Previewing Tonight’s Games!

We’re excited about every game night, but admittedly we are sooo excited about tonight, so let’s talk about it!

All times pacific.

WOU @ MSUB @ 6pm

This is actually a good test game for the Wolves. MSUB is hard to play at and the flight is irritating, so we won’t be surprised if it’s like the Concordia game, where WOU is way better than MSUB, but it’s still not as high of a score as you might think.

Prediction: WOU wins.


SFU @ NNU @ 6:30pm

Should be a good game. We’ll be following along with it closely, because either team could win. We were at their last meeting and had a blast -it was a great game that was won on a free throw with .1 left, to the point we assumed it was headed to OT and weren’t paying attention as the final free throw was shot.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


UAA @ SPU @ 7pm

This would be such a good game for UAA to get a win. The Falcons are hot, coming off a win at WWU, but the last time these two teams met was when Anchorage lost like four or five games by a combined 10 or so points and so they know they can beat the Falcons if they just play a little bit better and use good clock management, but the other reality is that despite SPU being without two starters, they still have the talent to absolutely destroy the Seawolves, so… We’ll see what happens.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


UAF @ SMU @ 7pm

Another redemption game, but this time on behalf of SMU. SMU had gotten a nice win at Anchorage and then fell on their faces against Fairbanks, and so they’ll want to get this win. That said, UAF has already beat SMU once, so why not do it again?

Prediction: Pick ’em.

 


WWU @ CWU @ 7:30pm

ROFL. CWU is terrified because WWU is on a two-game losing streak. WWU should be similarly terrified because of our favorite motto: anything can happen in a rivalry game. If any team could keep WWU on a losing streak, it’s CWU. We’ll see what happens. While WWU definitely has the ability to blow-out the Wildcats… We’ll see if they actually do.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


We’ve been looking forward to this all week and it’s going to be an amazing night. Tweet at us!

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Conference Game Day #12

WHAAAAAT? That was an exciting day and night of basketball. Our conference is the best!

SPU 92 @ WWU 88

Honestly this is a pretty typical game between these two teams. It was back and forth the whole time and a fun game to watch and you truly didn’t know who was going to win until the final buzzer sounded. Congrats to both teams on a hard fought game.

Falcon highlights:Coleman Wooten had 12 points and seven boards; Harry Cavell started and had 10 points and five boards; Gabe Colosimo had 21 points; Nathan Streufert had 15 points and six boards; and Gavin Long had 12 points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 14 points while going 5-5 from the line; and Nikhil Lizotte had five points.

Viking highlights: Trey Drecshel did bounce back with a 15 point and seven rebound performance; Deandre Dickson had a fantastic 25 points on great shooting from the field and the line, along with nine boards; Trevor Jasinsky had 14 points, five fouls, and a full house; Daulton had 14 points, five boards, and a full house as well; and off the bench Siaan Rojas was seriously impressive with 16 points and four boards.

Really fun game. Proud of all of the guys for fighting ridiculously hard.


WOU 72 @ UAA 62

That score doesn’t quite tell the whole picture. WOU was dominating, Anchorage worked their way back and things got a little dicey, but then as good teams do: WOU found a way to put the game away. Nicely done  to the Wolves on what felt like a come-from-behind experience.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 22 points, seven boards, and a full house; Ali had 12 points; Riley Hawken had nine points and seven boards; JJ Chirnside made his debut in the starting line up; and off the bench Vince Boumann had nine points, eight boards, and six assists.

Seawolf highlights: Malik Clements had 14 points; DJ Ursery had a “quiet” game with 10 points, five boards, and a full house; Drew Peterson had 15 points; Brian Pearson had 10 points; and off the bench Brennan Rymer had five assists.

Really proud of the Seawolves -we see you guys making progress!! Congrats to the Wolves on their victory.


SMU 85 @ SFU 63

We’re tempted to just say it was a blow-out the whole time because SFU stopped updating their stats mid-game and so we have no idea what went on, but… Reality: SMU was up by a lot, allowed the Clan to come back in it and tie it up at the half, and then Alex Pribble clearly said some magic words at halftime and the Saints blew the Clan out right properly.

Saint highlights: Luke Chavez had 20 points; Matt Dahlen had nine points; Jordan Kitchen had 10 points and eight boards; Rhett Baerlocher had 11 points and seven boards; and EJ Boyce finished with 18 points. Off the bench Jared Matthews had 10 points; and BJ Standley had seven boards.

Clan highlights: Kedar Salam had 12 points and six boards; Michael Provenzano had 11 points; Tyrell Lewin had 13 points and seven boards; and off the bench Othniel Spence had 12 points; while Jordan Muir-Keung had nine points and six boards among a flawless full house.

Nicely done to the Clan for walking it back up and good job to SMU for finding the motivation and putting it away once again.


MSUB 73 @ CWU 77

THIS WAS SUCH A FUN GAME. CWU looked like they were going to blow out the Jackets early and then the Jackets were like ‘Heck no,” and got back in it, and then CWU was like “Um yeah, we are,” but MSUB was like “NO YOU’RE NOT,” and then the final score happened.

Yellowjacket highlights: Kobe Tereshim had 24 points; Zharon Richmond had 11 points and five boards among a full house of stats; and Zack Rollins had eight boards. Off the bench Hafeez Abdul had six points and four boards; Tyler Green had seven points; and Jordan Perry had nine points and five boards.

Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had 20 points, five boards, and six assists; Malik Montoya had five boards; Jawan Stepney had 15 points and five boards; and Fuquan Niles had 11 points and nine boards. Off the bench Sage Woodruff continues to impress with 13 points and five fouls; and Coleman Sparling had nine points.

Congrats to both teams a hard fought battle.


CUPDX 62 @ UAF 63

This game was insane but ugly. It was back and forth and then it looked like UAF was going to finally get settled in, but they couldn’t; Concordia was on them the whole time. We should have made it a ‘pick ’em’ but oh well; we maintain the right team won, and CU-PDX will have another chance to break their losing streak against MSUB this week.

Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had 19 points and six boards; Chris Edward had a good game with 11 points and 11 boards; Taylor Harris had six boards; and off the bench Cody Starr had nine points and four assists.

Nook highlights: Donny Wilder was back in the starting line-up had had 13 points and 11 boards for the double-double; Tre Eisenhut had eight points; and Michael Kluting had 13 boards. Off the bench Amenofis had five points; Davis Kimble had four boards; and Joe Lendway had 11 points.

Congrats to UAF on continuing the push to make the conference tournament and good luck to the Cavs against both WOU and more importantly MSUB.


Fun night of basketball.

UAF and SFU keep falling down on the job in regard to live stats and it’s really bugging us because we follow those stats religiously. YOUR SCHOOL’S LIVE STATS MATTER. It doesn’t matter if you don’t think anyone is following along, we always are, and we’re rather dedicated, so please: Update the darn stats promptly and consistently.

Good luck to all in the coming week.

Previewing Today’s Games

Is it weird that we dream about figuring out what time games actually are? We had a dream UAF listed a game as being at 9:20, but we were in Fairbanks and mentally going “that’s so late! Why would they play a game that late? Is that pacific time in reality? Is that mountain time? Or is it actually Alaska time?” It was actually Alaska time and it still was late. Fun stuff.

All times pacific.

SPU @ WWU @ 3pm

On the one hand we’re like ‘oooh, intrigue!’ and it’s on Root Sports, which is very exciting, but… Will the game be very exciting? Potentially. Rivalry game. Tons of the guys played AAU together. Even without Tony Miller, we still think SPU has a really solid chance, but… There’s just no telling how this game’ll go. WWU could spend the entire time blowing out the Falcons, it could be close and SPU could win, it could be close and WWU could win, or SPU could even win comfortably. There’s just no telling.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


WOU @ UAA @ 6:15pm

Wolves vs. Seawolves. Another game that WOU needs to stay on their toes for. Yes Anchorage is worse than normal, but they’re used to being good and they play in that fancy arena to remind them that they are the pro sport of Anchorage (aside from the Seawolf hockey team) and so how cool would it be if they could upset the probable #1 seed in the West Region? Answer: Very cool for them, very irritating for us, so stay on it Wolves.

Prediction: WOU wins.


MSUB @ CWU @ 7pm

The Wildcats should win it. MSUB is on a bit of a losing streak, so they will want to come back from that, but… We haven’t been impressed with the Yellowjackets. The guys we expected to come out strong this year haven’t, and the two teams they beat to start off the year (Sonoma and East Bay) have been definitively not good, so our suspicion that their non-con didn’t mean much has proven correct thus far. Second half of conference play though, brand new Yellowjacket team? We’ll see.

Prediction: CWU wins.


SMU @ SFU @ 7pm

SMU is coming off of a fantastic win against the Vikings and the big thing for them is going to be staying on the gas and not having a let down game. The Saints are completely capable of losing this game, but… Hopefully they won’t. Is SFU capable of winning? Yes. Will they? Probably not.

Prediction: SMU wins.


CU-PDX @ UAF @ 8:30pm

We’re curious about this game. This is another game that could be a great opportunity for Concordia to get a win, and yet… UAF just got blown out by WOU, which is completely respectable, WOU is a super good team, but the Nooks are still going to want to get back on the right track and this Cavalier team should be a great way to do that.

Prediction: UAF wins.


Should be a fun day and night of games. We’ll be keeping an eye on all of it. Tweet at us!

Conference Game Day #11

AND WWU GOES DOWN!!!!!!!!!! Big congrats to SMU -we knew you could do it, we were literally wearing an SMU tee shirt yesterday because we believed in you guys so much.

Lots of fun games, really great night of basketball, so let’s talk about it!

CWU 99 @ NNU 89

Had we discussed this game beforehand it would have been a pick ’em and it honestly wasn’t; CWU was in control the whole time. A couple of guys went off and Khalil Shabazz was bumped to the bench but killed it, and so… We’ll be curious to see what the Wildcats do on Saturday. That said: it’s not who starts the game, but who finishes it.

Wildcat highlights: Jawan Stepney had 12 points; Jerome Bryant had five fouls; and Fuquan had yet another quiet game grabbing just seven boards. Off the bench was where the party truly started: Khalil had 21 points and six boards on great shooting; Sage Woodruff had 26 points; and Karsten Chaplik actually did something, scoring 12 points!

Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa had 17 points and five boards; Jayden Bezzant had 23 points and a full house on good shooting including being 6-6 from the line; and Maurice Jones had a solid game iwth 18 points and five boards among a full house of stats. Off the bench Nikola Prvulj had eight points and five fouls; and Spider had 11 points and eight boards.

Not a bad game from NNU, but they were never in it, and… This is an underrated rivalry. A lot of the travel partner “rivalries” in the GNAC are forced; this one is one of them, with NNU’s actual rival being College of Idaho & CWU’s rival obviously being WWU, and yet… The Cenazar rivalry is growing. Usually we base it on “chaos that can possibly happen” this was an oddly chaotic result because on paper they’re very well matched and yet CWU has dominated NNU this year. Fun stuff.


MSUB 76 @ NNU 86

MSUB would get back with in a possession and then NNU would pour on the gas and go up by a lot again. The score is pretty accurate; we were never concerned that NNU would lose, but we were questioning why we thought MSUB could possibly win. Go figure. We love and believe in every team, even when we shouldn’t? Probably. But usually we’re still pretty good about living in reality.

Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham had five boards; Zack Rollins had 27 points and five fouls; off the bench Kobe Tereshima had 10 points on good free throw shooting; Zharon Richmond had 14 points and four blocks; and Daniel Shedden had five points.

Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa continues his steadfast reliability with 13 points and five boards; Jayden Bezzant started and had 20 points; Spider also started and had 11 boards; MAURICE JONES!!!!!!!!!! Still not as good of shooting as we’d prefer, but he did have a great game for anyone else, finishing with 22 points and fifteen boards among a full house; and off the bench Khalil Thompson had 12 points.

Congrats to the Nighthawks on a great performance -starting to turn up the heat at the right time; good luck to the Yellowjackets on bouncing back against the Wildcats.


CU-PDX 57 @ UAA 62

This was kind of a wacky game. Part of us in hindsight is like ‘we should have just straight-up predicted UAA to win’ because it was completely expected and at one point they led by 10 or so, but… The pace was a little odd. Much as we’re like “WE DON’T KNOW YOU!” about UAA, their response is “WE DON’T KNOW OURSELVES EITHER!” so it is what it is.

Cavalier highlights: Jarrett Gray had a good game with 13 points, six boards, and seven assists; Bryan Michaels had 15 points on solid shooting; Chris Edward had 12 points and nine boards; Taylor Harris had nine points; and off the bench Tyler Wells had four assists.

Seawolf highlights: DJ Ursery was on fire and finished wtih 20 points and six boards among a full house of stats; Jack Macdonald had eight points; nad off the bench Curtis Ryan had six points and six boards; while Josiah Wood had seven boards.

Concordia… Another game they had 4/4 players functioning and yet still couldn’t get the ‘W.’ And honestly: UAA’s numbers were terrible. So congrats to the Seawolves on the win.


SPU 80 @ SFU 81

We really should have made this game a pick ’em, but the fact is: SPU has zero excuse for losing. Yes, we get it: they’re down two starters, boo-frickety-hoo, it was one point and they still have a talent advantage over SFU even without those two starters. They should have won both games easily and yet they didn’t.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 13 points; Nikhil Lizotte had nine points; Nathan Streufert had a whopping 16 boards; and Gavin Long had 26 points and seven boards

Clan highlights: Kedar Salam went off with 35 points; Iziah Shermen-Newsome had six boards; Michael Provenzano had nine points; and Tyrell Lewin had five boards. Off the bench Othniel Spence had 12 points and a full house; while Jordan Muir-Keung had five points. Congrats to Alex Vranjes on logging 5 trillion; rarely do you see it go beyond three, so that’s impressive.

Congrats to the Clan on a nice pull-together win against a talented SPU team.


SMU 94 @ WWU 82

WE’RE SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!! Not because we don’t love the Vikings, but because we also love the Saints a TON and we knew and wholeheartedly believed they could do it. Now, remember: ‘can’ and ‘will’ are two very different things and we also maintain that the Vikings are capable of blowing-out the Saints; they just didn’t. Another situation where WWU definitively has the talent advantage, and yet SMU got hot and worked together and got the win in Carver.  And they got the win emphatically. We love it so much.

Saint highlights: Luke Chavez had 23 points and seven boards; Matt Dahlen actually functioned as anticipated when he came into the program, finishing with 18 points, eight boards, six assists, among a full house of stats; Jordan Kitchen was on fire and finished with 11 points; Rhett Baerlocher had eight boards and five fouls; and EJ Boyce had six boards. Off the bench Jared Matthews had 13 points and four boards; BJ Standley had eight points; and Tavian Henderson had 12 points.

Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel did in fact bounce back with 22 points and five boards; Logan Schilder had nine points and six boards; Trevor Jasinsky had nine points and five fouls; and Daulton had a bit of a quiet night, finishing with a mere 13 points. Off the bench Brad Wallace lit up the team of his home residence, dropping 12 points and a smattering of field stats on great shooting; and Siaan Rojas had 11 points.

Great game from the Saints, but honestly not a bad game from the Vikings. On the bright side… The Vikings should now beat the pants off of SPU, we’re stoked to watch Daulton and hopefully Brett Kingma go off, and even if the the Falcons do manage to win they won’t have “streak-breaking” bragging rights.


WOU 81 @ UAF 54

Oh thank goodness, congrats to the Wolves on not overlooking the Nooks. What you’d be overlooking them to, we’re not entirely sure because UAA isn’t as good as they normally are this year… Maybe you’d be overlooking the Nooks to the next day’s practice? Hmmm.

Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had 11 points; Tanner Omlid had eight points; Vince Boumann had 16 points and seven boards; and Riley Hawken had eight points and seven boards. Off the bench Dustin Triano had 13 points; and JJ Chirnside had seven points.

Nook highlights: Joe Lendway had 18 points and 10 boards for the double-double; Michael Kluting had 14 points and seven boards; and off the bench Jalon McCullough had six points.

Okay, this is admittedly a little bit hysterical because both teams put up completely pedestrian numbers and yet… WOU’s pedestrian numbers > UAF’s pedestrian numbers.


Fun night of basketball. We’re excited for Saturday’s games. Congrats to all on a great first night of the second half of conference play!

Previewing Tonight’s Games

Welcome to the second half of conference play! Lots of fun match-ups tonight, so let’s jump right in.

All times pacific.


MSUB @ NNU @ 6pm

We’re really looking forward to this game. Both teams are going to be looking to bounce back and we feel that they’re fairly well matched. Maurice Jones has been quiet as of late and so it’ll be interesting to see if he can put up some good numbers, especially against a team that has almost no center play anyway.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


CU-PDX @ UAA @ 6:15pm

Another game we think is super well-matched. That’s not an insult UAA -you’ve had some rough breaks too, and we still don’t feel like we know what you’re doing. We know that you’re solid, but how you compare to the Concordia guys… We’ll see. Concordia is a difficult team to prognosticate because we’ve seen so many of those guys play well, far better than we’ve seen most of the UAA guys play, and yet UAA has been able to put it together and Concordia hasn’t. Is this the game that Concordia gets a win? Probably not, but we’ll still say…

Prediction: Pick ’em.


SPU @ SFU @ 7pm

This game should be hysterical. The Falcons capped off their mess of last season with a loss at Simon Fraser, and so you’d think they’d be motivated but we’re not convinced. SPU has the talent to blow the pants off of SFU, but that seems unlikely because we think SFU’ll be gunning for them and SPU is going to be thinking about WWU and then go “oh shoot, we do need to actually pay attention to this game,” and then Nikhil’ll chuck up a bunch of terrible shots and it’ll be way closer than it should be.

Prediction: SPU wins.


SMU @ WWU @ 7pm

Underrated game. We’re excited about it. SMU got a nice come-from-behind win over Billings and the Vikings are probably already looking ahead to their big face-off with SPU on Saturday. Trey Drechsel just had a terrible game and so he’ll be looking to bounce back, meanwhile SMU’ll be looking to force him into difficult spots and contain him. We’ll see what happens. WWU is completely capable of blowing out SMU, but we’ll still say…

Prediction: Pick ’em.


WOU @ UAF @ 8:30pm

We’re excited about this game just because the Nooks are inevitably super excited about this game. They’re facing the best team in the conference on the tundra, it’s a probable overlook game, and they just got a nice win over Simon Fraser, while WOU is coming off of a typical game against NNU. That said, even when you account for the overlook factor, we just don’t see UAF winning. WOU regularly comes out flat and so it won’t surprise us if the game is close at the half, but we fully expect them to put it away at some point.

Prediction: WOU wins comfortably.


Great night of games. We can’t wait! Tweet at us.

Conference Game Day #10!!

WE’RE HALFWAY THROUGH CONFERENCE PLAY!!!!!!! Congrats on everyone for surviving. Yes, we’re behind on player-of-the-week, yes we intend to catch-up on it, yes we’ll see.

Alrighty, jumping right in:

SFU 57 @ UAF 74

The score pretty much tells the picture of the game. UAF went up and stayed on the gas and it was a good afternoon. SFU had turnover issues, although their shooting was largely fine, and the Nooks basically just played super smart. We love these numbers.

Clan highlights: Kedar Salaam had 15 points; Iziah Sherman-Newsome had eight points; Michael Provenzano had 12 points; JJ Pankratz had 11 points and five boards; and off the bench Jordan Mui-Keung had five points and four assists.

Nook highlights: Donny Wilder had 12 points on perfect shooting from the field and the line; Alex Baham had 16 points; Davis Kimble had eight poitns and five boards; Michael Kluting had a double-double with 14 points and 10 boards; and off the bench Joe Lendway had nine points.

Ridiculously proud of the Nanooks on this one -they had almost as many turnovers, but they were spread out and their shooting was solid, they were making lots of really smart choices, and just playing good basketball.


CWU 111 @ CU-PDX 100 in 2OT

HOLY GUACAMOLE!!!!!!! This game saw Concordia come out swinging and they were up by a TON, but CWU just kept swimming, and sure enough by the end of the first half were completely back in it. After that the game was back and forth and back and forth. Interestingly enough the score was in the 70s at the end of regulation; it was in OT and 2OT that shots really started falling and it skyrocketed. Very fun stuff. Amazing game, arguably one of the best of the year so far.

Wildcat highlights: Malik Montoya had 20 points and five fouls; Jawan Stepney had a massive 45 points and seven assists, including being 15-18 from the line; Coleman Sparling started and had eight boards; Fuquan Niles was again contained and had a mere eight boards and four assists; and off the bench Karsten Chaplik had five points; while Austin Houtz had 12 points.

Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had 27 points including being 10-10 from the line and grabbing five boards and dropping five dimes; Bryan Michaels was out of his mind and had 32 points; Chris Edward had a flawless full house including 12 points, six boards, five fouls, and zero turnovers among other numbers; Taylor Harris had nine points; and Hunter Sweet had 12 points.

We love these numbers if for no other reason than it proves our hypothesis. CU-PDX had four guys firing on all cylinders, they tied the rebounding number of CWU, they had fewer turnovers, they were at home, CWU was missing a starter, and yet the Cavs still couldn’t win. That is really curious. Congrats on a great night Concordia and congrats to the Wildcats on digging deep -we can’t wait to root against you on Saturday.


NNU 64 @ WOU 82

For a bit it was a game and then WOU WOU’d and it wasn’t.

Nighthawk highlights: Obi had five boards; Sam Roth had five boards; and Maurice Jones had 15 points and four boards.

Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had 11 points and five assists; Tanner Omlid had 10 points, six boards, and eight assists; Vince Boumann had nine boards; Ali had seven boards; and Riley Hawken had 12 boards. Off the bench Dustin Triano had 12 points; and JJ Chirnside had 18 points.

The WOU numbers crack us up because Ali’s shooting numbers are highly questionable, but one of the best parts of being up by so much is that coaches can let guys shoot through slumps and it is productive to do so. It’s not that we disagree with the concept -it’s that the right parameters have to be met in order to make it worth it as far as we’re concerned. Good luck to the Nighthawks in bouncing back against the Wildcats, and congrats to the Wolves on a game well played.


MSUB 69 @ SMU 75

Ridiculously proud of SMU for this one. MSUB was up by a fair amount at the half, but the Saints didn’t panic, kept chipping away, and sure enough got back on top and didn’t let go.

Yellowjacket highlights: Kobe Tereshima started; Kendall Denham had 16 points; Zharon Richmond had nine points; Zack Rollins had 17 points and five boards; and Daniel Shedden also started and had nine points. Off the bench Tyler Green had six points; and Kamal Tall had eight boards.

Saint highlights: Luke Chavez put up incredible numbers including 15 points, nine boards, seven assists, and five steals while playing 39 minutes -um, whoa; Matt Dahlen had 13 points; Jordan Kitchen had 14 points and five boards; Rhett Baerlocher had six boards; EJ Boyce had 11 points; and off the bench Tavian Henderson had seven points.

Again: nicely done to Billings on getting out ahead, but good job to the Saints on persevering to the victory.


WWU 70 @ UAA 61

This game was one of those where you never expected WWU to lose and yet at the same time you wondered if they would just because it wasn’t going as well as it could have and UAA was probably still feeling rather ornery because one win is not enough.

Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had 10 boards; Logan Schilder shot what a 7 footer in this conference should shoot and ended up with 15 points and nine boards, which is still actually rather unsatisfying; Daulton Hommes had 13 points and five blocks; and off the bench Brett Kingma had five points; while Siaan Rojas had 10 points and seven boards.

Seawolf highlights: DJ Ursery had five boards; Brennan Rymer had six assists; and Brian Pearson had seven boards. Off the bench Kylan Osborne had 10 points; Curtis Ryan had five boards; and Josiah Wood had 11 points.

Pedestrian game on all sides, but congrats to the Viks on getting it done.


Congrats to all teams on making it to the halfway point. As always: drink lots of water, get lots of sleep; it’s what’s gonna save you in this last third or so of the season.

Previewing Today’s Games.

We completely spaced in that we hadn’t talked about the SPU/SMU game and instead of modifying Game Day #9, we’re just gonna talk about it here instead. Sorry Saints & Falcons – we love you and we’re proud of you, promise!

SMU 80 @ SPU 73

Had we previewed it, this game would have been a pick ’em, although we ultimately would have expected SMU to pull it out and that is exactly what happened. We think SPU has more talent, but SMU has the ability to utilize their talent more, and… That’s what the final score reflected. It was a super back and forth game and you’d think one team was going to start to roll and then the other team would battle it back and vice versa. Fun game. Building the rivalry, slowly but surely.

Saint highlights: Matt Dahlen had a full house; Jordan Kitchen & Rhett Baerlocher both had eight points; EJ Boyce had 17 points; and Luke Chavez was ice cold from three but still put up 27 points while going 6-6 from the line. Off the bench BJ Standley had six boards; and Tavian Henderson had six boards and eight points.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 10 boards; Gabe Colosimo had 16 points and seven boards; and Gavin Long had 12 points and five assists. Off the bench Harry Cavell had 16 points; and Hunter Eisenhower had nine points.

Fairly typical numbers from both teams and a super fun game to watch. Great job to both.


Now into the game previews…

As always: all times pacific.

SFU @ UAF @ 3pm

This game is actually really interesting. Michael Provenzano and JJ Pankratz are as good as anyone, while the UAF core has proven to also be able to match-up with anyone. We think JJ and Michael are ultimately better than anyone on the UAF team outside of Donny Wilder, but Donny hasn’t been nearly as good this year and we think UAF’s ability to play as a team with slightly less talent far overrides the ability of JJ and Michael, especially as it comes to this year -both players are good, but it’s a Kendall Denham situation where they really just haven’t put it on display this year.

Prediction: UAF wins.


CWU @ CU-PDX @ 3pm

Will this be the game? Honestly probably not. We like what CWU brings to the table, although what’s funny is that we believe in Chris Edward, Cody Starr, and Jarrett Gray a heck of a lot more than we believe in anyone on the CWU team aside from Fuquan, and yet… We wholly expect CWU to win because while CU-PDX has two more talent players, the overall talent level of the Wildcats is higher.

Prediction: CWU wins.


NNU @ WOU @ 4pm

NNU is in it for a while and then WOU pulls away per typical. Maybe they start the walk earlier this time? It’s not that we don’t think NNU is a good team -they definitely are- it’s that WOU is so deliberate.

Prediction: WOU wins.


MSUB @ SMU @ 7:30pm

We’re curious to watch the dynamic between the two teams because there are some interesting parallels, but ultimately we’re not super concerned about this game.

Prediction: SMU wins.


WWU @ UAA @ 8pm

On the one hand this could be an interesting game. On the other hand it shouldn’t be an interesting game. UAA is a hard place to play, WWU is a good team, WWU should be able to push through it without issue, but as always the question is: will they?

Prediction: WWU wins.

Conference Game Day #9

MSUB 87 @ SPU 98

That score looks normal enough (if not rather lacking in defense) and while the game averaged out to normal, in reality it was anything but. The first half was nasty, but MSUB led for a super long time before the Falcons went slightly ahead at the half. It remained close until three or four minutes left at which point it was clear that MSUB wasn’t coming back.

Yellowjacket highlights: Kobe Tereshima had seven assists and six boards; Kendall Denham had 16 points and five fousl; Zharon Richmond had 12 points and five fouls; Daniel Shedden started!! And had 19 points, five boards, and five fouls. No real bench play.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 29 points; Nikhil Lizotte had nine points; Gabe Colosimo had 12 points, eight boards, and five assists, whoaaa; Nathan Streufert had nine points and six boards; and Gavin Long had 16 points and five boards among a full house and going 9-9 from the line. Off the bench Braden Olsen was 6-6 from the line and finished with nine points and five boards; Harry Cavell had 10 points and seven boards; and Hunter Eisenhower had 12 points.

Yeah. Normal enough score, normal enough result, surprisingly interesting game. Good job to both teams on cleaning it up in the second half.


NNU 69 @ CU-PDX 64

So close and yet so far for the Cavs. Early it looked like the Nighthawks were going to blow out the Cavaliers, but then the Cavs slowly battled back and yet could never really get completely in range -from what we saw, it was always at least two possessions. CU-Portland would push and then NNU would respond and then NNU would push and CU-Portland would blah, and then CU-Portland would push and NNU would blah, and that was the game. NNU has more usable players than the Cavs and thus they won.

Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa had 14 points and eight boards; Sam Roth had his best night thus far, finishing with 16 points and nine boards; Marko Lepovic had five boards; and Maurice Jones was back but cold, although he did finish with eight boards. Off the bench Khalil Thompson had nine points in just 14 minutes; and Spider had six points and five boards.

Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had 24 points; Chris Edward had a double-double with 15 points and 13 boards; and off the bench Cody Starr had a full house including five assists.

This is the game that’s causing us to realize just how little the Cavs have been able to put out this year. They had what looked pretty standard: six or seven players functioning on a good night and three or four functioning on a bad night; in reality they’ve had four functional players on a good night and one functioning on a bad night. Until those numbers shift, they’re not going to be able to win a conference game.


CWU 70 @ WOU 89

The Wildcats were in it for a huuuuge stretch of the first half and we were like “UGH, WE KNEW WE SHOULD HAVE GONE TO THIS GAME,” but then WOU does what WOU does and keeps grinding and by halftime were up by 10 or so and we were like “okay, this is why we didn’t go, because this always happens.” As for the score… Shots were falling more than normal, because honestly it’s not that we didn’t think WOU could blow out the Wildcats, it’s that didn’t think they would because usually they don’t bother.

Wildcat highlights: Malik Montoya had 10 points; Jawan Stepney had five boards; and Fuquan Niles got confronted by reality and was limited to five boards. Off the bench Sage Woodruff had a solid game with 15 points; Karsten Chaplik made an appearance with seven points; and Coleman Sparling had six points.

Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had nine assists; Tanner Omlid had a flawless full house with 21 points, six boards, five assists, six assists, two blocks, three fouls, and ZERO turnovers; Vince Boumann had six boards; and Riley Hawken had six boards. Off the bench Demetrius Trammell shot well and finished with 14 points; Brandell Evans had 12 points; and JJ Chirnside was on fire and finished with 18 points and eight boards.

Worse numbers than we were expecting from the Wildcats and different numbers than we were expecting from the Wolves. Looks like WOU’s mixing it up and CWU is definitely a good team to do that against because they are one of the more athletic teams in the conference. Congrats and nicely done to both teams!


WWU 86 @ UAF 74

WWU BEAT THE MATH!!!!!! Nicely done Vikings. That score is another one that looks normal but wasn’t. WWU was up 11-0. UAF slowly reeled them back in. Then UAF stayed in it and it was super close until there was about seven minutes left in the game and then WWU broke it open and there was no going back.

Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel played 40 full minutes and had 25 points and six boards; Trevor Jasinsky had 12 points and five assists; Deandre Dickson had 15 points; and Daulton had 23 points and eight boards among a full house of stats. Off the bench Siaan Rojas had nine points.

Nook highlights: Davis Kimble had 17 points and five assists; Tre Eisenhut had 12 points; and Michael Kluting had 13 points and eight boards. Off the bench Amenofis had 11 points; and Donny Wilder had six boards.

We love the numbers from the Vikings and we’re not surprised about the Nooks; they played as well as they were expected to play and the result is very normal. Back on it against SFU, men. Vikings: Yes, the Seawolves are worse than normal this year, but you still need to take them seriously.


SFU 46 @ UAA 53

Was UAA in control the whole time? Definitely not. Was the game ever in doubt? Absolutely. Was it ugly? 100%. But both teams were playing terribly and so for a while there we were like “okay, SFU makes their move at the right time and then they take it,” but ultimately they moved too late and UAA finally got a much needed win. Congrats Seawolves!

Clan highlights: Iziah Sherman-Newsome had 10 boards; Michael Provenzano made noise with 11 points and six boards; JJ Pankratz had six boards; and off the bench Othniel Spence had five boards and four assists.

Seawolf highlights: Malik Clements had 10 boards and a full house; DJ Ursery had 12 boards and a full house; and Brian Pearson had six boards. Off the bench Kylan Osborne had five points; and Josiah Wood had nine points.

Woof. All of y’all need to shape up before facing WWU and UAF respectively, because if either team plays like this against one of those teams, it’s gonna be a blowout with 10 minutes left in the 1st.


Surprisingly fun night of basketball. There wasn’t a game we were truly looking forward to and yet they all turned out to be pretty darn interesting, so that’s good. Game previews up tomorrow morning.

Previewing Tonight’s Games

All times pacific.


MSUB @ SPU @ 5:15pm

SPILLINGS!!!!!!! We’re 50/50 on whether or not this is going to be an interesting game. On the one hand… It might be. On the other hand, would we battle rush hour traffic for it? No. We don’t trust either team to play good basketball, and so if MSUB does and SPU doesn’t, then MSUB will likely get say a five point victory over the Falcons. However, if SPU does and MSUB doesn’t, the Falcons are looking at a 20 point or so victory over MSUB. We’ll see. WWU played down to the Yellowjackets, so you never know.

Prediction: The odds of an SPU win are 7-3.


NNU @ CU-PDX @ 7pm

Is this the night that Concordia gets their victory? It seems like a good chance. NNU and Concordia are pretty darn well matched, it’s a home game for the Cavs, and this is among the most obvious opportunities left for a victory on their schedule. That said, NNU can beat Concordia without issue; it’s just a question as to whether or not they will.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


CWU @ WOU @ 7:30pm

We wish we were excited for this game. We’re not particularly, because while CWU and WOU admit similar types of students, if WOU focuses at all we’re going to see yet another game of six of their guys scoring 10 points and every guy including bench dwellers seeing about 20 minutes. We’re starting to get the impression that WOU’s serious work goes on in practice and games are a formality as much as anything else, thus the scores can be closer, but… If we’re seeing it, so is the committee.

Prediction: WOU wins by 10 to 15.


SFU @ UAA @ 8pm

On the one hand we’re like “THIS IS THE PERFECT YEAR FOR SFU TO GET A WIN IN THE DEN!!!!!!!!” and yet on the other hand, UAA has lost their last four games by a combined five possessions. Yeah. They’re home. They’re playing an opponent that they definitively have a talent advantage over. They’re probably gonna win.

Prediction: The odds of a UAA win are 9-1.


WWU @ UAF @ 8pm

One of our favorite games of the year. Doesn’t matter how good the Vikings are nor how bad the Nooks are, WWU has a propensity of losing this game. It’s not the Viking loss that makes us love it, it’s that it’s so random. WWU is always loaded compared to UAF and yet still regularly loses this game. It feels impossible to make it a pick ’em because on paper WWU should win, 10 out of 10 times and this game should be a blow out and yet… We looked up the numbers going back to our first year in the GNAC and WWU has only won every 4th meeting that occurs on either the Tundra or a neutral court. According to the pattern, they have one more loss coming before they’ll get a win.

Prediction: UAF wins a close one.


Yeah, not sure why we’ve started getting into the whole “in ten meetings, this should happen.” Effort vs. talent is probably the easiest way to put it. With the UAA one, context matters. In the context of this particular game with UAA coming in on this particular losing streak; without that, we would think the game would be a pick ’em.

Conference Game Day #8

Let’s jump right in…

WWU 100 @ MSUB 91

WWU went up by a lot but MSUB stayed in it and kept battling. There were several times when it looked completely out of reach, but also several times when it looked mildly dicey. As great as the Vikings are, they are a young team and so letting off the gas a little bit too much does make sense, but… Good learning and grinding game, as we expected.

Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel was on fire and finished a perfect 9-9 from the line along with eight boards, five steals, and 26 points among a full house; Deandre Dickson had 16 points and five boards; Trevor Jasinsky was more offensive than normal and scored 12 points along with picking up five fouls; Daulton Hommes played 40 full minutes and had nine boards and 17 points among a full house. Off the bench Brett Kingma finally did something and had 10 points; and Siaan Rojas continues to fulfill the definition of “solid” finishing with 13 points.

Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham again decided to sort of function, scoring 16 points but not having any field stats; Zharon Richmond had 20 points and six boards; and Zack Rollins made noise with 17 points, six boards, and four assists. Off the bench Kobe Tereshima had a great night, going 7-9 and being perfect from the line to ultimately score 20 points and grab six boards on top of it; and Kamal Tall scored seven points.

Nicely done MSUB, continuing to play and attempt to make a game out of it, despite going down by 20+ at one point. Again: great job to the Vikings for taking care of business.


UAA 78 @ NNU 79 in OT

Ouch. Poor UAA. Yet another game that went to OT and they lost. Growing pains. You’re still coming together so nicely Seawolves! Congrats to the Nighthawks on never giving up -it was looking like UAA was going to win, but NNU made the shots and forced overtime and ultimately came away with the ‘W.’

Seawolf highlights: Jack Macdonald had five boards and 15 points; and Brian Pearson had 19 points, 10 boards, and six blocks among a full house. Off the bench Malik Clements had 19 points on great shooting; and DJ Ursery had six points, five boards, and five assists.

Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa continues to impress with 27 points; Sam Roth had six boards; Marko Lepovic had five boards; and Jayden Bezzant had 25 points. Off the bench Felix White had six boards and six points; and Spider Adetunki had five boards.

Really good teamwork from the Nighthawks. As we always say: teamwork makes the dream work!


UAF 86 @ CWU 83

This game was super fun, if not a little odd. Initially CWU was owning it and it was like “okay, the Wildcats are gonna roll.” Oh no, no, no. It was close for a super long time and then UAF broke it open, despite constantly losing the rebounding battle, which was disturbing. Joe Lendway has some of the flattest feet we’ve ever seen. CWU never felt down and out and as UAF turned off the gas, CWU kept the pedal to the metal and hit a bunch of threes down the stretch including one at the buzzer. If there had been even a minute more, they would have won. Go figure.

Nook highlights: Alex Baham had 22 points including going 6-6 from the line; Davis Kimball had 18 points and six boards; Tre Eisenhut had 14 points; Joe Lendway had six boards; and Michael Kluting had 11 points and 10 boards for the double-double. Off the bench Amenofis Mitchell had eight points; and Donny Wilder had eight points, six boards, and six assists.

Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz actually functioned again finally and had 25 points and seven assists; Malik Montoya had seven boards and four assists; and off the bench Sage Woodruff had eight points; and Coleman Sparling had seven boards.

Thems are some nasty numbers Wildcats, Fuquan was kept quiet, but we’re not sure if it was the Nooks that did it or if he was just having an off night. The Nooks were aggressive, but… Eh. Inconclusive. Congrats to UAF on pulling out the win.


CU-PDX 62 @ SMU 75

The score pretty much tells the story. CU-Portland hung around for a while, but by probably ten minutes left in the first SMU went up and that was all she wrote. Great job to the Saints on continuing to push through. Learning game! Yay!

Cavalier highlights: Bryan Michaels had 13 points including going 7-8 from the line; Chris Edward had 12 points and 10 boards for the double-double; Hunter Sweet started and had 20 points including going 8-8 from the line; and off the bench Jace Cates had five boards and five points.

Saint highlights: Matt Dahlen had 10 points and six boards; EJ Boyce bounced back and had 14 points and seven boards; and Luke Chavez had an off night but still had six boards and five assists. Off the bench Jared Matthews had five boards and nine points; BJ Standley had 10 points; and Tavian Henderson had 12 points and six boards.

Not much to say except keep keeping on Cavs, and keep grinding Saints.


WOU 83 @ SPU 79

Good lord does that score not tell the whole picture. It was close, then WOU started walking, then SPU said ‘oh no no’ and then it was close for a while and then WOU walked it back up again and then SPU said ‘oh no no’ again, and then… The final score. We’re kind of disappointed in WOU because seriously?! Laying off against SPU? C’mon men, you know better than that.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 20 points, nine boards, and a full house; Ali had 10 points; and Riley Hawken had 20 points and five boards. Off the bench Demetrius Trammell had five points; Janvier Alaby had seven points; and JJ Chirnside had 13 points and four boards.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had nine points and eight boards; Nathan Steufert had 10 points, five boards, and five fouls; and Gavin Long had 11 points and went 5-6 from the line. Off the bench Braden Olsen had seven points; Harry Cavell had 13 points and five boards; and Hunter Eisenhower had five points.

Honestly: We’re really displeased with the numbers of both of these teams. It’s not a matter of “oh, both teams are good, so the numbers are bad,” no, it’s a matter of both teams making a bunch of stupid decisions. It is what it is.


Fun night of basketball. Largely the epitome of the mid-season grind. Congrats to all on battles well fought.