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Boxing Day Blog Marathon #1!

Happy Boxing Day!! Do you like that SFU? Canada actually celebrates Boxing Day as a real thing. Super cool.

This was written while we were waiting for the “results” games to be played, so we’re still including the previews.

Round two::

UAA 50 @ WOU 82

Jacob Lampkin didn’t play. This game was never close. Oh dear. Congrats Wolves!! The evidence currently stands as: Wolves > Seawolves.

Seawolf highlights: Brian Pearson had eight boards and 16 points; and off the bench: DJ Ursery had seven points in just ten minutes; and Drew Peterson went 5-5 from the line. The Seawolves shot 81% from the line overall! Yay! Bright spot!

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 10 points, five boards, and a full house in just 20 minutes of play; Vince Boumann had 15 points and was 7-9 from the field; and Riley Hawken was back in the starting line-up and had five boards. Off the bench Nick Nestell went 3-3 and had nine points; Janvier Alaby and Darius Luborn both had six points; Dustin Triano had six points and four boards; Ali Faruz-Bey had 12 points and four boards; and JJ Chirnside had six points and four boards.

Low rebounding numbers, but… WOU shot 66% from the field and 46% from three specifically. Wow. Nicely done by the Wolves, great job sharing the wealth, and good luck to the Seawolves in bouncing back.


UAF 81 @ CU-PDX 66

At one point CU-PDX led… And then they didn’t. We’re confused about this Concordia team, but we’re confused about a lot of GNAC teams and will get into that more later.

Nook highlights: Amenofis Mitchell had eight points; Alex Baham went 6-6 from the line; Davis Kimball had 17 points, eight boards, and a full house; Joe Landway had nine points; and Michael Kluting was dominant with 23 points and 10 boards. Off the bench Tre Eisenhut had seven points.

Cav highlights: Jace Cates had 7 points and five boards; Jarrett Gray had 22 points and seven boards; Chris Edward had 11 points and 14 boards!! for the double-double; and off the bench Taylor Harris had five points. Lots of good individual numbers, but apparently not cohesion as a team.

Congrats to the Nooks on a great one… Again: CU-PDX, we’re confused. The numbers are fine, and you’re a good team and we know it, and yet… This, at home, okay? Um, what?


Tampa 77 vs. WWU 86 @ Hawaii Pacific

Solid result, if not irrelevant. Congrats to the Viks on another win.

Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel was once again playing great with 30 points and seven boards on good shooting; Logan Schilder had 10 points; Deandre Dixon had 10 points and six boards; Trevor Jasinsky had eight boards and eight points; and Daulton had 13 points and and seven boards, but it wasn’t a particularly good game for him -key word: HIM. Off the bench Brett Kingma had seven points; and Siaan Rojas had eight points and four boards.

Congrats to the Viks on the win -the numbers looked good.


MSUB 81 vs. Hilo 63 @ Hawaii Pacific

Hilo has a losing record, but all good: A West Region win is a win we’re grateful for. Nicely done MSUB!!

Yellowjacket highlights: KENDALL DENHAM WAS HIMSELF!!!!!! He had 17 points including going 5-5 from the line; Zharon Richmond had a great game going 4-5 from the field and finishing with 11 points and a full house; Zach Rollins had 15 points and eight boards; and Sven Jeuschede had 12 points. Off the bench Zack Lessinger had a solid game with 10 points and five boards.

Nicely done Yellowjackets! Is it a road game technically? No. Will we count it as one? For now. We feel like being nice.


All times pacific.

SPU @ Stanislaus @ 7pm

This game is way more interesting than we thought it would be at the beginning of the season, largely because Stanislaus is way better than anticipated. The Warriors are currently 8-2 and SPU still has no idea what their identity is, so…

Prediction: Stanislaus gets the ‘W.’


MSUB vs. Chaminade @ Hawaii Pacific @ 9:30pm

Chaminade is looking really solid with wins over the Alaska schools, Dominguez Hills, Cal Baptist, and Hawaii-Hilo and losses coming via CU-Irvine and Hawaii Pacific. It’s essentially a home game for the Swords, and thus…

Prediction: Chaminade wins. No idea on the margin.


Oh dear Spillings… What is happening to you?

Next post’ll be up at 1pm.

Results + Previewing Tonight’s Games

Results and then predictions for today.


CWU 80 @ MSUB 75

Wildcats got it done, MSUB put up a great fight. Just when you thought CWU was walking away with it, MSUB came in and said “absolutely not, you guys are gonna have to work harder than that,” and while it got dicey, Central pulled it out.

Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had nine points; Jawan Stepney had 12 points, five boards, and five assists (with ZERO turnovers!); and Fuquan had 23 points and five boards along with zero blocks -we consider this Fuquan being contained. Off the bench Marc Rodgers was 6-8 from the line; Sage Woodruff had a good game with four boards and 16 points; and Coleman Sparling had six points.

Yellowjacket highlights: Zack Rollins had 12 points; and Sven Jeuschede had 20 points and five boards. Off the bench Kobe Terashima had five points; Zharon Richmond had 11 points; and Daniel Shedden was 5-6 from the field, 3-4 from the line, finished with 14 points, and grabbed five boards, and fouled out.

YIKES on those turnovers MSUB. 28. MSUB had -28- turnovers. Improvement every day, congrats to the Wildcats on the road win.


WWU 80 vs. Harding 76 (Central region) @ Hawaii Pacific

The good news is that WWU won. The bad news is that not only is Harding out of Region, they were 0-7 coming into this game. If we had looked into it ahead of time, we would have expected a 30 point WWU blow-out. The fact that they only managed to beat an 0-7 team by four makes our Region look weak as all heck. Go figure.

Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had eight boards and a full house; Trevor Jasinsky had five boards; and Daulton Hommes WENT OFF with 37 points and 12 boards. Off the bench Brad Wallace had five points; and Siaan Rojas had 13 points and four boards.

Way to pull out the ‘W,’ WWU.


Now to preview tonight’s games…

All times pacific standard.

UAA @ WOU @ 5pm

We think WOU should kill UAA, but we feel it’ll be closer than that. The thing is, UAA just hasn’t shown to have anything outside of Jacob Lampkin. He plays well, they win; he sits out or plays badly, they lose. That’s what the evidence has been. Except in this case WOU has so many options like that. Tanner Omlid is critical, but it takes multiple people having a bad game in order for the Wolves to lose, and so… Talent disparity. Provided WOU doesn’t fall into a black hole, they should be fine.

Prediction: WOU wins comfortably but not outrageously.


UAF @ CU-PDX @ 5pm

We’re super curious about this game because it seems like CU-PDX and MSUB are fairly well matched and so we expect UAF & CU-PDX to be fairly well matched. On the one hand the Cavs are at home, but on the other hand it’s Christmas break and Christmas break games are always weird. We’ll see what happens.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


WWU vs. Tampa (South region) @ Hawaii Pacific @ 7:45pm

Tampa is 4-5. The Vikings are so talented they should win comfortably, but their record doesn’t imply that they will necessarily. As long as they don’t lose, things are fine, so c’mon Viks! Get it done.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


MSUB vs. Hilo @ Hawaii Pacific @ 10pm

This is sooo fun. We love late night hoops! Hilo has lost to every GNAC team except WWU, will MSUB keep that going? We’ll see. The thing is -they’ve beat both Biola and CU-Irvine, two Pac-West teams that look legitimate. Is the GNAC reaaaally good? Is the Pac-West reaaaally bad? Is it somewhere in between? We were thinking the GNAC was having an up year and yet… Now we’re not sure.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


Should be a good night of hoops. We’ll try to get all but the MSUB/Hilo game results up in the previews post, but that game’ll be 50/50 because we have a super early wake-up tomorrow, so it may end up being included with Tuesday’s post instead.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Non-Con Day 4!

Yes there are other games being played besides our numbered days, but close enough.

Dixie State 86 @ WOU 97

Got it done. This should be a win that we look at and go “absolutely quality,” later in the season. Dixie is super well coached and amazingly they start off strong and then tend to get even stronger, and so… Big praise to the Wolves. Dixie is always in contention for the West Regional and usually makes it, so this win helps everyone.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 19 points and 12 boards among a full house of stats; Darius Luborn had five assists; and Riley Hawken had a great bounce-back game with 21 points and eight boards. Off the bench Demetrius Trammmell made noise with 24 points on great shooting -this time 6-9 from the line; Vince Boumann impresses yet again with a double double of 15 points and 10 boards while going 7-8 from the field; and Ali Faruq-Bey had six points.

Congrats to the Wolves on a great win!


CWU 60 vs. CU-Irvine 65 @ SPU

Good lord, don’t let this score fool you: CU-I did everything in their power to Coug It (that is: clutch defeat from the jaws of victory) after being up by 18 part way through the second half and then… CWU took it seriously and CU-I didn’t.

Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz eight boards; Jawan Stepney had 21 points on good shooting; Fuquan Niles had 14 boards and eight points; and off the bench Malik Montoya had four boards.

Big praise again to the Wildcats for being in it the whole time and continuing to grind. Almost got it done! Next time.


CU-PDX 78 vs. Academy of Art 71 @ NNU

Maybe a little bit of a let-down game, but the Cavs still got it done and came back after being down at the half. Way to go guys!

Cav highlights: Jace Cates had 10 points; Cody Starr had nine points; Jarrett Gray went 10-10 from the line and finished with 20 points; and Christopher Edward had 18 points and 13 boards while being great from the field. Off the bench Bryan Michaels had 11 points and six boards; while Deandre Stallings had seven points.

Good job Cavs, keep it going! We believe in you.


Hawaii-Hilo 59 @ SPU 90

This game looked like it was going to be interesting for the first ten or so minutes, and then it wasn’t, but we’re okay with that.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 11 points, five boards, and five assists while going 4-5 from the field; Sam Simpson bounced back with 14 points; Nikhil Lizotte had 11 points; and Tony Miller had 22 points and nine boards. Off the bench Braden Olsen had six points and six assists; Harry Cavell had eight points and four boards; Hunter Eisenhower had five points; and EJ Poulsen and Nathan Streufert both added four boards as well.

Congrats to the Falcons on the win, now go beat Dixie State! Yay SOS. We get concerned.


 

Holy Names 74 @ UAA 80

This is another score to not let fool you; Anchorage didn’t stay on it -they attempted to lose, it had been a blow-out. The good news is they still got it done, so non-conference wins for the GNAC, woo-hoo!

Seawolf highlights: Jacob Lampkin had a “quiet” game with only 12 points, 10 boards, and a full house; DJ Ursery had 15 points and six boards; and Josiah Wood had 11 points. Off the bench Malik Clements had seven points and six boards; Brennan Rymer had six points; and Brian Pearson had six points while going 4-4 from the line.

Thank-you Seawolves! We’ll always take a non-con win in any way, shape, or form.


SFSU 92 @ NNU 75

The Crusaders were in it, they were in it and going for it and then the final result happened, but it was still a valiant effort and much experience gained.

Crusader highlights: Carlos Garcia had six boards; Obi Megwa had 13 points; Nikola Prvulj was back in action and had 10 points; and Maurice Jones had 26 points and 12 boards.

Back on it NNU, we believe! Although maybe not against Metro State -we like being wrong though, so upset them!


Overall not a bad day of GNAC play. As you can probably tell -we walk around wringing our hands about conference SOS and this day didn’t stop the practice, but again: A big thanks to WOU.

Game previews for Tuesday will be up on Tuesday and then we’ll probably wait to do POW on Wednesday because then we can include SMU & UAF as well, so that’ll be good.

Good luck to the Nanooks against HNU tomorrow.

Previewing Today’s Games

All times pacific.


WOU vs. Dixie @ 3pm

We actually trekked all the way down to Monmouth yesterday (we live in Seattle) and we weren’t impressed with Dixie. We think it’s a super winnable game for WOU, especially at home.

Prediction: WOU wins.


CWU vs. CU-Irvine @ 5pm

The SPU game yesterday confused us because CU-I had good wins last weekend and then the Falcons dismantled them meanwhile putting up terrible numbers. If CWU comes out swinging, there’s no reason the Wildcats can’t win.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


CU-PDX vs. Academy of Art @ 5pm

They had a FANTASTIC win against SFSU yesterday and we can’t wait to see what they do against Art U.

Prediction: CU-PDX wins comfortably.


SPU vs. Hilo @ 7pm

Hilo apparently wakes up for big teams and while the Falcons have been meh the last couple of years, they’re still as egomaniacal as ever, and Hilo has too many losses to do it again. If SPU can stay tenacious they should win, but if there’s any thought of “we don’t need to take them seriously,” Hilo is gonna get the ‘W.’

Prediction: Pick ’em.


NNU vs. San Fran State @ 7pm

We think SFSU is a good team. We think NNU is an okay team. We think that it’s possible for NNU to win, but it would be an upset if they did.

Prediction: SFSU pulls out a win, but not without a scare.


UAA vs. Holy Names @ 8:30pm

Last night was closer than we expected and yes UAA plays back-to-back games against a Pac-West bottom dweller. It is what it is, but we are judging them for it. We know it tanks the conference SOS, but we hate them scheduling this school so much that… We’d kind of like an HNU upset because we figure the SOS is tanked regardless.

Prediction: UAA wins.


Should be an interesting night of games. Really curious about the WOU/Dixie game in particular, although we consider this to be a mostly stacked night of games.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

Previewing Today’s Games + MSUB Results

Good morning and welcome to the third big day of non-conference play.

First, the results of last night’s D2 (but non-region) game:

MSUB 75 vs. Mary 72

MSUB played a game against a Northern Sun school (non-region D2 opponent) and we had no idea what to expect out of it, so we didn’t put a prediction, but it did end basically as we expected with it being an incredibly close game. MSUB is now 3-0 in D2 play, which is awesome.

Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham finally had a good game with 13 points and four assists; Tyler Green continues to impress with a fantastic 24 points and six assists; Kamal Tall had 11 boards; and off the bench Zharon Richardson had 10 points and six boards; while Daniel Shedden had seven points and five boards.

Congrats on a nice win, Jackets!!


Game Day Previews.

All times pacific standard:

CWU vs. Hilo @ 4:30pm

We’re really curious about this game because Hilo has now lost to SFU and SMU, meanwhile beat WWU. The trend would say that CWU should beat Hilo without too much of an issue, and so we’re going with that.

Prediction: CWU wins reasonably.


CU-PDX vs. San Fran State @ NNU @ 5pm

Really curious about this game because it should be a good test for the Cavs. It’s a neutral court being in Nampa and should be a good step-up test for the Cavs. SFSU looked pretty good last week with wins against Academy of Art and Dominican, so we’ll see what Christopher and Jarrett can lead the team to.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


WOU vs. Azusa Pacific @ 5:30pm

Another interesting game. Azusa is usually good; WOU projects as being really good, and we’re excited for the Wolves to get another chance to truly run. They got a nice win over Point Loma and we have full confidence that they’ll continue that today.

Prediction: WOU wins a close one.


SPU vs. CU-Irvine @ 7pm

Yet another interesting game. Irvine was looking pretty darn good last week with a win over Chico and a blowout over San Marcos. This is going to be a big test for the Falcons -it’s the first team they’re facing where they know going in that the opponent is good, and so we’ll see how they respond to it.

Prediction: Pick ’em.


NNU vs. Academy of Art @ 7pm

Should be well matched. AofA and NNU usually sit in similar spots and we really like the team that NNU has this year -even without them having been tested on a D2 level yet. The Crusaders have a surprisingly good home battlefield advantage (’cause they’re Crusaders, get it?) and Maurice Jones is back and we’re confident about him.

Prediction: NNU wins.


UAA vs. Holy Names @ 8:30pm

Seriously UAA? It can’t be that hard to get people to come and play you. For those missing it: HNU usually sits really low in the Pac-West, so this should be a gimme-game and they’re facing the Hawks two games in a row at home. At least go play them on the road twice in a row, geez.

Prediction: UAA wins big.


Should be an interesting day of games. As always -tweet at us with thoughts/questions/etc.

Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!

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!

POWs Non Con Week #1 + SMU/Hilo Preview

First player-of-the-week noms of the season! We know we keep saying stuff like that, but last year was so much fun that we truly have waited all year and then with the lack of pre-season ability because of no one returning anything -it’s hitting now and we’re so excited every time we get to sit down to look at basketball stuff.

UAF: LaDonavan Wilder -back in force!
UAA: Jacob Lampkin -into the GNAC by storm.
SFU: N/A —> Donated to Davis Kimble of UAF, another newbie making noise!
WWU: Logan Schilder -very classic center numbers, great field shooting, fantastic rebounding.
SPU: Tony Miller -Tony gonna Tony.
SMU: N/A —> Donated to Gavin Long of SPU.
MSUB: N/A —> Donated to Nathan Streufert of SPU; smart shot selection, ferocious rebounding.
CWU: Khalil Shabazz -two good games, yet another newbie!
NNU: DNP
CU-PDX: Cody Starr -Again, a newbie!
WOU: Darius Luborn & Riley Hawken -Another newbie and an old favorite that we’re SO glad to have back.

WOWWW, how exciting is this?! Transfers making NOISE. Literally half of the nominations went to incoming transfers; case-in-point why we leave a lot of spots for them on our all-conference teams. That said, don’t freak out too much vets; non-conference is great, but conference play is where our focus truly is, so you’re still good. Shout-outs also to Logan and Nathan, both of whom have been with us at least a year but had never been nominated for POW, so it’s also exciting to see familiar faces planting a stake.

 


The Hilo/SMU preview:

Trey Ingram vs. his old team! Woo-hoo! Aside from that, we’re curious because we think Alex Pribble used some gamesmanship in the FPU game because Matt Dahlen was seriously impressive in the Point Loma game, but barely played in the previous day’s game, so we’re excited to see him play more D2 and see what that does against this Hilo team that we have exactly zero read on. Regardless of anything else: the Saints need to up their rebounding. We get that a Ryan Looney coached team is always going to rebound well, but… 37 to 23 rebounding advantage, seriously? You’re better than that SMU.

Prediction: Pick ’em, although we’re tempted to pick SMU straight-up.


POW winner’ll be up at noon & we’ll actually be at the Hilo/SMU game, so come say ‘hi.’

Non Con Day 2!

Nutso November, welcome back; hope everyone had a great first weekend of D2 play.

Jumping right in…

MSUB 67 vs. Sonoma State 61 @ Cal State East Bay

Fun game. We have no idea what it means. Sonoma isn’t sure themselves if they’re supposed to be good, so… It’s a little complicated. MSUB struggled against NAIA Rocky Mountain and then beat Sonoma whom had just beaten Seattle Pacific, whom (spoiler) proceeded to beat East Bay far more convincingly than MSUB did. In other words: the Pioneer Challenge was fantastic from a basketball perspective, but unhelpful from a “how good are these teams?” perspective.

Yellowjacket highlights: Tyler Green had five boards; Kamal Tall had a good game with 16 points and eight boards in just 16 minutes; and Zack Rollins had seven boards. Off the bench Hafeez Abdul had six points; Zharon Richmond had eight points and five boards; and Daniel Shedden had eight boards.

Congrats to the Yellowjackets on a sweep for the weekend!


SPU 70 @ Cal State East Bay 59

The Falcons at one point led by 19. We expected them to win, but we also expected it to be closer. A little annoyed at the Falcons for letting East Bay creep back in, but oh well; all’s well that ends in a W.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had six boards; Nikhil Lizotte had 10 points; Tony Miller had 12 points and seven boards; Gavin Long had 12 points and five boards. Off the bench Braden Olsen had six points; Hunter Eisenhower had 17 points; and Nathan Streufert had five points and eight boards.

The Falcons had 17 turnovers, but when you’re leading by 15 for a huge stretch of the game you tend to start doing stupid stuff, so… We won’t consider it concerning just yet, although East Bay did do a great job taking advantage of it, scoring 16 points off of the turnovers.


CSU Monterey Bay 67 vs. CWU 72 @ CU-PDX

Hallelujah Wildcats. A win against a CCAA team. Yay! Thank-you for getting it done. Monterey Bay tends to sit right in the middle of the CCAA so it should be a moderate add of SOS, which is really nice. We’re still not entirely sure what to make of this CWU team, but a W is a W.

Wildcat highlights: Marc Rodgers had 11 points and four steals; Jawan Stepney had 25 points; and Fuquan had seven boards. Off the bench Sage Woodruff had seven points; Cameron Williams had five boards; Karsten Chaplik had five boards; and Jerome Bryant had five points.

We’re curious about Fuquan -he only had two fouls, the largest lead CWU had was 12, so why didn’t he play more? We get that he had 3 turnovers, but… Fuquan is completely legit, so we’ll see. Hopefully no injury.


San Bernardino State 64 @ CU-PDX 65

HECK YES CU-PORTLAND, THAT’S HOW IT’S DONE. We’re not convinced San Bernardino is going to be particularly amazing, but this falls into the W is a W thing and Ws against the CCAA are very, very good regardless.

Cavalier highlights: Jace Cates had five assists; Cody Starr had 9 points; Jarrett Gray had 20 points and five boards; and Christopher Edward had an incredible double-double with 15 points and 15 boards. Off the bench Bryan Michaels had 10 points and seven boards; while Taylor Harris had five points and four boards.

Very excited about this result, two in a row for CU-Portland, keep grinding Cavs!


Point Loma 85 vs. SMU 77 @ WOU

Pretty much what we expected but we’re still ridiculously proud of the Saints. These are the losses you learn from, completely respectable score, the numbers are fine.

Saint highlights: Matt Dahlen had 15 points; Rhett Baerlocher had 12 points; Luke Chavez had 20 points; and off the bench BJ Standley had 13 points; while Tavian Henderson had five boards and seven points.

Again: Saints, you’re looking somewhere between just fine and good, so we’re excited to write the preview about you taking on Hilo tonight -it’ll be up an hour after this post.


SFU 80 vs. Notre Dame de Namur 51 @ WWU

AAAAAH, GO CLAN!!!!! Now, ND de Namur is usually the Simon Fraser of their conference, so everything in moderation, but that means our chronic basement dweller > the Pac-West’s chronic basement dweller, and we’ll take it!

Clan highlights: Kedar Salam had 17 points; Michael Provenzano had seven assists; JJ Pankratz had a good game with 15 points and nine boards; and Tyrell Lewin had five boards. Off the bench Othniel Spence had 12 points; and Bowen Bakken had 11 points.

Again: Nicely done Clan, we’re proud of you, we’re excited about your sweep of the weekend, and continue getting it done!


UAF 97 vs. Hawaii Pacific 90 @ UAA

This is why we have to take all of when we’re right when we can. That said: we’re ridiculously happy that UAF won and so we’re happy to be wrong. Conference strength of schedule is everything to us, and this helps.

Nook highlights: Amenofis Mitchell had 13 points on good shooting; LaDonavan Wilder had 16 points, six boards, six assists, two steals, two blocks, and two fouls for a nice full house; Alex Baham had 20 points and five fouls; Davis Kimble had a double-double with 15 points and a whopping 11 assists with only ONE turnover -that’s amazing!; and Michael Kluting had five assists. Off the bench Jalon McCullough had five points; Zach Hatch had six points; Tre Eisenhut had eight points; and Joe Lendway had eight points.

Super balanced performance. We feel like it still doesn’t tell us a ton, but again: it adds to conference strength of schedule, so while we don’t know what it means in regard to what UAF does in conference, it does help everyone.


Hilo 80 @ WWU 76

AHAHAHA. We don’t even know what to say about this game except to be fair, while the Viking players played well and saw tons of minutes, their starters are still pretty darn young.

Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had five assists; Logan Schilder continues to get up to speed with 15 points and nine boards; Deandre Dickson had a double-double with 19 points and 11 boards; and Daulton Hommes had nine boards and 22 points among a full house. Off the bench Blake Fernandez had 11 points, five assists, and five fouls among a full house.

Alright Vikings, back in it. Growing pains but we still believe in you.


Fresno Pacific 67 @ Western Oregon 123

Ouch. Go Wolves!

Wolf highlights: Dustin Triano had 17 points; Tanner Omlid was back in it but not super required with 10 points, seven boars, and four assists in just 22 minutes; Darius Luborn had nine points; Riley Hawken was perfect from the field including 4-4 from three and finished with 14 points; and JJ Chirnside had nine boards and five assists. Off the bench Demetrius was BACK with 26 points on 8-9 shooting; Nick Nestell had six points; Janvier Alaby had 11 points; Brandell Evans had five points and five assists; Vince Boumann had 12 points on good shooting; and Buster Souza had five points.

Congrats to the Wolves on a, ahem, convincing win.


Chaminade 71 @ UAA 65

Interesting result. We’ll cross our fingers both schools are good. Both schools actually host D1 tournaments that they themselves compete in, so we won’t know much about either of them for a while, but it was clearly a hard fought game with some good numbers by both teams.

Seawolf highlights: Jacob Lampkin continues to impress, getting another double-double with 16 points and 10 boards; DJ Ursery had 21 points and nine boards; Josiah Wood had five fouls; and off the bench Curtis Ryan had five boards.

Congrats to UAA on the rebounding margin -they actually out-rebounded Chaminade 41 to 28, which is amazing, with effort like that we’re sure you’ll get it done next game and many thereafter.


Nicely done GNAC, great first weekend of D2play; NNU we’re excited to see you play D2 games very soon.

POW noms & the preview of the Hilo/SMU game are up next.

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!