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.
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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.
Fun night of games, another team gets by Concordia unscathed, so let’s talk about it!
SPU 76 @ SMU 80
SPU led for quite a while and then SMU came back in, was up for a bit, and then very back and forth before the Saints put it away in over time. Great effort by both teams.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 22 points and seven boards on good shooting; Harry Cavell had 11 points and five boards; Gabe Colosimo had five boards and six assists; Nathan Streufert had 15 points and 10 boards for the double-double; and Gavin Long had six boards. Off the bench Nikhil Lizotte had 15 points.
Saint highlights: Luke Chavez had 31 points, seven boards, and six assists; Matt Dahlen had 12 points, 10 boards, and five fouls; Jordan Kitchen had six boards; and Rhett Baerlocher had five boards and five fouls. Off the bench Jared Matthews had nine points and six boards; and Tavian Henderson had seven points.
Congrats to both teams on a hard battle well fought.
SMU 77 @ MSUB 60
This game was never a game, SMU just came in and said “we’re locking up our bid to the conference tournament now,” and went right ahead and did it. No outstanding play from any particular player, but good play from a bunch of players, which is exactly what we like to see late in the season. If you want to go fast go alone; if you want to go far, go as a group.
Saint highlights: Luke Chavez had five assists; Matt Dahlen had 10 points; Jordan Kitchen had 13 points and a full house; Rhett Baerlocher had 12 points and five boards; and EJ Boyce had 12 points and five assists on great shooting. Off the bench Jared Matthews had six points, four boards, and four assists; BJ Standley had seven points, four boards, and four assists; and Tavian Henderson had eight points.
Yellowjacket highlights: Kobe Terashima had five boards; Zharon Richmond had 24 points; Zack Rollins had 15 points and six boards; and off the bench Jordan Perry had seven points.
Really, really happy with SMU’s numbers, congrats on clinching a berth in the conference tournament, and keep on keeping on.
UAF 51 @ SFU 83
Admittedly this is the type of score we were expecting when SFU played MSUB. Go figure. Congrats to the Clan on a huge spoiler win, and good effort to the Nooks -you’re still in it, keep fighting.
Nook highlights: Tre Eisenhut had 10 points; Dalton Lootens had seven boards; and Michael Kluting had 17 points and seven boards. Off the bench both Amenofis Mitchell and Davis Kimble had seven points.
Clan highlights: Jordan Muir-Keung had a huge game with 19 points and five assists on great shooting; Kedar Salam had 31 points and a full house; Michael Provenzano had eight assists (WOW!!!); and Tyrell Lewin had seven boards. Off the bench Bowen Bakken had six boards; and Bongani Moyo had six points.
Nicely done Clan, and time to get back on the iceberg Nooks -there are more fish in the sea, y’all’ve got three games left; get after it.
CU-PDX 76 @ CWU 80
It’s odd to say, but it was a prototypical Concordia game where they were in it for a really, really long time before the other team was able to put it away in basically the final two minutes. It seems like more than half of their games have gone that way. You’re like “Oh, Concordia is going to finally their win!” Noooope. Congrats on the Wildcats for staying focused and getting the ‘W’.
Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had 19 points and six boawrds; Chris Edward had 18 rebounds and went 8-8 from the line; and off the bench both Cody Starr and Hunter Sweet had four boards.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had nine points; Malik Montoya had fie boards and a full house; Jawan Stepney had 15 points and seven boards; and Fuquan Niles had a full house among 12 points, 10 boards, and a whopping seven blocks -soooo close to the trip dub. Off the bench Naim Ladd had four boards; and Sage Woodruff had 23 points and a four boards among a full house.
Really proud of the Wildcats for pulling this out. It was pointed out to us that you have the most brutal end of season schedule of anyone, so… Good luck with that. WOU + Spartin. Yikes.
WOU 70 @ NNU 67
Pretty typical Wolves game through the first half. They ended up up by 10 or so going into the half and we were like “okay, they should push away.” No, no, no, not according to the Nighthawks. As we recall it got really competitive around the 10 minute mark in the second half and it was a heart attack from there on out. Congrats to the Wolves for pulling it out and big kudos to the Nighthawks for terrifying them as such.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had six boards; Tanner Omlid had 16 points, seven boards, five assists, and four blocks; and off the bench Janvier Alaby had five points; Dustin Triano had nine points; Brandell Evans had four boards; and JJ Chirnside had a great game with 17 points.
Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa had a nice bounce-back game with 16 points and six boards; Sam Roth had five boards and a full house; Spider had six boards; and off the bench Marko Lepovic had four boards.
Again: Congrats to both teams on fighting really hard, valiant effort by all of you. We don’t believe NNU is technically out of the hunt for a bid in the conference tournament, although they will need to win out from here and that includes not being upset by Concordia as well as beating Spartin, so… Difficult road, but not impossible.
UAA 56 @ WWU 66
Initially the Viks were playing down to the Seawolves, but by the second half it was fine and we felt confident that concerning things weren’t about to happen, so it was all good. Still -congrats to the Seawolves for going toe-to-toe with a good WWU team, from here on out you guys should have an advantage, so we’ll see.
Seawolf highlights: Malik Clements had 10 points; DJ Ursery had 11 points; Josiah Wood had nine points; Brian Pearson had nine points; and off the bench Curtis Ryan had nine points.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had five boards; Logan Schilder had seven boards; Deandre Dickson had a great game with 17 points, seven boards, and a full house; Trevor Jasinsky had seven points; and Daulton Hommes played 40 full minutes and had 14 points and six boards. Off the bench Siaan Rojas had eight points, six boards, and five assists.
Congrats Vikings on taking care of business. Team first basketball., we like the numbers, although Trey continues his streaky shooting, which is a bit of a head scratcher but go figure.
Great night of games, congrats to all on playing hard. Game previews up tomorrow.
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.
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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!
Wow! What a night of games and only four game nights left before the conference tournament.. We finally caught onto the fact that the Alaska schools essentially play the last two weeks of games on the road, which makes good sense because of the tournament being up there.
MSUB 77 @ SFU 75
On the one hand the game should have been a pick ’em, but on the other hand we are still surprised MSUB won because SFU has a fairly good home court advantage in regard to how echo-y it gets in the West Gym, so… Congrats to the Yellowjackets on a solid win.
Jacket highlights: Kobe Tereshima had six boards and five assists; Kendall Denham had six boards and five assists; Hafeez Abdul had an incredible 26 points and nine boards on fantastic shooting and while going 8-8 from the line -WOW!!; Zack Rollins also shot fantastically and finished with 27 points.
Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had five boards; Jordan Muir-Keung had six assists; Kedar Salam continues to impress, this time with 21 points and while going 7-8 from the line; Michael Provenzano had nine points and seven assists; and Tyrell Lewin shot 7-7 from the field and finished with 14 points. Off the bench Bowen Bakken had 11 points; and Bongani Moyo had six points and seven boards.
Really good numbers from the Clan, and a great win for MSUB; congrats to all.
SPU 80 @ CU-PDX 70
Interesting game. Concordia was in it until about the two minute mark and then… SPU put it away. The Cavs have had several games like that and if we feel frustrated, we can’t imagine how frustrated they feel.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 24 points and 11 boards for the double-double; Gabe Colosimo had 10 points; and Nathan Streufert had 16 points and eight boards. Off the bench Braden Olsen had six assists; Nikhil Lizotte had seven points; and Trey Miller had five points.
Cav highlights: Bryan Michaels had 23 points; Chris Edward had five boards; and off the bench Jace Cates had nine points; Tyler Wells had six points and five fouls; and Daniel Theisen had six points and five boards.
We’re going to be honest: We’re getting really irritated with Concordia’s media staff. They’re not updating the live stats, and while we understand that technical difficulties happen, the fact that it seems to happen 2/3rds of the time says that something needs to change. The reality is that it hurts not only players in terms of exposure, but the non-local family members of players as well.
SMU 73 @ WOU 86
At times it was close, but never concerningly so. SPU gave WOU more of a battle than SMU did, which is sort of curious but sort of not. WOU did what WOU does, although SMU did have Luke Chavez back, which was really nice.
Saint highlights: Luke had 14 points; Matt Dahlen had 15 points and five fouls on perfect shooting from both the field and the line; and off the bench Caden Smith had six points; BJ Standley had 12 points; and Tavian Henderson had six points and six boards.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan has turned on hot as the regular season begins to wane and had 16 points and five assists; Tanner Omlid had 13 points, five boards, and a full house; ALI IS OFFICIALLY BACK!!!!! and had 24 points and four steals, he was one of our faves last year so we’re REALLY excited; and Riley Hawken continues the existential crisis with five boards. Off the bench Demetrius had eight points; Janvier Alaby had four boards; Darius Luborn had 10 points on great shooting; and JJ Chirnside had seven points and five boards.
Really pleased with the numbers put up by WOU, and honestly confused by the lack of numbers put up by SMU, so… We’ll see what they do on Tuesday. Probably’ll be pretty feisty, which’ll be fun.
NNU 53 @ UAF 67
The Nooks continue to make the push for the conference tournament. We’re honestly a little surprised by this result -we have no idea what’s up with the Nighthawks right now, although are happy to see that Maurice Jones is bouncing back. Still, great game from the Nooks, so cool? No pun intended.
Nighthawk highlights: Obi Megwa had six boards; and Maurice Jones had 19 points and 15 boards.
Nook highlights: Jalon McCullough started; Alex Baham had 12 points; Michael Kluting had 11 points and eight boards; and off the bench Amenofis had 14 points and five boards; Donny Wilder had eight points; and Davis Kimble had nine points.
Interesting. A ‘W’ is a ‘W’ but it appears that both teams played “down” to each other, when both are actually semi-decent in reality. Ooookay then.
CWU 54 @ UAA 70
Revenge is a dish best served hot and sweaty. Last time UAA lost a heartbreaker in OT to the Wildcats, and now they’ve gotten their revenge -convincingly. UAA was up largely the whole time and then never let CWU truly back into it.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had five boards; Fuquan Niles had 10 points, nine boards, and four blocks; and off the bench Cameron Williams had 13 points nad eight boards; and Karsten Chaplik had five boards.
Seawolf highlights: Malik Clements went 8-10 from the line and had 12 boards; Drew Peterson had six assists; and Josiah Wood had 19 points. Off the bench Kylan Osborne had nine points; and Curtis Ryan had six points.
Lesson for everyone else: DO NOT FOUL MALIK CLEMENTS. He went 2-11 from the field, let the dude shoot.
Fun night of basketball. Last four games of the year on tap, Really exciting stuff and should be a good week.
Be safe, have fun, go GNAC.
And today’s game, which starts soon.
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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!
Jumping right in…
SFU 64 @ WWU 86
Never close. WWU is done with messing around. Three losses in conference is three too many and they’re not in the mood to allow another one, good on you Vikings.
Clan highlights: Othniel Spence had 12 points; Jordan Muir-Keung started and had 10 points and five boards; Kedar Salam had 23 points and five boards; Michael Provenzano had 10 points; and Tyrell Lewin had eight points.
Viking highlights: Trey Drechsel had 13 points and nine boards; Logan Schilder had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards; Deandre Dickson had 15 points, seven boards, five assists, and five blocks -WOW!!; Trevor Jasinsky had 11 points and five boards; and Daulton had 15 points. Off the bench Brett Kingma had eight points; and Brad Wallace had 11 points.
Nicely done to the Vikings, good luck to the Clan on Saturday against the Yellowjackets.
MSUB 65 @ WWU 91
We apparently got the blues confused in our dream, because WWU rolled the entire time. Super proud of the Vikings!
Yellowjacket highlights: Hafeez Abdul had 18 points and seven boards; Zack Rollins had seven boards; and off the bench Tyler Green had 16 points.
Viking highlights: Trey Dreschel had 13 points, nine boards, and seven assists among a full house of stats; Deandre Dickson had 15 points and seven boards; Trevor Jasinsky had 23 points including going 6-6 from the line; and Daulton had a quiet game with a flawless full house including 13 points. Off the bench Brett Kingma had six points; and Siaan Rojas had 10 points.
Nicely done taking care of business, Viks; MSUB, good luck bouncing back at SFU. Oddly enough… We feel like the Jackets may have overlooked the Viks, counting it as an anticipated loss, meanwhile looking forward to what should be a competitive game in Burnaby.
SMU 71 @ CUPDX 58
Oh how little that score tells. Concordia game out to a RAGING start and mentally we were like ‘Seriously Saints? Don’t do this.’ And then it persisted until the half and we were like ‘Whoa, Concordia is maybe gonna get their ‘W’ they’re looking pretty good,’ and then of course: Halftime adjustments. SMU made them and made them well and… See score.
Saint highlights: Rhett Baerlocher had 17 points and nine boards; EJ Boyce had 13 points; and off the bench Jared Matthews had nine points and seven boards; Tavian Henderson had eight points, six boards, and four assists among other field stats; and Michael Painter had seven points.
Cav highlights: Jarrett Gray had a good game with 18 points and six boards; Chris Edward had 10 points and seven boards; Taylor Harris had six boards; and off the bench Tyler Wells had five points.
Congrats to SMU on making great adjustments and getting the ‘W.’ Good luck to the Cavs against SPU on Saturday -we think this would be a great game for you to finally get an in-conference win.
SPU 81 @ WOU 95
The score is prototypical and while SPU led for a while, was it ever in doubt for WOU? In our mind no. Maybe the one thing that stood out to us about this game is that Tanner Omlid played 40 minutes, and that’s about the best compliment WOU can give any team.
Falcon highlights: Coleman Wooten had 10 boards; Nathan Streufert had 17 points and eight boards; and Gavin Long had 11 points and five fouls. Off the bench Braden Olsen had 11 points; Nikhil Lizotte had 13 points; and Hunter Eisenhower had six points.
Wolf highlights: Malik Morgan had 16 points, six boards, and five assists; Tanner Omlid had 32 points, five boards, seven assists, five steals, and five blocks for a seriously impressive full house; Vince Boumann had 10 points and six boards; ALI HAD A SUPER GREAT GAME including being 12-12 from the line and finishing with 25 points; and Riley Hawken had eight points and six boards.
Interesting numbers put up by the Wolves. We’re now really curious to see what they do against SMU on Saturday. SPU is doing more with less, SMU is doing less with more, and the back-to-back makes for a great dichotomy.
CWU 79 @ UAF 76
Another one of those games where we were like “oh, CWU is gonna win this without issue,” and then UAF turned up the teamwork and then they got a big lead and we were like “okay, halftime adjustments, go Nooks?” and then it was a battle. Two really fun teams to watch.
Wildcat highlights: Khalil Shabazz had a great game with 26 points and nine boards; Malik Montoya had six boards; Jawan Stepney had five boards; and Fuquan Niles had nine points, five boards, and five blocks. Off the bench NAIM LADD had six points (we’re just happy to see him appear at all, finally); Sage Woodruff had 15 points; and Cameron Williams had four boards.
Nook highlights: Alex Baham had 17 points and five boards; Joe Lendway had nine points; Michael Kluting had 14 boards; and off the bench Amenofis Mitchell had 11 points on perfect shooting.
Congrats to both teams on a hard game well fought.
NNU 48 @ UAA 59
So excited for Anchorage! This game was never in doubt and they came out swinging. They’re gelling at the right time as they push to try and make the conference tournament in a year when its being hosted at home.
Nighthawk highlights: Sam Roth had five boards; Jayden Bezzant had 20 points; Maurice Jones had 10 points and 10 boards; and off the bench Marko Lepovic had six boards; and Felix White had five.
Seawolf highlights: DJ Ursury had seven boards; Josiah Wood started and had seven assists; Brian Pearson had 10 points seven boards, and a smattering of other stats for both the full house and the double-double. Off the bench Malik Clements had nine points and five boards; Jack Macdonald had nine points; and Eric Jenkins had five boards.
The Nighthawks’ll have a great chance to bounce back against the Nooks, and the Seawolves will have a great chance to keep it going against the Wildcats. We love this particular match-up of pairings because they do match-up so well and so Saturday should be a fun day.
Fun night of hoops. Game previews’ll be up tomorrow in the AM.
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!
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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!
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.
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.
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!