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Messages - Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan)

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The University of Kentucky played an exhibition game vs Centre, last year, and I see that they are going up against Transylvania this year....

Regular readers know my next hypothesis... ;D

Kentucky vs Spalding, November 2019?????    ::) ::) ::)

They've played Thomas More and Berea before, too - it could happen.

Pick-ems, fantasy leagues, etc. / Re: Top 25 Pool
« on: October 20, 2018, 07:31:14 am »
I guess I'll take a 3rd team from the Liberty League, the Skidmore Thoroughbreds. That way if none of the Liberty League teams pan out and wind up in the Top 25, at least I can have a contest with hopefan and The Osprey to see which of our LL teams was the best pick.  ;D

It's basically the same team we had preseason top ten last year.  This is a good pick.  Without injuries, they might actually be a contender.  Who knows?

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 early season tournaments
« on: October 17, 2018, 06:37:16 am »

Sul Ross driving to Phoenix for a tournament is about two hours shorter than their conference trip to Louisiana College.

Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: October 14, 2018, 09:38:47 am »

I'll go out on a limb, then.  I don't know how good they'll be, but I don't think Washington College is finishing last this year.  That's an exciting, still pretty young team, that's learning a lot.  I think they surprise some people, especially at home.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Top 25 talk
« on: October 12, 2018, 10:25:50 pm »
I was a bit surprised at the Augustana #1 vote.  Let me clarify - I had Augustana #2 and I think the Vikings are easily as good as Nebraska Wesleyan.  But just seems like when the defending national champion returns this much, they are #1 until game results show otherwise.

That said, I guess it's cool one of the voters didn't just automatically pencil in NWU.

I don't think it's "cool" when they deserve it. Yeah, when a defending National Champ loses a lot of their pieces and will most likely not be as good the upcoming year, yeah, vote someone else. But, when they basically return everyone and add to that, they probably deserve a unanimous vote. To simply vote for someone else because they want to be "that guy" isn't cool at all, IMO.

I was going to vote Whitman #1 until I saw the transfers coming in to NWU.  They'll more than replace what they lost, which, to me, earns them that top spot.  If they were only returning four starters and relying on bench guys for replacement, then Whitman would've been my #1.

Pick-ems, fantasy leagues, etc. / Re: Top 25 Pool
« on: October 11, 2018, 07:23:01 pm »

You're welcome.

I can't participate in this pool, but if I could, I might take Illinois Tech, just to have some fun.  Athletic, talented group of kids with some real experience, even if this is the first year they're tourney eligible.

I also like the Chicago pick - UAA will be anybody's to win this season.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Top 25 talk
« on: October 11, 2018, 07:16:53 pm »
I did not expect a Rochester team that went 16-9 last season to end up two spots outside the Top 25.  They do return all but one player who featured heavily in the rotation.  But, they were not in the final rankings.

It got surprisingly dicey near the bottom for me - lots of question marks.  I included Rochester on my ballot partially because they have fewer question marks.  I prefer to let teams with something to prove actually prove it before voting.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: October 11, 2018, 07:09:28 pm »

I don't know if I'm supposed to say this or not, but Wesleyan was one of the few teams that did not respond to requests for preseason poll information.  That usually hurts with the voters.

For what it's worth, I think Amherst will be better this year than last year, but I still didn't vote for them.  They need to earn their spot this season, at least in my eyes.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Top 25 talk
« on: October 11, 2018, 09:52:44 am »
Don't snooze on the Blues! Whitman graduated Howell but they have the rest of last year's very strong team back, plus Wiggins and Harrison returning from injury, and  they added transfers Andrew Vickers (2nd team all NWC) and Michael Gutierrez (2nd team all MIAC) and some good-looking freshmen. They're probably better than last year's team.

Is anyone snoozing on Whitman?  I think they've got ten guys who'd challenge for starting spots on every team in the country - just an incredibly impressive roster.  I hope Bridgeland can get everyone on the same page, because it just feels like a really special team to watch.

Pick-ems, fantasy leagues, etc. / Re: OFFSEASON: Mega Draft
« on: October 08, 2018, 08:41:40 am »
Just wanted to inform you guys and gal, that  whoever picked Quinn Carey and Tommy Eastman from Geneseo State, that they are not attending that school this year. Not sure where they are going but it's not Geneseo.

Didn't enroll?  Nothing new on Twitter for either of them.  Academics, maybe?

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 early season tournaments
« on: October 08, 2018, 08:31:24 am »
Guess CoachWilson55555 forgot he started one last year... feel free to merge if you like...

I don't have those kinds of permissions. LOL

You probably do, Dave - merge is way down at the bottom of the page when you're on a thread.  I did it for this one, though, so no worries.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: October 07, 2018, 07:11:19 am »
Former Bowdoin standout, Lucas Hausman, has been invited to join Maccabi Haifa in their US tour vs NBA teams including the Miami Heat.   So, in theory, we could see two NESCAC players facing off against each other in a professional game in the US.  Don't know if that it will happen but, hey, this is pretty cool to just think about.

Isn't Willy Workman still playing for Haifa?  You should probably mention that NESCAC connection, too, right?  Wikipedia has him listed as team captain.

West Region / Re: MBB: American Rivers Conference
« on: October 05, 2018, 03:38:08 pm »
FWIW, my experience is that these arrangements have always been a flat fee.

Right, I just mean the schools often figure out the fee based on what they expect to make.

Pick-ems, fantasy leagues, etc. / Re: OFFSEASON: Mega Draft
« on: October 05, 2018, 11:40:10 am »
Well, if anyone finds that one of their draftees does not play in 2018-2019 and is looking for a freshman, as I said in the SLIAC board, Westminster has a freshman worth considering...

Jak Kitchens, New Bloomfield

Kitchens finished his career above 2,000 points and 1,000 rebounds according to at least one report.  He may have played the smallest Missouri schools, but still.

If Earl Austin Jr likes him, then he must be worth watching:

I'll keep my eye on him.

Alright, I'm ready to pull the trigger:

Drop: Jordan Robinson, North Park
Add: Jak Kitchens, Westminster

West Region / Re: MBB: American Rivers Conference
« on: October 05, 2018, 08:23:40 am »

Typically the guarantee is some percentage of the anticipated revenue from the game.  I'd guess that varies quite a bit between programs, especially if they have TV deals to cover preseason contests.  I'd also expect that D3 schools are willing to take a lot less, which surely helps them book these things.

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