught on fire. They went to Chico; east Chico caught on fire, and Chico State is now closed for two weeks. They went home; a warehouse near campus caught on fire, causing their own campus to be evacuated.

First D2 game for both teams; Westminster by choice, SPU by flame. Westminster was really good last year + eked out a win against SPU that the Falcons were none too pleased with. We weren’t pleased with Westminster either; the number of dirty looks we got for walking in with a cup of coffee was insane -it’s not an LDS (Mormon) school, it’s just a predominantly LDS student body. Here’s a thought: We stand with Sam Young.

We also stand with SPU, c’mon Falcons, get it done! You can do this. We 100% believe in you, you displayed such great and fundamental teamwork against UW, let’s do this!

Prediction: Pick ’em.

We’ll be following everything super closely on our phone, so by all means tweet at us -even if we don’t tweet it, we are 100% guaranteed to be sitting there overreacting to whatever is going on.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!!

Panic Time? Maybe.

It’s been a weekend + three games and we’re already debating whether or not it’s panic time.

Reasons not to panic:

  • We still haven’t seen WOU play D2, and while it’s a rebuilding year, they still could be really good.
  • We still haven’t seen SPU play D2 and while they’ve been injured the last two years, they still made the conference tournament while having THREE STARTERS out. They’re deep and fundamental and we feel like we’re actually seeing player development from them, which is new.
  • WWU is looking like they’ll get a lot better as the season goes on.
  • SMU beat PLNU, whom beat UCSD, so the transitive property of those wins and losses is 1; SMU is good, Point Loma is good, and UCSD is good.

Reasons to panic:

  • Two critical “prove it” games were cancelled, that being SPU’s games against Cal Poly Pomona and Chico State. We hope they’re rescheduled, but we have our doubts. SPU has room in their schedule when they head down to CU-Irvine, but… We’ll see.
  • At this point the middle on down of the conference isn’t seeming particularly strong, which means top to bottom we aren’t going to get the benefit of the doubt. The top two teams need to separate themselves, or else we get into high potential territory of only getting the conference tournament champion autobid into the Regional.

We expected to be panicking more after writing that, but really we feel pretty soothed. Point Loma beating UCSD helps a lot because creates a circle.

That said… Let’s look at the D2 games from these past four days:

SMU 69 @ UCSD 96

Woof. The good news is that UCSD’s Christian Oshita was especially on fire and his 35 points were what likely largely propelled the Tritons to victory. That and fundamental play and taking good shots and working as a team, blah blah blah, we’ll spare you. No one from SMU managed to get hot, although there also aren’t any crazy bad numbers. It was an off night. Those happen.

Saints highlights: Chandler Redix had six boards; Jared Matthews had five boards; Jordan Kitchen had 12 points and was 5-5 from the line; and Rhett Baerlocher had 11 points. Off the bench BJ Standley was boiling (if not on fire) going 5-7 and finishing with 12 points; Tavian Henderson had five boards and eight points; and Luke Chavez had five points.

When this game happened we started panicking, but… Point Loma’s close win against UCSD on Wednesday soothed us a lot. Still a lot of hoops left to be played.

UAF 80 @ Hilo 86

PORQUE NOOKS, PORQUE?!?!!?!?!? This makes us panic because UAF really needed this win, as did our conference. They’re now 0-3, but… They’re headed home to the tundra, so hopefully a win is soon.

Nook highlights: Aushanti Potts-Woods had 26 points; Alex Baham had 11 points; MICHAEL KLUTING had an amazing 33 points and -16- boards, WOWWW; and off the bench Tymoryae Glover had four boards.

Alright, well, they have players that can play, now they just need to put it together. Good luck, Nooks.

U of Mary 53 @ MSUB 56

A win is a win is a win is all we’re going to say.

Jackets highlights: Melvin Newbern Jr. had a fantastic 17 points and 14 boards on good shotoing; Zack Rollins had eight boards among a full house of stats; and Brendan Howard had 22 points.

Again: the Jackets won and we’ll take it where we can get it. That’s where we’re currently at.

Not the best week of GNAC basketball because is a loss by 30 really a quality loss? And the only SOS they have left on their schedule is Dixie State, and Dixie State is yet to play anyone.

We’re pre-panicking. We’re not panicking yet. But we’re getting ready.

Game previews for today will be up in an hour.

Non-Con Day 2!

Again: the enthusiasm. We’re just not feeling it, but… Not everyone’s games were cancelled due to the worst fire in California state history, only ours.

And most of our team doesn’t even believe in the cause of the severity of the fire nor the cause of solving the literal cause of the fire, so it’s a little awkward. Global warming is real, PG&E (Pacific Gas & Electric) should be litigated out of business and the services they provided turned into state-owned public utilities, but it is what it is.

Now into actual basketball…

UAF 77 @ Hawaii Pacific 92

Alright, so Hawaii > Alaska, got it. Plenty of time to right the ship, Nooks. You’ll be fine. You’re headed to Montana! Montana’s a good place.

Nook highlights: Aushanti Potts-Woods had a whopping 19 points; and ALEX BAHAM STARTED yayyy, good, he had 15 points and FIVE fouls. Off the bench Jalon McCullough had an efficient 11 points; and Spencer Sweet had 17 points while going 6-7 from the line.

There are promising things out of some of those shooting numbers, but… It was an all offense, no defense game, and the Nooks were out-rebounded by 12. Zoinks. Literally the difference between a win and a loss. You’ll do better next time, Nooks, we know it.

UAA 62 @ Chaminade 71

Is it the result they wanted? No, but it was at least tied up at the half and it didn’t turn into a complete blowout, which it was threatening to do, so… Good job Seawolves? Moral victory? Sure.

Seawolf highlights: Tyler Brimhall went from good to great with a double-double of 11 boards and 23 points on solid shooting; Niko Bevens had nine points; Brennan Rymer had six boards; and off the bench Sjur Berg had five boards.

Next time Seawolves, next time.

SFU 64 vs. Dominguez Hills 67

We’re proud of you SFU, you were in it the whole time, this is a good “building experience” game. You’ll go home and beat-up on your Canadian brethren like normal and things will be fine.

Clan highlights: Wilfried Balata had five boards; Graham Miller had five boards and went 5-6 from the line; Michael Provenzano!! had six assists and five boards; and Julian Roche had another good game with 15 points and six boards. Off the bench Sam Bailey had six points and six boards; and Drew Bryson was on fire with 16 points on fantastic shooting -he also grabbed four boards.

The field stats were fine, the shooting was cold, and so if the shooting warms up, we spy wins in the future! Very proud of you Clan.

WWU 92 @ UC San Diego 97

Oh goodness. This game. WWU was starting to pull away, then halftime adjustments by UCSD and it was back and forth before UCSD managed to put the Viks away. Very little defense was played, and so the numbers are surprisingly good, but… We’ll see. We’re not surprised WWU lost, while at the same time we’re grumbly about SOS implications and think they should have pulled out the W.

Viks highlights: Siaan Rojas had 12 points and eight boards among a flawless full house of stats (every column filled, with zero turnovers); Luke Lovelad had 12 points; TREVOR JASINSKY had 23 points, five boards, and EIGHT assists; and Micah Winn had 17 points. Off the bench Tucker Eenigenburg had five points; Jalen Green had four boards; and Cameron Retherfod had 14 points and six boards.

Some really good numbers put up by the Viks -once these guys gel, they should be scary. Looking forward to it.

SMU 81 @ Point Loma 76

AAAAH. We are so ridiculously proud of the Saints. For a bit there it was looking like Point Loma was going to roll and yet nope, reeled ’em back in. We also wouldn’t describe the numbers from the Saints as particularly ideal, so maybe an off night and yet still got it done. Absolutely huge. And there’s an implication that UCSD will shoot up a bit in the rankings because of the win over WWU, so… All the better for the “upset” tomorrow =)

Saints highlights: Chandler Redix had five assists; Jared Matthews had seven boards; Jordan Kitchen had eight boards; Rhett Baerlocher had 15 points; and EJ Boyce had 10 points. Off the bench LUKE CHAVEZ had 13 points; and TAVIAN HENDERSON had a MASSIVE 19 points and six boards on great shooting.

Little bit of foul trouble for Jared and Jordan, but good experience to gain. Again: This win was HUUUUGE and we can’t wait to see you guys pick up another one tomorrow night!

CWU 83 @ San Bernardino 87 in OT

Two well-matched teams and the thing we notice most is that CWU wasn’t as disciplined. It is what it is. We don’t know if they’re aiming for a culture change, but if they are it will take some time, and this result

Wildcat highlights: Gamuan Boykin had seven boards; Jackson Price had six assists; Malcolm Cola had a good game with 21 points and six boards; and Malik Montoya had nine points. Off the bench Lewis Pope had four boards; Nygil Carr ahd four boards and five assists; Matt Poquette had five boards and 10 points; and Hayden Nelson had five boards.

So basically the starters feel like they can do whatever they want and the bench feels like they actually have to make smart decisions. Got it. The bench played well and seemed to wait for good shots; the starters, if it was in their hands the ball was headed for the hoop. Good learning experience for the Wildcats, we hope.

MSUB 65 vs. Fresno Pacific 73

Oh MSUB, there you go again. At least this time it was to a D2 team. Ah well, onto the next one. Your schedule doesn’t make this as devastating as it could be.

Jackets highlights: Tyler Green had 12 points and four assists; Melvin Newbern had 14 points and seven boards; Zack Rollins had five boards; Brendan Howard had 10 points; and off the bench Kobe Tereshima had four boards.

Again: Better next time.

CU-PDX 80 vs. Monterey Bay 76

NICELY DONE CAVS!!!!!!! We thought you could do it. We spy a better season coming… And again: We love your non-con, so enjoy it and learn from it, and we look forward to seeing you challenge for a spot in the conference tournament!

Cavs highlights: Cody Starr had 13 points and six boards; Jarrett Gray had six boards; Xavier Smith had 12 points; and Dominique Bradley had 17 points and seven boards (nicely done!!). Off the bench Hunter Sweet had seven boards and nine points; and Haize Walker had four points.

All we can say about this is ONWARD!! Beat the Golden Eagles of Cal State LA!!

So this weekend the GNAC went 3-5 against the Pac-West and 3-5 against the CCAA. The bad news is those numbers, the good news is that it wasn’t entirely unexpected. Coming into the year, we knew that we basically have SMU and then a formerly injured but mathematically good SPU team.

SMU went 2-0, while SPU went 0-0. And while the games being cancelled doesn’t really affect SPU’s strength of schedule too much, upon further contemplation it does affect the conference’s strength of schedule in a big way.

While there’s no guarantee that SPU would have won, and so admittedly there is a chance that we could be 3-7 against the CCAA, there’s also a chance we could be 5-5. Regardless, those results would be against what are likely two of the top teams in the CCAA, and so it wouldn’t make us look quite as weak top to bottom as these results do. The problem with a number of these losses is that the schools don’t project to be all that great; all it does is show that the middle and bottom of the GNAC is weaker than the middle and bottom of the CCAA and Pac-West, respectively.

It is what it is.

Really happy to be one week into non-con. Really excited to see what the coming week holds. We’ll preview the in-week games tomorrow morning, and then the results will be up on Thursday, before the big previews for next weekend’s games go up on Friday.

Be safe, have fun, and go GNAC!

Previewing Today’s Games!

Welcome to the second day of D2 non-con. In the last post we mentioned that we’d talk about the Strength of Schedule implications of the Mac Martin Invitational being cancelled and so here we go.

The 2018 Mac Martin Invitational at Chico State was set to feature the following teams:

Azusa Pacific
Cal Poly Pomona
Chico State
Seattle Pacific

All west region heavyweights that in any given year are on the shortlist of those teams expected to make the Regional. The good news is, Cal Poly Pomona and Chico State will still play each other as will Azusa and SPU, but… It takes out four major conference crossover match-ups. While Seattle Pacific has room in their schedule to reschedule CPP & Chico, we doubt it’ll happen because the CCAA and Pac-West play so many in-conference games.

Ultimately we don’t think it’ll have too big of an impact on SOS; all four games were going to be pick ’ems anyway, and so provided the teams do well in conference play, if we’re looking at one of these teams over a team with a less brutally scheduled non-con they still should get the benefit of the doubt.

That covered, let’s preview today’s games.

All times pacific standard.

UAF @ Hawaii Pacific @ 2pm

Hawaii Pacific just lost a close one to Anchorage, UAF just lost a close one to Chaminade, so both teams are going to be on the warpath. UAF displayed decent bench play including from guys that we’re surprised aren’t starting (notably Alex Baham) and so we’re really curious to see if they make a big move against HPU and procure the victory or not.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

UAA @ Chaminade @ 4:30pm

Chaminade just won a close one against UAF and UAA just won a close one against HPU, and so now the tables are switched and we ask who’s going to start off the season 2-0 and who is going to split? Our instinct is that UAA is better than UAF and so UAA should win this one, but… It’s in Hawaii, and the game they played yesterday was in a dead gymnasium, so it may be slightly more challenging.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CWU @ San Bernardino @ 5pm

San Bernardino and CWU finished in essentially the same place in their respective conferences last year and so we think it should be a pretty decent match-up. San Bernardino didn’t beat CU-Portland by as much as maybe they should have, and CWU didn’t beat Monterey Bay particularly impressively (questionable numbers) and so we’re curious. This could have oddly significant SOS implications on conference play because the teams are supposed to both be mid-pack and so the implications of which mid-pack is better and thus which conference is deeper, could be big.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

SFU vs. Dominguez Hills @ 5:30pm

We’re actually really intrigued by this game. Either DH played better than expected or WWU played worse, but it should mean that SFU has a decent chance to win this game. Do we think they’ll blowout the Toros? No. But do we think they’re automatically guaranteed to get their butts kicked? Absolutely not. They looked okay against San Bernardino.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

MSUB vs. Fresno Pacific @ 5:30pm

Another game between two decently well matched teams we’re excited about. We think MSUB should win; FPU put up a decent fight against SMU for a while, but really had no chance. MSUB put up a decent fight against PLNU for a while, and then got smoked, but… High scoring game. We don’t think the score was as bad as 25 points makes it look.

Prediction: MSUB wins by 10 or so.

CU-PDX vs. Monterey Bay @ 5:30pm

Should be two well matched teams. We would be tempted to pick the Cavs purely because we know what their guys are capable of, and yet… We just can’t. But we won’t be surprised if they win. Their guys are wholly capable of it, so we shall see.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

WWU @ UCSD @ 7:30pm

Really excited about this game. Both teams took care of business last night against weaker opponents. Neither team won by as much as maybe expected and with UCSD we thought it was because they wanted to limit the playbook and go deep with players, while WWU we just didn’t think they were capable of a classic WWU blow-out, which means this game is a big question mark. On the one hand, you never want to doubt WWU; on the other hand, it’s the Trevor show and one person can only do so much.

Prediction: Pick ’em, although it could be a blowout in one direction or the other as well.

SMU @ PLNU @ 7:30pm

Ridiculously excited for this game. Both teams blew out the weaker opponent they faced last night. We suspect PLNU is more talented overall, and are fully convinced they have the best player on the court in Daulton Hommes, but… Battle of two of the best coaches in Division II. Ryan Looney vs. Alex Pribble. It should be a really good game that ultimately has implications on the Regional host down the line, so… We’ll see how it goes.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

We’ll be following along the whole time, so tweet at us if you want. If you’re in a place that’s getting hit with smoke: N-95 masks are your friend.

Results in the AM.


Good morning and welcome back to BASKETBALL SEASON.

Honestly, we’re not even sure where our head space is this morning. Definitely not enthusiastic and definitely still stunned because of last night. Seattle Pacific was scheduled to play at Chico State in the Mac Martin Invitational and we’re down here in NorCal to watch them, but the tournament was canceled at the last minute because of a wildfire that flattened a neighboring town and came dangerously close to Chico.

All we’ve done now for 12 hours is mentally wring our hands, sleep, and pray. This fire is flattening tiny towns that have few escape routes. Paradise, California is completely gone. Chico itself has few escape routes. Thankfully the brave men and women of CalFire were able to stop it from reaching Chico, but… So many others weren’t as lucky. The number of missing is insane. There was just no way to get out.

That said… Let’s preview today’s games. All times pacific standard.

SMU vs. Fresno Pacific @ Point Loma @ 1pm.

This should be simply a good warm-up game for SMU. The Saints return everything, most importantly head coach Alex Pribble. Fresno Pacific is consistently in the bottom third of the Pac-West, and so while it’s good for the Saints to get their game legs back, it shouldn’t be any type of issue. We’ll talk more about their returning players tomorrow before they take on Point Loma.

Prediction: The Saints win by 15 to 20.

UAA @ Hawaii Pacific @ 2pm

Despite the fact that UAA struggled with NAIA Antelope Valley, this should actually be an interesting game. Both teams are well matched, finishing in the middle of their respective conferences last year. While Anchorage lost everything from last year and we don’t care enough to look into how much Hawaii Pacific returns, we still think it should be a competitive game.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

MSUB @ Point Loma @ 3pm

We’re actually kind of excited about this game. MSUB gave UNLV all they could handle, they’ve got a new coach, they’ve got plenty of returners, and so while Point Loma is no doubt fantastic, we do think that it’ll be closer than you might expect.

Prediction: Point Loma wins by five or so.

UAF @ Chaminade @ 4pm

Last year the Nooks got flattened by Chaminade, and so while it’s tempting to think they’re going to get flattened again, we don’t necessarily think that’s what’s going to happen. We think it will be closer because usually for the first real game with a new coach guys are pretty excited to run and otherwise start the season off right. That said… Seriously, they got flattened last year.

Prediction: Chaminade wins, but no inclination as to by how much.

WWU vs. Dominguez Hills @ UC San Diego @ 5:30pm

Another good warm-up game. While we think WWU is relatively a dumpster fire, Dominguez Hills is usually lower mid-pack in the CCAA so we think the Viks will handle them just fine. WWU being a dumpster fire is relative; they set the standard high for themselves and so… It takes less for us to term them that, but seriously: THEIR TWO BEST PLAYERS TRANSFERRED.

Prediction: WWU wins relatively comfortably; by 10 or so.

SPU vs. Cal Poly Pomona @ Chico State @ 5:30pm | CANCELLED.

We’re writing this anyway.

Cal Poly Pomona is currently ranked in the top 10 and SPU is coming off of losing what most people consider to be their best player, BUT he had been out for most of last year with injury anyway. They return starters Coleman Wooten, Gavin Long, Nathan Streufert, and Gabe Colosimo, all starters last year, and then they also get their starting center, Sam Simpson, back from injury. While they’re unproven, their production numbers match those of elite Falcons from the past, and so… We think they’re wholly capable of winning this game.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CU-PDX @ Cal State San Bernardino @ 7:30

Starting the year off with a bang. As noted before: We really like CU-Portland’s schedule. San Bernardino was mid-pack CCAA last year and so it’s a step-up game for the Cavs to start the season, but definitely not impossible to win. They return great guys like Jace Cates, Cody Starr, and Jarrett Gray, but… They couldn’t do anything as a team last year, with additional other great returners. While we’re hoping it won’t be a blow-out… Who knows.

Prediction: San Bernardino wins.

SFU @ UCSD @ 7:30

Do we really have to preview this game? UCSD is getting ready to move up to D1 and Simon Fraser is Simon Fraser. We’ll be crossing our fingers for the upset, but seriously:

Prediction: UCSD wins in a landslide.

First day of the season. We know nothing. We’ll be following along on our phone as we drive back up to Seattle. We’ll see you guys tomorrow morning as we go over the results.

Praying for everyone in Chico and the surrounding areas, as well as those in SoCal dealing with the Ventura County fire. Stay safe, and when in doubt: EVACUATE.

Non-Con Schedules!

Ha “enjoy football season and we’ll see you on Mondays.”

We SWEAR we’re excited for the season, we’re excited to blog it, we’ve been talking a lot about it in real life, but it hasn’t transferred over to the blog.

This past week we were down in the Bay for grad school stuff and we actually visited both Dominican and Sonoma State. Always fun to see other west region schools. We really liked the Dominican gymnasium -reminded us a lot of SPU; nice, functional, big but not huge. We rate it 10/10. Whenever we’re on other campuses, we tell anyone we interact with to go to basketball games; it gets us a lot of weird looks… You can’t say we don’t try.

Anyway, let’s look at the non-con schedules of the GNAC schools!


vs. Antelope Valley (NAIA Cal-Pac)
@ Chaminade
vs. Hawaii Pacific @ Chaminade
@ Hilo
vs. Lake Superior State (D2 non-region/Great Lakes/Midwest, finished 2nd in conference play last year and made the Regional as a 4 seed, ultimately getting bounced in the round of 32)
vs. Northwood (D2 non-region/Great Lakes/Midwest, finished 9th/12th in conference play last year)
vs. Black Hills State @ MSUB (D2 non-region/RMAC/South Central; finished 12-10 in conference last year)
vs. Dominguez Hills @ MSUB

Solid schedule. They bring in former CWU coach Greg Sparling as their new head coach after MSUB took theirs. Spar clearly has the ability to coach fundamental basketball seeing as his son Coleman is fantastic, but his own college teams have never shown those fundamental abilities, so who knows. We have no idea what to expect out of this team because in addition to a new coach, the only guy that’s seen proven minutes is Alex Baham, so… We’ll see.

Props to Lake Superior State for making the round of 32, and then also being willing to trek up to Anchorage.


vs. Antelope Valley x2 (NAIA Cal-Pac)
vs. Hawaii Pacific @ Chaminade
@ Chaminade
vs. Northwood
vs. Lake Superior State
vs. South Dakota Mines x2 (D2 non-region/RMAC/South Central; finished 5-17 in conference last year)

Overall not a bad schedule. Jacob Lampkin didn’t end up getting an extra year, so he’s gone, and basically all the Seawolves return is Brian Pearson and Sjur Berg. We’ll see how it goes.

Simon Fraser

vs. Dominguez Hills @ UCSD
vs. Humboldt State
vs. MN-Moorhead (D2 non-region/Northern Sun/Central; finished 5-17 in conference last year)
vs. Columbia Bible College
vs. Capilano
vs. Langara
vs. Trinity Western

SFU has a real D2 website now! You go Simon Fraser. And “Mayhem on the Mountain” is a fantastic tournament name. Love it. It’s also actually a pretty legit schedule and we don’t mind SFU playing tonnes of lower level opponents because SFU.

In regard to returning players… The good news is SFU returns a ton of players that put up okay numbers. The bad news is, it’s a group of players that only won four games. Consistency is usually the key to growth, so we’re cautiously optimistic. They finished 10th last year, could it be an 8th or 9th place finish this year? Perhaps.

Western Washington

vs. Dominguez Hills @ UCSD
vs. MN Moorhead @ SFU
vs. Humboldt State @ SFU
vs. Capilano
vs. Langara
vs. Columbia Bible College
@ Chaminade
vs. TBD @ Chaminade
vs. TBD @ Chaminade

WWU also now has a real D2 website. We’re pretty stoked about this schedule. UCSD is definitely the highlight, but the rest isn’t entirely horrible. Lots of lower division schools, which makes sense because the Vikings basically only return Trevor Jasinsky. Yes, Logan Schilder is 7’0 and Siaan Rojas saw good minutes, but seriously: Daulton and Trey transferred and it amuses the heck out of us. This program is slowly but surely imploding, so… Hopefully sooner rather than later, and then they’ll get it together again. We prefer it when WWU is good.

Seattle Pacific

@ UW
vs. Cal Poly Pomona @ Chico State
@ Chico State
vs. Westminster (D2 non-region/RMAC/South Central; finished 17-5 in conference and was ineligible for the RMAC tournament & regional due to a recent move from NAIA to D2)
vs. Azusa Pacific
vs. St. Cloud State @ PLNU (D2 non-region/Northern Sun/Central; finished 17-5 in conference and made the regional as a 6th seed, ultimately getting bounced in the round of 32)
vs. San Bernardino State @ PLNU
@ CU-Irvine

Falcon awesome. It’s difficult, it’s in-region, it’s almost entirely on the road, the schools played at home are fantastic, and the non-region schools played count as SOS and are elite. The vast majority of how the GNAC is seen compared to the Pac-West and CCAA will be determined by this schedule.

The Falcons return basically everything except Tony Miller. They were a high production stat team and so in their case it’s good to return everyone with another year of experience. It honestly doesn’t help the GNAC when SPU is down because they do schedule well and have consistently been good, so… Hopefully they get back to the Regional this year.

Saint Martin’s

vs. Fresno Pacific @ PLNU
@ Point Loma
vs. Walla Walla (NAIA Cascade)
@ Notre Dame de Namur
vs. Holy Names @ NDNU
vs. Evergreen State (NAIA Cascade)
vs. Dixie State (D2 Non Region/RMAC/Finished 18-2 in the Pac-West last year, was a 2 seed in the West Region, lost to 7 seed Azusa Pacific in the round of 32)

Solid schedule. Really like the swing down to San Diego -that’s going to help a lot. SMU really had no excuse not to load their schedule this year because they do return so much. We consider this good but not great because half of these games are gimmes even if they are on the road, and they dodge a bullet in getting to work the kinks out against FPU before playing PLNU & UCSD. 

Key returning Saints include: Luke Chavez, Jared Mathews, Jordan Kitchen, Rhett Baerlocher, BJ Standley, EJ Boyce, and Tavian Henderson. They should be in a prime position to make the NCAA tournament a second time in a row, and then they should be prepared for a downward swing because we can’t see Alex Pribble sticking around much longer -he’s prime to get taken by either a D1 school or a D2 school willing to pay more.

Central Washington

@ Gonzaga
vs. George Fox (D3 Northwest)
vs. Monterey Bay @ San Bernardino
@ San Bernardino
vs. Azusa Pacific @ SPU
vs. Westminster @ SPU
vs. Evergreen State (NAIA)
vs. Walla Walla (NAIA Cascade)
@ Boise State
vs. Douglas (BC)
vs. Puget Sound (D3 Northwest)

It’s nothing impressive, but it’s a typical CWU non-con schedule. CWU brings in a new coach in Brandon Rinta and only notably returns Naim Ladd and Drake Rademacher, so who knows what they’ll be like. All of the lower division games should give them good time to gel before conference play gets started.

Northwest Nazarene

vs. Northwest Christian (NAIA Cascade)
@ College of Idaho (NAIA Cascade; rivalry game)
vs. Cal State San Marcos @ CU-Portland.
vs. Cal State LA @ CU-Portland.
vs. College of Idaho
vs. Idaho @ Boise State
vs. Portland State @ Boise State
vs. Portland Bible
@ Metro State (D2 non-region/RMAC/South Central; finished 14-8 in conference)

Is it a great schedule? No. Is it a terrible schedule? Eh, it tells you their expectations for the season and that is a middle-of-the-pack finish at best.

Notable returners for the Nighthawks include Jayden Bezzant, Spider, Obi Megwa, Nikola Prvulj, and Sam Roth.


@ Grand Canyon
vs. Fresno Pacific @ PLNU
vs. University of Mary (Non-Region D2/Northern Sun/Central; finished 4-18 in conference)
vs. Minot State (Non-Region D2/Northern Sun/Central; finished 13-9 in conference)
@ Rocky Mountain (NAIA Frontier)
vs. Dominguez Hills
vs. Black Hills State (Non-Region D2/RMAC/South Central; finished 12-10 in conference)
vs. Rocky Mountain
vs. Dickenson State (NAIA North Star)

Standard MSUB schedule. It seems like it suits them well. It’s actually not as many NAIA teams as they usually schedule, which may just be because they got tired of losing those games. They bring in a newish head coach in Mick Durham -he’s GNAC, was stolen from UAF, and seeing as he’s a Montana guy himself we really like the hire and think he has great potential at MSUB.

Notable returning players for the Yellowjackets include Kobe Terashima, Hafeez Abdul, Sven Jeuschede, Zharon Richmond, and Zach Rollins. While it’s a lot of people, we wouldn’t quite call it a team, so… We’ll see.


@ San Bernardino
vs. Monterey Bay @ San Bernardino
vs. Cal State LA
vs. Cal State San Marcos
vs. Holy Names @ NDNU
@ Notre Dame de Namur
vs. Northwest U. (NAIA Cascade)
vs. Trinity Western x2

We love this schedule for them. Holy Names and NDNU tend to sit low in the Pac-West and so it should give them actual potential wins as well as being challenging. Monterey Bay and San Bernardino we would both place slightly higher than CU-PDX, an so good test games. Usually we’d judge for Trinity, but seriously: CU-Portland was really really bad last year with zero excuse.

Key returners for the Cavs include: Jace Cates, Cody Starr, and Jarrett Gray, but… They couldn’t do anything with so much goodness returning, so we have no idea. We believe in those three guys, but do we believe in the team? Not particularly.

Western Oregon

@ Oregon
vs. Pacific Lutheran (D3)
vs. Warner Pacific (NAIA)
vs. Colorado Christian (Non-region D2/RMAC/South Central; went 3-19 in conference play last season)
vs. Westminster @ Dixie State
@ Dixie State
vs. Corban (NAIA)
@ Hilo
vs. Emmanuel College (D3) @ Hawaii Pacific
vs. HPU or UCSD @ HPU
vs. Portland Bible College

It’s an extensive schedule, but an unimpressive schedule. We really dislike the lack of West Region opponents. Western Oregon is at a point where they’re projected to be good every single year and their schedule should reflect that, but it doesn’t.

Tanner Omlid has graduated and is now playing for ‘Team Moron,’ in Spain. Not joking about the name, but he is starting and averaging eight points and seven boards, which is exciting. That said, notable returners: Riley Hawken, Bryan Berg, Brandell Evans, and the best-name-in-the-GNAC Buster Souza. Riley gives us hope. Jim Shaw gives us hope. Brandell gives us hope. But aside from that who knows what this team is going to look like. Athletic, they’re going to look athletic.

We’re ridiculously excited for the season. Our pre-season ranking will be up next Monday, and then the game previews will be up next Friday for the first weekend of chaos!

D2West Sweet 16!

Hope you all survived losing an hour of sleep. Wishing another round of congrats to Saint Martin’s, just because we are ridiculously proud of them and love that program so much.

That said: Western Oregon is still going strong and it’s time to preview their game tonight!

#1 Western Oregon vs. #3 Cal Baptist @ 7pm pacific daylight time

Basically the only acceptable result is that WOU wins big. While impressions no longer matter from a committee perspective, we still think it matters from a Western Oregon mindset perspective. The Wolves are really good, their defense tenacious, their teamwork unrelenting, and their coaching elite. For the most part, we’re not super concerned about this game, but there still remains that little inkling of doubt because at times individual players have looked really bad. Basically every scorer they have can veer on the streaky side, including Vince Boumann who arguably should be easily reliable via the feed-the-big route. We’ll see how it goes. Cal Baptist has some good guys (looking at you Jason Todd & Kalidou Diouf) and they should hopefully continue to prep WOU well for the Elite Eight.

SMU beat Cal Baptist at Cal Baptist, before losing to WOU three times, so…

Prediction: WOU wins, hopefully big.

We’re actually not going to be at this game, but we will be watching it and so tweet at us! Post’ll be up in the AM about the result.



D2West Day Two!

See this is why we don’t talk about the Pac-West and CCAA: Because we have no idea. But it was a ridiculously fun day of games, so we’ll give you their results anyway!

#3 Cal Baptist 81 vs. #6 UC San Diego 67

No real idea what happened in this game, but skimming the box score it apparently was back and forth all game before Cal Baptist successfully made a move with about seven minutes left to go and then walked from there on out. Congrats to the Lancers!

#2 Dixie State 65 vs. #7 Azusa Pacific 69

We never saw this result coming. For some reason we were convinced of Dixie State even though we weren’t impressed when we watched them in non-con. Dixie has a history of coming on strong late and they had an impressive conference record, beat Azusa by 15 the last time the teams met, and yet… Holy guacamole this game was good. Each half seemed to pass in about a minute. It was dynamic and amazing and our highest congrats to Azusa, getting the upset. Bon voyage Dixie State, it’s been real, have fun in the RMAC. We think they’re probably more amenable to confederate flags in those parts, so maybe you’ll have to bring that back?

Now for the real discussions:

#4 Cal Poly Pomona 58 vs. #5 Saint Martin’s 66

This game was molasses-y as all heck. Much as the Dixie/APU game went by in a hot second, this game seemed to take twice as long. SMU played smarter basketball than we’ve seen them play all year and this is the right time to do it and they got the win. We think they’re much more tested both via their non-con and their conference schedule, which likely helped. We’re sooo proud of the Saints! A couple of Western Oregon fans were heckling them as they walked out, saying they were scared of WOU, but… No. They don’t need to watch a ton of WOU blowing out Point Loma because oh gee, they met a week ago. We were there to see it, unlike the WOU big talkers.

Saint highlights: Luke Chavez had 16 points; Matt Dahlen had six boards and eight points; Rhett Baerlocher had eight points on perfect shooting from the line; and EJ Boyce continues to prove he’s the best EJ in the conference, this time having 19 points. Off the bench BJ Standley had five boards and five points; and Tavian Henderson had six boards.

Shorter line-up than usual. We thought CPP was out when they were down by sixteen, but they made a huge push and we were like “hmmm…” but ultimately SMU was playing some really good, Chico State-esque defense and it wasn’t going to happen. The only concerning number we see is EJ’s eight turnovers, but… That number is so high it seems like a one-off. He can’t possibly have that many turnovers again, so… Good he got that out of his system against the Broncos. Congrats to the Saints on a huge win and upset!

Point Loma 66 @ Western Oregon 73

This game was a tale of two halves. WOU absolutely blew out Point Loma during the first half, they were up ridiculous amounts the entire time, and it seemed ludicrous that Point Loma could come back. They did. The Sea Lions did come back. They never took the lead and even when they got it within four the game was still out of reach, but in terms of moral victories for a team that largely consists of underclassmen, it was huge. That said: the Wolves got it done and a ‘W’ is a ‘W’ is a ‘W,’ especially in the NCAA tournament.

Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had 10 points and six assists; Tanner Omlid had 20 points among a full house of stats; Vince Boumann was LIGHTS OUT against his old coach and had 15 points and five boards; Ali Faruq-Bey had five boards; and Riley Hawken had five boards. Off the bench Demetrius Trammell had six points; and JJ Chirnside had six points.

Curious numbers by the Wolves because we feel like their bench was a lot more valuable than the numbers describe. Those guys run like dogs (no pun intended) and harassed the everliving stuff out of Point Loma. Now the trick will be just to stay on the grind. Luckily, we like the match-up they’re going into.

All times pacific standard.

#3 Cal Baptist vs. #7 Azusa Pacific @ 5pm

As we were reminded yesterday: We know nothing about the Pac-West, but that doesn’t stop the president and it won’t stop us. From what we can tell there’s a bit of a rivalry developing between these two teams; they both entered the Pac-West at the same time, they’ve both been really good since moving up to D2 and Cal Baptist is actually headed up to D1, so… Brief rivalry, but who knows? Maybe Azusa pulls the upset?

Prediction: No. Because we seriously have no idea.

#1 Western Oregon vs. #5 Saint Martin’s @ 7:30pm

Part of us is excited for this game and part of us is heartbroken because two GNAC teams facing off in the round of 32. They did just meet a week ago, and oddly enough there should be quite a bit of fuel for the fire. WOU didn’t play nearly as well as they could have, and yet if SMU had played just a bit better they probably could have won and thus won the conference tournament. We love both of these coaches, think they’re the cream of the crop in regard to the GNAC, and so that match-up will be fun to see again.

Prediction: No, because there’s just too many variables.

It should be a great night of hoops. As always: tweet at us & come say hi! We’ll be at both games. Community is the best part of basketball.