Looking at this for the first time is honestly our own personal Christmas morning, so let’s get started!
vs. Chaminade @ UAA
vs. Hawaii Pacific @ UAA
vs Holy Names x2
vs. UCSD @ WWU
Judgement: The saving grace of this schedule is the neutral site game against UCSD. There are no true road games and that makes us cringe.
vs. Hawaii Pacific
vs. Holy Names x2
Judgement: We get it: they play D1 games in the Great Alaska Shootout, but we maintain our stance that D1 vs. D2 games don’t mean a thing. This schedule is weak, but UAA is definitely rebuilding, so it’s fair enough, but it won’t help them come tournament time.
vs. Hawaii-Hilo @ WWU
vs. ND de Namur @ WWU
vs. Azusa Pacific @ PLNU
Judgement: It’s a good schedule. We’re honestly judging Ryan Looney far more for scheduling SFU than anything else. Then again… He did lose to them at home, on homecoming with a tournament-bound SPU team, so… C’mon Clan! Get that W! We believe in you.
vs. ND de Namur
vs. East Bay
vs. Harding @ Hawaii
vs. Tampa @ Hawaii
Judgement: We’re comfortable with this schedule. The last two are D2, but not D2 west, so less than ideal but far preferable to a non-D2 school. The Vikings don’t like to test themselves early and yet it usually works out just fine, so… Different philosophies. All good.
WHOA website update. It no longer looks like something straight out of 2002.
vs. Sonoma State @ East Bay
@ East Bay
vs. Dixie State @ Westminster (SLC)
Judgement: Typical quality SPU schedule. Last year of the Falcons playing Dixie in-region; the Rebs switch to the RMAC next year.
vs. Fresno Pacific @ WOU
vs. PLNU @ WOU
@ Monterey Bay
vs. Academy of Art @ Cal Baptist
@ Cal Baptist
Judgement: We love this schedule. It’s going to test them really well and give them every opportunity to make the tournament. We also love this schedule because they posted it at the beginning of August, which makes our life a heck of a lot easier when the round-robin gets switched up.
vs. East Bay @ East Bay
vs. Sonoma @ East Bay
vs. University of Mary
vs. Chadron State
Judgement: We’re comfortable with this schedule. They play two true D2 west road games and then against some Northern Sun foes, which is typical for MSUB. It’s not great by any stretch, but it should be fine.
vs. San Bernardino @ CU-Portland
vs. Monterey Bay @ CU-Portland
vs. Hilo @ SPU
vs. CU-Irvine @ SPU
Judgement: We consider this a very quality schedule, are proud of the Wildcats, and hopefully they’ll go 4/4 -it would really help our conference as a whole.
vs. San Fran State
vs. Academy of Art
Judgement: Not sure who the latter two schools will be, but we consider this an okay schedule. With Maurice Jones on that team, maybe it’s a little weaker than we’d like, but it’ll be fine. Very appropriate for NNU, should put them in a good position come conference play.
vs. Monterey Bay
vs. San Bernardino
vs. San Fran State @ NNU
vs. Academy of Art @ NNU
@ San Marcos
Judgement: Nothing but our highest applause and considering they bring back Christopher Edward, we feel completely confident in their ability to get it done and get our conference some nice SOS points. Way to go Cavs!! We’re rooting for you.
vs. Point Loma
vs. Fresno Pacific
vs. Azusa Pacific
vs. Dixie State
@ Holy Names
@ ND de Namur
@ Tarleton State
Judgement: We love it. It’s going to test them really, really well and it’s going to give them some breathing room come conference play, which is actually nice for everyone else because it means more chances for the GNAC to get more than one team into the D2 west.
Overall: We’re really excited and really pleased with the scheduling done by the vast majority of the conference. We should be in a good position to stake some claim on depth and then have an interesting year of conference play. Going to be great.
A reminder: GET YOUR FLU SHOT!! The GNAC Plague will inevitably go around and there’s much less of a chance for it to spread if everyone’s gotten their flu shot.
GIF anticipations up on Wednesday, our pre-season poll next Monday.
Better late than never!
Suki Wiggs -Alaska-Anchorage; Sr.
Taylor Stafford -Western Washington; Sr.
Maurice Jones -Northwest Nazarne; Jr.
Christopher Edward -CU-Portland; Jr.
Tanner Omlid -Western Oregon; Jr.
Spencer Svejcar -Alaska-Anchorage; Sr.
Daulton Hommes -Western Washington; RS Fr.
Tony Miller -Seattle Pacific; Fr.
Preston Beverly -MSU-Billings; So.
Drew Martin -CU-Portland; Sr.
Brandon Davis, Corey Hammell, Diante Mitchell, Cole Preston, Deandre Dickson, Gavin Long, Fuquan Niles, Dom Hunter, and Bouna N’Diaye.
This was actually a really fun year for player-of-the-year with how much parity there was and how well they compared to each other in regard to production and team impact. It’s fun having so many underclassmen on these teams because we to keep most of them.
We’re about four weeks out and we absolutely cannot wait.
Player-of-Last-Year will be up in an hour.
‘Not’ is not a verb. ‘Is’ is a verb.
A grammar lesson courtesy of the GNAC Men’s Basketblog.
The point is: We’re here. We’re still going strong with blogging this year. We’re going to get around to naming our player-of-the-year and all-conference teams from last year at some point… Technically we don’t actually have to start blogging until November, but we feel the need to remind you guys that we’re just as addicted as ever, but… Last year may have caused a bit of a basketball existential crisis.
Last year we didn’t find out three of the teams that were making the tournament until after conference play ended.
That’s the epitome of great in regard to being a GNAC basketball junkie, as we pride ourselves on being, and yet as it comes to blogging… What’s the point of pre-season blogging? What’s the point of speculation? The most correct thing we wrote last year in regard to almost anything was just straight up admitting “We don’t know,” or “It’s too close to call,” or “It’s anybody’s game.” Those statements proved to be 100% true, even in games where one team ended up winning more comfortably, just because… It wasn’t a guarantee.
There are games on the schedule that traditionally you look at and go “Okay, that’ll be a blow-out.” Those games for the most part went out the window last year, which is amazing -we literally loved every single week of the season, it was incredible- but from a “what the heck do we write??” perspective it’s brutal.
And so we write nothing. We’re not doing the usual Mondays in September as we have the past couple of years, just because… We’re not. Once the quarter schools start and those rosters get finalized maybe a week or so into October, then we’ll do the GIF anticipations, official prognostications, and looking at the schedules, and whatnot.
We usually say we don’t count transfers before we see them play conference games, and while that’s true… No coaching staff thinks they brought in bad transfers. Okay: the SPU coaching staff might, but dude is still 6’11; he could be useless and very inept, but he’s still 6’11 and this is still basketball, and they brought him in with no real necessity; if he’s good it’ll help them, but if he’s bad he won’t hurt them and it still gives their forwards another guy to bang against in practice.
Meanwhile: We know 10 teams are thinking they brought in GREAT transfers that are going to be THE missing piece, and we are so excited for you guys -welcome new transfers!! We know you guys are going to be amazing (just as your predecessors have been) to the point that on our pre-season all-conference teams we actually leave open spaces for you; we usually only name four to each, just because we know several transfers will come in and knock our socks off.
As such: Our pre-season speculation is subdued, but we are here and we are very excited for the new season to start. Okay… Maybe we’ll do a line briefly about what we’re looking forward to about each team, just off the top of our head without looking at any rosters or anything:
UAF: Last year was disappointing, so we’re looking forward to the Nooks hopefully bouncing back and having a great year.
UAA: We liked Jacob Lampkin when he was at O’Dea and so we’re excited to get to watch him play collegiately, as well as for the Seawolves to host the conference tournament.
SFU: Hope springs eternal and we’re sure they’re working hard.
WWU: TREY DRECHSEL IS BACK!!!!!!! And literally the only thing the Viks lost is scoring and scoring is easiest to regenerate. Logan will have another year of development, so… It should be a really, really good year.
SPU: [originally accidentally left blank] Addition by subtraction; they bring back literally every productive player they had last year.
SMU: They lost almost everything, it’s going to be an entirely new team, essentially, and so we’re really curious to see what that new team looks like.
MSUB: Preston Beverly transferred to Point Loma, but MSUB runs a good program regardless and Kendall Denham is a senior, so… Hopefully he’ll go lights out and it’ll be great.
CWU: FUQUAN!!!!!!!! They arguably get the most athletic guys in the conference, so they’re always entertaining.
NNU: MAURICE JONES!!!!!!! ‘Nuff said. Any team with Mo is a team worth watching.
CU-PDX: They were starting to look really good last year and while we don’t know precisely what they return, we believe in Coach B. having watched his NAIA teams, so… We’ll continue believing in his D2 teams through the transition.
WOU: TANNER, RILEY HAWKEN, ALI, ALEX, DEMETRIUS!!!!!!!!! We love this team. We’re really excited about the whole thing.
By the looks of it the Westerns are going to be doing some serious battle, still: we’re not going to discuss the prognostication for probably another two and a half to three weeks, but… We are now officially really pumped about the October blogging, just rational enough to know that this year September blogging is pointless.
Enjoy football, we’ll put up the all-conference teams in the coming few weeks, and… Posts will start going up regularly in October.
Update: We didn’t mean to leave out SPU; we’re just not excited about the Falcons at all, what-so-ever 😉
This time for February 23-25.
UAF: Brandon Davis
SFU: Othniel Spence
WWU: Deandre Dickson
SPU: Tony Miller
SMU: Rhett Baerlocher
CWU: N/A —> Diante Mitchell, Alaska-Anchorage.
NNU: Maurice Jones
CU-PDX: Jarrett Gray
There were a lot of above average performances this week and only one spot donated, so really good final week of the regular season. Winner’ll be up in an hour.
Beginning our traditional “oh crap, it’s almost September and we need to finish all of last season’s stuff,” burning of posts.
For the games on February 16th and 18th, respectively.
UAF: N/A —> Dom Hunter, CWU.
UAA: Suki, because Suki gonna Suki.
SFU: Michael Provenzano
WWU: Daulton Hommes
SPU: Gavin Long
SMU: Cole Preston
MSUB: N/A —> Joe Rasmussen, Seattle Pacific.
CWU: Fuquan Niles -Fuquan gonna Fuquan. And by Fuquan we mean dominate.
NNU: Maurice Jones -Mo gonna Mo. And we want MO! Always.
CU-P: Drew Martin
WOU: Tanner Omlid. Because duh.
Nothing in depth because it’s been six months, but we had a blast refreshing our memory of these numbers -some really great performances and as much as we’ve procrastinated, it still comes back and we’re like “OH MAN, that was SO great!!”
Winner’ll be up in an hour because while it seems stupid six months later… Routines are routines.
Fun first day. Both games were really interesting. We had a blast, proud of all of the guys. Concordia… Lordy, Concordia. We said this on Twitter, but they’re ridiculously resilient. They’d be down ten and then they’d hit shots. And then they’d go down ten again and then hit shots. SMU would then start hitting shots right back, but… More about that in a bit.
#6 MSUB 61 @ #3 WOU 72
Really good game, really proud of MSUB. Also as noted on Twitter: It started to become a ref show fairly soon, which was irritating. Ticky tack stuff. Then at the end the guys on both teams got flop happy but by that point the refs had become much less ticky tack and didn’t cater to the Weeble Wobbles doing their walks.
Yellowjacket highlights: Marc Matthews had nine boards; Kamal Tall had 16 points and six boards; Jace Anderson had 13 points; Sven had six boards; and off the bench Kendall Denham had six boards. Yup. Preston Beverly was ice cold, their bench play was a big drop off from their starters, and ultimately they just couldn’t match WOU.
Wolf highlights: Evan Garrison had 15 points; Tanner Omlid had the double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, additionally going 7-7 from the line; Ali had 15 points; and JJ Chirnside had eight boards and four blocks among other stats for a flawless full house. No real bench play. We wonder where Malik went -he played so well early in the season.
What was maybe most interesting about this game is neither team played particularly well, but WOU played less bad than MSUB and thus WOU won. Lots of bad numbers, even though we weren’t particularly impressed with the defense early. Both teams took a lot of shots out of seeming desperation, even when there was plenty of time on the shot clock. No idea. WOU shouldn’t be able to get away with stuff like that against UAA, so they better clean it up in a hurry.
CU-PDX 73 @ SMU 78
Crazy game. Crazy, crazy, crazy game. The gym was packed. We thought the SMU students were going to rush the court, which… Really? It’s CU-Portland in the first round of the conference tournament for Pete’s sake! Have some self respect.
Cav highlights: Drew Martin had 32 points and five boards among many clutch shots; Latrell Wilson had 20 points; and Christopher Edward was perfect from the field, finishing with 11 points and five boards. No real bench play. Wondering where Davis Nuaimi went -miss seeing his highlights.
Saint highlights: Cole Preston played 40 full minutes and had a bit of an off night on offense but still was amazing on defense; FRED JORG had a crazy amazing game with 23 points and 15 boards. That’s honestly what we expect out of D1 centers that transfer D2 -they should be able to put up those numbers. Most of the time they don’t, but they should be able to. Brandon Kenilvort also had a very good game with 19 points and eight boards off the bench.
Congrats to both teams on a massive game well fought and a big congratulations to Concordia on a fantastic second season in the GNAC!!
Is it just us or has the exhaustion set in? It kind of makes sense. When there’s not as much parity, all teams get to have some off nights where it’s just “we’re getting blown out and there’s nothing we can do about it, so let’s coast” or “we’re blowing a team out, so let’s coast” but this year any given night was an absolute battle -even for a team like WWU. Every game was largely screamingly intense and now we’re getting to the conference tournament and everybody is just like “Really? Another one of these games. Oh god.”
It is what it is. Regardless it was a super fun night of basketball and we can’t wait to watch WOU take on UAA and WWU take on SMU. Preview post up soon. Come say ‘hi’ tonight! We’ll be in our usual seat.
On paper this should be the best GNAC tourney in years. Knowing the chaos of this year, there’ll be no upsets just to throw in a little bit MORE chaos.
#6 MSUB vs. #3 WOU
A literal rematch from a few days ago. A few days ago it wasn’t close; it was 16 with WOU winning. MSUB wants the upset, WOU wants their third bid to the NCAA tournament in a row and it’s going to take the autobid to get it. We’ll see what happens. This game features two of our favorite players on a conference level in Preston Beverly and Tanner Omlid, although they’re not likely to directly face each other, so it should be really good.
Prediction: WOU wins.
#5 CU-PDX vs. #4 SMU
This game should be reaaaaally good, partly because WE SAID SMU WOULD MAKE THE CONFERENCE TOURNAMENT and being right is always fun, but also because this the year that SMU needs to do something; they lose a lot and while transfers always make a big impact in the GNAC, they’re finally playing in the tournament they so often host and so… Why not win the whole thing and get the auto-bid? That being said Concordia is right now everyone’s favorite spoiler and so the Cavs’ll be doing their darndest to put the Saints on their behinds at home.
Prediction: SMU wins.
It’s a little odd to not pick an upset, especially this year when it’s a thousand percent possible. Montana has a lot of Montana players on their team, whereas WOU has a lot of Portland-area players, thus we think the attendance for the Wolves is going to be much better than it is for the jackets. With CU-PDX and SMU… SMU is literally at home. Gotta go with them, much as we love and believe in the Cavs too. Drew Martin and Christopher Edward are the real deal, but Brandon Kenilvort, Rhett Baerlocher, Cole Preston, Jordan Kitchen, Trey Ingram, Tyler Copp… HELLLOOO.
Good luck, be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Yes, the ball was dropped on POW yet again -we’ll do it tonight while we’re watching these games.
First and foremost: SPU, SFU, and we believe UAF are now all officially eliminated from making the conference tournament, at least from what we understand.
Second of all… all times pacific:
SMU @ SFU @ 5:15pm
SFU could play the spoiler, but really SMU just needs to get through this game. They should be in kill mode. Will they? Who knows. After last year and watching UAA/CWU control their conference tournament destiny, they should be wholly ready for it and we can’t wait, but… We’ll see. Anything can happen.
Prediction: SMU gets it done.
MSUB @ CU-PDX @ 7pm
CU-PDX upset WOU on Tuesday and although they’re not eligible for the conference tournament, they’re making great headway being the upset darlings. If you can’t make the conference tournament, why not ruin it for someone else? Spoiler is as spoiler does. They’ve been playing really, really good basketball as of late, and while we swear by the talent of MSUB and are thrilled that Kendall Denham is starting again… Who knows. They’re fighting for a spot in the conference tournament on paper… Hopefully they play like it in reality.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
NNU @ UAF @ 8pm
Really excited about this match-up. They should be really evenly matched teams; one is essentially underachieving while the other is overachieving. They’re playing in Fairbanks, which is a challenge unto itself. UAF, chance to the spoiler at home? Absolutely.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
CWU @ UAA @ 8pm
GAME OF THE NIGHTTT. CWU needs to win. UAA it would be nice to get a win. We’ve missed the early-conference play as of late. People have figured out how to shut them down and they have been. We’re not sure which direction this game will go -the Seawolves absolutely blew out the Wildcats initially during the first game, but then CWU battled back and it was really close. We’re sure it left a lasting impression on CWU, but we’re not sure the same could be said for UAA, so it’ll be interesting to see how both teams respond. It’s hard to win in Alaska, but CWU has the fire of trying to make the conference tournament under their tuckuses, so hopefully that rockets them along.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Not sure what to think other than that we’re excited.
So many great performances this week, lots of great single game performances, but plenty of guys that rocked it for the weekend as well.
UAF: Brandon Davis -continues to will that team on.
UAA: Spencer Svejcar -Is the Man, once again. Like the Aloe Blacc song is pretty much about him at this point. Preston Beverly, next year, hopefully.
SFU: Kedar Wright!! So excited about this one, two great performances including a nice win against WOU.
WWU: Taylor -cray cray for Tay Tay, ’nuff said.
SPU: N/A —> Donated to Rhett Baerlocher of SMU, who was a MONSTER from 3 point land on both nights. Awesome.
SMU: Cole Preston, Point guard of the year. Not official yet, but the performances throughout this season have been incredible.
MSUB: Marc Matthews -did his dardnest against the Alaska schools, didn’t walk away with a win, but two very respectable performances.
CWU: N/A —> Donated to Brandon Kenilvort of SMU -great rebounding performance against both Cenazar schools.
NNU: Maurice Jones needs to stay for another year and not be another one-and-gone NNU player.
CU-PDX: Drew Martin -continues to carry the load. He was impressive in the WWU game, even with the lopsided score.
WOU: N/A —> Donated to Corey Hammell of UAA; not much from the field but grabbed boards and made his free throws = two good performances.
Congrats to all of the guys nominated, winner’ll be up soon!
All times pacific.
CWU @ SPU @ 4:30
Rivalry game. Anything can happen. SPU could get blown out. CWU could win a close one. SPU could win a close one. It’s at home, they almost upset the Wildcats in their house so there’s going to be a lot of tension, both with CWU wanting to prove that they’re still one of the best in the conference (which they are, there are just a lot of teams in that conversation right now) and wanting to prove that SPU isn’t anything this year. SPU still mathematically has a chance at making the conference tournament, so they need this win big time.
Prediction: CWU wins big or else it’s close. Don’t think the Falcons are able to blow out the Wildcats.
WOU @ SFU @ 7pm
SFU came so close to beating Concordia and it seems like of any year for it to happen, this could be a year for them to upset the Wolves, but… No. Not happening. The Wolves lost a very uninspired game in Bellingham; time for them to remind the Clan of their place in the conference.
Prediction: WOU is victorious.
CU-PDX @ WWU @ 7pm
Concordia has looked really good as of late until they looked really bad against SFU. Bounce back game? Can they beat the Viks on their home court? Talent wise, absolutely, ability to see it through and win? Doubtful. WWU played really terribly until pulling away in the last couple of minutes against WOU -time to get back on track.
Prediction: WWU wins.
NNU @ SMU @ 7:30pm
Not sure what we’re thinking on this one. They should be really evenly matched and it should be an exciting game. NNU looked like a mess against SPU on Thursday, but we don’t expect that to hold. SMU played a tough game against CWU, even with CWU missing one of their top scorers, but ultimately pulled it out. Should be interesting.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
MSUB @ UAA @ 8pm
Game of the night, in our personal opinion, no offense to CWU/SPU. UAA is a really good team with a really good home court advantage. MSUB is a really good team that on any given night has the ability to beat anyone or lose to anyone. When they click, they’re amazing. When they don’t, they’re pedestrian. On Thursday against UAF, it appeared Preston Beverly was feeling the weight and tried to do too much. It’s a difficult thing because on the one hand we would encourage him to rely on his teammates, but on the other hand the statistics rarely support that idea -it’s very 50/50 as to whether or not he needs to play hero ball on any given night (because make no mistake: He has willed them to multiple wins this year) but figuring out what type of night it is, is challenging for anyone against any opponent, much less a sophomore against a ridiculously deep and experienced UAA team.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Should be a really good night of basketball, although ultimately we could see some blowouts. That’s what’s weird this year -CWU could blow out SPU, WWU could blow out Concordia, UAA could blow out MSUB, WOU should blow out SFU, but there’s no telling if any team will actually do that. The only “true” pick ’em game for a normal year would be NNU/SMU, but… It’s not a normal year, so we’ll see.