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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.


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!

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!

Conference Game Day #14

Teams actually did what they were supposed to?! Color us shocked, and let’s talk about it!

UAF 60 @ SPU 87

It was close throughout the first half and then in the second half SPU put it away. We honestly don’t know what to make of it, other than it epitomizes the idea that SPU is still second in the conference as it comes to talent. SPU has the talent to blow-out literally everyone except the Westerns, and with WWU it’s a matter of them actually being more talented, and with WOU it’s the mix of Tanner Omlid’s abilities and Jim Shaw’s brain. That said: the Nooks still put up some really good numbers, so we are excited about that.

Nook highlights: Alex Baham had 19 points; Davis Kimble had 12 points; and Michael Kluting had eight points and five boards. Off the bench Amenofis had nine points; and Daulton Lootens had six points and six boards.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 11 points and five boards; Harry Cavell had 20 points and six boards; Gabe Colosimo had nine points; Nathan Streufert had 14 points and nine boards; and Gavin Long had 16 points. Off the bench Hunter Eisenhower had six points.

We still believe in you Nooks, and congrats to the Falcons on your 27 point victory.

UAA 67 @ SMU 79

Never particularly in doubt; SMU led the whole time, which makes sense because they’re a good team and UAA still has no identity, but… Who knows? We still feel 50/50 on our understanding of the Seawolves, but we’re guessing they feel that way about themselves, so it’s all good. Nicely done Saints!

Seawolf highlights: Malik Clements had nine points; and Curtis Ryan had seven points and six boards. Off the bench Kylan Osborne had seven points; DJ Ursury had 10 boards and went 5-5 from the line; Drew Peterson had 11 points; and Brian Pearson had 10 points and six boards.

Saint highlights: Luke Chavez continues his slump with eight points; Matt Dahlen was perfect from the field and finished with 17 points and seven boards; Jordan Kitchen had nine boards; Rhett Baerhlocher had a perfect full house including 13 points; EJ Boyce had 15 points; and off the bench BJ Standley had seven points and four boards.

All we can say about that is… Finally there’s an EJ in the conference that doesn’t disappoint us. Great job Boyce!

CU-PDX 79 @ MSUB 80

So close and yet so far! Concordia actually was really in it at the end. MSUB was leading by like seven with less than a minute left and we were like “oh, alright, this is over,” nope. It technically was, but Concordia kept fighting until the buzzer sounded -we respect that a lot.

Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had six boards and six assists; Bryan Michaels had 17 points; Chris Edward had 17 points and 11 boards among a full house; and off the bench Cody Starr was on fire and finished with 18 points and five assists on perfect shooting including being 4-4 from three.

Yellowjacket highlights: Kobe Tereshima had seven boards, eight assists, and eight points among a full house; KENDALL DENHAM ACTUALLY FUNCTIONED!!!!!!!!!!! and had 23 points on actual okay shooting!!!!!!!!! and Hafeez Abdul had 11 points and 10 boards for the double-double.

Wow those numbers are 50/50. Curious because Concordia did everything right, MSUB was 50/50 and yet the Yellowjackets still pulled it out despite shooting 63% from the line. Hmmm… Looking forward to continuing to observe. Concordia will get their win at some point.

WWU 95 @ NNU 84

And the losing streak has come to an end. Valiant effort by the Nighthawks, none-the-less. The game was super back and forth until the Viks were able to break it open at the very end. Completely respectable, exactly what you expect out of good teams. Nicely done to both.

Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had a monster game, finishing with 25 points and nine boards and going 8-8 from the line; Deandre Dickson was insane and finished with 19 points and eight boards; Trevor Jasinsky had 12 points; Daulton had a fantastic 29 points; and off the bench Siaan Rojas had five points and four boards among a full house of stats.

Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa had 22 points and five boards; Sam Roth continues to be on fire and had 16 points on 7-8 shooting; Jayden Bezzant had 11 points; MAURICE JONES had 26 points and five boards, there he goes; and Marko Lepovic had four boards off the bench.

Great game, still super excited for the Nighthawks because this this a QualityLoss™ and then happy for the Vikings to be back on track.

SFU 67 @ CWU 81

Really interesting and tight first half and then in the second half the Wildcats pretty much immediately jumped up and then never relinquished it. Super pleased with the play of the Wildcats, really making great adjustments and obviously getting guys back helps, but we like the combination of athleticism and fundamentals that have started to display and their record is showing it. Beating the teams they’re supposed to beat and then getting upsets too. Curious for them to play WOU.

Clan highlights: Othniel Spence was 5-6 from the line; Kedar Salam had 21 points and five fouls; Michael Provenzano was lights out and shot 5-6 from the field and finished with 10 points; Tyrell Lewin had a good game with 11 rebounds and nine points; and off the bench Jordan Muir-Keung had six points.

Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had six boards; Jawan Stepney had five assists; Jerome Bryant had 10 points and five boards; and Fuquan was kept fairly quiet with a mere 12 points. Off the bench Sage Woodruff had 11 points; and Cameron Williams had five points and four boards.

We’re beginning to think Coleman Sparling only started so his dad could avoid anyone else getting thrown under the bus if they lost, and honestly: We’re not displeased with his play from that time period at all, nor his lack of minutes now. He plays prototypical ‘coach’s son’ style basketball, which while as a frosh won’t win you a game, it also won’t lose you one. Verrrry interesting. Congrats on the ‘W’ Wildcats. To the Clan: Rivalry week. Get that ‘W’ against WWU.

Fun night of basketball. Because of minutes distributions we’re dealing with POW a little bit differently, but we are going to go through and update it from each week. We’ll update the chart soon.

Conference Game Day #13

And the phrase of the day is… ‘Halftime adjustments.’

CU-PDX 72 @ WOU 86

Pretty typical game. Concordia had some guys turn in a couple of monster performances and then absolutely nothing else, but we’re not concerned nor judgmental because seriously: it’s WOU.

Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had a good game with 12 points and five steals; and Chris Edward was on fire, going 13/15 from the field and 7/8 from the line and finishing with 33 points and eight boards.

Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had 13 points and five assists; Vince Boumann had nine points and six boards; and Ali had 13 points; and Riley Hawken had 12 points. Off the bench Demetrius Trammell had 14 points; Dustin Triano had nine points while being 3-3 from downtown; and JJ Chirnside had five points.

Good job to both teams on a game well-fought. To the Cavs: with the numbers you put up it looks like you should have lost by 35+ and yet it was only 14 and you out-rebounded them by five -progress, moral victories, yay.

WOU 71 @ MSUB 60

The score looks good in terms of what we projected… The game was nothing of the sort. WOU was slowly working their way up and then MSUB went on a HUUUUGE run and led by 10 or so. Then halftime happened and Jim Shaw Jim Shaw’d and while MSUB would bring it close again, ultimately the Wolves put the Yellowjackets away. Really good test for the Wolves, we’re super happy about it. We think even if they pick up another loss they’ll still host the Regional, but… Bend but don’t break. We’d rather have them fairly tested coming into post-season.

Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan has five boards and 10 points; Tanner Omlid had 14 points and seven boards; Vince Boumann had nine points and seven boards; Ali had six boards; and Riley Hawken had 14 points. Off the bench Demetrius had 10 points and Brandell Evans had six points.

Jacket highlights: Kendall Denham had 10 points; Hafeez Abdul had six boards; Zharon Richmond had five assists; and off the bench Tyler Green had 14 points; while Sven Jeuschede had five points.

Congrats to the Yellowjackets on putting up a good fight and great job to the Wolves for overcoming adversity.

SFU 69 @ NNU 82

For the most part this game was never a contest. NNU was largely in control the entire time and while SFU got it close there for a while, we had full faith that the Crusaders would walk it back up again. We honestly can’t figure out why they have such a good home nest advantage, because honestly the game experience is very middle-of-the-pack, but they do and we respect it.

Clan highlights: Kedar Salam shot well from beyond the arc, making 6-9 threes and going 4-4 from the line; Michael Provenzano had five boards and five assists; JJ Pankratz had 10 boards and a full house; Tyrell Lewin had seven boards; and off the bench Jordan Muir-Keung had nine points.

Nighthawk highlights: Obi Mewa had 10 points; Sam Roth was on fire and had 12 points; Jayden Bezzant had 16 points; Spider had seven boards; and Maurice Jones had a flawless full house among 11 boards and 17 points for the double-double. Off the bench Khalil Thompson had 12 points; Nikola Prvulj had five pionts; Marko Lepovic had four boards; and Felix White had six points and five boards.

Really like the numbers from the Nighthawks -nicely done men. Good effort as well from SFU.

UAF 59 @ SMU 80

SMU jump attacked the Nooks and early we were like “wow, we are going to be so wrong on this one,” alas the Nooks made a valiant effort at battling back, but then… HALF TIME ADJUSTMENTS. Nicely done Saints, this was a good redemption win to get.

Nook highlights: Davis Kimble had six boards and 14 points; Michael Kluting had 10 points; and off the bench Daulton Lootens had eight points; while Joe Lendway had 12 points.

Saint highlights: Matt Dahlen had a full house among seven boards and seven blocks (wow!!); Jordan Kitchen had 13 points; Rhett Baerlocher had nine points and six boards; and EJ Boyce had 17 points. Off the bench Caden Smith had six points; Tavian Henderson had seven boards and 13 points; and Cameron Chatwin had five points.

Nicely done to the Saints on the win, and to the Nooks: Relax. You’ll beat SPU on Saturday. It’ll be fine.

UAA 67 @ SPU 62

Another game earlier we were like “oh goodness, the Falcons are going to blow out the Seawolves because of course,” but noooope. We know this conference. SPU had a lead of 14 and then blew it. Congrats Seawolves on taking advantage of it!

Seawolf highlights: Malik Clements was AMAZING and scored 18 points; Josiah Wood started and scored nine points and grabbed six boards along with a full house; and off the bench DJ Ursury had 12 points and eight boards on good shooting.

Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had nine points and six boards; Gabe Colosimo had five boards; Nathan Streufert had a MASSIVE GAME with 18 points and seventeen boards; and Gavin Long had five fouls. Off the bench Nikhil Lizotte had six points; and Hunter Eisenhower had six points.

Interesting game. Congrats to the Seawolves on the win!

WWU 81 @ CWU 92

This game was straight up weird, because even if CWU had ended up winning, we didn’t think it would be a blow-out, and we thought WWU would have at least had control for a bit, but… They were never in control. Ever. And it was amazing in a sense because CWU turns up the gas in the last two minutes like no team we’ve ever seen and it’s amazing when the game is close and/or they’re down by a bit, but… They still managed to harness that same urgency and clutchness while up comfortably, and it was incredible.

Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had nine boards and 19 points while being a perfect 7-7 from the line; Deandre Dickson had five boards; and Daulton Hommes had 22 points. Off the bench Tyler Payne had six points; Brad Wallace had four boards; and Siaan Rojas had 17 points and six boards.

Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz 24 points, six boards, five steals, and four assists -WOW!!; Malik Montoya had nine points, 10 assists, and five fouls; Jawan Stepney had 21 points and five assists among a full house; Jerome Bryant had 11 points while being great from the line; and Fuquan Niles had 13 points and seven boards. off the bench Sage Woodruff had seven points; and Coleman Sparling had seven points.

Ridiculously proud of the Wildcats for pulling out the ‘W.’ A little disappointed in the Vikings, just because so many of these lines are so suspect, although honestly… We’re not that surprised about the bad lines; we are surprised about the three losses in a row, because usually the Vikings win despite bad numbers.

Differently exciting than we were expecting, but 100% great all the same. Congrats to all of the guys on playing hard, and… Tomorrow is another game day! Be safe, have fun, go GNAC.

Conference Game Day #12

WHAAAAAT? That was an exciting day and night of basketball. Our conference is the best!

SPU 92 @ WWU 88

Honestly this is a pretty typical game between these two teams. It was back and forth the whole time and a fun game to watch and you truly didn’t know who was going to win until the final buzzer sounded. Congrats to both teams on a hard fought game.

Falcon highlights:Coleman Wooten had 12 points and seven boards; Harry Cavell started and had 10 points and five boards; Gabe Colosimo had 21 points; Nathan Streufert had 15 points and six boards; and Gavin Long had 12 points. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 14 points while going 5-5 from the line; and Nikhil Lizotte had five points.

Viking highlights: Trey Drecshel did bounce back with a 15 point and seven rebound performance; Deandre Dickson had a fantastic 25 points on great shooting from the field and the line, along with nine boards; Trevor Jasinsky had 14 points, five fouls, and a full house; Daulton had 14 points, five boards, and a full house as well; and off the bench Siaan Rojas was seriously impressive with 16 points and four boards.

Really fun game. Proud of all of the guys for fighting ridiculously hard.

WOU 72 @ UAA 62

That score doesn’t quite tell the whole picture. WOU was dominating, Anchorage worked their way back and things got a little dicey, but then as good teams do: WOU found a way to put the game away. Nicely done  to the Wolves on what felt like a come-from-behind experience.

Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 22 points, seven boards, and a full house; Ali had 12 points; Riley Hawken had nine points and seven boards; JJ Chirnside made his debut in the starting line up; and off the bench Vince Boumann had nine points, eight boards, and six assists.

Seawolf highlights: Malik Clements had 14 points; DJ Ursery had a “quiet” game with 10 points, five boards, and a full house; Drew Peterson had 15 points; Brian Pearson had 10 points; and off the bench Brennan Rymer had five assists.

Really proud of the Seawolves -we see you guys making progress!! Congrats to the Wolves on their victory.

SMU 85 @ SFU 63

We’re tempted to just say it was a blow-out the whole time because SFU stopped updating their stats mid-game and so we have no idea what went on, but… Reality: SMU was up by a lot, allowed the Clan to come back in it and tie it up at the half, and then Alex Pribble clearly said some magic words at halftime and the Saints blew the Clan out right properly.

Saint highlights: Luke Chavez had 20 points; Matt Dahlen had nine points; Jordan Kitchen had 10 points and eight boards; Rhett Baerlocher had 11 points and seven boards; and EJ Boyce finished with 18 points. Off the bench Jared Matthews had 10 points; and BJ Standley had seven boards.

Clan highlights: Kedar Salam had 12 points and six boards; Michael Provenzano had 11 points; Tyrell Lewin had 13 points and seven boards; and off the bench Othniel Spence had 12 points; while Jordan Muir-Keung had nine points and six boards among a flawless full house.

Nicely done to the Clan for walking it back up and good job to SMU for finding the motivation and putting it away once again.

MSUB 73 @ CWU 77

THIS WAS SUCH A FUN GAME. CWU looked like they were going to blow out the Jackets early and then the Jackets were like ‘Heck no,” and got back in it, and then CWU was like “Um yeah, we are,” but MSUB was like “NO YOU’RE NOT,” and then the final score happened.

Yellowjacket highlights: Kobe Tereshim had 24 points; Zharon Richmond had 11 points and five boards among a full house of stats; and Zack Rollins had eight boards. Off the bench Hafeez Abdul had six points and four boards; Tyler Green had seven points; and Jordan Perry had nine points and five boards.

Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had 20 points, five boards, and six assists; Malik Montoya had five boards; Jawan Stepney had 15 points and five boards; and Fuquan Niles had 11 points and nine boards. Off the bench Sage Woodruff continues to impress with 13 points and five fouls; and Coleman Sparling had nine points.

Congrats to both teams a hard fought battle.

CUPDX 62 @ UAF 63

This game was insane but ugly. It was back and forth and then it looked like UAF was going to finally get settled in, but they couldn’t; Concordia was on them the whole time. We should have made it a ‘pick ’em’ but oh well; we maintain the right team won, and CU-PDX will have another chance to break their losing streak against MSUB this week.

Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had 19 points and six boards; Chris Edward had a good game with 11 points and 11 boards; Taylor Harris had six boards; and off the bench Cody Starr had nine points and four assists.

Nook highlights: Donny Wilder was back in the starting line-up had had 13 points and 11 boards for the double-double; Tre Eisenhut had eight points; and Michael Kluting had 13 boards. Off the bench Amenofis had five points; Davis Kimble had four boards; and Joe Lendway had 11 points.

Congrats to UAF on continuing the push to make the conference tournament and good luck to the Cavs against both WOU and more importantly MSUB.

Fun night of basketball.

UAF and SFU keep falling down on the job in regard to live stats and it’s really bugging us because we follow those stats religiously. YOUR SCHOOL’S LIVE STATS MATTER. It doesn’t matter if you don’t think anyone is following along, we always are, and we’re rather dedicated, so please: Update the darn stats promptly and consistently.

Good luck to all in the coming week.

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!

Previewing Tonight’s Games

Welcome to the second half of conference play! Lots of fun match-ups tonight, so let’s jump right in.

All times pacific.

MSUB @ NNU @ 6pm

We’re really looking forward to this game. Both teams are going to be looking to bounce back and we feel that they’re fairly well matched. Maurice Jones has been quiet as of late and so it’ll be interesting to see if he can put up some good numbers, especially against a team that has almost no center play anyway.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CU-PDX @ UAA @ 6:15pm

Another game we think is super well-matched. That’s not an insult UAA -you’ve had some rough breaks too, and we still don’t feel like we know what you’re doing. We know that you’re solid, but how you compare to the Concordia guys… We’ll see. Concordia is a difficult team to prognosticate because we’ve seen so many of those guys play well, far better than we’ve seen most of the UAA guys play, and yet UAA has been able to put it together and Concordia hasn’t. Is this the game that Concordia gets a win? Probably not, but we’ll still say…

Prediction: Pick ’em.

SPU @ SFU @ 7pm

This game should be hysterical. The Falcons capped off their mess of last season with a loss at Simon Fraser, and so you’d think they’d be motivated but we’re not convinced. SPU has the talent to blow the pants off of SFU, but that seems unlikely because we think SFU’ll be gunning for them and SPU is going to be thinking about WWU and then go “oh shoot, we do need to actually pay attention to this game,” and then Nikhil’ll chuck up a bunch of terrible shots and it’ll be way closer than it should be.

Prediction: SPU wins.

SMU @ WWU @ 7pm

Underrated game. We’re excited about it. SMU got a nice come-from-behind win over Billings and the Vikings are probably already looking ahead to their big face-off with SPU on Saturday. Trey Drechsel just had a terrible game and so he’ll be looking to bounce back, meanwhile SMU’ll be looking to force him into difficult spots and contain him. We’ll see what happens. WWU is completely capable of blowing out SMU, but we’ll still say…

Prediction: Pick ’em.

WOU @ UAF @ 8:30pm

We’re excited about this game just because the Nooks are inevitably super excited about this game. They’re facing the best team in the conference on the tundra, it’s a probable overlook game, and they just got a nice win over Simon Fraser, while WOU is coming off of a typical game against NNU. That said, even when you account for the overlook factor, we just don’t see UAF winning. WOU regularly comes out flat and so it won’t surprise us if the game is close at the half, but we fully expect them to put it away at some point.

Prediction: WOU wins comfortably.

Great night of games. We can’t wait! Tweet at us.

Previewing Tonight’s Games

All times pacific.

MSUB @ SPU @ 5:15pm

SPILLINGS!!!!!!! We’re 50/50 on whether or not this is going to be an interesting game. On the one hand… It might be. On the other hand, would we battle rush hour traffic for it? No. We don’t trust either team to play good basketball, and so if MSUB does and SPU doesn’t, then MSUB will likely get say a five point victory over the Falcons. However, if SPU does and MSUB doesn’t, the Falcons are looking at a 20 point or so victory over MSUB. We’ll see. WWU played down to the Yellowjackets, so you never know.

Prediction: The odds of an SPU win are 7-3.

NNU @ CU-PDX @ 7pm

Is this the night that Concordia gets their victory? It seems like a good chance. NNU and Concordia are pretty darn well matched, it’s a home game for the Cavs, and this is among the most obvious opportunities left for a victory on their schedule. That said, NNU can beat Concordia without issue; it’s just a question as to whether or not they will.

Prediction: Pick ’em.

CWU @ WOU @ 7:30pm

We wish we were excited for this game. We’re not particularly, because while CWU and WOU admit similar types of students, if WOU focuses at all we’re going to see yet another game of six of their guys scoring 10 points and every guy including bench dwellers seeing about 20 minutes. We’re starting to get the impression that WOU’s serious work goes on in practice and games are a formality as much as anything else, thus the scores can be closer, but… If we’re seeing it, so is the committee.

Prediction: WOU wins by 10 to 15.

SFU @ UAA @ 8pm

On the one hand we’re like “THIS IS THE PERFECT YEAR FOR SFU TO GET A WIN IN THE DEN!!!!!!!!” and yet on the other hand, UAA has lost their last four games by a combined five possessions. Yeah. They’re home. They’re playing an opponent that they definitively have a talent advantage over. They’re probably gonna win.

Prediction: The odds of a UAA win are 9-1.

WWU @ UAF @ 8pm

One of our favorite games of the year. Doesn’t matter how good the Vikings are nor how bad the Nooks are, WWU has a propensity of losing this game. It’s not the Viking loss that makes us love it, it’s that it’s so random. WWU is always loaded compared to UAF and yet still regularly loses this game. It feels impossible to make it a pick ’em because on paper WWU should win, 10 out of 10 times and this game should be a blow out and yet… We looked up the numbers going back to our first year in the GNAC and WWU has only won every 4th meeting that occurs on either the Tundra or a neutral court. According to the pattern, they have one more loss coming before they’ll get a win.

Prediction: UAF wins a close one.

Yeah, not sure why we’ve started getting into the whole “in ten meetings, this should happen.” Effort vs. talent is probably the easiest way to put it. With the UAA one, context matters. In the context of this particular game with UAA coming in on this particular losing streak; without that, we would think the game would be a pick ’em.