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It may be hard to criticize a 30 point win, that would have been 37 if not for a Carthage TD with 25 seconds left. However, I would like to see NCC QB Warden set his feet and step into some of his throws rather than seemingly almost always throwing on the run. Perhaps this would prevent so many missed opportunities due to an inordinate number of over/under throws to wide open receivers. Granted the Cards tallied 3 scores by air, but 2 of the 3 were 6 and 8 yard plays that were mostly runs, and the third was a spectacular one-handed catch of an almost overthrown pass by outstanding WR Peter Sorenson who, with the grab, became the Cardinals all time leader in TD receptions with 29.

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Augie 7
IWU 2

Final

Ugly game in Bloomington.

If somebody told me that Augie would score only 7 points, I would have bet big bucks that the Green Weenies would have won comfortably. It's hard to comprehend how they could score only 2 points against the western Vikings. Perhaps it had something to do with the fact that the starting RB had only 21yards on 13 carries, a 1.6 average. Is the Augie defense that good?

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: October 18, 2014, 12:42:35 pm »
Thanks.
Re Connelly--Knowing the Naz program, it's very easy to understand him playing the 5 there.
Re Coyle--I think his true position at StF was the 3, but he really was all over the floor during the course of many games, and did a little bit of everything.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: October 17, 2014, 07:24:44 pm »
The Titans are weak at the 3

I think IWU has a lot better wing players on the roster than you realize, Mark.  The Titans should be good at that spot in 2014-15.

Are the players of whom you speak true 3s and, if so, do any have any experience at the college level?
Or, are they guys who have historically been true 2s who will now step into a 3-wing position where a bit more physical play and board work might be expected/necessary beyond primarily a shooter's mentality?

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: October 17, 2014, 05:42:55 pm »
Does anyone have any word on any CCIW-related exhibitions/scrimmages prior to the start of the season?  I need a fix.

NCC SCRIMMAGES:

1. 10/29 vs. Concordia-Chicago @ 6:30

2. 11/6 vs. U of Chicago @ 7:00

Both at home in Naperville

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: October 17, 2014, 05:04:04 pm »
Does anyone know anything about the Laible kid at IWU?
Nothing was mentioned about him after Warner got sick, and he seemed to come out of nowhere to play great in directing the W over Millikin.
Surprising nothing has been heard about Johnson who, as stated above, was great in HS, or Haeffner who led his team to the 7A state championship.

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: October 17, 2014, 04:25:14 pm »
Titan Pride,

You have to remember, this is US ee's grade book. I was just peeking.  ::)

As a 54 is creeping toward 60 which is traditionally the lowest D, I think the teacher was trying to infuse a little encouragement by adding the + to the F.  :D

And, as far as "only at NCC............," you have to remember that not every institution can climb to the very pinnacle of academic perfection.  ;)

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: October 17, 2014, 03:34:21 pm »
Wally did a halfway report in the NCAC board and I thought it was insightful so I put together some thoughts on the CCIW halfway through:


IWU - D+.  You hit the reason right on the head -- their QB issues aside, the Albion and Simpson results were well below what I think was expected of the Titans this year.

Thank goodness you weren't one of my teachers.  Beating a team whose only other loss is at #13 Stevens Point by 11 is well below what was expected?  I don't know what you thought IWU would be at the outset of the season, but I was thinking it would be a major rebuilding year for a team who lost by 34 in round 1 of the playoffs, lost 30+ seniors and was starting a freshman QB.

To me, so far, the Carthage loss is the big disappointment.  I put that one on the defense as much or moreso than the offense.  They needed to step up and completely shut down a team but didn't.  The Simpson loss?  Doesn't look great now, but again, I think most realistic Titan fans thought this was going to be a rebuilding season coming in and going on the road to play a mid-tier IIAC team was going to be a challenge.

I snuck a look at USee's grade book for IWU's 5 games so far to see exactly how each game was graded:

Franklin--82 (B-)---> Only a 7 point win, but against a team well regarded in the pre-season.
Albion----70 (C)----> Another slim 7 point win against a very average team.
Simpson-42 (F)---->  Playing WITH the starting QB, an unexpected loss to another average team.
Carthage-54 (F+)--> Another unexpected loss, but a few more points for playing WITHOUT the starting QB.
Millikan---92 (A-)--> A dominant win while playing with a NEW QB.

That's a total of 340 points. Divided by 5 is 68 which is equivalent to USee's D+  :D

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: October 16, 2014, 11:03:37 am »
U might be rushing it a bit Pete.
I believe yesterday was the first day formal practice could begin per NCAA rule. Many teams don't start for some number of days after the first allowable date due to another rule which forces them to take days off from practice later during the season. NCC isn't even starting until Sun night. They have historically scrimmaged Concordia and Chicago most often, but I haven't yet heard of anything definite as far as scrimmages for this year. Usually like to get in a couple weeks or so of practice before the 1st one, and then have the second scrimmage approx. a week later.

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: October 16, 2014, 01:11:28 am »
On the subject of quarterbacks, Dylan Warden moves back into the starting role for NCC this week, replacing Tyler Dicken. Freshman Gabriel Isaak will be the backup.

Additionally, Matt Randolph will be the starting RB in place of usual starter, Ryan Kent.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: October 14, 2014, 11:04:06 pm »
Many of you will remember former all-conference player and 2011 NCC grad Brian Evans, a 6'3" forward who led the league in offensive rebounds, and finished 2nd in assists in his senior season.

This past Saturday afternoon I had the pleasure of attending his marriage to the beautiful former Anna Wirtz, and their subsequent evening wedding reception. Brian's new, much better half Anna, also a 2011 grad, was a 4 year member of the Cardinal volleyball team, and has been the official scorer for NCC men's basketball for the last 5 years.
Hearty congrats to Brian and Anna!

One of the honored guests was Keith Bunkenburg, head basketball coach at neighboring Benedictine University, 2.9 miles down Chicago/Maple Ave. from NCC, and a frequent opponent of CCIW teams. Coach B was naturally accompanied by his lovely wife Karen, the NCC head volleyball coach, and Anna's coach during her North Central career.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: October 14, 2014, 02:03:43 pm »
Yes, yes, of course its Mayberger. But, the point is that he graduated and won't be playing this year.
It doesn't appear IWU will use a true 3 AND a 4 this season. I sense it will be more like a 1, a 2, a 2 1/2 (3rd guard maybe playing a wing), a 4, and a 5. If they want a quicker, and possibly better shooting lineup based on a certain game situation, they might go with a 1, a 2, a 2 1/2, a 3, and a 5. The thing is, it seems doubtful that they will employ both a true 3 and a true 4 on the floor at the same time very much this season.

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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: October 14, 2014, 01:45:59 pm »
While not having insider info on IWU, which might make a difference in my thinking, it seems like they might want to stick with the kid who did so well just last week. It doesn't appear he gave the coaches much reason to question his abilities after turning what many thought might be a pretty close game into a comfortable victory.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: October 13, 2014, 11:49:55 pm »
IWU will be a three-guard offense this year:  Sodemann,  Nelson, and fill in the blank.  One will probably be called a wing, but they will definitely be three guards (much like they had Keelan Amelianovich).  Mayberry will be a servicable 5; who the 4 will be is a mystery (Seibring?))

They should start the CCIW as #2 or #3.  Natiionally, I would think they start at the mid-teens.

Come on Ypsi. This is your team. You know the third starting guard will be Dylan Overstreet, an all-conference player.  ;)
Also, Mayberry graduated so there is no way he will be "a serviceable 5."  :o
Rather, the serviceable 5 will be Marietti. The Green Team 4 will indeed be a mystery.  :-X

It will also be a mystery to me how a team with three very good guards, a serviceable 5, and a mystery 4, could be ranked in the mid teens. That being said it wouldn't be surprising.  :D

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: October 13, 2014, 09:34:50 pm »
Millikin has lost a few of those Junior returners recently.  Deavis Johnson and Brennan Coltrane will not be with the team this year.  Without Johnson (CCIW's leading rebounder, 2nd in steals, 3rd in blocks) I think Millikin is going to struggle defensively. Johnson wasn't a true 5 but did a lot of the dirty work in the middle that has helped Millikin overcome some size disadvantages.

Deavis Johnson is a massive loss, and I'm not just talking about his size

Millikin's only all-conference player, their leading rebounder, and only reliable inside scorer, losing Johnson is like losing 2 players. Rather than being ready to take a step up this year, Johnson's loss is a step backward for MU.

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