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Yes, so looking forward to the Wash U - IWU game . . . and Emory in ATL later on too.  I tough stretch of games for my TITANS.
WashU-IWU games always hard-fought.  Two great programs going to the mat. 


NCC really in a rough patch right now.  Hard to make a transition from one system to another, esp. without the over all talent level of previous seasons.

IWU has Stevens Point up next, after finals week.  Then, off to Colorado after Christmas for two games at CC -- Colorado College -- playing Oberlin and Lewis and Clark.  Hoping for three more Ws.  10-2 would be nice going into the rest of the CCIW campaign.


I've wondered the same things about Samuelson.  Incredible percentage.


I'm surprised Massey has IWU over #11 Wash U, even with home court advantage.


Greg, I know you are tired of all this, but here it is anyway:

Sorenson -- Senior, Second team pre-season All-American
O'Neill -- sophomore, newbie, in his first CCIW season with the Greenies

Sorenson 14.3
O'Neill 11.7

Sorenson 12.0
O'Neill 7.0 (playing along side a rebounding artist in Beasley, at 9+ per game)

FG %:
Sorenson .640
O'Neill, well below at .493

O'Neill 1.67
Sorenson 1.00

Off RBs:
O'Neill 4.67
Sorenson 3.67

Def RBs:
Sorenson 8.33
O'Neill well below at 1.9

O'Neill 5
Sorenson 19

Playing time:
Sorenson 25.7
O'Neill 20.1

Sorenson pretty clearly the better player at the moment.  But, I'd say as I did initially that O'Neill is playing decently as compared to this top-flight All-CCIW big, and senior.  That's all IWU was asking of him, surely all I was hoping for in this his initial season in the league.  So far, so good -- we'll see how he plays the next two years when Mssr. Sorenson is long gone.  He has a good upside.  Whether he makes All-CCIW, let alone All-American, I know not.  But the separation even now is not all that great. 

Yes, I do know what Q.E.D. stands for . . . my father was in a book club with fellow alums, pastors and academics for over 20 years -- by the name of Q.E.D.  :)

All best.


Thanks for the editing, Greg.  You're a pal.  I think I got it right in subsequent posts, after noticing my error.  Mea culpa, mea culpa.  I don't recall saying that O'Neill would be an All-American, but I'm glad you suggested it.  It's a great idea.  You're such a charmer. 

I think everyone knew who I was talking about.

Merry Christmas to you.


Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: December 11, 2017, 11:59:24 pm »
Yes, Mich, I like your thoughts.  No doubt lots of room for improvement, on FTs and in other areas -- post positioning and footwork, rebound timing.  Lessons from Beasley on that would be grand.  He's amazing how he finds rebounds at the very peak of their bounce.  But, overall, O'Neill has played pretty well in the 8 games, 3 very close CCIW match-ups.  Again, time will tell and I think he has a good upside.  It is a long season and conditioning will play a part too.  With coaching and help from others with key post skills, I think things look bright, esp. as the TITANS have other good players around him and surely an abundance of shooters and slashers in their perimeter - oriented offense.  IWU will likely be taking, and hopefully making, more treys than any other CCIW team.

There are others we really haven't heard from yet too -- good players who will get their chance.  I'm hoping Coleman gets hot again soon, -- and Knoblach, too.  IWU has many weapons.  It may be someone different each game.


Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: December 11, 2017, 10:07:04 pm »
Thanks, 94.  I'll keep my bet on O'Neill's further development and contribution -- esp. by the time he's a senior.

Hope the Titans can really play well vs. #11 Wash U this Sunday.

Good luck to all Titans on exams this week.  Play hard, study hard . . .


Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: December 11, 2017, 09:35:41 pm »
I think O'Neill has two more years of eligibility after this season -- am I right?  He has time to develop, surely more upside. 

Interesting comparison with Seibring.  Thanks Q.  Seems like he's doing a pretty decent job to me.  I love Burdine and his energy, hustle, great guy and fun teammate,  but O'Neill surely an upgrade offensively to what we would have had if Tyler was the starter.  Burdine has given some good minutes on the bench, for sure. 

Let the inquisition begin!   :)   LOL


Central Region / Re: WBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:50:04 pm »
I'm with you Ypsi.  You must be one of those IWU shills too!  Let's hope the IWU women can continue to play as they have of late.  Great ball movement, good court speed on the break, balanced scoring, great pressure D, and very few TOs thanks to Ms. Ehresman.  A pretty good overall combination.  Love those freshmen. 

Our men have a great opportunity on Sunday vs. #11 Wash U at the Shirk.  Let's hope they take advantage of it fully!

Happy holidays to you and all the family, Chuck.

Be well, warm regards from the Far Side.


Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: December 11, 2017, 08:46:22 pm »
iwumichigander, I respect your views.  I saw O'Neil for several games early on this season, in person, and was pleasantly surprised.  Soft hands, good court vision.  Weaknesses on defense and on rebounding timing.   Yes, he can play away from the basket, doesn't have all the well-developed and strong post moves yet, but with the right coaching and improvement, some additional weight work, I think he has a pretty good upside, too.  I share your views about Baker, as he is just a tough guy with a lot of tenacity.  Reminds me of several other previous TITANS who played above their physical abilities . . . due to tenacity and grit.  Time will tell.  AO can jump all over me if he wishes.  I see what I see.  Of course, Sorenson as a veteran and senior is a great player, all-CCIW 1st teamer very likely.  No one is doubting that.  We'll see how it goes in the second game IWU vs. NCC @The Shirk later in the season. 

Enjoy the upcoming games -- some really good ones.  #11 Wash U at home for the TITANS a great opportunity.

Happy holidays to all my D3 basketball comrades.


Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: December 11, 2017, 07:48:33 pm »
Greg, I somehow think you will survive the "inquisition" just fine.

As to O'Neil, yes, he's a sophomore and I assume two more years in the IWU program.   Burdine the senior will be gone after this year.  I'd venture to say, though I'm not wishing to start another "sturm und drang," that O'Neil will by his senior year be performing at or near the level of Sorenson, when all is said and done.  My comments were all said in the context of our worry at the beginning of the season that IWU did not have a strong presence or solution at the 5, with the departure of the ever dependable and consistent Trevor Seibring.  Now, we know that O'Neal will, barring injury, more than fill the bill there over the next several seasons, filling in a good piece of the Titan offensive puzzle with all the other shooters and slashers on the perimeter -- from Knoblach, to Curry, to Wolfe, to Bonnett, to Coleman, and others rising from the JV ranks (which I hear is a strong group) . . . and when Brady Rose comes back to his normal production, as he surely will, in the next few games.  I think O'Neal will, in fact, do more than a decent job in matching up with "bigs" around the league, esp. vs. Augie's "bigs." Danny Baker will be asked to replace Beasley's rebounding and toughness in future seasons, my guess.   We'll see, in time, of course, how O'Neil develops.  As the ever reliable shill for the IWU program, I'm optimistic. 

IWU's good challenge upcoming is trying to win at home vs. ranked Wash U, then taking on Emory in Atlanta.  Other good games in between.


Central Region / Re: WBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: December 11, 2017, 06:44:55 pm »
Ypsi, you were right about the TITANS rising to 26th in the new poll.  Unless some top 25 teams lose, though, it's going to be hard for the TITANS to rise further as we don't have top 25 teams on our schedule now to play.  We lost the chance losing by 2 to Whitewater and my 7? to Wash U.  Time will tell.  Just keep winning, posting up a good resume for March and the D3 dance.  I'd love to see the TITANS run the table in the CCIW this year.  They are playing very well just now . . . I think much better than in the earlier part of the season.

All best for happy holidays to all fellow TITANS, CCIW basketball fans, and board chatsters.


Central Region / Re: WBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: December 10, 2017, 10:15:17 pm »
Ypsi, I'm with you on the Titan women being in the top 25.  They have also improved rapidly in recent games, playing at a very high level with a strong group of freshmen, not playing at all like freshmen.  The program is in great shape with a very positive future.  Perhaps a bigger recruiting class for more depth would be helpful for next season and beyond.  Only 13 on the roster just now, but 10 deep playing a big part in this success to date.


Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: December 10, 2017, 08:46:23 pm »
Must say the current, tough stretch of games for IWU probably crucial to their overall season.

From Dec. 2 - January 3:

Carthage, Wheaton, North Central, Wash U, U of Chicago, Emory, Birmingham Southern, and Augustana.  A tough road.

If the Titans come out of that gauntlet 6-2, I'll be very happy.


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