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It is only fitting that USTís opponent in todayís final MIAC game is GAC, who for decades has been our primary rival on the court. Historically GAC has been the #2 hoops program behind UST. Iíd rate Augsburg 3rd all-time & SJ2 fourth (they were a bottom feeder until 1969 -Smithy's 4th season- when they won their first title). Hamline was dominant till the early 60s (before my time!) but hasn't been much of a factor since then. Bethel, Carleton & Olaf have consistently been competitive & often fielded strong teams. SMU was a strong program in the 50s, 60s, 70s and even early 80s and is showing signs of returning to that level. Concordia has been good two or three of every 9-10 seasons, but always was a tough road game at least. For decades, Mac was at or near the bottom of the barrel, with 4-5 good seasons under Coach Kietzer and now has an abundance of optimism under Coach Woldeslassie.

I cherish so many good memories of fun, exciting games in all the gyms across the MIAC. Boisterous fans at every school - they could really get LOUD at SJU, GAC, Bethel, Carleton and Olaf!! Intensely competitive players in uniforms of all shades and colors. Some great venues for hoops-- the old gyms at SJU, GAC (with the hockey rink beneath the elevated basketball court), UST (both- hoops on 3rd floor?!) and Mac (maybe not the old Field House, but The Cage was amazing) as well as those currently used. Special mentions of Hutton and Memorial for the way they encapsulate historical architecture, keeping the ghosts of seasons past alive and still provide a sweet atmosphere today.

I will miss USTís many rivalries in the MIAC and expect to continue attending MIAC games & following the league. But I look forward with enthusiasm to joining and ascending the Summit!!


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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 03, 2021, 10:01:36 pm »
Probably the last MIAC game I will get a chance to listen to and I get the pleasure of a full game of VOJ. Gotta love it.

Could the officials call the Tommie$ for the body and hand check fouls on the press? Jesus Christ!!!
When in doubt, cry and blame the officials. The Johnnies' 14 turnovers (vs 6 by UST) couldn't be a factor-- it had to be bad officiating. The 18 points off those turnovers? Bad refs!  The inability to stop Riley Miller in the first half and the foolish choice of continually fouling Anders Nelson down the stretch? Of course its the refs doing.  Not being able to contain Bjorklund in the paint?  Yup, them dang refs did it again.

For all eternity, UST will have a 2 game win streak over SJU :)

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 02, 2021, 11:26:52 pm »
SMU MBB did not have 1 positive Covid test all season.

New Top 15 poll is out:
UST up from 7 to 5. St John's falls out. Top 15 on a short season is going to be very unforgiving. No idea what to think about St John's after that brutal loss to Bethel. My first thought was maybe Bethel is pretty good, but they've got losses to Hamline and 2 to St Mary's.

St Thomas has the fewest games played of any team in the poll and tonight's game with St Mary's has been postponed also. Only 2 left, SJU and Bethel.

https://d3hoops.com/top25/men/2020-21/week5
5 if the 9 games scheduled for this week have been canceled/postponed.  Taking into account hockey and WBB and WH, a solid majority of scheduled events have been shelved....with Concordia, Hamline & SMU being involved in most of them. Sad end of strange season.

RE: the National rankings---I am shocked that SJU got any votes, much less 17 after last week's nightmare pair of games. Losing soundly to UST was bad enough but to get hammered like they die at home by Bethel is nothing short of embarrassing. bad week? horrible day? over-rated?

Maybe not, but 7 of 12 SMU athletic events scheduled for this week have been canceled or "postponed."

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 01, 2021, 05:56:21 pm »
New Top 15 poll is out:
UST up from 7 to 5. St John's falls out. Top 15 on a short season is going to be very unforgiving. No idea what to think about St John's after that brutal loss to Bethel. My first thought was maybe Bethel is pretty good, but they've got losses to Hamline and 2 to St Mary's.

St Thomas has the fewest games played of any team in the poll and tonight's game with St Mary's has been postponed also. Only 2 left, SJU and Bethel.

https://d3hoops.com/top25/men/2020-21/week5
5 if the 9 games scheduled for this week have been canceled/postponed.  Taking into account hockey and WBB and WH, a solid majority of scheduled events have been shelved....with Concordia, Hamline & SMU being involved in most of them. Sad end of strange season.

RE: the National rankings---I am shocked that SJU got any votes, much less 17 after last week's nightmare pair of games. Losing soundly to UST was bad enough but to get hammered like they die at home by Bethel is nothing short of embarrassing. bad week? horrible day? over-rated?

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 24, 2021, 11:02:01 pm »
So much for the Big Match-up. UST was in control nearly the entire game, controlling the tempo of play throughout. The Toms held the lead for nearly 36 minutes of the game (SJ2 lead for 2:59). The inside-outside game was rolling for UST and SJ had little in the way of answers. Anders Nelson had a relatively quiet night - he never put on a string in which he dominated the game; he just methodically made things happen and kept SJ2 off balance. His 23 points led all scorers and, in typical Anders fashion, he hit a couple of key 3s that were daggers to the Johnnies chances. Inside,  Parker Bjorklund was a force, pounding home a pair of thundering dunks over the bewildered Johnnies (and had a third one waved off due to shot clock), He finished with 14 pts & 6 boards.  Riley "Dead-eye" Miller found his stroke in the second half putting in 9 of his 15 points. Will Engel led all players with 9 rebounds as the shorter Tommies held a 35-32 edge off the glass. UST committed just 8 turnovers. The Toms torched the net in the second half at a 58.3% clip and simply outplayed the Js in every aspect.

Sigh. It was a great rivalry, and next week's non-conference game is still scheduled, but tonight was the last battle between the two schools in a game that matters, be it conference play or postseason.  While the end of the rivalry sucks, I' m excited about what the future holds for UST. While the next 2-3 years might not be as loaded with success as the past 20 have been, the move to D1 has me enthused!

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So Davidson is the Carleton of Dixie and Drake is the Olaf of Iowa?

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Sorry if this was discussed previously- has St Thomas had success in landing new recruits that can play at the D1 level?

Time will tell. They haven't won too many recruiting battles with the Dakota schools and UNI, but have sniped a few which indicates to me they're targeting the right kids. Most kids they've landed have had plenty of NSIC attention which is plenty good enough to win in the Pioneer.

https://www.tommiesports.com/news/2020/12/16/football-welcomes-26-players-in-first-d-i-signing-class.aspx

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 17, 2021, 01:03:45 pm »
Very cool "essay" by UST's Riley Miller--- says a lot about the joy of hoops from a player's perspective

https://www.miacathletics.com/sports/mbkb/2020-21/releases/20210217hhat55

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 10, 2021, 04:04:05 pm »
Sp tonight's full slate of men's hoops games, all the women's games except CSB-Concordia and all hockey of both genders except SJU-St. Scholastica have been postponed, presumably due to COVID protocol.  So I'm stuck pretending to care about the TWs game on the tube tonight and the TWs are just plain bad basketball.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 09, 2021, 05:00:51 pm »
UST @ Bethel scheduled for tonight postponed due to COVID-19 protocols. Bummer.

You would think the teams would do CV like families with the chickenpox before that vaccine was developed.  Get all the players sick together in the offseason so they run the season without interruption.

If you check out my new Around the Nation column today, you'll see it's the teams that had covid early that are seeing testing complications now, with everyone through the "safe" window.

Not to mention... imagine having everyone get the virus to "avoid problems later" and suddenly a student ends up in the hospital on a ventilator because either the virus got to them harder for reasons unknown or they had an unknown underlying condition. That's a hell of a way to find out about a health problem ... AND the school, department, team, even coach are going to be in serious hot water from a lot of different places for such an idea.

And before anyone says students are the least likely to get sick, yes that is what general statistics do say ... however, that doesn't mean students aren't going to get it. A friend and former colleague of mine's son is a Tennessee student. He's a sophomore or junior. Last fall he was in the hospital and ICU for two weeks - nearly had serious surgery to fight back a covid infection. He needed physical therapy just to learn to walk again (which I can appreciate) and will have scars the rest of his life from all the tubes and such that he had in his body. It's great to throw around "well stats say" until it hits someone you know...

I've done some reading on this, as pertains to long-term effects on college athletes. Data is still preliminary but a study at Ohio State showed 30% of football players with "heart damage."
I guess still TBD what that means long term, whether it's something that will resolve itself or make one more susceptible to future heart problems. But that's among the issues with the chicken pox COVID party approach.
Then there's studies like this one (OK, so no Aussies or Johnnies were involved in the study but it is still valid research):

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/covid19-coronavirus-heart-injury-college-athletes-sports

or stories like these:   

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2904115-report-at-least-10-big-ten-football-players-have-heart-condition-myocarditis
https://www.bet.com/news/sports/2020/10/16/college-football-covid-19-players-heart-problems-coronavirus.html
https://www.nbcnews.com/health/health-news/covid-linked-heart-inflammation-college-athletes-small-study-suggests-n1239875

Also, I seem to remember reading about a healthy 9 yr old who now has serious lung damage after a "slight" case of COVID with "mild" symptoms and will likely have those issues the rest of his/her life. 

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: January 25, 2021, 05:48:59 pm »
Looks like every participating MIAC team added three NON-conference games vs MIAC schools to their schedule for a total of 10 games each (which meets the NCAA threshold-- right Pat?). This includes a UST @ SJ2 battle on March 3 in Collegeville-- one week after the final MIAC battle between the two. 

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: January 13, 2021, 11:51:11 am »
Winter sports schedule announced. Basketball and hockey with up to 4 non-conference games beginning January 29. 7-game conference schedule starting February 6.

St John's @ UST February 24th.

No playoffs.
Full story- https://miac.prestosports.com/general/2020-21/releases/20210112lfbdy1

Carleton, Olaf & Mac opting out (along with Kates on women's side).

No fans, so its going to feel weird-- like full dress scrimmages but "for real." All games webcast (free) and league winner qualifies for NCAA, which may or may not happen

UST's final game ever in MIAC play is scheduled for March 6, at home  vs Bethel.

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SJU in lockdown due to manhunt with a potentially armed individual.

https://wjon.com/troopers-searching-for-suspect-in-collegeville-area/

Today is finals for C block and my son says it is difficult to concentrate with helicopters and SWAT teams everywhere.
seems odd that the FBI would be one of SIXTEEN law enforcement agencies involved...but a Black suspect in Stearns County.....


Are you a racist?  What's up with that comment?  You should take a good long look in the mirror, mate.
no, but I grew around there and know that Stearns County is full of racists, which was my point. Maybe a remedial reading class is in order Oz? Crickee, I'm nearly impressed that 3 of your 20 words had more than 1 syllable

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SJU in lockdown due to manhunt with a potentially armed individual.

https://wjon.com/troopers-searching-for-suspect-in-collegeville-area/

Today is finals for C block and my son says it is difficult to concentrate with helicopters and SWAT teams everywhere.
seems odd that the FBI would be one of SIXTEEN law enforcement agencies involved...but a Black suspect in Stearns County.....

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