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Central Region / Re: MBB: St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: August 24, 2014, 03:38:10 am »
It was just brought to my attention That my old favorite school, Hope College, will be matched up against Spalding in the first round of the Mose Hole Tourney at Wooster in late December... With the game not scheduled until December 29, Spalding Coach Kevin Gray will have plenty of time and games to figure out which sophs and frosh will work best with the several returning experienced players he has.  Wooster is a pretty good trip for me from St Louis (yikes, 540 miles), but this is only the second Hope-SLIAC match I can remember in the last dozen years... may have to consider it if it looks like a decent matchup.  Now, if buddies Sac and Flying Dutch Fan are making the trip from Holland, how can I resist?

Hello hopefan,

Long time no talk. Thought you might be interested in case you hadn't heard that your REAL favorite school, that would be your Alma Mater, RPI, has replaced retiring coach Mike Griffin with another Liberty League coach. The coach at Clarkson for the past 5 years, Mark Gilbride has decided to travel a few hundred miles south and is the new head coach  of the Red Hawks at RPI. Unsure if this is good or not for your old team. While he had a decent record at Clarkson,(75-51 over his 5 years there) they also didn't play a very challenging schedule, especially the last several years. Their SOS never gave them much hope for an at large bid They never won the conference or went to the NCAA tournament during his tenure. Leaving Clarkson so late in the season probably doesn't make the Golden Knights happy and what about the guys he's recruited the past few he's going to be coaching against them. They always used to play Plattsburgh State every year as we took turns traveling to each other's place. It was a good non-conference game and didn't involve an overnight trip. (Only 75 miles between us) When Gilbride replaced Adam Stockwell who left Clarkson to go to Oswego State and is now at Hamilton College, our annual game became history. If he plays the soft schedule at RPI that he played at Clarkson your Red Hawks will never see the NCAA tournament unless they win the automatic bid.  They played 26 games last year and 11 of those games were teams that had a winning record. 9 of those 11 were Liberty League games against the top 4 teams in the league.

Well good news for Hopefan. FU could play both Wash U. and IWU. Bad news for Hopefan. Both games would be in Cali. FU plays Wash U. in that special situation. Out, Play and Fly Back. Then a couple weeks later the Fly Back for a quick four teamer. FU plays Cal Lutheran and IWU plays a team tha slips my mind. It has Nazerath in it.

Bet Coach Hall wishes he had been able to make his own schedule. I know there is also a road game @ Augustana. FU needs to win a few games. It's been tough on their Jr. class.

Good Luck, Griffins.

That California tournament that you mentioned takes place on December 29th and 30th. It will have Cal Lutheran (the host school) playing Fontbonne on the 29th at 6 PM PST. Illinois Wesleyan will take on Nazareth College (The Golden Flyers) who are out of Rochester, New York at 8 PM PST. The 2 losers will face off at 6 PM PST on Dec. 30th and the championship game between the 2 winners will take place at 8 PM PST. I'm pretty sure hopefan may have played a game or 2 against Nazareth College back in the day when he was starting at RPI. (wasn't that the late 40's hopefan? It sure seems like it was that long ago.) Nazareth is currently a member of the Empire 8 Conference and usually they are contenders for one of the top spots in the league. They've made a few trips to the NCAA's in the past 7 years. They came up just short last year losing the tournament championship game to Hartwick by a 67-62 score. They ended the year 19-8. 

Well I've caught up on all the news in the SLIAC since the last season ended. Keep up the good work guys. Plus k to all of you.         

Northeast Region / Re: Little East
« on: August 24, 2014, 12:07:19 am »
Looks like last seasons schedule coming out in July was a fluke as on August 20 Western has no schedule posted for the upcoming season.  Since I graduated from there I'm not sure how often I'll be checking the athletics website, but if I find anything out, I'll let it be known.

Edit: Women's schedule is out; looks like Western has 4 of their first 5 LEC games at home, and have 1 Saturday home game after January 17 (that coming on January 31).  Vs. RIC, @ Keene, vs. Eastern @ Boston are the final 4 games, that looks like the toughest stretch of the LEC season.  Both Keene & Boston should be greatly improved this season, while even though Boston was winless in LEC play in 2014 they played really well down the closing stretch.  I believe only lost to Eastern by 6 or 8 points in the 1/8 game  ???

I'll try to check back in later on in the year.

Hello 7 express,
I didn't know you graduated this past May. Congratulations. Hope you were able to find gainful employment or perhaps you're continuing on with your education. Will you still be active on the boards as you were in past years or will we no longer get to face off in some of our D3 contests?  Hope the summer treated you well. Let me know if you ever get up into the Platttsburgh area.

East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: August 22, 2014, 03:08:38 am »
Magicman....I feel for you wrt the Pine Manor game, my friend.  I remember  the school as a junior college for ladies back in the dark ages when I was in school.  Brings back memories of my first college road Boston and Durgan Park...for the rude waitresses and huge plates of food.  Three freshmen from outside of New England.  On the way back we decided to take a side trip to a "Seven Sister" lost in a snow storm...mild one...and ended up at Pine Minor College instead.  I digress.  Point is that I would rather have your team play Amherst instead of Pine Manor...would help both our schools' SOS.

A nice opportunity for both our schools has gone by the boards. I understand why we joined the Buffalo tournament, as they were left with a problem when several teams backed out of their commitment and our coach was trying to help them out.   I just wish the Amherst game had been announced a little earlier as there was a good chance we would have been playing each other this year and the next one. And as you said it would have been beneficial to both schools SOS. We will still get out annual battle with Middlebury and I expect the Panthers will be an improved team over last year's edition.

At least as Pat pointed out they are D-III which surprised me but as he stated probably won't count for much as they will no doubt be ranked in the high 300's or low 400's. 

I couldn't resist giving you a plus K to make it an even 350.   

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Conference changes for 2011-12
« on: August 20, 2014, 04:31:42 pm »
Hilbert, Medaille and D'Youville all appear on the Great Lakes Rankings worksheet for the final public rankings last winter.    click on Great Lakes at the bottom for the pdf

edit fixed link

Thanks for setting me straight sac. I had them in my East Region totals, that I did at various times last year, all season long.  Plus K

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Conference changes for 2011-12
« on: August 19, 2014, 06:42:19 pm »
AMCC was moved to the Great Lakes last year.

I'm pretty sure (not positive) that Hilbert, Medaille, and D'Youville were all in the East Region last year, but have been moved to the Great Lakes this year as the entire conference is now in that region.

East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: August 18, 2014, 12:00:39 am »
Cat didn't just get your tongue, he must have ripped it right out.

Point Park and Pine Manor. Wow..... Now the top 2 YAC teams of last year's out of conference schedule will now only have 5 teams that count instead of 7.

And Pine Manor??? I could have called up Joe Cardany, Mike Deane, AnthonyWilliams, Travis Gorham and myself and we would have been a better entry than Pine Manor. And Cardany is in his 50's and Deane and I are in our 60's.

Pine Manor will count -- what it will count for, I'm not sure, but they're a D-III program and will count (likely poorly) towards SOS, etc.

Thanks Pat,

I saw this will be their first year with a men's program. Are they in their 1st year of provisional status?

East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: August 16, 2014, 02:22:56 am »
Cat didn't just get your tongue, he must have ripped it right out.

Point Park and Pine Manor. Wow..... Now the top 2 YAC teams of last year's out of conference schedule will now only have 5 teams that count instead of 7.

And Pine Manor??? I could have called up Joe Cardany, Mike Deane, AnthonyWilliams, Travis Gorham and myself and we would have been a better entry than Pine Manor. And Cardany is in his 50's and Deane and I are in our 60's.   

East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: August 09, 2014, 08:02:13 am »
Wow.... I'm speechless (but I won't be tomorrow. )

You speechless...that has to be a first!!!! Laryngitis doesn't stop your fingers from working on the keyboard. I better hear the 2 most important words I'm looking for and that would be the names of the other 2 teams in the Coles Classic tournament.

Northeast Region / Re: NESCAC MBB
« on: August 08, 2014, 07:15:38 am »
Turning the question on its head: Be reminded that Pete Metzelaars lead Wabash College to a DIII basketball national championship and then went on to a highly successful 16 year career as a TE in the NFL.

And if I remember correctly when Metzelaars led Wabash that year it was my alma mater Potsdam State that Wabash beat to win the National Championship. I almost mentioned him earlier but his pro career was in a different direction than the hardwood. Still a heck of a basketball player.

Northeast Region / Re: NESCAC MBB
« on: August 08, 2014, 07:11:02 am »
Magicman....alert as ever! :).   When I saw the post by Coach  Hixon, I thought about you and your "hometown" school.  Yes indeed, noticed the possibility of home and away games.  Who knows...maybe there will be only an one game deal this season.  Good to have strong programs face each other during the regular season.  Maybe your coach could suggest a future series..plant a "seed".
There are some weak teams that Amherst has on it's schedule.  Hope I do not get in trouble with Coach Hixon...not knowing his thinking wrt to out of conf. Games in the middle of the season.
Still it is good to test one's team against strong opponents to judge the progress of the team.

Was disappointed to hear our schedule got filled up (just recently) when a team at a Buffalo State tournament backed out at the last minute and our coach helped out by filling in for the team that dropped out. Not really a tournament we would normally play in since we play Buffalo State at least twice and sometimes 3 times during the regular season and conference playoffs. It won't be a classic tournament in that the 2 winners may not meet for the championship since we will play the other 2 teams in the tournament and so will Buff State. Not even sure who the other 2 teams are yet but they surely won't be of the stature of Amherst. Our Coach Curle was quite disappointed that our schedule was filled as he would have welcomed the opportunity to play the LJ's in back to back years. One thing about Coach Curle is he will play anybody, anytime, anywhere. The better the competition, the more learning experiences for the players. I let the other SUNYAC teams know that they might check with Coach Hixson if they still have an open date. Perhaps one of these years my Cardinals and your LJ's will get to do a home and home during the regular season. I'd love to get them in Memorial Hall at least once before I leave this planet. Amherst was there back in 2008 but unfortunately they played and beat Brandeis in the "Great 8" and not my Cardinals. That was the year of Olsen, Walters, Hopkins, Baskauskas, and Jones and resulted in a runnerup finish losing to Washington U in the National Finals.  Another great team in a long line of them from Amherst.     

Northeast Region / Re: NESCAC MBB
« on: August 08, 2014, 06:33:21 am »
Illinois Wesleyan competed in the NAIA tournament when Jack Sikma was there. He was not a Division III player.

Hidden deep within the grey matter of my aged brain I knew that Jack was not really D-III but since IWU is D-III now I figured it was close enough. Actually nobody was D-III back then but Jack was a long way from the Pac 10. SEC, ACC and so on. and much closer to our modern day D-III player. Besides he's one of Mr. Ypsi's claim to fame and I want to keep him relevant on the boards every so often,  just to allow Chuck to have a senior moment or two. ;D   

East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: August 07, 2014, 10:49:17 am »
Wondering where my friend from Buffalo is to :

A.  Tell me about the places I sent him to check on at Lake George and whether he did so and had fun.

B.  Wondering why he kept it a secret that my Plattsburgh State team is playing in an early season tournament at Buffalo State (due to a cancellation by some other team) and who our opponents might be since I know we will not be playing Buff State. Good old Coach Curle to the rescue it would appear. (Hope there are no non-DIII schools in the Coles Classic, which I assume is the tournament in question on the weekend of Friday and Saturday Nov 21st and 22nd. Our coming to the rescue of Buff State in this tournament may have cost us a home and home 2 year series with Amherst and the Lord Jeffs who were looking for an opponent to play on Feb 11th or 12th and would be willing to travel one year and have a return visit the next year. Unfortunately we no longer had a game open and couldn't take advantage of the opportunity. If the Bengals or any other SUNYAC team still have an open date you might want to give Coach Hixson a  call at Amherst. Here's the link to the  info:

C. Thought Buff State was a season opening tournament for us, but just discovered we open up on Saturday, Nov. 15th at the Lycoming, Pennslyvania, tournament against Elizabethtown and then face the winner/loser  of the Lycoming-Penn State-Schuylkill game on Sunday the 16th. I'm guessing it will be Plattsburgh State-Lycoming in the Championship game on Sunday at 3:00 PM. At least I hope it works out that way.

The Plattsburgh State schedule was released today with the exception of who we play in the Buff State tournament.  We play our final 2 SUNYAC games against Brockport and Geneseo in Plattsburgh on Feb. 20th and 21st. Something tells me that those 2 contests will go a long way in determining who wins the conference's top seed. I'm just glad they are here in Plattsburgh.   Here's the link to the Cardinals' schedule:

Once again I won't get to see my Cardinals in action until the month of December. After the 2 opening weekend tournaments we play St. Lawrence over there on December 2nd and finally get a set of home games against conference foes New Paltz and Oneonta on the weekend of December 5th and 6th. Then a 25 day break until we travel to Keene State on 12-31, New Year's Eve. (I wonder who scheduled that game).Finally back home again to face traditional rival Middlebury on January 6th. Once again, as usual, the Cardinals come out on the short end of the stick with only 10 home games of their 25 regular season contests. And 6 of their 7 non conference games are on the road. Not real happy about this year's schedule.

Plattsburgh will be shooting for their 7th NCAA bid in the last 10 years. No other East Region team can make that claim. They are coming off a successful 26-4 record, a Sweet 16 trip and a final ranking in the D3hoops Top 25 poll. The Plattsburgh State coaching staff is hoping for another fine season and even though they lost 3 starters from last year's team,  several starters of 2 years ago who didn't play last season may be back with the team this year. The Cardinals figure to be deep and talented again this year. The success that Coach Tom Curle has experienced ever since his arrival at his alma mater in 2003 has been unparalleled and he will be seeking his 6th 20 win season in the past 9 years. Curle already holds the highest winning percentage of any Plattsburgh State coach and is the second longest serving head coach in the East Region trailing only RIT's Bob McVean in longevity     
The 27th edition of the Cardinal Classic golf tournament was held yesterday afternoon and once again it was a huge success. Foursomes galore turned out to support the Cardinals and a great time was had by all. Weather was superb, golf was so so (at least by my team but we won it last year so it was someone else's turn this year). The food was exceptional as the tournament is co-sponsored by Chartwells , the company that does the food service at  Plattsburgh State and is the finest meal put on by a golf tournament in the region with food and drinks both on the course during play and an outstanding dinner put on after the tournament on the shores of beautiful Lake Champlain.

This is the tournament I should have asked Brockport State Coach Dunne to come up and join in the festivities and be on my team. Next year I will make it a priority if it is good timing for him. If a certain Buffalo State supporter would get his rear in gear and take up this great game of golf I'd get him up here as well. He'll learn in time that there is not to many sports that you're still able to play half way decently at the age of 65 and older as the sport of golf. The sooner he learns that lesson the better off he will be.

Of Special note our congratulations to Bengals Coach Fajri Ansari for having July 25th named "Fajri Ansari Day" by Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown for the over 30 years of service Coach Ansari has provided to the Buffalo Community as an educator and a coach among other outstanding contributions he has made to the Queen city area. It's not often a city the size of Buffalo recognizes someone in a special manner as they have done for Coach Ansari. A well deserved honor indeed. I always look forward to the visit by Coach Ansari and his fine staff whenever they make their yearly visit to Plattsburgh.   

Northeast Region / Re: NESCAC MBB
« on: August 05, 2014, 07:22:39 am »
Just a quick aside and maybe this was brought up at some point but I didn't see anything.

For you posters who have been watching D-III bball longer than we have, can you think of any D-III-to-D-I transfers who have turned into bona fide stars at the next level (the Varun Ram example having been noted)?

I don't know of any D-III players who transferred to D-1 off the top of my head and turned into bona fide stars, but I do know of several D-III players who were excellent players in the NBA.

Randy Smith from Buffalo State, who I saw play in college a number of times, was drafted number 104 or 205 (depending on whose info site you read) in the 1970 draft and went on to play for 12 outstanding seasons mainly for the Buffalo Braves and other teams. While at Buffalo State Randy was an All American in 3 different sports.... basketball, soccer, and track. (In high school Randy set a state record for the high jump at the time, 6'6") Amazingly even though he was only 6'3" tall he played small forward in the pros because of his leaping ability. Twice he was named as an NBA All Star and was  the MVP of the NBA All Star Game in 1978, scoring 27 points off the bench. He averaged over 20 ppg for at least 4 years. In June 2009 after working out in Norwich,  Connecticut Randy had a heart attack and died shortly after, he was only 60 years old. He was undoubtedly one of the best D-III ballplayers I have ever seen or ever will see.   

Marvin "The Human Eraser" Webster who went to Morgan State back in 1975 was also drafted by the NBA and had an excellent 11 year career. Webster was 7'1" and still holds a number of records at Morgan State. He averaged over 6.5 blocked shots per game for his career and his junior year averaged over 8 blocks per game when his team won the National D-II championship that year. I believe they defeated Potsdam State during that run and it may have been in  the championship game. There was also no 3 Divisions back then. Webster averaged 7.0 ppg and 6.8 rpg. He left us at an early age when he was found dead in his Oklahoma hotel room in April 2009 in what was diagnosed as coronary artery disease.

Jack Sikma also was a D-III superstar who went to D-III Illinois Wesleyan College. Jack was drafted in the 1st round with the #8 pick by the Seattle Supersonics and had an outstanding 15 year career in the NBA playing for the Supersonics and then the Milwaukee Bucks. Sikma was one of the best shooting centers in NBA  history. The 6'11' player averaged 15.6 ppg and 9.8 rpg for his career.   In 1987-88 he led the league in free throw shooting with a 92.2% and averaged 84.9% for his career from the line. He also made over 200 three pointers for his career (32.8). (Note this was during the time that the NCAA only had Division I and Division II) The last I knew Jack was still with us and was an assistant coach for the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Northeast Region / Re: NESCAC MBB
« on: August 05, 2014, 05:49:52 am »
Back to a basics type post.   Noticed that Amherst Coach Hixon is looking to fill an open date this season. See yesterday post.  Wonder if RCI's new coach has dropped the "annual" game with Amherst.  See that Coach Hixon is handling the assignment rather than giving it to an is often the case.

I called Coach Curle at Plattsburgh State as soon as I spotted the post from you that said Amherst was looking for a game to fill an open date. Unfortunately Plattsburgh had already completed their schedule for 2013-14 and couldn't fit the Amherst game in. Needless to say I was extremely disappointed because it looked like it would be a home and home game for the next 2 years.

On a side nor we did try earlier to schedue a game with a high profile New England team that desperately needs to upgrade their weak schedule. Our coach called their coach no less than 5 times and left a mesage to try and arrange a game either on their court or ours. He couldn't even get the courtesy of a return phone call. So much for that school trying to play quality out of conference teams.             

Hello amh63. Doing fine this summer. Saw the press releases on the Middlebury resignation and then the hire of the Bowdoin assistant. I sent you a personal message so check there.

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