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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: April 16, 2014, 06:22:05 pm »
Our 2014 rankings are now available to the public and do not require an account. This is the most comprehensive list of commits out there.

http://www.northstarhoopsreport.com/2014-prospect-rankings

There must be some mistake, Kilroy--- I don't see anyone committed to Macalester  ;)

nice, thorough list!

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Todd Hoffner just announced he's returning to the Mankato job, after arbitrator ruled he should not have been fired. Minot State had hired him.

MSU-Mankato (plain ole Mankato State is fine with me) has a bit of a problem on its hands-- they have to bring Hoffner back if he wants the job back, he wants it.... BUT the players don't want him back

 http://www.startribune.com/local/255553011.html

Are we revisiting a modified, tamer version of the 60s? "riots" on campus and now a "student protest"... what next-- a "like-in"?

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Second: Juberian did this after a Minnesota school he doesn't attend lost. What the hell would he do if Augsburg won the Stagg? Minneapolis would look like Metropolis after Zod and Superman went at it in Man of Steel.

Ha!  Talk about coincidence.  The wife is showing our girls movies that she loved as a kid.  I recently watched Superman but refused to watch Superman II.  My time was much better spent searching YouTube for clips like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eaktlZxsS_4
now THAT looks like FUN!!!

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Great fishing story from SJU…good thing the passengers on the boat weren't foolish and wore their life jackets. 

http://centralmnnews.blogspot.com/2014/03/area-fisherman-catches-big-one-photo.html
cute... worthy of a chuckle

RE: Ramler--- good news for CSS, although I've heard from a few sources that Ramler irritated parents/players @ Carleton, a contingent of whom were happy to see him gone (that said, can anyone name a single coach who hasn't drawn the ire of a portion of the players/parents over his/her coaching tenure? I can't). Definitely a good move for Kurt and for CSS.

Next step for SJU-- promoting Jimmy to OC....groom him to take over as HC....sounds good to me  :D

RE: CSS in the MIAC--  they had applied for membership about 15 years ago and it was voted down primarily because enough MIAC members felt the conference would be too large with a 14th member  (13 women's programs & 12 men's). Former Commish Carlyle Carter was a staunch supporter, wanting to return the MIAC footprint to Duluth and encompass the entire state, but the effort failed.  From all I've heard, CSS is happy being one of the big boys in the UMAC and it (& NWU, which had explored joining the MIAC in the 80s/90s) have no desire to join the MIAC at this time.


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Holy s**t, Batman.  I've spent a Sunday in computer virus hell.  And it turns out I wasn't infected but my ISP's DNS server was.  Long story short: study the web and learn how to set up your home network to use Norton ConnectSafe, a free DNS service that protects you from phishing (the virus hell I had today) among other things. It can also provide porn filtering and even stricter filters if you like. It can protect your home network so all devices using it are protected. Also if your kid has a mobile device you can set it up there. Very handy.

EDIT: Mrs Oz half accuses me of getting the ISP infected on purpose so I could avoid assembling the kit shed we bought.  She laughed when she said it but I suspect she really meant it deep down.
I assume this filter weeds out bad stuff that isn't very believable and only allows top quality porn to flow through, right?  :D

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 17, 2014, 12:40:36 am »
It's getting really tiresome hearing about all of the recruiting we do at Hopkins.   Kenny Novak is a really good basketball coach and kids want to play for a winning program.  They come on their own.  Ever heard of Riley Dearring?  Played at Hopkins in 9th grade, then left for De La Salle and finished at Minnetonka.  Three high schools in four years…pretty impressive.  In addition to losing basketball players to other school Hopkins has lost a number of  football players to the likes of Eden Prairie and Minnetonka over the years.  I'm told that one year about 11 or 12 "Hopkins" kids were playing the state hockey tournament even though our own team barely won a game that season. 

Kenny is in favor of a shot clock…truth is it would benefit his team.  Imagine if Hopkins and Shakopee had played the entire game with a shot clock.  I don't think Shakopee could have controlled the tempo as well as they did. 
Imagine if they would add a shot clock and eliminate zone defense? 
Better yet….no shot clock, allow zones but require defenses to come out an guard w/ in six feet if they score is tied or they are behind?
omg.....I swore this day would never come....but I agree with faunch. this should make Sports Illustrated's Sign of the Apocalypse! :D

With a shot clock, Shakopee had no chance vs HHS. However, over the course of Saturday's championship game, I became a HUGE fan of JP Macura....the kid is so good its frightening. IF HHS recruited, they woulda landed him  :)

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 14, 2014, 11:07:26 pm »
ROR- Erv coached Park Christian, Class 1A

Drake- Where would you like me to leave a prepaid dining card for that chicken dinner?

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 14, 2014, 11:56:59 am »
Anyone with thoughts on the Hopkins/Shakopee game last night?

I've read/heard a lot of people ripping Novak for the way the Royals refused to attack the zone.... it was rather boring for fans (OK, that's an understatement) but is the object to win the game or provide enjoyment to the fans?  Shakopee's zone was extremely effective, and Hopkins was having a lot of trouble with it all night. Why not sit on the ball till you take the final shot or get the defense to come out at you?  No one is faulting Shakopee for refusing to budge from its zone (nor am I...it was higly effective and as their coach was quoted "we played it all night. why should we play man to man for the last minute?") The zone contributed as much to the "boring" game as Hopkins' refusal to attack it.  Suddenly there is a clamor for a shot clock in HS (which isnt a bad idea) but why is there no clamor saying outlaw zones (like the NBA)? Then again, I'm old school enough to enjoy a well-executed 4-corners as done by El Deano at UNC for years and years...and an opponent of a badly run one, ala the Feeley era Tommies

Also, talk about an exiciting 1A game--- Fon du Lac &Canby put on a classic....not to mention the battle between Lakeville North & Cretin (aka UST's pre-JV) and it coming down to an all-ice in veins three by Macura

But perhaps the highlight of the day to me was seeing Erv Inniger back in the coaching box. He ha such a nice run @ Augsburg and then at NDSU. Esily one of the most basketball savvy coaches to ever grace the MIAC

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naw, thats not it Duff.... Kupchella is allegedly a journalist and should find a way to get hsi facts right  :)  Nedxt thing ya know he will be claiming Gags coached in the big Apple....you know, at THE St. John's University

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http://www.bringmethenews.com/2014/03/05/21-year-old-college-student-gives-up-mirror-for-40-days/

If I was a Tommie I don't think I could look myself in the mirror either!    ;D :D ;D :D ;D :D ;D
i dunno, Faunchie....if you looked like her, I'D give you a look ;D

Although Kupchella has me confused...why is he posting a story about a student at a college in Texas? (St. Thomas University is in Houston, the University of St. Thomas is local)


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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 02, 2014, 07:55:31 pm »
a little slow in getting online here, had a social obligation after the game. I tip my hat to the oles--- they played brilliant basketball, had a great game plan and executed it precisely.  I saw many similarities between them and the 2008-09 UST team (Viau & McCoy's senior year). Scrappy, smothering defense, nice balance on offense. Their defensive play was the key, and it was suffocating. Congrats to the Oles and Koz on a well-deserved playoff crown-- rep the MIAC well in the NCAAs, going as deep as possible.

Here's hoping UST gets a Pool C bid.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 02, 2014, 11:06:05 am »
Today is the 10th time in the 14 years of the 6-team format that #1 & #2 square off for the title,.  #1 has won 8 of the first 9 meetings (the exception: GAC over UST in 2003).

It is UST’s 11th trip to the title game under the 6-team format and 19th overall; it is the first time St Olaf has reached the championship game.

In all games played, UST is 12-9 under the old 4 team format and 19-5 under the 6 team format for a 31-14 record. St. Olaf was 0-3 under the 4 team set up and is 2-4 in the new setup for a 2-7 overall record.

The #1 seed has won the tourney 10 times. The exceptions were in 2003 (#2 GAC won it all), 2011 (#2 UST) and 2010 (#4 Carleton was champ)
 

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it was good to see a LIVE SPORTS WEB CAST from Collegeville this evening. Nice to know the technology is there. I couldn't see the Natural Bowl, but assume that was because the new lights weren't turned on.   

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2014 Conference Tournaments
« on: February 26, 2014, 11:08:17 pm »
the MIAC Playoff start off with a pair of upsets as #6 Bethel nips #3 Augsburg 70-67 and fifth seed Gustavus edges St John's 65-64.

Friday semifinals:  Bethel @  #1 St Thomas
                              Gustavus @ #w St Olaf

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 26, 2014, 10:17:46 pm »


Nope, not "desperately hoping" to avoid a rematch with SJU. Bring it on!  however, I've followed the MIAC reasonably closely over the past coupla years, and have noted a pattern--- SJU can get up for UST but that rarely carries over into the next game (wins over SMU or Mac excluded). Also, looking at Playoff historical performance (see my next post) and you have solid evidence supporting my belief that GAC will prevail Wednesday.

Oh and Drake? Should you be correct and UST wins 2 games in the NCAA--- that puts them into the Sweet 16.  I'm tasting that chicken now  :)

was I right or was I right? I seem to recall reading---->



My predictions are GAC by 5 and Auggie by 8, but both games will come down to the final minutes, and free throws will determine both games.


 BU @ UST, GAC @ Olaf....should be a fun-filled Friday night

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