Looking at this for the first time is honestly our own personal Christmas morning, so let’s get started!
vs. Chaminade @ UAA
vs. Hawaii Pacific @ UAA
vs Holy Names x2
vs. UCSD @ WWU
Judgement: The saving grace of this schedule is the neutral site game against UCSD. There are no true road games and that makes us cringe.
vs. Hawaii Pacific
vs. Holy Names x2
Judgement: We get it: they play D1 games in the Great Alaska Shootout, but we maintain our stance that D1 vs. D2 games don’t mean a thing. This schedule is weak, but UAA is definitely rebuilding, so it’s fair enough, but it won’t help them come tournament time.
vs. Hawaii-Hilo @ WWU
vs. ND de Namur @ WWU
vs. Azusa Pacific @ PLNU
Judgement: It’s a good schedule. We’re honestly judging Ryan Looney far more for scheduling SFU than anything else. Then again… He did lose to them at home, on homecoming with a tournament-bound SPU team, so… C’mon Clan! Get that W! We believe in you.
vs. ND de Namur
vs. East Bay
vs. Harding @ Hawaii
vs. Tampa @ Hawaii
Judgement: We’re comfortable with this schedule. The last two are D2, but not D2 west, so less than ideal but far preferable to a non-D2 school. The Vikings don’t like to test themselves early and yet it usually works out just fine, so… Different philosophies. All good.
WHOA website update. It no longer looks like something straight out of 2002.
vs. Sonoma State @ East Bay
@ East Bay
vs. Dixie State @ Westminster (SLC)
Judgement: Typical quality SPU schedule. Last year of the Falcons playing Dixie in-region; the Rebs switch to the RMAC next year.
vs. Fresno Pacific @ WOU
vs. PLNU @ WOU
@ Monterey Bay
vs. Academy of Art @ Cal Baptist
@ Cal Baptist
Judgement: We love this schedule. It’s going to test them really well and give them every opportunity to make the tournament. We also love this schedule because they posted it at the beginning of August, which makes our life a heck of a lot easier when the round-robin gets switched up.
vs. East Bay @ East Bay
vs. Sonoma @ East Bay
vs. University of Mary
vs. Chadron State
Judgement: We’re comfortable with this schedule. They play two true D2 west road games and then against some Northern Sun foes, which is typical for MSUB. It’s not great by any stretch, but it should be fine.
vs. San Bernardino @ CU-Portland
vs. Monterey Bay @ CU-Portland
vs. Hilo @ SPU
vs. CU-Irvine @ SPU
Judgement: We consider this a very quality schedule, are proud of the Wildcats, and hopefully they’ll go 4/4 -it would really help our conference as a whole.
vs. San Fran State
vs. Academy of Art
Judgement: Not sure who the latter two schools will be, but we consider this an okay schedule. With Maurice Jones on that team, maybe it’s a little weaker than we’d like, but it’ll be fine. Very appropriate for NNU, should put them in a good position come conference play.
vs. Monterey Bay
vs. San Bernardino
vs. San Fran State @ NNU
vs. Academy of Art @ NNU
@ San Marcos
Judgement: Nothing but our highest applause and considering they bring back Christopher Edward, we feel completely confident in their ability to get it done and get our conference some nice SOS points. Way to go Cavs!! We’re rooting for you.
vs. Point Loma
vs. Fresno Pacific
vs. Azusa Pacific
vs. Dixie State
@ Holy Names
@ ND de Namur
@ Tarleton State
Judgement: We love it. It’s going to test them really, really well and it’s going to give them some breathing room come conference play, which is actually nice for everyone else because it means more chances for the GNAC to get more than one team into the D2 west.
Overall: We’re really excited and really pleased with the scheduling done by the vast majority of the conference. We should be in a good position to stake some claim on depth and then have an interesting year of conference play. Going to be great.
A reminder: GET YOUR FLU SHOT!! The GNAC Plague will inevitably go around and there’s much less of a chance for it to spread if everyone’s gotten their flu shot.
GIF anticipations up on Wednesday, our pre-season poll next Monday.
Tanner… Wow. Highlights include the elusive triple double, plenty of double-doubles, and actually a reasonable number of minutes averaged -he wasn’t a 38-39 minute per night guy, which makes these numbers especially nuts. He has what we consider to be the premier intangible in that he appears to be able to think through “What’s Important Now?” as he’s actively playing, which is insane and amazing. He plays the game of basketball in the correct way -he’s everywhere, doing everything, and his effort is apparent at all times. He’s not the most athletic guy, but he utilizes the tools he’s been given well.
Tanner is a fantastic team player with great court vision and an integral understanding of the game of basketball. He can go off, that is for sure, but he also trusts his teammates abilities to go off -that’s how you got dynamite performances out of guys like Ali, Demetrius, and Malik. Tanner never worried about what his numbers were going to be like and that’s likely what set him apart, and lifted him to Player-of-the-Year status.
Congrats Tanner -we’re so happy we get to keep you for another year, and can’t wait to watch you again soon!!
Better late than never!
Suki Wiggs -Alaska-Anchorage; Sr.
Taylor Stafford -Western Washington; Sr.
Maurice Jones -Northwest Nazarne; Jr.
Christopher Edward -CU-Portland; Jr.
Tanner Omlid -Western Oregon; Jr.
Spencer Svejcar -Alaska-Anchorage; Sr.
Daulton Hommes -Western Washington; RS Fr.
Tony Miller -Seattle Pacific; Fr.
Preston Beverly -MSU-Billings; So.
Drew Martin -CU-Portland; Sr.
Brandon Davis, Corey Hammell, Diante Mitchell, Cole Preston, Deandre Dickson, Gavin Long, Fuquan Niles, Dom Hunter, and Bouna N’Diaye.
This was actually a really fun year for player-of-the-year with how much parity there was and how well they compared to each other in regard to production and team impact. It’s fun having so many underclassmen on these teams because we to keep most of them.
We’re about four weeks out and we absolutely cannot wait.
Player-of-Last-Year will be up in an hour.
‘Not’ is not a verb. ‘Is’ is a verb.
A grammar lesson courtesy of the GNAC Men’s Basketblog.
The point is: We’re here. We’re still going strong with blogging this year. We’re going to get around to naming our player-of-the-year and all-conference teams from last year at some point… Technically we don’t actually have to start blogging until November, but we feel the need to remind you guys that we’re just as addicted as ever, but… Last year may have caused a bit of a basketball existential crisis.
Last year we didn’t find out three of the teams that were making the tournament until after conference play ended.
That’s the epitome of great in regard to being a GNAC basketball junkie, as we pride ourselves on being, and yet as it comes to blogging… What’s the point of pre-season blogging? What’s the point of speculation? The most correct thing we wrote last year in regard to almost anything was just straight up admitting “We don’t know,” or “It’s too close to call,” or “It’s anybody’s game.” Those statements proved to be 100% true, even in games where one team ended up winning more comfortably, just because… It wasn’t a guarantee.
There are games on the schedule that traditionally you look at and go “Okay, that’ll be a blow-out.” Those games for the most part went out the window last year, which is amazing -we literally loved every single week of the season, it was incredible- but from a “what the heck do we write??” perspective it’s brutal.
And so we write nothing. We’re not doing the usual Mondays in September as we have the past couple of years, just because… We’re not. Once the quarter schools start and those rosters get finalized maybe a week or so into October, then we’ll do the GIF anticipations, official prognostications, and looking at the schedules, and whatnot.
We usually say we don’t count transfers before we see them play conference games, and while that’s true… No coaching staff thinks they brought in bad transfers. Okay: the SPU coaching staff might, but dude is still 6’11; he could be useless and very inept, but he’s still 6’11 and this is still basketball, and they brought him in with no real necessity; if he’s good it’ll help them, but if he’s bad he won’t hurt them and it still gives their forwards another guy to bang against in practice.
Meanwhile: We know 10 teams are thinking they brought in GREAT transfers that are going to be THE missing piece, and we are so excited for you guys -welcome new transfers!! We know you guys are going to be amazing (just as your predecessors have been) to the point that on our pre-season all-conference teams we actually leave open spaces for you; we usually only name four to each, just because we know several transfers will come in and knock our socks off.
As such: Our pre-season speculation is subdued, but we are here and we are very excited for the new season to start. Okay… Maybe we’ll do a line briefly about what we’re looking forward to about each team, just off the top of our head without looking at any rosters or anything:
UAF: Last year was disappointing, so we’re looking forward to the Nooks hopefully bouncing back and having a great year.
UAA: We liked Jacob Lampkin when he was at O’Dea and so we’re excited to get to watch him play collegiately, as well as for the Seawolves to host the conference tournament.
SFU: Hope springs eternal and we’re sure they’re working hard.
WWU: TREY DRECHSEL IS BACK!!!!!!! And literally the only thing the Viks lost is scoring and scoring is easiest to regenerate. Logan will have another year of development, so… It should be a really, really good year.
SPU: [originally accidentally left blank] Addition by subtraction; they bring back literally every productive player they had last year.
SMU: They lost almost everything, it’s going to be an entirely new team, essentially, and so we’re really curious to see what that new team looks like.
MSUB: Preston Beverly transferred to Point Loma, but MSUB runs a good program regardless and Kendall Denham is a senior, so… Hopefully he’ll go lights out and it’ll be great.
CWU: FUQUAN!!!!!!!! They arguably get the most athletic guys in the conference, so they’re always entertaining.
NNU: MAURICE JONES!!!!!!! ‘Nuff said. Any team with Mo is a team worth watching.
CU-PDX: They were starting to look really good last year and while we don’t know precisely what they return, we believe in Coach B. having watched his NAIA teams, so… We’ll continue believing in his D2 teams through the transition.
WOU: TANNER, RILEY HAWKEN, ALI, ALEX, DEMETRIUS!!!!!!!!! We love this team. We’re really excited about the whole thing.
By the looks of it the Westerns are going to be doing some serious battle, still: we’re not going to discuss the prognostication for probably another two and a half to three weeks, but… We are now officially really pumped about the October blogging, just rational enough to know that this year September blogging is pointless.
Enjoy football, we’ll put up the all-conference teams in the coming few weeks, and… Posts will start going up regularly in October.
Update: We didn’t mean to leave out SPU; we’re just not excited about the Falcons at all, what-so-ever 😉
Yay for experience! Big congrats to the Vikings on forcing the Wildcats to play at your tempo. It didn’t work, but you still managed to do it and imposing will on game flow? We’re all about that, especially because Chico is usually so defensively sound. They were a flat-out mess in regard to that this game and yet… they still killed the Vikings. They allowed the Vikings to play the tempo they wanted, and it backfired and the Viks got their lutefisk handed to them by the 6th seed.
Again: the good news is it was likely a great learning experience because as far as we see it… The Viks return almost everybody. We’re never concerned about scoring; they bring back Daulton, Logan, Deandre, and Trey, and that makes the loss disappointing but life very happy.
Plus, Chico made the Elite 8, and in our opinion seeding in D2 doesn’t matter beyond who hosts, so it’s neither here nor there with where WWU should have/could have been seeded. Fact is, there’s only eight schools, you have to play everybody.
All that said:
Viking highlights: Taylor Stafford had 24 points; Logan Schilder showed a great glimpse of what we’ll hopefully see next year, picking up a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds and just one foul; Daulton Hommes had five boards and five fouls in just 23 minutes (growing pains -it’ll get better Daulton); and Jeffrey Parker had 16 points and seven boards. Off the bench Deandre Dickson continued to do the sixth man-of-the-year thing with 16 points and four boards on great shooting.
The good news about the above is again that we get to keep Daulton, Logan, AND Deandre, so… more about them soon!
Three great games. Because he played three and the other nominees played two, we ultimately took the average because the fact is, dead is dead and that’s what your legs inevitably are after playing three games in three days, including one that went to triple overtime in which you flat-out will your team to a win.
In the first round against the Yellowjackets Tanner went 7/7 from the line, grabbed 11 boards, and managed four steals. Against the Seawolves and their homecourt advantage (no joke; UAA fans, y’all show up and y’all are LOUD) he shot 50%, made most of his free throws, and managed to stay with only four fouls in three periods of OT. Wow. Nicely done Tanner! And finally: Against the great defense of the Vikings, Tanner met his match -his shooting was far less than ideal, but he did still find plenty of other ways to be productive and kept them in until the final second.
The best part about Tanner is… We get to keep him for another year, which we’re really excited for. He had a great junior season and is definitely the pre-season favorite for player-of-the-year, but… We’ll see. Target on his back, that is for sure.
Congrats Tanner on a great conference tournament performance and we hope your summer workouts have gone fantastically!
To be in consideration, a guy had to play at least two games in the tournament; that said, if they hit our minimum for qualifying for POW, they’re included regardless of school.
WWU: Taylor Stafford -two forty minute games and went 15/16 from the line in one of them. Wow.
WWU: Daulton Hommes -high minutes and very smart and efficient play -the numbers scream “unselfish” and yet he still had a great impact with scoring. Very proud of him.
SMU: Cole Preston -finished up his career with a couple of good games.
WOU: Tanner Omlid -Three really good games, including two where he was out of his mind. In the 3OT thriller he played 46 minutes, which… We’re actually a little surprised he was allowed to rest that much.
Tournament MVP will be up in an hour.
Mo continues to impress -he played 40 minutes in the mighty lair of the Nooks and grabbed a whopping 18 rebounds! WHOAAA. He also wasn’t bad from the field, finishing with 23 points on 50% shooting. In the den of the Seawolves he was a little cold from the field but still went 6-6 from the line, grabbed nine boards, and had ZERO turnovers in 30 minutes of play. The Alaska schools are notoriously the hardest in the conference to play at and so this performance is particularly impressive in that respect.
Now it’s the end of August and we still are worried about him transferring. We haven’t heard anything yet, but… We want him back so badly! Stay Mo, stay!
That said: Congrats on the POW win and we’re crossing our fingers we get to watch you pick-up more of them in the coming season!
This time for February 23-25.
UAF: Brandon Davis
SFU: Othniel Spence
WWU: Deandre Dickson
SPU: Tony Miller
SMU: Rhett Baerlocher
CWU: N/A —> Diante Mitchell, Alaska-Anchorage.
NNU: Maurice Jones
CU-PDX: Jarrett Gray
There were a lot of above average performances this week and only one spot donated, so really good final week of the regular season. Winner’ll be up in an hour.
There’s honestly nothing we can really say about this guy because the numbers say all of it: he played 78/80 minutes available in these two games and went a combined 16-16 from the charity stripe. He went 2-6 from the field against SMU and then stopped shooting, however it clearly didn’t get in his head, because he proceeded to go 9/12 against MSUB.
We were lucky to have a front row seat for that performance and… he scored at will. We would be sitting there studying the defense and MSUB would be playing REALLY REALLY good D and we’d be going “what the heck, there’s no outlet, there’s no option,” and then Gavin would score. It was nuts. One of our favorite performances we’ve seen because while he scored 25 points with great efficiency… it wasn’t flashy.
Congrats Gavin and good luck in your sophomore season!!