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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 18, 2017, 10:43:56 pm »
Congrats to "General Grant" on his All-America honor:
http://www.d3hoops.com/awards/all-americans/men/2017

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 15, 2017, 10:42:58 am »
Its awesome that the MiAC is well represented at the All Star Game...and very cool that Jim Smith finally gets to go to Salem. he is a truly class guy and as Oom noted a legend. That word (and superstar) gets way overused  but in Jim's case, it is appropriate. When he took over, SJU was considered "two easy wins" on the schedule.I don't think anyone views them as such anymore, nor has for 50 years.  (If the West team wins, I wonder is SJU SID will count the win as part of Jim's career total  haha)

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 13, 2017, 08:14:04 pm »
Kudos to the three MIAC men who earned All-West Region honors from d3hoops:

http://www.d3hoops.com/awards/all-region/2016-17/west-men


all three are most deserving!

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 07, 2017, 11:42:20 am »
I've been taking in some HS ball lately. REALLY impressed with the job UST grad Bryan Schnettler is doing at Wayzata. He;s got some solid players, depth and could make a run at the state championship. Also, I really like the play of several guys at Edina- Anders Nelson is only a Jr, but I can see him running the show for a MIAC school. McGrory is a beast ! Reminds me of Luke Linz in some ways. And I noticed GAC grad Seth Anderson has a good squad down in Waseca-- sounds like he inherited a potential mess but they ran off a long winning streak- hoping they make State so I can take in a game or 2.

Are there any other HS head coaches who are MIAC grands besides Schnettler, Anderson and Paul Henrichs -his team won their Section last week- over in WI?

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 07, 2017, 11:29:53 am »
It sounds more like typical Faunch sour grapes.  Apparently, he hasn't noticed the glut of new, top-of-the-line facilities built, under construction or planned at SJU. Heck, they've spent more on a football PRACTICE facility than most schools spend on a new stadium! I'm not knocking the new facilities, I think they are awesome and a big plus to the MIAC as a whole. the baseball complex is 2nd in the league behind Hamline's (they are a partner in the Saints palace) and SJU could/should be hosting NCAA regionals there soon-- a definite feather in the conference's cap.  it seems Faunch would rather have the All-Sports award handed to them instead of going out and earning it.

"he who builds pricey new practice bubble shouldn't be throwing stones"

 I stay off the football board because of discussions like this --I like the hoops board because (1) we talk about hoops and (2) for the most part, we all get along and support one another. I was nearly as sad about BU losing to UWRF as I was about UST's loss (as a UST alum I think its OK to their loss to be my #1 pain).... I am excited and happy to see that programs that struggled in the recent past  are stepping up and improving, greatly enhancing the quality of competition all across the league. I would love to see the day when 3 or even 4 (I know, blasphemy) MIAC teams make the NCAA field and my ultimate perfect Final 4 would be an all-MIAC foursome.  I have a ton of respect for all the coaches in the MIAC, particularly the hoops coaches. I enjoy my visits to each arena in the league, as every one of them has its own charm, its own mystique and its own stories/legends/memories. The recent SJu/BU championship game was easily one of the most electric atmospheres i've been experienced in a long time--- I wish that game had gone 6 OTs it was so much fun & I didn't even have a dog in the fight.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 04, 2017, 06:56:54 pm »


Sorry for the long post here, but is it just me or did the MIAC seem less talented this year? Or was last year just one of the deepest MIACs in recent memory? A lot of talent graduated last year on a lot of those top teams (Cord, SJU, STO, UST). This year looking through the post-season awards and other remaining good players, their is much more returning as a whole.
I think it is more a case of last year being loaded with talented seniors across the league, so this year, while there were some top tier seniors, it was heavily a sophomore/junior league. A lotta kids who didn't see much PT in 2015-16 were thrust into leadership roles. So  2016-17 was a learning curve season and I'm already wired thinking about next year! I think the parity gap is shrinking  which will only make every one of the  20 regular conference season games a battle and meaningful.

If anyone can find video of the last minute of the Augustana / U$T video I would love to see it.  How the f-ck does a team blow an 8 point lead w/ under 40 seconds to play?

Found them:
https://twitter.com/UhlmannMatt/status/837837953858695168

https://twitter.com/MattRandazzo/status/837899223496556544

Easy on the schadenfreude Faunch.  Some Bethel fans might remind you of last Saturday.  Or SJU's loss to Oshkosh last fall, etc. ::) ;)

I'm not concerned...any day the Tom$ lose is a good day.

Over here on the hoops board we all support the MIAC as they compete in the NCAA tourney to prove how strong of a D3 conference we are.
I agree ...heck if $J1U made the tourney I'd even root for them ;D

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 04, 2017, 06:26:26 pm »
If anyone can find video of the last minute of the Augustana / U$T video I would love to see it.  How the f-ck does a team blow an 8 point lead w/ under 40 seconds to play?

Found them:
https://twitter.com/UhlmannMatt/status/837837953858695168

https://twitter.com/MattRandazzo/status/837899223496556544

Easy on the schadenfreude Faunch.  Some Bethel fans might remind you of last Saturday.  Or SJU's loss to Oshkosh last fall, etc. ::) ;)

I'm not concerned...any day the Tom$ lose is a good day.
Faunch- my old man was a Johnnie and I always felt he was the only good Johnnie, something you do a great job of proving nearly daily . . He died 6 yrs ago. That just goes to show that the ONLY good Johnnie is a dead one!

PS- any team that loses to Mac is in NO position to throw stones...especially since USJ hasn't found its way to the NCAA in 15 years.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 03, 2017, 03:10:23 pm »
Also--- best of luck to both Bethel and UST tonight. Neither has an easy match-up (If I believed in conspiracy theories, I'd say the NCAA is trying to shaft the MIAC). And (the shock of this may kill AO  :o) good luck to UNW!  And, good luck to GAC & UST's women's teams too.... Rep the MIAC Well!

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 03, 2017, 03:03:36 pm »
Nice write-up on Coach Novak:

http://www.twincities.com/2017/03/02/bethel-coach-doug-novak-citadel-anderson-university-tulane-royals/
great write up....too bad Bob downplayed that fact that it was Bethel's first-ever MIAC regular season championship... that is the work Novak's done tat impresses me most. Also-- after winning one championship, aren't questions about a "dynasty" rather premature? (especially with another dynasty still ruling the MIAC roost) To his credit, Novak pretty much ignored the "dynasty" crap.....but I do admire and respect the job Novak's done/doing at Bethel. A total class act.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: March 01, 2017, 02:50:58 pm »
Any idea, when the coaches had to submit their AC ballots? If it was Monday morning, I could see why some may have selected Bridge Tusler for the All Defensive team. Tusler played liked a possessed man in the playoff championship game on Saturday night.  However, in my opinion, Cool Hand Grant should have received the trifecta, and earned a spot on the All Defensive Team, along with his POY, and first team all conference award.

It was before the Championship. I don't know the exact date, maybe somebody else does, but it was last week when coaches submitted their votes. Definitely before the championship game, but I agree Bridge played an all round great game on Saturday.

Great call Drake... 2 in a row with the predictions now!!
pretty sure it was the Monday before playoffs began and that it does not include playoff performance, but I'm not 100% positive on that.

I'll disagree with you Drake. Grant was definitely above average as a defender, but I noticed most game Will Dunn drew the toughest defensive assignment in the back court. (Stockman, Hall, Biewen, etc). If i was to lobby for 2nd Tommie on the All D team in addition to Burich - who most definitely deserved it- Id argue for Ryan Boll. His defensive absence was the big reason for USJ's playoff upset.

AND... the first projection of the 2017-18 final standings:
1. Carleton- fully loaded...could go very,VERY deep in NCAA
2. UST-- need to replace The General & Burich, need #6-9 to be improved over this year's crop
3. Augsburg- need a SG and consistency
4. St John's-Solid core returns, could be sleeper for title
5. Bethel- losing Hall & Wojta exposes thinness at the G
6. Hamline-- wont be sneaking up on people this time...  need size in paint
7. Olaf- was a young squad this year; the year's seasoning could lift them to top 4 finish
8. Concordia- the transition to a new HC is always dicey and a young rookie coach makes it dicier
9. GAC- longing for a return to their glory of the early-to-mid 2000s
10. SMU-Need to replace (a very underrated)Ferron, add size. I like their quickness, but they lack depth
11. Mac-longing for Van Thorr's & Conboy's return
 

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 28, 2017, 05:19:54 pm »
and the awards are announced.....Congrats to The General on being named Player of the Year!!  also, an interesting move that will greatly please Drake-- the coaches went to a 6 man first team and 5 man second and third teams. For once, i have no quibble with the coaches' picks

http://miacathletics.com/sports/mbkb/2016-17/releases/022817_mbb_awards

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 04, 2017, 10:04:28 pm »


Big week for the Royals with the Tommies tonight (@UST), and Carleton Wednesday, SJU Saturday (both at home).  I'd be happy to see them go 2-1, but my head says 1-2.  Seems like they just can't every quite get over hump with UST, and then I'd bet they'll drop either the Carl or SJU games.  Would love to be proven wrong.

Just sayin'....
you were right....but that said, BU played very well today. First time in a few weeks they've been firing on all cylinders, i think.  Win out their final 4 games (a do-able task)and #2 seed is likely.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 02, 2017, 12:40:28 am »
when I saw that halftime score of 16-13, I thought it was from the 1950s and Drake and Papa were playing!  At UST, the General totally took over the game, but Burich dominated the glass  and had a few sweet blocks. GAC didn't look as overwhelmed as they did first meeting and played with a lot of heart. Made for a fun exciting game.

Planning to be in attendance Sat at BU for their must-win game with SJU. BU needs to get on a roll or could slide to 4th or lower in no time.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: January 31, 2017, 12:55:12 am »
Random thoughts.....the road to the MIAC title is paved purple.   In essence UST now has a 2 game lead over BU & USJ-- 1 game in standings plus holding tiebreaker over both. That makes Saturday's Johnnie @ Royal a HUGE game for both. The loser is essentially eliminated from first place contention and needs to work hold on to 3rd place... watch out for the fast-charging Knights. Guy Kalland is arguably the best coach in the MIAC, year after year. He doesn't get a 15 man roster- most years he has 10-12 guys- but every year he finds a way to get the most out of each and every player. The Auggies continue to be mystery to me...so much talent, good coaching...and belly-flopping their way out of the playoffs unless they right ship fast. (Aside to DPalmer....Burich with 29 boards vs Weiss & Magnusson in 2 games, and he walked all over them both,...how do you explain THAT?)

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: December 13, 2016, 12:47:22 pm »
All you rushing to write off UST (glaring at Palmer)--- the road to the MIAC crown still runs through Schoenecker. Yes, the Toms are (by the lofty standards they have set the past decade) struggling a bit, but that was to be expected, given the losses from last season and the drop in experience level. Entering the season, I bet Boll and Shaeffer each played more minutes last season  than the rest of this year's roster combined. I figured 2-3 in non-conference, 7-3 first pass through the league and 9-1 second swing through (18-7), good for at least 2nd if not a tie with Bethel for the championship. As Tauer tries various cmobinations together, there might be some rough patches, but over time the SS Tommie will sail smoothly and UST will be the one team no one wants to play in the MIAC Playoffs.

I heard someone (glaring at Palmer again, but maybe it was Papa Hoops) repeatedly saying "UST's front line is weak, both defensively and offensively"--- yeah, maybe, but they still shut down SJU's bigs in the paint, esp Mr Wiess whom I recall Palmer touting as a MVP contender.:)   The Hamline loss baffles me, but after 36 years (and 38 games to UST + 1 to MAC)...Hamline was bound to win on the Tommie campus....even the blind squirrel finds a nut or two. And Hamline is not half as bad as some of you guys seem to consider them. Instead of touting Mac as a dark horse, I' look to the other end of Snelling or south to WInona for a sleeper.

Final standings will be
Bethel
UST (possibly a tie at the top)
Augs
SJU
Concordia
Olaf
SMU
Hamline
GAC
Carleton
Mac

playoff champ-- UST

NCAA tourney-- UST & BU

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