Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Craw's NWAACC Power Rankings (1/22/2014

By Greg Crawford, basketball insider and big fan of "small college" basketball. Please follow on twitter @wchoops and @crawssportsbiz

9. Whatcom (11-4) (4-1)---Remain ninth after a solid week including wins over Olympic and Bellevue. Bellevue has been on fire as of late, but the Orcas found a way to grind out a 63-61 win. Whatcom hosts Everett and Shoreline this week.

8. Spokane (13-5) (3-1)---Lost an overtime thriller to Treasure Valley this past week, but bounced back with a win the next night at Blue Mountain. This week have Walla Walla at home and a big road test at Columbia Basin, a team that is knocking on the door of being in the power rankings after going 8-2 in their last 10 games.

7. Chemeketa (9-8) (5-0)---The Storm jump into Craw's nine after a win over SWOCC that put them alone atop the Southern Region standings at a perfect 5-0. The have been leading the NWAACC in ppg. and have turned that production into a great winning streak.

6. Treasure Valley (11-5) (4-0)---A big win over Spokane this last week  has the Chuckars back in Craw's Nine. They sit at the top of the Eastern Region at 4-0 and look to stay there if they can get the job done on the road this week.

5. Southwest Oregon (15-4) (4-1)---Drops to number five after a tough loss at Chemeketa in a battle of the last two unbeaten teams in the Southern Region. They will attempt to stay near the top this week hosting Lane and traveling to Portland, two teams fighting for position in the Southern.

4. Big Bend (14-4) (3-1)---On the longest road trip of the year, the Vikes split with a win at Blue Mountain and a loss to Treasure Valley, 82-78. Games against Columbia Basin at home and Walla Walla on the road will be vital for Big Bend to stay in the elite of the power rankings.

3. Skagit Valley (11-6 (5-0)---The Cardinals continue their assent with a perfect league record after wins over Shoreline and Everett. They look to remain hot this week against Olympic and Bellevue.

2. Highline (14-3) (5-1)---After losses by the 2,3,4 and 5 teams in Craw's NWAACC power rankings, Highline jumps to number two. The Thunderbirds beat up on South Puget Sound 88-55 to set up a marquee match-up at #1 Clark on Saturday. They will enjoy a bye  today, as they prepare for their critical road test.

1. Clark (14-1) (6-0)---Still perfect in league play. Spickerman continues his stellar play with 26 points, 15 rebounds and six blocked shots against Grays Harbor. The Penguins travel to South Puget Sound today, then return home Saturday to meet Highline in what should be an NWAACC special game.

Key Match-Ups----Saturday is the big one in the NWAACC, does not get any better than Craw's NWAACC's Nine, with 1 and 2 going head to head, so Highline at Clark on Saturday is this week's headliner.

Greg Crawford is the college basketball, golf and sports business insider for the and Comcast SportsNet. He also for the third year in a row is the a regular panelist on Talkin' Ducks basketball on Comcast SportsNet and he can be read at

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