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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Men's National Pick Em League
« on: Yesterday at 04:17:20 pm »


PLEASE SELECT ONLY ONE WEEK TO PICK AT THIS TIME, GIVING EVERYONE AN OPPORTUNITY.

ALL WEEKS PLAYED MONDAY THROUGH SUNDAY

WK 1: Nov 10 - Nov 16: Greek Tragedy
WK 2: Nov 17 - Nov 23
WK 3: Nov 24 - Nov 30
WK 4: Dec 1 - Dec 7
WK 5: Dec 8 - Dec 14
WK 6: Dec 15 - Dec 21
WK 7: Dec 22 - Dec 28
WK 8: Dec 29 - Jan 4
WK 9: Jan 5 - Jan 11:  magicman
WK 10: Jan 12 - Jan 18
WK 11: Jan 19 - Jan 25: Mr. Ypsi
WK 12: Jan 26 - Feb 1
WK 13: Feb 2 - Feb 8: Ziggy
WK 14: Feb 9 - Feb 15
WK 15: Feb 16 - Feb 22





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East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: October 17, 2014, 02:06:17 pm »
The best day in October was Wednesday evening Oct. 15th as I got to see the Plattsburgh State Cardinals sweating their butts off on the first official day of practice. The Cardinals return a ton of talent and they are my pick to win the conference after consecutive back to back 2nd place finishes. They will be pressured by Geneseo, Brockport, and Oswego. Buffalo State, Oneonta, and Cortland could surprise depending on the returning players and new faces that may make an immediate impact. New Paltz, Potsdam and Fredonia will look to close the gap on the teams that have been in front of them for the past few seasons. Can't wait to see the rosters listed a few weeks down the road.

The Cardinals lost 3 starters from last year and yet they return 5 starters. (It's a Cardinal Conundrum) Not many teams in DIII can make that claim. 4 of those 5 starters have averaged double figures in scoring either last year or 2 years ago.

The Cardinals ended the year last season by advancing to the Sweet 16 despite the loss of key players down the stretch. They were ranked #24 in the final D3hoops poll and Massey had them ranked at #15 is his final poll. I believe that this year's team could be better than the NCAA teams of the past 2 years. I think they should be ranked in the DIII hoops pre-season poll based on their finish last year and the returning talent but I won't be surprised if they're omitted. Plattsburgh has made the NCAA tournament 6 times in the past 9 years which is more than any other team in the East Region. Coach Curle will once again have the problem of giving ample court time to so many talented players. Should be another excellent season in the SUNYAC and I hope the conference can duplicate the success it had last year when 3 teams made it to the NCAA tournament. In reality I'll be happy if we get 2 teams into the Dance. Good luck to all the players and teams.       

Fear not oh Wise 1!   I predict that your Cards will be ranked 19 th in the first poll of 2014. They had one helluva season last year and I doubt that Curle is expecting any less from this years group. I can actually picture you in the gym yesterday just grinning away! ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D

The Chesire Cat had nothing on me...The grin was from ear to ear. ;D  And I hope you're right with that #19 prognostication.

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East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: October 17, 2014, 01:51:23 am »
The best day in October was Wednesday evening Oct. 15th as I got to see the Plattsburgh State Cardinals sweating their butts off on the first official day of practice. The Cardinals return a ton of talent and they are my pick to win the conference after consecutive back to back 2nd place finishes. They will be pressured by Geneseo, Brockport, and Oswego. Buffalo State, Oneonta, and Cortland could surprise depending on the returning players and new faces that may make an immediate impact. New Paltz, Potsdam and Fredonia will look to close the gap on the teams that have been in front of them for the past few seasons. Can't wait to see the rosters listed a few weeks down the road.

The Cardinals lost 3 starters from last year and yet they return 5 starters. (It's a Cardinal Conundrum) Not many teams in DIII can make that claim. 4 of those 5 starters have averaged double figures in scoring either last year or 2 years ago.

The Cardinals ended the year last season by advancing to the Sweet 16 despite the loss of key players down the stretch. They were ranked #24 in the final D3hoops poll and Massey had them ranked at #15 is his final poll. I believe that this year's team could be better than the NCAA teams of the past 2 years. I think they should be ranked in the DIII hoops pre-season poll based on their finish last year and the returning talent but I won't be surprised if they're omitted. Plattsburgh has made the NCAA tournament 6 times in the past 9 years which is more than any other team in the East Region. Coach Curle will once again have the problem of giving ample court time to so many talented players. Should be another excellent season in the SUNYAC and I hope the conference can duplicate the success it had last year when 3 teams made it to the NCAA tournament. In reality I'll be happy if we get 2 teams into the Dance. Good luck to all the players and teams.       

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Men's National Pick Em League
« on: October 17, 2014, 01:22:34 am »
I'm confident that I'm against confidence points.

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East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: October 13, 2014, 03:04:30 am »
P.s I got married last Thursday! ;)

WOW!!! That is BIG NEWS.    Congratulations, I imagine that Mrs. Bengalsrule is one happy lady.

Does last Thursday mean October 9th or was it Thursday October 2nd? 

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East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: October 12, 2014, 05:00:59 am »
Champ,
Sorry I couldn't talk with you for very long when you called me a few days ago. Had a store full of customers at the time and they were all in a hurry.

So you once again are the victim of another cancellation at the last minute. It hasn't been a good year for scheduling. My Cardinals finally got the 2 games they needed to fill their schedule after the Buff State tournament didn't work out. I was hoping we might get a home game out of the re-scheduled games but no such luck. To take the place of the 2 games we lost on 11-21 and 11-22 when the Coles Tournament was supposed to be played we end up with a game at Western Connecticut on 11-21 and then travel to Skidmore on 11-24. Plattsburgh will only play at home 10 times this season and 9 of those games are conference matchups.  The only non-conference game we have at home this year out of 7 non-con games is Middlebury.  At least that game, which should be our toughest non-conference game is the one that's at home. I'll be watching my Cardinals online a helluva lot more than I wanted to this year. We'll just have to win the regular season conference crown so I can get a couple of more home games. ;D 

So now Buffalo State goes to the Montclair State tournament thinking they will play two Division III opponents only to have one of them cancel out. And the replacement team, which you get to play in your first game, is Penn State-Mont Alto, a non DIII school. It just isn't your year I guess. Penn State-Mont Alto is a USCAA school that plays in the Penn State University Athletic Conference against all those other schools that have Penn State and a hyphen in their name. The good news is they were one of the better teams in that conference as they were 23-6 last year. They return 6 players from last year that account for 43.5 ppg of the 78.5 ppg that they averaged.

I dug deep into my magic bag for some links to give you these tidbits of statistics that you would have never found in a million years of searching.

Stats from last season which I challenge you to find anywhere:
 http://www.psuacsports.com/sports/mbkb/2013-14/teams/pennstatemontalto?view=lineup

The roster from last season:  http://www.psumontaltoathletics.com/sports/mbkb/2013-14/roster

The posted roster from this season which is only showing the returning players at this time as the recruits and transfers aren't listed yet:   http://www.psumontaltoathletics.com/sports/mbkb/2014-15/roster

Hope this helps you with your scouting reports.

68 hours until practice can officially begin. 31 days and 68 hours until game day. I can't wait. 8-)

PS: Congratulations on the Bengals big win over Ithaca in football on Saturday. That will set up a huge game against St. John Fisher in a couple of weeks that could be for the automatic bid to the NCAA tournament. I've got my fingers crossed.       

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East Region football / Re: New England Small College Athletic Conference
« on: October 12, 2014, 04:16:44 am »
Just noticed the unintentional but entirely terrible "bears" pun in my post above. Please accept my sincerest apology for making all of you suffer that.

We'll just have to grin and bear it.

Plus K Vandy!!

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East Region football / Re: Empire 8
« on: October 12, 2014, 12:37:47 am »
Buffalo State's upset of Ithaca gets them a little front page news on D3Football.

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Northeast Region / Re: NESCAC MBB
« on: October 05, 2014, 04:10:13 am »
Fordham(Vince Lombardi and Pete Carlesimo) and San Francisco are other Jesuit colleges with significant football success; USF had 1 of college's outstanding teams with many Pro Football Hall of Fame members; Carlesimo(PJ's father) coached Scranton with some success but we gave it up in 1960, 2 years before I enrolled. He remained our AD until becoming director of the NIT.

And all this time I thought you were in your late 20's to early 30's. Now that bolded stretch of your post tells me that you're probably 70 or 71 and have me by a couple of years. I've known for years you were a big Scranton fan, just thought you were a relatively recent  grad. :o   

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Central Region / Re: MBB: St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: October 02, 2014, 01:19:43 am »
Good job hopefan. 8-)  Now I know you're retired because that must have taken up a good portion of your evening to go into all the detail that you've put in that post. (Although you have done it for previous years, before your retirement)  The posters on this board don't know how lucky they are to have you. Well some of them (like y-jack) do. Only 13 days till practices start...44 days till gametime.   

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Northeast Region / Re: Little East
« on: October 01, 2014, 03:11:26 am »
http://wcsuathletics.com/sports/mbkb/2014-15/schedule

Western's schedule.  Take note of the first 2 games: vs. Maine-Augusta (a USCAA school) @ Presque isle about as far north in Maine as you can go while still being in the United States and the next day @ UM-PI.  WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY???  What's the point??  So we can sit on a bus for 10 hours and get 2 easy wins??  If they want easy wins: schedule CCNY & Sarah Lawrence!!  Instead of a 10 hour trip or 3 flights we can take a 80 minute bus trip to those 2 schools.  Makes absolutely no sense.  Hopefully someone can shed some light.

Note: Just checked, UM-PI to Western is 544 miles, so at least the NCAA will pay the flight....HOWEVER the nearest airport we can probably get to is Bangor which is 160 miles and 3 hours down 95, and if we fly direct into Portland that's 290 miles and about 4.5 hours down 95 so what's the point??  There is a regional airport in Presque Isle, but I think they only have flights to Boston and possibly Montreal and or Toronto, so that could be a problem especially if the first flight is delayed, bad weather, etc.  Makes absolutely no sense why we would even entertain the thought of going up there, yet alone actually going up there.  As I said in the first paragraph, WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY???

Hey 7express,

I'm not sure if the powers that be at Western Connecticut heard your complaints or not, but the schedule has been changed and your Colonials no longer have that 2 game venture into Maine. Those games have been removed from the schedule.



Btw, rest of the schedule: ehhh.  That's about all I'll say in regards to the creampuff non-LEC portion of the schedule.  No reason they should not be 9-0 heading into the Dartmouth game as the 2 toughest opponents (Vassar & Mitchell [didn't we play them at home last year too??] are at home), and the talent level of UMPI & Augusta should make up for the long travel.   IF I were a betting man, I'd take a bet that Western is no worse then 13-1 heading into the first RIC game, that schedule is an absolute joke.

The creampuff  non-LEC portion of Western's schedule just got a little harder as the 1st 2 games are now against The College of New Jersey and my Plattsburgh State Cardinals. I believe that 9-0 mark heading into the Dartmouth game may not happen. I think the Colonials will be 1-1 after their 1st 2 games. ;) It also appears that Albertus Magnus will host Western on 12-15. We tried to get that game with them but couldn't work it out. I think Western will play Plattsburgh State again next year in Plattsburgh. You'll have to come and visit me if that happens.

So Western went from playing a couple of teams that would have put a big hurt on their SOS to playing 2 teams that went to the Sweet 16 last year. (Plattsburgh and AM) Western may not win those 2 games but the team will certainly benefit from playing them and could get them primed for conference play.   

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East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:16:40 pm »


  On the plus side, I gotta imagine that getting home from a road trip at Plattsburgh/Potsdam on Jan 31st at 10 pm, instead of 2 a.m.,  may be a plus for my beloved BENGALS!

Don't men's and women's teams travel together?

Most men's and women's teams do travel together, jdex, but the teams from the Queen City have separate buses. :o ;D  So Bengalsrule is right....they (the men from Buffalo State) will get home 3 to 4 hours earlier from their road trips than they used to. The rest of the SUNYAC schools won't get home any earlier though. It was Bengalsrule who first told me about the time change back in July. He didn't seem too happy about it then. ???

Since my post of the other day, I have been informed that a majority of the Men's coaches seem to be in favor of the switch to the early starting time and they feel it will be beneficial to their players. I've also been told that more families will attend the Men's game since it's earlier. Now the kids can get home and be in bed at a reasonable time.

I think attendance at both games will be affected in a negative manner despite what I was told. We shall see.     

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East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: September 22, 2014, 06:47:21 pm »

Anyone else take notice of conference and some N-C game starting times for 2014-15? Men to play before women. Evening games underway at 5:30

I found out about that around July. I think it will hurt the attendance at the Women's games since many people would go early to catch the 2nd half of the Women's games and then watch the Men's games. I'm not so sure that the crowd will hang around after the Men's game is over. It may also hurt the attendance at the Men's games since it may prohibit a number of fans from getting to the gym for the early tipoff. If you can't get there until 6:30 or 6:45 PM you missed so much of the action that people may just bag it. I think it will hurt attendance for both teams. I understand why they did it but don't think it's a good idea. I believe more people may just stay home and follow the action online.

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Northeast Region / Re: GNAC
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:59:19 pm »
Magicman,

That's interesting!!! Maybe there is hope yet! No doubt this would be a great non conference matchup for both teams! Where exactly is that thread located?? I cant seem to find it??

D3HJ,

It's located on the very bottom of the Posting Up (Division III Basketball) section, under Basketball Open Dates.  Click on that heading and a bunch of topics  come up. The 5th one down is Men's Single Games. Click on the last page. Or you could just click on "Quote from Mitch Oliver" that was in my last post and it will take you right to it. :) 

Or click on this link:  ;)           http://www.d3boards.com/index.php?board=1469.0 and it's the 5th one down.   

Or just click on this link and go to page 7:  ;D         http://www.d3boards.com/index.php?topic=3699.0             

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Northeast Region / Re: GNAC
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:31:35 pm »
Magicman, what a great matchup that would be for these two programs! I personally have a lot of respect for Plattsburgh after seeing them play a little in last years NCAA tourney. But I must say that even though Albertus doesn't release there schedule till almost the last minute.......I am almost certain that there schedule is complete. PJ seems to know or at least sees Coach Oliver from time to time where as I don't. Perhaps he can forward that info to him because there is no doubt that this would be a great regular season matchup for these 2 now well established programs.

Speaking of PJ welcome back!! Season will be here before we know it and I am hearing a lot of good things about this years Albertus squad. Perhaps the biggest news is that recently I was told and I cant confirm it 100% but apparently Albertus landed another transfer from D1 Iona named Tavon Sledge. An outstanding player out of NY who was recruited heavily out of high school and actually signed with Iowa State for his freshman year before transferring to Iona for both his sophomore and junior seasons. How Oliver managed to pull this off is unbelievable. This is the kinda move that just might be a game changer for this years team. I mean I cant even comprehend the backcourt that Albertus will have this year if it is true. Eian Davis and Tavon Sledge, not to mention returners like James Jennings and a healthy Julian Sanders, that's hands down the fastest and most athletic backcourt in the country. Then you add in a center like Big Vic and forwards like Lemar Larsen and JUCO star transfer Kervin Rameau along with everyone else?? This could easily be the deepest and most talented team in the country!

Just an unbelievable time right now to be a Falcon fan! Coach Oliver is a masterful recruiter and this teams once again seems to be better than the last.


D3HJ,

This was posted by Coach Oliver on the Men's single games board just a week ago.

Albertus Magnus is still looking for one game for 2014-15!! Contact Mitch Oliver if interested at: 203-773-8575 or moliver@albertus.edu

So it may happen yet. I believe it will be on your campus however if it does take place. With only 10 home games for the Cardinals this year I was hoping any late additions would take place in Plattsburgh.

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