Category: non-region

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

NOOKS ARE THE NORTH, SHOVE IT “NORTH” WOOD.

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

POR QUE NOOKS, POR QUE?!?!!?!?!? 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.

Non-Con Schedules!

Ha “enjoy football season and we’ll see you on Mondays.”

We SWEAR we’re excited for the season, we’re excited to blog it, we’ve been talking a lot about it in real life, but it hasn’t transferred over to the blog.

This past week we were down in the Bay for grad school stuff and we actually visited both Dominican and Sonoma State. Always fun to see other west region schools. We really liked the Dominican gymnasium -reminded us a lot of SPU; nice, functional, big but not huge. We rate it 10/10. Whenever we’re on other campuses, we tell anyone we interact with to go to basketball games; it gets us a lot of weird looks… You can’t say we don’t try.

Anyway, let’s look at the non-con schedules of the GNAC schools!


Alaska-Fairbanks

vs. Antelope Valley (NAIA Cal-Pac)
@ Chaminade
vs. Hawaii Pacific @ Chaminade
@ Hilo
vs. Lake Superior State (D2 non-region/Great Lakes/Midwest, finished 2nd in conference play last year and made the Regional as a 4 seed, ultimately getting bounced in the round of 32)
vs. Northwood (D2 non-region/Great Lakes/Midwest, finished 9th/12th in conference play last year)
vs. Black Hills State @ MSUB (D2 non-region/RMAC/South Central; finished 12-10 in conference last year)
vs. Dominguez Hills @ MSUB

Solid schedule. They bring in former CWU coach Greg Sparling as their new head coach after MSUB took theirs. Spar clearly has the ability to coach fundamental basketball seeing as his son Coleman is fantastic, but his own college teams have never shown those fundamental abilities, so who knows. We have no idea what to expect out of this team because in addition to a new coach, the only guy that’s seen proven minutes is Alex Baham, so… We’ll see.

Props to Lake Superior State for making the round of 32, and then also being willing to trek up to Anchorage.


Alaska-Anchorage

vs. Antelope Valley x2 (NAIA Cal-Pac)
vs. Hawaii Pacific @ Chaminade
@ Chaminade
vs. Northwood
vs. Lake Superior State
vs. South Dakota Mines x2 (D2 non-region/RMAC/South Central; finished 5-17 in conference last year)

Overall not a bad schedule. Jacob Lampkin didn’t end up getting an extra year, so he’s gone, and basically all the Seawolves return is Brian Pearson and Sjur Berg. We’ll see how it goes.


Simon Fraser

@ UCSD
vs. Dominguez Hills @ UCSD
vs. Humboldt State
vs. MN-Moorhead (D2 non-region/Northern Sun/Central; finished 5-17 in conference last year)
vs. Columbia Bible College
vs. Capilano
vs. Langara
vs. Trinity Western

SFU has a real D2 website now! You go Simon Fraser. And “Mayhem on the Mountain” is a fantastic tournament name. Love it. It’s also actually a pretty legit schedule and we don’t mind SFU playing tonnes of lower level opponents because SFU.

In regard to returning players… The good news is SFU returns a ton of players that put up okay numbers. The bad news is, it’s a group of players that only won four games. Consistency is usually the key to growth, so we’re cautiously optimistic. They finished 10th last year, could it be an 8th or 9th place finish this year? Perhaps.


Western Washington

vs. Dominguez Hills @ UCSD
@ UCSD
vs. MN Moorhead @ SFU
vs. Humboldt State @ SFU
vs. Capilano
vs. Langara
vs. Columbia Bible College
@ Chaminade
vs. TBD @ Chaminade
vs. TBD @ Chaminade

WWU also now has a real D2 website. We’re pretty stoked about this schedule. UCSD is definitely the highlight, but the rest isn’t entirely horrible. Lots of lower division schools, which makes sense because the Vikings basically only return Trevor Jasinsky. Yes, Logan Schilder is 7’0 and Siaan Rojas saw good minutes, but seriously: Daulton and Trey transferred and it amuses the heck out of us. This program is slowly but surely imploding, so… Hopefully sooner rather than later, and then they’ll get it together again. We prefer it when WWU is good.


Seattle Pacific

@ UW
vs. Cal Poly Pomona @ Chico State
@ Chico State
vs. Westminster (D2 non-region/RMAC/South Central; finished 17-5 in conference and was ineligible for the RMAC tournament & regional due to a recent move from NAIA to D2)
vs. Azusa Pacific
vs. St. Cloud State @ PLNU (D2 non-region/Northern Sun/Central; finished 17-5 in conference and made the regional as a 6th seed, ultimately getting bounced in the round of 32)
vs. San Bernardino State @ PLNU
@ CU-Irvine

Falcon awesome. It’s difficult, it’s in-region, it’s almost entirely on the road, the schools played at home are fantastic, and the non-region schools played count as SOS and are elite. The vast majority of how the GNAC is seen compared to the Pac-West and CCAA will be determined by this schedule.

The Falcons return basically everything except Tony Miller. They were a high production stat team and so in their case it’s good to return everyone with another year of experience. It honestly doesn’t help the GNAC when SPU is down because they do schedule well and have consistently been good, so… Hopefully they get back to the Regional this year.


Saint Martin’s

@ BYU
vs. Fresno Pacific @ PLNU
@ Point Loma
@ UCSD
vs. Walla Walla (NAIA Cascade)
@ Notre Dame de Namur
vs. Holy Names @ NDNU
vs. Evergreen State (NAIA Cascade)
vs. Dixie State (D2 Non Region/RMAC/Finished 18-2 in the Pac-West last year, was a 2 seed in the West Region, lost to 7 seed Azusa Pacific in the round of 32)

Solid schedule. Really like the swing down to San Diego -that’s going to help a lot. SMU really had no excuse not to load their schedule this year because they do return so much. We consider this good but not great because half of these games are gimmes even if they are on the road, and they dodge a bullet in getting to work the kinks out against FPU before playing PLNU & UCSD. 

Key returning Saints include: Luke Chavez, Jared Mathews, Jordan Kitchen, Rhett Baerlocher, BJ Standley, EJ Boyce, and Tavian Henderson. They should be in a prime position to make the NCAA tournament a second time in a row, and then they should be prepared for a downward swing because we can’t see Alex Pribble sticking around much longer -he’s prime to get taken by either a D1 school or a D2 school willing to pay more.


Central Washington

@ Gonzaga
vs. George Fox (D3 Northwest)
vs. Monterey Bay @ San Bernardino
@ San Bernardino
vs. Azusa Pacific @ SPU
vs. Westminster @ SPU
vs. Evergreen State (NAIA)
vs. Walla Walla (NAIA Cascade)
@ Boise State
vs. Douglas (BC)
vs. Puget Sound (D3 Northwest)

It’s nothing impressive, but it’s a typical CWU non-con schedule. CWU brings in a new coach in Brandon Rinta and only notably returns Naim Ladd and Drake Rademacher, so who knows what they’ll be like. All of the lower division games should give them good time to gel before conference play gets started.


Northwest Nazarene

vs. Northwest Christian (NAIA Cascade)
@ College of Idaho (NAIA Cascade; rivalry game)
vs. Cal State San Marcos @ CU-Portland.
vs. Cal State LA @ CU-Portland.
vs. College of Idaho
vs. Idaho @ Boise State
vs. Portland State @ Boise State
vs. Portland Bible
@ Metro State (D2 non-region/RMAC/South Central; finished 14-8 in conference)

Is it a great schedule? No. Is it a terrible schedule? Eh, it tells you their expectations for the season and that is a middle-of-the-pack finish at best.

Notable returners for the Nighthawks include Jayden Bezzant, Spider, Obi Megwa, Nikola Prvulj, and Sam Roth.


MSU-Billings

@ Grand Canyon
@ UNLV
@ PLNU
vs. Fresno Pacific @ PLNU
vs. University of Mary (Non-Region D2/Northern Sun/Central; finished 4-18 in conference)
vs. Minot State (Non-Region D2/Northern Sun/Central; finished 13-9 in conference)
@ Rocky Mountain (NAIA Frontier)
vs. Dominguez Hills
vs. Black Hills State (Non-Region D2/RMAC/South Central; finished 12-10 in conference)
vs. Rocky Mountain
vs. Dickenson State (NAIA North Star)

Standard MSUB schedule. It seems like it suits them well. It’s actually not as many NAIA teams as they usually schedule, which may just be because they got tired of losing those games. They bring in a newish head coach in Mick Durham -he’s GNAC, was stolen from UAF, and seeing as he’s a Montana guy himself we really like the hire and think he has great potential at MSUB.

Notable returning players for the Yellowjackets include Kobe Terashima, Hafeez Abdul, Sven Jeuschede, Zharon Richmond, and Zach Rollins. While it’s a lot of people, we wouldn’t quite call it a team, so… We’ll see.


CU-Portland

@ San Bernardino
vs. Monterey Bay @ San Bernardino
vs. Cal State LA
vs. Cal State San Marcos
vs. Holy Names @ NDNU
@ Notre Dame de Namur
vs. Northwest U. (NAIA Cascade)
vs. Trinity Western x2

We love this schedule for them. Holy Names and NDNU tend to sit low in the Pac-West and so it should give them actual potential wins as well as being challenging. Monterey Bay and San Bernardino we would both place slightly higher than CU-PDX, an so good test games. Usually we’d judge for Trinity, but seriously: CU-Portland was really really bad last year with zero excuse.

Key returners for the Cavs include: Jace Cates, Cody Starr, and Jarrett Gray, but… They couldn’t do anything with so much goodness returning, so we have no idea. We believe in those three guys, but do we believe in the team? Not particularly.


Western Oregon

@ Oregon
vs. Pacific Lutheran (D3)
vs. Warner Pacific (NAIA)
vs. Colorado Christian (Non-region D2/RMAC/South Central; went 3-19 in conference play last season)
vs. Westminster @ Dixie State
@ Dixie State
vs. Corban (NAIA)
@ Hilo
vs. Emmanuel College (D3) @ Hawaii Pacific
vs. HPU or UCSD @ HPU
vs. Portland Bible College

It’s an extensive schedule, but an unimpressive schedule. We really dislike the lack of West Region opponents. Western Oregon is at a point where they’re projected to be good every single year and their schedule should reflect that, but it doesn’t.

Tanner Omlid has graduated and is now playing for ‘Team Moron,’ in Spain. Not joking about the name, but he is starting and averaging eight points and seven boards, which is exciting. That said, notable returners: Riley Hawken, Bryan Berg, Brandell Evans, and the best-name-in-the-GNAC Buster Souza. Riley gives us hope. Jim Shaw gives us hope. Brandell gives us hope. But aside from that who knows what this team is going to look like. Athletic, they’re going to look athletic.


We’re ridiculously excited for the season. Our pre-season ranking will be up next Monday, and then the game previews will be up next Friday for the first weekend of chaos!

Boxing Day Blog Marathon #1!

Happy Boxing Day!! Do you like that SFU? Canada actually celebrates Boxing Day as a real thing. Super cool.

This was written while we were waiting for the “results” games to be played, so we’re still including the previews.

Round two::

UAA 50 @ WOU 82

Jacob Lampkin didn’t play. This game was never close. Oh dear. Congrats Wolves!! The evidence currently stands as: Wolves > Seawolves.

Seawolf highlights: Brian Pearson had eight boards and 16 points; and off the bench: DJ Ursery had seven points in just ten minutes; and Drew Peterson went 5-5 from the line. The Seawolves shot 81% from the line overall! Yay! Bright spot!

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 10 points, five boards, and a full house in just 20 minutes of play; Vince Boumann had 15 points and was 7-9 from the field; and Riley Hawken was back in the starting line-up and had five boards. Off the bench Nick Nestell went 3-3 and had nine points; Janvier Alaby and Darius Luborn both had six points; Dustin Triano had six points and four boards; Ali Faruz-Bey had 12 points and four boards; and JJ Chirnside had six points and four boards.

Low rebounding numbers, but… WOU shot 66% from the field and 46% from three specifically. Wow. Nicely done by the Wolves, great job sharing the wealth, and good luck to the Seawolves in bouncing back.


UAF 81 @ CU-PDX 66

At one point CU-PDX led… And then they didn’t. We’re confused about this Concordia team, but we’re confused about a lot of GNAC teams and will get into that more later.

Nook highlights: Amenofis Mitchell had eight points; Alex Baham went 6-6 from the line; Davis Kimball had 17 points, eight boards, and a full house; Joe Landway had nine points; and Michael Kluting was dominant with 23 points and 10 boards. Off the bench Tre Eisenhut had seven points.

Cav highlights: Jace Cates had 7 points and five boards; Jarrett Gray had 22 points and seven boards; Chris Edward had 11 points and 14 boards!! for the double-double; and off the bench Taylor Harris had five points. Lots of good individual numbers, but apparently not cohesion as a team.

Congrats to the Nooks on a great one… Again: CU-PDX, we’re confused. The numbers are fine, and you’re a good team and we know it, and yet… This, at home, okay? Um, what?


Tampa 77 vs. WWU 86 @ Hawaii Pacific

Solid result, if not irrelevant. Congrats to the Viks on another win.

Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel was once again playing great with 30 points and seven boards on good shooting; Logan Schilder had 10 points; Deandre Dixon had 10 points and six boards; Trevor Jasinsky had eight boards and eight points; and Daulton had 13 points and and seven boards, but it wasn’t a particularly good game for him -key word: HIM. Off the bench Brett Kingma had seven points; and Siaan Rojas had eight points and four boards.

Congrats to the Viks on the win -the numbers looked good.


MSUB 81 vs. Hilo 63 @ Hawaii Pacific

Hilo has a losing record, but all good: A West Region win is a win we’re grateful for. Nicely done MSUB!!

Yellowjacket highlights: KENDALL DENHAM WAS HIMSELF!!!!!! He had 17 points including going 5-5 from the line; Zharon Richmond had a great game going 4-5 from the field and finishing with 11 points and a full house; Zach Rollins had 15 points and eight boards; and Sven Jeuschede had 12 points. Off the bench Zack Lessinger had a solid game with 10 points and five boards.

Nicely done Yellowjackets! Is it a road game technically? No. Will we count it as one? For now. We feel like being nice.


All times pacific.

SPU @ Stanislaus @ 7pm

This game is way more interesting than we thought it would be at the beginning of the season, largely because Stanislaus is way better than anticipated. The Warriors are currently 8-2 and SPU still has no idea what their identity is, so…

Prediction: Stanislaus gets the ‘W.’


MSUB vs. Chaminade @ Hawaii Pacific @ 9:30pm

Chaminade is looking really solid with wins over the Alaska schools, Dominguez Hills, Cal Baptist, and Hawaii-Hilo and losses coming via CU-Irvine and Hawaii Pacific. It’s essentially a home game for the Swords, and thus…

Prediction: Chaminade wins. No idea on the margin.


Oh dear Spillings… What is happening to you?

Next post’ll be up at 1pm.

Results + Previewing Tonight’s Games

Results and then predictions for today.


CWU 80 @ MSUB 75

Wildcats got it done, MSUB put up a great fight. Just when you thought CWU was walking away with it, MSUB came in and said “absolutely not, you guys are gonna have to work harder than that,” and while it got dicey, Central pulled it out.

Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had nine points; Jawan Stepney had 12 points, five boards, and five assists (with ZERO turnovers!); and Fuquan had 23 points and five boards along with zero blocks -we consider this Fuquan being contained. Off the bench Marc Rodgers was 6-8 from the line; Sage Woodruff had a good game with four boards and 16 points; and Coleman Sparling had six points.

Yellowjacket highlights: Zack Rollins had 12 points; and Sven Jeuschede had 20 points and five boards. Off the bench Kobe Terashima had five points; Zharon Richmond had 11 points; and Daniel Shedden was 5-6 from the field, 3-4 from the line, finished with 14 points, and grabbed five boards, and fouled out.

YIKES on those turnovers MSUB. 28. MSUB had -28- turnovers. Improvement every day, congrats to the Wildcats on the road win.


WWU 80 vs. Harding 76 (Central region) @ Hawaii Pacific

The good news is that WWU won. The bad news is that not only is Harding out of Region, they were 0-7 coming into this game. If we had looked into it ahead of time, we would have expected a 30 point WWU blow-out. The fact that they only managed to beat an 0-7 team by four makes our Region look weak as all heck. Go figure.

Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had eight boards and a full house; Trevor Jasinsky had five boards; and Daulton Hommes WENT OFF with 37 points and 12 boards. Off the bench Brad Wallace had five points; and Siaan Rojas had 13 points and four boards.

Way to pull out the ‘W,’ WWU.


Now to preview tonight’s games…

All times pacific standard.

UAA @ WOU @ 5pm

We think WOU should kill UAA, but we feel it’ll be closer than that. The thing is, UAA just hasn’t shown to have anything outside of Jacob Lampkin. He plays well, they win; he sits out or plays badly, they lose. That’s what the evidence has been. Except in this case WOU has so many options like that. Tanner Omlid is critical, but it takes multiple people having a bad game in order for the Wolves to lose, and so… Talent disparity. Provided WOU doesn’t fall into a black hole, they should be fine.

Prediction: WOU wins comfortably but not outrageously.


UAF @ CU-PDX @ 5pm

We’re super curious about this game because it seems like CU-PDX and MSUB are fairly well matched and so we expect UAF & CU-PDX to be fairly well matched. On the one hand the Cavs are at home, but on the other hand it’s Christmas break and Christmas break games are always weird. We’ll see what happens.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


WWU vs. Tampa (South region) @ Hawaii Pacific @ 7:45pm

Tampa is 4-5. The Vikings are so talented they should win comfortably, but their record doesn’t imply that they will necessarily. As long as they don’t lose, things are fine, so c’mon Viks! Get it done.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


MSUB vs. Hilo @ Hawaii Pacific @ 10pm

This is sooo fun. We love late night hoops! Hilo has lost to every GNAC team except WWU, will MSUB keep that going? We’ll see. The thing is -they’ve beat both Biola and CU-Irvine, two Pac-West teams that look legitimate. Is the GNAC reaaaally good? Is the Pac-West reaaaally bad? Is it somewhere in between? We were thinking the GNAC was having an up year and yet… Now we’re not sure.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


Should be a good night of hoops. We’ll try to get all but the MSUB/Hilo game results up in the previews post, but that game’ll be 50/50 because we have a super early wake-up tomorrow, so it may end up being included with Tuesday’s post instead.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

WOU @ Tarleton + WWU vs. East Bay.

We didn’t bother to preview these games, but we are going to talk about them and it’s going to be great!

WOU 80 @ Tarleton State 72

Tarleton is a traditional power in the Lonestar Conference, which is the South Central regional, same as the RMAC. Theoretically it helps our strength of schedule slightly, but we’re still not convinced that anything outside of the West Region itself truly matters -the sample size is just too small. Still, losing this game would have been a big deal because it makes the entire region look weak, so it’s a good win especially for the GNAC.

Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had five boards; Demetrius Trammell had 16 points on 4-4 shooting from the line; Tanner Omlid had 15 points, six boards, four assists, and three blocks; BRANDELL EVANS started and didn’t do much, but it’s still exciting to see him crack the starting line-up -he’s been great off the bench; Vince Boumann had 14 points and six rebounds among a full house of stats. Off the bench Riley Hawken had seven points and seven boards; and JJ Chirnside had 10 points and four boards.

Lots of guys ended up with four fouls, but the Wolves got through it and pulled out the ‘W.’ Nicely done WOU!!


Cal State East Bay 80 @ WWU 76

We honestly expected East Bay to lose by 20 or so, but this result is very mixed because quite frankly it helps no one. It just makes the West Region look weak because a couple of mediocre MSUB & SPU teams were able to beat CSUEB at home, and then East Bay comes up here and beats Western, whom just beat WOU. Now Western will go play some completely out of region teams, but because they’ve already lost three games, if they win it’s whatever but if they lose the entire Region looks worse. Fun.

Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had five assists; Logan Schilder had eight points and nine boards; and Deandre Dickson had 12 boards and was 8-9 from the line. Off the bench Brett Kingma had 11 points on 3-5 shooting from beyond the arc; and Siaan Rojas had 12 points.

Congrats to the Pioneers on a nice win and good luck to the Vikings in their upcoming games in Hawaii.


Prediction for the CWU vs. MSUB game: Pick ’em. MSUB has a great home hive advantage, the two teams should be relatively well matched, but… We think CWU has more talent, while MSUB tends to work together a bit more cohesively, so it should be interesting.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

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.