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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: Today at 09:58:52 am »
ContinentalDomer.....much thanks for the info. Plus k...when allowed.  If it is to be at the “end” of the regular season, it will be a most interesting stretch of games for Amherst....Williams, Midd, and Hamilton...all away games?.  If Amherst should win all of them, then the hosting of the Nescac Tourny maybe a reward....assuming wins over the remaining conf. teams...Tufts, CCB teams, etc.  A sort of “dream” scenario, I know.
At least Middhoops will know I will be watching :).  Present plans has me in Florida in Feb visiting family and the Mouse in Disney.  oh well :'(.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: January 19, 2019, 08:39:35 pm »
Middhoops.....not yet wrt makeup date.  Strange late change and one post wrt the reason being NY highway not allowing buses or trucks was a puzzlement too.
It has been an interesting day in D3hoops....a number of “upsets”....many against ranked teams besides Williams.  Seems Bates beat Tufts which is not an upset, IMO.  Wes had a close win over Conn.
A little “jumpy” not knowing when the game will be rescheduled.  Amherst’s women’s is scheduled with two games early next week as is the men’s team.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: January 18, 2019, 03:44:32 pm »
quicksilver....heartbreaking story in a troubling time around the world.  Thanks.
Interesting connection between Amherst and Williams occurred before and after the game.  The story and connection via the Amherst twitter on the Athletic website. 
Brief summary....there is a FY point guard on the Williams MBB from NC.  Same HS as Amherst’s assist. Coach Toomey.  Aaron’s HS coach tweeted both of them after the game and Toomey conversed with the Ephs’ FY player before and after the game.  Their former high school coach summarized the situation....paraphrasing a bit “..there is seven fine years of PG play for me on the floor”.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: January 18, 2019, 12:06:21 pm »
Thanks Jayhawk....though I became aware of the change earlier.  A routine of mine is to check on to the Amherst website.  Today, there is a pic on the I never saw before...with the announcement.  I have quite a few pics of the campus from the College...all three of my kids are alums too :) I was my Class Agent for a number of years. Anyway, the schedule change will help me in catching a few other games...yes, the WBB...maybe...Middhoops.  The qualification here is due to a visit this weekend by my younger son and his wife from Patterson, NY.  They are here to help me “downsize” a bit....take a number of large items to the dump/or charity sites.  Yes, do some heavy lifting.  Son bringing a larger SUV. 
I believe the Amherst MBB team will make the trip to the Clinton NY area after lunch...practice on Sat. and be rested/ready for the 1PM game.  Only question is whether Coach Hixon will be at the game.  Hamilton teams will be all around Amherst this weekend...including their WBB team.
  Remember I was up at Amherst for a tournament.  Stayed in a local hotel.  Rode up and down the elevators with members of the Williams MBB team...even chatted with a few coaches during breakfast.  Mention this info to point out that opponents with shorter travel trips will stay locally before scheduled games.
Oh yes, my younger son and wife have attended games with me up at Amherst.  He was a good BB player in HS, but only played intramural type games while in college...stands a little over 6’2” and very athletic.  Older son rowed crew and played Rugby before academic loads took priority.  Both graduated with honors and are members of Sigma Xi.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: January 17, 2019, 10:23:56 am »
Yes Middhoops, my friend, there was only one game in D3 to watch last night.  I briefly switched to the WBB match up in Willytown during halftime....the Ephs were battling Amherst hard....close game and the stats showed a double digit win at the end.
Some other observation bits and pieces, so to speak, of the game.  There is a twitter interview with Toomey after the game on the Amherst Athletic website.  Toomey told his team that they would make a they did in the Wes game....a 2 point loss....better than last season in Middletown.
I was surprised that shorter guards like Day were guarding Casey who did not seem to take advantage of his height.  Like others have pointed out, Amherst has depth with good outside shooters.  Find the hot outside shooter....though Mobley for the 2nd straight game was not dressed to play.
Good crowd at the game....most of the Williams’ crowd seemed to be “older folks”, as were the Amherst’s crowd..though could not see the Amherst student section on line.
Amherst travels to Hamilton this weekend, another tough highly ranked conf. team.  Should be another battle in the Nescac and yes Middhoops, another must see game for me. :)

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: January 16, 2019, 09:03:16 pm »
Electric game in that had its “waves” of solid leads by both teams , only to lose them to their opponents.  Amherst took a double digit lead in the first half and Williams took a double digit one in the second half...both team leads were 11, I believe. 
Coach Hixon was with his dad in NH and Aaron Toomey was the HC for the game...his parents were in the stands.  A moment of silence before the game for Coach Hixon’s mom.
It was a defensive game by Both teams...a low scoring one for both teams that can score big time.
The announcer would cite the stats in the second half....both teams shot the same percentage.  Amherst won the backboard battle , but only by 3.  Williams won the block shots...had 10!  Turnovers were about the same, etc., etc.
Oh yes, Amherst won the game by one pt.
It is interesting that the game against Wesleyan was won by a last second shot....2 pts.  In a low 60’s matchup game.  Amherst won by a pt. In a low 60’s game.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: January 16, 2019, 04:33:44 pm »
Besides the first Amherst vs Williams LeFrak, there are several other games of interest to me.  There is the Springfield vs MIT game in Cambridge.  Springfield really needs this win to jumpstart it’s chances...if any...into the postseason.  There is also the Swarthmore game.
Was listening to Hoopsville, the other night....the one with Williams’ HBC was interviewed by the Host.
The Host was discussing his D3 ranking “thoughts” with another voter...Ryan S.  The Host was really impressed with Swarthmore’s team.  The latest men’s ranking has Swarthmore jumping up to 10th from the 15th spot....big jump for a 2-lost team, IMO. 
The other interesting thing on the broadcast was that the Host preferred to be at the Amherst vs Williams game tonight ....over Ryan S.  Heck, there is no charge for the game...both should cover the game.  Ryan’s is an alum from a School in NEngland :).

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: January 16, 2019, 04:02:35 pm »
Jayhawk...thanks for the news.  Remember meeting Hixon’s parents in Salem, Va. 

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: January 13, 2019, 01:41:51 pm »
Some observations from watching about 2/3 of the Wes vs Amherst game....and Studing the stats today with a clearer head.  Oh, area got 5.5 inches of snow to date....expected snow update has reached 12 inches.  Posting now to avoid digging out my car while flurries continues.
The poor shooting stats by Amherst in the first half were under the basket...lots of Wes challenges and body bumps with no fouls.  Coach Hixon was talking to the refs on the matter.  Interesting in that BOTH teams shot the same on the foul line.  Both teams shot about the same from the 3 point areas. 
Che did a fine job checking Hutch and stats were such that he neutralized Wes’s star player offensively/statswise for the game.  Bonner was the impact player player with his rebounding, etc.  Last year in Amherst’s double digit lost in Middletown, big man Dixon scored 10 points.  This year, a FY big man impacted Amherst’s players inside...Dixon nowhere.
Mobley of Amherst was not dressed??....while Chery entered the game but very briefly.
FY guard started the game and played well.  In the first half, he got an elbow in the chest and fell to the floor...helped up paused and call.
The 2nd half...part I saw...before going to a recital...Amherst’s offense adjusted so that baskets inside made unchallenged/missed by the Cardinal players.  Overall, it was a low scoring defensive conference game.  Many of the stats show how close it was.

East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: January 13, 2019, 01:02:11 pm »
Magicman....keep up the good work!  Reading your posts “tires me out” :)
Games in the Nescac...conference battles are “battles”....ranked teams are being challenged and beaten.  Hoping both our favorite schools will get to the post season....maybe meet somewhere.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: January 12, 2019, 11:16:54 am »
It’s getting cloudy now and the expected snow will arrive this evening and forecast has it going into Sunday.  Somewhat conflicted.  My wife and I are to attend a recital starting at 5 PM.  Old friends’ son wife was a music major and a former Piano teacher, etc., etc.  Big games today with Wesleyan starting at 3PM.  Should leave house NLT 4:15 pm.  Yesterday’s games with Conn went fast...announcer stated that the WBB game finished in just over a hour....though both games were “Over” much sooner.
Will follow the example of Old family matters.
Last year, the games with the Little Three opponents....both home and away...are not easing my mind but are revealing.  First, Wesleyan won both games against Amherst.  The game at Amherst...the one that counted in the standings...was a 5 point win by the Cardinals.  Wesleyan won the game in Middletown by double digits.  Amherst won the home stand game with Williams by 5 and lost the away game. 
Today’s game with Wesleyan is the one that counts in the Nescac standings...ugh.  Hope the game today will not be determined by fouls.  Wes seems to be a better foul shooting team.  Fingers crossed.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: January 11, 2019, 09:09:51 pm »
yelp, Middhoops......watched the last few Minutes of the game as Hamilton has to foul to get the ball back...about 20 plus seconds to go and down 4.  Two cardinals fouled and both hit their foul to the Cardinals.  Hamilton had more rebounds....but deceiving number since Hamilton given more team rebounds!
Amherst heads into Middletown on Sat.  Amherst wins in New London by 20 plus...even with Conn’s 7 footer in the game.  Should be an interesting game.

I too will post “well Said” both NED3Guy and  Old Cardinal.   Plus k to both of you.  Good thoughts to ponder until the Spring when we all will learn about the new recruits to enter.....Class of’22. 

It’s been a long time since there has been a HFC hire at Amherst.  After DARP, there were a number of changes and done quickly...different times acknowledged here. 
The recent hires/changes in the CBB have been both educational and revealing to me.  Unlike the changes at Williams and Wesleyan and even Tufts.   Is it the changing times and/or the institutions?

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: January 09, 2019, 03:04:39 pm »
Nothing scheduled today in Nescac...both men and women games.  Lots of interesting games in D3 however.  There is a MIT game later....may get a report of the status of an injured stater.  Dropped in to take an “early bird” special in the NEWMAC.....Springfield vs Clark U. In Worcester.  Seems the majority of fans were elementary school kids!  Hence the Noontime start for the seem to enjoy the action on the too :)
Both opponents had similar loosing records...but Springfield was 1-1 in conference play and Clark was 0-2.  Mr Ross had 22 pts in the first half and tried to take over near the end of the game....a Lost to Clark.  High scoring game.  Springfield will need to run the table in conference play now to get a post season bid, IMO. The Nescac teams that beat Springfield to date May have their SOS numbers drop if Springfield continues to struggle/lose.

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