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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: November 18, 2018, 06:59:30 pm »
Iím kinda glad I missed the finals of the Babson Invitational, where for the 2nd year in a row Keith Brown went nuts for Endicott, scoring 29 points in the 2nd half (38 for the game), enabling Endicott to overcome a 16-pt halftime deficit and win going away.

Memo to Babson:  Disinvite Endicott from the 2019 Invitational and replace them with Cupcake College.
Meanwhile Brown is still only a junior and has a major in Business Management.  Did we try to recruit this kid?

Suddenly next Sundayís game of Endicott (4-0) @ Middlebury becomes very intriguing.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: November 16, 2018, 12:17:53 pm »
Great early season road win for Endicott. Both of these teams will pop up in the regional rankings as the season goes on. As Babo said, MIT will shoot it better on most nights and will win a lot of games.

Endicott coach Kevin Bettencourt has really found his niche from a recruiting standpoint and is one of the top up and coming coaches in the in Northeast as he continues to build upon a very impressive resume.

Peabody HS (MA) - all time leading scorer
Bucknell - three time All-Patriot League selection; led team to an upset over Kansas in NCAA tournament
Salem State - assistant
Bentley - assistant

Good info.  Absolutely hats off to the coaching staff for such strong recruiting in a VERY competitive market, particularly among D3 schools. 
On top of that, it hasnít been that long (relatively speaking) for men to be admitted to the college.  Wheaton in the NEWMAC had a similar strong burst in athletics after admitting men.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: November 16, 2018, 06:54:30 am »
I suppose many folks will wake up stunned to hear that MIT got rolled up by Endicott 90-73, but this wasnít exactly UMBC over UVA.
No one should sleep on Endicott.  Per their own recap, they are now 3-2 against ranked opponents in their last 5 games.  I remember one of those vividly - last yearís blitz of Babson at Babson when Keith Brown went off for 45.
Brown is still someone who demands constant attention but Endicott has a deep roster that can fill it up.  (Special recognition should be given to Endicott for having an entire roster from New England).

For this game Endicott couldnít miss from 3-pt range.  I thought MIT provided a little too much extra help on Brown, leaving other shooters with too much space.  Just not MITís night.  Indicative of the Engineersí struggles was when Korb (85% at the line) got fouled attempting a 3-pointer and missed all 3 FTs.
I also thought the MIT offensive was too 3-pt centric from the start when they had a distinct size advantage.  Iíd rather have seen Jurko out top, looking to drive or feed Jomard or Roberts inside, or Forsythe and Hinkley on the wings.  But when you get down by 23 and the other team is raining 3ís itís hard to avoid the temptation to get points in a hurry.

MIT will be just fine.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: November 14, 2018, 05:29:45 pm »
Did the announcer make a mistake on the arm sling or was it possibly two injuries?

Iím pretty sure it was one injury.  He was taken out of the game within the first 5 minutes and never returned.  The audio/video were out until the 2nd half, so whatever additional information might have been available never made it to air.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: November 13, 2018, 09:04:11 pm »
Big win for WPI, but the bigger news for D3 basketball is Jake Ross left the Springfield game very early.
Caught only the early 2nd half video to hear the play-by-play guy say Ross was in street clothes with his arm in a sling.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Top 25 talk
« on: November 12, 2018, 06:59:40 pm »
Nice pull getting Calhoun on your podcast, congrats Dave!

Thank you ... I appreciate that when we call or email, that people know we are legit. That helps as well.

Dave has "people".

Sometimes we do ... sometimes we are lucky. Let's say this might be in the middle. :)

Coach Calhoun has some nice words at the start of the interview. Oh, and we did ask him the "NABC Coach's Corner" quiz because ... well, why not?!

This is going to really date me, but earlier in the Holocene epoch I regularly went to games in Boston.  I had a friend who played at UMaine and whenever they came to town Iíd attend.  When they played Northeastern Calhoun was coaching, and when they played BU (as in Boston U) Pitino was coaching.
No one had any idea what amazing careers they would have.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: November 12, 2018, 06:46:29 pm »
Hey thanks WPI.

Youíve got a tough home opener on tap with Magnus.  I noticed your incoming freshman have Old School size.  Wow!  Iíll check in on that game for sure.

NEWMAC preseason poll had you at #3.  Thoughts on the season?

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: November 12, 2018, 07:04:32 am »
Tough loss to start the season.  Winnable game, despite an excruciating 24 turnovers.  Credit to JWU for staying with full court pressure for 45 minutes - it worked.  Babson never completely had it solved.
All that said Jaworski (who has improved a lot over his solid freshman season) was shooting 2 FTs, down 1 with a second left in regulation.  He could only make 1 to force the OT.

Not sure if Brandon Johnson was injured in the 2nd half.  He didnít play the last 15 minutes, including OT.  They need him going forward.

My kingdom for a pure point guard.


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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: November 08, 2018, 09:11:28 pm »
I watched the Springfield- WNEC game which was much closer than the 95-84 final would indicate.
Pettwayís quickness gave the Pride a lot of trouble for most of the game, often taking his dribble from the top of the arc and finishing with layup after layup.
Down 9 in the second half around the 15 minute mark Ross just took over for 90 seconds ... 3 coast-to-coast breaks finishing at the rim each time, then dropping it off to Witter on the 4th drive.  Tie game.

This game wasnít safely in the win column til the final minutes.  Costa (frosh) played meaningful minutes down the stretch and looked really smooth.  Just what the rest of the NEWMAC needs, another weapon for Springfield.

Ross finished with 35/16/6.   Lather, rinse, repeat.

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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: November 06, 2018, 06:20:02 pm »
Great to have D3 hoops back.

MIT and Springfield will be the class of the league barring some miracle.  If anything ... scary to think it ... MIT might even be better this year.  Thatís all good.  Iím a firm believer that lesser programs are forced to get better when the elite teams get better.  A rising tide lifts all boats, or something like that.

Anyway No Easy Wins Make A Champion.

Babson is probably middle of the league this year.  Of the 5 frosh Bradanese is probably the most intriguing and ready to contribute.  Wouldnít surprise me to see 1/2 freshman starters.

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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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