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North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: November 09, 2014, 09:32:22 am »
I have watched most of IWU's games this year -- or at least, parts of most games.  I am still very confused about the 1-5 record because I think this team has a lot more talent than that.  I feel like both players and coaches have underperformed this year.

That said, as the season has played out, it's become obvious that this team has big holes and was overrated in the preseason and early on.  I felt the Titans had the talent to compete for 2nd place, but:

1) The offense lacks playmakers -- there is really just WR Artie Checchin and QB Jack Warner.  (I would have liked to have seen more of RB Austin Harrell this season...he looked good yesterday vs Wheaton.)  The Titans just don't have enough players to get the ball to and hope for a big play.

2) The defense can't get off the field in big moments.  Opponents have converted big 3rd and 4th downs vs IWU all season long.  I feel like this IWU defense is way more talented than their results, but the bottom line is that defense has been pretty bad over the course of the entire season.  The Titans give up too many 10 yard passes in the middle of the field.

Some of the injuries have hurt, but in watching these games I don't think the injuries have made more than 1 win difference for the Titans.  With a completely healthy roster (which no one ever has anyway), IWU fans would still be staring at the bottom of the standings unfortunately.

IWU will need to bring in talent in this recruiting class or it could be a rough stretch of seasons for the Titans.  There is a lot of talent returning - good pieces to build around - but not enough to compete for a CCIW title in the next couple years.

North Region football / Re: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: November 09, 2014, 09:06:51 am »
Greg, unless I am way off in my prediction, I want to apologize in advance for what IWU will do to NPU next Saturday.  I suspect that a season of frustration will result in a double (or even triple) monkey stomp.

After one of the most frustrating seasons in decades, I can't really blame them too much.  Going into the season, at this point we expected to be either 7-2 or 8-1, not 3-6.

Just a gut hunch, but yes, I think a season of intense frustration will result in a multiple TD win over NPU, possibly to embarassing proportions.

Again, based on what they did to Wheaton, I have a gut hunch that they will take out a season-long frustration against NPU, to the tune of a 40-50 point beat-down.

Chuck, I will never understand why you decide to post some of the things you do on these boards - that's your deal.  But at least realize that this kind of stuff is a huge embarrassment to many other IWU other fans.  I'll concede to being one of those, and I regularly hear from a bunch of the others.

I mean, seriously...IWU is sitting at 1 and freakin' 5 in the league, and this is the kind of stupid sh#$ you decide to post?!  Come on, man...WTF.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: November 08, 2014, 11:54:46 pm »
Article on IWU's Green/White scrimmage...

6-6 junior F Ryan Coyle led all scorers with 24 points.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: November 08, 2014, 06:29:30 pm »
Isn't it about time for Q's season preview / review of the 2014-15 TITANS?  :)


Trying to track down Parker Musselman and Alex Rossi for interviews, then I'll be all done.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: November 08, 2014, 09:52:11 am »

Carthage 7th?

Please fill me in.

I posted my personal preseason ranking a few weeks back and had Carthage 6th.  I don't think 7th is too crazy.  The Red Men could end up being better than than, but on paper here in the preseason it just seems there are so many questions about what they have this year...even more so than the teams ahead of them.

Carthage (16-10, 9-5)
G - Donte Logan, 5-11/160 Jr
G - Malcom Kelly, 6-0/185 Sr    1st Team All-CCIW
G - Kevin Sykes Jr, 6-3/160 Sr
F - Marlon Senior, 6-5/195 Sr    2nd Team All-CCIW
C - Mike Kastel, 6-7/235 Jr

F - Cameron Van Wyk, 6-6/185 Jr
G - Reese Herth, 6-2/170 Jr
G - Myles Olsen, 6-1/195 So
F - Sean Valentine, 6-4/200, Jr

How I see the CCIW going in:

1. Augustana -- the Vikings return everyone and are loaded; should enter as a Top 5 team nationally.

2. Illinois Wesleyan -- will have elite guard play and a returning center with nice upside; questions to answer at forward spots but have some pretty good options.

3. Wheaton -- lost two great players, but have a nice nucleus returning and some good freshmen; big questions in low post.

4. Elmhurst -- a lot of experienced talent returning and a couple impact additions; a team I think will surprise in 2014-15.

5. North Central -- impressive talent returning at both the perimeter and post, but I'm not sure about the depth yet.

6. Carthage -- similar to NCC, several good players returning but questions about depth.

7. Millikin -- Matt Nadelhoffer finally has juniors; I think the Big Blue turns the corner this year and will be much improved; for me, big questions about the 5 though.

8. North Park -- star guard to build around and seems like a lot of other talent; who knows.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Top 25 talk
« on: November 08, 2014, 08:44:56 am »

Exhibition is exhibition.  The Bradley guys came in underestimating Augie and had to work to catch up, which they did pretty quickly. From there on out it looked like the coach was experimenting with lineups.  It wasn't a true game, but still one most d3 teams lose by 25.

I agree that the Bradley players probably underestimated Division III Augustana -- that seems pretty natural when DI and DIII meet.  But I don't think your other points are a very accurate depiction of what happened Thursday night.

Regarding catching up quickly, it's not like Augie got out to a huge lead and then Bradley decided to start playing and easily cut into it from that point on. Augustana led by 12 midway through the 1st, and the lead was down to 4 at the half, and then 3 in the opening minutes of the 2nd.  But Augie went on a 7-0 run at that point and Bradley was never closer than 3 until the final seconds of the game.  The final margin of 2 points is fairly misleading, as Augie controlled the final minutes of the game and was never in any real jeopardy of losing.

Regarding experimenting with lineups, if you're suggesting Bradley was just kind of testing combinations out for real games and not necessarily worried about beating Augustana, I'm confident that was not the case.  I listened to the Bradley broadcast, including Geno Ford's postgame interview, and Ford was pushing every button he could to win this game.  He mentioned "struggling to handle Augustana's size" (Bradley had 1 low post FG in the game), "having a hard time with their defensive pressure", and "not able to contain the point guard."  Ford substituted a lot, but he said he was looking for combinations that would work vs the trouble Augie was causing them. 

Finally, regarding the above point, Bradley did not want to lose this game.  It is a huge embarrassment for Geno Ford and the Bradley program to lose to a local Division III team -- it's not like losing to some DII team 7 states away that BU fans have never heard of where you can sort of write it off.  Bradley fans know about CCIW teams like Illinois Wesleyan and Augustana pretty well, and believe their mid-major Braves team should crush these type of DIII teams.  (I am good friends with many Bradley and Illinois State fans and know very well what they think of CCIW teams relative to the Missouri Valley.)  In fact, I was surprised to learn this game was scheduled.  IWU has been trying to schedule Bradley for years now, and they won't play the Titans.  Playing good CCIW teams is considered a "no win" situation for Division I teams like Bradley and Illinois State -- you are expected to win by 25, and a loss is a disaster.  Grey Giovanine was only able to get this scheduled because Bradley assistant Ronald Coleman played for Giovanine at DI Lamar.  I am 100% sure that Geno Ford was doing absolutely everything necessary to win this game -- what happened Thursday is nothing short of an enormous embarrassment for Bradley basketball, and they knew going in that a loss would be.

With Bradley missing two starters, the talent gap between the Division III Vikings (who might be the best team in Division III this year, and who have the size and some other attributes to play with a DI) and Division I Braves is just not very big -- in fact, two Augie players were consistently highlighted by the Bradley radio guys as the "best players on the floor" and "two guys we could use this year" -- crazy long and athletic Tayvian Johnson (a 6-6 F) and PG Hunter Hill.  Also consider Augie is an experienced, veteran team returning their entire 2013-14 rotation, while Bradley is still piecing their 2014-15 together.  In my opinion, that's why Augie was able to win the game...not because Bradley wasn't trying hard to win the game or experimenting with lineups.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: November 07, 2014, 02:53:44 pm »

“We probably better enjoy this one, because I don’t think we’re going to get many more Division I programs that will let us in their gyms,’’ Giovanine said.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: November 06, 2014, 10:12:36 pm »
Augustana 58
Bradley 56

Really impressive win for Augie.  The Vikings never once trailed the Division I Braves.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: November 06, 2014, 12:26:39 pm »

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: November 05, 2014, 10:22:29 pm »
Preseason CCIW video interviews...

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: November 02, 2014, 07:18:10 pm »
Augie scrimmage tweet...

Grey Giovanine @Augustana_Hoops  3 hours ago
Vikes win two halves vs. Il Benedictine U. last night in scrimmage...49-32 &
 50-31. Balanced & unselfish (19 assists). @ Bradley Thursday!

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: November 02, 2014, 07:16:09 pm »
IWU scrimmaged @ Hanover today.  For what it's worth, the Titans won all 3 of the 20-minute periods -- by 8, 9, and 8 points respectively.  Jordan Nelson was held out -- still working back from that foot injury.

Hanover is picked as the favorite in the HCAC.

Central Region / Re: MBB: St. Louis Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
« on: November 01, 2014, 10:05:51 am »
My initial impression of this poll is that it shows a tremendous amount of respect for Coach Kevin Gray of Spalding and Matt Mitchell of Westminster.... both programs lost significant talent through graduation, particularly Spalding, yet are put at 2 and 3 in the poll over teams with much more returning talent (ie, Mac, Greenville, and Fontbonne).....

It is respect well earned

On another level, similar to the preseason Top 25 poll?

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Top 25 talk
« on: October 28, 2014, 07:51:37 am »
I think Webster is a legitimate Top 25 candidate (they have some really impressive talent), and a team that voters should keep a very close eye on, but I think "glaring oversight" seems over the top.

IWU led Webster by 18 points in the 2nd half of that game.  Had the Titans won by 13 or 9 or something "comfortable", I don't think there would be mention of Webster here as a preseason Top 25 team.  I don't agree with the suggestion that because Webster made that impressive 2nd half comeback, and lost in a game that came down to the final seconds, that the Gorloks should be in the 2014-15 preseason poll.  There has to be more on the 2013-14 resume than a great 17 minutes to say "glaring oversight", doesn't there?

In my opinion, had Webster landed in the preseason Top 25 it would have been fair...and had Webster received some votes but not made it, it would have been fair...just as it's fair that they didn't get any votes at all.  As it worked out, I think Webster falls in the category of "teams to watch."  The Gorloks should be very good and will have a chance to open some eyes with their 2014-15 play.

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