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Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: Yesterday at 09:59:14 pm »

I'm heading up to Vermont this week and will be at Middlebury for the Williams game.  I look forward to meeting any of you who happen to be there.  I've been told there's room at the media table, so you'll probably find me there!

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Conference changes
« on: January 19, 2020, 06:40:51 pm »

CNU women chose to go to a lot of tournaments this year.  The CNU men hosted a bunch of them.  It is what it is.

Pool B is fine so long as we still have enough teams to have a Pool B bid.  That won't continue forever - and probably not much longer.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Championship Belt
« on: January 18, 2020, 03:27:11 pm »

The question is:

Do we engrave the entire 45 year history of The Belt onto The Belt?

Two QR code’s: one linked to your most updated PDF of The BeltTM Path, and one to the map.

Does an engraved QR code work?

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Championship Belt
« on: January 18, 2020, 01:11:05 pm »

The question is:

Do we engrave the entire 45 year history of The Belt onto The Belt?

West Region / Re: MBB: Northwest Conference
« on: January 18, 2020, 10:04:21 am »

Not only was Isaiah Hernandez back, but he played an excellent game and really made the difference for Whitworth.  College was not hitting early and Hernandez hit four clutch FTs down the stretch.  I'm glad I didn't drop Whitworth entirely out of my ballot.  I was counting on Hernandez being back and while they still need some adjustments, it does appear Whitworth is the class of the NWC this season.

(Cue a Whitman win on Tuesday).

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Championship Belt
« on: January 17, 2020, 03:08:38 pm »

If there was an actual wrestling-style belt, the players would 100% be into it.  The question is how the coaches would feel and whether it would always get handed off appropriately when it changes hands.

The potential drama surrounding a handover might actually make fans linger rather than leave immediately after the final buzzer. Nothing attracts people more than the possibility of a fracas or some sort of unseemly public behavior.

Which is why I'm not sure the coaches would be down with it.  They try to limit distractions during the season.  Maybe we could concoct a Belt that moves among the fans of each team?  That might be doable.

Pick-ems, fantasy leagues, etc. / Re: D3 Men's National Pick Em League
« on: January 17, 2020, 02:11:06 pm »

Tuesday, January 21st

Whitman @ Whitworth - 11 PM
Greensboro @ Averett - 7:30 PM

Wednesday, January 22nd

Randolph-Macon @ Virginia Wesleyan - 7 PM
Marietta @ Mt. Union - 7 PM
Hiram @ Kenyon - 7 PM

Thursday, January 23rd

UT - Dallas @ Sul Ross St. - 8:30 PM

Friday, January 24th

Union @ Ithaca - 7:30 PM

Saturday, January 25th

Elms @ Mitchell - 1 PM
Southwestern @ Trinity (TX) - 5 PM
George Fox @ Lewis & Clark - 9 PM

Atlantic Region / Re: NJAC TALK
« on: January 17, 2020, 02:05:25 pm »
Big win for Stockton this week on the road @ Rutgers-Newark. The Scarlet Raptors have been shutting teams down defensively as of late.  The Ospreys can play some "D" too.

Big home game with MSU tomorrow.   Keep the pressure on and no time for a letdown.   GO OSPREYS!!

If they beat Montclair, they're two games up on everyone, that's important.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Championship Belt
« on: January 17, 2020, 01:10:39 pm »

If there was an actual wrestling-style belt, the players would 100% be into it.  The question is how the coaches would feel and whether it would always get handed off appropriately when it changes hands.

East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: January 17, 2020, 11:01:04 am »
I don't think Dunne was too happy with his troops after sweeping favorites Oswego and Geneseo and then getting smacked at Jerry Welsh Gym.  Sure didn't look happy late in second half.  Think his guys are pedal to the metal from here on out.

Not a guy I'd be interested in upsetting, that's for sure.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: January 17, 2020, 09:56:55 am »

I've been tweeting at Gladwell about D3hoops for years.  I really feel like it's right up his alley (except for the schools with super large endowments; he's not a fan, sorry guys) - I guess he's just got more important things to do.

After starting the season 0-2 with losses at Westmont and Biola (NAIA Division I), Pomona has won 11 straight and is ranked No. 24 in this week's Men's Top 25

They've actually been playing better than I even expected and I was the only one voting for them in the preseason.  It's a very strong defensive team with a whole heap of tall, lanky guys that provide bad matchups all over the floor.

No sooner did you sing Pomona's praises than Whittier beat the Sagehens 97-93 at Pomona.

Other SCIAC scores from January 15:

Caltech 56 Cal Lutheran 50
Claremont 77 Redlands 60
Oxy 86 La Verne 63

Schedule for Saturday January 18:

Whittier (9-6, 4-2 SCIAC) @ Oxy (9-3, 3-2) 2:00 pm
Pomona (11-3, 4-1) @ Cal Lutheran (2-12, 1-5) 2:00 pm
La Verne (0-13, 0-5) @ Chapman (11-3, 3-2) 2:00 pm
Caltech (5-9, 3-2) @ Redlands (9-5, 2-3) 5:00 pm

Claremont (12-3, 4-2) is idle.


I jinxed about three teams last night.  Not my best work.  It did seem like Whittier found ways to get PP out of sync on offense and limit Elan.  If the other SCIAC teams can piggy back on some of those tactics, it could be a long six weeks for the Sagehens.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NEWMAC
« on: January 16, 2020, 11:14:40 am »

That was one of those games where having a PG like Ainge makes a real difference.  They needed good shots at the end of the game and he seemed very confident to get the ball where it needed to be.  That's going to be invaluable come tournament time and pretty exciting that he's only a junior.

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: Great Northeast Athletic Conference
« on: January 15, 2020, 04:12:41 pm »
I wrote about them on the NESCAC board, but I, too, was very impressed by St. Joe's.  Williams played very poorly against Albertus Magnus, and had a key player go down to injury nine minutes in the game leading to a scramble in the rotation, but I though the Ephs played pretty well against St Joe's for the most part, but just had no answers down the stretch.  As you would expect giving the coaching staff, St. Joe's is very organized on both ends of the floor and makes smart in-game adjustments. 

Their backcourt is as talented as any you will see in D3, Delshawn Jackson is a legit stud scorer who carries himself kind of like Echevarria did last year, and Jaecee Martin is lightning fast (I seriously doubt there is a faster guard in D3) and also extremely confident, a real alpha lead guard, that duo will give any opposing backcourt big-time trouble.  They are clearly a different team since he joined the roster.  Taelon Martin is a crazy talented athlete (he had two eye-popping plays, a dunk and a trailing block, last night) and seems like an X-factor guy who could explode for some really big games as he gains experience.  And they have a bunch of other big, athletic wings who can really defend and also score it a bit, Jordan Powell foremost among them, but also Samuels, Brown and O'Neil can all play.  They have a pretty big hole in the middle, an elite center will give them trouble (and did last night), but that is true of a lot of teams in New England.  Honestly, I thought they were the scariest team Williams has played this year, better than teams who have been ranked like Amherst, Springfield, and Hamilton.

Of course, you haven't seen Yeshiva yet.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2020 NCAA Tournament
« on: January 15, 2020, 04:11:00 pm »
I don't recall if I had "reserved" tickets or not. But, whenever we went to the 1st game, we sat where there were open seats. Once that game ended and the other team cleared out, we basically moved over behind the Pointer bench without any problem. I always got the upper level tickets, so maybe that played a part in it...also, there were only four teams everytime I went.

The sections they "reserve" they tend to do for those like students so they can have "crowds" in certain spots.

Is Turner still doing all the broadcasting in Ft. Wayne, even though there's no championship game there this year?

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