THIS WEEK IN SEAWOLF BASKETBALL...
Tues., Nov. 28 — 7 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, AK
Alaska Fairbanks (2-4, 0-0 GNAC) at Alaska Anchorage (4-4, 0-0 GNAC)
Thur., Nov. 30 — 7:30 pm AST — Alaska Airlines Center — Anchorage, AK
Montana State Billings (5-0, 0-0 GNAC) at Alaska Anchorage
TV: Both games live throughout Alaska on GCI Channel 907 (hd) and GCI Ch. 1 (sd)
LIVE VIDEOSTREAM & STATS: Both games at GNAC.tv
TICKETS: $10 at the door, online at alaskaairlinescenter.com, or by calling 907-786-1562 ... discounts apply for UAA staff/faculty, alumni, senior (60+), youth (3-18) and military ... groups of 10 or more can purchase in bulk for $6 per ticket ... UAA students free with valid WolfCard ... more information at GoSeawolves.com.
UAA PROBABLE STARTERS
G—Maleke Haynes, 5-10, Sr. (6.8 ppg, 1.8 rpg, 4.0 apg, .792 FT)
G—Malik Clements, 6-3, Jr. (6.8 ppg, 4.0 rpg, 2.0 apg, 2.2 spg, .750 FT)
G—D.J. Ursery, 6-4, Sr. (11.3 ppg, 5.5 rpg, 2.0 apg, .464 FG, .750 FT)
F—Josiah Wood, 6-5, Jr. (9.9 ppg, 2.8 rpg, 2.0 apg, .419 FG, .370 3FG, .810 FT)
C—Jacob Lampkin, 6-9, Sr. (14.1 ppg, 9.4 rpg, 1.6 apg, .588 FG, .684 FT)
KNOW THE FOES: Alaska Fairbanks is 1-4 against Div. II compeitition thus far, earning its lone win 65-51 over Hawaii Pacific at the Alaska Airlines Center two weeks ago ... the Nanooks are led by 5-11 Jr. G Davis Kimble (12.7 ppg, 3.3 rpg, 4.8 apg, 1.3 spg, .417 3FG) and 6-7 So. F Michael Kluting (12.0 ppg, 6.7 rpg, .500 FG) ... Montana State Billings owns one of two undefeated marks in the GNAC, with D-II victories over CSU East Bay (74-72), Sonoma State (67-61), Univ. of Mary (75-73) and Chadron State (95-82) ... the Yellowjackets are led by 5-9 So. G Tyler Green (19.0 ppg, 3.0 apg, 1.2 spg, .548 3FG) and 6-6 Jr. G/F Zack Rollins (11.8 ppg, 7.2 rpg, 3.0 apg, 1.4 bpg).
TEAM COMPARISONS UAA UAF MSUB
UAA Home/Opp. Road 4.3 0-0 1-0
Points per Game 61.5 77.8 84.6
Points Allowed/Game 65.1 76.7 64.2
Rebounding Diff. +3.8 -2.0 +9.8
Assists per Game 15.6 19.7 19.8
Turnovers per Game 13.0 14.3 17.2
Steals per Game 4.6 5.7 6.4
Blocks per Game 3.0 2.8 3.8
FG% .399 .480 .478
3-pt FG% .247 .391 .401
FT% .754 .606 .692
ALL-TIME vs UAF: UAA leads 79-22 overall, 45-5 in Anchorage
Last Meeting: UAA 68-61 (2/7/17 at UAF)
Streak: UAA 6
Notes: UAA has won 22 of the last 23 meetings ... UAA has won 14 straight in Anchorage, including the first three contests at the Alaska Airlines Center ... UAA won 76-63 last year at home ... UAF’s 70-68 home win to close the 2013-14 regular season snapped UAA’s series-record 16-game win streak and marked the Nanooks’ lone triumph since 2007 ... eight of the last 12 games have been decided
by six points or less, or in overtime … UAA leads 26-6 in GNAC meetings (since 2001-02) and 49-10 since 1990 … teams have met at least twice each year since both became NCAA Div. II programs in 1977-78.
ALL-TIME vs MSUB: UAA leads 43-31 overall, 30-5 in Anchorage
Streak: UAA 1
Last Meeting: UAA 74-58 (2/11/17 at UAA)
Notes: Teams have split the last eight meetings ... the Seawolves have won the first three meetings at the Alaska Airlines Center ... UAA leads 14-6 in GNAC regular-season meetings since MSUB joined the league in 2007-08 … MSUB is UAA’s 2nd-most common opponent … teams met at least twice per season each year between 1981-82 and 2000-01 as members of the Great Northwest and Pacific West conferences ... first meeting was in 1977-78.
THE FINAL SHOOTOUT RECAP: UAA earned 6th place in last week’s 8-team, all-Div. I GCI Great Alaska Shootout – the 40th and final edition of one of college basketball’s most prestigious tournaments ... despite a rough opener in a 59-39 loss to CSU Bakersfield, the Seawolves bounced back for a dramatic 78-73 overtime win over Santa Clara in the consolation semifinals ... Sr. PG Maleke Haynes had 22 points (7-12 FG, 4-8 3FG, 4-6 FT) – including the game-tying three-pointer at the regulation buzzer – and 3 assists, and Sr. F Jacob Lampkin tallied 22 points (10-15 FG), 11 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks as UAA outrebounded the Broncos 32-25 and committed a season-low 11 turnovers ... UAA got solid efforts from its other three starters in the victory, with Jr. F Josiah Wood tallying 11 points and a career-high 5 assists ... in the 120th and final Seawolf game in Shootout history, UAA fought hard before falling to mid-major power College of Charleston, 55-46 ... Lampkin had 13 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists and 2 blocks against the Cougars and earned a spot on the all-tournament team, while Jr. G Malik Clements had his best efforts as a Seawolf with 10 points and 7 rebounds.
UAA VS. D-I: Division II UAA owns a 56-141 all-time record against Division I opponents (not counting exhibitions) after completing last week’s 3-game gauntlet with a 1-2 mark … the Seawolves’ biggest upset came during the 1988-89 campaign when they beat then-No. 2 and undefeated Michigan, 70-66, at the Utah Seiko Classic; the Wolverines went on to win the NCAA title that year ... including discretionary exhibition wins in the Shootout against Rice in 2014, Drexel in 2015 and Drake in 2016, UAA has now beaten at least one Division I school in 31 of the last 34 seasons.
SEAWOLVES IN THE SHOOTOUT: The Seawolves – the only Division II team and the only school to appear in every GCI Great Alaska Shootout – finished with a 39-81 all-time mark in the tournament, including 17-31 since 2002 … the Seawolves won at least one game in 33 of 40 Shootouts.
TEAM NOTES: The Seawolves rank 2nd the GNAC in FT% at .754 as well as scoring defense (65.1) and rebounds allowed (31.0), despite playing three of their eight games against Div. I competition ... UAA is chasing its third straight 20-win season ... the Seawolves have 16 20-win seasons in 40 years of program history ... this year’s team will be aiming for the program’s 13th straight winning season and the 35th in 41 years ... the Seawolves have earned seven straight winning GNAC records and qualified to the GNAC Tournament every year since its founding in 2011.
LAMPKIN LIT: With five double-doubles in eight games, Sr. F Jacob Lampkin has already shown why he was a Preseason All-GNAC selection before even suiting up for the Seawolves ... a one-year transfer from Div. I University of the Pacific, Lampkin holds early GNAC ranks of 5th in rebounding (9.4 rpg), 14th in scoring (14.1 ppg) and 13th in FG% (.588), making the all-tournament teams at both the Alaska/Hawaii Challenge and the GCI Great Alaska Shootout ... a starter in 39 of 83 career games at UOP, Lampkin was a high school teammate of former UAA All-American Suki Wiggs and is the nephew of former Major League Baseball player Tom Lampkin.
BE MORE PACIFIC: Along with Jacob Lampkin, fellow Pacific transfers Sr. PG Maleke Haynes and Sr. G D.J. Ursery comprise 60 percent of UAA’s starting lineup this year ... Ursery has been UAA’s second-leading scorer (11.3 ppg) and rebounder (5.5 rpg, 19th in GNAC), posting a season-high 21 points against Chaminade ... a 6.0 ppg scorer in 71 career contests with the Tigers, Ursery joined Lampkin as the only non-returning GNAC player to make the Preseason All-GNAC Team ... one of a trio of NCAA Basketball-playing siblings and a 52-game veteran in two years at Pacific, Haynes made a splash in Green & Gold by hitting the game-winning three-pointer with 2 seconds left in the season-opener at Antelope Valley and showed more clutch marksmanship with the buzzer-beating trey to send the Santa Clara game to OT ... boosted by 8 assists in the first victory over Holy Names, he is 7th in the GNAC with 4.0 apg, along with league ranks of 9th in A/T ratio (1.6) and 14th in FT% (.792).
2017-18 SEASON PREVIEW: The Seawolves have probably experienced more roster turnover than any team in NCAA Div. II this year, returning just one active player -- So. F Curtis Ryan – and no starters from its 2016-17 club ... UAA’s other two veterans, Sr. G Drew Peterson and Jr. F Brian Pearson, are each coming off redshirt campaigns ... among the 12 newcomers on this year’s roster, four are Div. I transfers -- Sr. F Jacob Lampkin, Sr. G Maleke Haynes and Sr. G D.J. Ursery all join UAA from the University of the Pacific, while Jr. G Malik Clements comes north from North Dakota State ... JC transfers Josiah Wood and Jack Macdonald should also play key roles, while three true freshmen will try to make an impact.
THE OSBORNE FILE: In his 14th year at the helm, head coach Rusty Osborne (254-142) has now led the Seawolves to 12 straight winning seasons, along with five NCAA Tournaments and a trip to the 2008 NCAA D-II Semifinals … the longest tenured coach in program history and currently with the second-longest tenure in the GNAC, he became the first UAA basketball coach to reach 200 career victories when the Seawolves beat Alaska Fairbanks on Jan. 10, 2015 … Osborne captured his first career GNAC and NABC West District coach-of-the-year awards in 2008 after becoming the second coach to lead UAA to three consecutive NCAA berths (2006-08), and in 2011-12 his Seawolves posted a 24-10 record to equal the 2nd-most victories in program history; Osborne’s 2007-08 club holds that record with a 29-6 mark … before taking over the head job in 2004-05, the Texas native previously served 13 seasons (1991-04) as a UAA assistant, including 11 years as the top assistant … the Seawolves have won over 60 percent of their games with Osborne on the staff, claiming four conference titles and eight trips to the NCAA Division II Tournament ... Osborne is assisted Ryan Orton (4th season), former Seawolf guard Jesse Brown (2nd season) and volunteer assistant Daniel Vernon (1st season).
SEAWOLVES TABBED 4TH: UAA began 2017-18 as a darkhorse candidate for the GNAC title, picked to finish fourth in the 11-team Great Northwest Athletic Conference preseason coaches’ poll, released Oct. 31.
2017-18 Great Northwest Athletic Conference
Men’s Basketball Preseason Coaches’ Poll
Team (1st-place votes) 2016-17 Records Pts
1. Western Washington (7) 25-6,17-3 (1st) 116
2. Western Oregon (3) 18-13,13-7 (3rd) 108
3. Central Washington (1) 14-12,9-11 (t6th) 91
4. Alaska Anchorage 21-8,15-5 (2nd) 90
5. Seattle Pacific 12-16,8-12 (9th) 85
6. Saint Martin’s 17-13,10-10(t4th) 53
7. Alaska Fairbanks 13-16,8-12(10th) 48
8. Northwest Nazarene 12-16,9-11 (t6th) 42
9. Concordia-Portland 14-14,10-10(t4th) 41
10. Montana St. Billings 14-15,9-11 (t6th) 34
11. Simon Fraser 4-24,2-18 (11th) 18
2017-18 Seawolf Individual Honors
GCI Great Alaska Shootout Player of the Game vs Santa Clara
Preseason All-GNAC Team
Alaska/Hawaii Challenge All-Tournament Team
GCI Great Alaska Shootout All-Tournament Team
Preseason All-GNAC Team