All you rushing to write off UST (glaring at Palmer)--- the road to the MIAC crown still runs through Schoenecker. Yes, the Toms are (by the lofty standards they have set the past decade) struggling a bit, but that was to be expected, given the losses from last season and the drop in experience level. Entering the season, I bet Boll and Shaeffer each played more minutes last season than the rest of this year's roster combined. I figured 2-3 in non-conference, 7-3 first pass through the league and 9-1 second swing through (18-7), good for at least 2nd if not a tie with Bethel for the championship. As Tauer tries various cmobinations together, there might be some rough patches, but over time the SS Tommie will sail smoothly and UST will be the one team no one wants to play in the MIAC Playoffs.
I heard someone (glaring at Palmer again, but maybe it was Papa Hoops) repeatedly saying "UST's front line is weak, both defensively and offensively"--- yeah, maybe, but they still shut down SJU's bigs in the paint, esp Mr Wiess whom I recall Palmer touting as a MVP contender.
The Hamline loss baffles me, but after 36 years (and 38 games to UST + 1 to MAC)...Hamline was bound to win on the Tommie campus....even the blind squirrel finds a nut or two. And Hamline is not half as bad as some of you guys seem to consider them. Instead of touting Mac as a dark horse, I' look to the other end of Snelling or south to WInona for a sleeper.
Final standings will be
UST (possibly a tie at the top)
playoff champ-- UST
NCAA tourney-- UST & BU