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Northeast Region / Re: Little East
« on: Today at 03:11:26 am »

Western's schedule.  Take note of the first 2 games: vs. Maine-Augusta (a USCAA school) @ Presque isle about as far north in Maine as you can go while still being in the United States and the next day @ UM-PI.  WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY???  What's the point??  So we can sit on a bus for 10 hours and get 2 easy wins??  If they want easy wins: schedule CCNY & Sarah Lawrence!!  Instead of a 10 hour trip or 3 flights we can take a 80 minute bus trip to those 2 schools.  Makes absolutely no sense.  Hopefully someone can shed some light.

Note: Just checked, UM-PI to Western is 544 miles, so at least the NCAA will pay the flight....HOWEVER the nearest airport we can probably get to is Bangor which is 160 miles and 3 hours down 95, and if we fly direct into Portland that's 290 miles and about 4.5 hours down 95 so what's the point??  There is a regional airport in Presque Isle, but I think they only have flights to Boston and possibly Montreal and or Toronto, so that could be a problem especially if the first flight is delayed, bad weather, etc.  Makes absolutely no sense why we would even entertain the thought of going up there, yet alone actually going up there.  As I said in the first paragraph, WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY???

Hey 7express,

I'm not sure if the powers that be at Western Connecticut heard your complaints or not, but the schedule has been changed and your Colonials no longer have that 2 game venture into Maine. Those games have been removed from the schedule.

Btw, rest of the schedule: ehhh.  That's about all I'll say in regards to the creampuff non-LEC portion of the schedule.  No reason they should not be 9-0 heading into the Dartmouth game as the 2 toughest opponents (Vassar & Mitchell [didn't we play them at home last year too??] are at home), and the talent level of UMPI & Augusta should make up for the long travel.   IF I were a betting man, I'd take a bet that Western is no worse then 13-1 heading into the first RIC game, that schedule is an absolute joke.

The creampuff  non-LEC portion of Western's schedule just got a little harder as the 1st 2 games are now against The College of New Jersey and my Plattsburgh State Cardinals. I believe that 9-0 mark heading into the Dartmouth game may not happen. I think the Colonials will be 1-1 after their 1st 2 games. ;) It also appears that Albertus Magnus will host Western on 12-15. We tried to get that game with them but couldn't work it out. I think Western will play Plattsburgh State again next year in Plattsburgh. You'll have to come and visit me if that happens.

So Western went from playing a couple of teams that would have put a big hurt on their SOS to playing 2 teams that went to the Sweet 16 last year. (Plattsburgh and AM) Western may not win those 2 games but the team will certainly benefit from playing them and could get them primed for conference play.   

East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: September 24, 2014, 07:16:40 pm »

  On the plus side, I gotta imagine that getting home from a road trip at Plattsburgh/Potsdam on Jan 31st at 10 pm, instead of 2 a.m.,  may be a plus for my beloved BENGALS!

Don't men's and women's teams travel together?

Most men's and women's teams do travel together, jdex, but the teams from the Queen City have separate buses. :o ;D  So Bengalsrule is right....they (the men from Buffalo State) will get home 3 to 4 hours earlier from their road trips than they used to. The rest of the SUNYAC schools won't get home any earlier though. It was Bengalsrule who first told me about the time change back in July. He didn't seem too happy about it then. ???

Since my post of the other day, I have been informed that a majority of the Men's coaches seem to be in favor of the switch to the early starting time and they feel it will be beneficial to their players. I've also been told that more families will attend the Men's game since it's earlier. Now the kids can get home and be in bed at a reasonable time.

I think attendance at both games will be affected in a negative manner despite what I was told. We shall see.     

East Region / Re: MBB: State University of New York Athletic Conference
« on: September 22, 2014, 06:47:21 pm »

Anyone else take notice of conference and some N-C game starting times for 2014-15? Men to play before women. Evening games underway at 5:30

I found out about that around July. I think it will hurt the attendance at the Women's games since many people would go early to catch the 2nd half of the Women's games and then watch the Men's games. I'm not so sure that the crowd will hang around after the Men's game is over. It may also hurt the attendance at the Men's games since it may prohibit a number of fans from getting to the gym for the early tipoff. If you can't get there until 6:30 or 6:45 PM you missed so much of the action that people may just bag it. I think it will hurt attendance for both teams. I understand why they did it but don't think it's a good idea. I believe more people may just stay home and follow the action online.

Northeast Region / Re: GNAC
« on: September 18, 2014, 09:59:19 pm »

That's interesting!!! Maybe there is hope yet! No doubt this would be a great non conference matchup for both teams! Where exactly is that thread located?? I cant seem to find it??


It's located on the very bottom of the Posting Up (Division III Basketball) section, under Basketball Open Dates.  Click on that heading and a bunch of topics  come up. The 5th one down is Men's Single Games. Click on the last page. Or you could just click on "Quote from Mitch Oliver" that was in my last post and it will take you right to it. :) 

Or click on this link:  ;)  and it's the 5th one down.   

Or just click on this link and go to page 7:  ;D             

Northeast Region / Re: GNAC
« on: September 18, 2014, 07:31:35 pm »
Magicman, what a great matchup that would be for these two programs! I personally have a lot of respect for Plattsburgh after seeing them play a little in last years NCAA tourney. But I must say that even though Albertus doesn't release there schedule till almost the last minute.......I am almost certain that there schedule is complete. PJ seems to know or at least sees Coach Oliver from time to time where as I don't. Perhaps he can forward that info to him because there is no doubt that this would be a great regular season matchup for these 2 now well established programs.

Speaking of PJ welcome back!! Season will be here before we know it and I am hearing a lot of good things about this years Albertus squad. Perhaps the biggest news is that recently I was told and I cant confirm it 100% but apparently Albertus landed another transfer from D1 Iona named Tavon Sledge. An outstanding player out of NY who was recruited heavily out of high school and actually signed with Iowa State for his freshman year before transferring to Iona for both his sophomore and junior seasons. How Oliver managed to pull this off is unbelievable. This is the kinda move that just might be a game changer for this years team. I mean I cant even comprehend the backcourt that Albertus will have this year if it is true. Eian Davis and Tavon Sledge, not to mention returners like James Jennings and a healthy Julian Sanders, that's hands down the fastest and most athletic backcourt in the country. Then you add in a center like Big Vic and forwards like Lemar Larsen and JUCO star transfer Kervin Rameau along with everyone else?? This could easily be the deepest and most talented team in the country!

Just an unbelievable time right now to be a Falcon fan! Coach Oliver is a masterful recruiter and this teams once again seems to be better than the last.


This was posted by Coach Oliver on the Men's single games board just a week ago.

Albertus Magnus is still looking for one game for 2014-15!! Contact Mitch Oliver if interested at: 203-773-8575 or

So it may happen yet. I believe it will be on your campus however if it does take place. With only 10 home games for the Cardinals this year I was hoping any late additions would take place in Plattsburgh.

Northeast Region / Re: GNAC
« on: September 18, 2014, 11:46:00 am »
If Albertus Magnus  still needs a game they should contact the coach at Plattsburgh State. The Cardinals now need to add 2 games to their schedule since they are no longer taking part in an early season tournament that involved a club team. Just like Albertus Magnus, Plattsburgh made the Sweet 16 last year and they return a solid group of veteran players.  Would be a good game for both teams. I spoke to Coach Curle from Plattsburgh State last night and he said he called the coach at AM on Monday or Tuesday when he discovered the Cardinals would be playing in a tournament against a club team which he was unaware of. He thought they were a D3 team and just discovered they only have club status. He opted out of that tournament because of that fact.
If any of the AM posters are close to the AM coach you should see if you can help make this game a reality. I thought that either PJ, or D3HoopJunkie or of you guys... was close to the AM coach and might be able to put a bug in his ear.       

Northeast Region / Re: NESCAC MBB
« on: September 15, 2014, 04:03:52 am »
If one checks the single game openings board...and makes an assumption that Amherst 's schedule is still not complete....Jan. sees that Albertus Magnus  is also seeking a game.
A possible mid season game between two pre season highly ranked teams ...both with questions at this time...would be great for the NE region.  However, do not believe it would benefit either teams.
Thoughts on such a game.  Amherst would be the better site due to larger seating venue.

Interesting to see that Albertus Magnus is looking for a game to fill their schedule. I know a certain coach from a Top 25 team that placed 5 phone calls to the Albertus Magnus coach this summer to arrange a game this year and he couldn't even get a return phone call. He was even willing to play the game at Albertus Magnus. Now AM is looking for a game? I was surprised because one of the knocks against AM is that they play in a weak league and they need to beef up their non-conference schedule. They had a perfect opportunity to do so and yet failed to make an effort with a team that would have boosted their SOS.   

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Posters' Poll
« on: September 05, 2014, 04:01:16 am »
After last winter's brutality, Mrs. Y and I are probably going to be snowbirds this year.  Since I don't know what my internet access may or may not be, I must reluctantly pass the PP mantle to someone else.  Any takers?

I must say that's a pretty flimsy excuse for a resignation. :P You think Florida may not have internet access where you'll be located ? I'm the one with internet problems up here in the wilderness of Northern New York where I still can't get high speed internet at my house and I'm forced to use a dial up phone connection. (Although Charter Communications has told me that I may be able to get a high speed connection in about 2 months from now) As a Posters' Poll voter that hasn't missed a poll in God knows how many years I'm stunned that I'll have to send my Top 25 to someone other than you. I demand a recount! :o

I suppose the next thing we'll hear from you is that you can't participate in the National Pick Em League and the NCAA Tournament Fantasy League because of your internet access as well. ???

Northeast Region / Re: Little East
« on: August 30, 2014, 04:06:59 am »
Note: Just checked, UM-PI to Western is 544 miles, so at least the NCAA will pay the flight....HOWEVER the nearest airport we can probably get to is Bangor which is 160 miles and 3 hours down 95, and if we fly direct into Portland that's 290 miles and about 4.5 hours down 95 so what's the point??  There is a regional airport in Presque Isle, but I think they only have flights to Boston and possibly Montreal and or Toronto, so that could be a problem especially if the first flight is delayed, bad weather, etc.  Makes absolutely no sense why we would even entertain the thought of going up there, yet alone actually going up there.  As I said in the first paragraph, WHYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY???

As Pat noted those flights, because the distance between the schools is over 500 miles, is strictly done only during NCAA tournament play, so unless a few wealthy Western backers are renting out a plane for the Colonials they will be enjoying the scenery on that 10 hour bus ride to Maine, probably on Friday. And then get to do it all over again on the 10 hour bus ride home on Sunday after the game.
I agree with you 7, not even the thrill of opening the season 2-0 seems to be worth that trip.

Call up D Mac and have him do a special live Hoopsville from the Western Connecticut Bus. He's a Maine man he'll at least have some history and stories to tell to make the trip interesting.     

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?

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