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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: January 19, 2019, 11:31:49 pm »
Yeah, Swat gave up 57 points in the second half. I was shocked but have to give Ursinus credit. Biggest shocker? Ursinus bench - ZERO points and still a win!

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: January 09, 2019, 05:41:16 am »
What a wild Tuesday night. Hopkins is on a downward spiral, F&M loses a game while opponent shoots 33% and 15% from 3, and Gettysburg puts up absolutely no fight against Swat in the second half. The standings bunched up last night.  Can anyone from JH explain their downward trend. They were playing some really good ball before the holidays.

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: January 02, 2019, 08:16:26 pm »
Totally disagree that Wiley is the best player "by miles". If you like scoring, he can get a bucket on his own pretty regularly and that is great. But what is also great is defending three or four positions (sometimes even five depending on the matchup), rebounding and scoring. Both players are important to their success but Wiley has been out for some games or struggled in some matchups and they have done fine without him. I seem to remember you touting leading scorers in the past as "the best player" and I think the way Swat plays makes that not necessarily true.
I have never said that. However, a guy who leads a team in scoring, assists, and steals and is the clear leader of the team is the best player. He was chosen as an All-American. You have no idea what you are talking about.

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: January 02, 2019, 01:17:08 pm »
Thanks! Any idea what Visconti's injury is? Big win for Swat! I love O'Dell and have said it before, but the best player on the team by miles is Wiley. He is what makes the team go. I am glad to see some guys really stepped up this year and are playing well. Thanks again for game analysis. My internet was really slow so I just did stats. They don't always tell the tale of the tape.

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: December 14, 2018, 03:10:45 pm »
I just wanted to share a stat from the York game the other night that many of you may have missed: Swarthmore out-rebounded York 63-23! By 40 rebounds. I have never heard of a game like that. I also believe York was 4-0 against Centennial teams this year. How in the world do you out-rebound a team by 40 rebounds. I've been involved with basketball for 50 years and I never remember anything like that ever happening at any level.

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: December 12, 2018, 02:12:11 pm »
"As this is a slow time for this board, I am going to revisit the topic of financial aid which we addressed a couple of weeks ago---particularly as it relates to the ten teams that participate in Centennial Conference MBB.  First of all, there are the important NCAA rules:

---Financial aid should be the same for all students.  Student athletes and non-athletes should be treated the same.
---Athletics staff members are not allowed to have any role in determining institutional aid and are not permitted to modify or arrange
          financial aid packages.
---All institutions must participate in an annual electronic reporting process which compares financial aid packages of freshmen and
          transfer student athletes with those of aid packages of other freshmen and transfers.

How much financial aid can an institution award?  That depends on the institution and what they can afford----but, it must be allocated equitably between athletes and non-athletes.  How much an institution budgets for financial aid is probably related to the size of their endowments---more specifically---their endowment ratios per student."

Thank you for that. Financial aid I believe is a tricky thing to figure out. I know my three kids at three different colleges (Swarthmore, Skidmore, and Ithaca College) had widely different financial aid packages. Swarthmore's was by far the best, especially the last two years. I never realized it was a set rule that athletes and non-athletes had to have the same financial aid package. Is that really a NCAA rule or just they should be somewhat close? Why can a kid who is good at science or playing the tuba allowed to get huge scholarship type aid help, but not a kid with a good jump shot? I am really interested why a good tuba player is ok and a good jump shot is not. Thanks. Good and interesting topic by the way.

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: December 01, 2018, 05:31:24 pm »
Just saw game on SWAT broadcast. Announcers thought it went off around 0.1 sec. Both of us watching thought on replay it left hand after 0.1 but before buzzer sounded while ball was in air, but it was close.
What a fiercely defended game looking like playoff intensity from beginning to end.
Wiley and Harkins led team to stirring final minute comeback. Earlier Dips rallied 8+ point deficit with Kupa taking over handling the point and scoring in clutch later minutes. I also was impressed with Les Thomas off the bench making 2 free throws after getting clobbered during an intentional 2 foul & making a key long trifecta with shot clock nearly at 0 that seemed to save Dips impressing me with all aspects of his game.

Thanks. I thought ball was still in his hands at 0.0 but it was really close. Good commentary on the game. Defense by both teams was playoff basketball.

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: December 01, 2018, 04:57:45 pm »
Crazy ending at Swat - F&M game. F&M down one, hits three point shot that appeared to be after the buzzer. I watched it a number of times and it looked like he didn't get it off. However, it was very close. I was wondering if anyone else saw it and if they thought it was good?

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: November 26, 2018, 04:40:58 pm »
The financial aid package at Swarthmore was absolutely a game changer. We put three kids through college and the Swarthmore financial aid package was miles better than the other two colleges my kids went to. And, having a Swarthmore degree ain't a bad thing either.

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: November 14, 2018, 01:56:26 pm »

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: November 14, 2018, 06:41:24 am »
Not sure what "the freshmen" you are talking about. No freshman took 17 shots in the Swat game but the upperclassmen showed up in the first game to get that classic Swat-style win- FG% D, Rebounding Margin, Wear them down for a late surge.

Sorry, they had the stats wrong last night and corrected them. You are correct. Swat is again big and strong and wore down a pretty good team who pushed the ball very well.

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: November 13, 2018, 08:23:39 pm »
I emailed Coach Robinson and he wrote me a nice note. Said he would be back in two or three weeks.

*Corrected below

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: November 11, 2018, 10:52:39 pm »
So sorry to hear about Coach Robinson. A total class act and always greets my son with a huge hug. Get better soon coach!

I was correct about the Freshman on Swat. I hear very good things about him. Look for Swat to be very tough this year again.

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: November 03, 2018, 09:26:50 pm »
Dave, that is huge. Can you keep us updated on that?

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: October 31, 2018, 06:20:32 pm »
Swat Fan #1
Can't argue with your picks.  What we don't know is the impact of the new recruits. How well have the new coaches recruited?  F&M lost their two best players in Federici and Tate---have they replaced them?  Swat seems to be set without any impact freshmen.  JHU lost Doran but, I hear that they have recruited very well and they have two terrific guards returning.  Ursinus lost two starters in Quattro & Rafferty and brought in four recruits. 

Speaking of Ursinus, three (maybe four) of their seven non conference games are against teams from your neck of the woods.  They play St Lawrence at  the Scranton Invitational.  We played them in 2008-2009 at Williams and eked out a win against a very feisty, well coached team.  Also, the Bears play both Hamilton and Ithaca at Daytona Beach in December.  Hamilton is projected as a NESCAC powerhouse but I don't know much about Ithaca.  Perhaps you could shed some light on these opponents.  Bears other non conference opponents are Roanoke and Messiah or Clark's Summit at the Messiah tip off and Scranton or Hartwick at the Scranton Invitational. Bears play Rosemont at home in January.

I hear that Swat has a good crop of recruits and one of them, George Visconti is a 2,000+ scorer in high school. Cam Wiley will have to carry a huge load this year. He is fantastic but will be the focus of defenses. I am optimistic but realize that as Cam goes, Swat will go.

Ithaca has been up and down unfortunately, but Hamilton is a beast. Ithaca is now in that league and there is some great ball played.

It should be a great year for the Centennial and I see JH as a super team that is really well coached and will give Swat all they can handle. F&M is always tough and they aren't going anywhere. I hope we can get another team to the Great 8 again! Cheers all.

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