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Finally a box score on the Buffalo State-Fredonia State game and the final score was Blue Devils 91 Bengals 88.

They did call a charge on Kevin Marmolejos with 18 seconds left and the score was 87-85. The Bengals had to foul and Brandon Hodge made both free throws to make it a 2 possession game. The Bengals then turned it over but Fredonia returned the favor and Marmolejos drained another 3 pointer to make it 89-88 with 6 ticks left. Bengals foul Ian Helps who made both free throws to make the final 91-88. 

I believe that Fredonia State just beat Buffalo State but I dont know the final score as the live stats quit working with 7:51 to go and the video feed quit working with around 12 seconds left.

Buff State scored on a 3 pointer from Kevin Marmolejos to narrow the Blue Devil lead to 2 points. Then they  went into their full court press on the Fredonia inbounds. The Blue Devils failed to get the ball over half court in time and were whistled for a 10 second violation. The Bengals inbounded the ball to Marmolejos, I believe, who turned and drove to the hoop and appeared to have a step on his defender, when another Blue Devil player ran up and stopped just short of Marmolejos and the 2 collided. The call was a charge and that's when the video went kaput. 

Man if I read any more articles about Magicman's Cards I might become a "fanatical fan" someone we all know and love!! Go Cards!!  :D

Now who could you possibly be talking about???????? ::)

At the Plattsburgh State-Cortland State women's game and about halfway thru the 3rd quarter my ears start burning. Now I know why!  ::)

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Men's National Pick Em League
« on: Today at 05:14:12 pm »
Wednesday Feb. 10th
WPI  at MIT  7:00 PM    This is the make up game from Week #8
Stockton  at  New Jersey City  8:00 PM
UW-Eau Claire  at  UW-Oshkosh  8:00 PM
Loras  at Wartburg  9:00 PM
Claremont-Mudd-Scripps  at  La Verne   10:30 PM

Friday Feb. 12th

Brockport State  at  Oneonta State  7:30 PM
Husson  at  Green Mountain  7:30 PM

Saturday Feb.13

Randolph-Macon  at  Guilford  2:00 PM
Augsburg  at  Carleton  2:00 PM
Lyndon State  at  Johnson State  3:00 PM
John Carroll  at  Marietta  3:00 PM

Northeast Region / Re: Little East Pick 'em League
« on: Today at 02:59:25 pm »
Wednesday, February 10:
UMass-Boston (6-14, 2-8) @ Southern Maine  (12-9, 6-4) 7:30 PM
Eastern Connecticut (14-7, 8-2) @ Western Connecticut (13-8, 6-4) 7:30 PM
Keene State (13-8, 6-4) @ Plymouth State (13-8, 4-6) 7:30 PM
RI College (4-17, 3-7) @ UMass-Dartmouth (12-9, 5-5) 7:30 PM

Bonus points (worth 1 point):
Bonus 1 (locks at 7:30 PM Wednesday): Which day will the ROAD TEAMS score more points: Wednesday vs. Saturday?

Saturday, February 13:
UMass-Dartmouth () @ Eastern Connecticut () 3 PM
Keene State () @ Western Connecticut () 3 PM
UMass-Boston () @ Plymouth State () 3 PM
RI College () @ Southern Maine () 3 PM

Bonus points (worth 1 point):

Bonus 2 (locks at 3 PM Saturday): what will be the HIGHER total?  The team with the most 3 pointers attempted on Saturday or the combined 3 pointers made from LOSING teams on Saturday. 

Bonus 3 (locks at 8 PM Sunday): Total amount of points in the NBA All Star game: 290 points or more vs. 289 points or fewer.

Friday February 12th    All ten teams in action

Geneseo State  at  New Paltz State        7:30 PM

The Knights are one of three teams with 5 losses, fighting for what looks to be the #2 seed in the conference tournament. Cortland and Brockport are the other two teams in the mix.  The Knights own the tiebreaker over Cortland by virtue of a season sweep. However Brockport owns the tiebreaker over both the other two at the moment.

Geneseo can't afford to lose to a non-playoff team and the Hawks have been eliminated from postseason play. They did made a game of it when they met in Geneseo as the Knights only won by a slim 71-67 margin. The Hawks came from an 11 point halftime deficit to grab the lead with 6:39 left in the game. They were still up by 3 points at 61-58 with 4:21 to go, but back to back 3 pointers by Justin Ringen and Charlie Zaepfel put the Knights back in front. The Hawks' Nick Paquette tied the score with a 3 pointer but John Decker hit a pair of free throws and then buried another 3 pointer to give the Knights a 5 point lead with just seconds left as they escaped with a win.

I don't think the Hawks will be able to match that effort tonight. Geneseo is favored by 11 points and that's pretty close to my forecast on this one. Geneseo 80 New Paltz 69. 

Buffalo State  at  Fredonia State        7:30 PM

The Bengals are on life support. They managed to keep their playoff hopes alive with a big win at Geneseo on Tuesday night, but they are still on the outside looking in. Even if they win tonight, and the two teams directly  in front of them, Oneonta and Oswego, both lose, they will still be in 7th place. Needless to say (but I'll say it anyway) tonight is another must win situation for the Bengals.

I'm not sure if Fredonia is officially eliminated from playoff contention, but as far as I'm concerned they are. So they are really playing for pride and with no pressure on expectations, other than to finish the year on a positive note. Buffalo State needs to play as hard against this team, as they would if they were playing for 1st place in the YAC. A letdown of any kind here could be fatal.

The oddsmakers have made the Bengals an 11 point favorite despite the fact that the Blue Devils only lost by 8 points when they met in the Queen City. Bengals haven't blown out very many teams this year, so I think that Fredonia can keep this one from becoming a laugher. Buffalo State wins by an 83-75 final score.       

Brockport State  at  Oneonta State        7:30 PM  Co-Featured Game of the Day

Picking this game will be a difficult task. Both teams need a win here in the worst way, to keep their hopes alive for a #2 seed. The Red Dragons won the first meeting in Brockport with a come from behind 2nd half.

The Golden Eagles are playing some of their best ball of the season with wins in 5 of their last 6 games, including a win at Plattsburgh. They are coming off double digit wins against Fredonia, Geneseo and Cortland. Impressive stuff.

Oneonta has lost 4 of their last 6 and hasn't beat a contender since that game against Brockport back on January 9th. Their last 4 wins have all been against the bottom 3 teams in the YAC.

The oddsmakers have favored the home team Dragons by a single point, but I'm thinking that the Golden Eagles won't want to be swept in the season series. I'm taking Brockport to keep their winning streak alive. Hoping to see Hamed Shamseldin in the lineup tonight for the Golden Eagles. He's missed the last 3 games and was playing hurt in the 2 games preceding those 3. Eagles have still been playing great without him. Brockport 77 Oneonta 74.   

Oswego State  at  Potsdam   State     7:30 PM

The Lakers have made a big turnaround after their 1-4 conference start and are still in the hunt for a first round bye. Currently tied with Oneonta for 5th place in the standings, they can't afford to lose to the last place Bears with so much on the line.

Potsdam played the Lakers tough down in Oswego and were only down 70-66 with 3 minutes to go. Lakers Brian Sortino took matters into his own hands and scored 11 straight points for Oswego and they walked off the floor with an 81-72 win.

The point spread has the Lakers favored by a big 21 point margin. I think that may be a few too many. Lakers win 79-64.

Cortland State  at  Plattsburgh State        7:30 PM Co-Featured Game of the Day

Plattsburgh State is still flying high as the Cardinals stretch their latest unbeaten streak to 5 games and 13 of their last 14. With a win tonight and losses by Geneseo and Brockport the Cardinals could clinch the top seed in the conference with the right to host the final four.

Cortland, alone in 2nd place by a half game, is also playing some good ball as they have put together a 3 game winning streak. They would love to win this game as it could give them a possible tiebreaker edge down the road should that come into play.

The teams played a close contest at Cortland earlier that could have went either way. Plattsburgh was only up 4 points with 1:41 to play but the Cards' Ed Correa hit 5 of 6 free throws down the stretch to hold off the Red Dragons and win by a 75-68 final score.  Plattsburgh held Cortland to a season worst 5 for 39 from 3 point land in that game. I can't believe the Red Dragons will repeat that poor effort. Still, the Cardinals possess one of the best 3 point defenses in all of Division III so they will, once again, put a lot of pressure on Blair Estarfaa, JP Regan and company. The oddsmakers have made Plattsburgh a 6 point home favorite. I see this game as a higher scoring affair than the one in Cortland. Plattsburgh wins it 86-78.             

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Big games today
« on: Today at 11:36:50 am »
Big games 12/12

UAA Emory H  (8 - 1) (15 - 5)       vs New York University A  (6 - 3) (17 - 3)   1st vs 3rd
LL Rochester Tech H  (6 - 6) (10 - 11)       vs St. Lawrence A  (8 - 4) (12 - 8)   SLU loss would create 4 way tie for first

LL Union H  (7 - 5) (10 - 10)       vs Vassar A  (7 - 5) (11 - 10)     Winner would tie for 1st with SLU loss
NEAC Lancaster Bible H  (13 - 0) (20 - 0)       vs SUNYIT A  (10 - 3) (11 - 10)     Cross division 1st vs 3rd
SUNYAC Plattsburgh State H  (12 - 1) (17 - 3)       vs Cortland State A  (9 - 5) (15 - 6)   Plattsburgh lock for 1st
NESCAC Amherst H  (5 - 3) (18 - 4)       vs Middlebury A  (6 - 2) (14 - 8)     3rd vs 2nd
CUNYAC Staten Island H  (10 - 4) (17 - 6)       vs Baruch A  (9 - 5) (13 - 10)   Lehman in 1st with 3 losses
NAC Green Mountain H  (12 - 2) (17 - 4)       vs Husson A  (12 - 2) (16 - 5)   tie for 1st but GM not eligible
USA South LaGrange H  (6 - 4) (15 - 6)       vs Covenant A  (8 - 3) (13 - 8)   NC Wes in 1st with 2 losses

Are you in a time warp? Are you reliving the month of December? Maybe I'm in the future??  :D

Nice article about Plattsburgh State on the front page of D3hoops. Rob Knox who writes the "Around the Nation" column featured the Cardinals in his latest column. Here's the link:

Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« on: Today at 03:51:45 am »
Ryan Sharry scored 20 points and grabbed 18 rebounds in 20 minutes in the D3 All-Star game his senior year in Salem, 2012, earning MVP honors.

His biggest basket was a reverse dunk on the hoop on the garage in our driveway the fall of his freshman year (2009) in his street shoes: Young Guy was 13 and gained a favorite player for life.

Not sure Midd has ever had a better player.

Have to agree Old Guy. In all the years I've watched Middlebury play against my Cardinals, Ryan Sharry is, without a doubt, the best player the Panthers have ever had. At least in my lifetime.   

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Men's National Pick Em League
« on: Today at 03:31:38 am »

Hey, not to throw our league into drama once again, but Green Mountain is now inelligible NAC post-season play, due to inelligible players used last semester.  However, the league also announced that games against Green Mountain will no longer count for conference standings.

That means Husson may have no incentive to play or play well this weekend.  I picked against GMC because I knew their coach had been fired.  Now I'm not exactly sure if this game is on solid enough footing for us to count.

I think Husson will have all the incentive that any good basketball team has and that's to win every game they play.

Here's a quote from their coach that was in yesterday's Around the Northeast column:

"This team is very low key and approaches things with a very businesslike mentality,” said Caruso. “They love the game and care about each other. This group is driven to do something special and we have used the saying ‘do more’ (to help motivate the squad) to get better every day, (both) individually and as a team.”

With a ‘do more’ mentality, Husson is in position to extend its season beyond February into March, but Caruso did stress these final games are crucial for the Eagles’ success beyond the final regular season buzzer.

“We remind the guys to ‘play in the moment’ and that every game is an opportunity to get better and prepare for the stretch run,” said Caruso. “As a program, we are used to being near the top of the standings and have expectations to compete for a championship.”

The league did say that for tie breaking purposes for seeding, games against Green Mountain would count to determine an order of finish. Here's the quote from the NAC release:

"The NAC Athletic Director Council determined that for purposes of seeding the men's basketball tournament, contest results against Green Mountain will not be utilized in calculating winning percentages. For tie breaking procedures, the standard process will remain in effect which will include results against Green Mountain."
If you think they haven't got much to play for, then pick Green Mountain. ;D It's just one more variable to consider when making your pick.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Pool C
« on: Yesterday at 03:46:43 pm »
The NEAC's out of conference winning percentage is .256. 

In that case it's a little better than last year when it was .234. The UMAC posted a .147 winning percentage last year but its champion went to the Sweet 16.

Along the same vein as Gordon's mention of the UMAC and Northwestern's run last year,are these facts about the NEAC that folks may have forgotten.

In 2012-13 Morrisville State, from the same conference as Lancaster Bible, won the NEAC's automatic bid. They defeated Ramapo in the first round and then Rhode Island College to advance to the Sweet 16 where they ultimately lost to St. Mary's (Md).

In 2013-14 Morrisville again went dancing and beat Brockport State, at Brockport, in triple overtime, after being down by 20 points early in the 2nd half. Then they beat Hobart to advance to the Sweet 16 for the 2nd year in a row. They got to play another NJAC team, Richard Stockton, (before they dropped the Richard) and won that game to go to the Elite Eight. They had to play Amherst in Amherst and the Lord Jeffs I mean the "no names" beat them by an 84-74 final score, but the NESCAC Champs knew they were in a game.

Previously in 2009-10 the NEAC conference had SUNYIT advance to the Sweet 16.The year before that SUNYIT won a 1st round game.

So in 3 of the past 6 years, a team from the "weak" NEAC conference has advanced to the Sweet 16. I'm willing to bet there are probably at least 25 conferences (and maybe more) that haven't had that level of success. ;D  You just never know.

  Edit: It looks like coachrcal had the same idea while I was typing my post.   

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Men's National Pick Em League
« on: Yesterday at 12:39:45 pm »
Mr. Sager making a belated charge as he goes 5-0 on yesterday's difficult schedule. 

Northeast Region / Re: Little East Pick 'em League
« on: Yesterday at 02:17:19 am »
Road teams on Wednesday scored 281 points.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Men's National Pick Em League
« on: February 10, 2016, 09:49:42 pm »
New Jersey City was down 20-3 in the early stages but came back to get within 6 points at the half 34-28. They fell behind by 12 points at 53-41 with 12 minutes to go and then came all the way back to take the lead and go in front 66-60 with 2:23 to go. They are now up 68-61 with just seconds to play. Great comeback by the Gothic Knights as they win by that final score of 68-61.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Men's National Pick Em League
« on: February 10, 2016, 09:43:26 pm »
Wartburg was in front of Loras 33-23 with a few minutes to go in the half but Loras goes into the break with the lead...38-36

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