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Previewing WWU’s 1st Round Game!

#3 WWU vs. #6 Chico State @12pm pacific.

We love Chico, full disclaimer. They’re one of our CCAA teams, with the other being UCSD. That being said, we like WWU’s chances. The teams share similar records, with Chico being 25-7 and WWU being 25-5. Their mutual opponents include CSU East Bay, Sonoma State, and UCSD, with the following results:

WWU 107, EB 81
Chico 78, EB 66

WWU 72, Sonoma 64
*Chico 53, Sonoma 50
*Chico 50, Sonoma 66

WWU 104, UCSD 81
Chico 56, UCSD 60
Chico 64, UCSD 59

Not much info to be gleaned because we assume UCSD was missing someone during the WWU game, Chico vs. Sonoma is a rivarly, and East Bay is usually in the bottom third of the conference. On the surface it looks like WWU is a much better team, but… They barely escaped against a WOU team that had only taken UAA to triple OT the night before via UAA (and the conference’s) best rebounder being out through the entire second half. And while that may scream ‘parity’ and that WWU has risen above that parity, there’s no telling exactly how much they’ve risen above it.

Taylor Stafford is the real deal, Jeffrey Parker has moments of being the real deal, Blake Fernandez has been great, Deandre Dickson is streaky but has his moments, Daulton Hommes consistently does good things for the team, Brad Wallace decided that he didn’t care how tall he was in the WOU game and just decided to go for it, which was awesome. We know a lot about the WWU team, we have a great respect and fondness for them, but this is the 2016-2017 season, which if anything has proven one thing: There are no guarantees. Chico always recruits well and is super well coached, we feel like they’re far more tested than WWU (see: four teams in the tournament vs. one), but…

Prediction: WWU wins. This is a homer pick. We know they’re capable, but we also know the Region is crazy, so we’re crossing our fingers just incase.

Go Viks!!

The GNAC Championship Game

And our bracket. In D2 it’s funny -predicting the bracket is the real game to win; forget the games, the games you’re invested in because you want your team to win. Right now we’ve been procrastinating on posting a bracket all day because the idea of being wrong kills us, even though… It’s D2 basketball. Why does being right in predicting a bracket matter? Yeah, yeah, yeah, pale blue dot, giant universe among some insane multiverse, are we a computer sim? Nothing really matters, blah blah blah, insert existential crisis here.

Instead, let’s talk about the GNAC championship game:

#4 WOU 69 @ #1 WWU 71

First and foremost: We were wrong. Taylor Stafford is the real deal, especially when you watch him in person. Now, how well that’ll translate to anything else, we have no idea. But for D2 basketball, dude is legit. The game itself was frustrating, exactly as WOU intended. WOU as these games have depicted epitomizes the defensive grind it out games that are amazing to watch in person and at the time they’re being played, but that seem useless to re-watch because there are too many variables and “how do they get this stuff to even work?” because some of it is dumb luck and some of it is incredibly calculated. Big props to WOU for almost taking down what is a very good WWU team.

How good is this WWU team? Naturally we’re not sure. This entire year has felt like an episode of the Twilight Zone. The numbers they put up are mediocre, which speaks to WOU, but also doesn’t speak well of WOU, because WOU’s entire game is treading water. There’s a joke about the BYU-Hawaii admissions decision comes from throwing all of the applications in the air and picking the ones that land in particular places -that is the WWU vs. WOU game. Even in hindsight, now that we know who won (congrats Viks) we still don’t know who we’d pick to win because on paper WWU should win about 8/10 times, but paper isn’t reality.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid went 8-10 from the line and had six boards; Ali played well and ended up with 16 points; and off the bench Demetrius Trammell lost his mind in the best way possible, scoring 33 points and being 6-6 from the line.

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had 33 points; Blake Fernandez had five boards; Daulton Hommes had 10 points and seven boards; and off the bench Deandre Dickson had 10 points and seven boards.

Our favorite part of the game was watching WWU’s Brad Wallace -he didn’t put up particularly interesting numbers, but the dude is a mule. He’s short, he’s sturdy, he’s stubborn, and we’re pretty annoyed he’s a senior because we’d rather keep him for another year. He really just did not give one single crap and for the 22 minutes he was in, he was basically like ‘I’M GOING TO RUN YOU OVER!!!!!!!!’ and then did it. One of those players that you can’t exactly figure out what they do, but they make life easier/more difficult, depending if they’re on your team or the opposing team. Super awesome. We had a blast watching, so thanks Brad!


Now, let’s get into D2 bracketology. At this point, the bracket is set; it just hasn’t been announced yet. We’ve been contemplating our bracket all weekend and still don’t feel confident, but whatever. This seeding is an approximation, although we have no expectation that it’ll be reality:

UCSD -not because they’re necessarily the best team in the Region overall, but because they’ve succeeded in jumping through the hoops most recently and do deserve to host. They beat the opponent with the best record in their conference Championship game and did so convincingly, which says that they’re hot right now and that’s important. Slightly worse record than HPU, but have played what we believe to be a harder schedule.

Hawaii Pacific -We have nothing against Point Loma (we loved them last year because they always schedule so well, and now they have our former coach, so what’s not to love?) but Point Loma had a bad record this year and only squeaked into the tournament by virtue of the Pac-West saying that CU-Irvine wasn’t eligible, just incase they won the tournament. That doesn’t scream “we’re so awesome,” about HPU -especially because the Sea Lions remained in the game for a long time. HPU didn’t break it open until there were about eight minutes left.

San Francisco State -We think losing to UCSD is more respectable than barely squeaking by a depleted WOU team that had played a 3OT game the night before, and only got that far because the opposing team’s (and the conference’s) best rebounder wasn’t playing.

Western Washington -This is too low and had they blown out WOU, we might suggest they host. They’re the GNAC regular season and tournament champions. Great team, good players, pleased with them, but until they make it to the Final Four we personally won’t be convinced. There was so much carnage in the GNAC this year and they still left it up to chance until about a week left, losing games in particular to MSUB (apathy) and at Anchorage. We’ll excuse @ Fairbanks because the Viks always lose at Fairbanks; they did last time they won a title too.

Cal Baptist -we love their strength of schedule in non-con, they’re a good team, their losses come via Dixie, HPU, and PLNU in the tournament (hi, try not playing apathetically) and they have a win over UCSD in non-con, but we’re not really convinced of that; so does WWU and while both CBU and WWU are good teams, there was clearly something up in December with the Tritons.

Chico State -Good non-con, good in conference, had a string of losses mid-season which we assume saw a player injured, but came back from it strong. Only losses are to tournament-bound teams, with the exception of Cal Poly Pomona, and that was a close loss, plus CPP notoriously has a good program. Probably caught the rebuilding on a good night.

Sonoma State -They have two head scratching losses (Dominguez Hills and Cal Poly Pomona) but otherwise their in-conference losses from from SFSU. They have wins over Chico State and UC San Diego, their non-con wasn’t atrocious, and if you’re looking for a trendy upset pick, you should go with the Seawolves because of that info.

Dixie State -This is actually just “who can we rule out?” Dixie scheduled themselves well in non-con, but didn’t really do anything impressive, including losing to a CWU team that didn’t even make the conference tourney. They lost in conference to the teams above and more, they lack a signature win, but we like what the other teams available bring to the table even less, so we’re going with Dixie.

Burst bubbles: UAA. Had UAA made it to the Championship game of the GNAC tourney, we would take them over Dixie State in a heartbeat. We have no idea why Corey Hammell didn’t see more minutes, but whatever the reason, we don’t trust them to have him going into the NCAA Tourney and that’s the difference in whether or not we think these Seawolves could make a run. If the committee has more info than we do and know that Corey is going to play -by all means, Alaska-Anchorage is a better option than Dixie, they should be in it. But if UAA doesn’t have him, it’s a waste of a spot in our opinion.


There’s a ton of post season blog stuff and catching up on player of the week and updating the chart and all kinds of stuff that’ll go on intermittently this month as we watch WWU, hopefully make a deep run, in the NCAA tourney. More stuff is coming -this is far from the end, there’s tons to talk about in such a weird year.

Selection show starts in five minutes……… Update: it started in 25 minutes; the GNAC website was wrong. Starts at 8pm best coast time.

Previewing the GNAC Championship Game

#4 Western Oregon vs. #1 Western Washington…

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

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

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

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

So, to summarize:

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

GNAC Tourney Day #2

What an amazing night of basketball. Tonight hopefully we don’t see another Triple OT thriller, but… Who knows? Hope the Wolves are hydrated, good Lord, 55 minutes of basketball. Wow.

#3 WOU 91 “@” #2 UAA 84 in 3OT

Hoooo boy. We’re ridiculously proud of both the Wolves and Seawolves in their insane Triple OT game, but we have to wonder… Why wasn’t Corey Hammell playing? He only saw 20 minutes and didn’t take a single shot. It was a defensive grind it out and the entire time we were wondering about the numbers, so… Let’s get into them.

Wolf highlights: Evan Garrison had 20 points on good shooting; Tanner Omlid had a double-double with 22 points and 10 boards; Ali had 19 points, six boards, and five fouls; and JJ Chirnside had seven boards. Off the bench Demetrius Trammell continued succeeding in his quest to impress, scoring 16 points; and Bryan Berg added five points and four boards.

Shout out to the Wolves bench, even those that didn’t put up too many numbers -you put in minutes, relieving the key players, and in a game that lasts 55 minutes is huge -MVPs all of y’all, the victory doesn’t happen without you.

Seawolf highlights: Suki played 53/55 minutes (whoa/ouch!) and scored 29 points while grabbing nine boards and being 6/7 from the line; Diante Mitchell had 20 points among a full house; Spencer Svejcar couldn’t make a field shot to save his life but went 7/8 from the line and grabbed seven boards; Corey Hammell had five boards; Connor Devine had five boards, six blocks, and 20 points; and Travis Parrish contributed 30 minutes off the bench.

Live by the bench, die by the bench. When the best contribution off the bench is a senior being a body, you’re going to have problems. When the game goes to 3OT, you’re going to have even bigger problems.

Congrats to the Wolves on pulling out the win and congrats to the Seawolves on a good season of basketball. Short of expectations, yes, but lots of fun, some great numbers, and some good wins.


#4 SMU 79 “@” #1 WWU 91

No leash. Every time WWU would try and break it open, the Saints would come charging right back. It was close until there was about 2:40 left in the game and at that point WWU was up by eight or so and then it was a matter of treading water against the current that was the Saints and the Vikes managed to do it.

Saints highlights: Cole Preston had 17 points and nine assists while playing 40 full minutes; Jordan Kitchen had nine points and five boards; Tyler Copp went out with a bang, scoring 38 points; and off the bench Brandon Kenilvort had 10 points. The Saints finished with just 23 boards to WWU’s 39, so the fact that they remained in this game for so long is essentially a miracle.

Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford played a full 40 minutes, was 15/16 from the line, and finished with 31 points; Blake Fernandez grabbed five boards; Logan Schilder grabbed five boards; Daulton Hommes shot great from the field and finished with 20 points and 10 boards for the double-double; and Jeffrey Parker was 8-8 from the line and finished with 23 points while grabbing eight boards.  Off the bench Deandre Dickson had nine points.

Fun game to watch. Proud of both teams. Congrats to the Saints seniors -we admit, you got us. They announced you as seniors at the end and we burst into tears; it’s been an honor to get to write about your respective careers the past three years, we’re ridiculously proud of you, and wish you the best of success in the future.


Game previews will be up shortly before the game starts.

Previewing the GNAC Tourney Day 2

Another great night of basketball on the horizon!

#3 WOU @ #2 UAA

We keep thinking WOU is going to pick it up and not be so sloppy and yet each time they’ve continued their sloppiness. Last night they got away with it against MSUB; tonight, it’ll be incredibly hard to get away with it against UAA. UAA has underachieved this year pretty substantially, BUT they’re big, they’re deep, and they’ve got a surprising amount of people in attendance. It seems ludicrous that a school 1800 miles away would have the home court edge, but… here we are.

Prediction: UAA continues their quest for the autobid. No inclination on the score; it won’t be a blowout, but it could be close or it could be moderate.


#4 SMU “@” #1 WWU

Another matter of sloppiness. It’s another one of those situations where unfortunately we trust the underclassmen of WWU over the seniors of SMU. Fred had a crazy amazing game last night, but we’ve never seen him have two back-to-back. SMU was able to cover the glass against CU-PDX, but WWU has a lot of guys that are convincing rebounders. WWU is one of the best teams in the region right now, they’ve answered questions, they’ve gotten lazy at times, but hopefully that final gut check against SPU was all they needed. They just beat SMU last week, so SMU “will be out for blood” and they will definitely boast a homecourt advantage, but we’re thinking not enough of one to make up for the talent advantage WWU has.

Prediction: WWU wins comfortably, if not another blow-out.


Have fun, be safe, play hard, go GNAC!

GNAC Tourney Day #1

Fun first day. Both games were really interesting. We had a blast, proud of all of the guys. Concordia… Lordy, Concordia. We said this on Twitter, but they’re ridiculously resilient. They’d be down ten and then they’d hit shots. And then they’d go down ten again and then hit shots. SMU would then start hitting shots right back, but… More about that in a bit.

#6 MSUB 61 @ #3 WOU 72

Really good game, really proud of MSUB. Also as noted on Twitter: It started to become a ref show fairly soon, which was irritating. Ticky tack stuff. Then at the end the guys on both teams got flop happy but by that point the refs had become much less ticky tack and didn’t cater to the Weeble Wobbles doing their walks.

Yellowjacket highlights: Marc Matthews had nine boards; Kamal Tall had 16 points and six boards; Jace Anderson had 13 points; Sven had six boards; and off the bench Kendall Denham had six boards. Yup. Preston Beverly was ice cold, their bench play was a big drop off from their starters, and ultimately they just couldn’t match WOU.

Wolf highlights: Evan Garrison had 15 points; Tanner Omlid had the double-double with 22 points and 11 rebounds, additionally going 7-7 from the line; Ali had 15 points; and JJ Chirnside had eight boards and four blocks among other stats for a flawless full house. No real bench play. We wonder where Malik went -he played so well early in the season.

What was maybe most interesting about this game is neither team played particularly well, but WOU played less bad than MSUB and thus WOU won. Lots of bad numbers, even though we weren’t particularly impressed with the defense early. Both teams took a lot of shots out of seeming desperation, even when there was plenty of time on the shot clock. No idea. WOU shouldn’t be able to get away with stuff like that against UAA, so they better clean it up in a hurry.


CU-PDX 73 @ SMU 78

Crazy game. Crazy, crazy, crazy game. The gym was packed. We thought the SMU students were going to rush the court, which… Really? It’s CU-Portland in the first round of the conference tournament for Pete’s sake! Have some self respect.

Cav highlights: Drew Martin had 32 points and five boards among many clutch shots; Latrell Wilson had 20 points; and Christopher Edward was perfect from the field, finishing with 11 points and five boards. No real bench play. Wondering where Davis Nuaimi went -miss seeing his highlights.

Saint highlights: Cole Preston played 40 full minutes and had a bit of an off night on offense but still was amazing on defense; FRED JORG had a crazy amazing game with 23 points and 15 boards. That’s honestly what we expect out of D1 centers that transfer D2 -they should be able to put up those numbers. Most of the time they don’t, but they should be able to. Brandon Kenilvort also had a very good game with 19 points and eight boards off the bench.

Congrats to both teams on a massive game well fought and a big congratulations to Concordia on a fantastic second season in the GNAC!!


Is it just us or has the exhaustion set in? It kind of makes sense. When there’s not as much parity, all teams get to have some off nights where it’s just “we’re getting blown out and there’s nothing we can do about it, so let’s coast” or “we’re blowing a team out, so let’s coast” but this year any given night was an absolute battle -even for a team like WWU. Every game was largely screamingly intense and now we’re getting to the conference tournament and everybody is just like “Really? Another one of these games. Oh god.”

It is what it is. Regardless it was a super fun night of basketball and we can’t wait to watch WOU take on UAA and WWU take on SMU. Preview post up soon. Come say ‘hi’ tonight! We’ll be in our usual seat.

Conference Game Day #20

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

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

CWU 72 @ UAA 84

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

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

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

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


MSUB 56 @ WOU 72

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

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

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

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


SMU 66 @ WWU 90

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

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

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

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


SPU 82 @ SFU 93

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

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

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

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


NNU 70 @ UAF 73

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

More soon!

Conference Game Day #19

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

WOU 67 @ CU-PDX 69

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

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

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

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


SPU 87 @ WWU 89

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

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

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

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


SMU 102 @ SFU 78

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

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

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

Congrats to both teams on a fun game well played.


MSUB 77 @ CU-PDX 79

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

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

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

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


CWU 74 @ UAF 67

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

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

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


NNU 73 @ UAA 81

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

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

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

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


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

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

Previewing Tonight’s Games!

Yes, the ball was dropped on POW yet again -we’ll do it tonight while we’re watching these games.

First and foremost: SPU, SFU, and we believe UAF are now all officially eliminated from making the conference tournament, at least from what we understand.

Second of all… all times pacific:

SMU @ SFU @ 5:15pm

SFU could play the spoiler, but really SMU just needs to get through this game. They should be in kill mode. Will they? Who knows. After last year and watching UAA/CWU control their conference tournament destiny, they should be wholly ready for it and we can’t wait, but… We’ll see. Anything can happen.

Prediction: SMU gets it done.


MSUB @ CU-PDX @ 7pm

CU-PDX upset WOU on Tuesday and although they’re not eligible for the conference tournament, they’re making great headway being the upset darlings. If you can’t make the conference tournament, why not ruin it for someone else? Spoiler is as spoiler does. They’ve been playing really, really good basketball as of late, and while we swear by the talent of MSUB and are thrilled that Kendall Denham is starting again… Who knows. They’re fighting for a spot in the conference tournament on paper… Hopefully they play like it in reality.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


NNU @ UAF @ 8pm

Really excited about this match-up. They should be really evenly matched teams; one is essentially underachieving while the other is overachieving. They’re playing in Fairbanks, which is a challenge unto itself. UAF, chance to the spoiler at home? Absolutely.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


CWU @ UAA @ 8pm

GAME OF THE NIGHTTT. CWU needs to win. UAA it would be nice to get a win. We’ve missed the early-conference play as of late. People have figured out how to shut them down and they have been. We’re not sure which direction this game will go -the Seawolves absolutely blew out the Wildcats initially during the first game, but then CWU battled back and it was really close. We’re sure it left a lasting impression on CWU, but we’re not sure the same could be said for UAA, so it’ll be interesting to see how both teams respond. It’s hard to win in Alaska, but CWU has the fire of trying to make the conference tournament under their tuckuses, so hopefully that rockets them along.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


Not sure what to think other than that we’re excited.

Player-of-the-Week is… Maurice Jones!

His shooting from the field against SPU was gag worthy, but the Falcons still couldn’t keep him out of the paint, and thus… He had a good game, including picking up five fouls. Against Saint Martin’s he actually was effective, playing forty minutes, grabbing 11 boards, and using four out of his five fouls. A huge reason the score (90-81) doesn’t look like a blowout is because Maurice Jones’ motor never stopped and the coaches never pulled him. We like that attitude -let him pick up his four fouls, you’re not going to be any safer with him out of the game than you are with him in it. Go big or go home.

Going home may be the thing for Mo. He hails from Riverside, California, a city that’s coming to live in infamy here on the GNAC blog -it’s where Cal Baptist is located duh duh duhhhh. They’re really good at basketball, they have deep pockets, they’re in a great location, overall: they’re a big threat, Mo hasn’t utilized a redshirt year as far as we can tell, and there’s already an NNU to CBU pipeline via Alex. We don’t blame him if he leaves in the slightest, we just hope he doesn’t because we’re selfish and think he’s amazing and would rather have him stay and be amazing in the GNAC.

So… Congrats Mo! Hopefully this isn’t our last time naming you player-of-the-week. Good luck against Burningham!