Everyone loves when we burn posts, don’t they? The thing is, usually they get written and then we simply don’t publish them. This time we haven’t written them, they’re all brand spankin’ new.
WWU 66 @ Chaminade 74
Chaminade appears to be good, and so this probably isn’t a bad loss -it may even be a QualityLoss™ because it was on the road.
Viking highlights: Luke Lovelady had 13 points and 12 boards and a full house of stats; and Trevor Jasinsky had 14 points and was 9-10 from the line. Off the bench KJ Bosco had seven points; Leif Anderson had eight points; and Jalen Green had eight boards.
WWU 72 vs. Southern Nazarene 85 @ Chaminade
Learning. Remember, WWU is young this year. And yes, we count transfer juniors as young because you do need time to acclimate to D2 basketball.
Viking highlights: Jalen Green had 13 points; and off the bench Tucker Eeigenburg had nine points; RJ Secrest had five points; KJ Bosco had six boards; Elijah Cotton-Welch had six points and five boards; and Leif Anderson had seven points.
SNU isn’t in the west, so we’re not particularly concerned.
WWU 76 vs. Emmanuel College 79
WOU played the Emmanuel College from Massachusetts. That was a D3 team. This is an Emmanuel College from Georgia that’s in a D2 team in the Conference Carolinas.
Viking highlights: Tyler Payne had a whopping NINE assists; Jalen Green had 11 points; Luke Lovelady had 20 points, seven boards, and five fouls; and Trevor Jasinsky had 19 points and six boards while going 9-12 from the line. Off the bench Tucker Eenigenburg had 12 points and five boards; and KJ Bosco had 11 points.
Ouch. This one had to hurt. Still, good learning experience. Now the Viks will go kick the butt of the Falcons, right?
SPU 76 @ CU-Irvine 59
Calm down birdies, contrary to their record, we don’t think Concordia-Irvine is that good.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 12 points and 10 boards for the double-double; Sam Simpson had five boards; Harry Cavell had 16 points; Nikhil Lizotte had 11 points; and Gavin Long had 19 points and eight boards. Off the bench Sharif Khan had eight points; and Sam Boone had five points.
SMU 76 vs. Dixie State 59
We’re instinctively excited about this game, but then we remember Dixie is now in the RMAC =(
Saints highlights: Chandler Redix had seven boards among a full house of stats; Jordan Kitchen had six boards; Rhett Baerlocher had 19 points and five steals among a full house of stats; EJ Boyce had a great game with 28 points; and Luke Chavez is starting to get in the swing of things with 11 points, four assists, and four steals.
No significant play off the bench, although BJ and Tavian did see some good minutes. Dixie does appear to be having a down year, so probably nothing to read into too much in regard to how good the Saints are.
WOU vs. Dallas Baptist @ Chaminade = Cancelled.
WOU 63 vs. UCSD 73 @ Chaminade
We’re not particularly concerned about this loss. By the looks of it, UCSD is loading up as they prepare to make the transition to D1 and they’re currently the class of the west.
Wolves highlights: Brandell Evans had five assists; Kaleb Warner had eight boards; and Riley Hawken had 10 points and nine boards. Off the bench Darius Luborn had 11 points; Buster Souza had nine points; and Cameron Cranston had 12 points.
NNU 91 @ Metro State 96
The good news is that this is a road game against a typically elite team. The bad news is they don’t appear to be nearly as elite this year as they have been in the recent past.
Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa had 33 points; Adonis Adams had 25 points and five boards among a full house of stats; Jayden Bezzant had five fouls; and Spider had eight points. Off the bench James Nelson had eight points and four boards; Jalen Burkett had five fouls and four points; and Sam Roth had five fouls.
Some fun numbers and some alarming numbers, but very well-rationed shooting. As much as there appeared to be little defense, there also appears to be some really good decision making. Proud of you Nighthawks!
Up next we’re going to look at the West Region and see what we can glean about March via how people played in non-con. From the brief glance we’ve taken, the short answer is ‘it’s complicated.’ We’ll elaborate later today.
The bad news is many teams lost last night. The good news is that we’re not alone in beating our head against a wall
UAF 68 vs. Black Hills State 64 @ MSUB
NEUTRAL SITE WIN. Nicely done Nooks!
Highlights: Tymoryae Glover had 12 points and eight boards; Jalon McCullough had five assists; SPENCER SWEET had 20 points while being 9-9 from the free throw line!; Michael Kluting continues to impress with a double double of 13 points and 11 boards; and off the bench Alex Martin had 13 points, five boards, and four assists among a full house of stats.
UAF 76 vs. Domiguez Hills 75 @ MSUB
NEUTRAL SITE WEST REGION WIN, HECK YES UAF!!!
Highlights: Ty Glover continues impressing with 13 points and five fouls; SPENCER SWEET HAD ANOTHER GREAT GAME with 20 points and four boards; and Michael Kluting had 12 rebounds. Off the bench Aushanti Potts-Woods had 14 points including going 4-4 from the line; and Isaiah Easaw had nine points and six assists.
Ridiculously proud of the Nanooks this weekend, and intrigued by the match-up with MSUB on Tuesday.
UAA 75 vs. South Dakota Mines 55
Highlights: Tyler Brimhall had 26 points and nine boards; Niko Bevens had 16 points; and SJUR BERG STARTED and had 14 points, four boards, and four blocks among a full house of stats. Off the bench Tobin Karlberg had five points; Keenan Dowell had four boards and three assists among a full house of stats; and Jack MacDonald had nine points on 3-3 shooting from beyond the arc.
UAA 73 vs. South Dakota Mines 68
Highlights: Tyler Brimhall was 4-4 from the line and had five boards; Niko Bevens had another good game with another 16 points + five assists; Brennan Rymer had 20 points and six boards on solid shooting and while going 6-6 from the line; and Sjur Berg had 10 pionts and five boards. Off the bench Jack MacDonald had 12 points and four boards; while Brian Pearson had four boards.
A D2 win is a D2 win, eh? We dislike playing the same team twice, but ah well. It looks like South Dakota Mines at least learned from one game to the next, so that’s good. Congrats on the two wins, Seawolves.
SPU 69 vs. St. Cloud State 77 @ Point Loma
Highlights: Coleman Wooten had 10 boards; Nathan Streufert had 12 points and five boards; and GAVIN LONG had 19 points among a smattering of field stats. Off the bench Sam Simpson had four boards and five fouls; and Divant’e Moffitt had five points.
SPU 72 vs. San Bernardino 79 @ Point Loma
Highlights: Coleman Wooten had 11 boards and nine points; Nikhil Lizotte had 17 points; Nathan Streufert had seven boards and eight points; and Gavin Long had 12 points and five fouls. Off the bench Sharif Khan had four assists; Sam Simpson had six points; and Divant’e Moffitt went 3-4 from the line.
We’re really angry about these two losses, largely because it calls into question their win against Westminster and makes their win against Azusa look even more meaningless. This is an upperclassmen dominated team. Gabe Colosimo being out shouldn’t collapse them. And yet it did. Have fun NNU & CWU.
SMU 81 @ Notre Dame de Namur 55
Highlights: LUKE CHAVEZ is back in the starting line-up and had nine points and SEVEN assists, holy crap we love Luke so much; Jordan Kitchen had five boards and 11 points; Rhett Baerlocher had four boards and three rebounds among a full house of stats; and EJ Boyce had 10 points. Off the bench Caden Smith had 12 points; BJ Standley had 15 points and five boards; Robert Little had five boards; and Marky Adams had six points.
SMU 77 @ Holy Names 63
SMU was definitely off this game. It took them a fair bit to walk it up. Even at halftime we were like ‘waaaa?’ but all’s well that ends well.
Highlights: Chandler Redix had 16 points, four boards, and four assists; Jordan Kitchen had eight boards; Rhett Baerlocher had 10 points; and EJ Boyce had 14 points. Off the bench Caden Smith had five points; BJ Standley had six points, four boards, and four assists; and Tavian Henderson had six points and eight boards.
Another day, another dub, heh heh heh. It’s nice when you’re a Catholic school and have other D2 Catholic schools to beat up on, rather than having to drop down to play within your denomination. No, but seriously, D2 West Region road games. Sounds good to us.
MSUB 73 vs. Dominguez Hills 75
Highlights: Melvin Nebern Jr. had 11 points and eight boards; Zack Rollins had 12 points; and off the bench Zharon Richmond had 15 points and eight boards.
MSUB 90 vs. Black Hills State 70
Highlights: Zharon Ricmond started and had 10 points; Tyler Green had 19 points; Melvin was on FIRE and had 22 points and 11 boards among a plethora of other stats for both a double double AND a full house; Zack Rollins had 13 points and eight boards; and off the bench Brendan Howard had 16 points and six boards.
We’re honestly really not sure what to make of these games. Congrats on the MSUB Yellowjackets on the ‘W’ against a team that UAF struggled with, but… What does it mean? Who knows. We’ll find out. We’ll find out a bit more on Tuesday considering MSUB and UAF now play each other.
CU-PDX @ Notre Dame de Namur
CUPDX vs. Holy Names
Once again: Their department finds the teams they host unworthy of mention on the Cavs official site, so we’re not going to discuss them when they go visit another school. By their own standards, they’re not worth a mention. But they did play D2 this weekend.
Thanks to Notre Dame de Namur for hosting a great GNAC/Pac-West crossover.
WOU 68 vs. Westminster 59 @ Dixie State
We’re excited about this win. We’re thinking upper-middle pac for Westminster? Just based on what we’ve seen. But for what WOU projects as this year (upper middle of the GNAC) it’s a great win.
Highlights: Darius Luborn had 10 points; BRANDELL EVANS had 17 points and five boards while going 8-11 from the line; and Riley Hawken had a full house among seven boards and five fouls. Off the bench Dalven Brushier had five boards and was 9-12 from the line; Buster Souza had four boards; and Cameron Cranston had five points.
Assuming Riley Hawken was seen as the target for Westminster’s D, but the numbers say he still found a way to be effective. Nicely done Riley!
WOU 70 @ Dixie State 80
Not concerned about this loss. Dixie State has consistently been really good, it’s a rebuilding year for WOU, it was on the road. Quality loss.
Highlights: Darius Luborn had five fouls; and Riley Hawken had six boards and 11 points. Off the bench Etan Collins had six points and four boards; Dalven Brushier was ON FIRE and finished with 16 points and five boards; and Buster Souza continues to add productivity grabbing six boards.
The numbers were worse than expected, but ah well. Learning game. It’s not west region, but at the same time we know Dixie State so well (because this is their first year not being west region) that we have to add a lot of benefit-of-the-doubt.
Overall really pleased with this weekend for the Wolves. Very optimistic that they’ll grow into themselves over the course of the season and make a run at the autobid if not win it.
Overall what we learned from this weekend is that we’re excited about the Nooks, we’re cautiously optimistic about WOU, and we’re curious about WWU although they weren’t mentioned in this post because they were beating up on Canadian schools.
The preview for UAF vs. MSUB on Tuesday: Theoretically well matched teams. UAF struggled with Black Hills State while MSUB blew out Black Hills State. Both teams won close over Dominguez Hills. We think this means that both are looking to be in the range of 6-8th in the GNAC, but that’s just a hunch.
Congrats on the many victories procured over this Thanksgiving weekend and we’ll see you on Thursday for the MSUB/UAF result and the game previews for the FIRST DAY OF CONFERENCE PLAY!!!!
HOW ABOUT THEM APPLES?!!? What a game. Go Dawgs. King in da norf! Sorry Alaska schools.
Fun facts: UW is now the ‘Huskies’ (neé Sun Dodgers) because Washington is the ‘Gateway to the Alaskan Frontier.’ Previously (early 1900s) we were the SunDodgers (led by Sunny, a little man with an umbrella), but it was seen as too derogatory (it was about our climate) and hard to make into a cartoon. In the 50s, the UAA student body gifted UW a live malamute, but it was never used as one of our live mascots because it ended up looking like an overgrown fox terrier rather than a Husky. Go figure. Thanks Anchorage! It’s the thought that counts.
Anyway, like last weekend, we’re going to go ahead and wait on talking about yesterday’s games until tomorrow so we can look at both games in context, so… Let’s preview today’s games.
All times pacific.
UAF vs. Dominguez Hills @ MSUB @ 4:15pm
UAF won comfortably over Black Hills State, while Dominguez Hills eked out a win over MSUB. Quality win for DH and so they’ll want to keep it rolling, but we think UAF is showing a lot of great promise this year and so we’re cautiously optimistic.
Prediction: Nooks win.
SMU vs. Holy Names @ Notre Dame de Namur @ 5pm
SMU is coached by Alex Pribble and HNU just got blown out by Concordia-Portland.
Prediction: SMU wins big.
SPU vs. San Bernardino @ Point Loma @ 5:30pm
WE SAID ‘BE SAFE’ FALCONS, GEEZ. We are three games into the SPU season and they’re already down a starter, because of course they are. They lost to St. Cloud last night, but St. Cloud projects to be good and aren’t a west region team so we’re not as worried as we could be.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Western Oregon @ Dixie State @ 6:30pm
We don’t know much about Dixie State yet, but Western Oregon’s win over Westminster gives us hope that they’re going to be solid. That said, it’s a road game and Dixie has plenty to prove, so… We’ll see.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
MSUB vs. Black Hills State @ 6:30pm
Black Hills got blown out by UAF and MSUB lost a close one to Dominguez Hills, so we’re hoping the Jackets are all fired up to beat the other Jackets.
Prediction: Yellowjackets win.
CU-PDX @ Notre Dame de Namur @ 7pm
CU-PDX just blew out Holy Names, but… Again: these teams usually sit in the same realm as it comes to conference standings and so we’re going to have to say:
Prediction: Pick ’em.
UAA vs. South Dakota Mines @ 8:30pm
Last night UAA won by 20 and so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt:
Prediction: UAA wins.
We’re excited. It should be a good afternoon/evening of hoops. We’ll see you tomorrow to discuss the implications of all of this.
Have fun, be safe, go GNAC!
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
NOOKS ARE THE NORTH, SHOVE IT “NORTH” WOOD.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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!
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:
Cal Poly Pomona
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.