Category: non-region

Thanksgiving Non-Con Day 2.

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

Anyway… GAMES!

UC San Diego 80 vs. UAF 56 @ WWU

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

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

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


CU-PDX 69 @ Cal State LA 91

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

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

Quality loss, men.


SPU 77 @ Westminster 83

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

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

*shrugs*


WOU 87 @ Notre Dame de Namur 48

There we go.

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

*nods*


SFU 55 @ Point Loma 79

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

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

Onward!


SMU 93 @ Cal Baptist 88

AAAAAAAH!!!!!

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

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


NNU 93 @ Regis 103 in OT

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

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

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


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

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Previewing Today’s Games.

All times pacific.

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

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

Prediction: UCSD wins. Please.


NNU @ Regis (Denver) @ 4pm

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

Prediction: Regis wins. No idea on the margin.


CU-PDX @ Cal State LA @ 5pm

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

Prediction: Pick ’em.


SPU @ Westminster (SLC) @ 6pm

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

Prediction: Pick ’em.


SFU @ Point Loma @ 7pm

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

Prediction: PLNU gets the ‘W.’

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


WOU @ Notre Dame de Namur @ 7pm

Prediction: WOU wins big.


SMU @ Cal Baptist @ 7pm

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

Prediction: CBU wins.


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

Previewing Tonight’s D2 Games

All times pacific.


Chadron State @ MSUB @ 6:30pm

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

Prediction: Pick ’em.


SMU @ Cal State Monterey Bay @ 7:30pm

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

Prediction: Pick ’em.


Holy Names @ UAF pt. 2 @ 8pm

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

Prediction: UAF gets their revenge.


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

WWU & SFU in Las Vegas

THE WORLD IS ENDING, WWU LOST TWO GAMES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

That’s sarcasm, for those not fluent in the dialect of GNAC men’s basketball sarcasm. WWU lost to two very good teams, they seemed to improve in between, and both games went down to the wire. Remember, WWU had a heavily back loaded non-con, so these were the first couple of tests they actually faced, and they responded well.

Sunday:

Western Washington 83, West Texas A&M 90

Fun game to watch. The Vikings kind of went through the spectrum -they were down by a bunch, they walked back up, they got ahead, but ultimately we’re guessing WT A&M was a little more seasoned and they pulled it through. Now WWU is a little more seasoned.

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford went 6/7 from the line; Trey Drechsel had nine points; Daulton Hommes had 10 boards; and Jeffrey Parker had a double-double with 19 points and 10 boards. Off the bench Brett Kingma had eight points on good shot selection; and Deandre Dickenson had a good “debut” with 10 points in 15 minutes.

Simon Fraser 63, Tarleton State 88

Not surprising, but also not embarrassing; Tarleton State is a very good team. They’re also either racist or ageist in our experience; we were sitting at the South Central Regional with four black kids from Mid-Western State, watching the game like normal people (i.e. not yelling nor being in any way obtrusive) and their security was on us the entire time. So obnoxious.

Clan highlights: Andrew Williamson had 12 points; Iziah Sherman-Newsom had 13 points and six boards; Michael Provenzano had 16 points and seven assists; and off the bench Hidde Vos had nine points; while Graham Miller had five points and five boards.

Overall not too many bad numbers. It’s clear Tarleton achieved their goal of shutting down JJ Pankratz, who generally speaking is the biggest threat, but other than that… The Clan took advantage of Tarleton sticking to their own game plan, which is awesome.


Monday:

Simon Fraser 58, Angelo State 83

Angelo State clearly was a bit worried and they came out swinging hard. Almost no good numbers were had by the Clan, which is what it is. Hopefully the guys learned something?

Clan highlights: Michael Provenzano had nine points; Tyrell Lewin had 10 points; and off the bench Kedar Wright!! had 15 points and five boards.

Western Washington 83, Tarleton State 84

This was such a good game and we know the Viks didn’t win, but they have such a young team and it was such a good learning experience, plus they had a bunch of really great numbers -they never panicked, which is huge. We followed along for most of the second half and it was super back and forth, WWU walked up, and couldn’t walk away unfortunately, but still. Tarleton State is theoretically really, really good, so… Quality loss? 100%.

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had 15 points; Trey Drechsel had seven boards; Logan Schilder had eight boards; Daulton Hommes had 20 points (nice bounce-back); and Jeffrey Parker had 16 points. Off the bench Trevor Jasinsky had a monster night with 17 points on great shooting.


The charts should be updated by the end of this week, discussions, all that good stuff, coming soon. Not sure about next week -it may be a dead week, we may have stuff to say. We’ll see.

Congrats to the Vikings on exp. earned and we can’t wait to watch you play again in a couple of weeks -same goes for you, SFU.

Previewing Today & Tomorrow’s Games

All times pacific.

Today:

WWU vs. West Texas A&M @ 1:15

SFU vs. Tarleton State @ 3:30

Tomorrow:

SFU vs. Angelo State @ 5:45

WWU vs. Tarleton State @ 8pm

It’s out-of-region, so we’re not super concerned, although now that so much play has happened we can at least get an idea of how good these teams are. Before we look we’re expecting Angelo State to be middle-of-the-pack and so a good challenge for SFU, while Tarleton will theoretically be near the top. West Texas A&M will probably be top 3?

Now let’s see if we’re correct:

Tarleton State is in fact near the top, with their one loss being an upset to CSU-Pueblo. Their record is 8-1, but the other side of this is that they really haven’t played anybody; they’ve had a lot of blowouts and then it looks like anybody with gumption while they’ve won they’ve kept it close. We expect them to win convincingly/blow out SFU, and then WWU to beat Tarleton State.

We’ve been the biggest Vikings doubters, even speculating that their coach’s seat is getting warmer (even if it’s not, prior to this season it should have been), but this year they’ve answered every question and so… We’re stopping our questioning. We’re convinced. We think they can do it.

West Texas A&M is truthfully better than we expected -they’re 12-1 with a win against Azusa Pacific. Although maybe we were expecting mid-season three losses rather than early season? Their record makes sense; West Texas tends to be really good and should be a really great challenge for the Vikings. Good game to watch on the computer while watching football on the TV, so… Tune in! We will be. Good luck Vikings!

Angelo State does in fact look to be middle of the pack -they’re 6-0 but have played few games, and lots of games against lower division opponents. They blew the lower division opponents out, and then have a close win to Mid-Western State of Texas, so we think that Angelo will likely beat SFU, but SFU could upset them, and theoretically it shouldn’t be a blowout of them.


Alright, results will go up on Tuesday, and then we’ll see about having a discussions post this week now that all of non-con will have been played. Plus, we need our annual sing-along!

Good luck to the Vikings and the Clan.

Non-Conference Weekend #2

Why is blogging happening so late this year? Because we’re used to knowing something. We’re used to being able to extrapolate meaning out of all of this data, but this year the data is meaningless. We ended up in basketball really randomly and, via the demographic we came from, we’re aware that if we can’t make sense of these numbers -no one can.

If someone tells you they can make sense of them, they’re lying. It’s like someone saying they can drive in the snow in Seattle. We grew up driving in eastern Washington, Idaho, and Montana snow and through those mountain passes in the winter. We can drive in the snow just fine. We cannot drive in the snow in Seattle because Seattle usually sits around 20 degrees when it snows (even at night) and warms up as sunlight hits it, thus it’s nothing but a mess of ice with the constant thaw-refreeze-thaw that happens as any given day-of-snow goes on.

It’s impossible drive in Seattle in the snow.

It’s impossible to take any meaning out of these numbers.

And that’s why we’re struggling to put up posts on time. It’s not that we don’t care, it’s not that we’re not following things insanely closely, it’s that as much as we love highlighting these guys… We want the highlights to be real. And right now without context we don’t know what real is.

For the (ahem Central) people that are like “you just don’t care as much because SPU is a mess” um, it’s a pretty darn good year for our alma mater to be a mess considering with the level of parity, we essentially have 11 teams in the GNAC in play.

Yes. 11. 11 teams. Simon Fraser, welcome to the Club.

There are definite player highlights from the past weekend we can touch on…

NNU 53 “@” CSU East Bay 71
-Bouna N’Diaye went 7-9 from the field, finishing with 14 points
-Maurice Jones went 6-7 from the field, finishing with 17 points and eight boards.

NNU 68 @ Chico 79
-Bouna N’Diaye and Kalieb Rodrieguez both finished with 17 points apiece.

Funny/fun game just because they actually got Chico to push the tempo. Usually Chico is a defensive grind it out, which is incredible, but can be fun to see the points rise. We like Chico. They and UCSD are “our” CCAA teams.

WOU 65 “@” Westminster 58
-Tanner Omlid had 10 boards, five steals, and 23 points.
-Malik Leaks had 10 points off the bench.

WOU 73 @ Dixie State 78
-Tanner Omlid had 7 assists and zero turnovers.

Once again… We really have to compliment WOU on how well they take care of the basketball. Another funny thing because along with lack of SOS, how many turnovers those mid-2000s Romar teams had was the other major complaint. The Wolves definitely have that one taken care of; and WOU’s SOS is admittedly better this year than last.

SFU 67 “@” CU-Irvine 80
-TYRELL LEWIN HAD 24 POINTS ON 12-12 SHOOTING.
-JJ Pankratz had 19 points.

MSUB 86 “@” Western State (CO) 77
-Kendall Denham had 14 points off the bench.

MSUB 83 @ Colorado Mesa 68
-Jace Anderson went 6-6 from the line and finished with 22 points.

SPU 79 “@” Point Loma 86
-Tony Miller had 11 boards

SPU 73 @ Azusa Pacific 68
-Coleman Wooten had 14 boards.

Fresno Pacific 58 “@” UAF 74
-Bangaly Kaba went 9-10 from the line and finished with 17 points.

Fresno Pacific 66 @ WWU 75
-Jeffrey Parker went 7-7 from the line and finsihed with 21 points.

Essentially those were the best numbers the games had to offer. We’re only doing that because the rest… Our arms are crossed and we’re waiting. We believe in all of them, but this isn’t little league. Some will score more, some will score less. Some teams will win more, some teams will win less. And the numbers will matter. Eventually.

Conference play starts tonight. CU-PDX @ WOU. The obvious thing is that WOU is going to beat Concordia and we feel pretty confident in that pick. We’re very proud of Tanner. If you make our pre-season all conference team and then play well, you’ll be in our good book for a long time. If you play badly, we’ll openly complain about you the following year even if you’re sitting within earshot.

We’ll do POW here in a bit, although the nominations and award will probably be in the same post since so few teams played two actual D2 games. Still means just as much, but most of the time we try not to bombard people with posts.

Other than that… We see a Phil Jackson-style shenanigans post in the near future, no pun intended.

Previewing Today’s Games

Better late than never. Football, Saturday napping, and still contemplating what the heck is going on with this conference were taking priority. Last night’s numbers… The only numbers that might be the slightest bit meaningful are APU vs. SPU and that we don’t even believe/feel like we’re being homers for considering. The game was a mess on the side of the Falcons. But does that mean they’re getting better or that Azusa was having issues?

MSUB @ Western State Colorado @ 2pm

TBD. We’re liking the numbers the Yellowjackets have been putting up as of late, but have no idea the type of competition, plus it’s non-West Region which in a year of so much parity, we’re not sure how much it matters anyway.

WWU vs. Fresno Pacific @ 3:15

WWU more, FPU less. FPU is by no means a terrible team and WWU is by no means a tested team, but we think the Vikings have been winning in a way that says “dominant” thus there should be no issue -especially at home.

Simon Fraser vs. Concordia-Irvine @ Cal Baptist @ 5:15

CU-Irvine isn’t as good this year as they were last, but they’re still gonna kill the Clan. The Clan put up good numbers against Cal Baptist (even while getting killed) so that’ll be the thing to focus on -playing their own game and playing good fundamental basketball regardless as to what the score is. Stay within themselves, not in the sense of being less than CU-I, but in not trying to match them and know that if they play good defense and play smart on offense, that’s the only way winning is going to be a possibility regardless as to what the actual chance is.

SPU vs. Point Loma @ Azusa Pacific @ 5:30

No idea -we have no idea what the Falcons are going to do in any given game, much less one against their former coach.

Western Oregon vs. Dixie State @ 6:30

Big game of the night and again: we have no idea. CWU beat Dixie State. SPU lost to Dixie State. Dixie State lost to UC San Diego on the road while WOU lost to UC San Diego at home in 3OT. Theoretically that makes Dixie slightly better than WOU, but yeah right. This game… Who knows?


Tweet at us. We’re keeping an eye on these games, but have been watching the Michigan/Ohio State, USC/ND, and now are very focused on the CU/Utah game.

Previewing Tonight’s Games

Sorry email subscribers -you’re getting this twice because we originally changed the time but not the day.

All times Pacific.

Western Oregon vs. Westminster @ Dixie State @ 4pm.

Westminster is now in the RMAC. The school is in Salt Lake City, so we’re a little pissy that the Pac-West didn’t get them and thus have a legit travel partner for Dixie State =( It would have been a great fit, but the RMAC is great too. Not sure what this game’ll be. Puh-puh-puh-parity. Let’s go Wolves! Get that out of region win!

Northwest Nazarene vs. Cal State East Bay @ Chico @ 5:30

We’re actually really excited for this game because East Bay is usually just slightly below average -they give good teams scares on the regular and so NNU will likely be a step below them, thus a chance for NNU to step-up and we’re not sure what’s going to happen. It could go either way. At base, yeah East Bay should beat NNU, but it’s not insanely far outside of where the Crusaders could be so it has the potential to be a good win if they can do it.

MSU-Billings @ Colorado Mesa @ 6pm

Another RMAC team. MSUB just killed an RMAC team in Chadron State. Could it be? Who knows. We’ll see. Good luck Yellowjackets!

Simon Fraser @ Cal Baptist @ 7pm

LOL. Hope for the best, prepare for the worst. The worst isn’t actually that bad -Cal Baptist is legit, although this win won’t say that.

Seattle Pacific @ Azusa Pacific @ 7:30

We don’t know how to feel about this game. We don’t know what to think about this game. If someone besides Coleman decides to rebound, it could be interesting. If they don’t, it could be boring. We feel tepid about the Falcons. APU isn’t as great as they have been in some years, but they’re definitely very good and that could spell big trouble for a Falcon team that seems to have a raging case of apathy.

Discussions: MSUB, NNU & Bullies, + More!

On the agenda for today: MSUB @ Chadron State, NNU/Sleeper Teams and their bullies, SFU’s schedule, and our posting schedule issues.


MSU-Billings 89 @ Chadron State 69

Just how bad is Chadron State? Answer -them playing in the RMAC may inadvertently cause some of the other RMAC teams to violate the Geneva Convention. It has been said that Green circle runs at The Summit At Snoqualmie are the Bunny Hill at Stevens Pass. Lower-mid teams in the GNAC are JV teams in the RMAC. The RMAC is typically a very, very good conference. So that could actually mean that MSUB just beat a good team by a lot. We’ll have to wait and see. In the meantime:

Yellowjacket highlights: Preston Beverly had 13 points; Marc Matthews had 12 points and five boards; Kamal Tall had 11 points and six boards; Kendall Denham had 11 points off the bench; and Christian Evans had an insane double double of 23 points and 11 boards off the bench.

Good showing by the Jackets. The rest of you can thank MSUB -they’re a huge part of the reason we don’t write anything about non-D2 games; we love them, but they have a habit of losing to a whole smattering of NAIA teams from the Frontier conference, which is in fact wayyy weaker than the Cascade Conference. GNAC teams often play Cascade teams, but we consider those loses/close wins to be relatively okay because the Cascade Conf. is legit. As we’ve noted before: they often send four teams to a 16 at-large, 32 team overall tournament.


When sleeper teams wake-up.

We’re using NNU as the example because it’s the most recent and they had a schedule quirk that makes it even better:

During the year that NNU got really good once they got Alex Birketoft into their line-up, they played SPU three times. They played them once in December before they had him, and twice in a row in March; once as the regular season cap, and the other in the conference tournament. Okay, NNU played a game in between that, but for SPU it was twice in a row.

The first time SPU blew them out by 30. Okay, whatever, they didn’t have Alex, they were yet to get insane. The second time, SPU got to hear about NNU being soooo good and upsetting WOU on the road (something SPU couldn’t do) and so on and so forth, wow, NNU is great. While normally SPU might keep things humane or overlook the Crusaders because they like them (Christian schools, no real recruiting battles, etc.) this time it was like “NNU thinks they’re so good and are going to come in here and upset us, so let’s kill them.” And they did. And then they did it again out in Billings six days later.

We never know what to think of sleeper teams. We always hope that there is one because they’re so fun and dynamic. Two full years later we’re still mad that we didn’t get to see NNU in person that year. We were originally going on the SPU trip, but ended up going to MSUB at CWU instead (hella good game, btw) and so it wouldn’t have mattered anyway, but… Alex, Erik, Kevin. The dream. When Bouna could still be our obsession as the 6th man. And Kendall Denham was a breaking out starting freshman rather than a bench junior. We miss Kendall in the starting line-up, cm bck bby.

We look forward to hopefully another sleeper team this year, although we have no inclination as to who it’ll be because we don’t consider SMU a sleeper. Other people do, we don’t.


On SFU playing tournaments with SPU:

SPU: If you set up these games with us, we’ll bring SFU -guaranteed win against a D2 opponent, plus either a good win or a quality loss against us.
California schools: Deal!
SFU: Ummmmm Falcons, I thought you said there’d be an overlook factor???? Falcons??? FALCONS??? DON’T MAKE US GET OUR BOWS AND ARROWS. WE BEAT YOU TWO YEARS AGO YOU STUPID RETRIEVER BIRDS.


NNU your loss to College of I is completely irrelevant because they in fact are in the Cascade Conference, which is the class of NAIA D2.

We’re from the Cal-Pac, so we’re not even biased when we say that -Cascade is just straight up baller.


Why has the posting schedule been all messed up this year?

A number of reasons:

a. At the beginning of the year 10/11 teams were complete unknowns.

b. Now all 11 teams are completely unknown. SFU has had some good moments, UAA has had some bad moments, but none of that means anything because every conference seems to be in flux.

c. 35+ teams in the West Region are in flux. It makes things more complicated, it makes the extrapolation of data that much more meaningless, and while we’ll speculate on stuff all day long, how much of it any given person needs to read in a blog post is a different matter.

d. We’re finally working 40 (read: 50) hours a week at a somewhat big-person job and it’s exciting and we love it, but we’re yet to catch a rhythm yet and with how much variability there’s been in what’s going on with any conference team, there’s simply less blogging to be done this year so far. Things’ll mellow out and ramp up as we get into conference play.


Alright. Game previews’ll be up Friday morning, go dawgs, have a happy and safe Thanksgiving.

Non-Conference Weekend #2, Day 2.

Alright, here we go. It’s late but it’s still here and that’s what counts, eh? The good news is that all of the math is already done for POW so that’ll go up tomorrow morning on schedule.

Central Washington 93 vs. MN-Mankato 104

The Wildcats got outside themselves =( It was totally within their range and they could have had it and they panicked and it didn’t happen, but we’re still so proud of them. As noted yesterday: It wouldn’t surprise us if Mankato is a very, very good team.

Wildcat highlights: Naim Ladd had 18 points; Dom Hunter had 27 points; Terry Dawn had six boards; Jawan Stepney had 15 points and five boards; and off the bench Sage Woodruff had five boards.


Simon Fraser 73, Lindenwood 72

SFU vs. Lindenwood round two and SFU squeaked out another one. Nicely done Clan. Plenty of good numbers to go around, so we’ll jump right in.

Clan highlights: Iziah Sherman-Newsome had eight boards and 10 points; Graham Miller had 9 points and five boards; Michael Provenzano had another good game with 14 points and five boards, along with five fouls; JJ Pankratz had 9 points and five boards; and Tyrell Lewin had 14 points and six boards. Off the bench Andrew Williamson had 9 points; and Hidde Vos had eight points.


Western Washington 94, Holy Names 68

Can’t spell ‘slaughter’ without ‘laughter’? The numbers aren’t as good as they could be, but there are a lot of good ones and we’re very satisfied with WWU.

Vikings highlights: Taylor Stafford had 17 points and 11 boards; Trey Drechsel had 14 points and five boards; Logan Schilder had 10 points, seven boards, and five blocks -good to see the 7’0er getting aclimated; Daulton Hommes had 13 points and six boards; and Jeffrey Parker had a full house with 24 points and seven rebounds, among other stats. Off the bench Trevor Jasinsky had seven points.


Seattle Pacific 72 vs. Dixie State 74 in OT

Dixie State won. We’re not very happy. But it does create a lot parity because it wasn’t a good loss. Dixie State is yet to get a good win. They have good losses, but not any good wins, and a brand new SPU team that doesn’t return anything does not count as a quality win. But looking at the numbers SPU decided they didn’t give a crap about rebounding, so… They get what they get.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten played 40 minutes and had eight rebounds; Sam Simpson had six boards; and Joe Rasmussen had five fouls. Off the bench Sharif Khan had 10 points; and Tony Miller had 21 points and seven boards.

We consider this game to be a complete mess and with a slightly more experienced team the Falcons would have had it, but the fact is they don’t have that experience this year and they can’t get away half-trying like they have in the past. Hopefully they learned something -if they didn’t, their SoCal games this coming week are going to be felt widely and painfully on a conference level.


Alaska-Fairbanks 71 vs. BYU-Hawaii 68

Praise Nooks. They got it done. It was desperate considering BYU-H only used six players (essentially five) but it’s still a ‘W.’

Nanook highlights: Nahjee Matlock had 13 points and five assists; Bangaly Kaba had 14 points and seven boards; LaDonavan Wilder had seven boards; Zach Pederson had 15 points and six boards; Brandon Davis had 12 points, five boards, six assists, five steals, a block, four fouls, and zero turnovers in a perfect full house. Off the bench Michael Kluting had eight points and six boards.


Alaska-Anchorage 73, Cal State LA 68

Thank God, the Seawolves got out of this. Suki was more off on free throws than we’re used to seeing, so that was interesting. Corey Hammell finally had a Corey Hammell game, so that was good. Mixed bag, but what can we say? The Seawolves got it done and we are incredibly relieved.

Seawolves highlights: Suki Wiggs had 27 points and six boards; Corey Hammell had 12 points and 11 boards; and Connor Devine had 12 points and six boards. No real bench play, which is mildly concerning but Sjur Berg saw almost no minutes, so… Maybe means nothing.


CU-Portland 62, San Francisco State 86

The Gators were in ‘steamroll’ mode. That’s okay. We’re still proud of the Cavs for the progress they’re clearly making. We think they’re going to make some noise in conference -Christopher Edward, among others, is for real.

Cavalier highlights: Drew Martin had 14 points; Christopher Edward had a double-double with 10 boards and 10 points; off the bench Davis Nuaimi had five assists; and Taylor Harris had 11 points.


Saint Martin’s 75, San Bernardino State 80

The Saints ALMOST got the win but couldn’t pull it off likely due to a slow 7’0er. He goes in for the tip and nothing else. We like Fred a lot, but… Winning the tip doesn’t matter if he can’t even be counted on to grab one measly board. Naim Ladd is 5’7 and had seven the other night, so… Get with it Fred. You’ve got five fouls. Use them.

Saints highlights: Cole Preston had five boards and 17 points; Rhett Baerlocher had seven boards; Tyler Copp bounced back and had 16 points; Brandon Kenilvort had five boards; and off the bench Trey Ingram had 15 points.


MSU-Billings 50 vs. Cal State East Bay 54

Close and hard fought game but ultimately MSUB couldn’t pull it out. Quite honestly it bugs us because MSUB returns so much, so… Yellowjackets: What are you doing? We know East Bay’s place in conference tends to make them look worse than they are (truly an any given night team) but you were at home and have so many returners. Hmmm. We expect more of you Yellowjackets. Next week, perhaps.

Yellowjacket highlights: PRESTON BEVERLY had a huge game wiht 14 points and 25 points on good shooting; and Christian Evans had five boards.

To be fair, some of the lacking in highlights is because it was a low-scoring game, but… Shooting numbers were also bad.


Western Oregon 63 vs. UC San Diego 75

The Tritons read Western Oregon like a book. They came in apparently very prepared and essentially just shut the Wolves down completely. WOU still had few turnovers, so UCSD could have maybe forced them better, but… This was revenge for the Sweet 16 game and they got it.

Wolves highlights: Ali Faruq-Bey had six boards; and off the bench Demtrius Trammell had 11 points; while Yanick Kulich had 19 points and seven boards; and Malik Leaks had seven points.

Yup. That minimal. Looking forward to the Wolves bouncing back after a painful weekend.


Northwest Nazarene 84 vs. Colorado Christian 103

Weeee. Eeeee. Okay, honestly not surprising because Colorado Christian is often good, as the RMAC is usually really good. This is a quality loss if we’ve ever seen it.

Crusader highlights: Bouna N’Diaye had six boards; Jalen Shepard had nine assists and 16 points, whoa; Kaileb Rodriguez had 25 points and 12 boards for the double-double; Maurice Jones had 13 points and five fouls. Off the bench Pol Olivier had six points.


Overall a mis-mash of a weekend. We’re not as concerned as we expected ourselves to be, mostly because it does look like so much parity across the region that we feel like if a few teams clamp down and others buck up, things’ll be just fine.

POW noms up tomorrow at 10am, with the announcement at 11.