We stopped doing player-of-the-week because Daulton had won it by the halfway point. The kid is straight-up productive and is actually getting us to be productive in our post-season stuff because there was an announcement yesterday that Trey Drechsel is officially transferring and we’ve heard rumblings that Daulton among others are on that list as well.
It’s been noted that Point Loma has one spot left and it’s Daulton’s for the taking. We’re not 100% on this by any means, but we agree with it and it makes complete sense. In fact, it seems a little conspiracy-y that we’re naming him player-of-the-year just as he’s supposedly about to head to PLNU, but really it’s not: Daulton Hommes is a Ryan Looney-style player and it’s been apparent since he stepped on the court for WWU, although Ryan Looney didn’t recruit him initially.
There can be a misconception about what makes a productive player and how many minutes are required. You can have a team of super productive players that all only see twenty minutes. It’s a ratio that goes between shots taken, free throws made, minutes played, and field stats earned/procured. There were plenty of nights when Daulton, Trey, Deandre, and Trevor all had super productive numbers. It’s also not impossible for a deep team like WOU to have guys all with high production stats, and we were starting to question our method because none of the WOU guys were showing up particularly high in production and yet they were winning, but… They just got bounced early. They’re not a particularly high production team. Cal Baptist is. It is what it is.
And what it is in this case is that Daulton is a fantastic basketball player that rebounds like heck, involves his teammates, takes smart shots, and bodies like his life is on the line. We love it. We love the style he plays in. As much as we’ll miss having him in the GNAC, we genuinely hope he transfers because he’s on a list of guys who’s talent we feel is being wasted by their head coach.
Congrats Daulton!! It’s a blessing to watch you and we can’t wait to see what your future holds.
LAST WEEKEND OF REGULAR SEASON CONFERENCE PLAY!!!!!!!! How exciting is this? Very exciting. The summary of what we can expect out of tonight’s games in regard to conference tournament seeding implications is that it’s complicated and we’ll talk about it in the morning.
All times pacific.
UAF @ MSUB @ 6pm
Fun fact: It’s currently 20 degrees colder in Billings than it is in Fairbanks. UAF is officially out of the running for the conference tournament via their loss to UAA on Tuesday, and so now it’s just a matter of pride. We’ll be curious to see what happens because the teams should be really well matched; we think UAF is the better team, but Alterowitz being a difficult place to play should never be overlooked.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
SFU @ CU-PDX @ 7pm
While we don’t doubt the Cavs could upset the Vikings, it seems unlikely, and thus this is the game that likely stands between them and an 0-20 season. Simon Fraser just gave UAA all they could handle, although failed to play much defense, and so… We’re not sure what to think. Yes, we think SFU is better than CU-PDX, but by how much and are they truly better? Both teams have suffered from unending amounts of disappointment via two potentially all conference guys playing below average for the entire season -SFU with Michael Provenzano and JJ Pankratz, CU-PDX with Jarrett Gray and Christopher Edwards. We think the Cavs are on paper better than both MSUB & SFU, but… It hasn’t been that way in reality, so we’ll see.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
WWU @ WOU @ 7pm
WWU killed WOU when the teams met at Carver during the first week of the season, but that was a long time ago and Tanner Omlid only played 21 minutes while Malik Morgan didn’t play at all, so we’ll see what happens with this game. We’re curious about it, while at the same time we’re not as curious as we might otherwise be, because these teams are likely to meet at least once more, if not twice, and so… It’ll be what it’ll be. Judging by what the Wolves have done as of late, we think it’ll be hard for the Viks to get a blow-out, but everything else is totally possible, so we’ll see.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
NNU @ SMU @ 7:30pm
On paper, SMU should beat NNU without issue. In reality, SMU was killed by the Nighthawks in Nampa, and so… It could be dicey, which makes us twitchy. We also worry about the motivation of the Saints, because they have already clinched this bid to the conference tournament, it’s not senior night, and the game back in Nampa was a long time ago. Hopefully they’re motivated; if the Saints are motivated, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue, but NNU is going to be fighting for their lives, so… We’ll see.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
CWU @ SPU @ 7:30pm
Anything can happen in a rivalry game and this one is intense under normal circumstances. This time both teams are fighting to make it into the conference tournament, putting the intensity up to 11. The big thing for the Falcons to be aware of is that they can’t let off the gas down the stretch, even if they’re up by 20. CWU is so clutch in the last five minutes of game clock, regardless as to what the score is, and we don’t doubt they’ll be that clutch tonight, so… We’ll see what happens.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Yup, every game is legitimately a pick ’em and thus it should be a really, really great night of hoops. We haven’t decided yet if we’re going to a game, but regardless we’ll be following along with all of them really closely and so tweet at us if you have thoughts and/or questions.
If you’re trekking within the I-5 corridor, remember: Cascadians have seizures at the sight of snow, so be sure to pack your patience, and remember that it will be nothing but black ice by the time the games end.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Alright, we’re back. We got really addicted to online crosswords. Wish that was a joke, but seriously we’ve done about 400 since Sunday morning.
UAF 60 @ WWU 70
UAF was never really in it, but at the same time we never felt like WWU was clicked in either. There was no doubt the Vikings were going to win, but… It was eh. Blake Fernandez is back in for the Viks, which is exciting, although ease-up/acclimate minutes, so we’ll see.
Nook highlights: Jalon McCullough had 14 points; Alex Baham had 14 points; Joe Lendway had five boards; and Michael Kluting had five boards. Off the bench Amenofis Mitchell had four boards and seven points; and Donny Wilder had five points.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had eight boards; Logan Schilder had nine points; Deandre Dickson had 16 points and six boards; Trevor Jasinsky had 14 points and six boards on near perfect shooting; Daulton Hommes had 19 points including going 5-5 from the line; and off the bench Brad Wallace had five boards.
Solid game for the Nooks, if not the desired result. Congrats to the Vikings on continuing to get the job done.
UAA 66 @ SFU 64
Hoooooly guacamole. This win means Anchorage should be good for the conference tournament. They’ve got a favorable schedule between UAF and MSUB and so it should be fine. Initially this game looked like it was going to be a blowout; it took until after the first media timeout for the Clan to score, but they kept grinding and sure enough, it came down to it.
Seawolf highlights: Malik Clements went 5-7 from the line and had five boards; DJ Ursury had 10 points and eight boards; Drew Peterson had 13 points; Josiah Wood had nine points; and Brian Pearson had 18 points and seven boards.
Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 19 points; Kedar Salam had 18 points; Tyrell Lewin had eight boards; and off the bench Jordan Muir-Keung had 13 points and five boards; while Bongani Moyo had five fouls.
The good news is Anchorage won. The questionable news is that these numbers are as good as we’ve seen UAA put up in quite some time and yet they barely squeaked by Simon Fraser. UAF vs. UAA is interesting because we feel like UAF has the better team but UAA has the better coaching, which makes them incredibly evenly matched.
SPU 74 @ MSUB 60
Color us shocked -we didn’t think the Falcons would lock in enough, but they did, although we’re still not happy with their rebounding, but whatever.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 26 points and seven boards; Gabe Colosimo had 10!! assists and just one turnover; Nathan Streufert had 10 points; and Gavin Long had 13 points. Off the bench Nikhil Lizotte and Hunter Eisenhower both had six points; and Trey Miller had seven boards.
Jacket highlights: Kobe Tereshima had 15 points; Kendall Denham had seven boards; Hafeez Abdul had sven boards; Zharon Richmond had 14 points; Zack Rollins had five boards; and off the bench Kamal Tal had six boards; while Sven Jeuschede had six points.
Great job by the Jackets on their rebounding and good luck against the Alaska schools.
WOU 89 @ CWU 59
We feel mildly responsible for this result because we were in a shouty mood. Fun times. We don’t care how far you’re up -always play like you’re down by two, that’s our philosophy.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had 13 points and six assists; Tanner Omlid had 14 points and 14 boards; Vince Boumann had five boards; Ali had 24 points!!; and Riley Hawken had six boards. Off the bench Demetrius Trammell had eight points; Darius Luborn had nine points; and JJ Chirnside had six boards.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had 20 points; Jawan Stepney had 11 points and five assists; Fuquan Niles had a whopping eight blocks and seven boards; and off the bench Sage Woodruff had eight points.
CWU thought this result was embarrassing. Oh no no no. It’s much more embarrassing to only beat an 0-16 team by three than it is to lose to the projected Regional host by 30. You’re fine Wildcats; the numbers largely check out.
CU-PDX 68 @ NNU 78
Concordia was in it and impressive and then by the end of the first half NNU went “wait, what the heck?” and put them back down. The Cavs still continued to fight though, it just wasn’t enough. Alright Cavs, you’ve got two more shots. Let’s see whatchu got.
Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had five boards and went 6-8 from the line; Bryan Michaels had 12 points and five boards; Chris Edward had nine points and five fouls; and Taylor Harris had five boards. Off the bench Cody Starr had 11 points and five fouls; and Hunter Sweet had eight points and five fouls.
Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa had 20 points on good shooting; Maurice Jones had 15 points, eight boards, and a full house; and off the bench Jayden Bezzant had 17 points and six boards.
Solid performance from the Cavs, and not the best numbers from the Nighthawks -all the better to bounce back and get the upset win against SMU, eh? Sounds like a plan to us.
Fun night of basketball. Teams were a lot more locked in than we expected them to be. Very few close results outside of UAA/SFU game, which is sort of good? Teams are turning it on and dropping the hammer, and as we zoom toward March that’s exactly what we like to see.
Game previews’ll be up at 10am per usual.
And today’s game, which starts soon.
All times pacific.
NNU @ UAF @ 4pm
This should be a fairly decent match-up. UAF has been coming on stronger while NNU has been weakening, but we still think they’re fairly evenly matched. NNU just got beat by UAA convincingly, while UAF lost a heartbreaker to CWU, so we’ll see what happens.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
MSUB @ SFU @ 7pm
Really good match-up. Michael Provenzano and Kendall Denham are fun because we’ve seen both play really well in the past, but haven’t really seen them play particularly well this year. We’ll see what happens. We lean toward SFU because Kedar Salam, Othniel Spence, Jordan Muir-Keung, and Tyrell Lewin outpace anything MSUB’s been able to put on the line.
Prediction: SFU wins.
SPU @ CU-PDX @ 7:30pm
Prime opportunity for Concordia to pick up a win because SPU is the only true rival of the Cavs in regard to doing less with more. SPU mathematically still has one of the most talented teams in the conference, even while losing two starters; Concordia still has both of their all conference players (Chris Edward and Jarrett Gray) but you’d have no idea with their 0-fer conference record. SPU can blow out the Cavs, but will they?
Prediction: Pick ’em.
SMU @ WOU @ 7:30pm
Really excited for this game. Ali finally had a great game for WOU, Luke Chavez may or may not be out for SMU, and as such: we have no idea what’ll happen. This match-up features the best two coaches in the conference along with a team of role players for the Saints and the best player in the conference as it comes to Tanner Omlid.
Prediction: WOU pulls it out.
CWU @ UAA @ 8pm
Excited for this match-up. Two really well matched teams, both with guys that have quite a bit of heart as cliche as it sounds. As noted: UAA continues to fight for a spot in the conference tournament they’re hosting, while CWU attempts to fight for one at all. We lean towards CWU just because we feel like their players have put out more evidence in regard to knowing what they’re doing. Anchorage will put up numbers, but the frequency of them being good numbers hasn’t been great.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Should be a fun Saturday night. Tweet at us!
And the phrase of the day is… ‘Halftime adjustments.’
CU-PDX 72 @ WOU 86
Pretty typical game. Concordia had some guys turn in a couple of monster performances and then absolutely nothing else, but we’re not concerned nor judgmental because seriously: it’s WOU.
Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had a good game with 12 points and five steals; and Chris Edward was on fire, going 13/15 from the field and 7/8 from the line and finishing with 33 points and eight boards.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had 13 points and five assists; Vince Boumann had nine points and six boards; and Ali had 13 points; and Riley Hawken had 12 points. Off the bench Demetrius Trammell had 14 points; Dustin Triano had nine points while being 3-3 from downtown; and JJ Chirnside had five points.
Good job to both teams on a game well-fought. To the Cavs: with the numbers you put up it looks like you should have lost by 35+ and yet it was only 14 and you out-rebounded them by five -progress, moral victories, yay.
WOU 71 @ MSUB 60
The score looks good in terms of what we projected… The game was nothing of the sort. WOU was slowly working their way up and then MSUB went on a HUUUUGE run and led by 10 or so. Then halftime happened and Jim Shaw Jim Shaw’d and while MSUB would bring it close again, ultimately the Wolves put the Yellowjackets away. Really good test for the Wolves, we’re super happy about it. We think even if they pick up another loss they’ll still host the Regional, but… Bend but don’t break. We’d rather have them fairly tested coming into post-season.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan has five boards and 10 points; Tanner Omlid had 14 points and seven boards; Vince Boumann had nine points and seven boards; Ali had six boards; and Riley Hawken had 14 points. Off the bench Demetrius had 10 points and Brandell Evans had six points.
Jacket highlights: Kendall Denham had 10 points; Hafeez Abdul had six boards; Zharon Richmond had five assists; and off the bench Tyler Green had 14 points; while Sven Jeuschede had five points.
Congrats to the Yellowjackets on putting up a good fight and great job to the Wolves for overcoming adversity.
SFU 69 @ NNU 82
For the most part this game was never a contest. NNU was largely in control the entire time and while SFU got it close there for a while, we had full faith that the Crusaders would walk it back up again. We honestly can’t figure out why they have such a good home nest advantage, because honestly the game experience is very middle-of-the-pack, but they do and we respect it.
Clan highlights: Kedar Salam shot well from beyond the arc, making 6-9 threes and going 4-4 from the line; Michael Provenzano had five boards and five assists; JJ Pankratz had 10 boards and a full house; Tyrell Lewin had seven boards; and off the bench Jordan Muir-Keung had nine points.
Nighthawk highlights: Obi Mewa had 10 points; Sam Roth was on fire and had 12 points; Jayden Bezzant had 16 points; Spider had seven boards; and Maurice Jones had a flawless full house among 11 boards and 17 points for the double-double. Off the bench Khalil Thompson had 12 points; Nikola Prvulj had five pionts; Marko Lepovic had four boards; and Felix White had six points and five boards.
Really like the numbers from the Nighthawks -nicely done men. Good effort as well from SFU.
UAF 59 @ SMU 80
SMU jump attacked the Nooks and early we were like “wow, we are going to be so wrong on this one,” alas the Nooks made a valiant effort at battling back, but then… HALF TIME ADJUSTMENTS. Nicely done Saints, this was a good redemption win to get.
Nook highlights: Davis Kimble had six boards and 14 points; Michael Kluting had 10 points; and off the bench Daulton Lootens had eight points; while Joe Lendway had 12 points.
Saint highlights: Matt Dahlen had a full house among seven boards and seven blocks (wow!!); Jordan Kitchen had 13 points; Rhett Baerlocher had nine points and six boards; and EJ Boyce had 17 points. Off the bench Caden Smith had six points; Tavian Henderson had seven boards and 13 points; and Cameron Chatwin had five points.
Nicely done to the Saints on the win, and to the Nooks: Relax. You’ll beat SPU on Saturday. It’ll be fine.
UAA 67 @ SPU 62
Another game earlier we were like “oh goodness, the Falcons are going to blow out the Seawolves because of course,” but noooope. We know this conference. SPU had a lead of 14 and then blew it. Congrats Seawolves on taking advantage of it!
Seawolf highlights: Malik Clements was AMAZING and scored 18 points; Josiah Wood started and scored nine points and grabbed six boards along with a full house; and off the bench DJ Ursury had 12 points and eight boards on good shooting.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had nine points and six boards; Gabe Colosimo had five boards; Nathan Streufert had a MASSIVE GAME with 18 points and seventeen boards; and Gavin Long had five fouls. Off the bench Nikhil Lizotte had six points; and Hunter Eisenhower had six points.
Interesting game. Congrats to the Seawolves on the win!
WWU 81 @ CWU 92
This game was straight up weird, because even if CWU had ended up winning, we didn’t think it would be a blow-out, and we thought WWU would have at least had control for a bit, but… They were never in control. Ever. And it was amazing in a sense because CWU turns up the gas in the last two minutes like no team we’ve ever seen and it’s amazing when the game is close and/or they’re down by a bit, but… They still managed to harness that same urgency and clutchness while up comfortably, and it was incredible.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had nine boards and 19 points while being a perfect 7-7 from the line; Deandre Dickson had five boards; and Daulton Hommes had 22 points. Off the bench Tyler Payne had six points; Brad Wallace had four boards; and Siaan Rojas had 17 points and six boards.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz 24 points, six boards, five steals, and four assists -WOW!!; Malik Montoya had nine points, 10 assists, and five fouls; Jawan Stepney had 21 points and five assists among a full house; Jerome Bryant had 11 points while being great from the line; and Fuquan Niles had 13 points and seven boards. off the bench Sage Woodruff had seven points; and Coleman Sparling had seven points.
Ridiculously proud of the Wildcats for pulling out the ‘W.’ A little disappointed in the Vikings, just because so many of these lines are so suspect, although honestly… We’re not that surprised about the bad lines; we are surprised about the three losses in a row, because usually the Vikings win despite bad numbers.
Differently exciting than we were expecting, but 100% great all the same. Congrats to all of the guys on playing hard, and… Tomorrow is another game day! Be safe, have fun, go GNAC.
Is it weird that we dream about figuring out what time games actually are? We had a dream UAF listed a game as being at 9:20, but we were in Fairbanks and mentally going “that’s so late! Why would they play a game that late? Is that pacific time in reality? Is that mountain time? Or is it actually Alaska time?” It was actually Alaska time and it still was late. Fun stuff.
All times pacific.
SPU @ WWU @ 3pm
On the one hand we’re like ‘oooh, intrigue!’ and it’s on Root Sports, which is very exciting, but… Will the game be very exciting? Potentially. Rivalry game. Tons of the guys played AAU together. Even without Tony Miller, we still think SPU has a really solid chance, but… There’s just no telling how this game’ll go. WWU could spend the entire time blowing out the Falcons, it could be close and SPU could win, it could be close and WWU could win, or SPU could even win comfortably. There’s just no telling.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
WOU @ UAA @ 6:15pm
Wolves vs. Seawolves. Another game that WOU needs to stay on their toes for. Yes Anchorage is worse than normal, but they’re used to being good and they play in that fancy arena to remind them that they are the pro sport of Anchorage (aside from the Seawolf hockey team) and so how cool would it be if they could upset the probable #1 seed in the West Region? Answer: Very cool for them, very irritating for us, so stay on it Wolves.
Prediction: WOU wins.
MSUB @ CWU @ 7pm
The Wildcats should win it. MSUB is on a bit of a losing streak, so they will want to come back from that, but… We haven’t been impressed with the Yellowjackets. The guys we expected to come out strong this year haven’t, and the two teams they beat to start off the year (Sonoma and East Bay) have been definitively not good, so our suspicion that their non-con didn’t mean much has proven correct thus far. Second half of conference play though, brand new Yellowjacket team? We’ll see.
Prediction: CWU wins.
SMU @ SFU @ 7pm
SMU is coming off of a fantastic win against the Vikings and the big thing for them is going to be staying on the gas and not having a let down game. The Saints are completely capable of losing this game, but… Hopefully they won’t. Is SFU capable of winning? Yes. Will they? Probably not.
Prediction: SMU wins.
CU-PDX @ UAF @ 8:30pm
We’re curious about this game. This is another game that could be a great opportunity for Concordia to get a win, and yet… UAF just got blown out by WOU, which is completely respectable, WOU is a super good team, but the Nooks are still going to want to get back on the right track and this Cavalier team should be a great way to do that.
Prediction: UAF wins.
Should be a fun day and night of games. We’ll be keeping an eye on all of it. Tweet at us!
All times pacific.
NNU @ MSUB @ 6pm
Really excited about this game because MSUB is notoriously hard to play at, NNU looked good and definitely has a good team but lost to CWU pretty badly, so they’re going to be looking to bounce back. MSUB had an “okay” non-con, we get what their record looks like but… When you dive into the schools, it becomes less impressive. Their best wins came in the first week of the season against Sonoma and East Bay, both of whom are now in the bottom three of the CCAA, so… Both teams clearly can win this game, the question is: who will? We don’t know.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
SFU @ SPU @ 7pm
We’re again really curious about the numbers. It should be a blow-out in SPU’s favor. Will it be? That is the question. We honestly have no idea. SFU is capable of the upset, SPU is capable of letting them upset, but the Falcons are also capable of blowing out the Clan to a ridiculous degree, so we’ll go ahead and fall somewhere in the middle.
Prediction: Like SMU, SPU wins comfortably.
WWU @ SMU @ 7:30pm
This should be a good game. WWU is clearly more talented but SMU clearly has a fair amount of talent and is much better at teamwork. The Vikings have the talent to win comfortably, but in our opinion they lose the coaching battle. Tony Dominguez has a history of doing less with more; Alex Pribble has started to consistently prove his ability to do more with less. SMU is a hard school to recruit to and yet Prib’s been able to take the best guys he can get, key in on their very different strengths, and create cohesion, so… On any given day, if they’re cohesive they can beat anyone; if they’re not, almost anyone can beat them.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Should be a great night of basketball, we’re excited to watch! Tweet at us!
Well… This is unexpected in that it went exactly as we expected, except for a few specific lines, but more about that in a bit.
Simon Fraser 66 @ Saint Martin’s 82
This is what happens when SFU faces a real team that not only has fairly skilled players but also a great amount of teamwork. Their already questionable numbers get more questionable and while they’re able to shoot, shoot, shoot, it doesn’t matter how much they shoot because the other team actually plays defense and so the shots don’t fall as much. It is what it is. It’s a learning experience.
Clan highlights: Kedar Salam went 5-6 from the line and had five boards; JJ Pankratz had a fairly good game with nine boards and 16 points along with a full house; Tyrell Lewin had 13 points and five boards on solid shooting. Off the bench there were decent numbers put up with Othniel Spence finishing with eight points; Jordan Muir-Keung five points and five assists (nice!); and Alex Vranjes five points while being 3-3 from the line. If our first impression of you is that you make your free throws, you’re doing something right.
Saint highlights: Tavian Henderson had 10 points, six boards, and a full house while being 5-6 from the field; EJ Boyce had 12 points; and Luke Chavez had four boards and five assists. Off the bench Jordan Kitchen made a statement with 17 points and five boards on good free throw shooting; Rhett Baerlocher had nine points; and BJ Standley continues on with 13 points.
Nicely done with the Saints -no particularly jaw dropping numbers but a great team effort that got the job done thoroughly while not doing anything stupid to exhaust themselves before the real match-up of the week. This gives us good feelings going into the WWU game on Saturday.
Western Washington 86 @ Seattle Pacific 80
These numbers… Of anyone in the conference, these are the two teams we know by far the best and yet we’re still surprised that the game was pretty much what we expected, and we were even more surprised when we looked at the actual numbers.
Viking Highlights: TREY DRECHSEL played fantastically with 27 points, eight boards, 8-9 from the line, on good shooting from the field; Deandre Dickson bounced back with 17 points and six boards; Trevor Jasinsky played a whopping 39 minutes and finished with 12 points; and Daulton Hommes continued to prove his steadfast amazingness with 17 points and nine boards rounding out a full house. Not much off the bench, although Blake Fernandez did provide 19 great minutes of support relief.
Falcon Highlights: Nathan Streufert started for this first time and had 11 boards; Tony Miller and had 23 points and seven boards while being 7-9 from the line. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 11 points while being 6-7 from the line; Harry Cavell had 12 points and five assists; and Hunter Eisenhower had a fantastic 16 points on knock-down shooting.
WWU got zero bench play, but SPU was lacking in starter play. SPU is still clearly a good team, but it’s really nice to see WWU living up to their potential with having Daulton, Deandre, Trevor, and Trey all functioning well on the same night. Good night for it to happen on. We’re really excited about the SMU game.
Really fun night of basketball. Game previews will be up at 11am tomorrow.
Topic: What we’ve learned and can extrapolate going into conference play.
We used to know something about GNAC men’s basketball. In our first year, we did because the GNAC was knowable. Enter the last two years where it’s been massive amounts of parity, except WOU always being amazing.
This year, admittedly some of what’s making it hard this year is that the Pac-West is an absolute mess in the same way we were last year, and playing so many games against them means that it’s hard to extrapolate the meaning of any given win, so… Maybe it’s not so much that we don’t know anything, as there’s just still not enough data, despite that 1/3 of the season is over.
These are our thoughts on each team as they stand now:
If they can gel, UAF could still put a fairly decent season together. Because of non-con, regardless as to what they do they will need the autobid, but making the conference tournament is still a possibility. Kimball Davis, Michael Kluting, and Alex Baham all show promise, plus Donny Wilder has been slumping and if he bounces back, that could make a huge difference.
This is part of why the season feels so strange. Everyone was telling us UAA would be great, we felt 60/40 about it but thought Jacob was fantastic, but we didn’t expect the Seawolves to be as mediocre as they are nor did we truthfully expect Jacob to have played as well as he has. It’s all going to be about him staying healthy and Coach Oz being able to get the rest of the guys up to speed. For the Seawolves the conference tournament is do or do not; there is no try, plus it would suck to miss it when you finally host it.
BETTER THAN NORMAL!!!!!!! We’re sooo excited about SFU, but unfortunately the other two conferences are such a mess that we can’t give them quite as much credit as we’d like. They’re also 0-2 in conference play, which helps nothing. Wait and see. Unfortunately their “up” year is coming in an up year for the rest of the conference too, so they may still end up in 11th, but they’ll probably actually win five or six games in conference, which is massively better than their usual 3-17 type performances.
We still think that they’re the deepest and the best in the conference, but with Trey slumping and Deandre adjusting to being a starter, Daulton has been carrying the load and it’s a lot different for a sophomore to carry the load than a senior (e.g. Tanner Omlid). We’re not convinced anything can really be done, because they have had performances like the WOU game, thus it’s just a matter of if things’ll click during any given game. It’s interesting -they have a lot of talent and so it’s much less teamwork reliant, but at the same time in games that are hard, they don’t have that propensity for falling back on teamwork.
We love Gabe Colosimo, but we are 100% not convinced that even with as perfect as he was in the Stanislaus game that all of their issues have simply come from not having him. This team is funny in that every single piece is there and yet often they just can’t get it to work as it should. Maybe it’s a youth thing?
This is the blue-collar version of SPU. They’re not as talented, but they’re more athletic, they care more, and they definitely have the mindset of “everyone is doubting us, forget the haters,” which is amazing. It’s funny -we’ve been bandwagon with SMU forever, but this year we feel like it’s so much more because Prib’s system is finally coming into place with his own players and we’re really getting to see this nitty gritty small school, beat the big dawgs, ‘win or lose they’re gonna feel it in the morning’ mindset, which is the best.
This is another school that we’re confused about and they did so little in non-con that we have no idea. On paper their numbers aren’t bad and the win against NNU looked really great, but one of the reasons we really like having CWU tickets: every game is up for grabs. They’re middle of the pack and so winning is always 50/50 in both directions. They can be upset by lower teams, they can beat the top teams, and so… We’ll see. We’re still saying they’ll make the conference tournament, but that’s largely because they did just beat NNU and NNU is going to be their main competition for that final sixth spot.
We loved their non-con and then they just lost convincingly to CWU and now we’re confused. We were like “oh, they’re definitely conference tournament bound,” and now… Who knows? They’ve clearly got the skills and we’re super impressed with Paul Rush’s system now that he’s had time to implement it. Simply getting Maurice Jones to stick around -that would have never happened under a prior coach, and so… Good things are on the horizon, but is the conference tournament one of them this year? We shall see.
They looked soooo good and then reality hit. We’re not anticipating a conference tournament berth. While we don’t talk about non-D2 games on this blog, we still keep an eye on all of them and look at all of the numbers, and… Honestly: We’re really not impressed. Kendall Denham needs to get his head back in the game because he’s a lot better than he’s been playing this year. It would be nice to see him actually play like we know he can, especially because it is in fact his senior year, but… There’s a good amount of doubt that he actually will, which is unfortunate.
*beats head against desk* Can an entire team be slumping? CU-PDX proves that yes, yes they can. They have so many guys that when we look down the roster we’re like “oh, he’s really good!” and yet… No. Literally though, looking down their roster: Jace Cates, Cody Starr, Jarrett Gray, Bryan Michaels, Christopher Edward, Taylor Harris, and Hunter Sweet all are legit, and yet… the Cavs are 4-8. We know Coach B too well for this to be a coaching thing -this is the whole “I sent a raft/boat/helicopter, what are you waiting for?” thing. Hopefully they figure it out, because depending on how much of a mess the rest of non-con is, they could be a dark horse for the conference tournament.
We bow down to Tanner Omlid and Jim Shaw because it appears as though it’s Tanner Omlid with a 2K rating of 99 and everyone else in the high 60s to low 70s, and yet… They have a quality non-con schedule and only one loss, that being to a super talented WWU teams. This is yet another variation on talent vs. teamwork, but they throw the best coach in the conference into the mix, so… No idea what their in-conference record will actually be. Something like 16-4 would be our guess, but it could be less, it could be more, and regardless: We think they’ll win the conference again, although don’t regret picking them 2nd because on paper they should be.
Ultimately: We still feel like we have no idea what we’re looking at, but also feel confident that when we get to the end of the season, we’ll understand why we have no idea.
We’re thinking we’ll do something of six posts, up at 11, 1, 3, 5, 7, and 9pm, so… Be on the lookout.
Contained in this one: Results from Monday December 18th & Tuesday December 19th.
Seattle Pacific 90 @ Stanislaus State 79
Well that was unexpected, and that result was closer than the game actually was; SPU won convincingly -it wasn’t some pull away at the end thing. The big difference in this game from every other this year was they finally had their anticipated starting point guard in Gabe Colosimo.
Falcon highlights: Sam Simpson had 11 points; Gabe Colosimo had nine points, seven boards, and eight assists with ZERO turnovers; yes, it was THAT big of a difference; Tony Miller had 18 points and eight boards; and Gavin Long had 16 points. Off the bench Nihkil Lizotte had 15 points; and Nathan Streufert five boards.
Congrats on a nice win, Falcons!
MSUB 88 vs. Chaminade 100 @ Hawaii Pacific.
It may be an ‘L’ but it’s still West Region! That’s what we call a Quality Loss™.
Yellowjacket highlights: Zharon Richmond had 17 points and six boards; and the bench was all-star with Kobe Terashima being 9-11 and finishing with 19 points and four assists; Hafeez Abdul 19 points and six boards while going 5-7 from the line; and Daniel Shedden had 17 points.
While it’s a loss, those are interesting numbers and interesting names, because honestly: We don’t recognize half of them, so it means we get new guys to watch out for and officially be excited about! Woo-hoo. Hi Kobe & Hafeez! Better luck next time on that whole result thing, MSUB.
MSUB 71 @ Hawaii Pacific 73
On paper it looked like two well matched teams and in reality it was and HPU got the ‘W’ but it was still a super great game played by MSUB.
Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham had an amazing 25 points on good shooting; Zack Rollins had 23 points; and Sven Jeuschede had 10 points. Off the bench Kobe Terashima had seven boards; and the bench collectively grabbed seven boards.
Yikes on those turnovers, but really good rebounding numbers, Jackets!
Alaska Anchorage 59 @ CU-Portland 55
What we expected: UAA to lose if Jacob Lampkin didn’t play.What actually happened: Jacob didn’t play and UAA won anyway.
Seawolf highlights: Maleke Haynes had 10 points; DJ Ursery had an amazing breakout game with 22 points and 12 boards along with a full house; Josiah Wood had five boards; Jack MacDonald had eight points; and Brian Pearson had eight boards. Off the bench Curtis Ryan had seven points.
Overall great rebounding numbers Seawolves! Congrats on a good win.
Cav highlights: Bryan Michaels had 23 points and eight boards; and Chris Edward had nine boards and five blocks. Off the bench Taylor Harris had five points; Hunter Sweet had five boards and six points; and Deandre Stallings had five points as well.
Every time Concordia loses it legitimately confuses us because we expect them to win. They’re definitively in the upper half this year, or at least they should be, and while we get that Anchorage has a great history and all of that… This was a completely winnable game for CU-Portland and arguably rather critical, so we’ll see about that.
Alaska-Fairbanks 60 @ Western Oregon 81
We had actually planned on going to this game but got stuck in a snowstorm in the Oregon Cascades. Good to see we didn’t miss anything.
Nook highlights: Amenofis Mitchell had nine points; Alex Baham had 10 points; Joe Lendway had six boards; and Michael Kluting had nine points and six boards. Off the bench: Jalon McCullough had six points; an Tre Eisenhut continues to impress with 13 points.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had nine points; Demetrius Tramell!! had nine points; Tanner Omlid had nine points and nine boards; Vince Boumann had 10 points, seven boards, and five assists, wow!; and Riley Hawken had 11 points. Off the bench Janvier Alaby had nine points; and Dustin Triano and Ali chipped in six points a piece.
Theory: Jim Shaw lets each of his starters hit 10 points and then says “enoughs enough.” Next thing you know he’s going to be listing Tanner Omlid as ‘DNP — Old.’ Riley Hawken got extra because he’s been slumping -we still believe in you Riley! You’re great. We missed you so much last year! Riley redshirted last year after playing fantastically at CU-Portland the year prior.
NNU 67 @ CWU 80
What we expected: A pick ’em game.
What actually happened: It was never close; CWU rolled the whole time.
Nighthawk highlights: Khalil Thompson had 22 points; Obi Megway had 16 points and five boards; Jayden Bezzant had eight points; and Maurice Jones was SILENCED with eight points and six boards. Off the bench Sam Roth had seven points.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had 15 points, seven boards, and five assists -whoa!; Jawan Stepney had 16 points and six boards; and Fuquan had a quiet game with 10 points and seven boards. Off the bench Marc Rodgers was 4-4 from the line; and Coleman Sparling had 10 points and six boards.
When we saw that Maurice Jones had a bad game, we assumed Fuquan had an insane game. Oddly enough nope. Go figure. Apparently they contained each other, lol. Really good win for the Wildcats -nicely done.
Congrats on some great wins, great SOS boosts, and continuing to carry on.