Thursday, February 20, 2014

Crawford's NWC/CCC Power Rankings (2/20/2014

By Gregory Crawford, Managing Editor of the East West Hoops, @wchoops @crawssportsbiz on twitter.

Final week of regular season play for both the Cascade Collegiate Conference and Northwest Conference, an exciting week it will be for sure. Power Rankings get tougher and tougher to compile each week, but challenge is what life is all about.

9. Northwest U.----- 18-9 (9-7)

8. Puget Sound-----13-10 (9-5)

7. Lewis and Clark----15-8 (8-6)

6. Concordia------ 21-7 (10-6)

5. George Fox----15-8 (8-6)

4. Whitman-----16-8 (11-4)

3. Southern Oregon----22-6 (11-5)

2. Whitworth----20-4 (14-1)

1. College of Idaho----23-5 (14-2)

Key Games This Weekend

Both games on 2/22

Whitman at Lewis and Clark

Southern Oregon @Concordia

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Crawford's NWAACC Power Rankings (2/19/2014)

By Gregory Crawford, Managing Editor of  East West Hoops  @wchoops on twitter.

Final week of the regular season and so much on the line all week long.

9. Columbia Basin 15-9 (8-4)-----After becoming one of the hottest teams in the NWAACC, CBC has dropped 3 in row. They sit in a tie for second with Big Bend. A big chance to confuse the league title with a home game against TVCC tonight.

8. Mt Hood 19-6 (8-4)-----The Saints have won 5 of 6 including a nice overtime win at home over Chemeketa 105-102. They are in a 4 way log jam for 2nd place in the south. Huge rivalry game tonight at Clackamas.

7. Big Bend 10-7 (8-4)---BBCC has won 4 in a row and is tied for 2nd in the east. The streak includes a 91-90 win over Columbia Basin, who they are tied with. The travel to Wenatchee, before finishing at home against rival Spokane.

6. Skagit Valley 17-8 (10-2)----After a tough loss to Whatcom, SVC bounced back with 3 wins to remain tied for 1st in the north. They travel to Bellevue tonight, who sits 1 game behind SVC and Whatcom in the north.

5. Treasure Valley 16-8 (9-3)----TVCC had a rough go the long trip going 0-2 against Big Bend and Spokane. The responded by winning 2 games last week to remain the league leader thanks to a slide by CBC, who they play on the road tonight.

4. Portland 18-8 (9-3)----Since a 108-90 loss at Clackamas last week, PCC has won 3 in a row against Lane, Mt. Hood and Linn Benton. They are alone atop the south with 2 games to play. They host Chemeketa tonight and go to SWOCC on Saturday.

3. Pierce 18-6 (11-3)---Two impressive wins by 94 points, before beating Lower Columbia 84-72, then losing to Clark 81-68, still earns the Raiders the number 3 spot this week. The Raiders look to cinch the number 2 seed at home this week against Grays Harbor and Tacoma.

2. Whatcom 17-6 (10-2)----Moved into a tie for first with SVC after beating them 76-68. They remain 1 game ahead of Bellevue after defeating them 74-65. Two road games at Everett and Shoreline to finish the season.

1. Clark 22-1 (14-0)----20 wins in a row and a perfect league record. They cinched the west championship by beating Pierce on Monday. A great season and are the favorites at present to win the NWAACC championship.

Games of the Week (2/19/2014)
Treasure Valley at Columbia Basin
Chemeketa at Portland
Mt. Hood at Clackamas

Games of the Week (2/22/2014)
Portland at SWOCC
Spokane at Big Bend

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Craw's NWC/CCC Power Rankings 2/13/2014

By Greg Crawford, Basketball Insider, on twitter @wchoops @crawssportsbiz

Doing power rankings for several areas of basketball, this was without question the toughest week I have ever had putting together any power rankings. You have some super teams in the NWC/CCC, followed by a group of teams that are good, but have showed a total lack of consistency. So here goes my effort for this week. with much uncertainty, after numbers 1,2 and 3. Please feel free to comment at the bottom, even tell me where I went wrong and also you can always email me at

9. Lewis and Clark------6-5 (13-7)

8. George Fox----6-5 (13-7)

7. Pacific-----6-6 (13-8)

6. Northwest-----8-6 (17-8)

5. Concordia----8-5 (19-6)

4. Southern Oregon----10-5 (12-6)

3. Whitman-----10-2 (15-6)

2. Whitworth---11-1 (17-4)

1. College of Idaho----12-2 (21-5)

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Craw's NWAACC Power Rankings (2/12/2014)

By Greg Crawford, Basketball Insider, @wchoops and @crawssportsbiz

9. Portland CC---- 15-8 (6-3)

8. Treasure Valley--- 14-8 (7-3)

7. Spokane---- 16-8 (6-4)

6. Skagit Valley--- 16-8 (8-2)

5. Columbia Basin---- 15-7 (8-2)

4. Mt. Hood----- 17-5 (6-3)

3. Whatcom---- 15-5 (8-2)

2. Pierce----- 17-5 (10-2)

1. Clark----- 19-1 (11-0)

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Monday, February 10, 2014

Implications Are Huge This Week In NW Small College Basketball

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After nearly a week of some of the worst weather we have ever seen, not the worst in the Portland metro area, with many games cancelled, it is back to business this week big time, with so many games and so much on the line. Here is just a small sample and be sure to attend a game, but please check the school's website one time before leaving for a game, to make sure things are in order and the starting time.

2/10----St. Katherine's at Portland Bible

2/11---St Katherine's at Multnomah

2/11---Northwest Christian at Warner Pacific

2/11---Corban at Concordia

2/11---George Fox at Pacific

2/11---Linfield at Lewis and Clark

2/12---Portland CC at Mt. Hood

We will be back on Thursday, with an updated schedule for the weekend of heavy action.

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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Craw's NWC/CCC Power Rankings (2/6/2014

By Greg Crawford, please follow on twitter @wchoops and @crawssportsbiz

The Craw's NWC/CCC power rankings are brought to you by Greg Crawford, who covers D-1 basketball for Comcast SportsNet and, but also loves "small" college basketball. So thus two great conferences, Northwest Conference and Cascade Collegiate Conference make up the list.  And feel free to make a comment on the bottom of the rankings, or you can email Greg at, be respectful please, even if you disagree.

9. Pacific (5-6) 12-8---A controversial choice, but playing without their star guard all season Danny Brakebush, the Boxers have performed admirably all season.

8. Concordia (7-5) 18-6----Tough losses last week on the road to College of Idaho and Eastern Oregon, but overall body of work keeps the Cavaliers in Craw's Power Rankings.

7. Puget Sound (7-3) 11-8---Really a good NWC league season for the Loggers, including beating Lewis and Clark last weekend on Palatine Hill.

6. George Fox 6-4 (13-6)---The Bruins are in a big friendly fight for one of the four playoff spots in the Northwest Conference and a team that can beat anyone on a given night.

5. Northwest (8-4) 17-6----When does Northwest ever play bad? Even in losses they are usually in the game and so well coached year in and out.

4. Southern Oregon (8-5) 19-6----A powerful team that needs to finish the regular season strong. An up and down league season, but still deserve the number four spot.

3. Whitman (8-2) 13-6----Whitman still has a chance to win the Northwest Conference regular season. It is safe to say, Eric Bridgeland has changed the basketball culture in Walla Walla.

2. Whitworth (9-1) 15-4----The Pirates deserve so much credit in the basketball world for never seeming to miss a beat each year, that beat is all about winning.

1. College of Idaho (11-2) 20-5---Only team in Craw's Nine with 20 wins. College of Idaho has a good team, which is really athletic that can win at both fast paced and slowdown tempo.

To attend a great game in Northwest Conference or Cascade Collegiate Conference, please check their websites for times and dates.

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Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Craw's NWAACC Power Rankings (2/5/2014)

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9. Chemeketa 10-10 (6-2)---Still tied for the south lead with PCC. Large win over Linn Benton to start the second round of league play. Big road test at Mt. Hood tonight.

8. Mt. Hood 16-5 (5-3)---Fresh off a big win in Coos Bay over Southwest Oregon. Big home game against Chemeketa tonight to see if they belong in the elite.

7. Whatcom 13-5 (6-2)---Dropped from 3 to 7 after a loss to Peninsula 75-59. They remain in second in the north with a chance to pull into first when they host Skagit Valley tonight.

6. Pierce 15-5 (8-2)---Started the week with a convincing big win over Highline 81-55 and capped it off with a win over Centralia. Big one ahead when they travel to Clark on Saturday.

5.Portland 15-7 (6-2)---PCC has won three in a row, including at Chemeketa and home wins over SWOCC and Umpqua. They sit in a tie for first with Chemeketa. Huge game tonight at Clackamas, who sits one game behind them.

4. Skagit Valley 14-7 (7-1)---After suffering their first league loss to Edmonds, 82-75, SVC slides to the fourth spot in Craw's Power Rankings. They remain number one in the north after Whatcom fell as well. Huge implication game tonight against Whatcom.

3. Treasure Valley 14-6 (7-1)---TVCC moves up to third after two 10 point wins over Blue Mountain and Walla Walla. Now they make the long road trip to face Big Bend and Spokane, Friday and Saturday.

2. Columbia Basin 14-6 (7-1)---One might wonder how CBC went from unranked to number two, in two weeks, but they have flown under the radar for weeks. They sit tied in the east with TVCC and have the second longest winning streak in the NWAACC at seven games.

1. Clark 17-1 (9-0)---Interesting to note, both the men's and women's team for the Penguins are on 15 game winning streaks, almost unheard of at any level in college basketball. Pretty easy choice to be number one, considering their level of play all year long.

Key Games This Week, with obvious seeding implications.

2/5 Chemeketa at Mt. Hood
2/5 Portland at Clackamas
2/7 Treasure Valley at Big Bend
2/8 Treasure Valley at Spokane
2/8 Columbia Basin at Yakima Valley
2/8 SWOCC at Clackamas

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Monday, February 3, 2014

Critical Small College Games This Week

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There is so much riding on games this week in the Portland Metro Small College Area. Championships and playoff spots, plus seeding dominate the pulse. I strongly encourage all of you to attend a game, the cost is reasonable, free parking and great family fun.

Here is just a sampling of what you can see this week;

2/4 Willamette @Pacific  (Forest Grove)

2/7 George Fox @ Pacific (Forest Grove)

2/5 Portland CC at Clackamas CC

2/8 Southwest Oregon CC @Clackamas CC

2/5 Chemeketa @Mt Hood CC

2/7 Corban @Concordia

2//8 Northwest Christian @Concordia

(Warner Pacific will host both of the above opponents of Concordia, reversing the nights)

2/7 Linfield @ Lewis and Clark

2/8 Lewis and Clark @George Fox

2/4 Multnomah@ Portland Bible

2/5 Bethesda @Multnomah (8435 NE Multnomah)

And do not forget, every Wednesday right here, Craw's NWAACC power rankings and every Thursday, Craw's NWC/CCC power rankings.

In most cases the fine women's teams of the above men's games will precede the men. I encourage you to check the websites of all schools to confirm the times.

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D-League Comes To Greg Crawford On Basketball

By Greg Crawford, @wchoops @crawssportsbiz

Starting February 8th, you will see some in-depth coverage of the D-League coming from Greg Crawford On Basketball. The D-League is one of the fastest growing leagues in all of sports and it will be fun times to cover the league here at Greg Crawford On Basketball. which can always be linked at

In addition starting this Saturday, the 8th, basketball coverage will ramp up considerably on Greg Crawford On Basketball, with expanded coverage of the NWAACC, CCC and NWC.

And do not forget the now world famous power rankings, every Wednesday for the NWAACC and every Thursday, NWC/CCC. Thanks for reading.

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