Category: non-conference

Post Non-Con Bracketology + Previewing Bankorage.

We’re going to go ahead and do the UAF/UAA preview first to get it out of the way:

Anything can happen in a rivalry game and neither team has looked particularly impressive thus far, although Anchorage definitely more so than Fairbanks. We’re curious to see what Jacob Lampkin does against the Nooks, but that’s pretty much it.


Now, for the Bracketology:

Teams that we think have a legit shot at an at-large bid even if they lose several games during conference play:

CCAA

Cal State LA -they got killed by Cal Baptist, but it was on the road and they played non-con largely within the region with a solid mix of A-B-C teams.

UCSD -While they have three losses, those three losses come from Azusa Pacific, Cal Baptist, and Dixie State; all traditionally strong teams. They also have a win against WWU -another team that projects to be strong.

San Marcos -Solid non-con; only loss was a blowout against CU-Irvine, and they have wins against both Azusa Pacific and CU-Portland, both of whom project as middle-of-the-pack teams in their respective conferences. They’re honestly the epitome of a bubble team in regard to how non-con looks.

Pac-West

Cal Baptist -Only loss comes from a surprisingly good SMU team.

CU-Irvine -Only loss is to Seattle Pacific, has wins against San Marcos (A), Central Washington (B-), and Chico (B+).

Point Loma -They have wins against an SMU team that beat Cal Baptist, and a Simon Fraser team that doesn’t look as bad as it usually does. Their losses come from GNAC-leading WOU and a good UCSD team.

GNAC

Western Oregon -Our choice for now to host the regional; they got through a quality non-con schedule completely unscathed and then their formal travel partner upset Cal Baptist for them.

Saint Martin’s -Stellar non-con, only loss is to Point Loma, and they have a win over Cal Baptist. Love it.

Seattle Pacific -We’re not thrilled with how the Falcons have looked as of late, but the fact is: They have wins over CU-Irvine and Dixie State, one of their losses was on the road in 2OT, and then the other loss was D2 but non-west region on the road.

MSUB -isn’t on this list because while undefeated, they play the bulk of their non-con schedule in a few weeks.


Teams to keep an eye on despite a meh non-con:

CCAA

Cal Poly Pomona -Lost to Azusa Pacific, beat Dixie State, but both were home games and that was the entirety of their D2 non-con.

Chico State -Lost a close one on a neutral court to CU-Irvine, killed Biola and Dominican; this is a terrible non-con schedule, just saying.

San Fran State -Lost to CU-Portland on a neutral court, beat NNU in OT on the road, barely beat Academy of Art & Dominican. All four teams project to be B & C teams in their respective conferences, so while SFSU has an okay record right now, we’re not impressed.

Pac-West

Dixie State -They went through a positively brutal non-con, with losses coming via Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State LA, Western Oregon, and Seattle Pacific, and then their one win was against UCSD. Do they need to have a great regular season? Yes. Should they be able to do it? Absolutely. Dixie usually gets better as the year goes on, and again: they couldn’t have tested themselves any more in non-con.

Azusa Pacific -Another brutal non-con, and they have wins against UCSD, Cal Poly Pomona, and an SFU team that isn’t as bad as it normally is. Their losses come via WOU and San Marcos, so completely legitimate.

Chaminade -We want to see them win on the mainland. They barely beat Dominguez Hills, and while they beat the Alaska schools in Alaska, the Alaska schools are worse than normal this year.


Shockingly, we’re going to do the GNAC differently, because despite a meh non-con, almost every team is still in contention. Here are the teams that we think could only lose one or two games in conference, otherwise they’ll rely entirely on the auto-bid:

UAF -They barely played anyone and they only beat Hawaii Pacific.

UAA -Playing Holy Names is subtraction by addition. We get that they didn’t return anything, but they were projected to be wayyy better than they’ve proven thus far.

CWU -Played no one except CU-I and Hilo in non-con and they lost to CU-I at that. Sorry, but seriously two schools? Nope.

The good news for the three schools above is that CWU is a notoriously hard place to play, as are the Alaska schools, and then the conference tournament is hosted in Alaska. The bad news is that if everybody beats everybody and everyone ends up with four or five losses, they’re not going to deserve nor should they get the benefit of the doubt.


Is there quite a bit of the benefit of the doubt being given by teams that have proven themselves in the past, particularly in the Pac-West? Yes. But regeneration is much easier than starting from the bottom, and it’s such a big everybody’s-beaten-everbody-except-WOU that it’s what we’re going with. It’s awesome. It should be a really fun regular season.

And yes: the GNAC came out looking fantastic in non-con. Congrats in particular to CU-Portland, Northwest Nazarene, and Simon Fraser for still being in contention for at-large bids!

One question we’re now contemplating… If by February 1st it looks like neither Alaska school is going to make the conference tournament, is there any way we can send it back to Lacey instead? Just thinking out loud here.

Have fun, be safe, go GNAC!

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Thanksgiving Non-Con Day 2.

First and foremost: We owe the Saints cookies. Really good cookies. And this week is nuts and so they may be waiting a week for them, but we promise: We will hold up to our end of the bargain because they may have just sent the Regional to Monmouth. Why wouldn’t it be hosted in Lacey? Because they lost to Point Loma. The only way to give yourself a legitimate shot at hosting is to get through non-con completely unscathed OR go something like 19-1 in conference, and quite frankly: this is the GNAC. Pac-12 football thinks they know the Circle of Suck; oh no, no, no… When you don’t know the final order of 8/11 schools until after the very last conference game has been played, that’s when you really know the circle of suck. At least last year. This year it may be termed the Circle of Strength, in no small part thanks to SMU!

Anyway… GAMES!

UC San Diego 80 vs. UAF 56 @ WWU

Praise the lawd. Sorry Nooks, love you, but this needed to be how it is.

Nook highlights: Joe Lendway shot well, finishing with 13 points and six boards; and Michael Kluting had a good game with 19 points and five boards.

Oh dear. Still Nooks, learning experience, right? Right.


CU-PDX 69 @ Cal State LA 91

Not surprised on this score; Cal State LA looks really legit this year, so it’s fine from a conference perspective. Learning and growing moment, eh?

Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had five assists and 14 points; and Christopher Edward had eight boards, 19 points, and five fouls. Off the bench Bryan Michaels had eight points; Deandre Stallings had seven points; and Daniel Thiesen had eight points on perfect shooting.

Quality loss, men.


SPU 77 @ Westminster 83

Honestly we’re not concerned about this loss. They’re RMAC, it was on the road, big whoop. The Falcons didn’t look particularly impressive and it is what it is.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had six boards; Sam Simpson had five boards and 11 points; Nikhil Lizotte had five boards and 11 points; and Tony Miller had 17 points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had six points; Harry Cavell had 12 points; and Nathan Streufert had seven points and five boards.

*shrugs*


WOU 87 @ Notre Dame de Namur 48

There we go.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid shot fantastically and finished with 11 points and four steals; Ali Faruq-Bey finally was felt with 19 points; and Riley Hawken had 10 points. Off the bench Demetrius Trammell had 10 points; Janvier Alaby had nine points; and Dustin Triano, Brandell Evans, and JJ Chirnside added five points a piece.

*nods*


SFU 55 @ Point Loma 79

Welcome back to reality Simon Fraser. No, we don’t think you’re going to be the conference basement dweller like you have been, but we also don’t think Point Loma is quite as good as you made them look, which gets complicated when you factor in that you’re not as bad as normal.

Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 20 points; and Iziah Sherman-Newsome had 10 points.

Onward!


SMU 93 @ Cal Baptist 88

AAAAAAAH!!!!!

Saint hightlights: MATT DAHLEN had 16 points and 10 boards for the DOUBLE-DOUBLE; JORDAN KITCHEN had 14 points and seven boards rounded out with a FULL HOUSE; EJ BOYCE had nine points and FIVE assists; LUKE CHAVEZ had 17 points and five assists on GREAT SHOOTING. Off the bench JARED MATTHEWS had 19 points on good shooting; BJ STANDLEY had five points; and TAVIAN HENDERSON had 10 points.

There are no words. We saw this result and started freaking out, and we’re still freaking out this morning. Holy heck Saints, thank-you so much!!


NNU 93 @ Regis 103 in OT

Another loss we don’t really care about because it’s an RMAC opponent and NNU looks good, so whatever.

Obi Megwa had 16 points and seven boards; Nikola Prvulj had 12 points; and Maurice Jones had 18 points, nine boards, and five fouls. Off the bench KHALIL THOMPSON had 29 points on very good shooting; and Marko Lepovic had five points and six boards.

Whatevs NNU, we believe in you and still are ridiculously proud; this loss means nothing and the OT is nice.


There’s gonna be a lot of discussion in the coming week as we get ready to go into the first weekend of conference play. Congrats on lots of great wins and good losses; none of the losses truly matter from an SOS perspective, so life is good.

Previewing Today’s Games.

All times pacific.

UC San Diego vs. UAF @ WWU @ 2:30pm

UCSD should put away the Nooks without issue, but if for some reason the Nooks upset the Tritons, everyone loses because it doesn’t make UAF look good; it simply makes UCSD look bad.

Prediction: UCSD wins. Please.


NNU @ Regis (Denver) @ 4pm

Regis is 4-0. This is a great test for NNU. Hopefully the Crusaders pull it out, but…

Prediction: Regis wins. No idea on the margin.


CU-PDX @ Cal State LA @ 5pm

Cal State LA looks good this year and so it should be an interesting battle. There are implications in both directions that CSULA should win/CU-PDX should win, so…

Prediction: Pick ’em.


SPU @ Westminster (SLC) @ 6pm

Who knows? The Falcons escaped Dixie State last night but it wasn’t pretty. It’s an RMAC crossover game, so it’s not insanely critical but at the same time it is D2 and all non-con wins are good non-con wins.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


SFU @ Point Loma @ 7pm

We want SFU to win sooo badly, but, let’s be real:

Prediction: PLNU gets the ‘W.’

P.S. C’mon Clan! You can do it! We want to be wrong!


WOU @ Notre Dame de Namur @ 7pm

Prediction: WOU wins big.


SMU @ Cal Baptist @ 7pm

Another game where we want the GNAC team to upset sooo badly, but it just seems unlikely to happen. CBU is currently 6-0… We will bake the Saints cookies, really good cookies, if they can get this upset. This game is one of those games that if we win it (as a conference) it should have implications for rest of the season. The good news is if the Saints lose, it doesn’t really matter a ton because everyone knows CBU is good and the Saints have a quality enough schedule that it is a legitimate win for the Lancers.

Prediction: CBU wins.


More games of intrigue than we expected. It should be a super fun day of basketball. Good luck to all the teams playing; have fun, be safe, go GNAC.

Thanksgiving Weekend Hoops!

We didn’t preview yesterday’s games because we’re lazy and it was Thanksgiving. That said, let’s talk about yesterday’s games:

SFU 56 vs. Azusa Pacific 66 @ Point Loma

Lots of great numbers, SFU is looking pretty good this year! How awesome is that?!

Clan highlights: Kedar Salam had 16 points; Iziah Sherman-Newsome had five boards; Michael Provenzano had a great game with 24 points and perfect shooting from the line; JJ Pankratz had 10 boards; and off the bench Othniel Spence had five assists.

Not a victory, but definitely nothing bad. Super proud of you Clan!


SMU 77 vs. Academy of Art 67 @ Cal Baptist

Heck yes Saints! Continuing to get it done. We see those SOS points -thank-you!!

Saint highlights: Matt Dahlen had six boards; Jordan Kitchen was kept quiet with only five boards; Rhett Baerlocher had nine points; Luke Chavez had 26 points and was a perfect 8-8 from the line. Off the bench Jared Matthews had six points and six boards; and Tavian Henderson continues to impress with nine boards, five assists, and eight points.

Congrats to the Saints on a good performance and good luck to Jordan in bouncing back against the Lancers today.


UCSD 81 @ WWU 73

Free throws. We were keeping a fairly close eye on this game, but it was one of those ones where it didn’t matter what happened in anything but the last two minutes because there was no way to project who would win until the final buzzer went off. We thought WWU would pull it out even in the final two minutes.

Viking highlights: Deandre Dickson continues to be the man, this time as a starter, scoring 23 points and eight rebounds including going 11-11 from the line; Trevor Jasinsky had nine points; and Daulton Hommes went 8-8 from the line. Off the bench Brad Wallace had five points.

Okay, yes it was a bad shooting game and yes the loss is upsetting, but Vikings -it really is a Quality Loss™, so… Thank-you?


CU-PDX 65 @ San Marcos 73

This is a game where we went “oh. It’s good we didn’t predict it because we expected Concordia to win.” San Marcos was really good when they were playing NAIA, but it hasn’t so far translated over to D2… Now it looks like it’s starting to, because we really believe in this Concordia team.

Cavs highlights: Jace Cates had 15 points; Cody Starr had nine points; Jarrett Gray had 15 points; Christopher Edward had 21 REBOUNDS, WHOAAAA and then 19 points; Taylor Harris had five boards; and then off the bench Bryan michaels had five boards.

Overall the shooting in this game was abominable; CU-PDX shot 39% from the field while San Marcos shot 41%, and it’s not like the defense was great -neither team had an obscene number of turnovers.


NNU 81 @ Metro State 74

It’s good we didn’t predict this game because we’re used to Metro State being good and now we see that they’re 0-5, so… Always do research, folks! That said, congrats to NNU on the win.

Crusader highlights: Jayden Bezzant had 20 points and seven boards; and Maurice Jones was contained with seven boards and 12 points. Off the bench Khalil Thompson had a good game with 13 points; Sam Roth had six points; Marko Lepovic had six points; and Olamilekan Adetunji had six points and four boards.

Congrats to NNU on another win!


WOU 76 vs. Holy Names 65 @ Notre Dame de Namur

This score is an example of what happens when you play down to your opponent; we were expecting a blow-out.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had a double double with 15 points and 10 boards to go along with a full house; Ali Faruq-Bey finallyhad a good game with nine points and five assists; Riley Hawken had eight points and seven boards; and JJ Chirnside had seven boards. Off the bench Janvier Alaby had seven points; Brandell Evans had seven points and six boards; and Vince Boumenn had 12 points on great shooting.

Good job Wolves? Sorry. We love you, but we knew you’d win, so we’re not super concerned about it.


SPU 79 vs. Dixie State 70 @ Westminster College (SLC)

The numbers aren’t up, but we can say that the first half was ugly, Nikhil Lizotte bailed the Falcons out by making his free throws, and the last four minutes of the game were seriously the longest four minutes of basketball we’ve ever watched; the last four minutes lasted like a half an hour, not even joking.


Game previews’ll be up at noon pacific.

More Non-Con Results!

Happy Thanksgiving Blog!


Chadron State 82 @ MSUB 95

Nicely done Jackets!! Again: We have no idea what it means in context, but a ‘W’ is a ‘W’!

Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham had 16 points, six boards, and five assists; Tyler Green had 21 points; Kamal Tall had nine points and five boards; Zack Rollins had 11 points, nine boards, and overall picked up a full house; and Sven Jeuschede had 17 points and six boards. Off the bench Kobe Terashema had five assists; Zharon Richmond had eight points and six boards; and David Simental had nine points on perfect shooting in just six minutes.

Congrats to the Jackets on the ‘W,’ keep throwin’ it down!


SMU 73 @ Monterey Bay 70

SMU tried to choke this game away, but luckily the guys were able to hold the Otters off. Good lord. Are you aware the only natural predator of a sea otter is man? This is because they taste so bad that only the creatures that can eat them in one bite bother, and once they do it once they’re not likely to do it again because apparently the after-taste is horrifying too.

Saints highlights: Jordan Kitchen had 13 points and seven boards; EJ Boyce had four steals; Luke Chavez continues to run the show with 14 points, four assists and four steals; and Matt Dahlen had nine points. Off the bench Jared Matthews had eight points on perfect shooting; BJ Standley had nine points; and Tavian Henderson had 10 points and six boards.

Nicely done Saints! Non-con road victory -we love it.


Holy Names 77 @ UAF 67

So Alaska-Fairbanks didn’t get their revenge, but oh well.

Nook highlights: Amenofis Mitchell scored 13 and grabbed five boards; Alex Baham also grabbed five boards; Davis Kimball continues to impress with six assists and nine points; and Michael Kluting had a great performance with 19 points and nine boards. Off the bench Dalton Lootens had six points; and Joe Lendway had eight points.

UAF out-rebounded Holy Names 35-27, so they got that going for them, which is nice.


POW’ll be up in the next however long and then game previews will be up tomorrow at 10am.

Previewing Tonight’s D2 Games

All times pacific.


Chadron State @ MSUB @ 6:30pm

This is a non-region game, so who knows, but good luck to MSUB! The Jackets are currently 3-0 against D2 teams, but we’re not entirely convinced of the D2 teams they’ve beat. Chadron State is currently 2-2 but we have no read on how good their competition is, because we don’t care enough to sort through the three regions worth of non-con they’re playing.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


SMU @ Cal State Monterey Bay @ 7:30pm

It’s complicated. Monterey Bay has lost two close games (against CWU & CU-PDX), lost a game via free throws (Cal State LA), and then won a game against Dominguez Hills by one. All of those were on the road. We’re inclined to think that they’ve been more battle tested and will be better at home. That said: We like and believe in SMU, but they were picked right in the same range as CWU & CU-PDX, so… We’ll see.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


Holy Names @ UAF pt. 2 @ 8pm

So the game last night went to 2OT with HNU eventually pulling out a win on the Tundra, which is quite honestly horrifying from a GNAC strength-of-schedule point of view. That said, obviously Fairbanks is gonna be out for revenge and the Hawks aren’t going to want them to get that revenge and blah blah blah, who knows?

Prediction: UAF gets their revenge.


Not too much to say. We’re curious about the Monterey Bay game, so… We’ll see. Good luck to the Yellowjackets, Saints, and Nooks.

Non-Con Day 4!

Yes there are other games being played besides our numbered days, but close enough.

Dixie State 86 @ WOU 97

Got it done. This should be a win that we look at and go “absolutely quality,” later in the season. Dixie is super well coached and amazingly they start off strong and then tend to get even stronger, and so… Big praise to the Wolves. Dixie is always in contention for the West Regional and usually makes it, so this win helps everyone.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 19 points and 12 boards among a full house of stats; Darius Luborn had five assists; and Riley Hawken had a great bounce-back game with 21 points and eight boards. Off the bench Demetrius Trammmell made noise with 24 points on great shooting -this time 6-9 from the line; Vince Boumann impresses yet again with a double double of 15 points and 10 boards while going 7-8 from the field; and Ali Faruq-Bey had six points.

Congrats to the Wolves on a great win!


CWU 60 vs. CU-Irvine 65 @ SPU

Good lord, don’t let this score fool you: CU-I did everything in their power to Coug It (that is: clutch defeat from the jaws of victory) after being up by 18 part way through the second half and then… CWU took it seriously and CU-I didn’t.

Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz eight boards; Jawan Stepney had 21 points on good shooting; Fuquan Niles had 14 boards and eight points; and off the bench Malik Montoya had four boards.

Big praise again to the Wildcats for being in it the whole time and continuing to grind. Almost got it done! Next time.


CU-PDX 78 vs. Academy of Art 71 @ NNU

Maybe a little bit of a let-down game, but the Cavs still got it done and came back after being down at the half. Way to go guys!

Cav highlights: Jace Cates had 10 points; Cody Starr had nine points; Jarrett Gray went 10-10 from the line and finished with 20 points; and Christopher Edward had 18 points and 13 boards while being great from the field. Off the bench Bryan Michaels had 11 points and six boards; while Deandre Stallings had seven points.

Good job Cavs, keep it going! We believe in you.


Hawaii-Hilo 59 @ SPU 90

This game looked like it was going to be interesting for the first ten or so minutes, and then it wasn’t, but we’re okay with that.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 11 points, five boards, and five assists while going 4-5 from the field; Sam Simpson bounced back with 14 points; Nikhil Lizotte had 11 points; and Tony Miller had 22 points and nine boards. Off the bench Braden Olsen had six points and six assists; Harry Cavell had eight points and four boards; Hunter Eisenhower had five points; and EJ Poulsen and Nathan Streufert both added four boards as well.

Congrats to the Falcons on the win, now go beat Dixie State! Yay SOS. We get concerned.


 

Holy Names 74 @ UAA 80

This is another score to not let fool you; Anchorage didn’t stay on it -they attempted to lose, it had been a blow-out. The good news is they still got it done, so non-conference wins for the GNAC, woo-hoo!

Seawolf highlights: Jacob Lampkin had a “quiet” game with only 12 points, 10 boards, and a full house; DJ Ursery had 15 points and six boards; and Josiah Wood had 11 points. Off the bench Malik Clements had seven points and six boards; Brennan Rymer had six points; and Brian Pearson had six points while going 4-4 from the line.

Thank-you Seawolves! We’ll always take a non-con win in any way, shape, or form.


SFSU 92 @ NNU 75

The Crusaders were in it, they were in it and going for it and then the final result happened, but it was still a valiant effort and much experience gained.

Crusader highlights: Carlos Garcia had six boards; Obi Megwa had 13 points; Nikola Prvulj was back in action and had 10 points; and Maurice Jones had 26 points and 12 boards.

Back on it NNU, we believe! Although maybe not against Metro State -we like being wrong though, so upset them!


Overall not a bad day of GNAC play. As you can probably tell -we walk around wringing our hands about conference SOS and this day didn’t stop the practice, but again: A big thanks to WOU.

Game previews for Tuesday will be up on Tuesday and then we’ll probably wait to do POW on Wednesday because then we can include SMU & UAF as well, so that’ll be good.

Good luck to the Nanooks against HNU tomorrow.

Previewing Today’s Games

All times pacific.


WOU vs. Dixie @ 3pm

We actually trekked all the way down to Monmouth yesterday (we live in Seattle) and we weren’t impressed with Dixie. We think it’s a super winnable game for WOU, especially at home.

Prediction: WOU wins.


CWU vs. CU-Irvine @ 5pm

The SPU game yesterday confused us because CU-I had good wins last weekend and then the Falcons dismantled them meanwhile putting up terrible numbers. If CWU comes out swinging, there’s no reason the Wildcats can’t win.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


CU-PDX vs. Academy of Art @ 5pm

They had a FANTASTIC win against SFSU yesterday and we can’t wait to see what they do against Art U.

Prediction: CU-PDX wins comfortably.


SPU vs. Hilo @ 7pm

Hilo apparently wakes up for big teams and while the Falcons have been meh the last couple of years, they’re still as egomaniacal as ever, and Hilo has too many losses to do it again. If SPU can stay tenacious they should win, but if there’s any thought of “we don’t need to take them seriously,” Hilo is gonna get the ‘W.’

Prediction: Pick ’em.


NNU vs. San Fran State @ 7pm

We think SFSU is a good team. We think NNU is an okay team. We think that it’s possible for NNU to win, but it would be an upset if they did.

Prediction: SFSU pulls out a win, but not without a scare.


UAA vs. Holy Names @ 8:30pm

Last night was closer than we expected and yes UAA plays back-to-back games against a Pac-West bottom dweller. It is what it is, but we are judging them for it. We know it tanks the conference SOS, but we hate them scheduling this school so much that… We’d kind of like an HNU upset because we figure the SOS is tanked regardless.

Prediction: UAA wins.


Should be an interesting night of games. Really curious about the WOU/Dixie game in particular, although we consider this to be a mostly stacked night of games.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Previewing Today’s Games + MSUB Results

Good morning and welcome to the third big day of non-conference play.

First, the results of last night’s D2 (but non-region) game:

MSUB 75 vs. Mary 72

MSUB played a game against a Northern Sun school (non-region D2 opponent) and we had no idea what to expect out of it, so we didn’t put a prediction, but it did end basically as we expected with it being an incredibly close game. MSUB is now 3-0 in D2 play, which is awesome.

Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham finally had a good game with 13 points and four assists; Tyler Green continues to impress with a fantastic 24 points and six assists; Kamal Tall had 11 boards; and off the bench Zharon Richardson had 10 points and six boards; while Daniel Shedden had seven points and five boards.

Congrats on a nice win, Jackets!!


Game Day Previews.

All times pacific standard:

CWU vs. Hilo @ 4:30pm

We’re really curious about this game because Hilo has now lost to SFU and SMU, meanwhile beat WWU. The trend would say that CWU should beat Hilo without too much of an issue, and so we’re going with that.

Prediction: CWU wins reasonably.


CU-PDX vs. San Fran State @ NNU @ 5pm

Really curious about this game because it should be a good test for the Cavs. It’s a neutral court being in Nampa and should be a good step-up test for the Cavs. SFSU looked pretty good last week with wins against Academy of Art and Dominican, so we’ll see what Christopher and Jarrett can lead the team to.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


WOU vs. Azusa Pacific @ 5:30pm

Another interesting game. Azusa is usually good; WOU projects as being really good, and we’re excited for the Wolves to get another chance to truly run. They got a nice win over Point Loma and we have full confidence that they’ll continue that today.

Prediction: WOU wins a close one.


SPU vs. CU-Irvine @ 7pm

Yet another interesting game. Irvine was looking pretty darn good last week with a win over Chico and a blowout over San Marcos. This is going to be a big test for the Falcons -it’s the first team they’re facing where they know going in that the opponent is good, and so we’ll see how they respond to it.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


NNU vs. Academy of Art @ 7pm

Should be well matched. AofA and NNU usually sit in similar spots and we really like the team that NNU has this year -even without them having been tested on a D2 level yet. The Crusaders have a surprisingly good home battlefield advantage (’cause they’re Crusaders, get it?) and Maurice Jones is back and we’re confident about him.

Prediction: NNU wins.


UAA vs. Holy Names @ 8:30pm

Seriously UAA? It can’t be that hard to get people to come and play you. For those missing it: HNU usually sits really low in the Pac-West, so this should be a gimme-game and they’re facing the Hawks two games in a row at home. At least go play them on the road twice in a row, geez.

Prediction: UAA wins big.


Should be an interesting day of games. As always -tweet at us with thoughts/questions/etc.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

SMU 87, Hilo 74.

This was an interesting game and we’re starting to crunch the numbers because with three GNAC teams now having played Hilo and 2/3 winning, there’s starting to be a fair bit of good information, although we’re going to hold off on discussing it until next week because the Vulcans play CWU and SPU in a few days.

For the most part this game was a comfortably led by SMU the whole time. There was some tenseness in the first ten minutes, but after that the Saints largely rolled.

Saint highlights: Jordan Kitchen had both a double-double and a full house with 17 points, 11 boards, four assists, and four blocks among other stats; EJ Boyce had 14 points; Luke Chavez continues to impress with 20 points while playing 40 full minutes; and off the bench Jared Matthews had 16 points; while Tavian Henderson had five boards.

Congrats to the Saints on a game very well played & good luck in your preparation for Monterey Bay!