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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2640 on: November 21, 2019, 11:42:04 am »
I expect the Wooster-Mount Union game to be a track meet next week. It will probably come down to taking care of the ball and I would give Mount Union the edge in that department. Home court advantage may not exist for Wooster with the students on Thanksgiving break and that is huge as they have really been vocal the first two games. Hempy versus Hill will be very entertaining to watch. I would rate Hempy as the most complete player in the NCAC right now and as he goes so do the Scots.

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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2641 on: November 22, 2019, 02:44:46 pm »
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cLBEwao55Eo

D'Vontay Friga, a guard for the Mount Union MBB team, has a fairly popular youtube channel were he chronicles his life as a D3 basketball player. I haven't watched them all but they are definitely pretty enjoyable as a general D3 fan. Plus it gives some insight into scrimmages and practices at MUU.

This may have been brought up before I don't read this thread routinely, sorry if it is a repeat.

I subscribed to D'Vontay's YouTube channel a few months ago.  He does a really nice job.  Keeps it fun and a little goofy, but does provide some good content especially for HS kids (and younger).  When I subscribed he was trying to get to 2,000 subscribers and now he has over 41,000.  Good for him.  It seems like he puts a good amount of time and effort into it so I'm glad he's growing a subscriber base.

D'Vontay is really gaining a following.  He's over 55k subscribers now.  He's done some cool content recently.  He shadowed a Hiram player to show a day in the life of another school's student athlete.  He did a day in the life of a women's BB player at Mount (two actually since they were twins).  Those and stuff like showing their locker room/gear, what road trips are like, home games, etc. is all great content for HS kids wanting to play in college. 

He has a nice mix of funny videos and more informative ones.  I subscribed just because he's a Mount kid, but I've already watched far more content than I ever imagined.   

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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2642 on: November 23, 2019, 09:35:23 pm »
Mount Union 77
Adrian 80

This is a genuine surprise. Adrian was picked last by the MIAA coaches in their preseason poll. Mount had a 10 point lead with 13 mins left in the second half, but that was the high-water mark. Raiders missed two last-second 3 point attempts that would've tied it.

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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2643 on: November 25, 2019, 10:22:08 am »
Mount Union 77
Adrian 80

This is a genuine surprise. Adrian was picked last by the MIAA coaches in their preseason poll. Mount had a 10 point lead with 13 mins left in the second half, but that was the high-water mark. Raiders missed two last-second 3 point attempts that would've tied it.

It was an awful result.  Adrian is not good.  Then they turn around and lose 80-78 at Trine yesterday.  It was a rough weekend for Mount.  They did not look good in either of those games.  Too many missed layups/not finishing in close, missed open looks by good shooters and inconsistent D.  In both games at least one opposing perimeter player absolutely torched them.  Yesterday Trine beat them on a blow by from the 3 point line for a layup with 2 seconds left.  If they play like they did the last two days at Wooster it'll be bad news.  They'll regroup and be ready though.

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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2644 on: November 27, 2019, 08:39:38 pm »
Bounce right back.  Huge win 81-67 at #16 Wooster.  Last weekend was an anomaly hopefully. 

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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2645 on: November 27, 2019, 08:45:31 pm »
Bounce right back.  Huge win 81-67 at #16 Wooster.  Last weekend was an anomaly hopefully.

Not just a huge win, a dominant performance.  I'm not sure either of these teams is a national contender, but UMU looked to be better all around.
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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2646 on: December 05, 2019, 12:15:39 pm »
Mount opened OAC play handing JCU their first loss with a 96-79 win at UH.  If you're doing pluses and minuses on your schedule a road win is always big in the OAC, but a road win at JCU is definitely a big plus.  I watched the game and Mount played really well after weathering a tough start.  Mount was cold shooting out of the gate and Flannery and Sartain were not.  Mount steadied themselves and fought back to lead by 6 at half.  It looked like Mount's size bothered JCU.  JCU just didn't have the big bodies to match up down low (33-23 on the boards).  Mount rotated through Carroll, Hill and Caywood in the post with Caywood being the high minute guy with 9 pts, 6 reb in 18 min.  Slack also stepped up huge with excellent D and 24 points on 10-14 shooting.  He hit a couple threes that were much needed.  Bower-Malone had a double double with 17 pts, 10 ast.  Friga added 21 and 5 boards off the bench.  Overall it was a 2nd consecutive very complete effort on the road against a quality team from Mount.

JCU has to come right back and play at Etta Saturday so they're being thrown in the fire immediately in OAC play.  Mount gets ONU at home. 

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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2647 on: December 08, 2019, 10:57:58 am »
Mount moved to 2-0 in OAC play beating ONU 81-60.  Gurley started strong with 11 points early to match a quick start by ONU.  Friga looked really good going aggressively to the rack multiple times finishing strong.  And Hill looked the best I've seen him so far.  Just more comfortable and confident around the basket.  Showing nice touch and athleticism.

On the ONU side, they're very young.  They started a senior, a sophomore and three freshmen.  Their two best players were two of the freshmen.  Their first guy off the bench was another freshman.  They're going to take some lumps this year, but could be a problem down the road.  Napier is a nice player at 6'5".

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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2648 on: December 10, 2019, 01:10:04 pm »
Slack is a nice player and someone I was really surprised to see playing lots of minutes. There is a ton to like about him though, plays good defense, rebounds well, shoots well and can make some game changing momentum type plays. I feel like Mount has quite a few guys that have the capability of changing the game quickly and that's exciting to see. I like the versatility of the lineups that Fuline can use with different types of guards and big men. These guys just need to remain consistent and keep getting better. Looking forward to the rest of the season!

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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2649 on: December 10, 2019, 06:15:53 pm »
I was surprised to see Slack starting and playing so much too, but after watching most of their games it makes sense to me now.  He's 6'4" and athletic so he's critical as a perimeter defender for them.  His outside shooting has been the best surprise of the season IMO.  He's really emerged as a key guy.

It's way too early to know if this is Fuline's best team or not, but they have very few weaknesses.  As I posted earlier, their depth in the post is something they don't usually have.  This year they have 3 bigs playing 10+ minutes apiece so far.  As Hill continues to rack up game minutes with his new teammates he's going to be a problem for opponents.  You can just see it in how easily he gets shots off when he gets the ball down low.  His footwork and his bounce just get him off the floor and the shot up before the defender can contest it well.

I like them bringing Friga, Hill and Painter in off the bench.  It gives them a nice burst when the teams start subbing because those are 3 starter quality players coming off the bench.  And as you mentioned the versatility is big.  Fuline can adjust his crunch time 5 from game to game and feel confident in who has on the floor.  The biggest reason why is because they all defend.  There is no gunslinger 3 point shooter who is a folding chair on defense.  It's going to be fun to watch them develop.

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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2650 on: December 14, 2019, 04:06:20 pm »
Mount needs to clean up their atrocious passing in the second half.  13 Raider turnovers including 9 steals by Wilm at half.  Credit to Wilm as they're in Mount's jerseys defensively, but you need to be fundamentally sound passing (and receiving).

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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2651 on: December 16, 2019, 12:00:08 pm »
Mount did not clean up their ball control much with an additional 10 turnovers in the 2nd half.  Bower-Malone had a very uncharacteristic 9 turnovers alone.  In the end it didn't matter as Mount won 84-74 to stay perfect at 3-0 in OAC play.  Gurley took over in the 2nd half scoring 24 of his 26 points.  Painter had two critical corner threes in the second half as well.  He really clutched up at times when they badly needed a big shot.

On Wilm I will say this, they're undersized.  Mount out rebounded them 43-23.  But they are certainly athletic.  They are in your jersey on defense.  Excellent on ball pressure, aggressive in the passing lanes.  And they have a couple scorers.  Mansfield had 29 and is averaging 20 a game.  They're now 2-1 in OAC play and they're going to give some people pains.  The box score doesn't do this game justice.  It was a very close game with Wilm leading the majority of of it.  They trailed only 70-68 when they game went under 4:00.  I was impressed with their effort.

Outside of Alliance JCU has officially dug themselves one helluva hole dropping to 0-3 with a loss to Musky.  They unfortunately came up unlucky on the Marcus Dempsey front as he shot well Saturday (12-22) and finished with 38.  You know when you play the Fish that Dempsey is going to chuck up a ton of shots.  You just have to hope he isn't hitting a high %.  JCU needs to rattle off a few in a row with ONU (minus Napier recently), Ott, Wilm and Berg on deck.

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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2652 on: December 19, 2019, 08:34:08 pm »


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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2653 on: December 28, 2019, 08:30:02 pm »
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The 2020 Field:
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Outside: St. Thomas, Whitman, Emory, Randolph Macon

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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2654 on: December 30, 2019, 10:38:48 pm »
Mount swept their two games in FL over the weekend to improve to 8-2. They beat Alfred and Union.  I watched most of both games. They handled Alfred easily and pulled away from Union in the 2nd half.  Union should have been a little easier.  They had a couple nice players but overall were surprisingly unathletic.  Mount outclassed them by a wide margin and down the stretch it showed.