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Non-Con Schedules 2017-2018!

Looking at this for the first time is honestly our own personal Christmas morning, so let’s get started!

UAF:

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.


UAA:

vs. Chaminade
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.


SFU:

vs. Hawaii-Hilo @ WWU
vs. ND de Namur @ WWU
vs. Azusa Pacific @ PLNU
@ 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.


WWU:

vs. ND de Namur
vs. Hawaii-Hilo
vs. UCSD
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.


SPU:

WHOA website update. It no longer looks like something straight out of 2002.

vs. Sonoma State @ East Bay
@ East Bay
vs. CU-Irvine
vs. Hilo
vs. Dixie State @ Westminster (SLC)
vs. Westminster
@ Stanislaus

Judgement: Typical quality SPU schedule. Last year of the Falcons playing Dixie in-region; the Rebs switch to the RMAC next year.


SMU:

vs. Fresno Pacific @ WOU
vs. PLNU @ WOU
vs. Hilo
@ 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.


MSUB:

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.


CWU:

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.


NNU:

vs. San Fran State
vs. Academy of Art
@ RMAC
@ RMAC

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.


CU-PDX:

vs. Monterey Bay
vs. San Bernardino
vs. San Fran State @ NNU
vs. Academy of Art @ NNU
@ San Marcos
@ CSULA

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.


WOU:

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.

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All-Conference Teams

Better late than never!

1st Team:

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.

2nd Team:

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.

Honorable Mention:

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.

Parity Is as Parity Does.

‘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 😉

Player-of-the-Week Noms!!

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.

Previewing Today’s Games

Last conference game day of the regular season! And spots in the tournament still aren’t decided. Very exciting stuff.

All times pacific.

CWU @ UAA @ 4pm

CWU needs the win, UAA would like the win. Honestly, we really want to see Connor Devine and Corey Hammell bounce back. Their numbers have been meh as of late, plus it’ll be really cool to watch them take on Fuquan. Not super worried about Spencer -should be good. Suki is always with a watch. Diante is 50/50. With CWU hopefully Naim Ladd is back in the starting line-up, Dom Hunter will be fun to watch play against his old school in his old gym (were they playing in that gym when he was there? It was brand new if he was), Fuquan, of course, hopefully Sage Woodruff sees some good minutes. Jawan should do work. Understated player.

Prediction: Pick ’em. #1 game of the night.


SMU @ WWU @ 7pm

Should be a really good game. We’re excited. Fred vs. Logan. We tend to trust Logan more than Fred, although they’re at opposite ends of the spectrum. Logan doesn’t look like a college basketball player, Fred looks like a former college basketball player on the opposite end of the spectrum. Regardless it’ll be fun to watch some of the match-ups. Brandon Kenilvort, Rhett Baerlocher, Daulton Hommes, and Jeffrey Parker most notably. Trey Ingram vs. Brett Kingma could be good, but it most likely won’t happen because Brett has been pretty silent this year, sadly. Cole Preston and Taylor Stafford play different positions, so while you’re “they’re both great guard!” Cole is all 1 and Taylor is all 2.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


SPU @ SFU @ 7pm

We’re 50/50 on what we want the Falcons to do. On the one hand, they’re not in control of their own destiny and so we say “forget it, just play the seniors as many minutes as they want to play and let them go out proud” and then on the other hand, you want to genuinely try to get this win, just in case. The seniors could get this win -the seniors on the Falcons would likely be the best players on the SFU team, but… It’s a toss-up. SFU has had really good moments. We don’t know that all of the young guys the Falcons have really need to learn from this game. It would be cool to watch everyone go in and clamp down on defense and make a point, but… It’s the last game of the season. Does it really matter? No. But it would be nice for the Clan to pick up one more in-conference win, and we know they’re wholly capable.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


MSUB @ WOU @ 7pm

WOU’s officially in the conference tournament, MSUB it’s chaos. MSUB is a good team, we’re really happy to see Kendall Denham back in the starting line-up and playing really well. Marc Matthews is great, Preston Beverly how much more can we possible say? We adore that kid SO much. That being said: WOU has Tanner Omlid, Ali, and JJ who’s been coming on strong. Oddly enough we feel like MSUB has more talent that’s proven their worth overall, but Tanner Omlid is far and away the best player in the game, which means that WOU has a very good shot at winning it. “But WOU has a way better record.” Yeah, this is basketball. One player can affect everything, for good and for bad. MSUB has several very good players, WOU has one crazy amazing player, a few very good players, and a smattering of good players. MSUB probably has a higher “average” level of talent, but WOU is able to use their talent more in the trenches because of that crazy amazing player.

Prediction: Pick ’em. Game of the night #2.


NNU @ UAF @ 8pm

Should be another really good game. Bangaly’s final game. We’ve loved having him the past two years and are so ridiculously proud of him. You’re amazing Bangaly!! That being said, we also suspect it’s NNU’s Maurice Jones final regular season game in the GNAC. We’d love for him to stick around, but there’s not a big history of that at NNU, so until we see him play a game in a Crusader uniform next year, we won’t trust it. The game should be ridiculously competitive because NNU is a good team and UAF is an okay team, but they’re playing at home and the Patty Center is hella good. Be interesting to see what happens.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


Can’t wait to watch all of the games, we’re proud of all of y’all, it’s been an amazing, crazy, insane, chaotic, unforgettable regular season, and so let’s finish it out strong and healthy!

Conference Game Day #19

Well shoot. We were wrong. Seattle Pacific is still technically contending for the conference tournament, but we’re not going to bother to figure out what the tiebreaker situation might be, because it’s a mess. Congrats to WWU for officially winning the conference this year!!

WOU 67 @ CU-PDX 69

Hooooooly bananas was this a good game. This is starting to be like Utah/Colorado in that initially we were like “this is a “”rivalry”” ” and yet it’s gotten ridiculously competitive and ridiculously anything can happen really fast, which is super fun. Congrats to both teams on an insane game well played, congrats to the Cavs on keeping on keeping on. Very, very proud of you this year.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had a full house with 19 points, seven boards, four assists, and five steals among other stats; Ali had 16 points; and JJ Chirnside had 12 points. Off the bench Isaiah Edwards had four boards.

Cav highlights: Drew Martin had 13 points and six boards; Christopher Edward was a near-miss on a double double with nine points and nine boards; Jarrett Gray had an incredible 26 points and five boards; and off the bench Tre’ Vance had five points.

Crazy hard, well fought game for both teams. Congrats to the Wolves on a great transitional regular season, and congrats to the Cavs on a fantastic second year in the GNAC. We’ll see you in the conference tournament next year =)


SPU 87 @ WWU 89

Oddly not brutal. WWU was dominating the Falcons for a huge stretch, but anything can happen in a rivalry game and that’s what happened -WWU has the experience and pulled it out, most likely knocking the Falcons out of a longshot at the conference tournament.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had eight assists; Tony Miller had 29 points and 15 boards (whoaaa!); and Gavin Long had 17 points, five boards, and a smattering of other stats for a flawless full house (zero turnovers). Off the bench Sharif Khan had seven points and four assists; and Hunter Eisenhower had 14 points.

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had five boards; Blake Fernandez had 12 points; Daulton Hommes had seven boards among a full house of stats; and Jeffrey Parker had 14 points and six boards. Off the bench, Deandre Dickson made a statement with 27 points and five boards (hi Falcons, you got TORCHED); and Trevor Jasinsky had seven points.

Okay game. Proud of the Vikings for pulling it out and now allowing the upset. Not sure it makes the greatest statement to the committee in terms of seeding, but it doesn’t make a bad one either -getting it done at all costs.


SMU 102 @ SFU 78

Really pleased with this result. Lacking in defense, yes, but a fun game all the same. Congrats Saints!!

Saints highlights: Cole Preston had 13 points and 11 assists FOR THE DOUBLE-DOUBLE!!; Jordan Kitchen had 21 points on nearly perfect shooting; Rhett Baerlocher had 14 points; TYLER COPP had 18 points; and Fred Jorg had nine points and seven boards. Off the bench Trey Ingram was a perfect 5-5 from the field and finished with 16 points; and Brandon Kenilvort was fantastic, going 5-7 from the field, making all of his free throws, and finishing also with 16 points.

Clan highlights: Michael Provenzano had 11 points; off the bench Othniel Spence had a whopping 29 points; and Graham Miller had 12 points.

Congrats to both teams on a fun game well played.


MSUB 77 @ CU-PDX 79

What can the Cavs really say? They enjoy being spoilsports and we support them wholeheartedly in it. That being said, we’re yet to look at what Preston did and we’re curious, because either people have started to shut him down or he’s started to slump -it’s okay, we still love you Preston!

Yellowjacket highlights: PRESTON BEVERLY HAD A GREAT GAME!!!!! Yay. He scored 29 points and was a perfect 9-9 from the free throw line, in addition to grabbing eight boards and rounding it out with a full house; Kendall Denham had five boards and was back in the starting line-up <3; and Kamal Tall had what we’ll personally consider a triple double with 19 points, 10 boards, and five fouls. Off the bench Zach Lessinger had seven points; and Sven had 10 points and four boards.

Cav highlights: Drew Martin had six boards; Christopher Edward had 10 boards; Jarrett Gray had 20 points; and Taylor Harris had 12 points. Off the bench Davis Nuaimi had seven points. Collectively the team grabbed eight additional boards -nicely done CU-PDX!!

Positively insane game. Congrats to both teams! Again, congrats to CU-PDX on a fantastic sophomore season. We love you and can’t wait to see you dominate the GNAC the way you dominated the Cascade conference.


CWU 74 @ UAF 67

YEAAAAH WILDCATS!! We’re oddly obsessed with Naim Ladd. Like, we’re so proud of that kid and his heart and his hustle. Initially we were like “yeah, right,” and then yeah, he’s like D2 Isaiah Thomas, so we can’t be a hater. He’s too awesome. And yet he played poorly this game; oh well. Congrats to the Nooks on a battle well-fought -y’all shut these people down, even if you didn’t pull out the win.

Wildcat highlights: Marc Rodgers had 13 points; Dom Hunter had 13 points and nine boards; Jawan Stepney had six boards; and Fuquan was SHUT-DOWN (good job Nooks) with a mere six boards. Off the bench Cameron Burton had six points; and Chris-Michael Garet had 14 points and five boards.

Congrats to both teams. Good luck to CWU against the Seawolves and UAF against the Crusaders.


NNU 73 @ UAA 81

There really wasn’t a bad game to watch last night. Ridiculously proud of the Crusaders against the Seawolves up there in their hella nice lair. The Seawolves have been off as of late, so we’re curious to see what the numbers are like. They’re going to need to be in ‘destroy’ mode against CWU tomorrow, so… Who knows.

Crusader highlights: Pol Olivier had 10 points and six assists; Jayden Bezzant had 19 points and six assists because teamwork makes the dream work; Bouna had seven assists; and Maurice Jones had a quiet game with a mere nine boards on terrible shooting. Odd. We believe in you Mo! You’re amazing. You’ll bounce back. Beware Nooks. Off the bench Mark Lepovic had seven points.

Seawolf highlights: Suki bounced back with 27 points; Diante Mitchell was great, scoring 11 points and grabbing 10 boards for the double-double; Spencer Svejcar also had a double-double with 24 points and 10 boards -we swear, the Aloe Blacc song is about Spencer because he is THE MAN; Corey Hammell was again either off or shut down because he only had 10 points and six boards; and Connor Devine had five boards. Off the bench Travis Parrish grabbed seven boards.

Congrats to the Seawolves on pulling out the victory at home and doing a great job shutting down one of the premier players in the conference, that being Maurice Jones. Congrats to the Crusaders on hard fought battle in a difficult place to play.


Really fun three nights of basketball. Things are still insanely tense, which is nuts. We really need to check in with the other conferences. And y’all are like “AND DO OUR PLAYER OF THE WEEK AND UPDATE THE STUPID STANDINGS CHART.” Yeah, we know, sorry. It’ll happen. That’s our third year of doing that chart and so we’re pretty excited about it because it is such a great info graph.

Game previews up tomorrow in the AM-ish. Hopefully.

Previewing Today’s Games

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.

Conference Game Day #15

UAA 68 @ UAF 61

Exciting game. It was looking dicey for a long time and then we believe Spencer Svejcar hit a three and then the Seawolves were able to walk it up and mostly keep it out of reach.

Seawolf highlights: Suki had eight boards; Diante Mitchell had 21 points; Spencer Svejcar made a statement, getting a double-double with 24 points and 10 boards; Corey Hammell went 4-4 from the line and grabbed 11 rebounds; and Connor Devine grabbed five boards. No real bench play.

Nook highlights: Nahjee had 18 points; Bangaly had five boards and a full house; LaDonavan had six boards; and Brandon Davis played 40 minutes and finished with a full house among 19 points and three steals. Also no real bench play.


NNU 68 @ SPU 83

Falcons showing their youth, but getting it done much better. Even last week, they weren’t able to close games like this and tonight they did. The Crusaders played really hard and did their best to exploit, but ultimately couldn’t quite get it done.

Crusader highlights: Bouna went 9-11 from the line; Kaileb Rodriguez had 14 points; Maurice Jones had a double-double including 14 boards; and off the bench Nikola Prvulj had five points.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 14 points and seven boards; Tony Miller had 24 points; Joe Rasmussen had 14 points and six boards; and Olivier-Paul Betu had six assists. Off the bench Nathan Streufert had seven boards along with a full house; and Hunter Eisenhower had nine points.

This is potentially a big statement for the Falcons -it says that they’re finding themselves, which on a team as young as they are is big. This Falcons team had no concept of how to win earlier this year and slowly but surely they’re learning. As for NNU, no big deal. The conference is a mess. The Crusaders are still a super great and talented team.


CU-PDX 74 @ SFU 73

SFU was — that close to winning and then they committed a stupid foul and they didn’t. The Cavs got out by the skin of their teeth, but it is what it is and was what it was. Congrats Cavs, you done got lucky.

Cav highlights: Drew Martin had 13 points; Christopher Edward had nine points, 10 boards, and four steals among other stats meriting a full house, Jarrett Gray had 10 points; and Harris Taylor had 19 points. Off the bench Latrell Wilson had 18 points.

Clan highlights: Kedar Wright had 21 points and five boards; Iziah had 15 point,s, five boards, and four steals; Michael Provenzano had 21 points; and off the bench Tyrell Lewin had six boards.


WOU 63 @ WWU 73

This game was a mess. Both teams are good, but it was seriously an ugly game of basketball that the players knew was ugly, thus they made it even uglier by getting all chippy. Because the game was so ugly, the chippyness wasn’t entertaining -it was just desperate. Congrats to the Viks on ultimately getting it done.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 19 points; Ali had 20 points and five boards; JJ Chirnside had five boards; and off the bench Bryan Berg had five points; while Isaiah Edwards had five boards.

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had 26 points as well as four boards, four assists, and four steals; Logan Schilder had seven boards; and Daulton Hommes had seven boards. Off the bench Deandre Dickson had an awesome eight boards and 18 points; and Trevor Jasinsky had five boards.

Yeesh. We’re glad this game is over. Interesting for the Wolves though -their game was ugly against the Falcons too and they got away with it; can’t do that against WWU.


MSUB 74 @ UAF 83

Close the whole game. Agonizing. The parity continues. The Nooks played really well, finally. Great game from them, super proud!

Yellowjacket highlights: Preston Beverly had nine boards and finished with a full house; Marc Matthews had 19 points and six boards; and Kamal Tall had eight boards. Off the bench Kendall Denham had 11 points; and Cade Alcorn had five boards.

Nook highlights: Nahjee had five boards and six assists; Bangaly had 10 points; LaDonavan had 13 points; Zach Pederson made a statement with a double double of 11 boards and 11 points; and Brandon Davis played another 40 minute game, finishing with 22 points. Off the bench Michael Kluting had nine points.

Again, congrats to the Nooks on a great performance. Good luck to the Yellowjackets against the Seawolves.


CWU 79 @ SMU 80

This game was insane. Naim Ladd didn’t play, Fuquan shut down Fred, and the Wildcats still almost pulled it off. We admittedly fell asleep watching it, but… That was because of the insanity that’s been going on in our state this week. It ultimately had a 9:15 start time because both Cascade passes are closed, thus CWU had to go down around and up. Yup -what would have/should have been a two hour bus ride turned into six. For those that don’t live here -pretty much all of western Washington shutdown on Monday due to snow and then Tuesday due to ice. The entire week has been weird. It’s now 55 degrees outside. Go figure.

Wildcat highlights: Jawan Stepney had 17 points; Fuquan turned in a classic center performance with a double double of 15 boards and 14 rebounds while missing three shots from the line; and off the bench Cameron Burton had six boards and eight points; while Sage Woodruff continues to make a mark with 14 points.

Saint highlights: Cole Preston rocked it yet again, playing 40 minutes and scoring 15 points and dishing out 10 assists for the double-double; Rhett Baerlocher had 20 points and eight boards; and off the bench Trey Ingram added 14 points; and Brandon Kenilvort a double-double with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Big congrats to the Saints, huge win. CWU, we still believe. Not in your bubble, your bubble has now official burst, but we still know you’re a great team and are proud of you all the same =)


What a night. It was incredible. Everyone played really hard (minus the Westerns) and it was a night to be proud of -even the Westerns.

Discussions: WE KNOW WHERE WE’RE GOING!!

The season is dimming, bubbles are shifting, and it’s time to regularly take a look at what’s going on with the other two conferences.


For our new readers, a Summary:

In NCAA Division II basketball, the Big Dance is literally split up Regionally. That means we know our potential post season opponents 24/7 365.25 days a year. For us in the West Region, it includes schools in the GNAC, Pac-West, and CCAA -see the “Cast of Characters” tab if you want to know who each specific school is.

The #1 seed in the Regional, generally speaking, hosts. If the #1 seed isn’t in the main 48, then the Regional is split between a school in the main land and then the #1 seeded school.

We’ve joked that we wanted to see a year in which the seeding was:

1. BYU-Hawaii
2. Alaska-Anchorage
3. Hawaii-Hilo
4. Alaska-Fairbanks
5. Hawaii Pacific
6. Chaminade
7. Simon Fraser
8. MSU-Billings

Not because we hate the CCAA by any stretch, but just because those schools are the most remote and spread out locations, with the added bonus of SFU, the only metropolitan location, requiring a passport and Canada having a history of not allowing players from certain countries.


For all of y’all, remember: We’re used to knowing things. Last year we put up a prognostication, Bit-o-Baca put up a prognostication, and then the committee produced the actual Bracket, and not only were all of the teams the same for all three, all of the match-ups were the same, while all of the seedings were different. Usually we have a pretty good grasp as to what’s going on -not this year.

That being said: WE’RE GOING TO HAWAII. Maybe; and not us personally, but the Regional should be split in terms of being hosted by Hawaii Pacific and Cal Baptist.

Chico State imploded this weekend. They’re still great, their bubble didn’t burst in the slightest, but they’re no longer in contention to host after losses to both Sonoma (rivalry!) and San Francisco State. SF State is legit and we get that rivalry is as rivalry does, but there are teams that haven’t faltered. Don’t let certain trends fool you -getting the nod to specifically host the Regional is ridiculously hard. All that being said:


What’s your opinion on the #1 Seed hosting the Regional?

Honestly, we don’t think it’s fair when an LA school hosts it and other LA schools get to play in it. This year if it does get split between CBU and HPU, we’d like to see no other Hawaii school playing in Hawaii and no other SoCal school playing in SoCal, but it won’t happen because on the surface it doesn’t make financial sense. There’s a legitimate argument that even when WWU hosted the tournament, the SPU games were dead -even though SPU is only two hours away.

Our legitimate argument is that if the tournament was consistently hosted in a central location that already has good fans and good infrastructure, it would become a big thing yearly for the locals to be excited about attending. We host our conference tournament at SMU every year and it’s great. The location is central located, the facility is nice, parking is easy, and the locals actually come out and watch non-SMU teams play.

What school could/would do that on a Regional level?

Easy: Chico State.

They have a strong men’s basketball program and athletic department, they make the tournament regularly, it’s a big gymnasium, their locals genuinely care about basketball, they’ve got the best radio play-by-play guy in D2, and location wise it’s perfect:

-It’s at least an hour drive for every other NorCal school.
-It’s six to eight hours for the SoCal schools.
-It’s 10-12 hours for most of the GNAC schools.

Entirely driveable for the vast majority of teams. Alaskas, Hawaiis, and MSUB being the exception. Every other school IN THE ENTIRE REGION can drive there within 13 hours.

In D2, you have to look at your primary target demographics as to who actually is attending the games. In reality, it’s parents of players and locals. Chico State has great locals and is a good location for the vast majority of West Region parents. Literally the only knock on Chico is that there’s not a super convenient major airport, but that’s true with almost every school. The only schools that have convenient major airports are Dominican, Dominguez-Hills-ish, and Concordia-Portland. Every other location is either remote (see: Honolulu and Anchorage) and/or you need a car.

Chico hosting permanently won’t happen, and we’re honestly fine with the #1 seed hosting, but it is an interesting discussion none-the-less.


What’s your current bracket?

Ooooh, good question. We’ll be honest: We haven’t paid any attention to rankings this year, because we figure we know better than the voters. “All you’ve said for months is that you don’t know.” Exactly. Any ranking someone comes up with regarding schools in the D2 West is completely meaningless because the vast, vast, vast majority of games are pick ’ems, even when the game ends up being a blow out. MSUB beat WWU, got killed by SMU, and then blew out a very good and proven CWU at CWU. Oookay. Nothing makes any sense. Literally 10 teams are still in the running for making the conference tournament, that’s how much parity there is.

D2 West Bracketology
28-Jan 9-Feb Current Reasoning
1 CBU HPU Beat CBU recently.
2 HPU CBU Lost to HPU recently.
3 WWU SFSU Beat Chico State, non-con continues to look impressive.
4 UCSD UCSD Best non-con in the CCAA, even with a loss to Chico.
5 Chico Sonoma Legit wins against Chico and UCSD.
6 CWU UAA Currently up on WWU by half a game and they split in their meetings.
7 Dixie Dixie Hasn’t yet played HPU/CBU.
8 SFSU WWU Swept by the Alaska schools, Texas A&M Commerce is 7-5 in conference.

 

At this point we don’t expect that bracket to hold in the slightest because there are too many games left to be played and all three conferences are clouded in parity. It’s great, eh? CWU is currently out but we don’t necessarily expect them to stay out either because one of the schools in another conference loses twice or because they procure wins at the Alaska schools or something as such. There’s still tons of variability, but it is fun to look at a snapshot of what things look like this week, and we had a blast looking at our seeding from two weeks ago simply because it’s never not a well reason argument, the arguments just change as you get more evidence.


If I’m a CWU fan, should I be freaking out right now?

No. You still get to go play the Alaskas and there are plenty of other difficult and interesting match-ups in the other two conferences as well.


If I’m a UAA fan, should I feel safe?

Absolutely not. Your bubble is a redhead’s skin after 10 hours in the sun without sunscreen. Not only do you still have to face Billings, you still have to face NNU and CWU, plus add in the fact that there are a lot of impressive games that can be won in the CCAA and Pac-West still.


Think we’re a genius? Think we’re an idiot? Have a solid argument as to why we’re slightly wrong? Tell us about it on Twitter or in the comments!

Previewing Tonight’s Games

 

So many awesome games tonight, we can’t wait!

All of the games are good, so no ‘game of the night.’ Just watch one. Or three. Or four simultaneously. You won’t regret it!

All times pacific.

NNU @ SPU @ 5:15pm

This is an interesting game. NNU has been coming on super strong, but SPU much as they got swept this last weekend -their numbers are looking a lot better, and they’re playing at home. They lost to NNU in a super intense game last time, and it’s hard to play at NNU, we say it all the time. If it was there, we’d say NNU would easily win again because they are looking amazing, but the game is in Seattle, and thus…

Prediction: Pick ’em.


CU-PDX @ SFU @ 7pm

We’re sooo thrilled with Concordia right now; they’ve got an amazing group of guys, they’re gelling, they’re working together, they’re hitting shots down the stretch, this SFU game is a test: Can they initiate themselves into the GNAC with a blow out of the Clan?

Prediction: CU-PDX wins. Not sure by what margin.


WOU @ WWU @ 7pm

The Viks have to be pretty angry right now after the sweep in Alaska. Whatcom has the ability to rock, it was rocking for the Anchorage game, we expect it to rock tonight. Tanner Omlid is coming off of a ridiculous game against SPU, a game in which we saw the Wolves make a major transition at half time to remember “this is who we are, we’re winners, let’s make shots, let’s play together, let’s do this,” and they did it and won by 15 and it was great. It’s going to take a full team effort to beat the Vikings because the Vikings are angry, they are a really good team, they’re really deep, they have the best bench play in the conference by far… Should be an amazing game.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


CWU @ SMU @ 7:30

Another game we’re excited for. We’re not excited about everything, just most things. Life is fun, what can we really say? Happiness FTW because we get to write an awesome blog about an awesome conference and have awesome readers like YOU!

Anyway: This game……….. SMU is an interesting place to play at. You wouldn’t think it’s difficult and it would never stand out as being a hard environment to play in, and yet that’s what makes it hard? It’s usually neither dead nor alive, so if you focus on the game because it’s quiet something is going to interrupt you, but if you use the crowd to get energized it’s going to falter part way through. Interesting dynamic, especially when SMU is as good as they are this year. This year they’ve been really 50/50, we’ve thought they were REALLY good and then we’ve thought they looked mediocre. Not bad, mediocre. CWU we’re still convinced they’re amazing. Their bubble has likely burst, but they are still fantastic, they’ve got a number of amazing players in Dom Hunter, Fuquan Niles, and Naim Ladd. Jawan Stepney has his moments and Marc Rodgers knows what he’s doing. We’ve also liked Sage Woodruff off the bench. Curious to see what this game ends up as.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


MSUB @ UAF @ 8pm

MSUB is a really good team, UAF is a really hard place to play, the Nooks just lost to rival Anchorage but not by a lot. Rivalry games have results that mean nothing as far as we’re concerned, and so it would be tempting to go “UAA is better than MSUB, thus UAF should beat MSUB because we think the skills gap is larger between MSUB and UAA than the win by UAA was” it was a rivalry game, so who knows. MSUB is also really good. A lot will depend on the play of people not named Preston Beverly. If his teammates play well, we feel confident that the Yellowjackets will get the win. If they don’t, then it gets very dicey very quickly because UAF is good and the Patty Center is challenging.

Prediction: MSUB wins big, or pick ’em.


Fun night of basketball. We can’t wait. Discussions post up this afternoon.