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Previewing Tonight’s Games!

Welcome to the first real day of conference play! Congrats to the Alaska schools on kicking us off correctly -you’ll get your summary tomorrow with the rest of the conference.

Now, let’s get down to business… To defeat… the huns! Er, Pac-West and CCAA, eh?

All times pacific.

SPU @ NNU @ 6pm

Not sure what we’re thinking about this game. SPU hasn’t looked as good as they usually do, NNU has looked a lot better than they usually do, NNU is a hard place to play, and yet… SPU is SPU.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


SMU @ CWU @ 7pm

We’d say SMU should take care of business, because they’ve more than proven themselves in non-con while CWU hasn’t, and yet… CWU is another hard place to play, and their students likely need to blow off steam in anticipation of finals, and what better place to do that than a basketball game?

Prediction: SMU pulls out a close one.


WOU @ SFU @ 7pm

SFU is better than normal. WOU has an amazing team. The Wolves need to be sure to take the Clan seriously, but as long as they do that they’ll be fine.

Prediction: WOU blows out SFU.


CU-PDX @ WWU @ 7pm

We’re really curious about this game because Concordia was impressive in non-con, but we still know so little about WWU -WWU plays the bulk of their non-con in December. On the one hand Concordia is well tested, on the other hand WWU is WWU and this is their first conference game back in a re-modeled Carver after being at Whatcom CC the past two years.

Prediction: The Cavs scare the Vikings but don’t defeat them.


MSUB @ UAA @ 8:30pm

Welcome to MSUB’s first real test, and it’s honestly not much of one -the only true “Wow,” play we’ve seen from UAA is Jacob Lampkin, and yet… who has MSUB played? They’ve won, but the numbers have been terrible, and it’s hard to play at UAA.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


Should be a good night, we’ll be following everything super closely although will be at the SPU/NNU game. Come say ‘hi’ – we’ll be in our usual spot.

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SMU 87, Hilo 74.

This was an interesting game and we’re starting to crunch the numbers because with three GNAC teams now having played Hilo and 2/3 winning, there’s starting to be a fair bit of good information, although we’re going to hold off on discussing it until next week because the Vulcans play CWU and SPU in a few days.

For the most part this game was a comfortably led by SMU the whole time. There was some tenseness in the first ten minutes, but after that the Saints largely rolled.

Saint highlights: Jordan Kitchen had both a double-double and a full house with 17 points, 11 boards, four assists, and four blocks among other stats; EJ Boyce had 14 points; Luke Chavez continues to impress with 20 points while playing 40 full minutes; and off the bench Jared Matthews had 16 points; while Tavian Henderson had five boards.

Congrats to the Saints on a game very well played & good luck in your preparation for Monterey Bay!

Player-of-the-Week is… Jacob Lampkin!

This is Jacob’s first year at Alaska-Anchorage, having transferred up from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.

Jacob played like we expect centers to play, and exactly as we saw him play on the high school level at O’Dea. We had a number of opportunities to watch him in high school and vividly remember him because he was a huge part of our scouting report, no pun intended.

This weekend he served as the one bright spot for Anchorage in the Hawaii Pacific game and then repeated the performance yet again against Chaminade. In the HPU game he had 12 points and 13 rebounds along with just three fouls -impressive in 29 minutes of play for a center. In the Chaminade game, he proved himself yet again scoring 16 points and grabbing 10 boards, while only picking up two fouls in 32 minutes of play.

Congrats Jacob on a great weekend of play and welcome to the GNAC!

Non-Con Day 1!

We’re really 50/50 on doing the whole “this is who did what this year,” and yet one of the reasons we do it isn’t because we think you guys can’t read the stat sheets yourself, but to highlight the players and be like “Hey, Daulton was fantastic, look at this!” in tangible form, and from that perspective it does make sense.


SPU 93 vs. Sonoma 100 in 2OT @ Cal State East Bay

Um, who knows what that means except it was ridiculous in every way and a great way to start off the year? Part of us is like “another year like last year where we know nothing about anyone would be fun,” and part of us is like “Good lord, give us some actual numbers.”

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 12 points and eight boards; Sam Simpson had eight points, 12 boards, and five fouls; Nikhil Lizotte went 7-8 from the line and had six assists in his GNAC debut; Tony Miller had 10 boards; and Gavin Long had seven boards and 24 points. Off the bench Nathan Streufert had nine points and eight rebounds.

Hard loss, but 2OT is always impressive.


MSUB 74 @ East Bay 72

Super great game, really fun to watch. Hysterical because no one knows anything about how good teams are supposed to be and while East Bay and MSUB both sit in the same range in their respective conferences, at the same time who knows? We could be watching two insanely good teams that are destined for the Regional. It’s the first game of the season, anything’s possible!

Yellowjacket highlights: Tyler Green had a fantastic GNAC debut with 22 points on good shooting; Kamal Tall logged a solid five fouls and five rebounds; Zach Rollins went 7-11 and grabbed six boards, ultimately finishing with 20 points in a whopping 39 minutes; and Daniel Shedden finished with six boards off the bench.

Admittedly we’re writing this while sitting at the game MSUB is playing, so… Go Jackets!


CWU 62 vs. San Bernardino State 81 @ CU-PDX

See, the problem with this being our fourth year of blogging is that every team is now ours, which means all of you are going to get the SPU treatment where we go ‘WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING?!?!’ Welcome to the land of our homerism; it sucks =)

Wildcat highlights: Jawan Stepney had six boards; and Fuquan had 10 points. Off the bench Khalil Shabazz had 28 points, six boards, and five steals -nicely done!! And Jerome Bryant had five boards.

C’mon Wildcats, back in the game today, let’s go!


SMU 95 vs. Fresno Pacific 79 @ WOU

NICELY DONE SAINTS!!!! Admittedly FPU is usually terrible, and you guys return a ton, but it’s still awesome, getting it done.

Saint highlights: Jordan Kitchen starts off the season with a bang and a double-double included 21 points and 10 boards; Rhett Baerlocher had 10 points; EJ Boyce had a fantastic 23 points including going 7/10 from the line. Off the bench BJ Standley had 11 points, five boards, and four assists; and Tavian Henderson had eight points.

Great job Saints, let’s keep it rolling!


SFU 87 vs. Hilo 75 @ WWU

HELLO SIMON FRASER!!!!! This is so exciting, we haven’t looked at the numbers yet and so… Let’s jump right in.

Clan highlights: Iziah Sherman-Newsome comes into the year strong with a double-double of 12 boards and 26 points; and Michael Provenzano did similarly with five boards, nine assists, and 15 points. Off the bench Othniel Speence had five points; and Jordan Muir-Keung had six points.

Keep rolling Clan!


UAF 58 vs. Chaminade 71 @ UAA

Honestly it’s whatever -UAF has pretty much a completely new team and so they’re going to need time to gel. UAF doesn’t schedule anything in non-con, so we feel like we won’t get a true read on them until conference play, but the problem with that is neither will The Committee.

Nook highlights: LaDonavan Wilder starts off the season strong with 12 points and six boards; and Davis Kimball comes in to the conference with a good performance of 23 points and six boards.


Monterey Bay 85 @ CU-PDX 88 in OT

NICE GAME CAVS!!!!! Admittedly CU-PDX returns a lot, but coming out ready to fight and go and get after it is awesome and we’re super proud of you guys.

Cavalier highlights: Cody Starr -hello! Congrats on your 16 points; Jarrett Gray, welcome back, 25 points and eight boards; and Christopher Edward also came back strong with 12 points and eight boards. Off the bench Bryan Michaels had 10 points; whileTaylor Harris had nine boards.

Nicely done on pulling out the win -go get another one today!


Point Loma 69 @ WOU 70 

Hooooly guacamole, congrats to the Wolves!! Both of you played in fantastic conference tournament games that almost propelled you to a bid in the Big Dance and it looks like you’re picking it up right where you left off.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had six boards, five steals, and a full house on terrible shooting; RILEY HAWKEN had nine boards -we’ve missed you Riley!; and off the bench Darius Luborn entered his GNAC career with a boom of 19 points on good shooting; and Ali Faruq-Bey had six boards.

P.S. Dear Tanner and Demetrius -what is wrong with you two?! Ice cold. Back in it today.


Notre Dame de Namur 45 @ WWU 87

Um, ouch. Good job on getting it done WWU.

Viking highlights: Logan Schilder had a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards; Deandre Dickson is now in the starting line-up and had 10 points; Trevor Jasinsky also moved up and scored 10; and Daulton Hommes, who is now oddly enough the grandpa of the starting line-up had 10 points. Off the bench Blake Fernandez had nine points on 3-2-1 perfect shooting; Brett Kingma had six points; Brad Wallace had eight points and four boards; and Siaan Rojas makes his GNAC debut with a great 12 points.

Good job Vikings? We’re proud of you and thank-you for getting the win for our conference.


Hawaii Pacific 65 @ UAA 51

WE WERE VINDICATED IN SWITCHING OUR PROJECTION!!! Sorry Seawolves, we love you and we really don’t care if we’re right or not, but usually it’s not so we’ve gotta take it where we can.

Seawolf highlights: Jacob Lampkin comes into the GNAC and gets a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards. Kylan Osborne had six points off the bench.

Arrrrghf. That’s “arf” in wolf/pirate.


Interesting first day of games. Naturally we know nothing, but it was still so amazing to have basketball back! Congrats on a great first day and let’s rack up the Ws.

Previewing Today’s Games!

Holy guacamole, welcome to Nutso November. Our schedule is a little wacky today (as is the game schedule), so the highlights of yesterday’s games will probably go up this afternoon at some point.

That said, let’s jump into previewing today’s games, seeing as one starts in under an hour.

All times pacific standard.


MSUB vs. Sonoma State @ Cal State East Bay @ 12pm

We’re curious about this game because not even Sonoma knows if Sonoma is going to be good, and both of these teams are coming off of close wins -Sonoma in 2OT and MSUB in regulation- and so we’ll see what happens. If both games in this tournament end as they did yesterday, it’ll be arguably the best basketball tournament we’ve witnessed… This year. Okay, the GNAC tourney was unbelievably fantastic too, but the more great basketball the better!

Prediction: Pick ’em.


SPU @ Cal State East Bay @ 2pm

No idea; we know nothing because it’s early in the season, the two games played in this tournament yesterday were insane, and there’s arguably an interesting dynamic that could be on display between these two teams in particular.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


CWU vs. Monterey Bay @ 3pm

CWU suffered a bit of an embarrassing loss yesterday, because seriously Wildcats?! You return more than anyone else in the conference outside of the Westerns and that’s how you play?! C’mon men.

Prediction: Monterey Bay wins.


CU-PDX vs. San Bernardino State @ 5pm

We’re sooo proud of the Cavs play yesterday and feel like they’re in a great position to keep the momentum going and get a win today.

Prediction: CU-PDX wins another close one.


SMU vs. Point Loma @ 5pm

Gah, we wish we were attending this game. It should be fantastic.

Prediction: Point Loma wins a close one.


SFU vs. Notre Dame de Namur @ 5pm

Is SFU legitimate or is Hilo terrible? If we go with the ‘SFU is legit’ argument then we expect them to beat ND de Namur convincingly.

Prediction: SFU is good this year; wins by 10 or so.


UAF vs. Hawaii Pacific @ 6:30pm

UAF lost to Chaminade by a fair bit, Hawaii Pacific beat Anchorage by a fair bit, thus…

Prediction: HPU blows out UAF.


WWU vs. Hilo @ 7:30pm

Our prediction is going to be that WWU wins every game until they don’t. Their team is stacked and we’re really excited about it.

Prediction: WWU blows out Hilo.


WOU vs. Fresno Pacific @ 7:30pm

Our prediction is going to be that WWU WOU wins every game until they don’t. Their team is stacked and we’re really excited about it.

Prediction: WOU blows out FPU.


UAA vs. Chaminade @ 9pm

Another game we’re really curious about because with the results of yesterday it looks like Chaminade and UAA could be a couple of well-matched teams because we think UAA is better than UAF and HPU is better than Chaminade.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


Have fun, be safe, go GNAC!

IT’S THE FIRST DAY OF THE SEASON!!!!!

It’s finally here!!!!! We ultimately swapped a couple of our prognostication picks just because we have a standard of not projecting transfers to do anything until we actually see them play D2 games.

This year the only teams that truly return adequately proven D2 basketball players are the Westerns -that is Western Washington and Western Oregon- and so we abandoned all of our pre-season gifs and basically everything and figure the last week of November is destined for our blog blitz because we’ll finally actually know something. Maybe.

That said… We can preview today’s games, because we do have lots of questions about them.


All times pacific standard.

Seattle Pacific vs. Sonoma State @ Cal State East Bay @ 12pm

Seattle Pacific was terrible last year but in our opinion it’s addition by subtraction; we like what they have coming back seeing as they return basically everything on a team that displayed good fundamentals -just an exceptional amount of youth and a brand new coaching staff. Sonoma is usually upper middle of the CCAA and made the Regional last year, so it should be a good battle.

Prediction: Sonoma State wins a close one.


MSU-Billings @ Cal State East Bay @ 2pm

MSUB loses Preston Beverly but returns Kendall Denham, Kamal Tall, and Sven Jeuschede, so they’ve got that going for them. Cal State East Bay is breaking in a new coach, but we swear by him (our grad school coach) and they did better than they have in the past last year, so… We think they’ve got potential.

Prediction: East Bay wins, but no idea on the margin.


Central Washington vs. San Bernardino State @ CU-PDX @ 5pm

San Bernardino didn’t do much last year and we like what CWU returns, despite their embarrassing performance against NAIA Northwest.

Prediction: CWU wins, but not particularly comfortably.


Saint Martin’s vs. Fresno Pacific @ WOU @ 5pm

We ended up switching them ahead of Anchorage in our prognostication because they return more than we realized, which is awesome. They should win without issue, although they are a team that tends to improve quite a bit throughout the season, so a loss would be nothing to panic about.

Prediction: SMU wins a close-ish one.


Simon Fraser vs. Hawaii-Hilo @ WWU @ 5pm

BRAND NEW CARVER!!!!!!!! Simon Fraser actually returns a lot, and so we’re not entirely confident in our pick of them being last in the GNAC. Players we’re really curious to see the improvement of include Othniel Spence, Michael Provenzano, JJ Pankratz, and Tyrell Lewin. We’re also excited to see what Hilo does against GNAC teams this year -thanks again to the Vulcans for coming up and swinging down through the Washington schools; everyone benefits from it.

Prediction: Hilo wins, although not a blow-out.


Alaska-Fairbanks vs. Chaminade @ 6:30pm

No idea, but it should be a good match-up because the teams usually sit in fairly similar places in their respective conferences. We’re curious about UAF, but honestly they return so little that we’re not sure this game is really going to tell us anything.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


CU-Portland vs. Monterey Bay @ 7pm

We’re reaaaaally intrigued by this game because it’s yet another match-up of teams that have started to sit in similar spots in regard to middle of the conference. We love what CU-Portland returns and we can’t wait to see the great numbers they’ll put up.

Prediction: CU-Portland pulls out a win at home.


Western Oregon vs. Point Loma @ 7:30pm

We’re super curious about this game. A couple of really good coaches that almost willed their teams to NCAA Tournament bids facing off to start the season. Western Oregon, obviously we’re excited about keeping Tanner for a year -we didn’t expect him to win player of the year last year, but numbers are numbers, and this game should have fantastic ones for both teams, although probably nothing insane regard to being super low scoring or high scoring; it should be balanced.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


Western Washington vs. Notre Dame de Namur @ 7:30pm

WWU returns everything and NDdN is usually terrible, so it should be a good warm-up for the Viks, provided they take it with at least a modicum of seriousness.

Prediction: WWU wins in a blow-out.


Alaska-Anchorage vs. Hawaii Pacific @ 9pm

HPU had a good run last year and Anchorage returns almost nothing, but supposedly they’ve gotten in some really amazing transfers. Unfortunately for Anchorage, we were subject to an awful former D1, two-time Oregon 5A state player of the year that was bad enough we named a rule after time: The Jake Ehlers Rule, which means we don’t count transfers in regard to pre-season rankings nor predictions -we need to see people play in actual D2 games.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


Good luck to all involved, we’ll be keeping a super close eye on everything, and…

Let’s go GNAC, get some Ws!

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.

Player-of-the-Year is… Tanner Omlid!!

Tanner… Wow. Highlights include the elusive triple double, plenty of double-doubles, and actually a reasonable number of minutes averaged -he wasn’t a 38-39 minute per night guy, which makes these numbers especially nuts. He has what we consider to be the premier intangible in that he appears to be able to think through “What’s Important Now?” as he’s actively playing, which is insane and amazing. He plays the game of basketball in the correct way -he’s everywhere, doing everything, and his effort is apparent at all times. He’s not the most athletic guy, but he utilizes the tools he’s been given well.

Tanner is a fantastic team player with great court vision and an integral understanding of the game of basketball. He can go off, that is for sure, but he also trusts his teammates abilities to go off -that’s how you got dynamite performances out of guys like Ali, Demetrius, and Malik. Tanner never worried about what his numbers were going to be like and that’s likely what set him apart, and lifted him to Player-of-the-Year status.

Congrats Tanner -we’re so happy we get to keep you for another year, and can’t wait to watch you again soon!!

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 😉