Mostly just writing this for the GNAC context and so we know what we’re looking at next week going into the NCAA tournament.
#6 Art U. 64 vs. #3 Chaminade 90
As far as we saw, this was never really a game. Art U. is typically among the really bad Pac-West schools and so we’re starting to think that them making it to the conference tournament and then getting blown out is a signal that the conference is even more top-heavy than normal.
Knights highlights: Josh Hill had 23 points and 14 rebounds for the double-double; Victor Ruiz de Carranza had five boards; and off the bench Dante Williams had nine points and six boards among a full house of stats.
Silverswords highlights: Andre Arissol had 24 points; Elet Donley had 15 points and six boards; Bil Awet had 15 points in 20 minutes on perfect shooting; and Kendall Small had six boards, 10 assists, and 12 points for the double-double, wow. Off the bench Isaac Amaral-Arathree had 16 points; and Kevin Kremer had nine boards.
Honestly? Academy of Art’s numbers were so bad and Chaminade’s were so good, that we’re kind of thinking Chaminade isn’t quite as good as we were thinking/hoping they were? It’s too big of a discrepancy, meanwhile Chaminade still has some puzzling losses and a 15-7 record in conference play, in a conference that sent a 10-12 team to the six team conference tournament.
GNAC context: It’s a bit too soon to say, but… We like NNU and WOU’s odds against Chaminade, despite the fact that both teams lost today.
#5 Biola 86 vs. #4 CU-Irvine 77
This game actually matched the UAA/NNU game really well. We felt like CU-I was in control most of the way and yet then at the end Biola got it back and got the win. Biola has a 13-9 conference record and we’ll be honest: We don’t know nearly as much about them as we do CU-I, but… All the better to burst bubbles?
Biola Eagle highlights: Chris Rossow had 31 points and six steals on solid shooting and while going 6-6 from the line; Michael Bagatourian had 18 points, six boards, and six assists; Whitten Dominguez had 17 points and five fouls while going 5-6 from three; Jesse Elrod had 12 points and seen boards; and Alex Right had eight boards among a full house of stats in 40 full minutes. No real bench play.
CU-I Eagle highlights: Kayle Knuckles had 21 points; Robert McCoy had 16 points; Andre Green had 14 points; and Jamel White had six assists. Off the bench Kyle Gray had seven points; Cameron English had seven points and four rebounds in just 11 minutes; and Austin Clark had six points.
Interesting, so while CU-I was deeper, Biola got way more out of their starters. Biola out-rebounded CU-I 32-24, so that’s an interesting number. As noted on twitter: CU-Irvine would like to say that this burst their bubble, but… We don’t think it really did. We think the losses to WWU and SPU early meant that the Eagles of Concordia-Irvine were going to have to have a pretty darn amazing conference record in order to undo it, and… They finished fourth. They were going to have to win the tournament to get a bid this year; the CCAA is just too good, as are PLNU, APU, and Chaminade.
Let’s be real here: the only interesting thing about tonight’s Pac-West games was the Biola upset, and even that’s paltry because when SPU was busy looking like a mess early in the year, they still beat CU-Ivine, so… Congrats Biola? Sincerely looking forward to seeing what you do against Azusa Pacific tomorrow.
Our GNAC Tournament Day #2 preview will be up in the AM.
Be safe, have fun, and as always: West Coast is best coast!
We’re temporarily (for one post) becoming a CCAA blog.
Because let’s be real here: Did we have anything else to do on a Tuesday night? Absolutely not.
Disclosures: Seattle Pacific (our undergraduate alma mater) regularly schedules Chico State in non-con, so we love the Wildcats; and Bryan Rooney, now at East Bay, was our grad school coach at Cal Maritime, and so we also love the Pioneers; other than that, we’re neutral regarding CCAA teams.
#5 East Bay 70 @ #4 San Bernardino 68
WHAT A GAME. Close the whole way through and yet… We’ll be honest: We didn’t believe East Bay was going to win just because we have terrible memories of the San Bernardino gym, but it’s good we’re old ’cause the Pioneers GOT IT DONE.
Pioneer highlights: Nai Calisle had 18 points; Zafir Williams had 18 points and eight boards while going 6-8 from the line; Ant Navarette shot well nad had 12 points and eight boards; and off the bench Josh Dhatt had seven points.
Coyote highlights: Jeremy Smith shot well while playing 40 full minutes, ultimately finishing with 22 points and six boards; Andres Villa had 14 points and 11 boards; Shea Rax went 4-5 and finished with nine points; Daytone Jennings had eight boards; and off the bench Richard Laku had five boards.
GNAC context: Both of these teams shot well tonight, but really had zero depth. We’re not convinced they would they would beat any GNAC tourney team consistently. They could get lucky with Fairbanks or Anchorage having an off day, but from what we saw you’re looking at 3/10 games won at best.
If San Bernardino was considered a bubble team, it just burst, and then East Bay will need to win the CCAA tournament to get a win, so… GNAC and Pac-West bubble teams, you’re safe so far.
#7 Dominguez Hills 66 @ #2 Cal Poly Pomona 67 in OT
A way closer game than we expected, like East Bay/San Bernardino, it was close the whole way through. We’re guessing it was because the Cal Poly Pomona guys actually have to study in addition to playing basketball, unlike the DH guys. Nice effort, though, Toros.
Toro highlights: Colten Kresl played a whopping 45 minutes and grabbed nine boards; Andrew Whitsett had five blocks in addition to 12 points and 12 boards for the double-double; Wonder Smith had 11 points, six boards, and five assists; Kaden Bradley had five boards; and off the bench Nick Kornieck had five points.
Bronco highlights: William Christmas had 17 points and a whopping 16 rebounds for one heck of a double-double; and BJ STANDLEY (HE’S ONE OF OUR GNAC GUYS!!!!) had 13 points. Off the bench Mason Dickerson had five points; Finn Eckhardt had five rebounds; and TAVIAN HENDERSON (HE’S ANOTHER ONE OF OUR GNAC GUYS!!!!!!) had four rebounds.
GNAC context: It feels like this Cal Poly Pomona team would match-up really well with Northwest Nazarene and Western Washington, so… About the same area of the standings. Unfortunately non-con exists and Cal Poly Pomona beat Western Washington, straight-up, and so if it comes down to it and both are bubble teams and everything else is equal, Cal Poly Pomona will likely get the nod.
#6 Stanislaus 73 @ #3 Chico 75 in OT
WHAT AN INSANE GAME. We’ve thought this Stanislaus team was dangerous all year and we feel like we were proven decently correct? Stanislaus 2020, you is done, but you is baaaaad. Really great season guys, all of y’all should be proud, this Chico team is terrifying and you gave them all they could handle.
Warrior highlights: Darius Scott had 21 points, six boards, six assists, and four steals, WOW; Vida Faniel had 16 points; Xavier Francis had 14 points and five fouls ;and Ty Davis had 12 points; and Luis Salgado contributed 33 minutes off the bench.
Wildcat highlights: Kevin Warren had 21 points; Calvin Geraci shot well and had 13 points; Justin Briggs shot well and had 12 points and six boards; Isaiah Brooks went 6-7 from the line and had seven assists; Malik Duffy had nine boards; and off the bench Amari Stroud had six points and four rebounds.
GNAC context: The Chico numbers weren’t as good as we were expecting and so we’ll be really curious to see what happens in their next game. We’re going to wait on making a prognostication in regard to how they match-up with various GNAC teams. The thing is, Chico’s big thing (no pun intended) is their height and post play, and no GNAC team has three good 6’7+ post players; we’ve all got one or two, but… Chico is a hard match-up.
#8 CSULA 70 @ #1 UCSD 89
Honestly… The CSULA numbers aren’t bad. They look like pretty typical GNAC numbers, and we’re not sure if that means that there are a number of really good GNAC teams or a number of really bad GNAC teams. We’ll see.
Golden Eagle highlights: Fard Muhammad had 17 points; Ja’Sean Lewis had seven boards; and off the bench Michael-Isaiah Ajiboye had 16 points.
Triton highlights: Marek Sullivan shot well and had 16 points and 12 boards for the double-double, in addition to a full house of stats; Scott Everman had 15 points; Tyrell Roberts had 14 points and five boards; Christian Oshita had seven boards; and Mikey Howell had 10 assists and five boards. Off the bench CHRIS HANSEN HAS RETURNED?!?!?! and had 14 points and five boards in just ten minutes; and Gabe Hadley had 10 points and four boards.
UCSD won the rebounding battle 42-24.
GNAC context: We’re all gonna die at the hands of UCSD, unless the Pac-West kills us first. But seriously, if we’re looking at an autobid only situation and the autobid doesn’t go to Seattle Pacific, the GNAC team will be the 8th seed and whichever team that is will die at the hands of the Tritons. But next year we can do some group therapy of watching UCSD get their butts kicked in their first year D1, just like Seattle U. did. @$#! the Redhawks.
While we won’t preview the CCAA and Pac-West tournament games, we will probably blog about them because with the GNAC men playing early and Seattle Pacific hosting the tournament, we’ll actually have enough time to do all of, so… Look forward to that.
Seriously amazing night of hoops, 3/4 games came down to the final possession, welcome to March Madness =)
Be safe, have fun, and always remember: West coast is Best Coast!
*Drumroll* It’s the post you’ve been waiting for all of last week, half of this week, maybe even all throughout November and December, and… It is HERE! You’re not alone, we’ve been waiting too.
For this post, we’re going with our usual order of GNAC schools, so… Let’s jump into the RESULTS OF GNAC NON-CON!!!!!!!!!!!! 🎉🎊🥳🥂🎉
Currently 3-7 and guaranteed to need the autobid, BUUUUT, we’re really liking what we’re seeing from this Nanooks team. They could be dangerous, and we don’t say that about just anyone. A majority of the guys on the UAF roster have had promising looking games and so if even four of those guys can start putting together consistent performances, this team should be able to go toe-to-toe with anyone in the conference.
Projection: Autobid required, but seems possible.
Currently 9-4 with their losses coming via Chaminade, Michigan Tech (who cares), Arkansas-Monticello (who cares), and Southeastern Oklahoma State (again: who cares?).
This Anchorage team has some talented guys, but unfortunately their non-con makes it almost impossible for them to get an at-large berth as it stands. They could do really well in conference, but if they’re facing a Pac-West or CCAA team with the same record, it’s more likely than not that UAA’s bubble will burst. The guys on the Anchorage team that have shown promise this season include Deandre Osuigwe, Amari Hale, Tyler Brimhall, Niko Bevens,
Projection: Autobid 99% required.
Currently 9-2, with their only losses coming against UCSD & CO School of Mines.
70-95 against UCSD
82-60 over Dominguez Hills
89-80 over Colorado Christian (RMAC)
53-58 against CO School of Mines (RMAC)
74-67 over Hawaii Pacific
Are we as stoked about the Clan as we were going into the season? Not quite. Mike Provenzano has been quiet, Julian Roche has had a number of minutes restricted games, Mike Hannan is less involved than he was last year, and overall while this team is good, returning every critical piece and yet not being significantly better confirms one thing: It is almost impossible for a collegiate coach to develop guys fundamentally. Either they have the fundamentals or they don’t, either they put in the work during the Summers or they don’t, and this is a case of “they didn’t.” Lucky for them there are plenty of other GNAC teams that also didn’t, so they should be fine, at least in conference play.
Projection: Require the autobid.
Currently 6-4 with losses coming via UCSD, Cal Poly Pomona, Azusa Pacific, and Simon Fraser.
92-88 over Dominguez Hills
69-76 against UCSD
65-86 against Cal Poly Pomona
79-72 at CU-Irvine
80-90 against Azusa Pacific at CU-Irvine
91-69 over Colorado Christian
It’s admittedly the best Western’s scheduled in years, but… Is it enough? One of the most curious things about this schedule is the fact that SPU played CPP, CU-Irvine, and APU while returning nothing, and yet still had better results than this Vikings team that returned essentially everything. That’s a problem. Especially when you consider how much GNAC teams tend to beat each other up during the season, it’ll be incredibly hard for them to win a bubble battle against a CCAA or even Pac-West team.
Projection: 95% says they need the auto bid.
Currently 6-4 with losses coming via Cal Poly Pomona, Chico State, Azusa Pacific, and Stanislaus.
53-75 against Chico
58-64 against Cal Poly Pomona
57-72 vs. Azusa at CU-Irvine
80-66 at CU-Irvine
75-55 at Sonoma State
96-89 at Point Loma
The schedule speaks for itself. SPU has had some growing pains and will likely have more, but we think the quality schedule will save the day. The teams they lost to projected well right off the bat; they’ll be seen as learning experiences, as long as the team can finish top three in the conference and win at least one or two tournament games, they should be in.
Projection: At-large potential.
Currently 4-7 with losses against UCSD, Westminster, Dixie, East Bay, CO School of Mines, Hilo, and AR-Monticello.
It’s a rebuilding year. Everyone knows it. They have flashes of brilliance, but there are and will continue to be growing pains. They’ll likely cause a number of GNAC teams fits, but it just doesn’t seem like they’re deep enough to have a realistic shot at procuring the autobid.
Projection: Unlikely to go to the Regional, even with the autobid in play.
Currently 7-3 with losses against San Bernadino, Seattle Pacific, and Saint Martin’s.
93-73 over Monterey Bay
71-80 against San Bernardino
83-72 over TAMU Kingsville (Lonestar Conf)
70-65 over Colorado Christian (RMAC)
Their record is nice looking but the reality is that they played zero road games and their team needs a lot of clean-up. Is it possible do it? Absolutely, they could definitely make the conference tournament, and they definitely have a plethora of guys that can get hot, but is the tournament a realistic goal/mindset this year? Probably not.
Projection: Require the autobid and unlikely to get it.
Currently 3-3 with losses to Cal State LA, SMU, and SPU.
They seem to think it’s a rebuilding year despite the fact that it’s not. They lost one player, not three+ and so they really just need to get in gear. We’re convinced they’re a super capable team, if only they could access that super capable-ness.
Projection: Require the autobid.
Currently 5-5 with losses to Point Loma, Minot State (who cares), SFU, WWU, and Rollins College (who cares).
We’re not really sure what to think about this team. Part of us wants to write them off, but another part of us thinks about the fact that they have Brendan Howard, so we’ll see. You can’t win with just one, you usually need at least three if not four, so… If they can get a couple more to step-up, they could make noise and at least make the conference tournament.
Projection: Autobid required.
Currently 1-9 and going nowhere fast. Their non-con was fine; it was against similar-in-ranking teams, and hopefully it prepared the well for no-con, but…
Projection: Need the auto bid and are not likely to procure it.
Last but not least. WOU has a record of 6-2 with their losses coming against the Alaska schools.
74-69 over Hilo
91-80 over Notre Dame de Namur
90-69 over Regis (RMAC)
88-76 @ San Francisco State
75-72 over Stanislaus (neutral site)
91-75 over Dixie (RMAC)
It’s a very solid non-con schedule that entirely counts, minus the side-eye they’ll get for so many home games and scheduling NDNU, but… If they do well in conference, honestly they should be able to procure an at-large bid with this schedule. Now, will they be able to procure an at-large bid with this team? That’s a tougher question to answer. WOU has a lot of talent, that’s undeniable, but the fact is they essentially have their starters and no one else, and so they’re kind of a one trick pony. We’ll be really curious to watch as this team seasons through conference play.
Projection: Finish top-3 in conference, win at least one game in the conference tournament, and get some help via the other two conferences and an at-large bid is possible.
Once again: Sorry this is coming so late. We’ll be back on track tomorrow morning previewing conference games, and then on Friday morning going over the results of them.
Hope everyone had a great Christmas and New Year’s!
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC, we’ll see y’all tomorrow at 10am.
Is the post ever going to be up again at 11am sharp like it used to be on Sundays? Maybe. Nutso November gonna Nutso, but it’s finally December.
And so… Let’s jump into discussing what happened yesterday.
Michigan Tech 65 @ Alaska-Fairbanks 57
Not a win, but not an awful blow-out either, so that’s good.
Nook highlights: Shadeed Shabazz went 9-9 from the line and had a full house among five boards, four assists, five steals, and two blocks; Koby Huerta had 15 points while going 5-7 from three; and Mawich Kachjaani had seven boards. Off the bench Keshaun Howard had six boards; and Quinn Daugharty had five boards.
Some really fun numbers, if not a victory. Nicely done Nooks!
Northern Michigan 75 @ Alaska-Anchorage 84
Get that ‘W’ Seawolves! Even if it doesn’t actually count.
Seawolf highlights: DeAndre Osuigwe had 10 points, six boards, and seven assists in just 23 minutes; Tyler Brimhall had 17 points and eight boards while going 6-7 from the line; and Niko Bevens had 16 points. Off the bench Tyrus Hosley had nine points; Jack Macdonald had 11 points; and Oggie Pantovic had 10 points.
Congrats to the Seawolves on some good numbers in a nice win.
Colorado Christian 80 @ Simon Fraser 89
Honestly, not the result we were hoping for, but it’s still a ‘W’ that technically counts toward SOS and that’s what matters.
Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 18 points; Wil Balata had 10 boards; Jas Singh played 40 full minutes and had 22 points and nine boards; Julian Roche had a double-double along with a full house among 21 points and 12 boards; and Mike Hannan had four steals off the bench.
No Mike Provenzano. That explains the close win and why Wil Balata took wayyy too many shots. Flashback to the conference tournament. Feel better soon, Mike!
Seattle Pacific 96 @ Point Loma 89
Woof, that score. But considering both teams had north of 20 fouls, we’re assuming it’s because the refs were calling it tight and thus no one wanted to risk playing good D. Unfortunately, but probably wise.
Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 16 points, seven boards, and five fouls; DIVANT’E MOFFITT had a whopping 29 points, seven boards, and eight assists while going 11-12 from the line and shooting well from the field; Filip Fullerton had eight points; Shaw Anderson had nine points and six boards among a full house of stats; and Gavin Long had 12 points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had four boards; Sharif Khan had five points; Mehdi El-Mardi had five points; and Jacob Medjo had 10 points.
Full team effort from the Falcons. Literally 10 players including every guy that saw minutes recorded mentionable stats in a non-blowout. Crazy. The Sea Lions looked really solid and so this could ultimately end up being a good to really good win.
Adams State 81 @ MSU-Billings 95
Nicely done Yellowjackets! Improved from the day before, that’s what we like to see.
Jacket highlights: Clarence Daniels had five boards; Psalm Maduakor had five boards and six assists; TYLER GREEN had a full house including a whopping 27 points, five boards, and five assists; BRENDAN HOWARD had 27 points and 10 boards for the double-double; and off the bench Stevie James had a good shooting game and scored 12 points.
Really happy with a lot of these numbers, Jackets. Y’all are looking much improved. Excited to see what you do this week against the North schools.
CU-Portland 55 @ San Francisco State 91
Woof. Heal yourselves, Cavs; y’all are up to Alaska this coming week.
Cavs highlights: Hunter Sweet had nine points and six boards. Off the bench DAVID WHEELER had 17 points; Bryce Cheney continues to do work with nine points; Dane Agost grabbed four boards; and Barrett Keith had eight points.
No idea what’s up with the minutes distribution, so there is that. Contemplating that Bryce Cheney should be starting, but we’ll see. Better luck in the Great White North, Cavs.
Stanislaus 72 @ Western Oregon 75
WHAT THE HECK IS THIS WARRIORS TEAM?!?!?!?!? They’re the latest team we have a grudge against because when they played SPU, one of their players actually injured himself by flopping so hard (lol). The question is though: are they good or are they merely okay? It’ll be something to keep an eye on in conference play, because this win could ultimately look really good for the Wolves.
Wolf highlights: Cameron Cranston had 11 points; Dalven Brushier had 11 points; DARIUS LUBOM had a whopping 24 points, six boards, seven assists, shot well from the field, AND went 10-10 from the line; John Morrill-Keeler had nine points; and off the bench Collin Warmouth had six points.
Seems like the Wolves rotation is starting to solidify. Their match-up against Anchorage should be really interesting. Darious Lubom oh my my was absolutely out of his mind -although we suspect that this performance won’t be a crazy blip; he’s been looking really good this year, so that’s exciting. Congrats to the Wolves on what should be a really solid win.
We have non-con thoughts that we will theoretically put up before Thursday. It’ll be good. This weekend was a nice bookend to the key portion of non-con. Yes, there’s an additional block of non-con in December with a handful of GNAC schools in Hawaii and other dotted D2 non-con, but the big chunk is over and we get into conference play this week.
We’re not going to put up a preview for the WWU @ SFU game on Tuesday, but we’ll talk about it briefly here:
The big question with this first round of WWU/SFU is whether or not Mike Provenzano plays. If he plays, the Clan has a really good shot; if he doesn’t, we expect a blow-out. We are actually not going to this game, sadly, but we’ll be watching it and sending all of the good healthy vibes from afar.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Yes, we didn’t do the previews yesterday. Boo us, we suck.
That said: We won Apple Cup and got high-fives from most of the men’s soccer team, Myles Bryant, AND UW President Ana Mari Cauce, so it was a big win all around.
And now let’s get into this week’s basketball.
From Tuesday & Wednesday:
Seattle Pacific 75 @ Sonoma State 55
The Sonoma State coach was stunned by the result, to the point that he publicly stormed over to the CCAA’s ref coordinator and blamed bad reffing. Uh, dude: SPU’s lost to four teams and every single one looks decent at the very minimum; their one win came against the team projected to win the Pac-West.
Falcon highlights: Harry Cavell had 10 points and 10 boards for the double-double; Divant’e Moffitt had 14 points on great shooting, along with a plethora of field stats; Shaw Anderson had 20 points on great shooting as well as a bordering on great free throw shooting; and Gavin Long had 10 points. No outstanding bench play, although some good relief minutes.
Overall the Falcons were in foul trouble and it is what it is; it’s funny, Shaw had a great game on paper but in person it felt very riddled with frosh mistakes. #JustShawThings
Northwest Nazarene 70 @ Cal State LA 74
While we picked the Nighthawks to win, the result really isn’t that surprising. Cal State LA has been very 50/50 and while we firmly believe in this year’s NNU team, it is an adjustment in not having Adonis Arms, and this was a road game.
Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had a whopping 16 boards; Beto Diaz had 10 points and five boards; and George Reidy had 14 points. Off the bench Cayden Wright had five points; and Ezekiel Alley had a whopping 16 points and six boards.
Overall, some really bad shooting numbers, but holy guacamole Sam Roth! This loss actually might not look atrocious come March, but because of how the Nighthawks scheduled non-con, we think regardless they’re going to need the autobid.
East Bay 89 @ Saint Martin’s 83
We were there for the second half. Yes, we were a turkey. This game went in waves and was tied at halftime. It was a good game, good experience game for SMU because East Bay projects really well and the Pioneers would work their way up but the Saints would reel them back in, and ultimately the score ended up really respectable. We would consider ourselves an East Bay person (because our beloved grad school coach is the head coach) but we found ourselves rooting hard for the Saints just because they’re young and yet made a lot of really good, high effort plays.
Saints highlights: Demonte Malloy was OUT OF HIS MIND with a full house among 14 points, 10 boards, and seven assists; CJ Jennings was impressive with 22 points on good shooting; MARKY ADAMS had a whopping 12 points and 13 boards; and certified sixth man LOGAN ROONEY had 12 points and six boards.
The Saints won the rebounding battle considerably; 43-36, so that’s awesome. We have to say, we’re excited about this team. While they had a rough stretch in Utah, it appears that they’re learning the right things and should be ready to go come conference play. Ridiculously proud of all of y’all, congrats on a well played and hard fought game, Saints.
Now let’s talk about Friday’s games…
Northern Michigan 95 @ Alaska-Fairbanks 45
This game doesn’t count for SOS (lol), but was scheduled because both schools are D1 in hockey and D2 in almost everything else -including basketball.
Nook highlights: Mawich Kachjaani had seven boards. Off the bench Keshaun Howard had six points; Markel Banks had six points; Quinn Daugharty had four boards; and OBG had 10 points.
Congrats on getting to heal yourselves at a Pokemon Center afterward, Nooks. Y’all need it.
Michigan Tech 83 @ Alaska-Anchorage 80
Another game that doesn’t count for SOS but was scheduled because both schools are D1 in hockey and D2 in almost everything else. We’re not going to get into any implications because the fact is: this game doesn’t matter. It’s better prep than playing D1 or lower division, while at the same time truly doesn’t matter and so while we get the sentiment… Just why. What a waste of energy.
Seawolf highlights: DeAndre Osuigwe had nine points and six assists; Niko Bevens had 12 points; and Tobin Karlberg had five boards. Off the bench Amari Hale had 11 points and five assists; Tyrus Hosley had 11 points; Jack Macdonald had nine points and four boards; and OGGIE PANTOVIC had 16 points and nine boards.
Once again: If Yugoslavia was still intact, the YBL would rival the NBA in terms of being the world’s best basketball league. Balkan heritage > your heritage. And we say this as a Norwegian 😂😂 You didn’t see us going on and on about Sjur Berg. Although we did go on and on about Bouna N’Diaye, but that was strictly basketball.
Colorado Christian 69 @ Western Washington 91
The good news is that this game does count for SOS. The bad news is, Colorado Christian usually is really bad and that appears to hold true this year.
Viking highlights: Tucker Eenigenburg had 11 points on great shooting; D’Angelo Minnis had 21 points and five steals; Logan Schilder is off the DL and had eight points and five boards; Jalen Green had 12 points and five boards; Trevor Jasinsky had 18 points, seven boards, and eight assists; and off the bench Luke Lovelady had 14 points and seven boards among a full house of stats.
Congrats to the Vikings on the win.
Adams State 75 @ MSU-Billings 86
Good come-from-behind win for the Yellowjackets. Adams State is in the RMAC, so the game does count in regard to March (not that it really matters), and they tend to sit in about the same range that MSUB does, so good practice.
Jackets highlights: Clarence Daniels had five boards; Psalm Maduakor had five boards; Chrishon Dixon had a full house among 13 points, eight boards, and four assists; Jordan Lehrer had five boards; and Brendan Howard had 11 boards and 17 points. Off the bench TYLER GREEN had 28 points and four assists; and Stevie James had 11 points and seven boards.
Congrats to the Yellowjackets on great rebounding and a really quality overall performance.
Stanislaus 62 vs. CU-Portland 57 @ San Francisco State
Not sure how to feel about this game. Stanislaus had started looking pretty darn good and then… They almost got beat by Concordia. Or does that mean Concordia is actually starting to look decent? We can only hope.
Cavs highlights: Xavier Smith had eight boards; Hunter Sweet had 18 points and went 7-8 from the line; and Dakota Ayala shot well and had six boards. Off the bench Bryce Cheney had five points; and Dom Bradley had five boards.
We definitely feel like the Cavs could/have should have won this game, and so… Is that a moral victory, or a demoralizing loss? It’s one thing to get blown out, but an entirely different thing to have totally been able to win and yet not done it. Hmmm.
Western Oregon 88 @ San Francisco State 76
Good win for the Wolves who are starting to look like an increasingly good team. One of those situations where it was impossible to say before the season, and yet not surprising now that more games have been played.
Wolf highlights: Jaylyn Richardson was lights out and had 17 points and seven boards; Dalven Brushier had 17 points; and Darius Lubom had 20 points and seven boards. Off the bench TYREEK PRICE had 17 points; and Zach Baugher had eight points.
The 17 points thing reminds us of the Jim Shaw days of every player getting 10 points before getting pulled. Such consistency. Congrats to the Wolves on a good win and great shooting.
Previewing Today’s Games!
Yes, the SPU game will have already started by the time this post goes up, but… Whatever. They’ll live.
All times pacific.
Seattle Pacific @ Point Loma @ 2pm
This SPU team is young, this Point Loma team is new. On the one hand, it’s hard to trust the Falcons because their record is so bad. On the other hand, Point Loma really hasn’t played anybody, with the exception of their blow-out loss to UCSD but that’s par for the course.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Western Oregon vs. Stanislaus @ San Francisco State @ 5pm
We’re actually really curious about this game. Stanislaus beat SPU and we assumed it was a bad loss because Stanislaus usually isn’t that good, and yet they’ve looked better than normal this year. They’re 5-1 with their only loss being to Dominguez Hills and they count a win at Chico State. If WOU gets the ‘W’, we would count it as quality. A loss wouldn’t quite be quality, but it wouldn’t be awful either.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Colorado Christian vs. Simon Fraser @ WWU @ 5pm
As noted above: Colorado Christian is rarely projected to be that good, and they’re definitely not this year, so…
Prediction: SFU wins.
MSU-Billings vs. Adams State @ 6pm
Yes, they’re playing a second time. It was close yesterday, so let’s see if there’s a different result today.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Michigan Tech vs. Alaska Fairbanks @ 6:15pm
Tech and Anchorage played close last night and we expect that Anchorage is a lot better than Fairbanks, so…
Prediction: Michigan Tech wins.
CU-Portland @ San Francisco State @ 7pm
While we expect that SFSU is better than Concordia, we’re not sure by how much and thus this could actually be a pretty interesting game. We’ve liked a lot of the numbers we’ve seen from the Cavs, so hopefully Dakota Ayala can/will stay in a bit longer and tonight the Cavs can get the win.
Prediction: SFSU wins.
Northern Michigan @ Alaska-Anchorage @ 8:30pm
Northern Michigan killed Alaska-Fairbanks last night, but UAA and UAF are quite different teams. While UAA registered a loss to Michigan Tech and we vaguely assume NMU is better… Maybe the Seawolves have improved too? There were some bad shooting numbers admittedly, and we think Jack Macdonald needs to see more minutes, so maybe he will.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
All for today. We’ll see you guys tomorrow morning to discuss these games.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Some surprises and so… Let’s talk about them.
UAF 78 @ Dixie State 90
Not a surprising result and we’re actually more excited about Dixie bouncing back than we are in caring about about Fairbanks losing/how they lost etc. UAF seemed hopeless last year, and then this year… We admittedly like a lot of their players, but Alaskans voted to defend their university system, so if they don’t care, why should we care?
Nook highlights: SHADEED SHABAZZ had 28 points while going 8-8 from the line; Spencer Sweet had 16 points; and Mawich Kachjaani somewhat bounced back with 11 boards. Off the bench Markel Banks had four boards; and Quinn Daugharty had five points.
The defense was lacking and OBJ didn’t play, which seems odd. Wonder if he’s battling an injury of some kind. Congrats to the Nooks on a solid outing.
NDNU 70 @ CU-PDX 71
WHAT. A. GAME. And exactly what we were expecting. Super exciting, super happy for the Cavs procuring the win.
Cav highlights: Russ Tillery had 12 points and five boards; Elroi Butler had 10 boards; Hunter Sweet had a whopping 20 points and six boards; and it appears Dakota Ayala broke his face yet again because he doesn’t have many stats, which is odd. Off the bench Caleb Larsen had nine points; and Dane Agost had four rebounds.
This win is oddly critical in that it was a hard fought victory that should help teach the Cavs how to win close games and instill confidence in them and whatnot. While most of the Pac-West and GNAC will scoff and go “It was against NDNU” you have to walk before you can run; NDNU is a peer to CU-Portland, and regardless as to where you sit in your conference, a victory over a peer is important.
Regis 69 @ WOU 90
A somewhat surprising result; we expected Regis to win, but we’ve also really liked a lot of the numbers WOU has put up, and so… Maybe not as surprising as it could have been? This WOU team is going to be hard to figure out because it’s so brand new. We’re excited to get to take a look at them in person, although it won’t happen until mid-January.
Wolves highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had 14 points; Cameron Cranston had 14 points and six boards; DALVEN BRUSHIER had 22 points on good shooting; and Darius Lubom had 14 points, five boards, and six assists for the all around excellence. Off the bench Tyreek Price shot well and had 11 points; and Zach Baugher lit things up with a full house of stats including 15 points, five boards, and four assists among other numbers.
Excited for the Wolves, not entirely sure what it means, but it is somewhere between a good and great win, none-the-less.
Yes, the posting has been a little bit more lackadaisical in November than we’d like it to be, but that happens every year. It’s especially bad this year because the only teams that are truly known are UAA, SFU, and WWU. Everyone else has some type of major variability, so we definitely feel like we know less this year than we usually would, and that says something because we rarely feel like we have a good grasp of anything during non-con.
The good news is conference play should be interesting and things will calm down and be back to a normal schedule; it’s just chaos right now, because… Nutso November.
We’ll see y’all on Tuesday for the Tuesday/Wednesday game previews.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC.
Last night it was pretty much everything we expected, with the only exception being a slightly closer score in the WOU/NDNU game, but we’re not concerned because experiment when you can.
UAF 77 @ Westminster 89
Little bit closer than we expected, but overall not a surprising result. Still some good numbers were put up by Fairbanks -although admittedly not by their starters.
Nook highlights: Spencer Sweet had 15 points and five fouls. Off the bench Shadeed Shabazz had 19 points and four steals; Jalon MacCullough had four assists; Keshaun Howard had nine points; Markel Banks had 12 points and seven boards; and Quinn Daughtary had five boards.
Curious about how quiet Mawich, OBG, and Alex Sommerfield was.
Regis 80 @ CU-Portland 49
Exactly zero percent surprising, but there were some positives.
Cavs highlights: DAKOTA AYALA had 10 points, six boards, and five fouls. Off the bench Russell Tillery had five assists; Bryce Cheney had four boards; and Dom Bradley had six points.
Seriously Cavs, this loss is no big deal; we’re guessing Regis outclasses our entire conference right now.
Notre Dame de Namur 80 vs. Western Oregon 91 @ CU-Portland
WOU led by one at the half; yikes. Approximately zero defense was played; also yikes. But does it affect the Wolves at all? Nope.
Wolves highlights: Jaylyn Richardson had 12 points and six boards; Cameron Cranston had a full house including eight boards; Dalven Brushier had 15 points and eight assists; DARIUS LUBOM was absolutely killing it and finished with 20 points, six assists, and five steals among a full house of stats; John Morrill-Keeler had a double-double on good shooting with 19 points and 10 boards; and off the bench Zach Baugher had five points.
Congrats on procuring the win, Wolves.
Tonight’s games start in the midst of while we’re writing this post, because the conference listed times once again MAKE NO DARN SENSE. Tonight they list the UAF game as being at 5:30 and you would think after yesterday that would be 5:30 AST. Nope. 5:30 mountain. AKA 3:30 AST 🙄
All times pacific.
Alaska-Fairbanks vs. Dixie State @ Westminster @ 4:30pm
This actually could be a win for the Nooks because Dixie State has looked like a relative mess this year. We’re looking for Mawich Kachjaani, Alex Sommerfield, and Ousman Basir-Gomez Jr. to have bounce back games; if they do, a win could be more likely than you would think.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Regis vs. Western Oregon @ 5pm
Not the game Regis would like to be playing, and not the game even we expected WOU to be playing after last night’s questionable game against NDNU, but maybe the Wolves will bounce back a bit? They clearly have good players and overall in the scope of our conference we expect them to sit in the middle of the pack, but… We’ll see.
Prediction: Regis wins.
Notre Dame de Namur @ CU-Portland @ 7:15pm
This should be a good game. They both tend to sit in similar spots in regard to their conferences and thus they should be two decently well matched teams. The main difference is that NDNU exceeded expectations yesterday, so… Hopefully for CU-Portland, it was a fluke.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
We’ll be keeping an eye on things and see y’all tomorrow to see how they went.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC.
Goood morning and welcome to the third weekend of non-con. It’s not quite as intense as the past two weekends, but there are still three D2 games today, so… Here we go.
All times pacific.
Notre Dame de Namur vs. Western Oregon @ CU-Portland @ 5pm
NDNU is traditionally horrible and we doubt anything has changed, so… This game really ideally shouldn’t tell us much.
Prediction: WOU wins.
Alaska-Fairbanks @ Westminster (Utah) @ 6:30pm
Beware, the conference lists the game time as being Alaska standard time, which on the one hand is good, but on the other hand is simply confusing. We like when they list it local to where a team is playing, because then it’s standardized; this new listing the “local” time for the conference team involved is strange, especially when they’ve never done it that way before. If you say it’s listed as “local” time, we expect that “local” denotes the location of where the game is being played because otherwise how would that work in conference play? UAF plays at MSUB, do you list it as 7:30 MST or 5:30 AST? With how they’re doing it in non-con, it’s just as likely that it would be listed in AST.
Anyway, Wesminster appears to be pretty solid and UAF definitely doesn’t, so…
Prediction: Griffins win.
Regis (RMAC) @ CU-Portland @ 7:15pm
Historically Regis is good-to-great, and so although they’ve played few games this year, this will theoretically be a pretty tall order for Concordia. Good luck Cavs!
Prediction: Regis wins.
All for today, but we’ll see you guys tomorrow to find out how these games went and to preview those for Saturday.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
BASKETBALL IS OFFICIALLY BACK!!!!!!
And we had a blast last night and hope you did as well, so… Let’s talk about it.
CU-Portland 76 vs. San Bernardino 86
Actually not a bad game. Concordia kept it super respectable in the first half, despite breaking in a largely brand new team with a brand new coach. While they did ultimately get blown out, the numbers are largely fine and so at this point we’ll see what happens. No real inclination as to what type of team they are, but they didn’t come out and fall on their faces, which is something.
Cavs highlights: Dom Bradley had six boards; Caleb Larsen had 16 points and five fouls; and Hunter Sweet had 14 points and six boards. Off the bench Russell Tillery had nine points and five assists; Dane Agost had six points; and Barrett Keith had 12 points and seven boards.
Good effort Cavs, today against the Otters should be interesting/better.
MSU-Billings 77 vs. Fresno Pacific 73 in OT
This game honestly isn’t a good sign. Fresno Pacific is usually atrocious and we’re not thinking they’re going to be shooting high this year, so the fact that it was a big battle for the Yellowjackets is a big yikes. Judging by the numbers, not a lot of defense was played, and so to struggle in a game like this is really concerning, but… Ah well. First game of the year and the numbers were solid even if the defense sucked.
Yellowjacket highlights: Clarence Daniels had 15 points and seven boards; Psalm Maduakor had both a double double AND a full house among 11 points, 12 boards, two assists, one steal, three blocks, three fouls, and just one turnover; Jordan Lehrer had 10 boards; Tyler Green had six assists; Brendan Howard is immediately back in mid-season form finishing with 22 points and five boards; and off the bench Stevie James had six points.
Overall not the game they wanted, but they got the ‘W’ and a ‘W’ is a ‘W’ is a ‘W.’
Central Washington 93 vs. Monterey Bay 73
Pretty much as expected. It’s hard to gather really anything from this game because Monterey Bay tends to be so bad, but it was still a good game for the Wildcats to get out and run.
Wildcat highlights: Xavier Smith had 14 points and five boards; Matt Poquette had 11 points; and Tariq Woody had eight points. Off the bench Jeryn Lucas was on fire, going 9-10 and finishing with 24 points; Amari Stafford had eight points; Micah Pollard had nine points in just 11 minutes; and Marqus Gilson had eight points and seven boards.
Really pleased with the Wildcats bench play, curious about the number of minutes Matt Poquette got; he only was on the court for 21 minutes, and was it because he wasn’t playing D or was it because Rinta didn’t want to waste his legs in a blow-out? Matt was super promising last year as a frosh, so we shall see.
Simon Fraser 70 vs. UCSD 95
Not surprising in the slightest, and pretty par for the course. As much as we LOOOOVE SFU and believe in them wholeheartedly, this was the ideal result. Remember, Saint Martin’s got killed by the Tritons last year and still had a perfectly successful season, so really no big deal.
Clan highlights: Wil Balata had 20 points and five boards among a full house of stats; Mike Provenzano had 13 points on great shooting; and Jasdeep Singh was atrocious from the field but went 7-7 from the line. Off the bench David Penney had five points; and Mike Hannan had seven points.
Julian had a rough game, but UCSD has incredibly good post players, so that’s fine. Break in the season, all good. We’re very convinced that UCSD is all-world, so this game doesn’t really tell us much, but that’s a good thing. We’ll see how they do tonight against Dominguez Hills -that’s way more curious.
Western Washington 92 vs. Dominguez Hills 88
Dominguez Hills is supposed to be much improved this year, but that score is really concerning. Western’s numbers against DH were really good and yet it was still incredibly close, so… Let’s all hope that DH is genuinely good this year.
Viking highlights: D’Angelo Minnis had 22 points; Logan Schilder had 17 points; Jalen Green had 20 points and eight boards among a full house; Trevor Jasinsky shot really well and had 17 points and five boards; and Tucker Eenigenburg had six points off the bench.
The good news is that UW upset Baylor last night. The more curious news is that we’re still not sure UW being insanely good has any implication on WWU being atrocious against them. Really curious about the UCSD game tonight.
Seattle Pacific 53 vs. Chico State 75
The bad news is obviously that SPU got killed. The good news is that Chico looks really legitimate, their post is incredible, and as we knew going into the season: SPU is breaking in a brand new post.
Falcon highlights: Gavin Long went 5-7 from the line; and off the bench Jacob Medjo had nine points.
Woof. It was bad. It was really bad. But we’ll see if it actually means anything. The tournament being hosted at SPU this weekend is meant to be a West Region Tip-Off of sorts, and so this game doesn’t really mean a lot in terms of the context that says ‘oh SPU is awful, no way they’re making the Regional.’
Overall an insanely fun night of hoops and we look forward to it continuing tonight, and so… What are we thinking is going to happen tonight?
All times pacific.
Chaminade vs. Alaska-Fairbanks @ UAA @ 3:15pm
As noted in the season previews, we’re expecting that the dumpster fire Fairbanks was last year to continue this year, and so… Not a whole lot to say, but who knows? Maybe they’ll surprise us.
Prediction: Chaminade wins.
Monterey Bay vs. CU-Portland @ CWU @ 4pm
We’re hoping the Cavs get the win, meanwhile the CCAA is hoping the Otters get the win. Both teams are well matched in terms of conference positioning, but… We still think the Cavs hold the edge.
Prediction: CU-PDX wins.
Dominguez Hills vs. Simon Fraser @ WWU @ 5pm
Beyond curious about this game. It should be really good. Mike Hannan was surprisingly productive on the points front, we’re looking for Julian Roche and Jas to both kick into gear, and then Wil Balata and Mike Provenzano to keep it going. It should be a really good game, although we’re not sure on where we stand in regard to hoping Dominguez Hills is good this year vs. hoping Simon Fraser destroys them.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
MSU-Billings @ Point Loma @ 7:30pm
LOL. Good luck Billings! No but seriously, we like a lot of their guys, we just think Point Loma has been really solid every single year and so we’re betting on regeneration. We’re not sure what to think about Fresno Pacific being good vs. Billings being that bad, but…
Prediction: PLNU wins.
Cal Poly Pomona @ Seattle Pacific @ 7:30pm
Cal Poly Pomona lost a super close game to Azusa Pacific last night, but again: it’s hard to know. This tournament is fantastic and all four teams will be rooting for the other three all year, because it’s meant to be an SOS tournament, but… How bad is SPU? How good is Azusa? How good is Chico? How good is Cal Poly Pomona? Those are the questions and the fact is: We just don’t know yet. That said, there was a lot to be concerned about on the Falcon front last night and we’re just not sure how much they can do about it in 24 hours, so…
Prediction: Cal Poly Pomona wins.
San Bernardino @ Central Washington @ 8pm
This should be a good match-up. The teams are peers in their respective conferences and so it should be a super competitive game. Not entirely sure what to expect out of either team just because both were predicted to win yesterday and they did, so… This game should provide good information.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Hawaii Pacific @ Alaska-Anchorage @ 8:30pm
Another game that projects super well. We’re hoping Anchorage wins, but there are never any guarantees and… First D2 game of the year, so we’ll see what happens. Should be good.
Prediction: Anchorage wins.
Yeah, we know, the game previews were boring. It’s early in the season, give us a break.
Tonight we’ll be at both the APU/Chico and SPU/Cal Poly Pomona game, so come say ‘hi’ if you want.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Gooood morning and welcome to the first day of the 2019-2020 season!
Despite the fact that of any day of games this year, this is the one we know the least about, let’s talk about it anyway!
All times pacific.
CU-Portland vs. San Bernardino @ CWU @ 2pm
On the one hand, CU-PDX lost Jarrett Gray, Cody Starr, and Jace Cates; on the other hand, they bring in one of the NNU assistants as their head coach. Losing Jarrett Gray obviously really hurts, but we feel okay about this team. CSUSB had a couple of really good years a while back, but since then hasn’t made the tournament nor much noise, so… It’ll be an uphill battle for the Cavs, but is potentially doable.
Prediction: San Bernadine wins a close one.
MSU-Billings vs. Fresno Pacific @ PLNU @ 2pm
This game should actually be really interesting. In terms of where the teams usually sit in their respective conferences, MSUB tends to sit higher, but not much higher. They should be decently well matched, although if Brendan Howard can continue his late season trajectory and Zharon Richmond can click back into gear, the Yellowjackets could look really good.
Prediction: MSUB wins.
Simon Fraser vs. UCSD @ WWU @ 5pm
This is UCSD’s final year of D2 and the entire Region is relying on them for strength-of-schedule, and thus this becomes a Boise State vs. Nevada situation; for the good of their season and strength of their schedule, SFU ideally loses a close one to UCSD. There are other games on the Tritons schedule that could be considered quality losses, but if UCSD loses to SFU right off the bat, our entire Region is going to likely pay for it all year.
Prediction: UCSD wins.
Central Washington vs. Monterey Bay @ 6pm
Monterey Bay was in the basement last year, and CWU should be much improved, so we’re pretty excited about this game. It should be good. Nice game to get the season started off with.
Prediction: CWU wins.
Seattle Pacific vs. Chico State @ 7pm
GAME OF THE NIGHT. Chico wasn’t as good as they normally are last year, and yet… How long will Chico be bad for? Our guess is probably not that long, and thus this game should be really competitive. SPU is a huge question mark, this is the game where that question mark starts to get answered. With how the Falcons schedule, the rest of the conference needs to be pulling for them to win all of their non-con; an SPU win here, helps literally every GNAC team.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Western Washington vs. Dominguez Hills @ 7:30pm
DH has been getting better but they’re still not that great. This is an important statement win for the Vikings; take care of business, run them into the ground. Dominguez Hills could be seen as middle-pack, while WWU wants to be seen as the top of the pack, so… Go in and leave no doubt.
Prediction: WWU wins.
Not a ton to say in these previews just because it’s the first of the year. We’ll know a bit more tomorrow morning and so we’ll see you then!
Tonight we’ll be at SPU. As always: Come say ‘hi’; we’ll be sittin’ and we’ll be knittin’ =)
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!