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I can't blame Pat too much for playing Walford 39 minutes, he was an absolute monster.  He had only played 19 minutes against Carleton and if the natural breaks in the game came at different times maybe he would have been able save more energy for the final stretch. 

VOJ sounded like he was conceding the conference race after the game.  I'm not so sure, the Auggies will definitely be a tough out again and the Johnnies will be favored at home in the rematch.

Side note: I don't remember hearing much about Walford when he transferred.  Looked up his stats at Augustana (SD.) and saw he had 9 points and a dunk in their game at Duke.  That has to be a first for a MIAC player.

He's a fantastic player, and was the only true rim protector in the game for either team. He was definitely gassed the last 10 or so of regulation and all of OT.

McKenzie is going full blow Thibs with his minutes though. Stokman went 42, Jubie went 41, and Walford, 39. Stokman went for 39 minutes two days prior.

Once UST adjusted personnel and how they rotate on the high ball screen I am surprised McKenzie didn't make a secondary adjustment and run more of the offense through Jubie since he can create so many opportunities for himself and others. The John's went from 14:00 in the 2nd half to 7:00 min without a FG. It felt like one of the slowest runs ever in college basketball. That was where Walford started to drag too.

If you are Tauer and you are looking at the Hannon + Nelson line this morning, you have to feel pretty good. The two went a combined 4-15 from the field for 11 points.  Nelson also went 0-2 on a late game trip to the charity stripe, where he was 93% on the year. Production out of Hedstrom, Lindberg, Madison, and Hannah more than offset it.

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It would mean more coming from someone who doesnít cry about officiating after every SJ2 loss in sport. Itís unbecoming. Donít drop a turd against a middle of the pack team in the MIAC on Saturday and then follow that up by blowing a double digit lead against your rival after getting the majority of the calls for the first 28 minutes of the game. If this attitude percolates within SJ2 it explains the UMBC moment they had in the 1st round of the NCAAís last year.

USTís top two scoring guards were buried on the bench most the 1st half with a few weak calls. If UST got average production out of either of them they run away with it. Once UST rotated over better on SJUís lone offensive set, the high ball screen, the Toms chipped away at the lead and frazzled the Johnís. The Johnís tried to get way too many minutes out of their post, #35, and it showed. He looked haggard and beat up 8 minutes onward in the 2nd half, after dominating the 1st half. The Tommies have a ton of young talent. Fun group to see continue to gel and get better.

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A tradition old as time, Faunchy complaining about refs after getting handed an L. SJ2. Never mind UST getting called for triple the fouls in the 1st half.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: January 17, 2019, 12:54:02 pm »
I got to watch a heavy portion of the Toms game last night for the first time this year. Abundant depth for sure. It seems scoring opportunities come almost equally between that 1st and 2nd wave. Defensively, however that 2nd wave has match-up challenges. Part of that might have been some of the really nice sets Bethel was running.

Bethel's announcers were a doozy. The screeching and hooting can do a number on a tablets speakers.

Monday should be festive at UST. It will be interesting to see how the Freshman PG handles the emotional rivalry for the first time.


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It looks like the Burj Khalifa - Dubai is my guess

(I also thought Shanghai)

Ding, ding.  We have a winner.

I thought my hint would be too obvious ("I love what you do. Bye.").  This place is flatter than Iowa.  Giant freaking buildings poking straight up out of a dead flat desert with nothing for as far as you can see.

I woke up at 4am when i was there 10 years ago; my body clock slightly off. I went for a quick run and found lines of poop trucks outside hotels. The city spawned too quickly for them to put in place a proper sewage system, so the trucks line up every morning to pump the hotels and make a long trip out to a site in the middle of the desert.

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Can we be adult and not make fun of KIDS?

There is usually more to the story. These are kids trying to find their way.  The path is not always linear.

Do we have any confirmation that the Windsor kid is going to SJU now? astro/dad just indicated he was coming to the MIAC which he had pushed for for a while, but no indication of what school and I haven't see anything definitive anywhere else.

The other day I tracked down his Twitter profile and he's listed SJU and also St. Joseph, MN as his location...so that might be some indication.
https://twitter.com/JayceWindsor
https://mobile.twitter.com/jaycewindsor/status/945504619307851777

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The most productive the offense was, came with Killian calling plays and Fenske playing QB.

Agree, unfortunately, Killian won't be calling the plays, so it'll be that west coast style offense with smaller more agile type QBs. Unless of course, the JUCO kid (or somebody else) wins the job and he has a different (Fenske style) skillset. However it does sound to me like the job is Jones' to lose. Always interesting.

Jones does have 1 NFLíish throw under his belt. That post he threw over and under bracketed coverage against Gustavus on 4th down was impressive.

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If your goal is to win conference and national championships Jones isnít the answer. Weíve seen what SJU put out at QB. You arenít going to match that, but you have to come close, and then make up for it in other areas.

Iíd be curious about Frankl but he hasnít had many game reps since his Jr year of HS. Also the SSP kid.

If the JUCO kid can sling it a bit and extend some plays with his feet, he could be a dynamic option.

With Caruso's offense I believe Caruso knows exactly what  he's doing. If they get back to running play action roll-outs like they did in their most successful years (Dakota Tracy, O'Connell, Gould) They are not a "Sling it" type offense. Particularly with Parks back I think you'll see them go back to that run-pass, PA, roll-out style offense. Also, considering they don't have any game breaker, take the top off type of receivers.

The most productive the offense was, came with Killian calling plays and Fenske playing QB. If not for the outlier UWO game, the Toms likely win a Stagg. Gould had a big arm even though he was undersized. The other two lacked arms and pocket presence and that hurt against defenses with a pulse.

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Apparently, UST got a JUCO transfer QB.

Very Meidt-ish of St Glenn.

Somewhere amongst the 5 colleges your most recent transfer attended is a JUCO. Itís hard to keep track of them all though.

SJU admissionís...you apply...we accept

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If your goal is to win conference and national championships Jones isnít the answer. Weíve seen what SJU put out at QB. You arenít going to match that, but you have to come close, and then make up for it in other areas.

Iíd be curious about Frankl but he hasnít had many game reps since his Jr year of HS. Also the SSP kid.

If the JUCO kid can sling it a bit and extend some plays with his feet, he could be a dynamic option.

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A couple High Schools. Now a 5th college. A grand announcement of his transfer on D3boards by a parent. What could go wrong? Are Fasch and SJU turning into the St Olaf under Meidt?

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When UST started out the year playing Trinity International, we could assume that it was a statement to the players, fans and the MIAC that UST was so confident in their superiority and did not care they were literally wasting a great opportunity to play a strong opponent and actually get better. I believe that level of thinking carried in to the season and the weak half of the MIAC actually "appeared" stronger than it was. What possible benefit does playing a super cup cake like Trinty offer UST?

Answer: A big 'ol bite in the a$$.

Iron Sharpens Iron but Play-DohTM (Trinity International) won't sharpen anything.

I recognize the difficulty of grasping this subject for an Auggie fan. When a program shows some semblance of competency, teams arenít knocking down the door to play you. The difference is probably striking given Auggie likely has to staff a 24/7 call center to manage the suitors lining up to pencil in a W on the schedule. When faced with prospects of playing a 9 game schedule or Trinity, UST chose wisely.

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Good thoughts Bench. Interesting how little talent has filtered down to the cities from there. For UST you see the kids from Western WI, Milwaukee, Chicago come in along with the MSP metro talent. Even some kids from FL and AZ too. But I couldn't name a kid who has made an impact from ND or SD. The windshield time isn't that bad to Fargo, Grand Forks, and Sioux Falls.

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As most know Iím a Tommie Fan. After thinking about it a bit I donít think the Erdmann take is outlandish. MN hasnít exactly had a bumper crop of QB talent to point to in the last 10-12 years, especially ďtrueĒ pocket passing QBís. Maybe Iím forgetting a standout DII guy since I donít follow it closely, but nothing DI or DIII jumps out. Adam Weber or a Mankato QB?? No one else jumps out. The Dakotaís and Western WI have produced better QB talent (Wentz, Stanley). Thatís pretty sad. Mauer was a generational QB talent, but thatís going back a ways, and he chose the baseball path.

At a DIII level the only comparable QBís I have seen are Aaron Boehme from Linfield and Alex Tanney from Monmouth. There were other guys out there over the years that were dynamic, but when looking at what the NFK truly covets, those two + Erdmann jump out. Matt Blanchard from UWW had a similar journeyman NFL career to Tanney, but I canít say I saw him play enough to judge.

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Someone on the OAC board nailed it. Imagine if MHB had an actual coaching staff. They win with athletes, in spite of their coaches

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