So many new people, so many variations in scheduling that… Forget it. Conference play it is, which is still going to get slightly wacky because of some of the pre-winter break vs. post winter-break games, but oh well. Cross that bridge when we come to it.
No generic platitudes this time, but here are the nominees:
UAF: Alex Baham
UAA: Jacob Lampkin
SFU: N/A —> Daulton Hommes of WWU
WWU: Trey Drechsel
SPU: Gavin Long
SMU: Luke Chavez
MSUB: Zack Rollins
CWU: Fuquan Niles
NNU: Obi Megwa
CU-PDX: Chris Edward
WOU: N/A —> Maurice Jones of NNU
Winner’ll be up in an hour.
Initially we were all ready to come and be like “Clearly we know nothing,” alas, our brain continues to work and analyze basketball pretty darn well.
We found out that NNU is now the Nighthawks. Most of their stuff still says Crusaders and they’re still using the same logo, so… D2-style rebrand. That’s okay. Still better than Dixie. We think they’ll stick with the ‘Nighthawks’ thing, so they’ve got that going for them, which is nice.
UAA 65 @ UAF 39
Woof. Roar. Both teams. Yikes. But someone had to win.
Nook highlights: Alex Baham had 10 points; Joe Lendway had nine boards; Michael Kluting had seven boards; Donny Wilder had five boards.
Seawolf highlights: Jacob Lampkin had 22 points and 10 boards; Josiah Wood had nine points; Maleke Haynes had five assists.
We were planning on going on the Alaska trip this year. Partly due to this game and partly due to the next game we’re about to write about, we think we’ll pass.
SPU 91 @ NNU 103
Don’t let the score fool you -the Falcons were never going to win this game. They went up nine, started strutting and stopped caring, and then NNU was like “HEYYY, WE STILL CARE,” and that demoralized the Falcons and… Again: SPU wasn’t coming back from that.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had five boards and five assists; Tony Miller had 22 points and five boards; Gavin Long had 15 points while being 7-7 from the line. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 11 points; Harry Cavell had 11 points; and Nathan Streufert had 10 points and five boards.
Nighthawk highlights: Khalil Thompson had 19 points; Obi Megwa had 18 points and five boards; Jayden Bezzant had 10 points; Maurice Jones had 34 points on lights-out shooting, along with seven rebounds and rounds out the full house. Off the bench Nikola Prvulj had six points; and Spider Adetunji had 10 points and seven boards.
Congrats to the Crusaders on a good win! Falcons: Consider yourselves officially needing the auto-bid to make the tournament.
WOU 96 @ SFU 71
This game was scary, SFU was in it for a really long time. We were following along like ‘Wow! Clan, we’re going to look so dumb and we love it!’ nope, WOU is really good at second half adjustments.
Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 12 points, seven boards, and four assists; Darius Luborn went 5-5 from the line and had 19 points; Riley Hawken had 13 points and six boards. Off the bench Demetrius had 16 points; Dustin Triano had five points; and JJ Chirnside had 16 points and five boards.
Congrats to the Wolves on recommitting and getting a nice ‘W’ over a solid Clan team.
CU-PDX 72 @ WWU 99
The one game we were really wrong about, congrats to the Viks on a good win over a good Concordia team.
Cav highlights: Chris Edward had 21 points; Daniel Theisen had 10 points; and off the bench Bryan Michaels continues to ignite with 10 points; while Deandre Stallings had nine points.
Viking highlights: TREY DRECHSEL FINALLY HAD A GOOD GAME!!!!!! We’ve been waiting. 32 points and 17 boards; Logan Schilder had nine points and nine boards; Deandre Dickson had nine points; and DAULTON HOMMES had 19 points and a full house. Off the bench Brett Kingma had seven points; and Siaan Rojas had 11 points.
Congrats to the Viks on getting it done.
SMU 80 @ CWU 75
The Wildcats led for a really long time. This was another game when we were like “oh crap, we were so wrong,” but SMU ultimately pulled it out.
Saint highlights: Matt Dahlen had 10 points and six boards; EJ Boyce had 10 points and five assists; Luke Chavez continues to impress, this time with 30 points on solid shooting. off the bench BJ Standley had another good game with eight points; and Tavian Henderson had eight points and five boards.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had 21 points and five boards; Fuquan Niles had 12 points -quiet game for him; and off the bench Coleman Sparling had five boards and five fouls while going 6-6 from the line.
Congrats to both teams on a game well played!
MSUB 62 @ UAA 74
Yesss… If we remember correctly, UAA led the vast majority of the time -it wasn’t ever really close. Welcome back to reality MSUB; we still think you’re an okay team, just not the team your record implies.
Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham shot well and had 20 points and six assists; Kamal Tall had six boards; Zack Rollins had eight boards and 12 points; and off the bench Zharon Richmond had five boards and five points; while Daniel Shedden had eight points.
Seawolf highlights: Jacob Lampkin had 16 points and 12 boards; DJ Ursery had 14 points; Josiah Wood had nine points; and off the bench Brennan Rymer had five boards; and Jack Macdonald had six points.
Congrats to UAA on a 2-0 start to conference play!
Really, really fun first night of conference play! Congrats to all of the teams on a great effort. Some amazing games tomorrow -game previews will be up at 11am pacific.
Welcome to the first real day of conference play! Congrats to the Alaska schools on kicking us off correctly -you’ll get your summary tomorrow with the rest of the conference.
Now, let’s get down to business… To defeat… the huns! Er, Pac-West and CCAA, eh?
All times pacific.
SPU @ NNU @ 6pm
Not sure what we’re thinking about this game. SPU hasn’t looked as good as they usually do, NNU has looked a lot better than they usually do, NNU is a hard place to play, and yet… SPU is SPU.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
SMU @ CWU @ 7pm
We’d say SMU should take care of business, because they’ve more than proven themselves in non-con while CWU hasn’t, and yet… CWU is another hard place to play, and their students likely need to blow off steam in anticipation of finals, and what better place to do that than a basketball game?
Prediction: SMU pulls out a close one.
WOU @ SFU @ 7pm
SFU is better than normal. WOU has an amazing team. The Wolves need to be sure to take the Clan seriously, but as long as they do that they’ll be fine.
Prediction: WOU blows out SFU.
CU-PDX @ WWU @ 7pm
We’re really curious about this game because Concordia was impressive in non-con, but we still know so little about WWU -WWU plays the bulk of their non-con in December. On the one hand Concordia is well tested, on the other hand WWU is WWU and this is their first conference game back in a re-modeled Carver after being at Whatcom CC the past two years.
Prediction: The Cavs scare the Vikings but don’t defeat them.
MSUB @ UAA @ 8:30pm
Welcome to MSUB’s first real test, and it’s honestly not much of one -the only true “Wow,” play we’ve seen from UAA is Jacob Lampkin, and yet… who has MSUB played? They’ve won, but the numbers have been terrible, and it’s hard to play at UAA.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Should be a good night, we’ll be following everything super closely although will be at the SPU/NNU game. Come say ‘hi’ – we’ll be in our usual spot.
We’re going to go ahead and do the UAF/UAA preview first to get it out of the way:
Anything can happen in a rivalry game and neither team has looked particularly impressive thus far, although Anchorage definitely more so than Fairbanks. We’re curious to see what Jacob Lampkin does against the Nooks, but that’s pretty much it.
Now, for the Bracketology:
Teams that we think have a legit shot at an at-large bid even if they lose several games during conference play:
Cal State LA -they got killed by Cal Baptist, but it was on the road and they played non-con largely within the region with a solid mix of A-B-C teams.
UCSD -While they have three losses, those three losses come from Azusa Pacific, Cal Baptist, and Dixie State; all traditionally strong teams. They also have a win against WWU -another team that projects to be strong.
San Marcos -Solid non-con; only loss was a blowout against CU-Irvine, and they have wins against both Azusa Pacific and CU-Portland, both of whom project as middle-of-the-pack teams in their respective conferences. They’re honestly the epitome of a bubble team in regard to how non-con looks.
Cal Baptist -Only loss comes from a surprisingly good SMU team.
CU-Irvine -Only loss is to Seattle Pacific, has wins against San Marcos (A), Central Washington (B-), and Chico (B+).
Point Loma -They have wins against an SMU team that beat Cal Baptist, and a Simon Fraser team that doesn’t look as bad as it usually does. Their losses come from GNAC-leading WOU and a good UCSD team.
Western Oregon -Our choice for now to host the regional; they got through a quality non-con schedule completely unscathed and then their formal travel partner upset Cal Baptist for them.
Saint Martin’s -Stellar non-con, only loss is to Point Loma, and they have a win over Cal Baptist. Love it.
Seattle Pacific -We’re not thrilled with how the Falcons have looked as of late, but the fact is: They have wins over CU-Irvine and Dixie State, one of their losses was on the road in 2OT, and then the other loss was D2 but non-west region on the road.
MSUB -isn’t on this list because while undefeated, they play the bulk of their non-con schedule in a few weeks.
Teams to keep an eye on despite a meh non-con:
Cal Poly Pomona -Lost to Azusa Pacific, beat Dixie State, but both were home games and that was the entirety of their D2 non-con.
Chico State -Lost a close one on a neutral court to CU-Irvine, killed Biola and Dominican; this is a terrible non-con schedule, just saying.
San Fran State -Lost to CU-Portland on a neutral court, beat NNU in OT on the road, barely beat Academy of Art & Dominican. All four teams project to be B & C teams in their respective conferences, so while SFSU has an okay record right now, we’re not impressed.
Dixie State -They went through a positively brutal non-con, with losses coming via Cal Poly Pomona, Cal State LA, Western Oregon, and Seattle Pacific, and then their one win was against UCSD. Do they need to have a great regular season? Yes. Should they be able to do it? Absolutely. Dixie usually gets better as the year goes on, and again: they couldn’t have tested themselves any more in non-con.
Azusa Pacific -Another brutal non-con, and they have wins against UCSD, Cal Poly Pomona, and an SFU team that isn’t as bad as it normally is. Their losses come via WOU and San Marcos, so completely legitimate.
Chaminade -We want to see them win on the mainland. They barely beat Dominguez Hills, and while they beat the Alaska schools in Alaska, the Alaska schools are worse than normal this year.
Shockingly, we’re going to do the GNAC differently, because despite a meh non-con, almost every team is still in contention. Here are the teams that we think could only lose one or two games in conference, otherwise they’ll rely entirely on the auto-bid:
UAF -They barely played anyone and they only beat Hawaii Pacific.
UAA -Playing Holy Names is subtraction by addition. We get that they didn’t return anything, but they were projected to be wayyy better than they’ve proven thus far.
CWU -Played no one except CU-I and Hilo in non-con and they lost to CU-I at that. Sorry, but seriously two schools? Nope.
The good news for the three schools above is that CWU is a notoriously hard place to play, as are the Alaska schools, and then the conference tournament is hosted in Alaska. The bad news is that if everybody beats everybody and everyone ends up with four or five losses, they’re not going to deserve nor should they get the benefit of the doubt.
Is there quite a bit of the benefit of the doubt being given by teams that have proven themselves in the past, particularly in the Pac-West? Yes. But regeneration is much easier than starting from the bottom, and it’s such a big everybody’s-beaten-everbody-except-WOU that it’s what we’re going with. It’s awesome. It should be a really fun regular season.
And yes: the GNAC came out looking fantastic in non-con. Congrats in particular to CU-Portland, Northwest Nazarene, and Simon Fraser for still being in contention for at-large bids!
One question we’re now contemplating… If by February 1st it looks like neither Alaska school is going to make the conference tournament, is there any way we can send it back to Lacey instead? Just thinking out loud here.
Have fun, be safe, go GNAC!
Yes there are other games being played besides our numbered days, but close enough.
Dixie State 86 @ WOU 97
Got it done. This should be a win that we look at and go “absolutely quality,” later in the season. Dixie is super well coached and amazingly they start off strong and then tend to get even stronger, and so… Big praise to the Wolves. Dixie is always in contention for the West Regional and usually makes it, so this win helps everyone.
Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 19 points and 12 boards among a full house of stats; Darius Luborn had five assists; and Riley Hawken had a great bounce-back game with 21 points and eight boards. Off the bench Demetrius Trammmell made noise with 24 points on great shooting -this time 6-9 from the line; Vince Boumann impresses yet again with a double double of 15 points and 10 boards while going 7-8 from the field; and Ali Faruq-Bey had six points.
Congrats to the Wolves on a great win!
CWU 60 vs. CU-Irvine 65 @ SPU
Good lord, don’t let this score fool you: CU-I did everything in their power to Coug It (that is: clutch defeat from the jaws of victory) after being up by 18 part way through the second half and then… CWU took it seriously and CU-I didn’t.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz eight boards; Jawan Stepney had 21 points on good shooting; Fuquan Niles had 14 boards and eight points; and off the bench Malik Montoya had four boards.
Big praise again to the Wildcats for being in it the whole time and continuing to grind. Almost got it done! Next time.
CU-PDX 78 vs. Academy of Art 71 @ NNU
Maybe a little bit of a let-down game, but the Cavs still got it done and came back after being down at the half. Way to go guys!
Cav highlights: Jace Cates had 10 points; Cody Starr had nine points; Jarrett Gray went 10-10 from the line and finished with 20 points; and Christopher Edward had 18 points and 13 boards while being great from the field. Off the bench Bryan Michaels had 11 points and six boards; while Deandre Stallings had seven points.
Good job Cavs, keep it going! We believe in you.
Hawaii-Hilo 59 @ SPU 90
This game looked like it was going to be interesting for the first ten or so minutes, and then it wasn’t, but we’re okay with that.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 11 points, five boards, and five assists while going 4-5 from the field; Sam Simpson bounced back with 14 points; Nikhil Lizotte had 11 points; and Tony Miller had 22 points and nine boards. Off the bench Braden Olsen had six points and six assists; Harry Cavell had eight points and four boards; Hunter Eisenhower had five points; and EJ Poulsen and Nathan Streufert both added four boards as well.
Congrats to the Falcons on the win, now go beat Dixie State! Yay SOS. We get concerned.
Holy Names 74 @ UAA 80
This is another score to not let fool you; Anchorage didn’t stay on it -they attempted to lose, it had been a blow-out. The good news is they still got it done, so non-conference wins for the GNAC, woo-hoo!
Seawolf highlights: Jacob Lampkin had a “quiet” game with only 12 points, 10 boards, and a full house; DJ Ursery had 15 points and six boards; and Josiah Wood had 11 points. Off the bench Malik Clements had seven points and six boards; Brennan Rymer had six points; and Brian Pearson had six points while going 4-4 from the line.
Thank-you Seawolves! We’ll always take a non-con win in any way, shape, or form.
SFSU 92 @ NNU 75
The Crusaders were in it, they were in it and going for it and then the final result happened, but it was still a valiant effort and much experience gained.
Crusader highlights: Carlos Garcia had six boards; Obi Megwa had 13 points; Nikola Prvulj was back in action and had 10 points; and Maurice Jones had 26 points and 12 boards.
Back on it NNU, we believe! Although maybe not against Metro State -we like being wrong though, so upset them!
Overall not a bad day of GNAC play. As you can probably tell -we walk around wringing our hands about conference SOS and this day didn’t stop the practice, but again: A big thanks to WOU.
Game previews for Tuesday will be up on Tuesday and then we’ll probably wait to do POW on Wednesday because then we can include SMU & UAF as well, so that’ll be good.
Good luck to the Nanooks against HNU tomorrow.
Lots of great moments to be proud of and excited about, teams doing what we know they can and getting it done! NNU is looking better than normal, which is great for everyone much less them =) Way to go Crusaders.
CWU 84 vs. Hilo 79 @ SPU
It looks closer than it was; CWU turned off the gas after having a huge lead. Oh well, got the ‘W’ that’s what counts.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had 25 points and was 9-11 from the line; Marc Rodgers had eight points; and Fuquan Niles was a fantastic 6-7 from the field, 5-6 from the line, and finished with 17 points and 11 boards. Off the bench Malik Montoya had 10 points; and Coleman Sparling had six points and five boards.
Way to get it done Wildcats!
Azusa Pacific 87 @ WOU 99
Pretty much what we expected and numbers from the usual guys. Good performance, solid, looking long and strong.
Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 15 points, five boards, and five steals among other stats for a full house; Darius Luborn had seven boards; Riley Hawken had five boards; JJ Chirnside had 10 points and five boards also rounding out with a full house. Off the bench Malik Morgan had nine points; Demetrius Trammell proved his sixth man expertise scoring 24 points on great shooting including 6-8 from three; Janvier Alaby had 10 points; and Vince Bouman 18 points while going 6-7 from the field.
Congrats on a nice win Wolves!
SFSU 97 @ CU-PDX 102
HECK YES CONCORDIA-PORTLAND!!!!!! We knew you could do it.
Cav highlights: Cody Starr had 22 points and 10 assists for the double-double; Jarrett Gray had 22 points and five assists; and Christopher Edward had 14 points and 11 boards. Off the bench Bryan Michaels had a massive 25 on good shooting and while going 6-7 from the line; and Taylor Harris also shot well, finishing with 13 points.
Great job to the Cavs! Ridiculously proud of you.
CU-Irvine 56 @ SPU 79
Ooookay. We’ll take it. We’re confused about whether or not we still think CU-I is a good team though; we’ll have to wait and see and cross our fingers as a conference.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had nine points and five boards; and Sam Simpson had six boards. Off the bench Braden Olsen had seven points; Harry Cavell had 11 points; Hunter Eisenhower had 11 points; and Nathan Streufert had eight points, seven boards, and a whopping seven blocks.
Congrats & thank-you for getting the ‘W’ Falcons! Our conference SOS largely depends on you.
Holy Names 55 @ UAA 63
Not the distribution we were expecting, but UAA won and that’s what counts.
Seawolf highlights: Maleke Haynes had eight assists; Jacob Lampkin continues to impress with a double-dobule of 17 points and 14 boards; DJ Ursery had 19 points and five boards; and off the bench Drew Peterson had12 points and six boards while being 4-4 from the line.
Thanks for getting it done Seawolves.
Academy of Art 76 @ NNU 84
Picking up those non-con wins NNU! Nicely done.
Crusader highlights: Obi Megway ahd 23 points; Jayden Bezzant had 17 points and six boards among a full house; Maurice Jones is Maurice Jones -he had 27 points and 12 boards while being 8-9 from the line. Off the bench Sam Roth had eight points and six boards; while Olamilekan Adetunji had four boards.
Usually in past years NNU would have won by one or two against Art U.; this is marked improvement. Congrats to the Crusaders!
Win the day we did! GNAC goes 6/6 and life is good.
All times pacific.
WOU vs. Dixie @ 3pm
We actually trekked all the way down to Monmouth yesterday (we live in Seattle) and we weren’t impressed with Dixie. We think it’s a super winnable game for WOU, especially at home.
Prediction: WOU wins.
CWU vs. CU-Irvine @ 5pm
The SPU game yesterday confused us because CU-I had good wins last weekend and then the Falcons dismantled them meanwhile putting up terrible numbers. If CWU comes out swinging, there’s no reason the Wildcats can’t win.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
CU-PDX vs. Academy of Art @ 5pm
They had a FANTASTIC win against SFSU yesterday and we can’t wait to see what they do against Art U.
Prediction: CU-PDX wins comfortably.
SPU vs. Hilo @ 7pm
Hilo apparently wakes up for big teams and while the Falcons have been meh the last couple of years, they’re still as egomaniacal as ever, and Hilo has too many losses to do it again. If SPU can stay tenacious they should win, but if there’s any thought of “we don’t need to take them seriously,” Hilo is gonna get the ‘W.’
Prediction: Pick ’em.
NNU vs. San Fran State @ 7pm
We think SFSU is a good team. We think NNU is an okay team. We think that it’s possible for NNU to win, but it would be an upset if they did.
Prediction: SFSU pulls out a win, but not without a scare.
UAA vs. Holy Names @ 8:30pm
Last night was closer than we expected and yes UAA plays back-to-back games against a Pac-West bottom dweller. It is what it is, but we are judging them for it. We know it tanks the conference SOS, but we hate them scheduling this school so much that… We’d kind of like an HNU upset because we figure the SOS is tanked regardless.
Prediction: UAA wins.
Should be an interesting night of games. Really curious about the WOU/Dixie game in particular, although we consider this to be a mostly stacked night of games.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Good morning and welcome to the third big day of non-conference play.
First, the results of last night’s D2 (but non-region) game:
MSUB 75 vs. Mary 72
MSUB played a game against a Northern Sun school (non-region D2 opponent) and we had no idea what to expect out of it, so we didn’t put a prediction, but it did end basically as we expected with it being an incredibly close game. MSUB is now 3-0 in D2 play, which is awesome.
Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham finally had a good game with 13 points and four assists; Tyler Green continues to impress with a fantastic 24 points and six assists; Kamal Tall had 11 boards; and off the bench Zharon Richardson had 10 points and six boards; while Daniel Shedden had seven points and five boards.
Congrats on a nice win, Jackets!!
Game Day Previews.
All times pacific standard:
CWU vs. Hilo @ 4:30pm
We’re really curious about this game because Hilo has now lost to SFU and SMU, meanwhile beat WWU. The trend would say that CWU should beat Hilo without too much of an issue, and so we’re going with that.
Prediction: CWU wins reasonably.
CU-PDX vs. San Fran State @ NNU @ 5pm
Really curious about this game because it should be a good test for the Cavs. It’s a neutral court being in Nampa and should be a good step-up test for the Cavs. SFSU looked pretty good last week with wins against Academy of Art and Dominican, so we’ll see what Christopher and Jarrett can lead the team to.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
WOU vs. Azusa Pacific @ 5:30pm
Another interesting game. Azusa is usually good; WOU projects as being really good, and we’re excited for the Wolves to get another chance to truly run. They got a nice win over Point Loma and we have full confidence that they’ll continue that today.
Prediction: WOU wins a close one.
SPU vs. CU-Irvine @ 7pm
Yet another interesting game. Irvine was looking pretty darn good last week with a win over Chico and a blowout over San Marcos. This is going to be a big test for the Falcons -it’s the first team they’re facing where they know going in that the opponent is good, and so we’ll see how they respond to it.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
NNU vs. Academy of Art @ 7pm
Should be well matched. AofA and NNU usually sit in similar spots and we really like the team that NNU has this year -even without them having been tested on a D2 level yet. The Crusaders have a surprisingly good home battlefield advantage (’cause they’re Crusaders, get it?) and Maurice Jones is back and we’re confident about him.
Prediction: NNU wins.
UAA vs. Holy Names @ 8:30pm
Seriously UAA? It can’t be that hard to get people to come and play you. For those missing it: HNU usually sits really low in the Pac-West, so this should be a gimme-game and they’re facing the Hawks two games in a row at home. At least go play them on the road twice in a row, geez.
Prediction: UAA wins big.
Should be an interesting day of games. As always -tweet at us with thoughts/questions/etc.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
This is Jacob’s first year at Alaska-Anchorage, having transferred up from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
Jacob played like we expect centers to play, and exactly as we saw him play on the high school level at O’Dea. We had a number of opportunities to watch him in high school and vividly remember him because he was a huge part of our scouting report, no pun intended.
This weekend he served as the one bright spot for Anchorage in the Hawaii Pacific game and then repeated the performance yet again against Chaminade. In the HPU game he had 12 points and 13 rebounds along with just three fouls -impressive in 29 minutes of play for a center. In the Chaminade game, he proved himself yet again scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 boards, while only picking up two fouls in 32 minutes of play.
Congrats Jacob on a great weekend of play and welcome to the GNAC!
First player-of-the-week noms of the season! We know we keep saying stuff like that, but last year was so much fun that we truly have waited all year and then with the lack of pre-season ability because of no one returning anything -it’s hitting now and we’re so excited every time we get to sit down to look at basketball stuff.
UAF: LaDonavan Wilder -back in force!
UAA: Jacob Lampkin -into the GNAC by storm.
SFU: N/A —> Donated to Davis Kimble of UAF, another newbie making noise!
WWU: Logan Schilder -very classic center numbers, great field shooting, fantastic rebounding.
SPU: Tony Miller -Tony gonna Tony.
SMU: N/A —> Donated to Gavin Long of SPU.
MSUB: N/A —> Donated to Nathan Streufert of SPU; smart shot selection, ferocious rebounding.
CWU: Khalil Shabazz -two good games, yet another newbie!
CU-PDX: Cody Starr -Again, a newbie!
WOU: Darius Luborn & Riley Hawken -Another newbie and an old favorite that we’re SO glad to have back.
WOWWW, how exciting is this?! Transfers making NOISE. Literally half of the nominations went to incoming transfers; case-in-point why we leave a lot of spots for them on our all-conference teams. That said, don’t freak out too much vets; non-conference is great, but conference play is where our focus truly is, so you’re still good. Shout-outs also to Logan and Nathan, both of whom have been with us at least a year but had never been nominated for POW, so it’s also exciting to see familiar faces planting a stake.
The Hilo/SMU preview:
Trey Ingram vs. his old team! Woo-hoo! Aside from that, we’re curious because we think Alex Pribble used some gamesmanship in the FPU game because Matt Dahlen was seriously impressive in the Point Loma game, but barely played in the previous day’s game, so we’re excited to see him play more D2 and see what that does against this Hilo team that we have exactly zero read on. Regardless of anything else: the Saints need to up their rebounding. We get that a Ryan Looney coached team is always going to rebound well, but… 37 to 23 rebounding advantage, seriously? You’re better than that SMU.
Prediction: Pick ’em, although we’re tempted to pick SMU straight-up.
POW winner’ll be up at noon & we’ll actually be at the Hilo/SMU game, so come say ‘hi.’