Thursday, December 18, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For December 18th, 2014

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

Today---- If you are in the Portland metro area, there will be some great basketball going on today at Clackamas Community College. The games start at 1:00 pm, last all day and the same schedule will take place tomorrow, with Saturday games being at 11,1 and the championship game at 3:00.

This one of the great NWAC Sports Crossover tournaments, 8 really good teams in this one and you can stay all day for the price of one game.

Beavers---- Big test for Oregon State Beavers tonight, as DePaul comes to Corvallis. Under Wayne Tinkle, Oregon State is on a great roll. I love predicting scores, so here go for tonight:

Oregon State 62 DePaul 59

Portland---- Anytime you can go into Sacramento State and come away with a win, it is great as the Portland Pilots did last Sunday. Then last night, a tough loss for the Pilots at UNLV in overtime. I would say it was a successful road trip and a confidence boost for the Pilots.

Portland is next at home on Saturday night, 7:00 against, Montana State.

Popovich---- I do not agree in the least how Gregg Popovich rests players during the year. It is bad for the NBA, as Dwight Jaynes wrote this week and it is bad for the game of basketball.

Are all those championships the Spurs won, really legit, compared to other multi championship teams in the NBA, who always played their stars. I love San Antonio and its people, great sports fans, but I do not agree with Popovich resting stars, it cheats the fans, it is bad for the game and last but not least Adam Silver should address it.

NBA tickets are expensive and the stars of the league, need to be on the floor each night when the Spurs come to town. End of story.

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Sunday, December 14, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For December 14th, 2014

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

Coach of Year---- Hey, they never vote for coach of year in NCAA D-1 college basketball during December, but it is fun to think about if the voting took place today, the facts are that three west coast coaches would have to be in the top 10. Those three would be:

Cuonzo Martin at California, whose club is now 9-1.

Jim Hayford at Eastern Washington, who has his team at 8-1, with huge road wins at Indiana and San Francisco.

Wayne Tinkle at Oregon State, the Beavers are 7-2. So many so-called experts were saying the Beavers would not win five games all year long.

Yes, the college basketball season is not even half over, but it is always fun in sports to speculate and throw out ideas.

Power Rankings---- Coming soon to Greg Crawford Basketball will be the famous Crawford's power rankings for both the NWAC Sports and combo NWC/CCC.

It is interesting to note as of today, in the ever tough 10 team Cascade Collegiate Conference every team except Evergreen State has a winning record, led by College of Idaho at 13-1 and ranked number 2 nationally. Do not discount Evergreen as well, they are much improved over previous years.

It is a different story in the D-3 Northwest Conference where only four of the nine teams have a winning record, with all four of those teams being only one game over .500 at present. It will make for an interesting NWC/CCC power rankings this week, as I always pick nine teams, will all nine come from the CCC. That remains to be seen this week.

NBA Power Rankings---- Here is my updated to the minute, Crawford's NBA power rankings. Per usual, I always do things in 9s.

1. Golden State
2. Memphis
3. Toronto
4. Portland
5. Houston
6. Clippers
7. Washington
8. Atlanta
9. San Antonio

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Sunday, December 7, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For December 7th, 2014

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

Oregon State---- I was pretty excited when I heard the news this past spring that Oregon State hired Wayne Tinkle as their next men's basketball coach. I have watched Tinkle for many years guide Montana, winning many games that they probably should not have or would not have with a different coach.

After watching Tinkle pretty much will his team to an overtime victory last night on road against the Portland Pilots, I am even more excited about the future of Oregon State basketball. The victory by the Beavers last night, improved their pre-league record to 5-2. Some so called experts before the season started thought the Beavers would not even win four game all year long.

No, the Beavers will not win the Pac-12 title this year, nor will they go to the NCAA tourney, a place they have not been since 1990. But, the Beavers this year will win some games they are not suppose to in Pac-12 league play and watch out next year.

Oregon State has a top 25 recruiting class coming in next year as everybody knows, but for this year there are two players on the team to watch and could become big time, Victor Robbins and Gary Payton 11, of course the son of Oregon State and NBA great Gary Payton.

The fan base is slowly returning and great basketball is fastly returning to Corvallis, Oregon. Wayne Tinkle is the leader of the pack. or whatever you call a group of Beavers.

Renewed Faith--- My faith was a little bit renewed regarding college basketball fans in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. Nearly 3,500 people showed up last night at the Chiles Center to watch Portland/Oregon State. A small crowd by most standards, but good for Portland, Oregon and a recent history of not supporting college basketball. Plus a lively crowd, divided pretty equally between Pilot and Beaver fans, with the Pilot fans much more louder. Perhaps the Beavers are still in shock of seeing a really good ball club on the floor and thinking they will lose all the time.

Speaking of the Portland Pilots, despite their second loss last night, they still are a really good team, that should have an excellent season. They played last night without Kevin Bailey, their leading scorer.

Scores----My season record has reached 30-20, on predicting NBA scores. So here we go with Sunday's games and of course, for entertainment and fun purposes only.

Portland 111 @ New York 104
New Orleans 99 @ Lakers 101
OKC 120 @ Detroit 99

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For December 6th, 2014

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

Brian McDermott---- Yes, Brian McDermott is a really good basketball coach, as has been documented by his time as head men's coach at Southern Oregon University since the 1996-97.

McDermott's team plays in the always tough Cascade Collegiate Conference. On Friday night the CCC opened their 2014-15 league season. Southern Oregon traveled to Concordia of Portland to meet the Cavaliers in key game as both teams were ranked in the top 15 in NAIA polls.

It was a great game all the way, living up to its pre-game billing,  with Southern Oregon winning in overtime 78-75, a great win in a conference that is very balanced and always tough for any team to win on the road.

But as someone who has followed college basketball for 54 years and sees over 130 college basketball games live start to finish each year, I saw something else great from Brian McDermott last night, which needs to be noted and is one more reason that makes "small college" basketball really special.

If you have ever walked by a basketball bench on any level after a game, it is usually a mess, scattered with dirty towels, worn out stat sheets and many, many used cups of water. You get the picture.

After the post-game handshakes between opponents last night (of which I continue to say should be done away with), before McDermott left to celebrate with his team in the dressing room, he personally picked up every used cup, stat sheet and towel, leaving his bench looking like it never had been used. Sports fans, that is the definition of CLASS  and it is something I will never forget.

It is always easy to leave a mess in basketball with team's bench and it might not seem like a big deal, but this is a BIG DEAL. We need more things to happen like this in sports, it does count and it does matter. So Coach McDermott, keep cleaning that bench and keep up the class act.

Bryce White--- You have all seen it, it has been all over the world, led by talk on ESPN. This past Wednesday night, White faked a handshake, the stole the ball out of Alec Wintering's hand at the end of the U of Portland/Portland State game and went in and dunked. It was a  rival game won easily by U of Portland. Should White have done this? Probably not, but in let's not get carried away with this and indict White as a bad person, as some have done.

Actually, I laughed about it. I am not taking sides, I love both U of Portland basketball and Portland State basketball. This inner-city rivalry is rather calm as most rivalries go and it needs a little spice. White obviously gave it a little spice on Wednesday night.

As sports fan, we often get carried away with small things, that is because we are all passionate. But White act is not the end of the world, we all have seen things in sports 100 times worse.

Oregon State--- Wayne Tinkle brings his Oregon State Beaver men's basketball team to Portland tonight to meet the Portland Pilots. Tinkle is one of the best things to happen to Oregon State basketball  in long time.

At the same time, this is one talented Portland Pilot team led by coach Eric Reveno. Tonight the Pilots will try to get off to their best start since 1978-79, hoping to run their record to 7-1. My score prediction.

Oregon State 73 @ U of Portland 79

Scores---- This past week I ran my record of predicting NBA scores to 28-19. Of course this is for entertainment and fun purposes only. So here will go with Saturday night.

Golden State 104 @ Chicago 105
Phoenix 121 @ Houston 125
Orlando 99 @ Sacramento 121

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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For December 3rd, 2014

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

Portland State/Portland---- Here we go tonight in my hometown, where I have followed college basketball closely for 54 years.

The men's match up between Portland State and U of Portland is a good rivalry, it will be even better tonight as both teams are off to a fast start and have a combined record of 10-2.

With friends and long time relationships on both sides, it is tough call for me to pick a winner. But someone in the town of Portland, Oregon has to talk about this game, so here is my prediction.

PSU 71 @Portland 72 (in overtime)

Scores----For entertainment purposes only, here are my NBA score predictions for Wednesday night. Always fun.

Lakers 88 @ Washington 93
Chicago 86 @ Charlotte 82
Dallas 110 @ Milwaukee 111

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Sunday, November 30, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 30th, 2014

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

LeBron---- There is no question that LeBron James is the best player in the NBA right now and has been and will be for sometime.

Lately I have heard and read that more people saying LeBron is the greatest basketball player of all time. Obviously a lack of history prevails with these people. LeBron in the end might become the greatest of all time, but for my money always, the great basketball player of all time will be Magic Johnson, not Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain, who are closes seconds.

Scores---- Moved my season record yesterday to 21-15 on my NBA predictions. Of course these are for entertainment purposes only, but here we go for Sunday games.

Miami 88 @ New York 87
Minnesota 87 @ Portland 120
Memphis 105 @ Lakers 107 (upset special of the night)

Concordia---- The great streak of Brad Barbarick's Concordia Cavalier men's team had to end sometime and it did last night at 8 games, as a good St. Martins team beat the Cavs in Portland 73-72. The Saints were led by Tyler Copp and Brent Counts. In case you wondering, yes Brent Counts is the grandson of the great basketball player Mel Counts.

Portland State/Portland---- At the very worst as I write this, the combined records of the Portland Pilots and Portland State Vikings would be 11-2 as they come into Wednesday night's big showdown in Portland, Oregon at the Pilots home venue, the Chiles Center.

Today, the Pilots play in Nashville against a tough Valporiso team and the Vikings travel to Eugene to meet the Oregon Ducks.

No matter what the outcome of those games, if you are in the Portland Metro area, you need to be at U  of Portland on Wednesday night, 7:00 tip.

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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Greg Crawford On Basketball, For November 29th, 2014

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

Northwest Hoops--- There are combined 9 D-1 men's basketball teams in Oregon and Washington and they are off to a fast start as we approach December. Going into games of November 29th, the teams's combine records are 36-11, with some surprises.

Four of the 9 teams are undefeated, U of Portland, Gonzaga, Portland State and Washington. Per usual, Seattle is bringing up the rear, with November record so far 1-3.

One big game to watch out of this group is Wednesday night, the 3rd of December, when Portland State travels to U of Portland.

Turkey Tournaments---- There just flat out are too many basketball tournaments during Thanksgiving week. Remember the good old days of the Great Alaska Shootout and Maui Invite. Now there is nothing short of 20 tournaments, with some games attended lightly to be complimentary.

As I have been saying for years, Thanksgiving is for football and Christmas is for basketball, end of story.

Concordia----Speaking of undefeated, it will be interesting to see if Concordia (Portland) can stay undefeated on their home court tonight, as they host St. Martins, a team they beat a week past. This is an interesting match-up, as Concordia is playing their final year in the Cascade Collegiate Conference, moving next year to the D-2 GNAC Conference. Cavs are looking to run their record to 9-0.

St. Martins is a member of the GNAC. but along with conference member Alaska-Anchorage, both have lost to NAIA member Concordia already this year, actually Alaska-Anchorage has lost twice to the Cavaliers.

Scores---- NBA games are tough to predict, but for entertainment purposes only, my record so far this season is 19-14 and it is going to get much better for sure. Here we go with Saturday night games.

Houston 99 @ Milwaukee 104
Charlotte 76 @ Atlanta 90
Dallas 110 @ Philadelphia 108

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