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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 13, 2019, 10:41:43 pm »
Both Tommies and Johnnies are playing with fire. The Tommies in the way they have handled parts of the last two games. Against the Oles they blow a big lead and against Gustavus they start slow.

For the Johnnies they are on the bubble right now, and likely on the outside looking in, according to the Pool C wizards (not me). A buzzer beater against Concordia and the loss to Bethel doesn't help.

So what does a 19 point ass kicking mean?
SJU belongs in the tournament...especially if they play in the MIAC Championship. The only thing that would rule them out is an upstart winning the MIAC tournament.

Nice win by Jís for the parts I could see (some ugly webcast kinks). Had to turn the audio with incessant VOJ whining too. His color guy offsets hima bit at least. Youíll get no disagreement from me that the Johns should be in, and that preceded tonightís win. I was more so noting that there was ďchatterĒ from the experts that know the selection process that they were hovering on the bubble. The Johnnies do need to run to the championship to keep the auto-bid to them or UST.

The Tommies have some defensive issues to sort out.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: February 08, 2019, 12:50:42 pm »
Both Tommies and Johnnies are playing with fire. The Tommies in the way they have handled parts of the last two games. Against the Oles they blow a big lead and against Gustavus they start slow.

For the Johnnies they are on the bubble right now, and likely on the outside looking in, according to the Pool C wizards (not me). A buzzer beater against Concordia and the loss to Bethel doesn't help.

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I lost power around midnight, came back on just before 3am. It was getting down there in the house.

When it came on I said out loud "X-Cel Energy! You are Da Man!"  :-*

It is hard to catch back up when the furnace is chasing -30 degrees too. I took the liberty to do a preventive shutoff of our water to our basement bathroom where the plumbing is exposed to outside walls by our walkout.

We didn't lose power, but we lost something much worse. Cable and internet, plus Lunds & Byerlys closed their doors. It's first world Armageddon in the western Burbs. 

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Some serious drama across the border in the WIAC

http://footballscoop.com/news/division-iii-wakeyleaks-scandal-brewing/

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: January 23, 2019, 11:55:29 am »
Refs definitely let them play, with a few odd soft calls. Was called the way both ways, though, and they tightened it up in the last 10 minutes or so.

Both teams can probably point to things they could do better in the next meeting.

Very enjoyable game to watch. Two very good teams, not sure either is at the level of great.

Maybe we have different thresholds for great, but I would say these are both great teams. They are well deserving of their top 20 rankings in the nation. Thatís top 5% in the nation. I would say they might both be just short of the elite level that Whitman/Augie/NWU/UWO are in.

Good teams in my mind are Bethel and Augsburg. The Auggies and Coplin was talked about by Ryanís Scott and Dave McHugh in the last section of the latest Hoopsville show in the ďdark horseĒ section. Coplin has been on an absolute heater this season and while he showed flashes last year, he was over shadowed by Colin Olmsheid. Now that the offense runs through him he has been inclredible and very efficient with a high volume. He is my MVP right now, although an argument could be made for Stokman.

Anyone have any other thoughts at halfway point MVP?

EDIT: Excuse my grammatical errors, Iím on my phone and itís too tedious to change right now.

I would agree with the summary above. Excellent teams, but both have shortcomings to keep them off the elite National Title contender track. However, I would say the 2015 UST national championship team was in the same boat. If either were to get a good draw, go on a nice run, and the pieces fall in the right place, these teams could contend.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: January 22, 2019, 10:22:48 am »
I can't blame Pat too much for playing Walford 39 minutes, he was an absolute monster.  He had only played 19 minutes against Carleton and if the natural breaks in the game came at different times maybe he would have been able save more energy for the final stretch. 

VOJ sounded like he was conceding the conference race after the game.  I'm not so sure, the Auggies will definitely be a tough out again and the Johnnies will be favored at home in the rematch.

Side note: I don't remember hearing much about Walford when he transferred.  Looked up his stats at Augustana (SD.) and saw he had 9 points and a dunk in their game at Duke.  That has to be a first for a MIAC player.

He's a fantastic player, and was the only true rim protector in the game for either team. He was definitely gassed the last 10 or so of regulation and all of OT.

McKenzie is going full blow Thibs with his minutes though. Stokman went 42, Jubie went 41, and Walford, 39. Stokman went for 39 minutes two days prior.

Once UST adjusted personnel and how they rotate on the high ball screen I am surprised McKenzie didn't make a secondary adjustment and run more of the offense through Jubie since he can create so many opportunities for himself and others. The John's went from 14:00 in the 2nd half to 7:00 min without a FG. It felt like one of the slowest runs ever in college basketball. That was where Walford started to drag too.

If you are Tauer and you are looking at the Hannon + Nelson line this morning, you have to feel pretty good. The two went a combined 4-15 from the field for 11 points.  Nelson also went 0-2 on a late game trip to the charity stripe, where he was 93% on the year. Production out of Hedstrom, Lindberg, Madison, and Hannah more than offset it.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: January 21, 2019, 10:50:35 pm »
It would mean more coming from someone who doesnít cry about officiating after every SJ2 loss in sport. Itís unbecoming. Donít drop a turd against a middle of the pack team in the MIAC on Saturday and then follow that up by blowing a double digit lead against your rival after getting the majority of the calls for the first 28 minutes of the game. If this attitude percolates within SJ2 it explains the UMBC moment they had in the 1st round of the NCAAís last year.

USTís top two scoring guards were buried on the bench most the 1st half with a few weak calls. If UST got average production out of either of them they run away with it. Once UST rotated over better on SJUís lone offensive set, the high ball screen, the Toms chipped away at the lead and frazzled the Johnís. The Johnís tried to get way too many minutes out of their post, #35, and it showed. He looked haggard and beat up 8 minutes onward in the 2nd half, after dominating the 1st half. The Tommies have a ton of young talent. Fun group to see continue to gel and get better.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: January 21, 2019, 10:11:33 pm »
A tradition old as time, Faunchy complaining about refs after getting handed an L. SJ2. Never mind UST getting called for triple the fouls in the 1st half.

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West Region / Re: MBB: Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: January 17, 2019, 12:54:02 pm »
I got to watch a heavy portion of the Toms game last night for the first time this year. Abundant depth for sure. It seems scoring opportunities come almost equally between that 1st and 2nd wave. Defensively, however that 2nd wave has match-up challenges. Part of that might have been some of the really nice sets Bethel was running.

Bethel's announcers were a doozy. The screeching and hooting can do a number on a tablets speakers.

Monday should be festive at UST. It will be interesting to see how the Freshman PG handles the emotional rivalry for the first time.


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It looks like the Burj Khalifa - Dubai is my guess

(I also thought Shanghai)

Ding, ding.  We have a winner.

I thought my hint would be too obvious ("I love what you do. Bye.").  This place is flatter than Iowa.  Giant freaking buildings poking straight up out of a dead flat desert with nothing for as far as you can see.

I woke up at 4am when i was there 10 years ago; my body clock slightly off. I went for a quick run and found lines of poop trucks outside hotels. The city spawned too quickly for them to put in place a proper sewage system, so the trucks line up every morning to pump the hotels and make a long trip out to a site in the middle of the desert.

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Can we be adult and not make fun of KIDS?

There is usually more to the story. These are kids trying to find their way.  The path is not always linear.

Do we have any confirmation that the Windsor kid is going to SJU now? astro/dad just indicated he was coming to the MIAC which he had pushed for for a while, but no indication of what school and I haven't see anything definitive anywhere else.

The other day I tracked down his Twitter profile and he's listed SJU and also St. Joseph, MN as his location...so that might be some indication.
https://twitter.com/JayceWindsor
https://mobile.twitter.com/jaycewindsor/status/945504619307851777

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The most productive the offense was, came with Killian calling plays and Fenske playing QB.

Agree, unfortunately, Killian won't be calling the plays, so it'll be that west coast style offense with smaller more agile type QBs. Unless of course, the JUCO kid (or somebody else) wins the job and he has a different (Fenske style) skillset. However it does sound to me like the job is Jones' to lose. Always interesting.

Jones does have 1 NFLíish throw under his belt. That post he threw over and under bracketed coverage against Gustavus on 4th down was impressive.

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If your goal is to win conference and national championships Jones isnít the answer. Weíve seen what SJU put out at QB. You arenít going to match that, but you have to come close, and then make up for it in other areas.

Iíd be curious about Frankl but he hasnít had many game reps since his Jr year of HS. Also the SSP kid.

If the JUCO kid can sling it a bit and extend some plays with his feet, he could be a dynamic option.

With Caruso's offense I believe Caruso knows exactly what  he's doing. If they get back to running play action roll-outs like they did in their most successful years (Dakota Tracy, O'Connell, Gould) They are not a "Sling it" type offense. Particularly with Parks back I think you'll see them go back to that run-pass, PA, roll-out style offense. Also, considering they don't have any game breaker, take the top off type of receivers.

The most productive the offense was, came with Killian calling plays and Fenske playing QB. If not for the outlier UWO game, the Toms likely win a Stagg. Gould had a big arm even though he was undersized. The other two lacked arms and pocket presence and that hurt against defenses with a pulse.

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Apparently, UST got a JUCO transfer QB.

Very Meidt-ish of St Glenn.

Somewhere amongst the 5 colleges your most recent transfer attended is a JUCO. Itís hard to keep track of them all though.

SJU admissionís...you apply...we accept

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If your goal is to win conference and national championships Jones isnít the answer. Weíve seen what SJU put out at QB. You arenít going to match that, but you have to come close, and then make up for it in other areas.

Iíd be curious about Frankl but he hasnít had many game reps since his Jr year of HS. Also the SSP kid.

If the JUCO kid can sling it a bit and extend some plays with his feet, he could be a dynamic option.

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