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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: April 28, 2019, 11:53:45 am »
Aiden Chang Instagram post...

"Two days before my injury I accepted a job as a Consulting Analyst at @accenture. Iím extremely lucky to announce that theyíre allowing me to start work in May of 2020, so that I can enroll in Graduate school and receive my Masters in Organizational Leadership. This will also allow me to finish my basketball career at North Central College as a medical hardship. A huge weight off my shoulders knowing Iíll be able to finish out my dream and Iím ecstatic for this opportunity. Tough times donít last, tough people do! #WeAreNC"

Letís just say Iím looking forward to the home opener in 7 months. I havenít been this excited for a lineup introduction since Lauren Hernandez came back from a pair of ACL tears a few years back.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Championship Belt
« on: March 30, 2019, 02:00:45 pm »
I asked for an Athletic subscription for my birthday more so because a bunch of writers I like are on there... but little did I know thereíd be potential WeasalTM bait within that subscription.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 27, 2019, 05:49:39 pm »
What's Augustana's starting lineup going to look like next year? Even without Ebel, Orange and Benning, I wouldn't sleep on them. It looks like NCC is the (clear) favorite next season. I do recall a few years ago Augustana lost their top six or seven guys to graduation. Rebuild? Nope. They shared the conference title and went to the Final Four, I believe.

And came within a blocked layup of winning the national title, too. While I'd probably agree NCC is the favorite based on what's coming back, the fact that Augie pulled that off makes me respect them as a contender still, even with them losing a bunch of their guys to graduation.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Championship Belt
« on: March 19, 2019, 02:54:50 pm »
Map is once again up to date. Really, this was a fairly simple change some text around and changing UW-Oshkosh's marker around since they are now a simultaneous champion/BeltTM Holder in the modern era and not just the Stealth Era.

I didn't update Guilford's entry even though they held The BeltTM for about 24 hours since ItTM technically never left Wisconsin that weekend.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 12, 2019, 10:19:32 pm »
Itís been awesome getting to see Aston dress in the orange and blue these last 3 years and hereís to hoping he has two games of magic left in the tank.

I make no bones about the fact that I'm an Aston Francis fan, which is a very weird and uncomfortable feeling for me as a North Parker. (I had the same unpleasant "you shouldn't be a fan of this guy" sense a decade and a half ago when the CCIW player I respected the most was Wheaton center Joel Kolmodin.) I try to reconcile myself to this by remembering that one notable occasion in which Aston Francis missed the big shot at the very end of a one-possession game was in the crackerbox against NPU this past December ... and that I felt perfectly fine watching that shot clang off of the front of the rim. ;)

I have kind of a similar feeling to Greg. I think I remember hearing a little hype around Francis the first time I saw him... and then Aiden Chang shut him down for 40 minutes. Of course the hype only grew from then to the last time I saw him, but up until about five weeks ago I could play the ďYeah, but heís never beaten North CentralĒ card... and then he proceeded to do Aston Francis things and help lead the Thunder to their first win over NCC in years. All I could do was exchange a stare with a buddy postgame, and later go shake Francisí hand and compliment the clinic heíd put on.

At this point, as much as I hate to say it, Iím kind of pulling for Wheaton. I was happy they got in the tournament since they deserved to, but to see what theyíve done the last two weeks has been amazing.

Itís one of those things where Iím glad I got to experience a once-in-a-generation player; the kind of thing you tell your kids about. My son came to the last Wheaton game at the hangar, and was kind of cheering along as Francis set the tone early (thereís video after his fourth or so three with my son cheering and my dad telling him, ďWrong team.Ē) In his defense, he turns two next week, but that means he wonít remember getting to see him.

The YouTube highlights and what have you are great... but it doesnít compare to getting to experience it live and in real time.

...If you told me ten years ago (heck, even five) Iíd be waxing poetic about a Wheaton menís basketball player one day...

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Championship Belt
« on: March 10, 2019, 12:40:43 am »
You know, Iíve tracked how the initial holder has fared in the tournament, but not the overall record of BeltTM holders for the tournament. Questions for later.

Oh, hi Aston Francis.

I wonder how Francis would be impacted by The BeltTMís supernatural powers. Iím... a little terrified.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 09, 2019, 10:01:45 pm »
I was a couple pages behind when I came back to the thread this evening. Itís kinda fun to read this in hindsight.

Aston Francis is not human.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Championship Belt
« on: March 07, 2019, 05:59:22 pm »
I remember a time getting buy...a Rated-R movie...I'm in my mid-40s.

Literally never been carded for anything - the blessing/curse of my hair starting to turn gray at 16

I got carded for a bag of ice once. That was fun.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2019 NCAA Tournament
« on: March 04, 2019, 02:59:07 pm »
Rules ?: what's the reason for the different semicircles under the baskets? is there a gender difference in distance from the hoop?

I checked both rule books; for both men's and women's it's a 4 foot radius. From what I can tell, the smaller ring is a 3 foot radius and was the rule for a few years before the NCAA expanded it to 4 feet. A lot of schools probably just haven't gotten around to removing the old arc yet.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Championship Belt
« on: March 04, 2019, 02:00:29 pm »
It's been a couple years, but yeah, St. Thomas has a pretty extensive history with The BeltTM. But it's their first time holding ItTM in a couple years.

Meanwhile, The BeltTM returns to Oshkosh for the first time since 2014, when Oshkosh lost to then-BeltTM holder Whitewater. The Titans have been in possession before, but all were in the Stealth Era, including being Stealth Era Dream ScenarioTM Holders in 1991.

Map is updated; I also threw Fort Wayne on there for next weekend. Only real changes I'll need to make will be if someone other than St. Thomas takes The BeltTM to Fort Wayne.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Championship Belt
« on: March 02, 2019, 10:56:08 pm »
Then I suppose it's time I updated this thing:

One and done: '17 Bethel, 12 Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, '09 Transylvania, '08 Chicago
Round of 32: '19 Nebraska Wesleyan, '18 York (PA), '07 Hampden-Sydney
Sweet 16: '14 Albertus Magnus, '11 UWSP, '10 Wooster
Elite 8: '16 Alma
Final 4: '13 St. Thomas
Title Game: '15 Augustana
Champion: None

That's three years in a row the team bringing ItTM to the Dance has lost during the opening weekend. Weird, considering how the few years before that the teams blessed with possession of The BeltTM had carried it fairly deep.

I'm just sad; with North Central losing tonight I lost out on an opportunity to announce two more BeltTM matches. Alas.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 02, 2019, 10:52:52 pm »
The airplane hangar must be a zoo. I hear a lot of Loras fans there.

"Zoo" is a good word to describe it. I don't think I've ever heard it louder in there... and I've been to a handful of games where it was really loud. My wife and almost two year old son came tonight, and my son was kinda traumatized by all the noise sitting a couple rows behind me. He and my dad eventually moved upstairs and I guess it was fine up there.

The Cardinals fought valiantly in this one after losing Meredith early to foul disqualification -- Connor Raridon's 29-point, 17-17 FT performance was epic -- but the Cards never got over the hump. Loras just had an answer every time and maintained a small lead for basically the whole second half. The Dukawks halfcourt execution was a thing of beauty.

That's pretty much it. The official scorer and I said to each other a couple times down the stretch, "Need a stop here," and Loras proceeded to score pretty much every time. North Central played well; Loras just played better. They earned the win... but doesn't mean this didn't hurt.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 02, 2019, 12:24:04 am »
North Central 77
Chatham 48

NCC was actually down by one at the half, 25-24. The Cards couldn't hit a shot to save their lives, no matter where on the floor they took it, and the small and gritty Cougars were definitely outhustling them. But the Napervillains came out with a sense of purpose at both ends of the floor in the second stanza, and blew by the Cougars like they were standing still, outscoring the visitors by an impressive 53-23 margin.

Connor Raridon had an 18 and 7 game in only 25 minutes played, and Will Clausel scored 14 in only 17 minutes. Matt Cappelletti grabbed 11 boards, and Blaise Meredith garnered nine of 'em.

Tomorrow night's Loras @ NCC contest should be a doozy.

Yeah it will.

North Central was actually kind of lucky to only be down one at the intermission. Chatham, a 70 percent free throw shooting team, went 3-9 from the stripe in the first half (and 7-17 for the game). I don't know that the Cougars making about their season average and thus being up four at halftime as opposed to one would have changed the outcome though.

Connor Raridon put on a pretty nice show to open the second half, scoring four in a decisive 9-0 run to open the second half, then broke out the midrange game to help put it away. He also made a pretty 60 foot pass to a streaking Matt Cappelletti for a layup to really help get things going during that stretch.

Tale of two halves: 1-13 from three in the first half; 5-11 in the second. It was a little weird not being able to do my normal three call in the interests of neutrality, but it worked. :)

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 02, 2019, 12:17:45 am »
When, if ever, has the CCIW gone 3-0 in the first round?  Kudos!!

Actually happened four years ago. Augie made the national title game that year, while Illinois Wesleyan and Elmhurst both won their openers before dropping their second round matchups.

In 2012, the conference actually got three to the Sweet 16 (North Central and Wheaton both lost there, Illinois Wesleyan made it to Salem).

Central Region / Re: WBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: March 01, 2019, 06:17:56 pm »
Yeah, grammar is hard. :)

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