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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 22, 2017, 11:10:20 am »
Illini to hire Nancy Fahey of D3 Wash U for their vacant head women's coach job...

http://www.news-gazette.com/sports/illini-sports/mens-basketball/2017-03-22/whitman-set-make-another-hire.html

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 18, 2017, 08:15:03 pm »
Tough one.  Great season and great tourney run, Augustana! 

The Vikings will be crazy good next year.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 18, 2017, 05:46:43 pm »
Congratulations to North Park's Jordan Robinson on being named a 1st Team All-American by D3hoops.com.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 18, 2017, 11:44:15 am »
Per Twitter...

Dark Horse Recruits‏ @dhrecruits 
#DarkHorse 2017 6'4 F Chamar Flanigan (Glenbard North HS) just committed to play college basketball at North Park University (D3).

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 18, 2017, 10:24:18 am »
I made this post on New Year's Day...

I have watched a lot of games across a lot of regions so far this season.  The team I follow has played a number of strong teams (Ohio Wesleyan, North Central, North Park, Wash U, Chicago, Middlebury) and I've also been able to catch several other games of interest - like the Chicago/Babson game yesterday. My biggest takeaway on 2016-17 so far is that there is tremendous parity in Division III men's basketball.  A few thoughts within that...

I am confident there is a group of 4-5 teams that are the favorites to win the national championship, but it's not really even obvious to me who those teams are yet.  Early indications, to me, are that group includes Babson, Whitman, Amherst, and UW-Whitewater.  It's possible there is another team or two that belongs in that group...it's also possible that not all of those teams I listed belong in that elite tier.  Having watched Babson yesterday against Chicago, I like the Beavers as the best team I've seen.  I like that they have a 1st Team All-American to give the ball to when times get tough, I like the other impressive talent around Flannery, and I like the way they go about their business on the floor.

Starting immediately after that "elite tier" I mentioned above, I see a huge pack of extremely even teams that spans from about 5 down to 25. For example, here are teams I have watched that I really can't find any significant separation between (going down the current Top 25) - #4-Marietta, #7-St. Norbert, #11-UW-Eau Claire, #12-Benedictine, #13-North Park, #15 Hope, #17 Wesleyan, #18 Illinois Wesleyan, #20 North Central, #25 Wash U, Middlebury (not ranked), Augustana (not ranked), UW-Stevens Point (not ranked).  If any of these two teams played each other on a neutral court, I'd have to call it a "pick 'em."  I'm guessing most of those other Top 25 teams and candiates I have not seen belong in this pack too.

And finally, while I do see separation between that small top tier and the big second tier, I don't think that separation is very big.  For example, Greg mentioned #1-Babson vs #18-Illinois Wesleyan.  I agree that Babson is better overall than Illinois Wesleyan and certainly should be ranked higher, but if those two teams played on a neutral court I believe that would be an incredibly close and competitive game that IWU could absolutely win. The combination of 6-8 Trevor Seibring and IWU's great outside attack would give Babson a lot of problems. (In the same way IWU played a barn-burner at North Central on 12/3 when North Central had Connor Raridon.) Or replace IWU in my point above with Middlebury or Wash U or North Park or Marietta, etc.  There might be 3-4 points of difference, in terms of a point spread, between the top 4-5 teams and that second tier. Those games could end up going either way.

Trying to sort out the Top 25 is always fun but when there is this much parity, I doubt there will be many concrete answers until things get settled in the tournament.  The tournament, by the way, should be awesome.  It's probably a year where any of the 21 Pool C teams could legitimately make a Final Four run.

I think the season has pretty much unfolded this way.  Despite #3-Babson being ranked high all season long, and Augustana not even in the Week 13 poll, I don't think there is much separation here at all.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 18, 2017, 10:15:08 am »
Congratulations to the Vikings on reaching the national championship game.  I thought Augie played extremely well last night vs Williams.

Chrishawn Orange and Jacob Johnston get most of the pub (and they've both been great), but I think Nolan Ebel makes the Vikings tick as much as anyone.  He's really emerged as a strong floor general-type PG who just does a lot of things to help Augie win games.

I've seen Babson play 4 times now and I'm very impressed -- that said, I love Augie's chances tonight.  I think Augie's size, strength, and the physical nature of their play will give Babson trouble.  The Vikings will need to shoot it well again -- not like last night's crazy 62% FG/56% 3-point, but somewhere around their season averages of 49%/37%.

It's time for the CCIW's 19-year national championship drought to come to an end tonight, and I believe it will.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 12, 2017, 09:56:23 am »
Wheaton recruit...

https://twitter.com/zhoopster11/status/838953641985904640

* Zac Holman, 6-4 G/F, Grand Haven, MI (15.5 ppg, 5.1 rpg, 3.2 apg)


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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 12, 2017, 09:51:50 am »
Congrats to Augustana on an impressive run through the first 4 rounds and a trip to Salem.  Final Fours are really big deals and to get there twice in the last 3 years is very impressive.

I think Augie will be very hard to beat in Salem - the Vikings don't really have a weakness as I see it.

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only 2,400

#FirstWorldD3Problems

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 05, 2017, 12:36:43 pm »
A video capturing the atmosphere when Hope and IWU met in Round 2 five years ago - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aEuAYQ3q7kw.

It's quite a special venue.

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Hope is the host.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 05, 2017, 12:33:28 pm »
Hope is the host.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 05, 2017, 09:53:11 am »
On the Hope vs Augustana hosting topic, when we did our mock Pool C selections on the Hoopsville Selection Sunday show, we had Hope ahead of Augie in the process...

http://www.d3boards.com/index.php?topic=4232.msg1793874#msg1793874

In other words, we had Hope as an overall higher tournament seed.  The hosting decision would seem to me to come down to seed. 

Will be very interesting to see how this plays out and it's a huge decision -- both teams (Augie, Hope) have such a great homecourt advantage.  Whoever gets to host will have to be considered the favorite to get to Salem.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 05, 2017, 08:24:24 am »
Credit to Titan Q for his preseason prediction that Augie would be very competitive despite losing 8 seniors including the team's top 6 scorers from last year's team. I was sure it would be a rebuilding year.

Actually, the credit for that should go to AndOne. Mark was the first one to posit, back on October 6 (and again on October 22) that Augustana could turn out to be very good this season.


I assume augiefan is referring to my comments about talent level since he was involved in that discussion...

Regarding Augustana, I watched a lot of their game vs Alma tonight.  In my opinion the Vikings are absolutely not overrated.  I will go as far as to say this - Augie is more talented this year than last year.  Now, that talent is young and/or experienced, so it is not all meshed together yet, and not always pretty.  But I believe this might be the most talented Grey Giovanine Augie team I have seen.

Last year's Augie team made the Elite Eight, and the 2015 version played in the national championship game, and this year's team is more talented?  ???
They may be more athletic, but I think the jury will remain out for awhile on the question of bring more talented.

Yes, I believe Augustana's 2016-17 team is more talented than the Elite 8 team last year.  That doesn't mean they'll do as well (I don't think Augie will win the CCIW this year), but just matching pure talent last year vs this year, I think this team is more talented.

If, after only two games, you can tell this Augie team is more talented than their last two teams that went a combined 56-7, then the first thing you should do tomorrow morning is go out and buy a lottery ticket. 🤓

Who WILL win the CCIW?

I would certainly like to see Q's vision of a his year's Augie team come to fruition, but the simple truth is freshmen and sophomore dominated teams do not succeed in the CCIW.

Not often, but it happens:

* 2003-04 IWU (12-2, 1st) - Dauksas (So.), Amelianovich (So.), Freeman (Fr.), etc

* 1999-00 Carthage (11-3, 1st) - Wiertel (So.), McDaniel (Fr.), Garnes (Fr.), etc


And this Augustana team has nice senior presence with Jacob Johnston emerging as a leader.

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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 04, 2017, 04:29:58 pm »
Spoke to someone who is familiar with Hanover (NCC's opponent tonight).  A few tidbits...

* Wes McKinney is a very good player - 2nd Team all-CCIW kind of guy.  Deceptively good athlete who can really shoot it.

* This Hanover team is similar to that group under Mike Beitzel that IWU faced a few times.  They don't look like much when they warm up but they will execute and they won't beat themselves.  The Panthers make very few defensive mistakes, they play smart and don't take bad shots, a great shooting team, and will make you defend for the full shot clock almost every possession.

* They will be challenged by NCC's size - Sorenson in particular. Hanover plays 4 guards around Muchmore - just not very big compared to, say, a top CCIW team.

* Muchmore will have trouble guarding Sorenson on the perimeter when he steps out as he likes to do - if Sorenson's jumpshot is falling he could do a lot of damage out there.

* Sorenson will have to be a good pick and roll defender.  Hanover will spread NCC out and attack the rim.


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