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Messages - Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan)

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I fully intended to do a McHugh-style ballot breakdown this week (and I may get to it, although the ATN column is taking more time this week than usual, so who knows) mostly because this is the first week I feel fully confident defending every pick I made (even the last three who I don't think are really Top 25 worthy).

I fully intended, entering my research phase, to put IWU ahead of Augie.  I've said here I believe they are currently on opposite trajectories and are certainly pretty close in level of play, even if IWU is a little less consistent than I like and Augie isn't playing up to par.  However, in light of the full resume, I ended up leaving Augie ahead, albeit by just one spot.

In the end, IWU's narrow loss to Carthage, W at Wheaton, W at NCC week is very impressive, plus the head to head with Augie don't fully make up for the WashU blowout and the poor performance at the Emory tournament.  Recent CCIW are, in fact, CCIW wins, but they've not been against the best teams in the conference and not by enough.

For Augie, despite some poor showings (ie most of January), they're still winning games and what they did in the first semester, to me, is still better than what IWU has done.  So even with my eye-test bias going in, I couldn't justify making the move just yet.  I do have them 6-7 right now, which feels too high, but almost everyone on my ballot feels too high this year (including Whitman).

There is plenty of season left for IWU to really prove dominance if there's dominance to be proved.

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: General Mid-Atlantic Conversation
« on: Today at 04:28:19 pm »
Below is my first edition of 'Sea Gull Bracketology' for the 2017-18 season for The Flyer, the student newspaper at Salisbury University. It features analysis of the non-conference schedule for Salisbury and also the general blueprint of the Capital Athletic Conference. Let me know what you think!

https://thesuflyer.com/2018/01/22/2018-sea-gull-bracketology-jan-22/

Good analysis, but if the SOS ends up at .504, there's almost no chance for a Pool C - I'd be willing to say no chance at all with the number of losses they've already got.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: Today at 04:21:47 pm »
On another note, while St. Joe's Vermont may not be very talented at basketball, they absolutely CRUSH it in terms of names.  Just an absolutely tremendous collection of hoops names, Key and Peele-level stuff.  Consider:

Kreem George
Quiddus Terry
Mickalous Snowden
Quadarius Spence
DQ Abernathy

and my favorite,

Junior FanFan

I wasn't sure whether to believe you on the names so went to the roster.  And - sure enough - there is a player named Junior FanFan!   Best name of all time in my book!

http://www.csjfightingsaints.com/sports/mbkb/2017-18/roster

Don't sleep on DQ Abernathy.  I'm totally checking into my hotel room in Salem as DQ Abernathy.  I might just adopt it as my actual name - my go to alias, for sure.

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Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« on: Yesterday at 01:35:20 pm »
During Hoopsville yesterday, Dave and Ryan seemed to agree that John Carroll is a team that simply tries to outscore its opponents and whose defense is lax and unable to get a stop when it needs a stop.  I see things through, admittedly, "Blue and Gold glasses" from time to time but I think that is completely inaccurate.   I feel like JCU plays excellent in-your-face defense from baseline to baseline and that its defense causes the pace of play to be so fast and results in typically high scoring games. I do not think that JCU is a team that tries to get more shots up than its opponents or takes a "3 for 2" approach. I think they just play extremely quick and extremely hard and force the pace of play.  They don't want to beat teams 100-98 . . .they want to put up a bunch of points AND shut you down defensively.

Admittedly, that full-court press will result in some easy ones at the other end from time to time but not that often.  In fact, I feel like their transition from the press to the half court defense has been better this year than it has been for many years. 

Let me know, as an OAC fan who watches us play annually, if you agree with me or if you think Dave and Ryan are more accurate.  Those comments irritated me but, of course, I could be wrong/could be a homer.

Let me clarify - it's not that I don't think JCU plays defense, I'm yet unclear if they play enough defense to be a real contender on a larger scale.

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: Landmark Conference
« on: Yesterday at 01:33:30 pm »

 Face in the "crowd":  Mark Turgeon, HC-U of MD taking in a D3 contest

I believe I read somewhere that Turgeon's son will be playing for Catholic next year.

I told you. :)

I did also read it somewhere - I practice good journalism and look to multiple sources.

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: Landmark Conference
« on: Yesterday at 06:18:55 am »
I did not think that he had any kids. I'd assume they'd probably go to play for him at Maryland

According to wikipedia, he's got three children, the oldest of whom, is a senior basketball player at Gonzaga HS in DC.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: January 21, 2018, 10:17:49 pm »
Just a thought-NCAA holds off on UWSP information until after the season so UWSP doesn't miss the NCAA Tournament if they qualify...

Point at Oshkosh Oshkosh beats Points 85-73
Huge game for Platte and WW Platteville wins 82-77
RF takes EC out back RF wins 79-60
Lax goes to Stout and loses Stout wins 66-63

Love this week in WIAC play

They're not going to do anyone any favors...

I suspect if it were solely up to the NCAA, it would've been over and done with by now.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Top 25 talk
« on: January 21, 2018, 07:31:14 pm »
Finished my Top 25 ballot a little bit ago.  This was actually the easiest one so far.  It took a lot of work to get teams slotted in where I wanted them, but it feels like we've got enough results now to feel confident in where teams ended up.  Losses will still change things moving forward, but it feels like we've reached a point where I don't have to start from scratch every week. Definitely the latest in the year I've gotten to that point since I've been voting.

To go by region, on my ballot:

NE - 5 (and the last 1-2 were begrudgingly); E and A - 0; MA - 3; S - 3; GL - 2; C - 9; W - 3

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West Region / Re: MBB: Northwest Conference
« on: January 21, 2018, 07:07:36 pm »
Fair points regarding Oxy.  Oxy vs Claremont will be interesting.  Claremont stumbled out of gate but also looks like their starting pg and preseason All-American (Scarlett) missed the first 4 games.

I've got Oxy at #34 right now, after figuring this week's ballot.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: January 21, 2018, 07:06:09 pm »
Is St. John's geographically eligible/resume worthy to host a pod this year? I know its pretty early, but they are just under 100 miles out of the Twin Cities. UMAC winner, all IIAC team(s) minus NWU, all MIAC teams, all of the WIAC schools are in that range of 400 miles. When you branch out to the CCIW/NACC/MWC most of those teams are over that 400 mile benchmark from Collegeville, MN. I know they do fly some teams, especially on the west coast, but I assume the CA team(s) and most likely the SCAC/TX teams will be going to Walla Walla for the first round.

Anybody with more knowledge and expertise on pod selection care to weigh in? Or is this way to early, considering we don't know the teams that will qualify yet...

They should be in line for first weekend, no problem.  If they make second, it could work if the right teams come through.  They're driving distance from Augustana, but not IWU - likely, though, it'll be a flight thing.  If things stay the same, first weekend seems like a lock, but we'll have to see what the regional rankings say - the last couple years they've tried very hard to have the top two teams from each region host.

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I just finished my ballot for this week.  I've got Occidental in about 34th position, but lots of room to move up if other teams falter.

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South Region / Re: MBB: Southern Athletic Association
« on: January 21, 2018, 07:00:27 pm »
Sewanee is a pretty consistent basketball program - never known them to be bad even if they aren't winning the league.

Rhodes' new style isn't really working out as they planned I imagine. In fact, the league actually seems pretty weak this year, won't lie...

Rhodes made the NCAA tournament their first year using the System - that's not bad.  The question will be if the recruiting base is on board with it.  I know they haven't seen any drop off at Greenville, but I'm guessing they may not be drawing from the same pool of players.

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: Landmark Conference
« on: January 21, 2018, 06:58:12 pm »

 Face in the "crowd":  Mark Turgeon, HC-U of MD taking in a D3 contest

I believe I read somewhere that Turgeon's son will be playing for Catholic next year.

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Pick-ems, fantasy leagues, etc. / Re: D3 Men's National Pick Em League
« on: January 21, 2018, 11:35:25 am »

Week 11

Wed 1/24
Wilkes @ Misericordia 6:00pm
Transylvania @ Hanover 7:30pm
Nichols @ Endicott 7:30pm
Piedmont @ LaGrange 7:30pm
WPI @ Springfield 8:00pm

Thu 1/25
Sul Ross St @ Concordia (TX) 8:30pm

Fri 1/26
Trinity (TX) @ Centenary (LA) 6:30pm
Cortland @ Brockport 7:30pm

Sat 1/27
Morrisville St @ SUNYIT 1:00pm

Sun 1/28
WashU @ Emory 12:00pm

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West Region / Re: MBB: Northwest Conference
« on: January 21, 2018, 11:31:19 am »
How is Occidental 14-2 (with losses to Whitman in a nail biter and a non D3 team) and receiving 2 votes for Top 25 and WW is #7 in the country?  Apparently none of the voters watch hoops on the west coast. 

Also looks like Claremont has figured it out again.  But those early nonconference losses (two to Wisconsin schools and to Puget Sound and Fox) have put the nail in coffin for an at-large bid

Oxy has been on my radar from day 1.  They looked great against Whitman and I'd love to be voting for them.  Unfortunately, until they provide a little more consistency, it's going to be tough.  They're picking it up in conference and well on their way to getting my vote, but they had too many close games against teams a Top 25 squad should squash.  There are probably, especially this year, 100 teams (or more) who could be anyone on a given night - the problem is figuring out which teams are maintaining the level of play necessary to do it consistently and against top level opponents.

Oxy's got all the makings of one of those teams, but they need to prove it a little more - at least for me.

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