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Previewing the GNAC Championship Game

#4 Western Oregon vs. #1 Western Washington…

Looks like it’ll tip right around 7:35. We’ll also be paying close attention to the CCAA championship game, which features SFSU and UCSD. We have a situation on our hands that means all of a sudden WWU is back in the discussion of hosting the Regional, which means… Rock meet hard place.

If WWU wins and UCSD loses, there’s no reason not to send the Regional to Whatcom. If WWU wins and UCSD wins, then there’s an interesting discussion to be had. Looking at UCSD’s schedule, they’ve lost three conference games: San Marcos, Chico State, and Sonoma. Chico State is in the tourney, as far as we’re concerned. So is SFSU, regardless as to whether or not they beat UCSD tonight. That implies that UCSD has greater strength of schedule than the Vikings, and that would be true.

The GNAC has been a mess this year, with the sloppy games never seemingly ending. And it was all just stupid sloppy and a lack of commitment to fundamentals by all involved -ick. If Western Washington wins this game, the GNAC should be a one bid league. WWU has conference losses to MSUB, UAF, and UAA. They have wins against everyone else. And yet UCSD has wins against Regional bound teams. While WWU absolutely killed the Tritons in non-con, that was a long time ago.

It’s all moot if WWU loses the championship game -in that case, have fun in San Diego y’all. The good news with that is it means two GNAC teams will be going. Yeah, WWU can make their own schedule look weaker by winning. Go figure.

So, to summarize:

WWU wins, UCSD loses, WWU should host.
WWU wins, UCSD wins, it’ll be a discussion that arguably should favor UCSD.
WWU loses, UCSD wins, we’ll feel comfortable sending the regional to San Diego.
WWU loses, UCSD loses, we’re going to veer on the side that UCSD should host because UCSD beat another Regional-bound team to win, whereas WWU didn’t.


Now let’s preview the WWU vs. WOU game:

Western Washington is the conference regular season champion. They’re a great rebounding team -everyone on that team rebounds. They out-rebounded their opponent 39-26 last night. Um, yeah. That being said: their defense lacks at times; that team that they massively out-rebounded was in it until the very end. They have a lot of very good players, and Taylor Stafford tends to get the glory as their best player, and while he is, there are a lot of other people on this team that do a lot of good things that make what Taylor does possible.

Western Oregon played a 3OT game last night against a UAA team that was missing their key senior post presence in Corey Hammell. Western Oregon’s best player is a guy by the name of Tanner Omlid -notable for getting at least one triple double, keeping his turnovers low, and motivating his teammates whether he’s on the court or on the bench. Tanner Omlid is the best player in the game, period. We’re excited we get to keep him for another year.

That being said: having the best player doesn’t mean you win.

WOU had an impressive number of players last night that were able to be counted on to go in, give the starters a breather, and not get behind, with their best bench player being Demetrius Trammell. He is distinctively their 6th man, so we don’t really consider him a part of their bench. If WOU has to use the bench to tread water, that’s going to be difficult against this Vikings team because the Vikings are approximately nine guys deep, even with a starter out due to injury.

WOU has the most talented player. WWU is deeper. If the Vikings allow Tanner Omlid (and to a degree Demetrius Trammell) to put the rest of the team on their back, the Wolves have a very good shot at winning. If they can eliminate most of the production of those guys, they should be fine.

We honestly don’t have a prediction because the conference has been such a mess, we know both of these teams so well, we know what both are capable of at their best, we know what both are like when they’re playing uninspiredly, and there’s just no telling which two teams out of those four options are going to actually show up tonight.

Good luck to all -we believe in y’all, play hard, be strong, be safe, go GNAC!

Conference Game Day #20

Interesting. Someone from the conference told us that Concordia couldn’t make the conference tournament and CU-Irvine isn’t allowed in the Pac-West tournament, so no idea what that’s about, but whatever. We get to watch more games with Christopher and Drew, so that’s happy.

Also happy is that every single home team won on senior night and thus… Let’s jump into Saturday’s awesome slate of games:

CWU 72 @ UAA 84

Back and forth for a lot of the game until UAA finally walked it up and put it away. Proud of the Wildcats for hanging around as long as they did and doing their darndest. Experience gained.

Wildcat highlights: Marc Rodgers had 10 points; Dom Hunter had 24 and went 7-8 from the line; Terry Dawn had five boards; Jawan Stepney had 14 points; and Fuquan had just five points, but did grab 10 boards and four fouls. Off the bench Jerome Bryant had five points; and Chris-Michael Garret had five boards.

Seawolf highlights: Suki had a normal Suki game again, finally, scoring 26 points and grabbing nine boards; Diante Mitchell had 18 points and five boards meanwhile being 7-7 from the line; Spencer Svejcar had 21 points and five boards among a full house of stats; Corey Hammell had 14 boards; and off the bench Ashton Pomrehn had five points and seven boards.

Congrats to both teams on a good game well played -we’ll see the Seawolves in the conference tournament and thanks to the Wildcats for a fantastic season!


MSUB 56 @ WOU 72

Another back and forth game until WOU managed to put it away, at least as we recall. We feel like WOU managed to truly put it out of reach in the last 10 or so minutes, but the MSUB fought really hard.

Yellowjacket highlights: Preston Beverly had 15 points and six boards among a full house; Marc Matthews had six boards; Kamal Tall had 12 points and eight boards; Sven Jeuschede had five boards; and off the bench Kendall Denham had nine points and 10 boards, just missing the double-double.

Wolf highlights: Evan Garrison had 10 points; Tanner Omlid had 17 points, eight boards, and five assists along with a full house; Ali had 11 points and six boards; JJ Chirnside had six boards; and off the bench Akil had five points; whilst Demetrius Trammell had 11 points.

Congrats to the Wolves on a senior night won, and congrats to the Yellowjackets on making the conference tournament!


SMU 66 @ WWU 90

Straight up domination, the entire time, no question. This is quite the statement to make to the committee for the Vikings, and we’re really excited about it. They dismantled the Saints. That being said, the conference tournament is still this week and anything can happen. The Vikings are 100% in the NCAA tournament, that’s not a question, but seeding is still up in the air. We think at this point it would be hard for them to earn less than a four seed, but what do we know?

Saint highlights: Cole Preston had 16 points; Tyler Copp had 11 points; Fred Jorg played well with 16 points, five rebounds, and four blocks. Off the bench Rhett Baerlocher had 11 boards; and Brandon Kenilvort had five points and five boards.

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had 25 points; and Jeffrey Parker had 21 points and five boards. Off the bench Brett Kingma had 10 points; and Deandre Dickson continues to beast with 15 points and 10 boards for the double-double.

Definitely not what we were expecting out of the stat lines for the Vikings with a score like that. SMU did a good job at shutting down Daulton Hommes and Logan Schilder in particular, so that’ll be interesting film to watch for the Vikings opponents. The stats tell a picture of a close game; the score tells a picture of a game that was nowhere near that at any point in time. Interesting stuff. Good luck to both teams in the conference tournament.


SPU 82 @ SFU 93

AHAHAHA. SPU actually tried to win (rather than just playing their seniors), the numbers are all normal, and yet they still lost because we get the feeling no one took it seriously. Good job Clan, ya done us proud!

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had six boards and 18 points; Tony Miller had 18 points and 11 boards; Joe Rasmussen picked up five fouls; Olivier-Paul Betu had eight boards; Gavin Long had 24 points and five fouls; and off the bench Hunter Eisenhower had nine points.

Clan highlights: Hidde Vos had nine boards and six assists; Michael Provenzano had 15 points; and JJ Pankratz bounced back after a very meh season, to have his way with the Falcons dropping 24 points on great shooting. Off the bench Othniel Spence had a fantastic game with 24 points, five boards, and a full house; Iziah Sherman-Newsome had 14 points and four boards; and Tyrell Lewin grabbed four boards.

Congrats the Clan on a very strong finish to the season, and to the Falcons: TGIO. Thank God It’s Over.


NNU 70 @ UAF 73

And UAF gets the win at home on senior night. Terrifying game. Very fun. Congrats to the Crusaders on a great season, being in the hunt for the conference tournament through the very last game.

Crusader highlights: Pol Olivier had 12 points; Jayden Bezzant grabbed five boards; Bouna had 20 points; Kaileb Rodriguez (can we make K-Rod a thing?) picked up five fouls;  Maurice Jones was insane (please come back Mo!!!!!!!) and had 23 points and 18 boards while playing 40 minutes; and Marko Lepovic had five boards off the bench.

Nook highlights: Nahjee had six assists while playing 40 full minutes; Bangaly had five boards; LaDonavan Wilder had 14 points and six boards; Zach Pederson had 18 points and eight boards; and Brandon Davis had 22 points, six boards, and five steals while also playing 40 full minutes.

Congrats to both teams on ending with a strong final game of the year!


While there wasn’t a ton of stuff mid-season this year, that means there should be quite a bit post-season. In a year of chaos where no given night meant anything about the next and implications were just as easily false flags, we feel like we know every team really well. There are so many guys on each team that we’re actually excited to talk about, so… That’ll be cool in the coming days.

Player-of-the-week stuff for this week and last is on the horizon, previewing the conference tournament is on the horizon, previewing the conference tournaments for the other two D2 West conferences is on the horizon. POW stuff is probably going to take a backseat. We will put up the final standings chart because we think it’ll go down as one of the most parity filled years of GNAC basketball ever. Lots of blogging still to be done. We’re excited. We’re excited to sit down and really take a long look at the bracketology, both before and after the conference tournaments. Post-season awards, all that good stuff.

The good news with SPU not making the tournament is that these three days of silence is the entirety of our mourning period. For those of you that haven’t been with us in prior years -SPU loses in the NCAA tournament and then the blog goes silent for months. This year we’re not really that depressed because the season itself was so depressing; the end simply brought relief. Now we’re just excited to watch a bunch of other guys that we love throw themselves into what should be a really chaotic and fun March.

More soon!

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 Tonight’s Games!

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.

Player-of-the-Week Noms!

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!

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.

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.

 

Conference Game Day #14

Alright, round two. This day was so much fun. Not for us personally, but when we got home and looked at the results from a conference perspective. We feel guilty writing “we don’t know, we don’t know, we don’t know” all of the time, but the results from this day completely supported the idea that no one can know, and thus it was a great day! It’s March Madness like every game day of the season!

Admittedly we also got to watch Tanner Omlid get a triple-double LIVE AND IN PERSON so that was cool too =) Congrats Tanner!!


WWU 88 @ UAF 94

Hoooooly bananas. We don’t even know what to say, just hoooooly bananas. Holy snow balls? Holy bear claws? WWU was putting it away and it looked like was on their way to a blowout and then the Nooks said “Uhm, NO.”

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford played 40 full minutes, went 11-12 from the line, and finished with 31 poitns and six boards; Logan Schilder had eight boards; Daulton Hommes had five boards and 18 points in another great display of defensive prowess; and Jeffrey Parker had 12 points. Off the bench Deandre Dickson had nine points, eight boards, and five fouls.

Nanook highlights: Nahjee had 36 points on good shooting while going 9-10 from the line and dishing five assists; Bangaly had a quiet game with 10 points; LaDonavan had a good game with a full house and 10 points among other stats; Zach Pederson was strong with 16 points; and Brandon Davis had another good game including a double-double with 13 points and 10 boards.

Crazy game. Proud of both teams. Proud of the Vikings for carrying on the tradition of losing to UAF -it could say big things; the 2012 team lost at UAF and won a national championship; the 2013 team lost at UAF and made the Final Four. Heads up, Men.


SFU 45 @ UAA 73

Oh dear. You made it through the trip SFU! The Seawolves and Bears got you a bit, but you’re still kicking! Time to use the experience to go and win against WOU and/or Concordia, eh?

Clan highlights: Michael Provenzano went 6-6 from the free throw line.

Seawolf highlights: Suki Wiggs was a free throw monster as much as ever, going 13-15 and finishing with 34 points and seven boards; Diante Mitchell had five boards; Spencer Svejcar had a nice bounce-back game with 22 points and five boards; Corey Hammell took the night off, only grabbing five boards (it’s okay, we forgive you Corey) while playing just 18 minutes; and Connor Devine had five blocks -not quite the D2 Kristaps, but working his way there; sad he’s a senior. Off the bench Damien Fulp had eight points and five assists.

Congrats to the Seawolves on keeping up their tenacity, don’t be too down on yourselves Clan -we’ll say it again: It’s hard to win at UAA.


SPU 70 @ WOU 84

This game was a straight up mess, initially for both teams, but then the Wolves pulled it out. They would have won by easily 30 with all of the turnovers SPU was handing over, but they kept missing open shots. The Falcons had some success getting them to the bottom of the shot clock, but then those shots started falling and it was all over.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten ahd five boards; tony Miller had 18 points and 12 boards; Joe Rasmussen had six boards; and Gavin Long had 25 points. Off the bench Nathan Streufert grabbed five boards.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had a TRIPLE DOUBLE with 15 boards, 11 steals, and 18 points, PLUS seven assists -at that point, we would’ve killed to see him get the quad. Aside from that, the rest of the Wolves were awesome too: Ali had 17 points; JJ continues to Boss, scoring 17 points and grabbing six boards; and off the bench Yanick Kulich had eight points.

Ridiculously proud of the Wolves; the opponent could have been easy to overlook and while initially they did, they really pulled it together for a great second half performance to kill whatever hope the Falcons might’ve had left when it had been close.


SMU 85 @ CU-PDX 78

The Saints were angry after Thursday? They’re a really good team? Por que no los dos? Si.

Saints highlights: Cple Preston did his thing, although this time that thing included five fouls among five assists and 12 points -we approve; Jordan Kitchen had 10 points and eight boards; Rhett Baerlocher had eight boards; Tyler Copp had 22 points and six boards; and Fred Jorg had a casual double-double with 10 points, 11 boards, and zero fouls in 18 minutes of play. Off the bench Trey Ingram had four assists and nine points; while Brandon Kenilvort made some noise with 14 points and nine rebounds.

Cav highlights: Drew Martin went 7-9 from the line and had nine boards and five fouls; Christopher Edward had a double double with 11 points and 14 boards; Jarrett Gray had a whopping 26 points; and off the bench Latrell Wilson had 14 points.

Relatively exciting game. Not super exciting, but relatively. We were curious to see which way it would go, at the very least.


MSUB 96 @ CWU 69

We’d say we’re surprised and we sort of are but we’re sort of not. MSUB proved early in the year that they’re a REALLY good team. Then they fell of a cliff. CWU had some doubts early in the year, but then proved that they too are a REALLY good team. Parity, parity everywhere. And in that MSUB won and won big and did so ON THE ROAD at CWU, which is seriously impressive. Unfortunately it’s all for naught; CWU’s bubble has likely burst by this point (although a lot depends on the other conferences) and so MSUB oddly enough just created another “needs the auto bid” conference tournament opponent that’s likely really angry at them. Fun. Times. But seriously -for those of us watching from the sidelines? 100%.

Yellowjacket highlights: PRESTON BEVERLY 32 points, 11 boards, six assists, and ZERO turnovers -we is so proud!; Kamal Tall had 10 boards; Jace Anderson had 16 points while going 4-4 fromd downtown; and off the bench KENDALL DENHAM had 19 points and seven boards on pretty darn near perfect shooting.

Wildcat highlights: Marc Rodgers had five assists; Dom Hunter had five boards; Jawan Stepney had 15 points and five boards; and Fuquan had 15 points and eight boards. Off the bench Jerome Bryant made his free throws and finished with nine points.

We’re honestly really stunned. We love the Wildcats, we believe in the Wildcats, and those are not Wildcat numbers. We can understand MSUB blowing out CWU because MSUB is a good team and blowouts happen, but… Nothing but respect. Wow. We truly didn’t expect to see the Wildcats shut down like that, especially not in their own house. Wow. Proud of you MSUB, big thumbs up.


What an amazing night of basketball. Thank-you guys, thank-you guys so much. Sorry the posts went up so late, we’ll get POW noms and the announcement up as soon as we can, and then a discussions post and updated conference standings page hopefully tomorrow.