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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: January 16, 2019, 05:20:55 pm »
Massey sez:

North Central 74, Carthage 64 (NCC 83%, CC 17%)

NCC may be 10 point favorites, but they better not get to complacent. They have to contend with Kienan Baltimore who ranks 4th in the conference in scoring at 20.1 PPG, and Jordan Kedrowski who ranks 8th at 16.9 PPG, as well as Sean Johnson who ranks 5th in rebounding with 6.9 RPG, and adds 9.6 PPG.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: January 16, 2019, 05:06:29 pm »
Congrats to North Central’s Connor Raridon who has been named to the Top 100 Watch List for the Bevo Francis Award. This award is presented annually to the player outside of NCAA Division I who has the finest overall individual season. The award is presented by Small College Basketball, a national publication covering basketball at the NCAA D2, NCAA D3, NAIA, USCAA, and NCCAA levels. The award is named after the late Clarence “Bevo” Francis who established new NCAA and NAIA records for points scored in a single game and season for Rio Grande College (now Univ. of Rio Grande) in Ohio during the 1952-53 and 1953-53 seasons.
The list will be narrowed to 50 on Feb. 15, and to 25 on March 15. The winner will be announced April 8, and presented with the award on May 11 at the National Awards Show in Kansas City.

Raridon currently ranks first in the CCIW and 24th among all D3 players in assists per game (5.50), while ranking fifth in points per game (17.3), fifth in rebounds per game (6.8), and also fifth in free-throw percentage (.850). He is North Central’s career leader in assists for a single game (13, accomplished twice), season (187) and career (425 so far). On Dec 15, Raridon became the 27th 1,000 point scorer in NCC history. He currently ranks 19th with 1,123 points. He also currently ranks 6th in free throws made, and 15th in rebounds.

Of the Top 100 players on the Watch List, only 23 compete for Division III schools.
Raridon is one of four CCIW representatives. He is joined by Augustana’s Nolan Ebel, IWU’s Brady Rose, and Aston Francis of Wheaton.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: January 14, 2019, 05:39:27 pm »
If we're honest about quotes here I still don't think you're using the Scandal quote in the proper context. ;)

Probably not. But whatever the correct context, I think “who’s the hunter and who’s the game” is very applicable to sports. The team that is aggressive and carries the attack to the other team is often the one that emerges victorious. If it fits, wear it?  ;)
Besides, what IS the proper context?   :D

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: January 14, 2019, 05:00:54 pm »
Most self-serving quote under signature :D
"You don't always have to win every game. You just have to win the right ones. 😏 (AndOne)"

Best quote under signature that warns of above quote  ;D

"Talent is God-given. Be humble. Fame is man-given. Be grateful. Conceit is self-given. Be careful..” -- John Wooden

1. That’s just something I’ve always said so I thought it would be appropriate in a forum devoted to a discussion of athletic competition. It’s not knocking anyone or anything. Besides, it’s true. Ask any coach.

2. The quote has been there for at least 5 years. If it really bothered you, why did it take you this long to file a complaint? Perhaps you’re just not very observant?

You know Wheels, you’ve been on my case for years. Long ago I must have said something that put a really large burr up your arse. Evidently, you haven’t been able to remove it yourself. Accordingly, I’d recommend two things. First, see a doctor. Secondly, get over it.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: January 14, 2019, 01:09:23 am »
Actually, it looks like the last time he played was 12/19. This is just after final exams and the end of the first semester at Carthage.
If he isn’t injured, could he possibly be an academic casualty?
He is still on the roster. But so is Brad Perry, and I don’t believe he has played in a game all year. And, a few years ago former conference scoring leader Malcom Kelly’s name appeared on the Carthage roster for most or all of the year. However, during this time he never played because of a problem which Bosko attributed to “administrative paperwork,” or something very similar.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: January 13, 2019, 09:37:41 pm »
Anyone know why Preston Laketa of Carthage didn’t play against Augie?

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: January 13, 2019, 04:13:22 pm »
IWU 87
Millikin 71

* Brady Rose: 23 points, 5 assists
* Doug Wallen: 15 points, 6 rebounds
* Colin Bonnett: 13 points

* Jack Marinko: 10 points, 4 rebounds
* Elijah Henry: 17 points
* Zach Fisher: 15 points, 3 rebounds

IWU: 17 assists/9 turnovers

Rebounds: IWU 36; Millikin 28

The game was tied at 19 at the 10:28 mark of the 1st.  Over the next 15 minutes, IWU outscored the Big Blue 45-18.

I thought the Titans played very well overall yesterday.  Brady Rose, Doug Wallen, Colin Bonnett led the scoring, but just about everybody in the rotation contributed.  Sophomores Grant Wolfe and Charlie Bair and freshman Peter Lambesis played particularly well.

Brady Rose moved into 13th place on IWU's all-time scoring list.  In 95 games he has scored 1453 points.  In 12th place is Adam Dauksas with 1475 in 114 games.

IWU travels to Elmhurst Wednesday.

Maybe they just needed to escape the clutches of the Shirk Center where the resident snakes have bitten them in the butt a few times recently.  :o

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: January 13, 2019, 04:06:15 pm »
Bosko (it's not spelled like the chocolate drink ;) ) may be the dean of the CCIW, but it's not up to him to hit open shots from the top of the key. That's on his players.

Nobody talks about it much, but one of the ingredients to being a great team is getting some lucky bounces here or there in tight games. Augie led for only eight and a half minutes of tonight's game at Carver, but the Doggies got some lucky bounces and prevailed in the final seconds. As the season goes on and people talk about what a great team Augie is -- because it certainly is a great team -- they might tend to forget that.

I’ve always held this belief. Rarely is a team so dominant as to flatten all or almost all of their opponents with relative ease without getting some lucky bounces and breaks along the way. In many cases good teams get the breaks because they force the issue and make their own breaks. But you never know when something like a ref’s blown call, a lucky bounce, or a last second or one in a million shot is going to unexpectedly sneak in and alter the outcome.

Look at last season’s national champion, Nebraska Wesleyan. Again, not to discount their skill level, but they could have easily lost to Platteville in the 3rd round when they won on a last second shot, or to Springfield in the national semifinal where they trailed, I believe by 5, with little time left before forcing OT where they dominated. Had anything even slightly different happened down the stretch of either of those games, the outcomes could have easily been different.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: January 12, 2019, 02:31:34 pm »
IWU needs to go 9-1 the rest of the way to be competitive for a Pool C bid.  9-1, then 2-1 in the CCIW tournament, would be 20-8.  That .715 WP, with an elite SOS, and a some helpful RRO stuff would probably be enough.

There is no indication at this point, unfortunately, that IWU can go 11-2 through Selection Sunday...but the talent is certainly there to make a push.

Certainly a must win game for the Titans this afternoon in Decatur.

First, I think someone predicted the Green Weenies might not make the conference tournament. I think the chances that happens are about the same as the sun and moon falling out of the sky.
And, if they do get in the conference tourney, they very well could go 2-1.

It seems though, the problem is winning 9 out of 10 of their remaining conference games. IWU, as with almost any basketball team, certainly is far more dangerous at home. However, this year they have unexpectedly let that home edge slip away. When you combine how they have underachieved at home so far with the fact that 6 of their 10 remaining conference games are on the road, going 9-1 the rest of the way would be akin to climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro. Not an impossible task, but the chances seem as thin as the air at the mountain summit. 🗻

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: January 11, 2019, 02:35:23 pm »
I don’t think Blaise takes it as a taunt or any form of criticism. Instead, he is proud he can jump that high. On the occasion he did so, there just happened to be a backboard in the way!  :D

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: January 11, 2019, 01:49:51 pm »
A couple of interesting asides to the NCC/IWU game;

* The IWU band shouting backboard backboard at NCC’s Blaise Meredith while he was shooting FTs. This of course stemming from Meredith’s recent encounter with a backboard at Augustana which has become a social media sensation. Blaise just smiled and calmly hit all 4 of his charity tosses.

* The IWU broadcasters commenting incredulously about how down/deflated all the Wesleyan players looked during a timeout with seven seconds left, and Wesleyan still with a chance to tie and send the game to OT.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: January 11, 2019, 02:32:13 am »

If you are correct in your assertion that the pollsters “understand that the intention of the poll is not to rank teams based upon record,” and that “if NCC gets ranked it’s because of how they look and are playing now,” then it should be a virtual certainly that the Cardinals get ranked in the next poll.
All you have to do to know that NCC both looks, and is playing like a Top 25 team right now is watch last night's game vs. IWU in the Shirk Center on demand. Hopefully some of the pollsters will take a look.

On another point, you proposed that Ron Rose pulled a boner by assigning Alex O’Neill to attempt to defend Tommy Koth. I won’t argue. Additionally, one has to wonder if Rose couldn’t have been a bit more imaginative with regard to the last play of the first half. IWU, up by 5 at the time, rebounded a NCC miss with 30 seconds remaining. Brady Rose brought the ball up and paused a few feet past half court with about 25 seconds remaining. He just stood there, straight out from the basket, yo-yoing the ball back and forth while the clock wound down. There was absolutely no attempt to initiate any kind of offensive play. The other IWU players just basically stood there and watched Rose dribble. Then, with about 5 seconds left, Rose took a couple of quick dribbles straight at the basket and launched a 24-25 foot shot that clanked off the rim. The play to try to extend the halftime lead was Brady Rose against the world. The other 4 players might as well have just taken a seat on the bench once Brady received the outlet. It wasn’t like any thought of involving any of the 4 was ever even remotely considered. Considering the final score differential, I bet Ron Rose would have loved getting even a 2 pointer at the time.

Also, speaking of Brady Rose. While he had 24 points, Wesleyan’s fifth year undergraduate senior couldn’t spur his team to a home victory down the stretch. With 2:02 remaining, he missed a key FT that would have upped IWU’s advantage to 9. Then, with 1:26 left and up by 5, he committed a critical TO (one of his total of 5) that saw Cappelletti knock the ball away and make his sensational behind the back save, and which culminated in Tommy Koth’s fantastic tip in, and one. Subsequently,
with 48 seconds left and IWU still up by 2, he missed a short jumper. Finally, with just 7 seconds left and IWU behind by only 1 point, he missed a short runner in the lane that very likely could have won the game.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: January 10, 2019, 09:58:46 pm »
NCC is off this weekend. They play Carthage in Naperville next Wed., 1/16.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: January 10, 2019, 07:12:34 pm »
An above post seems to suggest the NCC Cardinals are not a “vertically challenged” team overall, except in the center position. That may well be true, and I won’t argue too vociferously. But, strong center position play can provide an exceptionally valuable asset to a team’s overall success. Guys with size and/or skill can sure provide offensive firepower and/or a strong defensive presence. NCC’s 6’8” Jack Bronec, their only true “big,” was neither a scoring machine nor a defensive wizard. However, at the time of his season ending injury he was the Cardinal’s third leading rebounder, and was hitting on 58% of his shots. He was certainly a team asset and was providing a very positive contribution to overall team success. His hustle was also infectious and provided a nice model for all of his teammates to emulate. Without him the Cardinals have had to make several adjustments on both ends of the floor. In large part, thanks both to Todd Raridon’s experience and creativity, and the players’ desire and efforts, they have been successful in these endeavors. However, things certainly would be easier all around with more options if Jack was still available. There is no question that his absence has left the Cardinals vertically challenged. Maybe not on an overall basis, but at a very important spot in the middle on both ends of the floor.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: January 10, 2019, 06:25:56 pm »
AO, I'm one of the posters who thought NCC should be getting some support for the top 25.  I assume they will now.

IWU just can't finish games . . . very sad, troubling.  Up by 13 in the first half, up 8 with 2 minutes to go and you still go down.  No joy in Titanland for sure.

Something not right when Grant Wolfe gets 6 rebounds and Alex O'Neil gets 2, scores 2 points against a vertically-challenged, relatively small NCC line-up.  Again, poor perimeter D against the trey, with NCC making 14. 

Wolfe, Bonnett, Wallen and Rose again with pretty good games, but not enough support from the rest of the Titans. . .

At 9-6, 2-4, not much of a resume for conference or for post-season, at this point.  Given the talent, disappointing. 


Yes, I know 70, and we appreciate your support.  ;D

I also agree with your comments about 6’9” Alex O’Neill. Greg Sager pointed out that he didn’t play a whole lot of minutes, and that when he is in the game, the IWU guards don’t seem to have much interest in throwing him the ball. That may be true, but that’s at least partially O’Neill’s fault. Unlike Wallen (at least last night), O’Neill doesn’t seem very aggressive or physical. At 6’9” and 245 pounds, it appears he either isn’t capable or just isn’t much interested in establishing a strong low post position. As to the IWU guards not throwing him the ball, maybe it’s becsuse he usually isn’t in a position to do much with it when he gets it. Also, and this goes to the aggressiveness factor, how often does he demand the ball, either by positioning or vocally? He appeared rather unsure of himself and timid last night. His approach seemed rather like a tiptoe through the tulips instead of a physical athletic competition. Give him a ukulele and some longer hair and you’d have a good impersonation of Tiny Tim. 6’7” Charlie Bair, a rebounding demon who I have liked since high school, wasn’t really any better, while blowing a couple of very close in shots. In fact, IWU didn’t really get much of anything from the trio of O’Neill, Bair, and Jason Gregoire. Gregoire seemed confused at times. Like he really wasn’t sure of what he was doing on offense, due in large part to NCC’s defense or, especially, on defense. He played better defense against the IWU cheerleaders than he did against the Cardinals, and fouled out after only 16 minutes of action, during much of which he was more helpful to the Cardinals than the home team.

As far as NCC getting poll votes, I’m certainly not advocating any upper tier type positioning. However, considering what they’ve accomplished, especially lately, despite the season ending loss of two senior starters, it does seem something in the range of 18-22 shouldn’t be a pipe dream. Also, as I believe Ryan Scott has indicated, the voters like Ws and NCC has 13 of them. And I’m the first one to say yes, many of those Ws have come against less than stellar competition. But if Ws, in and of themselves, are the eye candy pollsters like, then there looks to be enough candy scattered around to equate to some votes.  ;)

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