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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Men's National Pick Em League
« on: Today at 05:50:54 am »

Tuesday  11/25
Albertus Magnus @ SUNY-Purchase
Cabrini @ Scranton
F&M @ Johns Hopkins

Friday   11/28
Carthage @ Washington U
Lewis & Clark @ CMS

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Northeast Region / Re: Little East Pick 'em League
« on: Today at 05:29:39 am »
Tuesday, November 25:
Curry @ UMass-Dartmouth 7:00
Southern Maine @ Bates 7:30
Bridgewater State @ Rhode Island College 7:30
Vassar @ Western Connecticut 7:30
Plymouth State @ Castleton State 7:30
UMass-Boston @ Fitchburg State 7:30
Springfield @ Keene State 7:30 (I'd be happy to be wrong with this one)
Cabrini @ Scranton 7:30
William Paterson @ Ramapo 7:30

Wednesday, November 26:
Birmingham-Southern @ Spalding 7:30

Friday, November 28:
Eastern Nazarene vs. Colby (@ UMass-Boston) 8:00

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D3hoops Team of the Week was released and the guy with the best stat lines in the country (other than the Grinell player) for his 2 games, Gordon Lyons, is nowhere to be found. Hard to believe he wasn't nominated by his school, but that has to be the case....Or D3hoops missed the boat big time. The thing about Lyons though, is his stats will be so good this year, that he could make the Team of the Week, every week.   

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I'm thankful for those guys/gals who post on these boards.  More so now, than ever.

  During football season I spent a little time on the E8 football boards ( where buff state football resides). Some of those posters have got to be the most classless individuals in America. They rip their opponents before games I.e. " this game vs"  conference opponent  "is gonna be like a scrimmage. Should beat em by 50 or more". And the name calling amongst some if these guys is even worse. On a couple of occasions, I'd swear that, if some of these guys could meet each other, there would be a fight!

I'm glad that guys like thebear, Franelia, Dcahill,  Magicman and others don't pollute our boards with that type of B.S.  And on a day like to today, I just wanna say "Thanks" to you guys for being who you are.

Happy Thanksgiving to all !!!!!!! :)

Ps. I  still want the BENGALS to win though ;)


We may have a small group of regulars but at least we have respect for each other. That's always the most important thing.

Happy Thanksgiving folks. I hope the rest of the holiday season, right on through the New Year and beyond, brings good health, good luck, good weather and the good life to everyone.

PS: I still want the Bengals to win as well. Just not on January 10th and January 30th. ;D

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Northeast Region / Re: NESCAC MBB
« on: Yesterday at 02:25:52 am »
Good to see my friends middhoops and Vandy74 tonight at the Skidmore-Plattsburgh game in Saratoga. 8-) Hope they made it home safely. I still think they were sent there by Coach Brown to scout both teams since they will host Skidmore on 12-6 and travel to Plattsburgh on 1-6. Pretty sure Vandy was secretly recording the game. I purposely told my Cardinals to play only as good as necessary to walk out of Williamson Center with a win. It was fitting then, that the Cardinals' Reggie Williams was the star for Plattsburgh in Williamson Center. Plattsburgh looked terrible in the first half and fell behind Skidmore by 13 points. We finally caught them with 33 seconds left to play and then won the game in OT. My plan succeeded I think. The boys from Middlebury now think that this year's version of the Cardinals really suck and will be easy pickings when they come over in January. ;D

By the way the early line on this game has Plattsburgh favored by 8 points. It will be interesting to see if that changes in the weeks leading up to the contest.

Plus K to both of you for putting up with my yelling at the zebras.   

Magicman....It was good to see you last night.  I suspected it was all an act on Plattsburgh's part.  No team could be as bad as they looked in that 1st half. ;D  I'm sure you and Coach Curle took the refs out for drinks following the game and had a good laugh over the clever charade.  A lot of those calls make sense now. ;)  Since the whole thing was a put-up job I guess it doesn't matter that my secret recording features more of that cute little girl with the cornbraided hair sitting (sometimes) next to you eating popcorn than it does the play on the court.  I'll have to use a better camera angle on my next undercover assignment.  Middhoops and I look forward to seeing you and your friends in Plattsburgh  on 1-6.  We expect as pleasant a trip home as yours was last season. 8-)

Your cousin PM'd me and said you were driving him over to the Burgh in January. 8-)  Said something about goals, being devious, and revenge. Sounds like he's rambling already and the game is over a month away. ;D

I gave him a plus K (he was at 199, I couldn't resist). I gave you one also, for your friendly banter up above. Just don't have your heart set on a pleasant trip home. I'm offering my home as a sanctuary in case the trip home that night is too daunting. ;) 

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East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: November 26, 2014, 09:11:48 am »
A new D3hoops Top 25 is out and the only team from the East Region with a sniff is Rochester with 1 point in the Others Receiving Votes category. We may not see an East Region team in the Top 25 the entire year. :(

Here is the link to the new poll: http://www.d3hoops.com/top25/index

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East Region / Re: Liberty League
« on: November 26, 2014, 07:34:16 am »
Good night for the Liberty League on Tuesday.

Hobart defeats Buffalo State 56-46

Clarkson downs Oswego State 60-54

Union beats Hartwick 88-70

Three good wins there for the Liberty League that will help the League's SOS.

A win that was expected:  RIT defeats Keuka by a 69-47 score.

A loss that was expected: Bard falls to Hamilton by a 60-54 score.

A game that is surprising because of the margin of victory: Vassar is crushed by Western Connecticut  92-51.

A loss that hurts: RPI falls to Sage by a score of 77-65

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East Region / Re: Liberty League
« on: November 26, 2014, 02:59:00 am »
Quick note about Royce Paris, he is a transfer from Marist but he was not on the team in any capacity. So it is a little misleading to say they have a transfer from "Division I Marist". He was essentially just another student on campus.

Interesting about Paris. I was courtside Monday night and several partisans from Skidmore said he was on the team at Marist but didn't get much playing time. hence the transfer.

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East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: November 26, 2014, 02:55:05 am »
A Bad Day in Black Rock for the SUNYAC. It may be the worst day in 3 years as YAC teams went 1-5 on Tuesday and 3 of those losses were YAC  teams that were favored to win. Here are the scores

Brockport State 54 Manhattanville  56

Geneseo State 72   Morrisville  State 74

Buffalo State 46  Hobart 56

Oswego State 54  Clarkson 60

Oneonta State 72  St. John Fisher 83

New Paltz State 74  Mount St. Mary 57

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East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: November 25, 2014, 06:49:56 pm »
The first final score of the day is in and the result isn't pretty. Brockport State gets outscored by a 13-3 margin over the final 5 minutes of the game and falls to Manhattanville 56-54. Up 54-50 with with 2:28 left on the clock the Golden Eagles fail to score again and Manhattanville  ties the game on a pair of free throws with 1:12 left. Both teams misfired on their next possession, first Brockport and then the Valiants, leaving the Eagles with the ball and 16 ticks left. Unfortunately Brockport turned it over with 6 seconds left and the Valiants hit a buzzer beater as the clock expired to claim the win.

Aaron White with 15 points and Clifton Lyerly with 14 were the leading scorers for Brockport. The Eagles fall to 1-3 and won't be back in action until December 3rd when they participate in the Wendy's classic.   

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East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: November 25, 2014, 04:21:13 pm »
6 SUNYAC teams in action for Nov. 25

Not much time so here's some quick picks.

Brockport State @  Manhattanville        4:00 PM

The Golden Eagles are favored by 9 and they should cover the spread. Brockport wins this one 76-66

Mount St. Mary  @    New Paltz State        5:00 PM

I'm not picking the Hawks until they prove to me they can win a game. They are 2 point underdogs here at home. That means they'll probably lose 74-69.

Clarkson @ Oswego State    5:30 PM

The Golden Knights will keep this one close but they won't win it. The Lakers are favored by 3 but they will win it by 7 points, 70-63.


Geneseo State   @ Morrisville State        7:00 PM

The Knights could be undefeated if they had went to Gordon Lyons in the closing seconds in their 1st game against Wilmington instead of hoisting up a 3 pointer that didn't go down. They will go to him tonight early and often. Knights are favored by 6 points. I think they win by 16 or more. Geneseo 80 Morrisville 63.
 
Buffalo State  @  Hobart        7:00 PM

These teams are 2-2 in their past 4 meetings since 2008-09. Last year the Statesmen beat the Bengals in Buffalo by an 85-83 score. The Bengals won the matchup in Hobart 2 years ago, 80-74. They also played each other back in 08-09, and 09-10 with each team winning at home. So tonight is the 5th meeting in the past 9 years and will give the winner a leg up in the series. The point spread has Hobart favored by a 7 point margin. I think that the Bengals may sneak out of Bristol Gym with a win tonight though, by a score of something like 82-77. I think Hobart has lost more off their team from last year than the Bengals lost from their team. It should be a good game.   

Oneonta State     @   St. John Fisher        7:00 PM

The Red Dragons pulled off the upset at Williams a week ago but I think they will be hard pressed to do the same thing tonight. Fisher should be the team to beat in the E8 this year. Oneonta will keep it close though and an upset isn't impossible. I'm just not picking it as these Cardinals, a 4 point favorite, walk off with a 4 point win. 77-73

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Men's National Pick Em League
« on: November 25, 2014, 03:54:26 pm »

Tuesday  11/25
Albertus Magnus @ SUNY-Purchase
Cabrini @ Scranton
F&M @ Johns Hopkins

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Northeast Region / Re: Little East Pick 'em League
« on: November 25, 2014, 03:31:12 pm »
Tuesday, November 25:
Curry @ UMass-Dartmouth 7:00
Southern Maine @ Bates 7:30
Bridgewater State @ Rhode Island College 7:30
Vassar @ Western Connecticut 7:30
Plymouth State @ Castleton State 7:30
UMass-Boston @ Fitchburg State 7:30
Springfield @ Keene State 7:30 (I'd be happy to be wrong with this one)
Cabrini @ Scranton 7:30
William Paterson @ Ramapo 7:30

Wednesday, November 26:
Birmingham-Southern @ Spalding 7:30

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East Region / Re: Liberty League
« on: November 25, 2014, 07:43:32 am »
Plattsburgh State with a knock down, drag em out, overtime win, at Skidmore last night. Final score was 60-57.  I traveled from Plattsburgh down to Saratoga to watch the game (couldn't resist with the temperature 62 degrees at the tail end of November) Got to see plenty of old friends and some new ones as well. Did a summary of the game over on the SUNYAC page. You can go there or click on this link to see it should you so desire: http://www.d3boards.com/index.php?topic=625.5910

LibertyLeagueGuru's analysis of Skidmore in his LL preseason Rankings was pretty much spot on. They have those 4 talented returning starters who are all very good but the team lacks any real depth. Pretty much a 7 player rotation. The coach used more than that tonight but when the 8th and 9th guys were on the floor this team was in trouble. Too bad they lost Tanner Brooks to St. Mary's they sure could use him. He's starting for St. Mary's and averaging a shade over 10 ppg for the Seahawks. Thought that Connor Merrill was the best player that Skidmore had last night. Good from long range or smooth inside with some nice soft bank shots. He should have had more touches. He shot 50%...the rest of the team shot 25%.  One thing LLG didn't mention is the addition of Royce Paris a 6' sophomore guard that transferred to Skidmore from Division I Marist. He was the 1st person off the bench tonight and he played 30 minutes...more than 3 of the starters. Medunjanin was in foul trouble, though and that could be why he played more than the 19 minutes per game he was getting in the prior 3 games. He's very quick and can get to the rim but doesn't appear to be that great a shooter. Plattsburgh has some very quick athletic guards and Medunjanin wasn't used to being guarded as good as he was tonight. Neither was Paris. Between them they only scored 14 points. Still I think they could very well win this league. I've seen Clarkson play in person as they scrimmaged Plattsburgh back on Nov. 7th and I've seen SLU play online and Skidmore is definitly more talented than those 2 clubs. Hobart lost a lot, Vassar without Mrlik is in trouble. And who knows if he will be back next semester. They may just get him a medical redshirt and forget about this year. Especially if his return is pushed back even just a little longer. RIT needs to prove to me that they can beat somebody other than the weaker schools in the East Region. Still not a believer although they have a good coach. Should be a fun year in the LL but I think it will be a one bid league. So if you don't win that automatic bid that comes with the tournament championship you won't be dancing this year.   

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East Region / Re: Liberty League
« on: November 25, 2014, 06:54:22 am »
Another good night for the Liberty League, going 3-0 last night against 3 very solid teams. Especially impressed with Hobart's big win on the road at Ithaca. Liberty League is now 13-3 against non-conference opponents.

LLG,

Hobart's win over Ithaca isn't really that impressive. The Bombers simply aren't very good and haven't been since the 2012-13 season. They came in 8th place last year in the Empire 8 conference with a 2-12 record and overall mark of 7-18. Ken Massey's ratings has them ranked 295 out of 416 teams. They are projected to wind up with a 6-19 record this year. What will be more impressive is if Hobart can come away with a win tonight when they host Buffalo State. Last year the Statesmen beat the Bengals in Buffalo by an 85-83 score. The Bengals won the matchup in Hobart 2 years ago, 80-74. They also played each other back in 08-09, and 09-10 with each team winning at home. So tonight is the 5th meeting in the past 9 years and will give the winner a leg up in the series. The point spread has Hobart favored by a 7 point margin. I think that the Bengals may sneak out of Bristol Gym with a win tonight though. by a score of something like 82-77. I think Hobart has lost more off their team from last year than the Bengals lost from their team. It should be a good game.

By the way what team in the LL is your favorite? I'm partial to Clarkson and SLU as I went to school at Potsdam State many years ago and saw those teams play numerous games over the years. My current team is my hometown Plattsburgh State Cardinals.

Glad to see you are posting here. For several years I tried to keep this board going but didn't have much help. I'm primarlily on the SUNYAC board but I visit the Empire 8 board and this board quite frequently, as well as other boards all over the country. Plus K for your insights. I'll be by from time to time.

Glad to see ucaafan on board as well. Another plus K to you.
     

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