Sunday, November 23, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 23rd, 2014

By Gregory Crawford---TV, Print and Radio Basketball Analyst---on twitter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt

LeBron---No one loves basketball more than I do. Having followed the game for 54 years, I am passionate about all aspects of basketball. But, enough is enough. I do not need to know what LeBron eats for snacks, nor do I need to know what kind of toilet paper he likes.

Yes, he is the best player in the game. So my message to LeBron and Cleveland Cavaliers is win more games, as the more the Cavs lose, the more the more we will hear.

The Other Cavs----Speaking of winning and the Cavaliers, congrats to Brad Barbarick and his Concordia Cavaliers on their fast 8-0 start. This is the last year for the Cavaliers in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, as they are moving to the D-2 GNAC Conference next year.

The Cavaliers kept their unbeaten streaking alive on Saturday night, defeating D-3 Lewis and Clark, on the Pioneers home court. Per the L&C stat sheet the attendance for the game was 162. That is sad, when two undefeated teams play each other, no matter what level, 162 fans watching is pathetic.

"Small College" basketball needs to be better marketed and needs more attention. It is really good basketball as is proved every year.

Monday Night----The Portland State Vikings on Monday night will meet the SIU Edwardsville Cougars at the Stott Center in Portland, Oregon.

I was down to Portland State on Saturday and many people thought the game would be lightly attended. My question is WHY? Portland State is really good this year, it is the only game in town that night and if you can't sellout a 1,500 seat arena that is totally sad.

On Saturday another good team, the Portland Pilots took apart SIU on their home floor running their record to 3-0 on the young season.

Keep this date in mind, on December 3rd, Portland State travels to the Pilots, in a game that looks to be the most competitive in years between the two teams.

Scores---Yesterday, I went 1-1 in my NBA predictions, with a season record of 13-10. Of course my score predictions are for entertainment purposes only, but even though I do not bet on sports, I do agree with NBA Commissioner that legalized sports betting is a must in this country. So here we go with Sunday predictions.

Portland 110 @ Boston 105
Denver 112 @ Lakers 115
Clippers 88 @ Memphis 89

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Saturday, November 22, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 22nd, 2014

By Gregory Crawford---TV, Print and Radio Basketball Analyst--- on twitter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt

Philadelphia---- It is such a shame what is happening in Philadelphia, with the 76ers. The 76ers and previously the Warriors are truly a storied NBA franchise.

A series of missteps by many people have put that franchise into the worst shape in its history. There is a very good chance that Philadelphia will have a crowd this year in March and April that will be shy of 2,000 people. It makes it even a bigger shame in that Philadelphia is a big time basketball town, perhaps the best basketball fans in the country, when you combine professional and college. But who can blame them for not showing up, to watch that junk.

On Monday night the 24th, the Portland Trail Blazers will play in the city of brotherly love. The 76ers tonight play at New York and there is a very good chance they will lose to the Knicks. For sure, Portland does not want to be the first team on Monday night that the 76ers beat this year. That would be horrible for the Blazers, especially with the great year they are having so far.

To add more to the mix, the game will be a far cry from May and June of 1977. when Portland and Philadelphia battled to what was one of the best championship series ever in the NBA, with all the drama that was involved.

The 76ers will be back, but it might be 2025 before they are fully back.

Scores---- I am having so, so year predicting winning scores with NBA games, record stands at 12-9. So here we go for Saturday.

76ers 100 @ Knicks 110
Clippers 107 @ Charlotte 108
Chicago 88 @ Jazz 92

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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 16th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford---TV, Print and Radio Basketball Analyst---- on twtter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt

Portland State--- It was a big win yesterday for Portland State and head coach Tyler Geving in many ways. Any time a Big Sky team defeats a Pac-12 team that is huge, even better winning the game on the home floor of USC by defeating the Trojans, 76-68.

This quite possibly could be the best team Tyler Geving has had at Portland State, with lots of scoring power and a deep bench.

It also should be said there are some other talented teams in the Big Sky this year, including the always tough Weber State, Eastern Washington and Northern Arizona.

Scores---- It was a big Saturday, going 3-0, moving the season record to 12-6. So here goes Sunday's games, with some upsets included.

Milwaukee 97 @ Miami 103
Houston 111 @ OKC 112
Golden State 99 @ Lakers 102

Kings/Grizzlies---You might not have known, as I did not, when you protest a game in the NBA, it will cost you $10,000. That is what the Kings will have to give up as per their protest last week of their last second loss to Memphis.

Sacramento is saying time should have run out, before Courtney Lee got off his last second shot which started with 0.3 seconds. For all the old time NBA fans like myself, it brings back the day when there were plenty of poor timers at the table, who often really, almost cheated in favor of the home team. Nowadays, with all the technology, it is harder to be wrong.

Like most protests in sports, this will probably go nowhere.

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Saturday, November 15, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 15th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford---TV, Print and Radio Basketball Analyst--- on twitter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt

Pac-12--- A few years past, everyone was laughing at Pac-12 men's basketball. That laughing in many quarters, has now turned to smiles.

Now, certainly one day does not even come close to a season, but the opening day for the Pac-12 teams  was terrific, with all but one team being in action, it was almost a clean sweep of wins, with the only team to get beat, the Washington State Cougars.

It was really impressive to see wins by Oregon and Oregon State. At one time in the Oregon victory over Coppin State, the Ducks went on a 35-1 run, almost unheard of at any level of basketball. For the Beavers, they came back big from a horrendous defeat to D-2 Western Oregon one week past, by defeating Rice by 13 points.

As it has been the past couple of years, the Pac-12 will be a good league to watch this year.

Recruiting----With the signing period for 2015 in full swing for college basketball, the Pac-12 also has something else to smile about.

Of course usually paper is only good to write on, but on paper, the Pac-12 by most rankings had 5 teams in the top 25 of best recruiting classes for 2015. Ironically, the Oregon State Beavers who had possibly their best recruiting class ever, were ranked in the fifth position of Pac-12 teams, behind in order,  Arizona, Washington, UCLA and USC.

It is important as we all know to keep in mind, the games are not played by recruiting rankings, they still are played on the floor.

Portland Metro--- Good night of college basketball in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. Lewis Clark College is hosting their annual Bon Appetit Tipoff Classic, with games at 5:00 and 7:00. with Linfield/Evergreen playing at 5:00 and Lewis Clark/Centinary in the nightcap. The teams will play again on Sunday night, same times, but switch opponents.

Across town at Multnomah University, the always exciting offense of the Lions will host the NWAC Sports defending men's champion, Portland Community College at 7:00.

Scores--- With some squeakers, I moved my record of predicting NBA scores to 9-6 this past week. So here goes my typical 3 games for Saturday night play.

Brooklyn 105 @ Portland 109
San Antonio 98 @ Sacramento 105
Charlotte 110 @ Golden State 130

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 13th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford---TV, Print and Radio Basketball Analyst---on twitter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt

Northwest Conference----One of the great basketball leagues in the country on any level is the Northwest Conference, which has nine teams that are located in the state of Oregon and Washington.

As of late, the Whitworth Pirates have dominated the league, in a fashion that has not been seen since the days of the Ted Wilson coached Linfield Wildcats in the late 60s and 70s.

This 2014-15 season, Whitworth will be looking for its 6th consecutive regular season championship and 9th straight NWC tournament championship. Now coaching the Eastern Washington Eagles, Jim Hayford got this all started and his replacement, Matt Logie has not missed a beat as he starts his 5th year at the helm of the Pirates.

But wait, sometimes all great things come to an end. This is my pre-season power rankings for the NWC, of course which will updated throughout the year as we bring back the now world famous NWC/Cascade Collegiate Conference power rankings. For today, here is my,  without playing a regular season game power rankings for the NWC.

1. Lewis and Clark
2. Whitworth
3. Whitman
4. Pacific
5. Puget Sound
6. George Fox
7. Linfield
8. Pacific Lutheran
9. Willamette

Enjoy and per usual there will be the Crawford adjustments during the season. Tomorrow, I give you my Cascade Collegiate Conference pre-season power rankings.

Scores----I got off to a fast start with my NBA score predictions, but lately that has slowed and I stand at the season, 7-5. So here we go with Thursday night, which is a light schedule.

Sacramento 106 @ Memphis 107
Brooklyn 110 @ Golden State 129
Chicago 88 @ Toronto 90

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 9th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford--- TV, Radio and Print Basketball Analyst---on twitter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz @kcsportsmgmt

Oregon State--- If Oregon State fans are going ugly wild over losing to the Washington State Cougars in football on Saturday, I have a little news for them.

It was even worse for the Beavers, losing in men's basketball on Friday night to D-2 Western Oregon. Now I love basketball, I love the "little guys" in basketball, as my history dictates, but never should a D-1 Pac-12 team, lose to a D-2 team, that is predicted to finish fourth in their conference, the GNAC.

Yes, I was one of the first people to jump onto the bandwagon over the hiring of Wayne Tinkle as the Beavers' new basketball coach and in no way am I jumping off the bandwagon. As a matter of fact, Tinkle is a much bigger winner as a college coach, than the beloved Beaver football coach Mike Riley. Tinkle will get it done at Oregon State and will get them into the NCAA tournament very soon, something Beaver fans have not seen since 1990.

In the meantime, no matter how much you have to rebuild, if you are Oregon State, you just can't lose to Western Oregon, under any circumstances. Even though it is billed as an exhibition game, it is one of the worst losses in the storied history of Oregon State basketball.

It will get better Beaver basketball fans, but if you are upset with the football, you need to be equally upset with this loss in basketball and not even equally, you have to downright distraught.

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Crawford's Sports Biz 59 Seconds, For November 9th, 2014

By Gregory Crawford--- COO of Kiyokawa Crawford Sports Management--- on twitter @crawssportsbiz @wchoops @kcsportsmgmt

For first time ever, Wal-Mart will dedicate several feet of floor space for college-themed merchandise and apparel starting November 17th.

Over 270 colleges/universities will have their apparel and merchandise in 2,700 Wal-Mart stores during the holiday season. Annually, the business of college apparel and merchandise tops $3 billion. Can we help you find the school you root for?

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