#4 Western Oregon vs. #1 Western Washington…
Looks like it’ll tip right around 7:35. We’ll also be paying close attention to the CCAA championship game, which features SFSU and UCSD. We have a situation on our hands that means all of a sudden WWU is back in the discussion of hosting the Regional, which means… Rock meet hard place.
If WWU wins and UCSD loses, there’s no reason not to send the Regional to Whatcom. If WWU wins and UCSD wins, then there’s an interesting discussion to be had. Looking at UCSD’s schedule, they’ve lost three conference games: San Marcos, Chico State, and Sonoma. Chico State is in the tourney, as far as we’re concerned. So is SFSU, regardless as to whether or not they beat UCSD tonight. That implies that UCSD has greater strength of schedule than the Vikings, and that would be true.
The GNAC has been a mess this year, with the sloppy games never seemingly ending. And it was all just stupid sloppy and a lack of commitment to fundamentals by all involved -ick. If Western Washington wins this game, the GNAC should be a one bid league. WWU has conference losses to MSUB, UAF, and UAA. They have wins against everyone else. And yet UCSD has wins against Regional bound teams. While WWU absolutely killed the Tritons in non-con, that was a long time ago.
It’s all moot if WWU loses the championship game -in that case, have fun in San Diego y’all. The good news with that is it means two GNAC teams will be going. Yeah, WWU can make their own schedule look weaker by winning. Go figure.
So, to summarize:
WWU wins, UCSD loses, WWU should host.
WWU wins, UCSD wins, it’ll be a discussion that arguably should favor UCSD.
WWU loses, UCSD wins, we’ll feel comfortable sending the regional to San Diego.
WWU loses, UCSD loses, we’re going to veer on the side that UCSD should host because UCSD beat another Regional-bound team to win, whereas WWU didn’t.
Now let’s preview the WWU vs. WOU game:
Western Washington is the conference regular season champion. They’re a great rebounding team -everyone on that team rebounds. They out-rebounded their opponent 39-26 last night. Um, yeah. That being said: their defense lacks at times; that team that they massively out-rebounded was in it until the very end. They have a lot of very good players, and Taylor Stafford tends to get the glory as their best player, and while he is, there are a lot of other people on this team that do a lot of good things that make what Taylor does possible.
Western Oregon played a 3OT game last night against a UAA team that was missing their key senior post presence in Corey Hammell. Western Oregon’s best player is a guy by the name of Tanner Omlid -notable for getting at least one triple double, keeping his turnovers low, and motivating his teammates whether he’s on the court or on the bench. Tanner Omlid is the best player in the game, period. We’re excited we get to keep him for another year.
That being said: having the best player doesn’t mean you win.
WOU had an impressive number of players last night that were able to be counted on to go in, give the starters a breather, and not get behind, with their best bench player being Demetrius Trammell. He is distinctively their 6th man, so we don’t really consider him a part of their bench. If WOU has to use the bench to tread water, that’s going to be difficult against this Vikings team because the Vikings are approximately nine guys deep, even with a starter out due to injury.
WOU has the most talented player. WWU is deeper. If the Vikings allow Tanner Omlid (and to a degree Demetrius Trammell) to put the rest of the team on their back, the Wolves have a very good shot at winning. If they can eliminate most of the production of those guys, they should be fine.
We honestly don’t have a prediction because the conference has been such a mess, we know both of these teams so well, we know what both are capable of at their best, we know what both are like when they’re playing uninspiredly, and there’s just no telling which two teams out of those four options are going to actually show up tonight.
Good luck to all -we believe in y’all, play hard, be strong, be safe, go GNAC!
After one weekend of play, we told you teams that were still officially in the running to host the Regional:
Nine teams could’ve potentially hosted, when there are only eight bids. Here are the teams from that list still in the running, along with the reasons as to why:
Chico -still in, still definitely; they’ve only dropped one game and that was to a very good UCSD team. We think at this point, provided they don’t self implode, they’re making the Regional 100%. Hosting is the question.
UCSD? – definitely maybe; they only have losses to WWU and Cal Baptist, but now they’re in the awkward position of needing to hope that CBU does incredibly well, but still loses three or four games to knock them out of hosting.
Chaminade -No; not the convincing strength of schedule and winning numbers to split the regional. Their best win is against SPU and that win doesn’t look very good this year. They also have a lot of losses already, even with leaving out the D1 losses.
Azusa Pacific -No. Lost to SPU, beat WOU, their record is 7-7, nope.
Cal Baptist -Absolutely. Even with the mess of parity, their only loss is to Dixie State and they played both Cal Poly Pomona and UCSD in non-con. Great strength of schedule.
WWU -We’re still not sure if they’re even eligible to host because of playing at Whatcom and the logistical/infrastructure nightmare that would be, but we don’t think they’re going to host unless other teams majorly implode. The Vikings simply don’t have the West Region SOS nor the out of region wins. They have a massively good win at UCSD, but that’s literally the only amazing highlight of their non-conference.
SPU -LOL. No. But last time we didn’t want to include them; we had to.
CWU -They have a great record, with only losses to Mankato and Anchorage on their sheet, but again: they lack strength of schedule. Although we’d kill for the Regional to be hosted in Ellensburg -definitely our favorite GNAC trip.
WOU -No. Too many losses and too many other teams without losses to their big tests in non-conference.
We had Hawaii Pacific on our “ish” list and while they’ve now won out, they still don’t have the strength of schedule and we don’t see them getting through the conference season with a max of two losses, which is what they’d need, in order to split the regional. It’s true that Cal Baptist/Chico/UCSD could implode and that could shove it Hawaii Pacific’s way, but… We’d assume the selection committee would rather keep the region together and with SOS being such a new criterium, weight it heavily.
Is there anyone we want to add to the list? Yes and in a big way:
San Francisco State. They’ve won out in non-conference and are currently undefeated, although their strength of schedule is somewhat lacking; their best win is @ WOU and that went to triple OT in the first game of the season. Right now they’re our pick to host the Regional as of now, because just win baby, win!
The Regional could end up being split between SFSU and Hawaii Pacific, which wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world, but… We still feel like hosting is Cal Baptist’s to lose. Being undefeated is one thing, but being truly tested before conference play is another and Cal Baptist definitely has the latter.
What teams do we have making the Regional 100%?
San Fran State
Here’s a list of all of the teams that are currently in control of their own destiny regarding making the Regional:
San Fran State
East Bay -only two losses come via SF State and Western Washington, but they got killed by both. We’ve liked East Bay for a while -they give teams fits at Mac Martin every year.
Hawaii Pacific -they’re only a maybe, because they didn’t play any true road games in non-con.
Azusa Pacific -they’re currently 7-7, but they have wins over Dixie State and Western Oregon, as well as a couple of potentially quality losses to West Texas A&M & Seattle Pacific-ish.
The following looks excessive, but seriously: We can justify it.
Western Washington -because duh. The two teams they just lost to by a collective five points or so will likely be 1-2 in the Lonestar Conference and both are 100% in the South Central Regional.
Central Washington -why they lost to Anchorage, we don’t know, they have the most minimal of non-con, but if they win 14 games in conference, there’s no reason they wouldn’t be in the tournament.
Alaska-Anchorage -lose one more game and we say they no longer control their own destiny, but they have a good team and for right now: they are in control.
Seattle Pacific -We constantly talk crap about the Falcons, but the fact is that they have SOS, have a history of doing well, and we firmly believe that it’s the coaching staff holding this team back -not the players. When the coaching staff decides they want to win, they’ll be able to.
Saint Martin’s -they did what they needed to in non-con. Every conference team is going to lose multiple games. Non-con saves them. They’re in control right now.
MSU-Billings -they are as close to not being in control as you can possibly get, but while they lost in non-con, it was to East Bay and Cal Baptist on the road, which looks legit.
We originally had WOU on that list, but we honestly hadn’t looked at just how bad their non-conference went. They have no SOS, what-so-ever. They don’t control their own destiny -they need other teams to lose in order to make it in. When we think about it, would we take a 17-1 WOU team over a 17-1 Hawaii Pacific/Dixie/Azusa/UCSD/Chico/San Fran/East Bay? No. East Bay is the only ‘maybe’ in there, and all of that requires those teams to lose.
14 teams. Eight spots. Five at-large. We think the five at-large bids are already spoken for. This is a year when the auto-bid is going to be dire. We have no idea what’s going to happen at all. Literally, the prediction posts are going to be 100% pointless. We just don’t know.
In the GNAC, here’s what’s happened so far:
MSUB beat WOU
Concordia beat MSUB
NNU beat Anchorage
Pick ’em Games:
UAA @ CWU = UAA
UAF @ CWU = CWU
WWU @ SPU = WWU
There’ve only been 10 conference games played and three of them were upsets while three of them there was no way to pick a winner prior. It’s just going to get worse. If this blog has taught us one thing in regard to predicting basketball games: the more knowledge we have, the less we know. Darn all of these really good players that we know can completely change a game on any given night!
If you have something you want us to discuss tomorrow, tweet at us or leave in the comments -otherwise, we’ll catch you guys on Thursday for the game previews.
THE WORLD IS ENDING, WWU LOST TWO GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
That’s sarcasm, for those not fluent in the dialect of GNAC men’s basketball sarcasm. WWU lost to two very good teams, they seemed to improve in between, and both games went down to the wire. Remember, WWU had a heavily back loaded non-con, so these were the first couple of tests they actually faced, and they responded well.
Western Washington 83, West Texas A&M 90
Fun game to watch. The Vikings kind of went through the spectrum -they were down by a bunch, they walked back up, they got ahead, but ultimately we’re guessing WT A&M was a little more seasoned and they pulled it through. Now WWU is a little more seasoned.
Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford went 6/7 from the line; Trey Drechsel had nine points; Daulton Hommes had 10 boards; and Jeffrey Parker had a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards. Off the bench Brett Kingma had eight points on good shot selection; and Deandre Dickenson had a good “debut” with 10 points in 15 minutes.
Simon Fraser 63, Tarleton State 88
Not surprising, but also not embarrassing; Tarleton State is a very good team. They’re also either racist or ageist in our experience; we were sitting at the South Central Regional with four black kids from Mid-Western State, watching the game like normal people (i.e. not yelling nor being in any way obtrusive) and their security was on us the entire time. So obnoxious.
Clan highlights: Andrew Williamson had 12 points; Iziah Sherman-Newsom had 13 points and six boards; Michael Provenzano had 16 points and seven assists; and off the bench Hidde Vos had nine points; while Graham Miller had five points and five boards.
Overall not too many bad numbers. It’s clear Tarleton achieved their goal of shutting down JJ Pankratz, who generally speaking is the biggest threat, but other than that… The Clan took advantage of Tarleton sticking to their own game plan, which is awesome.
Simon Fraser 58, Angelo State 83
Angelo State clearly was a bit worried and they came out swinging hard. Almost no good numbers were had by the Clan, which is what it is. Hopefully the guys learned something?
Clan highlights: Michael Provenzano had nine points; Tyrell Lewin had 10 points; and off the bench Kedar Wright!! had 15 points and five boards.
Western Washington 83, Tarleton State 84
This was such a good game and we know the Viks didn’t win, but they have such a young team and it was such a good learning experience, plus they had a bunch of really great numbers -they never panicked, which is huge. We followed along for most of the second half and it was super back and forth, WWU walked up, and couldn’t walk away unfortunately, but still. Tarleton State is theoretically really, really good, so… Quality loss? 100%.
Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had 15 points; Trey Drechsel had seven boards; Logan Schilder had eight boards; Daulton Hommes had 20 points (nice bounce-back); and Jeffrey Parker had 16 points. Off the bench Trevor Jasinsky had a monster night with 17 points on great shooting.
The charts should be updated by the end of this week, discussions, all that good stuff, coming soon. Not sure about next week -it may be a dead week, we may have stuff to say. We’ll see.
Congrats to the Vikings on exp. earned and we can’t wait to watch you play again in a couple of weeks -same goes for you, SFU.
All times pacific.
WWU vs. West Texas A&M @ 1:15
SFU vs. Tarleton State @ 3:30
SFU vs. Angelo State @ 5:45
WWU vs. Tarleton State @ 8pm
It’s out-of-region, so we’re not super concerned, although now that so much play has happened we can at least get an idea of how good these teams are. Before we look we’re expecting Angelo State to be middle-of-the-pack and so a good challenge for SFU, while Tarleton will theoretically be near the top. West Texas A&M will probably be top 3?
Now let’s see if we’re correct:
Tarleton State is in fact near the top, with their one loss being an upset to CSU-Pueblo. Their record is 8-1, but the other side of this is that they really haven’t played anybody; they’ve had a lot of blowouts and then it looks like anybody with gumption while they’ve won they’ve kept it close. We expect them to win convincingly/blow out SFU, and then WWU to beat Tarleton State.
We’ve been the biggest Vikings doubters, even speculating that their coach’s seat is getting warmer (even if it’s not, prior to this season it should have been), but this year they’ve answered every question and so… We’re stopping our questioning. We’re convinced. We think they can do it.
West Texas A&M is truthfully better than we expected -they’re 12-1 with a win against Azusa Pacific. Although maybe we were expecting mid-season three losses rather than early season? Their record makes sense; West Texas tends to be really good and should be a really great challenge for the Vikings. Good game to watch on the computer while watching football on the TV, so… Tune in! We will be. Good luck Vikings!
Angelo State does in fact look to be middle of the pack -they’re 6-0 but have played few games, and lots of games against lower division opponents. They blew the lower division opponents out, and then have a close win to Mid-Western State of Texas, so we think that Angelo will likely beat SFU, but SFU could upset them, and theoretically it shouldn’t be a blowout of them.
Alright, results will go up on Tuesday, and then we’ll see about having a discussions post this week now that all of non-con will have been played. Plus, we need our annual sing-along!
Good luck to the Vikings and the Clan.
So WOU lost. Interesting. We’re not surprised. And you’re like “you said they’d blow the Cougars out” yes, yes we did. We’re intrigued by it, but not surprised, because the Region is a mess this year, as covered. We’ll keep saying it just ’cause, but really… It’s a mess. That’s it. WOU still put up some good numbers, so let’s get started!
Western Oregon 71 @ Azusa Pacific 82
Not a blow out by any stretch. This is what we consider a solid win. They won by enough for it to be convincing, but not by too much to make it look like WOU sucks. Congrats to the Cougars for a good victory, congrats to WOU for a loss that likely helps you -would it have better to win? Probably. But of any loss you could get, this is one of the better ones.
Wolves highlights: Tanner Omlid had nine points and eight boards; Malik Leaks had eight points; and Bryan Berg had 17 points off the bench.
Okay the numbers were bad. It is what it is. They had 12 turnovers which means either their turnovers are finally being credited correctly or it was an abominably bad night for the Wolves. Either way -we’re still proud of you! Sort of. Within reason.
Seattle Pacific 86 @ Chaminade 87
It’s not as bad as it could have been. It looks closer than it was. For most of the night SPU was getting their butts handed to them. We can only say we’re frustrated so many times. We know they’re playing with a limited rotation due to injuries, but good teams find ways to win and if you asked any guy on that team they’d tell you they’re a good team. Heck, if you asked us WE would tell you they’re a good team, so the unanimous conclusion is: they need to find a way to win, because this result isn’t acceptable.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 22 points and nine rebounds; Tony Miller had 16 points and seven boards; Joe Rasmussen got the golden number with 14 points (he is #14); and off the bench holy guacamole FRESHMAN GAVIN LONG HAD 22 POINTS ON 9-10 SHOOTING. Congrats Gavin!! We’re so proud of you.
Yet another abominable night of rebounding, so losing by one… Not on the guys we mentioned above, much as they’ll be guilting themselves about it.
Seattle Pacific 72 @ Hilo 66
Falcons got it done. It was ugly. But it’s a ‘W’ on the chart and we’re honestly shocked. We thought they were done caring about basketball. We’re still not convinced they’re not, but whatever. We don’t really honestly take this win seriously because the numbers are bad, and we need to see a consistent commitment to basketball, which we’re yet to outside of about four guys.
Falcon highlights: WILL PARKER PLAYED 40 FULL MINUTES and had 13 points; Tony Miller had a double-double with 21 points and 12 boards; and Joe Ramussen had 10 boards -proving that miracles do happen. Off the bench Sharif Khan had 10 points and five boards; and Gavin Long had nine points and six boards on great shooting from the line.
Coleman apparently got injured. Congrats to the rest of the guys on rallying and getting it done even without him.
Overall not the best weekend for the GNAC, but a couple of tournaments start today, one of which the Vikings of Western Washington play in, so things should get better. Preview post up soon.
We’re going to do the results of the SPU game at Chaminade when we do these tomorrow morning. It’s not that we’re mad -we’re just disappointed. No, kidding, we honestly don’t care. We’ve said what we have to say, they are fully aware of what we think, and what they truthfully know needs to be done and the players and particularly the coaching staff isn’t doing it. It is what it is. They can change their minds any time they want.
All times pacific.
As for WOU @ APU @ 7:30.
The Wolves are going to kill the Cougars. We both think that and hope that. APU hasn’t looked particularly good this year and somehow the GNAC is looking tentatively like the class of the west, which may or may not say a lot. We like the Pac-West and CCAA, all of y’all know we’d be the first people to rag on the GNAC, but the thing is we’re looking tentatively very okay.
And so why aren’t we saying much on the blog? BECAUSE WHO KNOWS WHAT’S GOING ON IN THE WEST?!?!
Not us. And if anyone were know what was going on in the West Region, you’d think it would be us. Again. Driving in the snow in Seattle. If someone says they know, they’re lying. But we are super excited because the more games are played the better the GNAC looks. WWU is looking on fire and we love everything they’ve been doing. WOU has looked really good. UAA has been split but that team has so much talent and such a good program MO that anything could happen. Why wouldn’t they be in the tournament? Now hosting the tournament -ain’t gonna happen. But in the tournament? We’re still sensing a high probability. NNU has become the UAF of UAA. In English: WWU, no matter how far they went in the tournament, always lost at UAF. Just a thing. UAA, great team, they lose at NNU. It is what it is. Does that mean WWU will lose at UAF this year? Because WWU looks amazing, that means UAF has to spoil their fun? Traaaaadition!
SPU @ Hilo @ 9:30.
SPU… We feel like the second we’re like “screw y’all” they’re going to actually start playing like SPU, but we’re kind of enjoying their demise right now. We’re laughing really hard at it. It’s not even schadenfreude. We just love it. Because if we let ourselves care about it, it would kill us. So we’re like “okay, you do you. Grant, this is your chance. Congrats. This is what it looks like. Reminder: It can stop any time. You can play what we’ve come to know as SPU basketball at any time.”
That being said: SPU is losing to Hilo. They barely beat them at home, this time it’s on the road and the Falcons are going DOWN between the hours of 9:30 and 11:30pm pacific.
Nightlights? At like midnight? Maybe.
We didn’t end up doing a preview for WWU vs. UCSD because we’re lazy. We didn’t watch the game because we were busy being poked and prodded because our tonsils decided to grow back.
Here’s our prediction prior to looking at the results or knowing ANYTHING. Kid on Christmas, right here:
UCSD is a good team. They went legendary in our mind last year when the coach won a game with four guys, due to foul-outs and injuries. We consider them and Chico State to be our “CCAA” teams. They also wear shorts of a good length -none of this man-pris junk.
Western is of course our second favorite team; we love them, we’re obsessed with them this year because they’re actually playing functional basketball and they have a ton of guys that play in the style we love. We haven’t been to as much as we have in the past because we’re not missing Husky and Seahawks games to watch teams like Quest and Fresno State.
All of that said: We expect when we reveal the results to be a battle that either team could have won. We’re hoping it was fairly close and neither team blew the other out, because SOS matters. We’re hoping the numbers are okay. Not good, because that would mean no defense. So we’ll see. It’s a toss-up. Our gut says that Western could have won big and might’ve won big, but… We’ll see.
Western Washington 104 @ UC San Diego 81
Western won big. Our gut was right. And we’re 50/50 on it. We’re the anti-bandwagon and we feel like we’re bandwagoning Western, which is uncomfortable, even though we’re well aware that we’re truer than 98% of “fans” that went there and/or live in the area.
Vikings highlights: Holy guacamole, Taylor Stafford had 44 points on 15/21 shooting, as well as picked up five assists; Trey Drechsel had 15 points, eight boards, and five assists; Logan Schilder had nine points and eight boards; Daulton Hommes had six boards; Jeffrey Parker went off, scoring 15 points; and off the bench Trevor Jasinsky had seven points and four boards.
Wow. Wow. Wow. Wow. Not a ton of bench play, but oh my goodness. We trust Western completely, the style they’re playing is amazing, but at the same time we also trust UCSD and wonder if it was a situation like the Seahawks this weekend where they basically rolled over and died.
We looked over the UCSD numbers… Nothing horrible, nothing great. Really average game. Which is great for WWU because it means it wasn’t a bad night that can be written off; WWU was using teamwork, moving the ball, their shots were falling, and we saw them at the best of their ability against a good team.
We’ll see if we preview the Chaminade game tomorrow…
There’s so much parity and the SPU team is such a mess while still being SPU, so… Who knows? And maybe what’s even funnier is that while we know SPU is a mess, our conference overall has looked really strong, while the Pac-West in particular has looked full of parity straight up, so… It would be nice to get a win, we think the Falcons could get a win, but will they make the choice to go in and take a win? It’s hard playing Hawaii, so it’s going to have to be an active decision rather than the passiveness they’ve shown as of late.
Congrats Vikings + Good Luck Falcons!
Why is blogging happening so late this year? Because we’re used to knowing something. We’re used to being able to extrapolate meaning out of all of this data, but this year the data is meaningless. We ended up in basketball really randomly and, via the demographic we came from, we’re aware that if we can’t make sense of these numbers -no one can.
If someone tells you they can make sense of them, they’re lying. It’s like someone saying they can drive in the snow in Seattle. We grew up driving in eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana snow and through those mountain passes in the winter. We can drive in the snow just fine. We cannot drive in the snow in Seattle because Seattle usually sits around 20 degrees when it snows (even at night) and warms up as sunlight hits it, thus it’s nothing but a mess of ice with the constant thaw-refreeze-thaw that happens as any given day-of-snow goes on.
It’s impossible drive in Seattle in the snow.
It’s impossible to take any meaning out of these numbers.
And that’s why we’re struggling to put up posts on time. It’s not that we don’t care, it’s not that we’re not following things insanely closely, it’s that as much as we love highlighting these guys… We want the highlights to be real. And right now without context we don’t know what real is.
For the (ahem Central) people that are like “you just don’t care as much because SPU is a mess” um, it’s a pretty darn good year for our alma mater to be a mess considering with the level of parity, we essentially have 11 teams in the GNAC in play.
Yes. 11. 11 teams. Simon Fraser, welcome to the Club.
There are definite player highlights from the past weekend we can touch on…
NNU 53 “@” CSU East Bay 71
-Bouna N’Diaye went 7-9 from the field, finishing with 14 points
-Maurice Jones went 6-7 from the field, finishing with 17 points and eight boards.
NNU 68 @ Chico 79
-Bouna N’Diaye and Kalieb Rodrieguez both finished with 17 points apiece.
Funny/fun game just because they actually got Chico to push the tempo. Usually Chico is a defensive grind it out, which is incredible, but can be fun to see the points rise. We like Chico. They and UCSD are “our” CCAA teams.
WOU 65 “@” Westminster 58
-Tanner Omlid had 10 boards, five steals, and 23 points.
-Malik Leaks had 10 points off the bench.
WOU 73 @ Dixie State 78
-Tanner Omlid had 7 assists and zero turnovers.
Once again… We really have to compliment WOU on how well they take care of the basketball. Another funny thing because along with lack of SOS, how many turnovers those mid-2000s Romar teams had was the other major complaint. The Wolves definitely have that one taken care of; and WOU’s SOS is admittedly better this year than last.
SFU 67 “@” CU-Irvine 80
-TYRELL LEWIN HAD 24 POINTS ON 12-12 SHOOTING.
-JJ Pankratz had 19 points.
MSUB 86 “@” Western State (CO) 77
-Kendall Denham had 14 points off the bench.
MSUB 83 @ Colorado Mesa 68
-Jace Anderson went 6-6 from the line and finished with 22 points.
SPU 79 “@” Point Loma 86
-Tony Miller had 11 boards
SPU 73 @ Azusa Pacific 68
-Coleman Wooten had 14 boards.
Fresno Pacific 58 “@” UAF 74
-Bangaly Kaba went 9-10 from the line and finished with 17 points.
Fresno Pacific 66 @ WWU 75
-Jeffrey Parker went 7-7 from the line and finsihed with 21 points.
Essentially those were the best numbers the games had to offer. We’re only doing that because the rest… Our arms are crossed and we’re waiting. We believe in all of them, but this isn’t little league. Some will score more, some will score less. Some teams will win more, some teams will win less. And the numbers will matter. Eventually.
Conference play starts tonight. CU-PDX @ WOU. The obvious thing is that WOU is going to beat Concordia and we feel pretty confident in that pick. We’re very proud of Tanner. If you make our pre-season all conference team and then play well, you’ll be in our good book for a long time. If you play badly, we’ll openly complain about you the following year even if you’re sitting within earshot.
We’ll do POW here in a bit, although the nominations and award will probably be in the same post since so few teams played two actual D2 games. Still means just as much, but most of the time we try not to bombard people with posts.
Other than that… We see a Phil Jackson-style shenanigans post in the near future, no pun intended.
Better late than never. Football, Saturday napping, and still contemplating what the heck is going on with this conference were taking priority. Last night’s numbers… The only numbers that might be the slightest bit meaningful are APU vs. SPU and that we don’t even believe/feel like we’re being homers for considering. The game was a mess on the side of the Falcons. But does that mean they’re getting better or that Azusa was having issues?
MSUB @ Western State Colorado @ 2pm
TBD. We’re liking the numbers the Yellowjackets have been putting up as of late, but have no idea the type of competition, plus it’s non-West Region which in a year of so much parity, we’re not sure how much it matters anyway.
WWU vs. Fresno Pacific @ 3:15
WWU more, FPU less. FPU is by no means a terrible team and WWU is by no means a tested team, but we think the Vikings have been winning in a way that says “dominant” thus there should be no issue -especially at home.
Simon Fraser vs. Concordia-Irvine @ Cal Baptist @ 5:15
CU-Irvine isn’t as good this year as they were last, but they’re still gonna kill the Clan. The Clan put up good numbers against Cal Baptist (even while getting killed) so that’ll be the thing to focus on -playing their own game and playing good fundamental basketball regardless as to what the score is. Stay within themselves, not in the sense of being less than CU-I, but in not trying to match them and know that if they play good defense and play smart on offense, that’s the only way winning is going to be a possibility regardless as to what the actual chance is.
SPU vs. Point Loma @ Azusa Pacific @ 5:30
No idea -we have no idea what the Falcons are going to do in any given game, much less one against their former coach.
Western Oregon vs. Dixie State @ 6:30
Big game of the night and again: we have no idea. CWU beat Dixie State. SPU lost to Dixie State. Dixie State lost to UC San Diego on the road while WOU lost to UC San Diego at home in 3OT. Theoretically that makes Dixie slightly better than WOU, but yeah right. This game… Who knows?
Tweet at us. We’re keeping an eye on these games, but have been watching the Michigan/Ohio State, USC/ND, and now are very focused on the CU/Utah game.
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All times Pacific.
Western Oregon vs. Westminster @ Dixie State @ 4pm.
Westminster is now in the RMAC. The school is in Salt Lake City, so we’re a little pissy that the Pac-West didn’t get them and thus have a legit travel partner for Dixie State =( It would have been a great fit, but the RMAC is great too. Not sure what this game’ll be. Puh-puh-puh-parity. Let’s go Wolves! Get that out of region win!
Northwest Nazarene vs. Cal State East Bay @ Chico @ 5:30
We’re actually really excited for this game because East Bay is usually just slightly below average -they give good teams scares on the regular and so NNU will likely be a step below them, thus a chance for NNU to step-up and we’re not sure what’s going to happen. It could go either way. At base, yeah East Bay should beat NNU, but it’s not insanely far outside of where the Crusaders could be so it has the potential to be a good win if they can do it.
MSU-Billings @ Colorado Mesa @ 6pm
Another RMAC team. MSUB just killed an RMAC team in Chadron State. Could it be? Who knows. We’ll see. Good luck Yellowjackets!
Simon Fraser @ Cal Baptist @ 7pm
LOL. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. The worst isn’t actually that bad -Cal Baptist is legit, although this win won’t say that.
Seattle Pacific @ Azusa Pacific @ 7:30
We don’t know how to feel about this game. We don’t know what to think about this game. If someone besides Coleman decides to rebound, it could be interesting. If they don’t, it could be boring. We feel tepid about the Falcons. APU isn’t as great as they have been in some years, but they’re definitely very good and that could spell big trouble for a Falcon team that seems to have a raging case of apathy.