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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: March 16, 2018, 09:34:42 pm »
Tough way to go out, but thatís basketball.  Up 5 in regulation with 1:10 to play and shooting a 1 and 1.  Miss.  Then another front-end ft miss - overtime.
After Earle lost the ball on an easy layup in OT that was ballgame.
What goes around comes around.  In the win over Hamilton the Pride took advantage of missed fts.  This time they suffered.
No shame, but Iím sure the players could just about taste victory before it was snatched away.

I watched both semis.  I thought UWO was the best team of the 4.  They are big, long, and fundamentally sound.  I like UWO in the championship game.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: March 12, 2018, 01:35:01 pm »
Congratulations to Springfield on making the Final Four!  From a Williams fan perspective, the Pride have long been a tough rival of Williams and have had many talented teams, but I don't think anyone saw this coming.  Especially early in the season when Springfield got beaten badly in three straight games vs. NESCAC squads (including Williams).  I do feel like something was bothering Ross in those games, however -- he just didn't seem like his usually-unstoppable, hyper-athletic self.  Springfield obviously figured some things out as the year went along.  They will be a big underdog at Salem but this year, it's clear that anything is possible, especially when they likely have the best remaining individual player in the tourney.  It's also cool that the birthplace of basketball is finally represented at a Final Four!



Springfield's worst loss this season was a game at Babson that was never close.  Ross had 10 turnovers in that game (I looked it up).  Although Coach Brock might not admit it if asked, I think they were asking Ross to do too much.  In addition to being the go to guy they were also asking him to take the ball upcourt and get them into their offense on nearly every possession.  Now the load is shared more and he's fresher.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: March 12, 2018, 01:19:07 pm »
Again... if it was a foul, they are shooting at least one free throw anyway. They were in the bonus. He hit the free throw, second on the way as well.

I am not sure the nature of the call really changed the outcome, here.

I agree.   Count me in the camp of calling the game the same way for 40 minutes.   If all teams understood that would be the case they wouldn't take advantage of things in the waning minutes ... not that it was the case in this game.

I feel bad for Nwana.  Enters the game for the first time on the final possession and gets the foul called on him.

If I were to argue a foul that should have been called it would have been on the play that resulted in Forsythe's injury, and not because the injury occurred.   But I don't want to argue fouls.

I'll be shocked if this MIT team is not back in the tournament next year.   In addition to all juniors returning they'll have Forsythe and Hinkley.  Hinkley reminds me a lot of Comenale at Babson - a deadly, fearless, spot-up shooter.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: March 12, 2018, 12:56:31 pm »
Jake Ross or Joey Flannery. Who will end up having a better career?

Both amazing NEWMAC players, curious to see what you all think?

I suppose, being a Babson alum I should recuse myself, but what the heck ...

I'm a HUGE Ross fan, and I'd guess I'm rooting as hard for Ross, Springfield, and the NEWMAC as just about anyone.

I've mentioned this before, but Flannery's career at Babson really spanned two distinct offenses.  In his first 2 years the pace was much slower and the offense deferred to "the bigs", dumping the ball inside to Wickey and Mack.  Those guys essentially needed to be in the paint to score.  By his junior season Nelson and Jacks replaced Wickey and Mack, but you often saw either of them in the high post or above the arc, freeing room inside for Flannery.  The spread offense of interchangeable parts became much more of what most teams employ today.
Flannery's sophomore team (that lost in the Final 4) averaged "only" 68.4 per game.  This year's Springfield team (Ross as sophomore) averages 77.4.   Babson's offense averaged in the low 80's in Flannery's junior and senior seasons.
 From a strictly stat perspective Ross will surpass Flannery.  He also has the ball in his hands a lot more.  I'd like him to get his a/to ratio better and lower his dribble, but that's nitpicking.  He's often asked to run the offense even though ideally he's a shooting guard.
Ross is better at setting and coming off picks.  That's where he shines.  He also has a slightly quicker release.
Flannery was better at working off ball screens, especially taking it in a set offense all the way from the arc to the hoop.  Ross may still get to that level, which is what you need when you are "the guy" with the ball in his hands in the last few seconds and being asked to "create something".
Through their respective sophomore seasons - too close to call.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: March 10, 2018, 09:16:32 pm »
Springfield Pride!  Wow!

I have to watch a rerun as the MIT game had the same tip time.  Yeah, Springfield is for real.  Here they beat another host team that was dismantling all comers in the tournament. 

The NEWMAC should be very, very proud.  This makes 3 Final Four teams in the last 4 years.

As a Babson alum I sure hope Coach Brennan had a good recruiting season because the 18-19 schedule looks tougher every day.

Keep it going Springfield ... make it back-to-back NEWMAC National Champions!

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: March 10, 2018, 08:59:24 pm »
I watched the MIT game.  (I will not gripe about foul calls, especially those with bad vantage points on video feeds).  Losing Forsythe in the 1st half certainly hurt MITís rotation and depth, but thatís basketball.

If youíre feeling sad for the end of MITís great season take consolation in the list of players they lose to graduation - not one.  Theyíll be back next year and what a senior class they have.

Speaking of bad video ... I still havenít seen how close Jomard came on the last-second prayer.

Congrats to Ramapo!

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: March 10, 2018, 04:19:09 pm »
What great games - a real credit to New England college basketball.

And, for the 3rd time in the last 4 years the Last Team Standing in New England resides in the NEWMAC!

This may be the 2nd best moment in conference history (2 teams in the Final 8) and the story isnít over yet!

Way to go Springfield and MIT!

I wonder how often the last team to make the field (Springfield) has ever advanced this far?

The MIT-Middlebury game was fantastic, I'd have to say one of the best basketball games I've ever seen, between two very strong but different teams,  (I was at the MIT game, so that's the only one I can speak to personally).  Curiously, Middlebury's biggest lead was 12-5, and MIT's was 18-12.  The second half was never more than 5 points that I can remember.  Not a flashy NBA-style game, but great ball movement, shot selection, team defense, everything that's why we love the sport as we do.

Middlebury simply has a terrific team, big, athletic, and they don't make a lot of mistakes.  Reminded me more of Harvard than any of the other teams we've faced.  They didn't give our guys anything, it was scrapping for everything.  Their #10 (Folger, I believe) blocked 6 of our shots.

Two NEWMAC teams in the Elite 8 speaks to just how good the conference really is.

I watched most of the MIT game.   I'll admit to being very surprised to see Jomard come back this year.  He really only made a cameo appearance in the first half but played significant 2nd half minutes.  I thought it was smart for Coach Anderson to continue with Jurko running the point and let Jomard settle into the offense with less responsibility.  Jomard's rust was evident and understandable (a poor game offensively), but he did have some HUGE late-game defensive plays.   I'm not worried about him going forward.
This was a game where Forsythe and Hinkley shined and the entire team took care of the defensive boards in the 2nd half.  Folger was giving Roberts fits in the 1st half (where he got most or all his blocks) but the 2nd half was a different story.
MIT can play with anyone left in this tournament.   They are so well-coached, disciplined, and fundamentally sound that if they can, as Valvano used to say, get in a "position to win", everything will take care of itself.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: March 10, 2018, 03:58:26 pm »
What great games - a real credit to New England college basketball.

And, for the 3rd time in the last 4 years the Last Team Standing in New England resides in the NEWMAC!

This may be the 2nd best moment in conference history (2 teams in the Final 8) and the story isnít over yet!

Way to go Springfield and MIT!

I wonder how often the last team to make the field (Springfield) has ever advanced this far?

Unfortunately that would be an impossible question to answer, since the NCAA never reveals the order of selection.  I'd agree that Springfield was probably the last team in, but the only folks who know for sure ain't gonna tell! :D

They weren't the last team in... not from what I have been able to gather. Certainly not early or middle, but I think they went with a few rounds to spare at the very least.

I think the last one in could very well have been Brockport.

I defer to your better information ... but I'm a little confused too.

I listened to your podcast with Coach Brock and [working from memory here] you asked him something like "Were you a little nervous hearing 63 teams called before yours?".   Now I realize that the last team to be revealed might not be the absolute lowest, but wouldn't it be the equivalent of a 16 seed at the D1 level (i.e. one of the 4 lowest teams)?  I've never watched a D3 selection show, so maybe I'm mistaken.   I do realize that there is no 1 vs. 16 matchup like D1. 
And, yes, an AQ might be deemed a lower "seed" than a Pool C, but what really throws me is what I highlighted ... you really think they made it in "with a few rounds to spare?"  I watched the Hoopsville Mock Selection show where the 3 Wise Men [said with complete respect] had Springfield on the fence for 4 rounds or more before ultimately denying them access.   Yes, I know the Wise Men are not the actual selection committee, but the case for putting Springfield in with "a few rounds to spare" is pretty weak IMO, and I love the Pride.   Brockport I'll give you.  Who else?



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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: March 09, 2018, 09:58:43 pm »
What great games - a real credit to New England college basketball.

And, for the 3rd time in the last 4 years the Last Team Standing in New England resides in the NEWMAC!

This may be the 2nd best moment in conference history (2 teams in the Final 8) and the story isnít over yet!

Way to go Springfield and MIT!

I wonder how often the last team to make the field (Springfield) has ever advanced this far?

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: March 05, 2018, 01:17:50 pm »
Really liked the interview with Coach Anderson.

Very classy guy.

It was interesting hearing his response to Dave's question about Jomard's status.   I never considered that he could come back this year and I'm still very skeptical, but the coach didn't rule out a return some point (if they keep winning).

Wishful thinking?

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: March 03, 2018, 10:44:42 pm »
MIT-Hopkins (I only saw the 2nd half)

Two very evenly matched teams.  Hopkins is what, 2nd in the nation in defense?  They disrupted the MIT pick and pop game.  It came down to a tie game, MIT ball with 1:30 left.  Jurko called for a clear out, broke down his man, drove the left of the key, stopped on a dime and swished a 10 footer.  After a JHU miss Jurko again drove left, got the ball knocked loose, but it found Roberts for a lay-in (very fortunate).  57-53 at that point with about 30 seconds left.  Another JHU miss, and that was game.

So, 2 NEWMAC teams made the tournament, they both advanced to the Sweet 16, and they both had to beat higher ranked teams hosting the pods.  Not too shabby.
Ross and Jurko have been immense (and the supporting casts have been outstanding).

I believe this sets up 2 NEWMAC-NESCAC games in the next round, but I have no idea on hosting.  Should be fun.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: March 03, 2018, 10:19:25 pm »
Springfield-Cabrini was played before a ďcrowdĒ of friends and family.

Cabrini opened up in a 2-3 zone and after Springfield started hitting and hitting from long-range they switched to man-to-man.  By that time Springfield had sustained double-digit leads for most of the half.  Cabrini is quicker than any team Spr. Has played all year and the pressure on defense started to disrupt the Pride and cause many turnovers.
In the 2nd half Cabrini started full-court pressure on every dead ball, and it largely worked.  Springfield broke the press several times, but they never had it solved.  A 15 point lead was reduced to a single possession several times down the stretch.
Key point - up 2, around 2 minutes left McNulty gets fouled on a 3 pt. attempt and drains all 3 fts.

McNulty has been on fire from 3 pt. range in the postseason and a guy named Ross was also 5 for 5.
Post was saddled with early foul trouble.

Ross:  31 and 9.  Enough said.

Springfield, a team that didnít receive a single point in the last top-25 rankings is now in the Sweet 16.  (Iím not criticizing the poll, but I bet if the rankings were increased to top-30 they still wouldnít have received a vote).

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: March 02, 2018, 08:19:01 pm »
Both NEWMAC teams advance!

MIT took control early and was never threatened.  Brockport played a 2-3 zone and the MIT deliberate offense took a lot of time on each possession early on.
Jurko was very good running the point.  Heís not the triple-threat in the lane that Jomard is (few are), but if you canít pressure him above the arc youíre in for a long night. 

Springfield had its hands full with Albright and had to cross fingers twice in the final seconds on 3-point misses.  I question Springfieldís strategy up 1 with .9 on the clock, shooting FTs in the bonus.  He misses the front end, and makes the second.  If you lose you will lose on a 3 pointer, regardless of whether you make 1 FT.  So, why not bounce it off the front of the rim instead of letting them set up an inbounds pass?
Ross had a good stat line but he had one of his sloppy TO games.  Needs to clean that up.
McNulty had key 3-pointers down the stretch.  Both teams seemed anxious for postgame dinner and used a 15 second shot clock in the second half.

The road gets much tougher in round 2 for both teams.  If chalk prevails theyíll be on host teamís floors, and I have both Hopkins and Cabrini in my Final Four.

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Johns Hopkins
Augustana
Wash U
Cabrini

Augustana > Cabrini

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: February 26, 2018, 05:15:39 pm »
Itís Jake Ross Time!

Best player in New England imo.

And as Keith Jackson would say ... heís only a soph-o-more!

Well, he might be next year.  I'm a little partial to Jaqhawn Walters right now - and maybe Tarchee Brown.  They're both graduating, though.

Both very good players.  Just my opinion ... I think Walters production falls off in most games they lose. 
Thereís plenty of room on the 1st team All-Northeast for others.

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