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Previewing Today’s Games

Helloooo from Seattle! Snow is inbound for the low land tomorrow night, so we’ll see how that goes, and… We’ll see how these games go too.

All times pacific.

UAF @ WWU @ 3pm

WWU shouldn’t have any issue with UAF, but UAF is fighting for a place in the conference tournament and also should be wanting some revenge for WWU winning up there, but… Probably not gonna happen.

Prediction: Viks take it.

SPU @ MSUB @ 4:15pm

MSUB’s only role now is that of the spoiler while SPU should be aware that they’re still fighting for a place in the conference tournament. Billings is a hard place to play and so if the Falcons don’t focus, they’re gonna go down and make it that much reliant on others for their spot in Anchorage.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CU-PDX @ NNU @ 6pm

NNU is coming off of a super close loss to WOU, while CU-Portland is still looking for their first conference win after a close loss at CWU. Is this the game that it happens? Arguably it’s one of two left on the schedule that loom as big possibilities -next week the Cavs take on SFU on Thursday, which’ll be the other one.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

WOU @ CWU @ 7pm

CWU narrowly escaped over CU-PDX and WOU narrowly escaped over NNU. Both were unexpected narrow victories because both teams usually would have vastly outclassed their respective opponents, and shockingly this game could go a couple of directions. On the one hand, CWU loves getting up for big games, and this is a big game -WOU only has one loss, the Wildcats are fighting for a place in the conference tournament. On the other hand, WOU only has one loss and it would stun us if this was the night they picked up another, just because CWU is feisty WOU is going to want to bring the hammer down. We’ll see what happens. We could see either team winning a close one or WOU winning a blow-out, but we don’t think CWU will blow out the Wolves.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

UAA @ SFU @ 7:30pm

We’re super excited for this match-up. UAA is fighting for a place in the conference tournament, SFU is down to playing the spoiler, but both teams are decently matched-up. We’re super proud of the Clan for their dominating victory over the Nooks on Thursday and we think they’re ready to keep the ball rolling against the Seawolves, but the question is will they. The Seawolves as noted need this win to keep their conference hopes alive, and while they have one of the easier paths to the conference tournament, Alaska-Fairbanks has that same “easy” path so the fights are for real.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


Conference Game Day #18

Fun night of games, another team gets by Concordia unscathed, so let’s talk about it!

SPU 76 @ SMU 80

SPU led for quite a while and then SMU came back in, was up for a bit, and then very back and forth before the Saints put it away in over time. Great effort by both teams.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 22 points and seven boards on good shooting; Harry Cavell had 11 points and five boards; Gabe Colosimo had five boards and six assists; Nathan Streufert had 15 points and 10 boards for the double-double; and Gavin Long had six boards. Off the bench Nikhil Lizotte had 15 points.

Saint highlights: Luke Chavez had 31 points, seven boards, and six assists; Matt Dahlen had 12 points, 10 boards, and five fouls; Jordan Kitchen had six boards; and Rhett Baerlocher had five boards and five fouls. Off the bench Jared Matthews had nine points and six boards; and Tavian Henderson had seven points.

Congrats to both teams on a hard battle well fought.

SMU 77 @ MSUB 60

This game was never a game, SMU just came in and said “we’re locking up our bid to the conference tournament now,” and went right ahead and did it. No outstanding play from any particular player, but good play from a bunch of players, which is exactly what we like to see late in the season. If you want to go fast go alone; if you want to go far, go as a group.

Saint highlights: Luke Chavez had five assists; Matt Dahlen had 10 points; Jordan Kitchen had 13 points and a full house; Rhett Baerlocher had 12 points and five boards; and EJ Boyce had 12 points and five assists on great shooting. Off the bench Jared Matthews had six points, four boards, and four assists; BJ Standley had seven points, four boards, and four assists; and Tavian Henderson had eight points.

Yellowjacket highlights: Kobe Terashima had five boards; Zharon Richmond had 24 points; Zack Rollins had 15 points and six boards; and off the bench Jordan Perry had seven points.

Really, really happy with SMU’s numbers, congrats on clinching a berth in the conference tournament, and keep on keeping on.

UAF 51 @ SFU 83

Admittedly this is the type of score we were expecting when SFU played MSUB. Go figure. Congrats to the Clan on a huge spoiler win, and good effort to the Nooks -you’re still in it, keep fighting.

Nook highlights: Tre Eisenhut had 10 points; Dalton Lootens had seven boards; and Michael Kluting had 17 points and seven boards. Off the bench both Amenofis Mitchell and Davis Kimble had seven points.

Clan highlights: Jordan Muir-Keung had a huge game with 19 points and five assists on great shooting; Kedar Salam had 31 points and a full house; Michael Provenzano had eight assists (WOW!!!); and Tyrell Lewin had seven boards. Off the bench Bowen Bakken had six boards; and Bongani Moyo had six points.

Nicely done Clan, and time to get back on the iceberg Nooks -there are more fish in the sea, y’all’ve got three games left; get after it.

CU-PDX 76 @ CWU 80

It’s odd to say, but it was a prototypical Concordia game where they were in it for a really, really long time before the other team was able to put it away in basically the final two minutes. It seems like more than half of their games have gone that way. You’re like “Oh, Concordia is going to finally their win!” Noooope. Congrats on the Wildcats for staying focused and getting the ‘W’.

Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had 19 points and six boawrds; Chris Edward had 18 rebounds and went 8-8 from the line; and off the bench both Cody Starr and Hunter Sweet had four boards.

Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had nine points; Malik Montoya had fie boards and a full house; Jawan Stepney had 15 points and seven boards; and Fuquan Niles had a full house among 12 points, 10 boards, and a whopping seven blocks -soooo close to the trip dub. Off the bench Naim Ladd had four boards; and Sage Woodruff had 23 points and a four boards among a full house.

Really proud of the Wildcats for pulling this out. It was pointed out to us that you have the most brutal end of season schedule of anyone, so… Good luck with that. WOU + Spartin. Yikes.

WOU 70 @ NNU 67

Pretty typical Wolves game through the first half. They ended up up by 10 or so going into the half and we were like “okay, they should push away.” No, no, no, not according to the Nighthawks. As we recall it got really competitive around the 10 minute mark in the second half and it was a heart attack from there on out. Congrats to the Wolves for pulling it out and big kudos to the Nighthawks for terrifying them as such.

Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had six boards; Tanner Omlid had 16 points, seven boards, five assists, and four blocks; and off the bench Janvier Alaby had five points; Dustin Triano had nine points; Brandell Evans had four boards; and JJ Chirnside had a great game with 17 points.

Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa had a nice bounce-back game with 16 points and six boards; Sam Roth had five boards and a full house; Spider had six boards; and off the bench Marko Lepovic had four boards.

Again: Congrats to both teams on fighting really hard, valiant effort by all of you. We don’t believe NNU is technically out of the hunt for a bid in the conference tournament, although they will need to win out from here and that includes not being upset by Concordia as well as beating Spartin, so… Difficult road, but not impossible.

UAA 56 @ WWU 66

Initially the Viks were playing down to the Seawolves, but by the second half it was fine and we felt confident that concerning things weren’t about to happen, so it was all good. Still -congrats to the Seawolves for going toe-to-toe with a good WWU team, from here on out you guys should have an advantage, so we’ll see.

Seawolf highlights: Malik Clements had 10 points; DJ Ursery had 11 points; Josiah Wood had nine points; Brian Pearson had nine points; and off the bench Curtis Ryan had nine points.

Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had five boards; Logan Schilder had seven boards; Deandre Dickson had a great game with 17 points, seven boards, and a full house; Trevor Jasinsky had seven points; and Daulton Hommes played 40 full minutes and had 14 points and six boards. Off the bench Siaan Rojas had eight points, six boards, and five assists.

Congrats Vikings on taking care of business. Team first basketball., we like the numbers, although Trey continues his streaky shooting, which is a bit of a head scratcher but go figure.

Great night of games, congrats to all on playing hard. Game previews up tomorrow.

Previewing Tonight’s Games

BASKETBALL IS BAAAAACK!!!!! We’ve felt like posting stuff this week but didn’t feel like we had anything insightful to say and so we skipped it, but we have missed you all ❤ Hope you had a great Valentine’s Day. Our big plans… We shared a heart shaped pizza and watched the Bill Walton commentated Golden State/Portland game. It was amazing except for that whole Golden State losing thing, but oh well.

All times pacific.

SMU @ MSUB @ 4:15pm

SMU just won a close one against SPU, MSUB did the same against Simon Fraser. The Yellowjackets we believe technically aren’t out of the race for the conference tournament, while SMU is all but guaranteed a bid, so it could be a pretty energetic game. The Saints are going to need to be on their toes, but ultimately should be fine.

Prediction: SMU wins.

UAF @ SFU @ 5:15pm

UAF is coming off of a close loss to CWU, while SFU is coming off of a close loss to MSUB. Both teams should be super motivated and it should be a really good game. We love this UAF team and think they’re better than SFU, but that doesn’t mean they’re win. It’s pretty darn well matched and we look forward to following along.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

WOU @ NNU @ 6pm

Initially intrigued about this game. NNU gives teams problems at home, and while we don’t see WOU losing to the Nighthawks, we do see them being more uncomfortable than they often are. It should be good, they should eventually pull out the win, probably even convincingly, but at least the first half, if not part of the second half should be interesting.

Prediction: WOU wins.

CU-PDX @ CWU @ 7pm

Is this the game CU-Portland gets their win? Probably not, but it could be exciting all the same. CWU has a penchant for late-game theatrics, and we feel like they’re probably not going to take the Cavs as seriously as they should from the beginning, especially with the potential of a WOU upset looming on Saturday, so… Cavs need to take advantage of it, and CWU needs to nip it in the bud.

Prediction: CWU wins.

UAA @ WWU @ 7:30pm

This should be a pretty standard game for the Vikings. UAA is going to want to try and get the upset, but… It’s gonna be hard in Carver, the big thing in this game is also for the Vikings to not underestimate the Seawolves. The Seawolves have been playing cohesively as of late, if not the best numbers, and so WWU is going to need to focus on not playing down to the competition. As long as they do that, it’ll be fine, but if they don’t it could get dicey.

Prediction: WWU wins.

Should be a great night of hoops. We’ll be keeping a close eye on everything. Tweet at us!

Previewing Tonight’s Games

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!

Conference Game Day #15

Jumping right in…

SFU 64 @ WWU 86

Never close. WWU is done with messing around. Three losses in conference is three too many and they’re not in the mood to allow another one, good on you Vikings.

Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 12 points; Jordan Muir-Keung started and had 10 points and five boards; Kedar Salam had 23 points and five boards; Michael Provenzano had 10 points; and Tyrell Lewin had eight points.

Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had 13 points and nine boards; Logan Schilder had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards; Deandre Dickson had 15 points, seven boards, five assists, and five blocks -WOW!!; Trevor Jasinsky had 11 points and five boards; and Daulton had 15 points. Off the bench Brett Kingma had eight points; and Brad Wallace had 11 points.

Nicely done to the Vikings, good luck to the Clan on Saturday against the Yellowjackets.

MSUB 65 @ WWU 91

We apparently got the blues confused in our dream, because WWU rolled the entire time. Super proud of the Vikings!

Yellowjacket highlights: Hafeez Abdul had 18 points and seven boards; Zack Rollins had seven boards; and off the bench Tyler Green had 16 points.

Viking highlights: Trey Dreschel had 13 points, nine boards, and seven assists among a full house of stats; Deandre Dickson had 15 points and seven boards; Trevor Jasinsky had 23 points including going 6-6 from the line; and Daulton had a quiet game with a flawless full house including 13 points. Off the bench Brett Kingma had six points; and Siaan Rojas had 10 points.

Nicely done taking care of business, Viks; MSUB, good luck bouncing back at SFU. Oddly enough… We feel like the Jackets may have overlooked the Viks, counting it as an anticipated loss, meanwhile looking forward to what should be a competitive game in Burnaby.

SMU 71 @ CUPDX 58

Oh how little that score tells. Concordia game out to a RAGING start and mentally we were like ‘Seriously Saints? Don’t do this.’ And then it persisted until the half and we were like ‘Whoa, Concordia is maybe gonna get their ‘W’ they’re looking pretty good,’ and then of course: Halftime adjustments. SMU made them and made them well and… See score.

Saint highlights: Rhett Baerlocher had 17 points and nine boards; EJ Boyce had 13 points; and off the bench Jared Matthews had nine points and seven boards; Tavian Henderson had eight points, six boards, and four assists among other field stats; and Michael Painter had seven points.

Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had a good game with 18 points and six boards; Chris Edward had 10 points and seven boards; Taylor Harris had six boards; and off the bench Tyler Wells had five points.

Congrats to SMU on making great adjustments and getting the ‘W.’ Good luck to the Cavs against SPU on Saturday -we think this would be a great game for you to finally get an in-conference win.

SPU 81 @ WOU 95

The score is prototypical and while SPU led for a while, was it ever in doubt for WOU? In our mind no. Maybe the one thing that stood out to us about this game is that Tanner Omlid played 40 minutes, and that’s about the best compliment WOU can give any team.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 10 boards; Nathan Streufert had 17 points and eight boards; and Gavin Long had 11 points and five fouls. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 11 points; Nikhil Lizotte had 13 points; and Hunter Eisenhower had six points.

Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had 16 points, six boards, and five assists; Tanner Omlid had 32 points, five boards, seven assists, five steals, and five blocks for a seriously impressive full house; Vince Boumann had 10 points and six boards; ALI HAD A SUPER GREAT GAME including being 12-12 from the line and finishing with 25 points; and Riley Hawken had eight points and six boards.

Interesting numbers put up by the Wolves. We’re now really curious to see what they do against SMU on Saturday. SPU is doing more with less, SMU is doing less with more, and the back-to-back makes for a great dichotomy.

CWU 79 @ UAF 76

Another one of those games where we were like “oh, CWU is gonna win this without issue,” and then UAF turned up the teamwork and then they got a big lead and we were like “okay, halftime adjustments, go Nooks?” and then it was a battle. Two really fun teams to watch.

Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had a great game with 26 points and nine boards; Malik Montoya had six boards; Jawan Stepney had five boards; and Fuquan Niles had nine points, five boards, and five blocks. Off the bench NAIM LADD had six points (we’re just happy to see him appear at all, finally); Sage Woodruff had 15 points; and Cameron Williams had four boards.

Nook highlights: Alex Baham had 17 points and five boards; Joe Lendway had nine points; Michael Kluting had 14 boards; and off the bench Amenofis Mitchell had 11 points on perfect shooting.

Congrats to both teams on a hard game well fought.

NNU 48 @ UAA 59

So excited for Anchorage! This game was never in doubt and they came out swinging. They’re gelling at the right time as they push to try and make the conference tournament in a year when its being hosted at home.

Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had five boards; Jayden Bezzant had 20 points; Maurice Jones had 10 points and 10 boards; and off the bench Marko Lepovic had six boards; and Felix White had five.

Seawolf highlights: DJ Ursury had seven boards; Josiah Wood started and had seven assists; Brian Pearson had 10 points seven boards, and a smattering of other stats for both the full house and the double-double. Off the bench Malik Clements had nine points and five boards; Jack Macdonald had nine points; and Eric Jenkins had five boards.

The Nighthawks’ll have a great chance to bounce back against the Nooks, and the Seawolves will have a great chance to keep it going against the Wildcats. We love this particular match-up of pairings because they do match-up so well and so Saturday should be a fun day.

Fun night of hoops. Game previews’ll be up tomorrow in the AM.

Previewing Tonight’s Games

Yup, we’re still doing it, just being a little bit lazy. Doldrums of the college season + NBA trade deadline chaos = lack of productivity.

That said… Let’s preview some GNAC basketball! Woo-hoo!

All times pacific.

MSUB @ WWU @ 7pm

We had a dream that MSUB blew out WWU. We have no idea how accurate the dream was, but… if it happens, we’ll be shocked. On the one hand we’re like “well, it could happen,” but on the other hand we’re like “seriously!? That’s not happening.” But just incase…

Prediction: Pick ’em.

SMU @ CU-PDX @ 7:30pm

SMU should take care of business. Concordia is still looking to get a win. We think their odds are better against SPU than against SMU. SMU just needs to remember to take this game seriously, because the thing about Concordia is they have talented players, they just can’t seem to make those players work well together.

Prediction: SMU wins.

SPU @ WOU @ 7:30pm

You know that scene in The Princess Bride where they’re sitting there with the poisoned drinks and Vizzini is logic-ing himself in a circle? That’s how we feel about this game. SPU can’t win at WOU. Doesn’t matter how bad the Wolves are or how good the Falcons are, it’s just one of those quirks. And now the Wolves have the best coach and the best player in the conference (with admittedly mediocrity aside from that) but SPU is still arguably the most talented team, and so… You get a circle that also goes “But SPU can’t win, this isn’t the year they’ll do it, maybe next year, but not this year,” “But you need to expect the unexpected.” And so we feel like an idiot with what we’re about to write, but… WWU beat UAF at UAF, and thus:

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CWU @ UAF @ 8pm

This should be interesting because CWU has more talent but UAF has shown some really good teamwork. Mix that with the Nooks home court advantage and literally no result would surprise us. CWU could win big, UAF could win big; UAF could win close, CWU could win close. There’s just no telling.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

NNU @ UAA @ 8pm

Another super interesting game because UAA has been gaining ground and we’re super pleased with the Seawolves development throughout the season, while NNU if anything has regressed throughout the season. Admittedly NNU’s regression this year is still better than they’ve ever really been consistently in years past, so it makes games consistently interesting. We think the game’ll probably be close, but have no inclination as to who gets out of it with the ‘W.’

Prediction: Pick ’em.

We’re excited. Should be a good night of hoops. Tweet at us!

Previewing Today’s Games

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!

Conference Game Day #11

AND WWU GOES DOWN!!!!!!!!!! Big congrats to SMU -we knew you could do it, we were literally wearing an SMU tee shirt yesterday because we believed in you guys so much.

Lots of fun games, really great night of basketball, so let’s talk about it!

CWU 99 @ NNU 89

Had we discussed this game beforehand it would have been a pick ’em and it honestly wasn’t; CWU was in control the whole time. A couple of guys went off and Khalil Shabazz was bumped to the bench but killed it, and so… We’ll be curious to see what the Wildcats do on Saturday. That said: it’s not who starts the game, but who finishes it.

Wildcat highlights: Jawan Stepney had 12 points; Jerome Bryant had five fouls; and Fuquan had yet another quiet game grabbing just seven boards. Off the bench was where the party truly started: Khalil had 21 points and six boards on great shooting; Sage Woodruff had 26 points; and Karsten Chaplik actually did something, scoring 12 points!

Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa had 17 points and five boards; Jayden Bezzant had 23 points and a full house on good shooting including being 6-6 from the line; and Maurice Jones had a solid game iwth 18 points and five boards among a full house of stats. Off the bench Nikola Prvulj had eight points and five fouls; and Spider had 11 points and eight boards.

Not a bad game from NNU, but they were never in it, and… This is an underrated rivalry. A lot of the travel partner “rivalries” in the GNAC are forced; this one is one of them, with NNU’s actual rival being College of Idaho & CWU’s rival obviously being WWU, and yet… The Cenazar rivalry is growing. Usually we base it on “chaos that can possibly happen” this was an oddly chaotic result because on paper they’re very well matched and yet CWU has dominated NNU this year. Fun stuff.

MSUB 76 @ NNU 86

MSUB would get back with in a possession and then NNU would pour on the gas and go up by a lot again. The score is pretty accurate; we were never concerned that NNU would lose, but we were questioning why we thought MSUB could possibly win. Go figure. We love and believe in every team, even when we shouldn’t? Probably. But usually we’re still pretty good about living in reality.

Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham had five boards; Zack Rollins had 27 points and five fouls; off the bench Kobe Tereshima had 10 points on good free throw shooting; Zharon Richmond had 14 points and four blocks; and Daniel Shedden had five points.

Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa continues his steadfast reliability with 13 points and five boards; Jayden Bezzant started and had 20 points; Spider also started and had 11 boards; MAURICE JONES!!!!!!!!!! Still not as good of shooting as we’d prefer, but he did have a great game for anyone else, finishing with 22 points and fifteen boards among a full house; and off the bench Khalil Thompson had 12 points.

Congrats to the Nighthawks on a great performance -starting to turn up the heat at the right time; good luck to the Yellowjackets on bouncing back against the Wildcats.

CU-PDX 57 @ UAA 62

This was kind of a wacky game. Part of us in hindsight is like ‘we should have just straight-up predicted UAA to win’ because it was completely expected and at one point they led by 10 or so, but… The pace was a little odd. Much as we’re like “WE DON’T KNOW YOU!” about UAA, their response is “WE DON’T KNOW OURSELVES EITHER!” so it is what it is.

Cavalier highlights: Jarrett Gray had a good game with 13 points, six boards, and seven assists; Bryan Michaels had 15 points on solid shooting; Chris Edward had 12 points and nine boards; Taylor Harris had nine points; and off the bench Tyler Wells had four assists.

Seawolf highlights: DJ Ursery was on fire and finished wtih 20 points and six boards among a full house of stats; Jack Macdonald had eight points; nad off the bench Curtis Ryan had six points and six boards; while Josiah Wood had seven boards.

Concordia… Another game they had 4/4 players functioning and yet still couldn’t get the ‘W.’ And honestly: UAA’s numbers were terrible. So congrats to the Seawolves on the win.

SPU 80 @ SFU 81

We really should have made this game a pick ’em, but the fact is: SPU has zero excuse for losing. Yes, we get it: they’re down two starters, boo-frickety-hoo, it was one point and they still have a talent advantage over SFU even without those two starters. They should have won both games easily and yet they didn’t.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 13 points; Nikhil Lizotte had nine points; Nathan Streufert had a whopping 16 boards; and Gavin Long had 26 points and seven boards

Clan highlights: Kedar Salam went off with 35 points; Iziah Shermen-Newsome had six boards; Michael Provenzano had nine points; and Tyrell Lewin had five boards. Off the bench Othniel Spence had 12 points and a full house; while Jordan Muir-Keung had five points. Congrats to Alex Vranjes on logging 5 trillion; rarely do you see it go beyond three, so that’s impressive.

Congrats to the Clan on a nice pull-together win against a talented SPU team.

SMU 94 @ WWU 82

WE’RE SO EXCITED!!!!!!!!! Not because we don’t love the Vikings, but because we also love the Saints a TON and we knew and wholeheartedly believed they could do it. Now, remember: ‘can’ and ‘will’ are two very different things and we also maintain that the Vikings are capable of blowing-out the Saints; they just didn’t. Another situation where WWU definitively has the talent advantage, and yet SMU got hot and worked together and got the win in Carver.  And they got the win emphatically. We love it so much.

Saint highlights: Luke Chavez had 23 points and seven boards; Matt Dahlen actually functioned as anticipated when he came into the program, finishing with 18 points, eight boards, six assists, among a full house of stats; Jordan Kitchen was on fire and finished with 11 points; Rhett Baerlocher had eight boards and five fouls; and EJ Boyce had six boards. Off the bench Jared Matthews had 13 points and four boards; BJ Standley had eight points; and Tavian Henderson had 12 points.

Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel did in fact bounce back with 22 points and five boards; Logan Schilder had nine points and six boards; Trevor Jasinsky had nine points and five fouls; and Daulton had a bit of a quiet night, finishing with a mere 13 points. Off the bench Brad Wallace lit up the team of his home residence, dropping 12 points and a smattering of field stats on great shooting; and Siaan Rojas had 11 points.

Great game from the Saints, but honestly not a bad game from the Vikings. On the bright side… The Vikings should now beat the pants off of SPU, we’re stoked to watch Daulton and hopefully Brett Kingma go off, and even if the the Falcons do manage to win they won’t have “streak-breaking” bragging rights.

WOU 81 @ UAF 54

Oh thank goodness, congrats to the Wolves on not overlooking the Nooks. What you’d be overlooking them to, we’re not entirely sure because UAA isn’t as good as they normally are this year… Maybe you’d be overlooking the Nooks to the next day’s practice? Hmmm.

Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had 11 points; Tanner Omlid had eight points; Vince Boumann had 16 points and seven boards; and Riley Hawken had eight points and seven boards. Off the bench Dustin Triano had 13 points; and JJ Chirnside had seven points.

Nook highlights: Joe Lendway had 18 points and 10 boards for the double-double; Michael Kluting had 14 points and seven boards; and off the bench Jalon McCullough had six points.

Okay, this is admittedly a little bit hysterical because both teams put up completely pedestrian numbers and yet… WOU’s pedestrian numbers > UAF’s pedestrian numbers.

Fun night of basketball. We’re excited for Saturday’s games. Congrats to all on a great first night of the second half of conference play!

Conference Game Day #9

MSUB 87 @ SPU 98

That score looks normal enough (if not rather lacking in defense) and while the game averaged out to normal, in reality it was anything but. The first half was nasty, but MSUB led for a super long time before the Falcons went slightly ahead at the half. It remained close until three or four minutes left at which point it was clear that MSUB wasn’t coming back.

Yellowjacket highlights: Kobe Tereshima had seven assists and six boards; Kendall Denham had 16 points and five fousl; Zharon Richmond had 12 points and five fouls; Daniel Shedden started!! And had 19 points, five boards, and five fouls. No real bench play.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 29 points; Nikhil Lizotte had nine points; Gabe Colosimo had 12 points, eight boards, and five assists, whoaaa; Nathan Streufert had nine points and six boards; and Gavin Long had 16 points and five boards among a full house and going 9-9 from the line. Off the bench Braden Olsen was 6-6 from the line and finished with nine points and five boards; Harry Cavell had 10 points and seven boards; and Hunter Eisenhower had 12 points.

Yeah. Normal enough score, normal enough result, surprisingly interesting game. Good job to both teams on cleaning it up in the second half.

NNU 69 @ CU-PDX 64

So close and yet so far for the Cavs. Early it looked like the Nighthawks were going to blow out the Cavaliers, but then the Cavs slowly battled back and yet could never really get completely in range -from what we saw, it was always at least two possessions. CU-Portland would push and then NNU would respond and then NNU would push and CU-Portland would blah, and then CU-Portland would push and NNU would blah, and that was the game. NNU has more usable players than the Cavs and thus they won.

Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa had 14 points and eight boards; Sam Roth had his best night thus far, finishing with 16 points and nine boards; Marko Lepovic had five boards; and Maurice Jones was back but cold, although he did finish with eight boards. Off the bench Khalil Thompson had nine points in just 14 minutes; and Spider had six points and five boards.

Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had 24 points; Chris Edward had a double-double with 15 points and 13 boards; and off the bench Cody Starr had a full house including five assists.

This is the game that’s causing us to realize just how little the Cavs have been able to put out this year. They had what looked pretty standard: six or seven players functioning on a good night and three or four functioning on a bad night; in reality they’ve had four functional players on a good night and one functioning on a bad night. Until those numbers shift, they’re not going to be able to win a conference game.

CWU 70 @ WOU 89

The Wildcats were in it for a huuuuge stretch of the first half and we were like “UGH, WE KNEW WE SHOULD HAVE GONE TO THIS GAME,” but then WOU does what WOU does and keeps grinding and by halftime were up by 10 or so and we were like “okay, this is why we didn’t go, because this always happens.” As for the score… Shots were falling more than normal, because honestly it’s not that we didn’t think WOU could blow out the Wildcats, it’s that didn’t think they would because usually they don’t bother.

Wildcat highlights: Malik Montoya had 10 points; Jawan Stepney had five boards; and Fuquan Niles got confronted by reality and was limited to five boards. Off the bench Sage Woodruff had a solid game with 15 points; Karsten Chaplik made an appearance with seven points; and Coleman Sparling had six points.

Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had nine assists; Tanner Omlid had a flawless full house with 21 points, six boards, five assists, six assists, two blocks, three fouls, and ZERO turnovers; Vince Boumann had six boards; and Riley Hawken had six boards. Off the bench Demetrius Trammell shot well and finished with 14 points; Brandell Evans had 12 points; and JJ Chirnside was on fire and finished with 18 points and eight boards.

Worse numbers than we were expecting from the Wildcats and different numbers than we were expecting from the Wolves. Looks like WOU’s mixing it up and CWU is definitely a good team to do that against because they are one of the more athletic teams in the conference. Congrats and nicely done to both teams!

WWU 86 @ UAF 74

WWU BEAT THE MATH!!!!!! Nicely done Vikings. That score is another one that looks normal but wasn’t. WWU was up 11-0. UAF slowly reeled them back in. Then UAF stayed in it and it was super close until there was about seven minutes left in the game and then WWU broke it open and there was no going back.

Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel played 40 full minutes and had 25 points and six boards; Trevor Jasinsky had 12 points and five assists; Deandre Dickson had 15 points; and Daulton had 23 points and eight boards among a full house of stats. Off the bench Siaan Rojas had nine points.

Nook highlights: Davis Kimble had 17 points and five assists; Tre Eisenhut had 12 points; and Michael Kluting had 13 points and eight boards. Off the bench Amenofis had 11 points; and Donny Wilder had six boards.

We love the numbers from the Vikings and we’re not surprised about the Nooks; they played as well as they were expected to play and the result is very normal. Back on it against SFU, men. Vikings: Yes, the Seawolves are worse than normal this year, but you still need to take them seriously.

SFU 46 @ UAA 53

Was UAA in control the whole time? Definitely not. Was the game ever in doubt? Absolutely. Was it ugly? 100%. But both teams were playing terribly and so for a while there we were like “okay, SFU makes their move at the right time and then they take it,” but ultimately they moved too late and UAA finally got a much needed win. Congrats Seawolves!

Clan highlights: Iziah Sherman-Newsome had 10 boards; Michael Provenzano made noise with 11 points and six boards; JJ Pankratz had six boards; and off the bench Othniel Spence had five boards and four assists.

Seawolf highlights: Malik Clements had 10 boards and a full house; DJ Ursery had 12 boards and a full house; and Brian Pearson had six boards. Off the bench Kylan Osborne had five points; and Josiah Wood had nine points.

Woof. All of y’all need to shape up before facing WWU and UAF respectively, because if either team plays like this against one of those teams, it’s gonna be a blowout with 10 minutes left in the 1st.

Surprisingly fun night of basketball. There wasn’t a game we were truly looking forward to and yet they all turned out to be pretty darn interesting, so that’s good. Game previews up tomorrow morning.

Previewing Tonight’s Games

All times pacific.

UAA @ NNU @ 6pm

NNU reaaally wants to get a win, but so does UAA. The question is who wants it more? UAA has been coming together fantastically; NNU has been together fantastically, despite the setback against UAF. All three of these teams are fairly equivalent in what they’re doing and what they’re trying to do, although we still think UAA is slightly above the other two. That said… It’s a road game and the difference isn’t that much.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

WWU @ MSUB @ 6:30pm

Part of us is excited about this game because it’s like “MSUB COULD TOTALLY UPSET!!!!!!!” but this isn’t the team that does that to WWU; UAF is the team that does that to WWU. It should be a good chance for the Vikings to beat the Yellowjackets through grinding it out, because regardless as to the lack of numbers: MSUB does have a good home hive advantage.

Prediction: WWU wins convincingly.

CU-PDX @ SMU @ 7pm

Oh ho ho, is this the game CU-PDX gets the upset? Honestly, probably not. SMU just got a huuuge workout against WOU and they’re gonna feel pumped and like they just faced the best the conference has to offer and came back from being down by 17 and… They should feel proud. But they can’t overlook Concordia. We’re wondering how much of a factor the overlook was with UAF. Stay on it Saints.

Prediction: SMU wins, but it may or may not be a little too close for comfort.

WOU @ SPU @ 7pm

We’re sooo excited for this game. It’s another game that Tanner is going to get a chance to run and we’re really going to get to see the coaching of Jim Shaw. We’re incredibly fond of getting to see people at their best and Ali just had a great game, one of the best games he’s had all year, and so hopefully he keeps that going; Riley Hawken has long reminded us of 2015 player of the year and SPU alum Riley Stockton, so we’re excited to see another great Riley back in the SPU gym; Demetrius Trammell was quiet on Thursday, so hopefully he’ll make some noise. Lots of good opportunities. It should just be an awesome fun game all the way around.

Prediction: Pick ’em-ish. We honestly expect WOU to win, but… SPU has the ability to beat anyone on any given night, so… We’ll say the odds are 8-2 that WOU wins.

UAF @ CWU @ 7pm

Another game we’re really excited for. CWU has good moments and bad as do the Nooks of UAF, but the thing is: UAF is effectively on vacation to the tropical locale that is E-berg, so… they’re bound to be stoked. CWU is not good at teamwork, while the Nooks are realizing there’s no way that they can win without it. We swear by last year’s SMU team and their whole thing was beating people that had a talent advantage over them via teamwork and so… This should be a really interesting game.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

Another night of a bunch of super exciting games. Should be good. Tweet at us? We watch all of them, but are less verbose than we have been in past years.