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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Bumblin' B's
« on: Today at 12:03:06 pm »
eventually, yes, but not yet, they get a 2 year grace period. Pool B for the 2022 tournament I believe.

wow  interesting...and they move to only 5 with York leaving in 2020-21....wonder what people think is going to happen.....

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Bumblin' B's
« on: Today at 08:53:25 am »
This question has probably been answered somewhere, some time, but I can't find it...

The CAC, with Penn State Harrisburg moving out to the NEAC and Frostburg to D2, is down to 6 teams for 2019-20... Does that mean a move to "B" classification?

ooooops  ah  er   UNIVERSITY,,, ;D ;D ;D

GU99's guess:

Maryville realizes the error of its ways, leaves D2 and comes back home?

That or... 

Parks college bifurcates from SLU, restarts its own athletic programs and rejoins the league.


Lincoln Christian...

For a Greenville College XX t-shirt, I could put you in the loop prior to the public!!!!!!  ;D ;D ;D ::) ::) ::)

Anyone?  Anyone?   :-\ :-\ :-\

Central Region / Re: MBB: St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: August 15, 2019, 09:48:19 pm »
I love doing things like this, and love reading the responses!!!  Hoping ECred and GU1999 are heard from even more often than last year!!!  Yjack is dependable unless he gets overtaken by ODAC activity... and WUPIFFFFF should keep us aware of going ons at Westmin and Fontbonne... wish we had a central Illinois writer to keep us updated on BC and MAC... anything we hear from Iowa Wez or Spalding would be an unprecedented surprise!!!  Remember guys, I will only be watching on the computer from down here in Fla... need lots of help on evaluating the teams!!!

I am disappointed in our SIDs... only 3 teams have schedules posted so far... compare that to the MWC (all but one school have schedules available), the CCIW (all but one school have schedules available) or the NACC (all but one school have schedules posted)... Ranking those schedules is another little task I thoroughly enjoy....

Also, I'm hoping there will be a newsworthy article regarding the SLIAC coming out in in the near future... I was made privy, and rather than post here, I passed it on to Pat and staff... keep your eyes open....

Central Region / Re: MBB: St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: August 13, 2019, 10:57:44 pm »
1) Webster ... Holy cow... EVERYONE BACK.... 4 all conference players, and a point guard that could have been, along with 4 reliable role players off the bench… this is the team with the best record in the league during the regular season, the conference champs, BUT, the team that couldn't win the BIG game in the conference tourney... this year REALLY ought to be the year the Gorlocks get back to the big dance...Returning is the fantastically balanced starting 5... Point guard tough nosed Aron Hopp (6.9 ppg), 2 guard Josh Johnson (18 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.4 apg), 3 man Enrique Tankins (14.1 ppg, 7.7 rpg, 3.5 apg), strong forward Rod Etienne (13.3 ppg, 5 rpg) and middle man Nigel Wilcox (13.2 ppg, 10 rpg).  Backing them up is a strong bench, all capable of contributing in crunch time...Jordan Clay, Elijah Macias, Blake Ferrell, and Ethan Hughes.

Central Region / Re: MBB: St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: August 11, 2019, 07:30:06 pm »
Fontbonne… ok, call me crazy, and yes Coach Thornhill, I'm continuing to put the monkey squarely on your back... but no SLIAC team (except you-know-who) has more talent returning than Fontbonne.. The only senior leaving is sub Kris McCann…. That means 92% of scoring, 90% of rebounding is back… add to that Noah Coddington, athletic 6’7” who sat out last year with injury, but averaged 7 pts and 6 rebs per game as a frosh 2 seasons ago…Who is back?  Goodness, ELEVEN guys talented enough to play in real time...led by Luke DeLine (19 ppg, 4.8 rPG) a first team all conference talent if he can stay away from injuries.. then run through the list... Jalen Wadlington (8.3 ppg, 3.4 rpg), Caden Clark (5.7 ppg, 2.3 apg), Carter Otwell (in my mind a top 5 SLIAC frosh last year) (8.3 ppg, 4 rpg, 3.3 apg), Jared Woodcock (15.3 ppg, 5.8 rpg), Alex Moliva (5.7 ppg), Gus Kliekamp (9.5 ppg, 6 rpg, 3.7apg), Ian Cochrane (5.7 ppg, 4.5rpg.. another potential real player after a strong frosh showing), Shawn Leonard (3 ppg), Anthony Jones (4.7 ppg), and Carter Collins (3.4 ppg).  Coach and players should be able to play with the big boys this year....

Central Region / Re: MBB: St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: August 08, 2019, 01:25:19 pm »
3) Spalding .. Late season collapse pushed them out of Tourney slot, they lose only sub forward Keith Wallace.... All others back!!!  96% points and assists, 93% rebounds.  This team beat everyone in the conference at least once except for Webster and Greenville.  This could be the year they come back into SLIAC prominence.  Coming back are the 5 main starters... Dominique Ellis (12.7 ppg, 4.6 rpg), Marcus Montgomery (16.7 ppg),   super quick Robert Bendingfeld (10.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.8 apg), Troy Amamor (9.6 ppg, 6 rpg), and Brendon Holt (6 ppg, 4.4 rpg)... also part timers Brian Tribble, Joby Howard (5.3 ppg), and Jerry Coleman.  Also wondering if Cornelius Watts is back, another quick guard.. he was a regular 2 years ago, list on last year's roster as a red shirt... Spalding doesn't have much size, but lots of quickness that they could win with....

Central Region / Re: MBB: St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: August 07, 2019, 05:10:16 pm »
I'll take the over on GU.

GC will be a wait and see which of the new faces make the team and how quickly they adapt... remember, my ratings are just of the returning players... nothing to do with new faces...

Central Region / Re: MBB: St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: August 07, 2019, 11:24:13 am »
(4)  Eureka ...  Tourney champs lose high scoring guard Hank Thomas, workaholic Alec Weigand, sub Don Hardaway....62% points, 71% rebounds return… Dakota Bennington (23.3 ppg, 6.4 rpg), maybe the best returning player in the league.. It's Greenville's Williams  or Bennington... Also back are Austin Juergens (12.9 ppg, 4.9 rpg) and Jordan Dehm (12 ppg, 9.6 rpg).. both took a back seat to the high scoring Bennington and Thomas, but both are All Conference quality, athletic, good size... Koby White and Jalen Hosea both showed good quickness as reserves, and are more than adequate candidates for the point guard position.  Drew Yonker is the potential big man in the middle, showed great promise when he got time, likely could have played much more on any other team in the conference.. he should be a great fit this season... Drew Barth and Kyle Hendricks add quality depth... a well rounded group...

Central Region / Re: MBB: St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: August 05, 2019, 09:49:52 pm »
(5) Greenville ... Yes, this is likely a surprise to many, but this should be a real challenge for Coach Barber... 8 seniors will be gone next season, 9 if you include big man Adam Warren who disappeared in the 2nd semester... only 44% of points, 27% of assists return from last season.  Do all Johari Dix is the biggest name lost.. he really keyed both the system defense and the offense. Returning are Main liners Eric Williams (who somehow did not make the SLIAC 1st team All Conference last year when SLIAC coaches overlooked both Dix and Williams) (23.7 ppg, 7.2 rpg) and Marvin Bateman (15.3 ppg, 4.3 rpg), but beyond those two, well, it's not conference championship level... Barry Nixon (6.8 ppg, 4.9 rpg) had a string of good games, but overall was inconsistent, and disappered at the end of the season;  Kodi Bodger(5.3 ppg,5.1 rpg) stepped in when Warren left and did little, Austin Contreras (8.8) moved up from JV and played in the second half of the season and was a 3 point threat, Jordan Yates, Darrell Williams, Justin Cross all saw limited time.  All of these guys behind Eric Williams and Bateman are going to have to step their game way up for GC to approach last year's effectiveness.

Central Region / Re: MBB: St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: August 04, 2019, 06:42:43 pm »
(6)  Blackburn ... Key losses are starting guard Duncan King (11.8 ppg), Sub Jamaya Wyatt  (8.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg)....  76% points, 79% rebounds are back…that sounds pretty good, but when I look at the stats, I see shortfalls that seem difficult to overcome.  A very good 1-2 punch at guard return in 1st Team All Conference Karston Hayes  (19.5 ppg, 3.1 rpg)(though  I wrote at the time I felt Hayes merited only 2nd team reward), and ultra quick Raushaun Adams (12.5 ppg, 3.6 rpg, 2.4 apg), but everyone else?  No one stands out...Bryson Kirby at a 3rd guard slot (7.6 ppg, 4.8 rpg) is the leading returning rebounder, and he cannot be considered a board man.. others back are Nigel Ferrell 4.4 ppg, Tim Marston (3.4 ppg, 2.9 rpg), Chance Aldridge (7.1 ppg), Christian Wagner, Will Pearce, and Xavier Bass.   I think the loss of King and Wyatt may have a far bigger impact than expected.  Seems to me that BC may have over-achieved last year with no big men...Can all the good stuff carry over?

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: MBB: University Athletic Association
« on: July 31, 2019, 05:18:54 pm »
WUPIFFFFF... Question out of curiosity... as I age, I forget about stuff that was probably obvious to me 20 years ago.... was Johns Hopkins ever in the UAA?  Why aren't they in the UAA as compared to the CC?

7) Iowa Wesleyan … the good news is that Iowa Wesleyan returns EVERYONE from last year… but is that the bad news too?  They had a very rough season… still with several international players getting significant time, 2018/19 may have been a learning experience to lead to better things this year.  They beat Prin, Mac and Westmin last year, and each of those teams lost critical components of their makeup.
Back for IWU are all 6 players who started a significant number of games.. Avree Clark (7.2 ppg), Jarryd Fernandez (12.2 ppd, 7.4 rpg), Jake Neubauer (11.6 ppg), Alberto Torres (9.6 ppg), Austin Banks (9.6 ppg, 3.7 apg), and Austin Rebel (12.4 ppg, 9.7 rpg).  Key reserves Kaleb Cresswell, Brian Patterson, Camron Mack, and Alex Dentlinger are all also back.  Here's hoping all of these guys do return, and that IWU can overcome what ever problems it has faced in order to remain a viable functioning institution. 

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