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Women's soccer / Re: D-3 Women 2019
« on: November 13, 2019, 08:39:18 pm »
For those who would like to watch the games from the WashU pod this Saturday and Sunday, the watching is free at:
Click on "Live Broadcasts"

And, if you have Roku, Apple TV, Android TV, or Amazon Fire TV...look for the WashU logo on the intuitive interface and watch the action from your favorite TV!

WashU vs. Maryville College (TN), 11 a.m. CST
Adrian vs. Wisconsin-Stevens Point, 1:30 p.m.

2nd Round game, 1:00 p.m.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: MBB: University Athletic Association
« on: November 10, 2019, 09:35:05 pm »
A good result for WashU this afternoon.  Some folks who watched the game in person believe that Illinois College could win 20 games this season.  Some good size and a transfer or two have buoyed the Blueboys.

Nice to have Hank Hunter back from off-season surgery.  Missed the Missouri State exhibition, but today he had 9 points and 7 rebounds.

And, Jonathan Arenas may end up being one of the top rebounding guards in D3.  He had 7 rebounds today, after leading both teams in rebounds with 11 at Missouri State.

Men's soccer / Re: UAA 2019
« on: October 06, 2019, 07:05:37 pm »
Two fun games from WashU's point of view.  Along with the men's victory, the WashU women came from behind early in the 2nd half to score 3 unanswered goals for a 3-1 win.

This WashU men's team works very hard.  Sean Connors was out of breath during the post-game interview segment.  He was great on both ends of the field.  Isaac Plutzer is a rock on the back line, along with Alistair Shaw.  Connor Mathes made a great save on UR's Aidan Martin, diving to the far post and putting a paw on the ball to freeze it on the post before it could trickle across the line.  Julian Gancman and Alex Smith are troublesome figures on the flanks to corral.

Lots to like about these Bears!


North Region football / Re: FB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: September 22, 2019, 12:17:31 am »
Before tonight, I hadn't seen North Central and Broc Rutter for a while.  What a difference a couple of years makes...

The Cardinals rang up 640 yards of total offense, to wear down WashU tonight 46-13.  Rutter was exceptional, 34-45 for 398 yards and 5 TDs...and becoming the NCC career leader in completions and passing yards.  WRs Andrew Kamienski had 15 catches (single-game NCC record, I believe) for 181 yards and 2 TDs, and Blake Williams added 8 more catches for 138 yards.  RBs Ethan Greenfield and Terrence Hill each were over 100 yards rushing. DeAngelo Hardy had 2 short TD receptions.

The offensive line might win another spot of the Team of the Week selections.  WashU brought every blitz and stunt packages it could think of, to try and get to Rutter.  Instead, he was able to consistently go through his progressions and pick apart the Bears' defense.  The 2 sacks of Rutter were coverage sacks.

Speaking of defense, the Cardinals' unit is pretty good too.  Held WashU to 311 yards of total offense (60 on the ground), had 4 sacks of Johnny Davidson, and it made adjustments during the game to keep Johnny from having scrambling lanes to utilize.  It evidently also saw something in film study...or at least Braden Lindmark saw a tendency that allowed him to sit on a short pass and intercept Davidson on a 1st-and-goal at the NCC 1.  Johnny tried to sneak a dart just inside the pile-on on the short side of the field and Lindmark was ready for it and picked it off when WashU was trying to stay in contention midway through the 3rd quarter, down 36-13.

This is a very savvy group.  When one tandem crossing route by two NCC receivers worked the first time to end the first half (receiver that set up wide cut on an inside slant, while the slot receiver ran to the end line and then to the far corner for a TD catch), it went back to that same play in the 4th quarter for the same payoff.  Adjustments were continually being made by players on the field.  And, it didn't unravel when WashU blocked a 25-yard FG attempt and returned it for a TD to end the first quarter tied 13-all.  The Cardinals kind of shrugged their shoulders and went back to work.

Very impressive performance by North Central tonight.  I can clearly understand why they are #5 in the country.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: MBB: University Athletic Association
« on: June 23, 2019, 09:29:27 pm »
Haven't seen the others' recruiting videos yet, but the one featuring Matt Gonzalo was very impressive.

National topics / Re: BB: Pool C
« on: May 12, 2019, 05:57:24 pm »
Agree with ADL...WashU and Whitewater should be Pool B locks.  The question becomes whether they will both host?  I believe they both will host. 

National topics / Re: 2019 Regional Rankings
« on: April 19, 2019, 10:31:37 pm »
I'm surprised said mileage calculator is not sponsored by someone...

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: University Athletic Association
« on: March 09, 2019, 09:09:00 am »
Congrats to WashU for reaching the Elite Eight with a lockdown defensive victory over Mary Hardin-Baylor!  The 46 points allowed to UMHB was the second-lowest opponent point total of the season.  The Bears limited The Cru to 29% shooting, and a combined 15 points in the 2nd and 3rd quarters.  The icing on the victory cake?  A decisive 17-1 edge in points off turnovers!

Equally impressive was the performance of the WashU bench!  Kristina Schmelter led all scorers with 14 points, Samantha Weaver and Katie Claussner each had 8, as the Bears' bench outscored UMHB's 34-18. 

In its last two games, WashU has taken down #8 George Fox and #12 UMHB.  Let's finish the Beat the Top 15 Trifecta with a win over #1 Thomas More tonight!

Central Region / Re: MBB: St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 17, 2019, 12:31:30 am »
I took my son Mitch to the game today, to watch Greenville's System in person.  Very entertaining and interesting game to watch. 

I could see where opponents could feel like they were being chased by a snowball rolling downhill, and if they don't have the ability to deal with Greenville's press, that snowball eventually runs you over and swallows you up.

But, if you are Webster and have talented players that can routinely break the press and play tight defense, you have a great chance to have a dunkfest to enjoy.  I can't remember a glaring moment when Webster coughed up the ball to Greenville's press.  If there were some, they could be counted by the fingers of one hand.  The Gorloks were exceptional in defusing the press, and blowing up Greenville's basket with acrobatic dunks.  The Webster defense didn't allow many easy and open looks, forcing Greenville to use up valuable time to re-position themselves for shots.

For much of the first half, Greenville was shooting around 25% overall.  That, plus the flawless handling of Greenville's press, allowed Webster to gain an early cushion that it wouldn't give up.  A virtuoso performance by the Gorloks!

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: MBB: University Athletic Association
« on: February 10, 2019, 11:51:46 pm »

Drew Pasteur's analysis of Pool C possibles has been updated, and WashU has a 2% chance of getting an at-large bid.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: MBB: University Athletic Association
« on: February 10, 2019, 09:29:16 pm »
WashU likewise has a very, verrrrrrry slim chance to win the UAA.  It's a two-stage process, and WashU needs to be best in both stages.

Stage 1:  WashU has to be 2-0 next weekend...Emory and Rochester EACH have to be 0-2...and Chicago has to split or go 0-2.  That would put WashU at 9-4, Emory & Rochester at 8-5, and Chicago at 8-5 or 7-6.

Stage 2:  WashU then defeats Chicago in the season finale to win the UAA outright at 10-4.

If the Bears end up in a tie with at least one of the other teams mentioned at season's end, their 0-2 record vs. Emory trips them up in the tie-breaker process.

The UAA opening loss at Chicago and the 2nd loss to Emory were equally damaging.  If WashU had been able to get one win from Emory, the top 4 teams at season's end could each be 1-1 vs. each other.  Then, WashU could've won the tiebreaker if it swept the bottom 4 teams in the conference standings.  If WashU would go 2-0 against Chicago, it could finish in a tie with the Maroons and then get the AQ.

I'm too far removed from my Probability & Statistics class as an undergrad at Mizzou, to figure out the exact odds for the Bears' slim chance.  A WashU professor would probably be able to figure it out, or if there is someone on the boards here that has that capability.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: University Athletic Association
« on: February 07, 2019, 10:16:06 pm »
Before they begin their final road games of the season Friday night, the WashU Bears were able to get a convincing 81-62 road win at Case-Western Reserve last Sunday.  As a result, the Bears extended their winning streak to 10 games, and they moved up to #21 in the WBCA Top 25 poll.  And, most importantly, WashU maintained its two-game lead in the UAA standings over Chicago.

The Bears' offense has certainly been impressive in the 10-game winning streak, averaging over 80 ppg.  But, what is becoming just as impressive is their team defense.  They held hosts Carnegie Mellon and Case to 58 and 62 points respectively last weekend; and in the winning streak, the highest opponent FG% in a game was Case's 42% in an 82-79 WashU victory.  Last Sunday at Case, the Bears held the Spartans to 34% overall shooting and 29% 3-point shooting...against a team that at one point was averaging 74 points/game to lead the UAA. 

What was also impressive was the Bears' ability to limit offensive output from Hillary Hellmann (9 points on 4-15 shooting) and Kendall McConico (4 points on 2-7 shooting).  Kara Hageman had an impressive performance (22p/13r/3bk), but the Bears had an edge in points off turnovers (12-5) and overall rebounding (51-38).  The rebounding edge has also translated into fast-break points with the Bears enjoying an 11-2 advantage.

So...WashU embarks on the marathon-distance road swing to Emory and then to Rochester.  The Eagles will dig in their heels, since they are on the verge of UAA title elimination with a 6-3 conference record.  Rochester has struggled this season, but it will be keen on getting its chance to damage WashU's title hopes Sunday morning.  One step at a time is the rule of the evening Friday, the way the 10-game winning streak has been built.

Central Region / Re: MBB: St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 04, 2019, 11:27:43 pm »
An entertaining back-and-forth discussion.  Since I have not had the chance to see Greenville play an entire game either in person or online, I probably ought to refrain from offering a lot of opinions about the merits/evils of The System.  When Greenville visits Webster on Feb. 16, I hope to be in the gym to watch this phenomenon up close and personal...ABC Wide World of Sports style.

The old-school part of me looks down on teams that try to score, score, score with a big lead in the last couple of minutes.  But, perhaps this generation of younger fans is not concerned much about that at all.  Live for today, and karma be damned.  I must admit, if I'm a Greenville player and the chance is there to get to 200 points, it would be tempting to pursue it...if only to be able to relive history with teammates at team reunions. 

But, I'm sure that those players know in the back of their minds that you can live and die by your own sword...and an opponent could come along after this 200 game that will have the chance to put a bag of burning poo on Greenville's front porch and ring the doorbell late in a game.  The chances you take when you violate the basketball commandment, "Thou shalt not run up the score on thy opponent."

I am intrigued about a couple of things...first, what are fellow SLIAC schools doing with regards to recruiting, that could dull the impact of Greenville's style of play?  What kind of players thrive at Greenville?  Do you try and get some for your own and give the Panthers a bit of their own medicine?  Or try and get talented offensive players who can beat Greenville using conventional means?  Or just swallow a bitter pill twice a season and accept the consequences and your fate?  For the conference schools without the means to have large rosters, I could see that Greenville's methods year after year would cause a high degree of anxiety/anger/disgust among those coaches.

Second, I am more fascinated about this...what long-term effect does playing a "System" opponent have on your players?  Is there a hangover that persists into the next game (or two or three) on your system?  I would think that even if you beat Greenville in the conference or NCAA Tournament...and you have a game to play the next day to win the tournament or advance to the next round...the negative carryover effects in theory could be tough to keep at arm's length.  Physical and mental fatigue among ALL of your players, bad habits that come from straying too far from your normal mode of operation, and a lack of the usual patience would all seem to be real concerns for a head coach.

I would like to interview those head coaches to see what they say about that...

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: University Athletic Association
« on: February 02, 2019, 04:17:11 pm »
WashU was taken to the last second or so before it could get a much-needed road win Friday night.

With the Bears leading 60-58, Kristina Schmelter blocked a game-tying shot from Makayla Filiere with 5 seconds left, and Madeline Homoly got the ball and was fouled.  Homoly made one out of two free throws for a 61-58 lead, then the Bears had a foul to give and gave it with one second left.  Carnegie Mellon couldn't get a shot to the basket and WashU took the win in Pittsburgh.

Caroline Ballard has been exceptional in the past six games, averaging 11.5 ppg.  Last night, she enjoyed posting a career-high 20 points on 5-5 shooting from beyond the arc.  She also shared the rebounding lead with Homoly by grabbing 7 boards.  Homoly had 13 points, and Schmelter had 8 points and 5 rebounds off the bench.

Tough result to take for Carnegie Mellon, who played a 2-3 zone with fantastic lateral movement.  WashU found it much tougher to score last night than the previous Friday in St. Louis.  Tartans made it especially difficult to lob entry passes to Homoly, and the Bears shot a lot of errant 3s over the zone (5-19, 26%).  The Bears were able to get to the free throw line 18 times, making 14.  Carnegie Mellon was only 5 for 9 from the charity stripe, as the Bears weren't very charitable after all.

Points off turnovers were heavily in WashU's favor:  13-4.  Bears get credit for shutting off opportunities to score points off of their 12 turnovers...a paltry ratio of 0.33 points from each turnover.  WashU got a much better exchange rate, 13 points from 13 Tartan turnovers.

Wash-U maintains a 2-game lead in the UAA:  Bears 8-0, Chicago 6-2, Emory 5-3, Case 4-4.  WashU has a dangerous game Sunday at Case, where there are veteran scorers aplenty on the Spartans' side.  It can't afford to be sleepy in Cleveland...

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: MBB: University Athletic Association
« on: February 01, 2019, 11:32:41 pm »
As retired head coach Mark Edwards reminded us tonight, WashU has secured its 35th straight winning season.

Bears are showing some nice resiliency for such a young team with a new head coach.  Hank Hunter only had 2 points before fouling out.  Jack Nolan scored 22, but he fouled out on a Carnegie Mellon 3-point attempt that allowed the Tartans to tie the game with a minute left.

No worries.  Along with Nester's last second heroics, DeVaughn Rucker led the team with 7 boards, Jonathan Arenas tallied 10 points and grabbed 6 rebounds.  When one star has problems, others are stepping up to fill the void.

A very fun team to watch...

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