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Great Lakes Region / Re: MIAA
« Last post by Roundball999 on Today at 05:33:41 am »
Similarly impressed by Trine.  It was going to take Hope's "A" game to win and they had it tonight.  As you said, Dawson was amazing but it was Hope's balance and depth that carried that day.

Yes, 3 point shooting is a key part of Hope's offense this year, they've fallen off a bit but earlier in the year they were in the top 3 nationally in team 3 point percentage.  Just about everyone except Buchanan will shoot it.  Even backup post will launch and a few.

Trine has a very solid team and I think will contend for tournament championship and/or at large NCAA bid.  I just don't see them losing in the league again other than to Hope and perhaps Calvin.  They are a tough out for anyone they play.
Central Region / Re: WBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Last post by iwu70 on Today at 04:12:21 am »
Augie coming right back to The Shirk very soon.  Titans will have to rebound better, find a way to defend the dribble penetration better as well.  Key game, as you don't want to fall 2 full games on the leaders' pace.  Plus, have to find a way to put some more losses on AC and WC -- and IWU has a good chance to do it with AC at the Shirk.  Augie playing with confidence for sure -- getting good interior defense from their bigs, one a very big.  IWU got more blocks, but the Augie bigs did play well.  Sure glad to see Ehresman back and back to her normal production, care with the ball.

Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
« Last post by sac on Today at 03:00:48 am »
Hope 75  Adrian 65

Its not often a team doesn't "get off the bus" at home but Hope didn't.  Hope was a pretty uncharacteristic sloppy team in the first half with several turnovers and an interesting way of not coming up with rebounds or loose balls.  Flat out for about 10 or 12 minutes Hope was getting beaten to the punch everywhere.  Throw in a pretty hot shooting Adrian early and Hope found themselves down 11 at 26-15.   There wasn't much pretty about Hope getting back on equal footing other than Chad Carlson getting loose 3 times to hit 3-pointers, it was mostly grit and better determination.......and it helped that Adrian started missing some shots.

I called the first half weird and I still think so because both teams needed their #3's Dante Hawkins and DaVonte Harris, one to score one to defend the other.  Hawkins picked up his second foul a little before the midway point of the half and had to sit the rest of the way.   A perfect chance for Adrian to unleash Harris who Hawkins had pretty tied up to that point......nope!.  Harris picked up his 3rd foul just a couple minutes later and had to sit himself.  With those guys sitting and Hope floundering you had two teams with little offensive punch bashing each other in the face for the next 10 minutes and it was ugly.

Hope never really got a foothold in this one until the last 8 minutes when they outscored Adrian 20-10.  Hawkins scored 10 of his 18 point in the last few minutes and 16 in the 2nd half.  In the end Hope's guards outplayed their guards with Carlson netting 15.

Hope:  Blackledge 21,  Hawkins 18,  Carlson 15
Adrian:  Harris 22, Cannon 12, Webster 12, Ennis 10

DaVonte Harris was held mostly in check in the first half but Adrian made sure to get the ball in his hands a ton in the 2nd half.  Harris took 14 of his teams 26 2nd half FG attempts which is a bit looney.    I thought Adrian was better in the first half when everyone had to contribute more.  For the game Harris finished right on his season average of attempting 35% of his teams FG's. 

I missed it before hand but Harris takes 67% of Adrian's 3-point attempts,  Daton Aaron is next on their roster with a modest 41 season attempts.  Aaron is no longer on the Adrian team which means Harris is pretty much their only 3-point threat.   

Central Region / Re: WBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Last post by RogK on Today at 02:25:14 am »
Not sure if Augie needed any confidence-building, but that win over a strong IWU team would do it.
Elmhurst thumped Carroll 90-49. Mikaela Eppard had 27 pts and 10 rebs in 21 min; she made 13/15 FG incl a three. Erika Johnson led the 'jays with 5 assists.
Brittney Wald had 17 pts and 3 steals for the Pioneers.
Great Lakes Region / Re: MBB: Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association
« Last post by sac on Today at 02:17:09 am »
Anyone know what that technical foul on Adrian's bench was about?

I spotted it right away and was wondering why it wasn't called or why no one had noticed.  #13 for Adrian was wearing the wrong number uniform vs what was on the roster.  Justin Webster was listed as #10 on the roster.    The PA kept calling him Anthony Cannon.   Mr. Cannon and Mr. Webster look nothing alike.

There are a few ways you can mess this up but it is exactly a "technical" thing.    Adrian has had some program "attrition" and I might guess some guys thought they could switch up numbers or something.   100% on Adrian's staff who received a very scolding pointing of the finger in their direction from their head coach.

I'd like to know how or who spotted the error because you could probably play an entire game without that being noticed if you didn't know the players.  I also wonder why this wasn't called by the sharp eyed officials at the tipoff   (and if you were at the game you probably know why the officials didn't spot this  ;))
Central Region / Re: WBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Last post by RogK on Today at 02:04:00 am »
Saw NCC edge Carthage 87-82 in a well-played game. Carthage probably wasn't happy committing 24 TOs, but that figure wasn't outlandish.
Good effort and contributions one way or another by all who played for either team.
Two different Lady Reds had a dozen rebounds : Monica Masini who added 20 pts, Rachel Szydlowski who added 4 blocks and 14 pts. Madie Kaelber had 16 pts, 5 assists and 3 stls. Morgan Harris had 9 assists, but appears to have a troublesome knee. I was hoping to see something along the lines of her 38 point season-opening barrage, but saw a gutty effort nevertheless.
This was my first look at Carthage this season. They have quite a promising group of freshmen to go along with their established talent. A bunch of NCC's freshmen are looking good as well.
For the Cardinals, Jamie Cuny had a very productive 17 min : 16 pts, 8 rebs, 2 stls and 6 blocks. Jessica Dahle scored 14 in 13 min. Anita Sterling had 4 steals and 7 rebs.
Carroll's upset win over Carthage puts a real crimp in the Red Men's plans to keep pace at the top of the standings. Worse, since it came at home it partly negates the strong showing that the Red Men have had on the road, where they've beaten both North Central and North Park. Alas, NPU's been there, done that. But at least the Vikings have managed to secure no worse than sole possession of second place at the end of the first round-robin; at 6-2 they're currently a half-game back in the loss column behind league leader Augustana, with the road win over the Doggies already in hand, heading into the Park's bye-that-isn't-a-bye on Saturday.

Carthage, meanwhile, drops into a three-way tie for third at 4-3 with Ilinois Wesleyan and Carroll, with North Central and Wheaton still hanging around a game behind that triumvirate at 3-4 apiece. As augiefan said, tonight's double-OT win was absolutely huge for NCC, as it keeps the Cards within a game of the tourney cutoff point. If Wheaton wants to get serious about an actual run at the tourney, it's gonna have to start on Saturday evening at home against Carthage. As for the Sonic Atmospheric Disturbance's opponents, the Red Men now have to make up for that upset loss at home tonight by winning at King Arena on Saturday just to keep pace.

You mean that (blue) elastic-cloth wrap. Being a colorful guy, Connor opted for bright blue over the traditional white or otherwise bland light tan/flesh color on his last checkup. 😉

Yes, that's exactly what I meant.  It definitely looked like a cast from all the way out here in Vancouver.  Very sneaky Mr. Raridon!
Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Last post by AndOne on Today at 01:32:40 am »
At least once on the Wheaton video feed I noticed someone on the NCC bench with a cast on.  I'm assuming that is Raridon.  If he still has a cast on today, playing Saturday seems like a stretch, no?  Even if it comes off tomorrow or Friday, that seems like a potentially unnecessary risk, both physically, and execution-wise (as good as Raridon is, I can't imagine he could jump right back in at game speed).

You mean that (blue) elastic-cloth wrap. Being a colorful guy, Connor opted for bright blue over the traditional white or otherwise bland light tan/flesh color on his last checkup. 😉
Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: Landmark Conference
« Last post by CardsFan on Today at 01:27:20 am »
I didn't make it to Goucher last night, but looks like it was the prototypical 2016-17 CUA performance. Let the opponent shoot a decent percentage (52% for the Gophers), force a bunch of TOs (24), and dramatically outscore the opponent from the FT line (17-27 for CUA, 5-8 for the Gophers).

CUA has now attempted 54 more FTs than the next closest team in Landmark play and made 29 more FTs than the next closest team. This has been hugely important because 3-point shooting has been spotty all season.

The major test now awaits with a road game against Scranton on Saturday followed by a home game with Susquehanna. I'd happily take a split from those games. This is where we'll find out if the Cards are for real or not, but they're in a much better position now than I thought they would be before the season.
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