So many new people, so many variations in scheduling that… Forget it. Conference play it is, which is still going to get slightly wacky because of some of the pre-winter break vs. post winter-break games, but oh well. Cross that bridge when we come to it.
No generic platitudes this time, but here are the nominees:
UAF: Alex Baham
UAA: Jacob Lampkin
SFU: N/A —> Daulton Hommes of WWU
WWU: Trey Drechsel
SPU: Gavin Long
SMU: Luke Chavez
MSUB: Zack Rollins
CWU: Fuquan Niles
NNU: Obi Megwa
CU-PDX: Chris Edward
WOU: N/A —> Maurice Jones of NNU
Winner’ll be up in an hour.
Hooookay, here we go.
All times pacific.
SMU @ NNU @ 6pm
SMU just got a nice win over CWU, NNU just got a big win over SPU. Maurice Jones had a positively lights out game, and we’re not sure the Saints have a player to put on him to counter him. That said, there are definitive ways to neutralize him and we think Alex Pribble will be utilizing them.
Prediction: SMU wins. No idea on the margin.
SPU @ CWU @ 7pm
Rivalry game. SPU is reeling and spiraling downward at a rapid pace. This game could get really ugly if you’re a Falcon. We are and we feel legitimately hopeless.
Prediction: CWU wins because this SPU team has lost their identity.
CU-PDX @ SFU @ 7pm
We’re sooo excited for this game, it should be a really good match-up. CU-Portland is starting to be the team we were expecting when they bumped up, Simon Fraser is a lot better than normal this year, and that means they’re well matched. It should be nuts, so we’re excited to follow along with it.
Prediction: Pick ’em, but we lean toward SFU because of the home court advantage.
WOU @ WWU @ 7pm
“Go Western!” We have no idea who is going to win this game. Instinct says WOU because they’re so much more proven than the Viks, but the Viks are playing at home and while we seriously doubt their fans are aware of how big this game is, their players are. A lot of it will hinge on Trey Drechsel -the Vikings are a completely different team when he plays well.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
MSUB @ UAF @ 8:30pm
LOL. We’re excited about this game because MSUB needs to get back on track and UAF needs a win, but it’s really hard to play at UAF and yet UAF looks really bad, so… Who knows? We think ‘oh, MSUB has got this,’ and then we’re like ‘But UAF is hard to play at…’ If it’s close, UAF will win; if it’s a blowout, the blow-out will be by MSUB.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Tons of great games, can’t wait to see what happens!
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC!
Initially we were all ready to come and be like “Clearly we know nothing,” alas, our brain continues to work and analyze basketball pretty darn well.
We found out that NNU is now the Nighthawks. Most of their stuff still says Crusaders and they’re still using the same logo, so… D2-style rebrand. That’s okay. Still better than Dixie. We think they’ll stick with the ‘Nighthawks’ thing, so they’ve got that going for them, which is nice.
UAA 65 @ UAF 39
Woof. Roar. Both teams. Yikes. But someone had to win.
Nook highlights: Alex Baham had 10 points; Joe Lendway had nine boards; Michael Kluting had seven boards; Donny Wilder had five boards.
Seawolf highlights: Jacob Lampkin had 22 points and 10 boards; Josiah Wood had nine points; Maleke Haynes had five assists.
We were planning on going on the Alaska trip this year. Partly due to this game and partly due to the next game we’re about to write about, we think we’ll pass.
SPU 91 @ NNU 103
Don’t let the score fool you -the Falcons were never going to win this game. They went up nine, started strutting and stopped caring, and then NNU was like “HEYYY, WE STILL CARE,” and that demoralized the Falcons and… Again: SPU wasn’t coming back from that.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had five boards and five assists; Tony Miller had 22 points and five boards; Gavin Long had 15 points while being 7-7 from the line. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 11 points; Harry Cavell had 11 points; and Nathan Streufert had 10 points and five boards.
Nighthawk highlights: Khalil Thompson had 19 points; Obi Megwa had 18 points and five boards; Jayden Bezzant had 10 points; Maurice Jones had 34 points on lights-out shooting, along with seven rebounds and rounds out the full house. Off the bench Nikola Prvulj had six points; and Spider Adetunji had 10 points and seven boards.
Congrats to the Crusaders on a good win! Falcons: Consider yourselves officially needing the auto-bid to make the tournament.
WOU 96 @ SFU 71
This game was scary, SFU was in it for a really long time. We were following along like ‘Wow! Clan, we’re going to look so dumb and we love it!’ nope, WOU is really good at second half adjustments.
Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had 12 points, seven boards, and four assists; Darius Luborn went 5-5 from the line and had 19 points; Riley Hawken had 13 points and six boards. Off the bench Demetrius had 16 points; Dustin Triano had five points; and JJ Chirnside had 16 points and five boards.
Congrats to the Wolves on recommitting and getting a nice ‘W’ over a solid Clan team.
CU-PDX 72 @ WWU 99
The one game we were really wrong about, congrats to the Viks on a good win over a good Concordia team.
Cav highlights: Chris Edward had 21 points; Daniel Theisen had 10 points; and off the bench Bryan Michaels continues to ignite with 10 points; while Deandre Stallings had nine points.
Viking highlights: TREY DRECHSEL FINALLY HAD A GOOD GAME!!!!!! We’ve been waiting. 32 points and 17 boards; Logan Schilder had nine points and nine boards; Deandre Dickson had nine points; and DAULTON HOMMES had 19 points and a full house. Off the bench Brett Kingma had seven points; and Siaan Rojas had 11 points.
Congrats to the Viks on getting it done.
SMU 80 @ CWU 75
The Wildcats led for a really long time. This was another game when we were like “oh crap, we were so wrong,” but SMU ultimately pulled it out.
Saint highlights: Matt Dahlen had 10 points and six boards; EJ Boyce had 10 points and five assists; Luke Chavez continues to impress, this time with 30 points on solid shooting. off the bench BJ Standley had another good game with eight points; and Tavian Henderson had eight points and five boards.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had 21 points and five boards; Fuquan Niles had 12 points -quiet game for him; and off the bench Coleman Sparling had five boards and five fouls while going 6-6 from the line.
Congrats to both teams on a game well played!
MSUB 62 @ UAA 74
Yesss… If we remember correctly, UAA led the vast majority of the time -it wasn’t ever really close. Welcome back to reality MSUB; we still think you’re an okay team, just not the team your record implies.
Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham shot well and had 20 points and six assists; Kamal Tall had six boards; Zack Rollins had eight boards and 12 points; and off the bench Zharon Richmond had five boards and five points; while Daniel Shedden had eight points.
Seawolf highlights: Jacob Lampkin had 16 points and 12 boards; DJ Ursery had 14 points; Josiah Wood had nine points; and off the bench Brennan Rymer had five boards; and Jack Macdonald had six points.
Congrats to UAA on a 2-0 start to conference play!
Really, really fun first night of conference play! Congrats to all of the teams on a great effort. Some amazing games tomorrow -game previews will be up at 11am pacific.
Happy Thanksgiving Blog!
Chadron State 82 @ MSUB 95
Nicely done Jackets!! Again: We have no idea what it means in context, but a ‘W’ is a ‘W’!
Yellowjacket highlights: Kendall Denham had 16 points, six boards, and five assists; Tyler Green had 21 points; Kamal Tall had nine points and five boards; Zack Rollins had 11 points, nine boards, and overall picked up a full house; and Sven Jeuschede had 17 points and six boards. Off the bench Kobe Terashema had five assists; Zharon Richmond had eight points and six boards; and David Simental had nine points on perfect shooting in just six minutes.
Congrats to the Jackets on the ‘W,’ keep throwin’ it down!
SMU 73 @ Monterey Bay 70
SMU tried to choke this game away, but luckily the guys were able to hold the Otters off. Good lord. Are you aware the only natural predator of a sea otter is man? This is because they taste so bad that only the creatures that can eat them in one bite bother, and once they do it once they’re not likely to do it again because apparently the after-taste is horrifying too.
Saints highlights: Jordan Kitchen had 13 points and seven boards; EJ Boyce had four steals; Luke Chavez continues to run the show with 14 points, four assists and four steals; and Matt Dahlen had nine points. Off the bench Jared Matthews had eight points on perfect shooting; BJ Standley had nine points; and Tavian Henderson had 10 points and six boards.
Nicely done Saints! Non-con road victory -we love it.
Holy Names 77 @ UAF 67
So Alaska-Fairbanks didn’t get their revenge, but oh well.
Nook highlights: Amenofis Mitchell scored 13 and grabbed five boards; Alex Baham also grabbed five boards; Davis Kimball continues to impress with six assists and nine points; and Michael Kluting had a great performance with 19 points and nine boards. Off the bench Dalton Lootens had six points; and Joe Lendway had eight points.
UAF out-rebounded Holy Names 35-27, so they got that going for them, which is nice.
POW’ll be up in the next however long and then game previews will be up tomorrow at 10am.
All times pacific.
Chadron State @ MSUB @ 6:30pm
This is a non-region game, so who knows, but good luck to MSUB! The Jackets are currently 3-0 against D2 teams, but we’re not entirely convinced of the D2 teams they’ve beat. Chadron State is currently 2-2 but we have no read on how good their competition is, because we don’t care enough to sort through the three regions worth of non-con they’re playing.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
SMU @ Cal State Monterey Bay @ 7:30pm
It’s complicated. Monterey Bay has lost two close games (against CWU & CU-PDX), lost a game via free throws (Cal State LA), and then won a game against Dominguez Hills by one. All of those were on the road. We’re inclined to think that they’ve been more battle tested and will be better at home. That said: We like and believe in SMU, but they were picked right in the same range as CWU & CU-PDX, so… We’ll see.
Prediction: Pick ’em.
Holy Names @ UAF pt. 2 @ 8pm
So the game last night went to 2OT with HNU eventually pulling out a win on the Tundra, which is quite honestly horrifying from a GNAC strength-of-schedule point of view. That said, obviously Fairbanks is gonna be out for revenge and the Hawks aren’t going to want them to get that revenge and blah blah blah, who knows?
Prediction: UAF gets their revenge.
Not too much to say. We’re curious about the Monterey Bay game, so… We’ll see. Good luck to the Yellowjackets, Saints, and Nooks.
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!
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.
We’re really 50/50 on doing the whole “this is who did what this year,” and yet one of the reasons we do it isn’t because we think you guys can’t read the stat sheets yourself, but to highlight the players and be like “Hey, Daulton was fantastic, look at this!” in tangible form, and from that perspective it does make sense.
SPU 93 vs. Sonoma 100 in 2OT @ Cal State East Bay
Um, who knows what that means except it was ridiculous in every way and a great way to start off the year? Part of us is like “another year like last year where we know nothing about anyone would be fun,” and part of us is like “Good lord, give us some actual numbers.”
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 12 points and eight boards; Sam Simpson had eight points, 12 boards, and five fouls; Nikhil Lizotte went 7-8 from the line and had six assists in his GNAC debut; Tony Miller had 10 boards; and Gavin Long had seven boards and 24 points. Off the bench Nathan Streufert had nine points and eight rebounds.
Hard loss, but 2OT is always impressive.
MSUB 74 @ East Bay 72
Super great game, really fun to watch. Hysterical because no one knows anything about how good teams are supposed to be and while East Bay and MSUB both sit in the same range in their respective conferences, at the same time who knows? We could be watching two insanely good teams that are destined for the Regional. It’s the first game of the season, anything’s possible!
Yellowjacket highlights: Tyler Green had a fantastic GNAC debut with 22 points on good shooting; Kamal Tall logged a solid five fouls and five rebounds; Zach Rollins went 7-11 and grabbed six boards, ultimately finishing with 20 points in a whopping 39 minutes; and Daniel Shedden finished with six boards off the bench.
Admittedly we’re writing this while sitting at the game MSUB is playing, so… Go Jackets!
CWU 62 vs. San Bernardino State 81 @ CU-PDX
See, the problem with this being our fourth year of blogging is that every team is now ours, which means all of you are going to get the SPU treatment where we go ‘WHAT THE HECK ARE YOU DOING?!?!’ Welcome to the land of our homerism; it sucks =)
Wildcat highlights: Jawan Stepney had six boards; and Fuquan had 10 points. Off the bench Khalil Shabazz had 28 points, six boards, and five steals -nicely done!! And Jerome Bryant had five boards.
C’mon Wildcats, back in the game today, let’s go!
SMU 95 vs. Fresno Pacific 79 @ WOU
NICELY DONE SAINTS!!!! Admittedly FPU is usually terrible, and you guys return a ton, but it’s still awesome, getting it done.
Saint highlights: Jordan Kitchen starts off the season with a bang and a double-double included 21 points and 10 boards; Rhett Baerlocher had 10 points; EJ Boyce had a fantastic 23 points including going 7/10 from the line. Off the bench BJ Standley had 11 points, five boards, and four assists; and Tavian Henderson had eight points.
Great job Saints, let’s keep it rolling!
SFU 87 vs. Hilo 75 @ WWU
HELLO SIMON FRASER!!!!! This is so exciting, we haven’t looked at the numbers yet and so… Let’s jump right in.
Clan highlights: Iziah Sherman-Newsome comes into the year strong with a double-double of 12 boards and 26 points; and Michael Provenzano did similarly with five boards, nine assists, and 15 points. Off the bench Othniel Speence had five points; and Jordan Muir-Keung had six points.
Keep rolling Clan!
UAF 58 vs. Chaminade 71 @ UAA
Honestly it’s whatever -UAF has pretty much a completely new team and so they’re going to need time to gel. UAF doesn’t schedule anything in non-con, so we feel like we won’t get a true read on them until conference play, but the problem with that is neither will The Committee.
Nook highlights: LaDonavan Wilder starts off the season strong with 12 points and six boards; and Davis Kimball comes in to the conference with a good performance of 23 points and six boards.
Monterey Bay 85 @ CU-PDX 88 in OT
NICE GAME CAVS!!!!! Admittedly CU-PDX returns a lot, but coming out ready to fight and go and get after it is awesome and we’re super proud of you guys.
Cavalier highlights: Cody Starr -hello! Congrats on your 16 points; Jarrett Gray, welcome back, 25 points and eight boards; and Christopher Edward also came back strong with 12 points and eight boards. Off the bench Bryan Michaels had 10 points; whileTaylor Harris had nine boards.
Nicely done on pulling out the win -go get another one today!
Point Loma 69 @ WOU 70
Hooooly guacamole, congrats to the Wolves!! Both of you played in fantastic conference tournament games that almost propelled you to a bid in the Big Dance and it looks like you’re picking it up right where you left off.
Wolf highlights: Tanner Omlid had six boards, five steals, and a full house on terrible shooting; RILEY HAWKEN had nine boards -we’ve missed you Riley!; and off the bench Darius Luborn entered his GNAC career with a boom of 19 points on good shooting; and Ali Faruq-Bey had six boards.
P.S. Dear Tanner and Demetrius -what is wrong with you two?! Ice cold. Back in it today.
Notre Dame de Namur 45 @ WWU 87
Um, ouch. Good job on getting it done WWU.
Viking highlights: Logan Schilder had a double-double with 12 points and 10 boards; Deandre Dickson is now in the starting line-up and had 10 points; Trevor Jasinsky also moved up and scored 10; and Daulton Hommes, who is now oddly enough the grandpa of the starting line-up had 10 points. Off the bench Blake Fernandez had nine points on 3-2-1 perfect shooting; Brett Kingma had six points; Brad Wallace had eight points and four boards; and Siaan Rojas makes his GNAC debut with a great 12 points.
Good job Vikings? We’re proud of you and thank-you for getting the win for our conference.
Hawaii Pacific 65 @ UAA 51
WE WERE VINDICATED IN SWITCHING OUR PROJECTION!!! Sorry Seawolves, we love you and we really don’t care if we’re right or not, but usually it’s not so we’ve gotta take it where we can.
Seawolf highlights: Jacob Lampkin comes into the GNAC and gets a double-double with 12 points and 13 boards. Kylan Osborne had six points off the bench.
Arrrrghf. That’s “arf” in wolf/pirate.
Interesting first day of games. Naturally we know nothing, but it was still so amazing to have basketball back! Congrats on a great first day and let’s rack up the Ws.
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 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!