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A new D3hoops Top 25 is out and the only team from the East Region with a sniff is Rochester with 1 point in the Others Receiving Votes category. We may not see an East Region team in the Top 25 the entire year. :(

Here is the link to the new poll:

East Region / Re: Liberty League
« on: Today at 07:34:16 am »
Good night for the Liberty League on Tuesday.

Hobart defeats Buffalo State 56-46

Clarkson downs Oswego State 60-54

Union beats Hartwick 88-70

Three good wins there for the Liberty League that will help the League's SOS.

A win that was expected:  RIT defeats Keuka by a 69-47 score.

A loss that was expected: Bard falls to Hamilton by a 60-54 score.

A game that is surprising because of the margin of victory: Vassar is crushed by Western Connecticut  92-51.

A loss that hurts: RPI falls to Sage by a score of 77-65

East Region / Re: Liberty League
« on: Today at 02:59:00 am »
Quick note about Royce Paris, he is a transfer from Marist but he was not on the team in any capacity. So it is a little misleading to say they have a transfer from "Division I Marist". He was essentially just another student on campus.

Interesting about Paris. I was courtside Monday night and several partisans from Skidmore said he was on the team at Marist but didn't get much playing time. hence the transfer.

A Bad Day in Black Rock for the SUNYAC. It may be the worst day in 3 years as YAC teams went 1-5 on Tuesday and 3 of those losses were YAC  teams that were favored to win. Here are the scores

Brockport State 54 Manhattanville  56

Geneseo State 72   Morrisville  State 74

Buffalo State 46  Hobart 56

Oswego State 54  Clarkson 60

Oneonta State 72  St. John Fisher 83

New Paltz State 74  Mount St. Mary 57

The first final score of the day is in and the result isn't pretty. Brockport State gets outscored by a 13-3 margin over the final 5 minutes of the game and falls to Manhattanville 56-54. Up 54-50 with with 2:28 left on the clock the Golden Eagles fail to score again and Manhattanville  ties the game on a pair of free throws with 1:12 left. Both teams misfired on their next possession, first Brockport and then the Valiants, leaving the Eagles with the ball and 16 ticks left. Unfortunately Brockport turned it over with 6 seconds left and the Valiants hit a buzzer beater as the clock expired to claim the win.

Aaron White with 15 points and Clifton Lyerly with 14 were the leading scorers for Brockport. The Eagles fall to 1-3 and won't be back in action until December 3rd when they participate in the Wendy's classic.   

6 SUNYAC teams in action for Nov. 25

Not much time so here's some quick picks.

Brockport State @  Manhattanville        4:00 PM

The Golden Eagles are favored by 9 and they should cover the spread. Brockport wins this one 76-66

Mount St. Mary  @    New Paltz State        5:00 PM

I'm not picking the Hawks until they prove to me they can win a game. They are 2 point underdogs here at home. That means they'll probably lose 74-69.

Clarkson @ Oswego State    5:30 PM

The Golden Knights will keep this one close but they won't win it. The Lakers are favored by 3 but they will win it by 7 points, 70-63.

Geneseo State   @ Morrisville State        7:00 PM

The Knights could be undefeated if they had went to Gordon Lyons in the closing seconds in their 1st game against Wilmington instead of hoisting up a 3 pointer that didn't go down. They will go to him tonight early and often. Knights are favored by 6 points. I think they win by 16 or more. Geneseo 80 Morrisville 63.
Buffalo State  @  Hobart        7:00 PM

These teams are 2-2 in their past 4 meetings since 2008-09. Last year the Statesmen beat the Bengals in Buffalo by an 85-83 score. The Bengals won the matchup in Hobart 2 years ago, 80-74. They also played each other back in 08-09, and 09-10 with each team winning at home. So tonight is the 5th meeting in the past 9 years and will give the winner a leg up in the series. The point spread has Hobart favored by a 7 point margin. I think that the Bengals may sneak out of Bristol Gym with a win tonight though, by a score of something like 82-77. I think Hobart has lost more off their team from last year than the Bengals lost from their team. It should be a good game.   

Oneonta State     @   St. John Fisher        7:00 PM

The Red Dragons pulled off the upset at Williams a week ago but I think they will be hard pressed to do the same thing tonight. Fisher should be the team to beat in the E8 this year. Oneonta will keep it close though and an upset isn't impossible. I'm just not picking it as these Cardinals, a 4 point favorite, walk off with a 4 point win. 77-73

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Men's National Pick Em League
« on: Yesterday at 03:54:26 pm »

Tuesday  11/25
Albertus Magnus @ SUNY-Purchase
Cabrini @ Scranton
F&M @ Johns Hopkins

Northeast Region / Re: Little East Pick 'em League
« on: Yesterday at 03:31:12 pm »
Tuesday, November 25:
Curry @ UMass-Dartmouth 7:00
Southern Maine @ Bates 7:30
Bridgewater State @ Rhode Island College 7:30
Vassar @ Western Connecticut 7:30
Plymouth State @ Castleton State 7:30
UMass-Boston @ Fitchburg State 7:30
Springfield @ Keene State 7:30 (I'd be happy to be wrong with this one)
Cabrini @ Scranton 7:30
William Paterson @ Ramapo 7:30

Wednesday, November 26:
Birmingham-Southern @ Spalding 7:30

East Region / Re: Liberty League
« on: Yesterday at 07:43:32 am »
Plattsburgh State with a knock down, drag em out, overtime win, at Skidmore last night. Final score was 60-57.  I traveled from Plattsburgh down to Saratoga to watch the game (couldn't resist with the temperature 62 degrees at the tail end of November) Got to see plenty of old friends and some new ones as well. Did a summary of the game over on the SUNYAC page. You can go there or click on this link to see it should you so desire:

LibertyLeagueGuru's analysis of Skidmore in his LL preseason Rankings was pretty much spot on. They have those 4 talented returning starters who are all very good but the team lacks any real depth. Pretty much a 7 player rotation. The coach used more than that tonight but when the 8th and 9th guys were on the floor this team was in trouble. Too bad they lost Tanner Brooks to St. Mary's they sure could use him. He's starting for St. Mary's and averaging a shade over 10 ppg for the Seahawks. Thought that Connor Merrill was the best player that Skidmore had last night. Good from long range or smooth inside with some nice soft bank shots. He should have had more touches. He shot 50%...the rest of the team shot 25%.  One thing LLG didn't mention is the addition of Royce Paris a 6' sophomore guard that transferred to Skidmore from Division I Marist. He was the 1st person off the bench tonight and he played 30 minutes...more than 3 of the starters. Medunjanin was in foul trouble, though and that could be why he played more than the 19 minutes per game he was getting in the prior 3 games. He's very quick and can get to the rim but doesn't appear to be that great a shooter. Plattsburgh has some very quick athletic guards and Medunjanin wasn't used to being guarded as good as he was tonight. Neither was Paris. Between them they only scored 14 points. Still I think they could very well win this league. I've seen Clarkson play in person as they scrimmaged Plattsburgh back on Nov. 7th and I've seen SLU play online and Skidmore is definitly more talented than those 2 clubs. Hobart lost a lot, Vassar without Mrlik is in trouble. And who knows if he will be back next semester. They may just get him a medical redshirt and forget about this year. Especially if his return is pushed back even just a little longer. RIT needs to prove to me that they can beat somebody other than the weaker schools in the East Region. Still not a believer although they have a good coach. Should be a fun year in the LL but I think it will be a one bid league. So if you don't win that automatic bid that comes with the tournament championship you won't be dancing this year.   

East Region / Re: Liberty League
« on: Yesterday at 06:54:22 am »
Another good night for the Liberty League, going 3-0 last night against 3 very solid teams. Especially impressed with Hobart's big win on the road at Ithaca. Liberty League is now 13-3 against non-conference opponents.


Hobart's win over Ithaca isn't really that impressive. The Bombers simply aren't very good and haven't been since the 2012-13 season. They came in 8th place last year in the Empire 8 conference with a 2-12 record and overall mark of 7-18. Ken Massey's ratings has them ranked 295 out of 416 teams. They are projected to wind up with a 6-19 record this year. What will be more impressive is if Hobart can come away with a win tonight when they host Buffalo State. Last year the Statesmen beat the Bengals in Buffalo by an 85-83 score. The Bengals won the matchup in Hobart 2 years ago, 80-74. They also played each other back in 08-09, and 09-10 with each team winning at home. So tonight is the 5th meeting in the past 9 years and will give the winner a leg up in the series. The point spread has Hobart favored by a 7 point margin. I think that the Bengals may sneak out of Bristol Gym with a win tonight though. by a score of something like 82-77. I think Hobart has lost more off their team from last year than the Bengals lost from their team. It should be a good game.

By the way what team in the LL is your favorite? I'm partial to Clarkson and SLU as I went to school at Potsdam State many years ago and saw those teams play numerous games over the years. My current team is my hometown Plattsburgh State Cardinals.

Glad to see you are posting here. For several years I tried to keep this board going but didn't have much help. I'm primarlily on the SUNYAC board but I visit the Empire 8 board and this board quite frequently, as well as other boards all over the country. Plus K for your insights. I'll be by from time to time.

Glad to see ucaafan on board as well. Another plus K to you.

Northeast Region / Re: NESCAC MBB
« on: Yesterday at 06:05:40 am »
Good to see my friends middhoops and Vandy74 tonight at the Skidmore-Plattsburgh game in Saratoga. 8-) Hope they made it home safely. I still think they were sent there by Coach Brown to scout both teams since they will host Skidmore on 12-6 and travel to Plattsburgh on 1-6. Pretty sure Vandy was secretly recording the game. I purposely told my Cardinals to play only as good as necessary to walk out of Williamson Center with a win. It was fitting then, that the Cardinals' Reggie Williams was the star for Plattsburgh in Williamson Center. Plattsburgh looked terrible in the first half and fell behind Skidmore by 13 points. We finally caught them with 33 seconds left to play and then won the game in OT. My plan succeeded I think. The boys from Middlebury now think that this year's version of the Cardinals really suck and will be easy pickings when they come over in January. ;D

By the way the early line on this game has Plattsburgh favored by 8 points. It will be interesting to see if that changes in the weeks leading up to the contest.

Plus K to both of you for putting up with my yelling at the zebras.   

Northeast Region / Re: Little East Pick 'em League
« on: Yesterday at 05:23:16 am »
Plus K the third to 7express.

I missed the news today Champ, what's going on in the Queen City? Did the melting snow cause flooding problems?'

Back home from the Plattsburgh State-Skidmore game won by the Cardinals 60-57 in overtime. Got my money's worth tonight with an old fashioned barn burner.

The Cardinals didn't play a very good half of basketball in the opening stanza of this game. They shot 28.6% from the field (8x28), 9.1% from long distance (1x11) and 50% from the stripe (4x8). They were out rebounded 26 to 18 and committed 8 turnovers to 5 for the Thoroughbreds. They were lucky to be only down by 11 at the break. We scored the 1st basket on a layup by Reggie Smith and after 2 baskets by Skidmore, Ezra Hodgson hit a trifecta to put us in front 5-4. The Cardinals wouldn't be in front again until the latter stages of the overtime period. Connor Merrill had the hot hand for the Thoroughbreds and they rode his shotmaking to a gradual 24-14 advantage, with 8:31 left in the period. Merrill had 11 of those 24 Skidmore points. The lead drifted back and forth from 6 to 11 points and reached the biggest margin when Nanribet Yiljep hit a layup and 1 to make it 32-19 with 2 minutes left in the half. A pair of Mike Mitchell free throws cut the lead to 11 at the break.

The Cardinals' Coach Curle must have given his players the business during the break because they came out of the locker room and quickly cut into the deficit to get within 5 points with only 1:51 gone in the period. Mike Mitchell's back to back 3 pointers and a pair of inside moves by big man Reggie Williams helped get the Cards in a more favorable position. The Thoroughbreds now knew that this game was going to be a dogfight and would, in all probability go right down to the wire. The teams didn't disappoint. They weren't separated by more than 2 possessions for the remainder of the game. The first 12 points of the period for the Cards were scored by Mitchell and Williams, with 6 each. Eddie Correa got the Cards within 4 at 39-35 with a layup and then Shamoy McIntosh took over scoring 6 straight points for Plattsburgh, the last coming on a 3 pointer that tied the score at 41 with 5:19 to play. After Merrill hit a 3 pointer to put Skidmore back in front by 3, McIntosh was fouled and made both to close the gap to a single point. Mitchell countered a pair of free throws made by Skidmore's Aldin Medunjanin, the Thoroughbreds' Erik Sanders scored inside and Eddie Corea nailed a big 3 pointer to tie the score at 48. Each team then got a pair of free throws and both got an inside move to leave the team tied at the buzzer. Plattsburgh's final regulation points came from Reggie Williams with 33 ticks left.

Skidmore scored 1st in the extra period hitting 1 of 2 free throws and then Connor Merrill scored the last of his 20 points to put the Thoroughbreds up by 3. The Cards' Kyle Richardson was fouled going to the hoop and hit both free throws to narrow the gap, but Skidmore's D1 transfer, Royce Paris, countered with a pair from the stripe to build the lead back to 3 points. McIntosh went to the line to hit a pair of clutch foul shots for Plattsburgh and then both teams misfired on their next 2 possessions. With 1:46 seconds remaining in the game, Richardson who is beginning to make a habit of late game heroics, nailed a 3 pointer that gave the Cardinals their first lead, 59-57, since the opening minutes of the game. With a chance to tie the score from the line, Skidmore missed 2 free throws and the Cards rebounded, only to turn it over seconds later. Skidmore went inside for the tying shot but McIntosh blocked the layup and Plattsburgh rebounded the ball and tried to add to their lead. The Cards couldn't convert inside and Skidmore came down with the ball in the hands of Paris. The Skidmore guard's drive to the basket was well defended by McIntosh as Paris came up empty and McIntosh came away with the rebound. He was fouled and made 1 of 2 to make it 60-57. Skidmore called timeout to set up a game tying 3 pointer but Paris' shot was blocked by Reggie Williams and the Cards had clawed their way back from a 13 point defict to grab the win.

Reggie Williams was too much for Skidmore to handle inside tonight as the big guy had a career high 17 points to lead the Cardinals in scoring. He completed his double-double by grabbing a game high 12 rebounds including 6 off the offensive glass. Reggie became the 4th Cardinal player in 4 games to lead the team in scoring.

Shamoy McIntosh never scored a point in the game until there was 6:35 left to play. From that point on he scored 13 points and just missed a double-double with 9 rebounds. He added 5 assists, 3 steals and 2 blocks. He also logged a game high 39 minutes on the floor.

Point guard Mike Mitchell was back in action after missing last Friday's game and he came through with 10 points, a pair of huge 3 pointes and a clutch 4x4 from the line.

Kyle Richardson chipped in with 5 very big points, all in the overtime period, and 7 rebounds

Eddie Correa added 7 points, 5 rebounds and a pair of dimes.

Plattsburgh did improve their shooting percentages and ended up with 31.7 %, 25.0 %  and 61.5% from the field, long range and the line respectively. They ended up with a slight edge in rebounding...48 to 44 and had 16 turnovers to 11 for Skidmore.

The Thoroughbreds were led by the game's high scorer Connor Merrill who tossed down 20 points on a collection of inside moves, several bank shots and a few bombs from long range. He added 5 rebounds as well. Nanribet Yiljep tossed in 11 points and had 6 boards. Issac Carp failed to break into the scoring column but did lead the team with 10 rebounds.

The Thoroughbreds ended up with a 31.0% field goal percentage, only 4x25 from long range...16% and 73.9 % from the line.

Plattburgh improves to 3-1 as they have opened up with 4 consecutive road games. They have yet another one in their next outing when they travel to Canton, New York to take on another Liberty League club, St. Lawrence, on December 2nd when they get back from Thanksgiving break. 

Skidmore travels to Schenectady  to face Williams College in the 1st round of the Union Tournament on November 29th and will tackle Westfield State the next day.                       

Northeast Region / Re: Little East Pick 'em League
« on: Yesterday at 01:30:11 am »
I just checked the scoreboard and I see that Eastern Connecticut beat Conn College by double the number of points that they were favored. The were picked to win by 14 points and won by an 88-60 score for a 28 point MOV. The Camels are worse than I thought. And I see that everyone picked them to lose as well. ;D

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