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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 07, 2015, 09:10:24 am »
Q, thanks for the extra assessments on the Seibring defensive plays.  I think he played well, those charges were key to the early part of the game, vs. Norris.  That's my story and I'm stick'n with it.  :)

These were both great defensive plays by Seibring.  In both situations he anticipated where Norris was heading, got to a perfect spot outside of the semi circle and got set, and took the charge. 

Seibring is a smart kid -- fortunately for Titan Nation, much smarter than his father (who is not the sharpest tool in the shed).

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 07, 2015, 08:58:27 am »
Looking at Augustana's chances to host a sectional, here are the relevant seeding numbers in Augie's Sweet 16 grouping...

(I'm looking at this from an Augie perspective, so assuming a win over DePauw.)

Augustana: .852/.584/7-2 (Central #1)

Mount Union: .786/.555/4-5
Calvin: .800/.511/3-1

Defiance: .769/.478/0-1
St. Olaf: .808/.527/1-5

Marietta: .893/.519/4-3 (Great Lakes #1)
Wooster: .786/.551/3-2

The first question is, who is the highest seed?  Marietta is the only one of these teams that could be a higher seed than Augie...but I'm confident Augie's numbers have the Vikings as the higher seed of the two.  So Augie is in great shape as far as seeding - the Vikings seem to very clearly be the highest seed in the Sweet 16 grouping.

So then we look at geography.  Using Massey to pick winners, let's say...
* Augustana (Rock Island, IL)
* Mount Union (Alliance, OH)
* St. Olaf (Northfield, MN)
* Marietta (Marietta, OH)

This is two flights either way.  Either Augie and St. Olaf have to fly to the Ohio schools, or vice versa.  So Augie wins as the highest seed.

Now where it gets interesting is...
* Augustana (Rock Island, IL)
* Mount Union (Alliance, OH)
* Defiance (Defiance, OH)
* Marietta (Marietta, OH)

Defiance as the sectional host would require zero flights - all 4 schools are within 500 miles.  But I just don't see Defiance as a realistic option based on seeding.  I think it comes down to Augustana or Marietta.  Marietta would mean just 1 flight...Augustana would mean 2 (Defiance can bus to Rock Island).  And Marietta might be close enough to Augie as a seed to justify saving the $$ and giving it to Marietta.

So bottom line, if you are an Augie fan, you are a big St. Olaf fan tonight.  As long as St. Olaf is in the Augie Sweet 16, providing another "west" anchor, Augie is a lock to host the sectional.

Hope I'm not missing something obvious, but that is how I see it.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 07, 2015, 08:21:36 am »
With the St. Thomas loss, things have gotten interesting in the bottom/right part of the bracket in terms of sectional hosting.

Looking at this from a CCIW perspective, let's say the Sweet 16 field is:
* Elmhurst
* Claremont-Mudd-Scripps (East Texas Baptist)
* Illinois Wesleyan
* Emory (Whitworth)

I'm pretty sure Emory would be the highest seed, but having the sectional in Atlanta would require 3 flights.  I don't think Claremont-Mudd-Scripps or East Texas Baptist are logical choices based on seeding, but also based on flights required (3).  So in this hypothetical, it could come down to IWU and Elmhurst...and IWU is clearly the higher seed over EC.

Now let me stress, in this case the sectional could definitely go to Emory (if the NCAA is willing to pay for the extra flight)...but IWU would have an extremely realistic chance.  The Titans could be playing tonight for the right to host a sectional.

Just a little added drama to throw into the mix.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 07, 2015, 12:58:13 am »
Illinois Wesleyan (20-8, 10-4 CCIW) @ UW-Stevens Point (22-5, 15-1 WIAC), 7:00pm...

Illinois Wesleyan (20-8, 10-4 CCIW)
G - Dylan Overstreet, 6-3/180 Sr. (11.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.6 apg)
G - Bryce Dolan, 6-0/165 Jr. (8.5 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.2 apg)
G - Pat Sodemann, 6-3/195 Sr. (8.9 ppg, 2.7 rpg)
F - Mike Marietti, 6-8/245 Jr. (7.7 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
C - Trevor Seibring, 6-8/235 So. (9.4 ppg, 6.1 rpg)

G - Jordan Nelson, 6-1/170 Sr. (10.5 ppg)
F - Ryan Coyle, 6-6/208 Jr. (7.6 ppg, 4.3 rpg)
F - Alec Bausch, 6-6/210 So. (5.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg)
G - Joel Pennington, 6-0/175 Jr. (4.8 ppg)
G - Brady Rose, 6-2/170 Fr. (4.5 ppg)

UW-Stevens Point (22-5, 15-1 WIAC)
G - Austin Ryf, 6-0/185 Sr. (11.6 ppg, 4.1 rpg, 3.0 apg)
G - Stephen Pelkofer, 6-1/195 Jr. (11.1 ppg, 4.3 rpg, 2.4 apg)
G - Joe Ritchay, 6-3/210 Sr. (11.3 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 2.8 apg)
F - Jordan Lutz, 6-4/190, Sr. (10.8 ppg, 3.2 rpg)
F - Alex Richard, 6-4/210 Sr. (12.9 ppg, 4.0 rpg)

G - Sean McGann, 6-4/190 Jr. (6.9 ppg, 4.1 rpg)
G - Caden Untiedt, 6-4/180 So. (1.5 ppg)


Live video - http://portal.stretchinternet.com/uwsp/

Live stats - http://athletics.uwsp.edu/sports/2012/11/11/MBB_1111125949.aspx

WJBC Radio - http://portal.stretchinternet.com/wjbc/

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 07, 2015, 12:27:31 am »
The first foul was a classic, as Seibring head-faked Norris off of his feet in the low post in order to draw the foul. But neither of the charges that he drew from Norris were good calls. The first one was borderline at best, as Seibring was right on the edge of the inner arc and definitely appeared to be inside it. The second one, which came on a transition play in the second half, was just plain blown by the refs.

And now I just watched the second for the heck of it.  I'm pretty sure any neutral evaluator of that play would consider it a very clear charge.  Seibring was dead set, in front of the semi-circle, and Norris plowed right over him.

I'm not sure what you were looking at on these, Greg, to say that "neither of the charges that he drew from Norris were good calls." They were both absolutely the right calls.

Really good defensive plays by Seibring on both.

http://portal.stretchinternet.com/uwsp/
(Play happens with IWU up 50-36, 12:23.)

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 07, 2015, 12:18:03 am »
The first foul was a classic, as Seibring head-faked Norris off of his feet in the low post in order to draw the foul. But neither of the charges that he drew from Norris were good calls. The first one was borderline at best, as Seibring was right on the edge of the inner arc and definitely appeared to be inside it. The second one, which came on a transition play in the second half, was just plain blown by the refs.

I just watched this play on the On Demand.  It was a very clear cut charge.  Seibring was completely set, well in front of the semi circle, and Norris went right through him.  An absolute no-brainer charge call.

http://portal.stretchinternet.com/uwsp/
(Play happens with IWU up 6-5, 16:49.)

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 06, 2015, 11:54:17 pm »
Greg, just disagree with you on Marietti, as he moved well, blocked Norris' path to the lane a number of times.  Not bad for a 6'8" 240 lb. 5. 

Marietti did a really nice job defensively tonight on Norris.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 06, 2015, 11:34:28 pm »
IWU 72
Dubuque 53

* Bryce Dolan: 16 points, 3 rebounds, 2 assists (5-8 3-point)
* Trevor Seibring: 14 points, 11 rebounds
* Mike Marietti: 12 points, 4 rebounds (6-8 FG)
* Pat Sodemann: 10 points, 5 rebounds

http://www.iwusports.com/boxscore.aspx?id=3432&path=mbball

http://www.pantagraph.com/sports/college/basketball/men/titans-dispatch-norris-dubuque-for-first-round-ncaa-win/article_9cd5f4c6-d300-5c06-a9fb-e97ddc56693a.html

http://www.stationcaster.com/player_skinned.php?s=711&c=3911&f=4096853

IWU certainly didn't play a perfect game, but I thought the Titans played really well overall.  Trevor Seibring was outstanding in the first half - he had 10 points and 9 rebounds at the break, and drew two significant fouls on Andre Norris, sending him to the bench early.  Seibring is really coming on quickly.

Mike Marietti was good as well.  IWU got 26 points and 15 rebounds from their starting posts.

Bryce Dolan continues to shoot the heck out of it - 5-8 from 3 tonight.  He's really a pure shooter.

IWU did a really nice job defensively tonight.  The Titans turned Dubuque into a jump shooting team, and that was the goal coming in. On the offensive end, the Titans also did exactly what they wanted to, which was to pound the ball inside early.

Ron Rose has guided IWU to 20+ wins in 6 consecutive seasons now.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 06, 2015, 11:16:12 pm »
That Elmhurst/SNC game was one of the best games I have ever watched.  Wow.

Great win for Elmhurst!!

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 06, 2015, 09:14:02 am »
Q, you had Sodemann at 6'3" guarding him and Rose and Nelson are better defenders that Sodemann, IMHO, so what's so WTF about that? 

No, I did not.  I said Sodemann was too small to guard 6-7 Norris.  Norris would go nuts in the low post with a guard on him.

IWU really has no one in the starting lineup well suited to guard him.  Sodemann is too small...Marietti and Seibring are not mobile enough.  Realistically, it will have to be Bausch and Coyle.  I'm very intrigued to see what Ron Rose tries to do with him.  Definitely need Eric Dortch back for this one.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 06, 2015, 07:09:23 am »
Illinois Wesleyan (19-8, 10-4 CCIW) vs Dubuque (23-5, 10-4 IIAC), 5:00pm Friday at UW-Stevens Point...

Illinois Wesleyan (19-8, 10-4)
G - Dylan Overstreet, 6-3/180 Sr. (11.6 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 4.7 apg)
G - Bryce Dolan, 6-0/165 Jr. (8.2 ppg, 2.1 rpg, 2.2 apg)
G - Pat Sodemann, 6-3/195 Sr. (8.8 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
F - Mike Marietti, 6-8/245 Jr. (7.5 ppg, 4.0 rpg)
C - Trevor Seibring, 6-8/235 So. (9.2 ppg, 5.9 rpg)

G - Jordan Nelson, 6-1/170 Sr. (10.8 ppg)
F - Ryan Coyle, 6-6/208 Jr. (7.8 ppg, 4.4 rpg)
F - Alec Bausch, 6-6/210 So. (5.6 ppg, 4.7 rpg)
G - Joel Pennington, 6-0/175 Jr. (4.9 ppg)
G - Brady Rose, 6-2/170 Fr. (4.8 ppg)

Dubuque (23-5, 10-4 IIAC)
G - Lucas Ware, 6-1/175 Sr. (10.2 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.0 apg)
G - Jacob Mohlis, 6-2/160 So. (8.2 ppg, 2.6 rpg)
G - Brandon Ferguson, 6-3/180 Sr. (10.2 ppg, 3.9 rpg)
F - Gage Heffernan, 6-4/195, Sr. (14.4 ppg, 6.6 rpg)
F - Andre Norris, 6-7/185 Jr. (20.4 ppg, 8.7 rpg)

G - Kain Arthofer, 6-3/175 So. (4.7 ppg)
F - Tanner Cooke, 6-4/200 Sr. (3.5 ppg)
F - Tyler Ware, 6-6/215 Sr. (2.8 ppg)

Pantagraph - http://www.pantagraph.com/sports/college/basketball/men/iwu-notebook-coyle-seeks-to-regain-form-in-postseason/article_229c9f12-14ec-5424-bca9-657418c738d3.html

Live video - http://portal.stretchinternet.com/uwsp/

Live stats - http://athletics.uwsp.edu/sports/2012/11/11/MBB_1111125949.aspx

WJBC Radio - http://portal.stretchinternet.com/wjbc/

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 06, 2015, 06:35:16 am »
On IWU's defensive strategy, might we see Brady Rose or Jordan Nelson guarding this perimeter big man? 

WTF?  6-2 Rose or 6-1 Nelson guarding a 6-7 forward?

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 05, 2015, 11:05:58 pm »
Wash U has lost at home in the NCAA tournament the last 4 years:

2015 - DePauw (round 1)
2014 - Calvin (round 2)
2013 - IWU (round 2)
2012 - North Central (round 2)

Since the 2008-09 national championship game win, the Bears have just 4 NCAA tournament wins and no trips to the Sweet 16.  Pretty surprising since Wash U has won the UAA (a great league) in 4 of the 6 seasons since 2008-09.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 05, 2015, 10:52:56 pm »
DePauw 83
Wash U 73


DePauw travels to Augustana Saturday.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 05, 2015, 02:47:39 pm »
just watched their Wartburg conference title game  - IWU will need to stop 6'7" 185lbs Norris.  Norris probably has a 6'10" or better wing span.  He is a deadly offensive weapon primarily from the perimeter; starts in the high post or key, moves immediately to the perimeter and much of the offense runs through him - he will step back and pop a three so you can't give any space.  With his height, Norris can see right over the defense. More an offensive threat than a defensive threat but his length lets him challenge shots.  Not a leaper.

I have also watched some Dubuque video lately, and wow is Andre Norris good.  6-7, crazy long, athletic "combo forward" who can handle the ball -- much more of a face-the-basket guy with tremendous range (great 3-point shooter), but can do damage down in the low post too.  Norris will be the most talented frontcourt player IWU has faced this season by far - kind of Tayvian Johnson but way more skilled and talented.  He looks to me like a legitimate NCAA D2 type player.  (I know that John Baines offered him a full scholarship at St. Francis.)

IWU really has no one in the starting lineup well suited to guard him.  Sodemann is too small...Marietti and Seibring are not mobile enough.  Realistically, it will have to be Bausch and Coyle.  I'm very intrigued to see what Ron Rose tries to do with him.  Definitely need Eric Dortch back for this one.

The good news is that IWU should be able to score a lot of points against Dubuque.  I won't be surprised if both teams score 80+.

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