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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: September 01, 2020, 10:17:00 am »
MIAC postpones all competition until January 2021.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 25, 2020, 05:12:12 pm »
Good for Kent Hanson.

If he played 25 games a year against St. Olaf instead of just two, he would probably be first team AA and perhaps drafted late in the second round by the Raptors.

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: March 18, 2020, 01:46:11 pm »
what i can say is that i watched swat many times this season and find it hard to believe that they have consistently been the # 1 team all season. they were good, play well together, had a couple of good bigs, a bunch of shooters and are disciplined. my view is that a group of athletes who were well coached would beat them consistently as swat lacks athleticism, speed, quickness and risk. they play slow, methodical and controlled basketball to a point of it bordering on boredom. they only take well selected shots which, yes, is what we want but all in all it is pretty flavorless basketball. that doesn't take away from the great job landry has done and how good the players are together. i see that and know that it is extremely difficult to achieve. but it does baffle me that there was not one team in the country in D3 that had a group of athletes that could defend, harass, intimidate and get up and down on offense to handle swat easily.

This is shockingly dismissive.  They lack athleticism, speed, quickness and risk (whatever that means)?  They play slow and boring basketball?  They averaged 80 points per game, highest in the conference.  They were 28-1.  I mean, reasonable people can disagree on who the #1 team was.  But I don't think anyone should pretend that voting Swat #1 is somehow outlandish.

It's nice that you acknowledge the great job that Kosmalski did.  Indeed, he must be the greatest coach in the history of basketball, to get so much out of a bunch of slow and nonathletic players.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2020 NCAA Tournament
« on: March 12, 2020, 04:53:53 pm »
I hope Whitworth and Pomona didn't already travel.  That would be brutal.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 28, 2020, 11:25:48 am »
The less said the better about the St. John's St. Olaf game (from my perspective).  But I do want to say that the extended ovation from the St. John's fans, coaching staff and players when the Ole seniors came out of the game toward the end was very nice and classy.  Why I love D3 sports.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 25, 2020, 10:33:24 pm »
Congrats to St. Maryís.  I hope they get to host the final on Saturday.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 22, 2020, 06:44:30 pm »
I have no dog in the fight, but that really, really looks like a travel to me.  Really really.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2020 NCAA Tournament
« on: February 19, 2020, 10:16:54 am »
Would the fact that the quarterfinals are in Ft. Wayne factor into the bracketing?  Since the usual geographic concerns at that round don't matter this year, would they ever have a "midwest" pod and "northeast" pod feed into one quarterfinal, for example?  (Pod is probably not the right term.)  It would seem a shame to not take advantage of the format and have teams from different parts of the country play each other earlier than is usually possible.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 15, 2020, 06:40:29 pm »
The coronation of St. Maryís as a playoff team is on hold after todayís loss to Hamline.  If they win at Gustavus they are in.  But if they donít, they are in real trouble, as I believe they would lose tiebreakers to both St. Olaf and Gustavus.  They would probably need Olaf to lose to Mac.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 04, 2020, 10:20:19 am »
You'd be hard-pressed to watch Swarthmore's last two games and convince yourself you're watching the best team in the country.  Nor did St. John's look like world beaters when they were trailing Hamline at home midway through the second half, or when they almost lost at Carleton.  It's a long season, and no one is firing on all cylinders every game.  If I had a vote, the Garnet would be at the top until they lost.  And, since they lose at Hopkins 95% of the time, they'll be at the top one more week.

Swarthmore just seems to me like their good shooters haven't been shooting well.  With their rebounding and defense, they are usually in every game even if they don't shoot well.  And when they do shoot well, that's when the blowouts happen.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: January 23, 2020, 02:26:18 pm »
I don't know the official rule - is anytime you hit the ball with two hands considered a "shot", and therefore not a tip?

Maybe you could apply to be a MIAC referee, because they didn't know the rule either.

Rule 5, Section 1, Article 7:  A tap is a type of try for field goal whereby a player attempts to score two or three points by directing a live ball into his teamís basket with his hands or fingers without the ball coming to rest in his hand(s).

Rule 5, Section 1, Ariticle 8:  A tap starts when the playerís hand(s) or finger(s) touches the ball.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: January 23, 2020, 11:02:38 am »
The ref waved it off because he used two hands.  But a tap does not need to be one-handed.  A blown call, and a shame.  That would have been a great win for the Oles, coming back from a 17 point deficit.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: January 06, 2020, 08:16:12 am »
Tier 1:  Tommies, Johnnies

Tier 2:  Augsburg, Bethel

Tier 3:  St. Olaf, St. Maryís, Carleton

Tier 4:  Mac, Hamline, GAC, Cobbers

I donít really see anyone from tier 4 making the playoffs.  I am bullish on Bethel.  Iím chalking up the loss to Olaf as just a great shooting day by a team that does not generally shoot well.  (One of the freshmen went 4-4 from 3 in that game, and is 2-20 in the remainder of the games.)

I also like Carleton.  They are wafer-thin, but have a talented group of youngsters and I expect them to be a playoff team.  Important game for them tonight at Gustavus.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: April 07, 2019, 09:36:21 pm »
I could be wrong, but I think this whole thing could have been avoided if the football coach didnít go out of his way to humiliate a bunch of 19- and 20-year-olds, I guess because his assistant coach took a head coaching job?  I think it is entirely football driven.  Itís not like St. Thomas dominating in multiple sports is a new phenomenon.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2019 NCAA Tournament
« on: March 08, 2019, 12:31:58 pm »
Picking one team to win a game is not the same as saying the other team is unworthy.

Also, speaking of Quakers, Swarthmore used to be the Little Quakers long ago.  The more you know...

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