Category: non-region


Was it that big of a victory technically speaking? No.

But, like, seriously? IT WAS UP AGAINST THE WALL against a team from a really great league and really great Region in their HOME CITY.

It feels like a really great victory. And it’s the flippin’ FINAL FOUR and so it was DEFINITELY a great victory.

But seriously: This game was ugly.

For the first 10 or so minutes, Point Loma was in control. Thanks to free throws, Southern Indiana got back in it and it was 31-30 in favor of PLNU going into halftime. The second half had a lot of false senses of security. We’d be biting our nails and then Point Loma would take some breathing room and then we’d go back to biting our nails, and then Point Loma would get some more breathing room. While USI never led, they were never out of it.

It actually felt like a lot like the SMU game, but with worse defense.

We’re starting to be convinced that SMU was like a 70-30 split on great defense to mediocre offense and had they been 60-40, they probably would’ve been in this game instead.

Southern Indiana highlights: Alex Stein had 22 points and seven boards while going 9-11 from the free throw line and shooting well from the field; Kobe Caldwell had 16 points and five boards, plus two steals; Emmanuel Little played really well and had 16 points and nine boards; Matteo River had 10 points and two steals; and off the bench Josh Price had five fouls and two blocks.

Sea Lion highlights: Preston Beverly had 12 points and eight boards among a full house of stats; Josh Rodriguez had 10 points and SEVEN assists while going 6-6 from the line; Tanner Nelson had five fouls; Ziggy had 16 points and eight boards; Daulton had 20 points and five boards while going 5-5 from the line; and off the bench Sterling Somers had nine points on perfect shooting from the field.

Each team had 34 rebounds and USI had 14 turnovers to PLNU’s 11 and… There’s your difference.

The other big difference was Sterling Somers. In a battle of the starters, Sterling was absolutely invaluable. In our opinion as much as the five starters played well (yes: including you Tanner), Sterling was the MVP.

By the time you get to the Elite Eight/Final Four every team has a couple of all-league players, every team has starters and even a bench player or two that would start on every team in their league, every team makes their free throws, every team rebounds, that’s how they’ve made it this far, but… When you go down your bench, how many guys can you truly rely on in the Final Four?

Southern Indiana’s starters scored 64 points with the rest combined providing seven points.

Point Loma’s starters scored 65 points, with Sterling chipping in nine (on perfect shooting) and that right there was the difference. The rest of the bench provided a combined seven points just like Southern Indiana.

Literally, almost perfectly matched teams, but Southern Indiana didn’t have a Sterling Somers and… There was the loss.

All of that said: Congrats to PLNU on a huuuuuge win, and for those like us from/currently in western Washington: The National Championship game is being broadcast live on Kiro 7 at 12pm.

Game preview’ll be up in the AM and we’ll be live-tweeting the actual game, so chime in!

Go Sea Lions!!



The Elite Eight + Previewing The Final Four!


Numbers. Don’t. Lie.

This game… It largely played out like we expected. We expected the teams to come out strong, it didn’t surprise us that the Sea Lions worked up a lead in the first half, and then it is the Elite Eight and so quality halftime adjustments on the side of Queens made sense. It also made sense that Queens faded down the stretch, seeing as Queens bench wasn’t trusted. Shaun Willett and Daniel Carr were carrying the load by far.

Queens highlights: Shaun Willett had 27 points and 11 boards; Kenny Dye had 10 points; and Lewis Diankulu had 10 points and six boards. Off the bench Jermaine Patterson had eight points; and Kevion Blaylock had four boards.

Sea Lion highlights: Preston Beverly had 22 points, six boards, and three steals all on good shooting; Josh Rodriguez had a good smattering of field stats; Tanner Nelson had 11 points; Ziggy Satherwaite had eight boards; and Daulton Hommes had 22 points and seven boards among a full house of stats. Off the bench Brock Mackenzie had seven points; Sterling Somers had nine points and four boards; and Ben Oktin had three boards in just six minutes.

Really not happy with the Sea Lions rebounding, it needs to be better tonight. Queens did a fantastic job containing the Sea Lions in that respect; it was only a differential of four, but… Again: Elite Eight. Both teams did a solid job on the turnovers; PLNU had 10 while Queens had 12.

Overall we’re satisfied with this game, it was great to see Preston Beverly go ham, but the fact is Queens got back in it after PLNU had a sizable lead and that’s not going to lead to a win tonight if they allow it to happen against Southern Indiana.

Previewing the Southern Indiana game…

Southern Indiana the 7 seed in this re-seeded format, and so Point Loma is “favored” BUUUUUT the game is being played in Evansville, Indiana, although not on Southern Indiana’s literal home court.

What to know about Southern Indiana: They play in a traditionally strong conference in a traditionally strong Region. They finished 3rd in their conference that has perennial tournament teams like Bellarmine and Drury. They lost in the second round of their conference tournament, were seeded 4th in their Regional, and squeaked through the round of 32 to win their Regional against conference brethren and #2 seeded Bellarmine.

Needless to say: They are a very good team, a very tested team, and playing at home. Winning this game is going to be a tall order, but… Let’s see what the numbers say.

The Screamin’ Eagles go about seven guys deep, have a positive A/TO, and while it says they average 39 rebounds a game… We’re not so sure about that number.

Players to know:

Alex Stein is their offense. He’s a 6’3/190lb senior from Evansville, that averages 20 points and 35 minutes a game, while shooting 55% from the field, 46% from beyond the arc, and 85% from the line. Not the biggest collector of field stats, but does average four boards a game and has a very positive A/TO.

Kobe Caldwell is their go-to forward. He’s 6’6/200lbs and averages 28 minutes a game and puts up numbers like 14ppg and five boards, while shooting terribly from three point land. He takes a lot of shots, but we wouldn’t call him a shooter; however: DON’T FOUL THE GUY. He makes 82% of them.

Emmanuel Little is only a sophomore but their best all around player. He’s 6’6/215lb and averages 11 points and seven boards while playing about 24 minutes per game. We noticed he only played 15 minutes last night due to foul trouble; seems like a good idea.

Matteo Rivera is a 6’2/190lb guard, averages 30 minutes a game, grabs five boards per, while scoring eight points and shooting 55% from the field. He averages more than a steal per game, so don’t get your pocket picked.

Jacob Norman is 6’5/210 and doesn’t take a whole lot of shots but does make 80% from the line, so another not to foul. He averages 25 minutes, five points, and five boards a game, so they would be solid numbers coming off of the bench, but… He’s a starter.

Off the bench, they have two main guys:

Nate Hansen is their sixth man. He’s 6’4/200lb senior, also from Evansville and has now spent 8+ years playing with Jacob Norman. He plays about 25 minutes, averages 10 points a game, and shoots a whopping 90% from the charity stripe, so if this guy goes to the line a lot, the Sea Lions will be sunk.

Josh Price is a banger that was doing solid work last night. He’s a 6’8/250lb sophomore that tends to average around 15 minutes although he was in for a lot longer against West Texas A&M.

Overall, on the one hand none of the numbers stand out, beyond the fact that they seem to play at a pretty frenetic pace. They average 81 points a game while holding their opponents to 71. The score against West Texas A&M was 94-84, and so if the Sea Lions are willing to run, this game should be really fast paced.

Hopefully everyone is shooting well. This could be a really beautiful game to watch from a basketball perspective if all of the shooters are on.

Not sure what we think in regard to the match-up. Both teams are very balanced as it comes to rebounding, PLNU averages 80ppg while holding opponents to 65, so there is maybe something there, but… Point Loma essentially only goes six guys deep, while playing in a much worse conference and a much worse Region.

We get why USI was seeded 7th (hint: it was because of the original seeding) but as cliche as it is: they’re really not a seven seed. It’s the WIAA equivalent of a poorly seeded Metro team winning State.

And so… We think PLNU absolutely has the ability to win this game, but with Southern Indiana playing essentially at home and Point Loma so untested comparatively, it’s going to be an uphill battle.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Just like last night, we’ll be live-tweeting throughout the game so tweet back at us!

Go Sea Lions!!

Previewing the Elite Eight!

We a Pac-West blog now 😉

We wouldn’t do it for every Pac-West or CCAA team, but… We feel like we have a good handle on what Point Loma does, what their players can do, how their coaching staff functions, and otherwise the info that gives us the capability to write decently competently regarding their post-season run.

We didn’t talk too much about their play in the Sweet 16 post, because we planned on discussing it more in this post.

Now that the Elite Eight is here, the winners of each regional bracket have been re-seeded and as such, the top eight are:

  1. Northwest Missouri State (1)
  2. West Texas A&M (1)
  3. Queens (NC) (1)
  4. Nova Southeastern (FL) (1)
  5. Saint Anselm (NH) (1)
  6. Point Loma (CA) (1)
  7. Southern Indiana (4)
  8. Mercyhurst (PA) (4)

In parenthesis is the team’s non-obvious state, as well as their seed in their respective Regional.

At that time of this post being published, Northwest Missouri State and Saint Anselm are officially in the Final Four.

And so… 6/8 number one seeds made the Elite Eight and PLNU is seen as the weakest of the bunch.

We could agree with that, seeing as they played terribly in the Sweet 16.


If SMU put up the numbers PLNU put up, we would have considered them to have played flawlessly, minus the turnovers.

Point Loma played terribly in the way we consider Seattle Pacific to often play terribly. SPU can win by 25 and we’ll unapologetically complain about it. Point Loma is a Looney team, Daulton and Preston are beloved former GNAC’ers, Tanner Nelson is a fellow Latter Day Saint, Brock Mackenzie and Sterling Somers were both recruited by SPU, and so we consider y’all 100% ours, but… It means that we will ride you.

So… What did we like about Point Loma in the Sweet 16? Namely that guys didn’t shoot if they were cold. Looney keeps y’all on a tight leash and while we love Grant Leep, we soooo miss the tight leash from our undergrad. We’ve been losing our minds all year over the shot attempts put up by a number of the SPU upperclassmen.

We feel that way about every other GNAC team, even if we don’t express it.

Preston Beverly: 2-5.
Josh Rodriguez: 2-4
Tanner Nelson: 1-3
Ziggy Satterwaite: 7-10
Daulton Hommes 10-15
Brock Mackenzie: 0-3
Sterling Somers 1-4
Ben Okhotin: 0-3

LITERALLY ZERO BAD SHOOTING NUMBERS. Yes, there are guys that didn’t make any shots what-so-ever, but guess what?!? THEY STOPPED SHOOTING.

Here are some more fun numbers:

Preston Beverly: 9 boards.
J-Rod: 2 boards -the paint gets crowded, it’s okay.
TANNER NELSON: 7 boards.
Ziggy: 5 boards.
Daulton: 5 boards.
Ben Okhotin: Two boards.

While PLNU did in fact have 15 turnovers and it could have killed them (thankfully it didn’t), no one had more than three. Handling the ball, especially against a good defensive team like SMU, turnovers are going to happen.

Preston Beverly… We weren’t the most impressed with his play against SMU, but he’s a chronically bad free throw shooter and it was one game. We feel like he got targeted because the Saints knew they weren’t likely to stop Daulton nor Ziggy, and so Preston was where they tried to clamp down. And yet… He still got nine boards. Solid.

J-Rod… Can we call you that? A ‘no’ for a nickname has never stopped us before, so here we go. J-Rod, We like the line. Is it great? No. But is it solid? Yes. Does it make your teammates better? Yes. Does it help lead to wins? YES. Would we like a better line tonight against Queens? Sure. Always love to see the seniors doing work. But can PLNU win with a line like this? Definitely.

Tanner… We’re so impressed. Tanner is definitely a shooter, but he was cold and he found ways to help his teammates. He played 29 great minutes all without needing the ball to be effective. We love it. We love a team player SO MUCH. We’d love to see him have a great scoring game against Queens, but we know that even if he doesn’t he’s still going to be playing really effective basketball.

Ziggy… Oh goodness. We’re in love. Big force down in the paint. Love his line. 21 minutes, 7-10 from the field, no three point attempts, 1-1 from the line, five boards and four fouls. Would it be nice for him to stay out of foul trouble? Yes. But is it a battle we feel is worth picking? No. Because PLNU got the win anyway. If they hadn’t, we would pick it.

Daulton… Prototypical Daulton game. 25 and five, nothing flashy except you can’t take your eyes off of him. It wasn’t one of Daulton’s better nights, but he’s just so capable. How can you turn 25 points into a typical performance? He was our GNAC player of the year last year and had thoroughly won it by halfway through the season, and so… There’s not much we can really say beyond that. Would we like a higher rebounding number? Yes. But does he have teammates that are a better option to do that dirty work? Yes. We would also looove to see a few Daulton blocks if the opportunity arises, which it arguably should against Queens.

As for the bench…

Kaden: 6,000,000,000,000. Club Trill FOR LIFE. Especially off the bench. Six minutes, zero stats including ZERO MISSED SHOTS and ZERO TURNOVERS. We prize those that relieve starters without trying to do too much.

Brock: Two turnovers in 19 minutes, only three shots taken, one assist, one steal, and all while only a frosh. Nothing concerning. Good experience. The paint again is pretty crowded so not worried about the lack of boards.

Sterling: Really happy with Sterling’s line. Eight boards off the bench is great. Two turnovers as a junior we’re a little more dicey about, but again not a battle we’re going to pick because Point Loma got the win.

Overall for as much as this was somewhere between an average game and a not-so-good game, we still feel fully confident in these numbers, and that’s why despite the seed differential, we feel pretty solid about Point Loma going into the match-up with Queens.

At this point in the season, we feel like season statistics give a pretty solid overall picture of any given player, and so… Here’s what we’re thinking about the Queens players.

First of all: As a whole, they’re short but many of them are stocky.

Second of all: We have a feeling that the reffing is not going to go in Point Loma’s favor. But Ryan Looney likely already knows that.

Third: They go about nine guys deep.

Their regular rotation consists of:

Daniel Carr
Shaun Willett
Lewis Diankulu
Van Turner Jr.
Kenny Dye
Kevion Blaylock
Blake Morrow
Jermaine Patterson
Josh Brodowicz

All of their guys shoot near 50% from the field, so beware of that. Not a super great rebounding team, so that’s relieving from a Point Loma perspective. More details…

Shaun Willett is their go-to guy. He’s a senior, 6’4/210, and averages 20 points, 11 boards, and 1.5 or so steals in 32 minutes a game. He also tends to stay out of foul trouble, so… Good luck Daulton.

Daniel Carr is their workhorse of a 6’0/180lb junior. He sees about 34 minutes a game while scoring 16 points and dropping five dimes on 47% from the field including 41% from downtown. He’s an 80% free throw shooter, so don’t foul the guy.

After those two, the minutes drop-off a cliff.

Lewis Diankulu is 6’7/220 and their big paint presence. He averages 25 minutes, 12 points, and seven rebounds a game. He only shoots 50% from the line, so go ahead and foul him.

Van Turner Jr. is 6’2/180 and shootings 85% from the free throw line, so another not to foul.

Kenny Dye appears to be a replacement for a guy they lost for the season early, and so sixth man bumped up to a starter. He shoots 50% from three, so be aware of that.

Kevion, Blake, Jermaine, and Josh seem largely to be fillers; none average a ton of points nor field stats, but they do give the starters a break, and so it seems like their starting five are the big concerns. I trust Sterling Somers a lot more than I trust anything the Royals have off of the bench.

The context of them being a #1 seed in the Southeast Region…

Honestly: They didn’t even win their conference tournament and yet they received a #1 seed. At this point we don’t trust the Southeast Region any more than we trusted the West Region, and so a win should be totally doable.

We like Point Loma’s rebound prowess, we like their fundamentals, we think they had a bad game against SMU and it got them a lower ranking in the Elite Eight than they should have, so… Time to prove them wrong.

Prediction: PLNU wins.

It could be close. It could be by a lot. But we believe in PLNU’s numbers and we believe in Point Loma’s teamwork.

We’ll be tweeting the whole time, so tweet back at us! Cyber tailgating, let’s do it.


December Non-Con!

Everyone loves when we burn posts, don’t they? The thing is, usually they get written and then we simply don’t publish them. This time we haven’t written them, they’re all brand spankin’ new.

WWU 66 @ Chaminade 74

Chaminade appears to be good, and so this probably isn’t a bad loss -it may even be a QualityLoss™ because it was on the road.

Viking highlights: Luke Lovelady had 13 points and 12 boards and a full house of stats; and Trevor Jasinsky had 14 points and was 9-10 from the line. Off the bench KJ Bosco had seven points; Leif Anderson had eight points; and Jalen Green had eight boards.

Onward, Vikings.

WWU 72 vs. Southern Nazarene 85 @ Chaminade

Learning. Remember, WWU is young this year. And yes, we count transfer juniors as young because you do need time to acclimate to D2 basketball.

Viking highlights: Jalen Green had 13 points; and off the bench Tucker Eeigenburg had nine points; RJ Secrest had five points; KJ Bosco had six boards; Elijah Cotton-Welch had six points and five boards; and Leif Anderson had seven points.

SNU isn’t in the west, so we’re not particularly concerned.

WWU 76 vs. Emmanuel College 79

WOU played the Emmanuel College from Massachusetts. That was a D3 team. This is an Emmanuel College from Georgia that’s in a D2 team in the Conference Carolinas.

Viking highlights: Tyler Payne had a whopping NINE assists; Jalen Green had 11 points; Luke Lovelady had 20 points, seven boards, and five fouls; and Trevor Jasinsky had 19 points and six boards while going 9-12 from the line. Off the bench Tucker Eenigenburg had 12 points and five boards; and KJ Bosco had 11 points.

Ouch. This one had to hurt. Still, good learning experience. Now the Viks will go kick the butt of the Falcons, right?

SPU 76 @ CU-Irvine 59

Calm down birdies, contrary to their record, we don’t think Concordia-Irvine is that good.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 12 points and 10 boards for the double-double; Sam Simpson had five boards; Harry Cavell had 16 points; Nikhil Lizotte had 11 points; and Gavin Long had 19 points and eight boards. Off the bench Sharif Khan had eight points; and Sam Boone had five points.

SMU 76 vs. Dixie State 59

We’re instinctively excited about this game, but then we remember Dixie is now in the RMAC =(

Saints highlights: Chandler Redix had seven boards among a full house of stats; Jordan Kitchen had six boards; Rhett Baerlocher had 19 points and five steals among a full house of stats; EJ Boyce had a great game with 28 points; and Luke Chavez is starting to get in the swing of things with 11 points, four assists, and four steals.

No significant play off the bench, although BJ and Tavian did see some good minutes. Dixie does appear to be having a down year, so probably nothing to read into too much in regard to how good the Saints are.

WOU vs. Dallas Baptist @ Chaminade = Cancelled.

WOU 63 vs. UCSD 73 @ Chaminade

We’re not particularly concerned about this loss. By the looks of it, UCSD is loading up as they prepare to make the transition to D1 and they’re currently the class of the west.

Wolves highlights: Brandell Evans had five assists; Kaleb Warner had eight boards; and Riley Hawken had 10 points and nine boards. Off the bench Darius Luborn had 11 points; Buster Souza had nine points; and Cameron Cranston had 12 points.

NNU 91 @ Metro State 96

The good news is that this is a road game against a typically elite team. The bad news is they don’t appear to be nearly as elite this year as they have been in the recent past.

Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa had 33 points; Adonis Adams had 25 points and five boards among a full house of stats; Jayden Bezzant had five fouls; and Spider had eight points. Off the bench James Nelson had eight points and four boards; Jalen Burkett had five fouls and four points; and Sam Roth had five fouls.

Some fun numbers and some alarming numbers, but very well-rationed shooting. As much as there appeared to be little defense, there also appears to be some really good decision making. Proud of you Nighthawks!

Up next we’re going to look at the West Region and see what we can glean about March via how people played in non-con. From the brief glance we’ve taken, the short answer is ‘it’s complicated.’ We’ll elaborate later today.

Discussing This Weekend’s Games.

The bad news is many teams lost last night. The good news is that we’re not alone in beating our head against a wall

UAF 68 vs. Black Hills State 64 @ MSUB

NEUTRAL SITE WIN. Nicely done Nooks!

Highlights: Tymoryae Glover had 12 points and eight boards; Jalon McCullough had five assists; SPENCER SWEET had 20 points while being 9-9 from the free throw line!; Michael Kluting continues to impress with a double double of 13 points and 11 boards; and off the bench Alex Martin had 13 points, five boards, and four assists among a full house of stats.

UAF 76 vs. Domiguez Hills 75 @ MSUB


Highlights: Ty Glover continues impressing with 13 points and five fouls; SPENCER SWEET HAD ANOTHER GREAT GAME with 20 points and four boards; and Michael Kluting had 12 rebounds. Off the bench Aushanti Potts-Woods had 14 points including going 4-4 from the line; and Isaiah Easaw had nine points and six assists.

Ridiculously proud of the Nanooks this weekend, and intrigued by the match-up with MSUB on Tuesday.

UAA 75 vs. South Dakota Mines 55

Highlights: Tyler Brimhall had 26 points and nine boards; Niko Bevens had 16 points; and SJUR BERG STARTED and had 14 points, four boards, and four blocks among a full house of stats. Off the bench Tobin Karlberg had five points; Keenan Dowell had four boards and three assists among a full house of stats; and Jack MacDonald had nine points on 3-3 shooting from beyond the arc.

UAA 73 vs. South Dakota Mines 68

Highlights: Tyler Brimhall was 4-4 from the line and had five boards; Niko Bevens had another good game with another 16 points + five assists; Brennan Rymer had 20 points and six boards on solid shooting and while going 6-6 from the line; and Sjur Berg had 10 pionts and five boards. Off the bench Jack MacDonald had 12 points and four boards; while Brian Pearson had four boards.

A D2 win is a D2 win, eh? We dislike playing the same team twice, but ah well. It looks like South Dakota Mines at least learned from one game to the next, so that’s good. Congrats on the two wins, Seawolves.

SPU 69 vs. St. Cloud State 77 @ Point Loma

Highlights: Coleman Wooten had 10 boards; Nathan Streufert had 12 points and five boards; and GAVIN LONG had 19 points among a smattering of field stats. Off the bench Sam Simpson had four boards and five fouls; and Divant’e Moffitt had five points.

SPU 72 vs. San Bernardino 79 @ Point Loma

Highlights: Coleman Wooten had 11 boards and nine points; Nikhil Lizotte had 17 points; Nathan Streufert had seven boards and eight points; and Gavin Long had 12 points and five fouls. Off the bench Sharif Khan had four assists; Sam Simpson had six points; and Divant’e Moffitt went 3-4 from the line.

We’re really angry about these two losses, largely because it calls into question their win against Westminster and makes their win against Azusa look even more meaningless. This is an upperclassmen dominated team. Gabe Colosimo being out shouldn’t collapse them. And yet it did. Have fun NNU & CWU.

SMU 81 @ Notre Dame de Namur 55

Highlights: LUKE CHAVEZ is back in the starting line-up and had nine points and SEVEN assists, holy crap we love Luke so much; Jordan Kitchen had five boards and 11 points; Rhett Baerlocher had four boards and three rebounds among a full house of stats; and EJ Boyce had 10 points. Off the bench Caden Smith had 12 points; BJ Standley had 15 points and five boards; Robert Little had five boards; and Marky Adams had six points.

SMU 77 @ Holy Names 63

SMU was definitely off this game. It took them a fair bit to walk it up. Even at halftime we were like ‘waaaa?’ but all’s well that ends well.

Highlights: Chandler Redix had 16 points, four boards, and four assists; Jordan Kitchen had eight boards; Rhett Baerlocher had 10 points; and EJ Boyce had 14 points. Off the bench Caden Smith had five points; BJ Standley had six points, four boards, and four assists; and Tavian Henderson had six points and eight boards.

Another day, another dub, heh heh heh. It’s nice when you’re a Catholic school and have other D2 Catholic schools to beat up on, rather than having to drop down to play within your denomination. No, but seriously, D2 West Region road games. Sounds good to us.

MSUB 73 vs. Dominguez Hills 75

Highlights: Melvin Nebern Jr. had 11 points and eight boards; Zack Rollins had 12 points; and off the bench Zharon Richmond had 15 points and eight boards.

MSUB 90 vs. Black Hills State 70

Highlights: Zharon Ricmond started and had 10 points; Tyler Green had 19 points; Melvin was on FIRE and had 22 points and 11 boards among a plethora of other stats for both a double double AND a full house; Zack Rollins had 13 points and eight boards; and off the bench Brendan Howard had 16 points and six boards.

We’re honestly really not sure what to make of these games. Congrats on the MSUB Yellowjackets on the ‘W’ against a team that UAF struggled with, but… What does it mean? Who knows. We’ll find out. We’ll find out a bit more on Tuesday considering MSUB and UAF now play each other.

CU-PDX @ Notre Dame de Namur

CUPDX vs. Holy Names

Once again: Their department finds the teams they host unworthy of mention on the Cavs official site, so we’re not going to discuss them when they go visit another school. By their own standards, they’re not worth a mention. But they did play D2 this weekend.

Thanks to Notre Dame de Namur for hosting a great GNAC/Pac-West crossover.

WOU 68 vs. Westminster 59 @ Dixie State

We’re excited about this win. We’re thinking upper-middle pac for Westminster? Just based on what we’ve seen. But for what WOU projects as this year (upper middle of the GNAC) it’s a great win.

Highlights: Darius Luborn had 10 points; BRANDELL EVANS had 17 points and five boards while going 8-11 from the line; and Riley Hawken had a full house among seven boards and five fouls. Off the bench Dalven Brushier had five boards and was 9-12 from the line; Buster Souza had four boards; and Cameron Cranston had five points.

Assuming Riley Hawken was seen as the target for Westminster’s D, but the numbers say he still found a way to be effective. Nicely done Riley!

WOU 70 @ Dixie State 80

Not concerned about this loss. Dixie State has consistently been really good, it’s a rebuilding year for WOU, it was on the road. Quality loss.

Highlights: Darius Luborn had five fouls; and Riley Hawken had six boards and 11 points. Off the bench Etan Collins had six points and four boards; Dalven Brushier was ON FIRE and finished with 16 points and five boards; and Buster Souza continues to add productivity grabbing six boards.

The numbers were worse than expected, but ah well. Learning game. It’s not west region, but at the same time we know Dixie State so well (because this is their first year not being west region) that we have to add a lot of benefit-of-the-doubt.

Overall really pleased with this weekend for the Wolves. Very optimistic that they’ll grow into themselves over the course of the season and make a run at the autobid if not win it.

Overall what we learned from this weekend is that we’re excited about the Nooks, we’re cautiously optimistic about WOU, and we’re curious about WWU although they weren’t mentioned in this post because they were beating up on Canadian schools.

The preview for UAF vs. MSUB on Tuesday: Theoretically well matched teams. UAF struggled with Black Hills State while MSUB blew out Black Hills State. Both teams won close over Dominguez Hills. We think this means that both are looking to be in the range of 6-8th in the GNAC, but that’s just a hunch.

Congrats on the many victories procured over this Thanksgiving weekend and we’ll see you on Thursday for the MSUB/UAF result and the game previews for the FIRST DAY OF CONFERENCE PLAY!!!!

Previewing Today’s Games!

HOW ABOUT THEM APPLES?!!? What a game. Go Dawgs. King in da norf! Sorry Alaska schools.

Fun facts: UW is now the ‘Huskies’ (neé Sun Dodgers) because Washington is the ‘Gateway to the Alaskan Frontier.’ Previously (early 1900s) we were the SunDodgers (led by Sunny, a little man with an umbrella), but it was seen as too derogatory (it was about our climate) and hard to make into a cartoon. In the 50s, the UAA student body gifted UW a live malamute, but it was never used as one of our live mascots because it ended up looking like an overgrown fox terrier rather than a Husky. Go figure. Thanks Anchorage! It’s the thought that counts.

Anyway, like last weekend, we’re going to go ahead and wait on talking about yesterday’s games until tomorrow so we can look at both games in context, so… Let’s preview today’s games.

All times pacific.

UAF vs. Dominguez Hills @ MSUB @ 4:15pm

UAF won comfortably over Black Hills State, while Dominguez Hills eked out a win over MSUB. Quality win for DH and so they’ll want to keep it rolling, but we think UAF is showing a lot of great promise this year and so we’re cautiously optimistic.

Prediction: Nooks win.

SMU vs. Holy Names @ Notre Dame de Namur @ 5pm

SMU is coached by Alex Pribble and HNU just got blown out by Concordia-Portland.

Prediction: SMU wins big.

SPU vs. San Bernardino @ Point Loma @ 5:30pm

WE SAID ‘BE SAFE’ FALCONS, GEEZ. We are three games into the SPU season and they’re already down a starter, because of course they are. They lost to St. Cloud last night, but St. Cloud projects to be good and aren’t a west region team so we’re not as worried as we could be.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Western Oregon @ Dixie State @ 6:30pm

We don’t know much about Dixie State yet, but Western Oregon’s win over Westminster gives us hope that they’re going to be solid. That said, it’s a road game and Dixie has plenty to prove, so… We’ll see.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

MSUB vs. Black Hills State @ 6:30pm

Black Hills got blown out by UAF and MSUB lost a close one to Dominguez Hills, so we’re hoping the Jackets are all fired up to beat the other Jackets.

Prediction: Yellowjackets win.

CU-PDX @ Notre Dame de Namur @ 7pm

CU-PDX just blew out Holy Names, but… Again: these teams usually sit in the same realm as it comes to conference standings and so we’re going to have to say:

Prediction: Pick ’em.

UAA vs. South Dakota Mines @ 8:30pm

Last night UAA won by 20 and so we’ll give them the benefit of the doubt:

Prediction: UAA wins.

We’re excited. It should be a good afternoon/evening of hoops. We’ll see you tomorrow to discuss the implications of all of this.

Have fun, be safe, go GNAC!

Going Over This Weekend’s D2 Games.

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

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

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

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

UAF 63 vs. Lake Superior State 85

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

UAF 84 vs. Northwood 79


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

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

Good luck in Billings, Nooks!

UAA 58 vs. Lake Superior State 67

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

UAA 77 vs. Northwood 83

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

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

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

SFU 73 vs. Humboldt State 72

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

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

SFU 92 vs. MN-Moorhead 81

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

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

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

WWU 80 vs. MN Moorhead 76

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

WWU 81 vs. Humboldt State 76

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

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

SPU 81 vs. Westminster 72

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

SPU 83 vs. Azusa Pacific 65

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

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

CWU 85 vs. Azusa Pacific 80

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

CWU 97 vs. Westminster 100 in OT

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

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

NNU 77 vs. San Marcos 62

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

NNU 71 vs. Cal State LA 68

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

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

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

CU-PDX 76 vs. CSULA 79

CU-PDX 76 vs. San Marcos 80

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

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

MSUB 79 vs. Minot State 65

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

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

WOU 64 vs. Colorado Christian 35

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Previewing Today’s Games

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

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

All times pacific.

UAF vs. Northwood @ 1pm

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

Prediction: Northwood wins.

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

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

Prediction: NNU wins.

CWU vs. Westminster @ SPU @ 3pm

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

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CU-PDX vs. San Marcos @ 5pm

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

Prediction: Pick ’em.

WWU vs. Humboldt State @ 5pm

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

Prediction: WWU wins.

UAA vs. Lake Superior State @ 6pm

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

Prediction: Lake Superior State wins.

MSUB vs. Minot State @ 6pm

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

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Western Oregon vs. Colorado Christian @ 7pm

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

Prediction: WOU wins.

SFU vs. MN Moorhead @ 7pm

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

Prediction: MN Moorhead wins.

SPU vs. Azusa Pacific @ 7pm

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

Prediction: SPU wins.

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

Previewing Today’s Games.

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

All times pacific.

UAF vs. Lake Superior State @ UAA @ 1pm

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

Prediction: Lake Superior State wins convincingly.

CWU vs. Azusa Pacific @ SPU @ 3pm

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

Prediction: Azusa wins but CWU has some good moments.

WWU vs. MN-Moorhead @ SFU @ 5pm

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

Prediction: Pick ’em.

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

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

Prediction: San Marcos wins.

UAA vs. Northwood @ 6pm

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

Prediction: UAA wins.

SFU vs. Humboldt State @ 7pm

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

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CU-PDX vs. Cal State LA @ 7pm

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

Prediction: Cal State LA pulls out a win.

SPU vs. Westminster @ 7pm

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

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

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

Prediction: Pick ’em.

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

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!!

Panic Time? Maybe.

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

Reasons not to panic:

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

Reasons to panic:

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

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

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

SMU 69 @ UCSD 96

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

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

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

UAF 80 @ Hilo 86

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

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

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

U of Mary 53 @ MSUB 56

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

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

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

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

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

Game previews for today will be up in an hour.