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  • GNAC openers on Thursday

    The CWU-SPU game appears to be the best one tomorrow night. St. Martin's did hang with a bad Oregon State team; WOU is not good, UAF will roll. No clue on NNU or MSU-Billings.
    Central Washington at Seattle Pacific * Seattle, WA 5:15 p.m.
    Alaska Anchorage at Saint Martin's * Lacey, WA 7:30 p.m.
    Alaska at Western Oregon * Monmouth, OR 7:30 p.m.
    Northwest Nazarene at Montana State Billings * Billings, MT 7:30 p.m.

  • #2
    CWU and SPU will be a good one.

    I’m interested to see how good St Martin is as their D2 wins are against teams that are a combined 4-12. Their losses against D2 teams that are a combined 9-3. They beat the teams they should I guess. I don’t think they will be easy at home, UAA can’t get stagnant offensively again.

    I could see WOU keep the game closer than you expect. UAF has been very up and down, if they aren’t on their game then it could be a tight one. Every team but Hilo and East Bay have shot around 50% or above on them. So if WOU can not turn it over, they can get buckets on UAF.

    And really NNU and Billings will be a good bell weather game as well. But it might say more about NNU if they can come in and get a road win.
    Last edited by Anchorage; 12-01-2021, 10:38 PM.


    • #3
      UAF and UAA each have four guys averaging in double figures, which is impressive. WOU struggles defensively, not sure how the Wolves could win either game unless one of the two or both go incredibly cold, which I don't see happening. I've been waiting two years for the season and am very disappointed the Wolves are just bad this year. Right now I'd accept average.


      • #4
        CWU wins their first road game at SPU in 11 years, since the 2010-11 GNAC title season for CWU! The curse is lifted!!! I was there and when I saw SPU come out shooting hot from long range, I was so worried. But then in the 2nd half they cooled down a bit and Central brought the energy on defense. Pollard, Gilson, and Brizee were all solid defensively tonight. Smith really heated up and took charge late in the game. Video of the end:


        • #5
          Well I thought the CWU-Seattle Pacific would be a good one, sounds like it was and I'm glad you got to go to the game Nation.

          Good thing I'm not picking games, Western Oregon won big over Alaska Fairbanks they shot the ball well over 50% and 46 from the three-point line and you're going to win games doing that. Guessing Shabazz was hurt? Didn't get a lot of minutes and only put up three shots.

          Northwest Nazarene won by one on the road and I'm still waiting the Anchorage-St Martin's score.


          • #6
            76-67 UAA

            i had a hunch about UAF and WOU, I knew if they could limit turnover they would score on the Nanooks. I think WOU is more talented than they are showing and I’m not liking the vibe around that UAF squad. Both from things I heard from friends that live in Fairbanks, attitude I saw on the court this past weekend and things I overheard UAF players saying when away from coaches at the Ak Air Center. I don’t think that team is very committed to winning and I think Sparling has his hands full. They are definitely talented but they need to be a lot more focused.
            Last edited by Anchorage; 12-03-2021, 01:00 AM.


            • #7
              Impressive showing by UAA, Karlberg with 22 points to lead four guys in double figures, UAA shot the ball real well and played great defense. They will be tough this year.

              Good call on UAF, Anchorage, I seriously didn't see the outcome of that game happening. I'll eat crow, hopefully the Wolves can keep it going.

              NNU game sounded great.