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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2520 on: September 15, 2018, 12:05:40 am »
JCU could very easily be a little behind these days. Not that I would expect their SID to let work slip for any reason and I am NOT saying he has let anything slip (I don't know when they normally have the full schedule posted), but he has bigger priorities right now.

Approximately 75% of all D3 schools have their schedules posted now... those that don't are BEHIND those that do....And of the 100 + some odd that haven't posted, close to half of them are from the NorthEast and East small schools that are likely grossly undermanned....  The NAC, NEAC, NECC, MASCAC, LEC and GNAC are all in the 50% of schools not posted range.  The NESCAC and SCIAC are way behind too.....  The Great Lakes and Central Regions are already close to complete, and this is the usual trend.... priorities are different.....

I'm going to be blunt ... but I'm giving the JCU SID a ton of slack right now. He has more important priorities - and I don't even know if that is the reason the schedule isn't on their website. They might not have posted it for a bunch of reasons, I'm just saying ... http://www.news-herald.com/article/HR/20180422/SPORTS/180429837
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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2521 on: September 17, 2018, 12:25:50 pm »
JCU could very easily be a little behind these days. Not that I would expect their SID to let work slip for any reason and I am NOT saying he has let anything slip (I don't know when they normally have the full schedule posted), but he has bigger priorities right now.

Approximately 75% of all D3 schools have their schedules posted now... those that don't are BEHIND those that do....And of the 100 + some odd that haven't posted, close to half of them are from the NorthEast and East small schools that are likely grossly undermanned....  The NAC, NEAC, NECC, MASCAC, LEC and GNAC are all in the 50% of schools not posted range.  The NESCAC and SCIAC are way behind too.....  The Great Lakes and Central Regions are already close to complete, and this is the usual trend.... priorities are different.....

I'm going to be blunt ... but I'm giving the JCU SID a ton of slack right now. He has more important priorities - and I don't even know if that is the reason the schedule isn't on their website. They might not have posted it for a bunch of reasons, I'm just saying ... http://www.news-herald.com/article/HR/20180422/SPORTS/180429837

Thank you for posting the above. Definitely sucked when I first heard about this earlier this year. I had the pleasure of interning under him at JCU and I can honestly say that he is one helluva an SID and I would say the best in D3. But that may be a biased statement! lol
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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2522 on: September 18, 2018, 10:24:44 am »
JCU could very easily be a little behind these days. Not that I would expect their SID to let work slip for any reason and I am NOT saying he has let anything slip (I don't know when they normally have the full schedule posted), but he has bigger priorities right now.

It posted late last week showing tournaments in Buffalo (Buffalo State - opening tournaments) and two in Virginia (Thanksgiving weekend at CNU and between Christmas an New Years at Roanoke) as well as a one-off nonconference game against LaRoche.  Here it is:
https://jcusports.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball

As for the delay in posting, I concede that the SID is battling some health concerns and we all love Mr. Wenzler and wish him well.  That said, JCU being the last to post its schedule has been a pretty consistent occurrence for the past decade or so. 
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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2523 on: September 18, 2018, 10:30:45 am »
Here is the updated list of schedules showing JCU in final form.  While BW is still not posted at the BW website, it appears to be complete with two tournaments in Rochester to start the year (who doesn't like Rochester in late November - it's like Paris in the springtime) and three one-offs over the winter break with games against Trine, Bethany and Westminster.  Here are the links:

John Carroll https://jcusports.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball
Mount Union  http://athletics.mountunion.edu/sports/mbkb/2018-19/schedule
BW  http://www.d3hoops.com/teams/Baldwin_Wallace/Men/2018-19/index
Muskingum http://www.fightingmuskies.com/sports/mbkb/2018-19/schedule
Marietta https://pioneers.marietta.edu/schedule.aspx?schedule=207
Wilmington  http://www.wilmingtonquakers.com/sports/mbkb/2018-19/schedule
Capital  http://athletics.capital.edu/sports/mbkb/2018-19/schedule
Otterbein  http://www.otterbeincardinals.com/schedule.aspx?path=mbball
ONU   http://www.onusports.com/sports/mbkb/2018-19/schedule
Heidelberg  http://athletics.heidelberg.edu/sports/mbkb/2018-19/schedule
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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2524 on: September 18, 2018, 12:57:29 pm »
Here is the updated list of schedules showing JCU in final form.  While BW is still posted at the BW website, it appears to be complete with two tournaments in Rochester to start the year (who doesn't like Rochester in late November - it's like Paris in the springtime)

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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2525 on: October 11, 2018, 03:03:54 pm »
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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2527 on: November 08, 2018, 02:59:52 pm »
OAC Preseason Poll:
https://www.oac.org/sports/mbkb/2018-19/releases/2018_Basketball_poll.pdf

9 points.  That means Ott was picked dead last by every other coach in the conference.  The state of Ott hoops continues to be head scratching.

Mount checking in at 4 is about where I expected.  I was figuring 4-5 range.  They're going to need some young talent to contribute this year.  Bower-Malone and Francesconi are nice players, but it'll take help to replace Kukura's offense.

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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2528 on: November 15, 2018, 04:41:47 pm »


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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2529 on: December 01, 2018, 05:36:12 pm »
Marietta             2-0   7-0
Mount Union       2-0   6-1
Wilmington         1-0   4-1
Capital               1-0   4-2
Baldwin Wallace   1-1  4-2
John Carroll         0-1  3-2
Ohio Northern      0-1  3-3
Muskingum          0-1  2-2
Heidelberg           0-1  0-4
Otterbein             0-2  2-5

Early thoughts on the OAC this year:

1. Marietta has quickly announced themselves as the conference favorite early on despite not being the preseason pick by the coaches. Wins over Wittenberg and a road win over John Carroll today are big statements to the rest of the conference as well as the Great Lakes Region.
2. Heard today that Ryan Berger had surgery on his knee and is expected to be out around 4 weeks (per the JCU video crew today). They'll be wanting him back ASAP. I have not been quite able to put my finger on it yet but JCU looks just a step back from the high powered offenses that ran teams out of the gym in year's past. They are replacing some big shoes this year, but I still expect them to be in the conversation all year long.
3. Ryan Bruns is the best player in the league this year (and the region...and maybe the country). However, as a team ONU is missing some of the pieces that really complemented what Bruns did down low (Berger, DiOrio). He is tasked with carrying more of the load this year and I think it's going to allow some of the stronger teams to key in on him a little bit.
4. Most improved team? Wilmington is off to a wonderful start and the Quakers will look to climb up the standings a bit this year after years of struggles.
5. Also keep an eye on Capital. They got a big win over Ohio Wesleyan and will almost certainly steal a game or two from one of the top contenders if not be in the conversation themselves. I fully expect the Crusaders to be in the top half this year.

Should be another fun conference ride this year.
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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2530 on: December 03, 2018, 11:39:30 am »
Any time you can start 2-0 in conference that's not a bad thing, but I'm not sure what to make of Mount so far.  6-1 and I wouldn't say they've played great basketball.  They definitely haven't shot the ball exceptionally so far, especially the freshmen. 

My concern with them is two main things:  First, they don't have much size.  Namke did not play against ONU.  If he is injured that's a major problem as it forced freshman Mario Caywood into far more minutes.  Namke is by far their best all around big (and 2nd leading scorer) and on a team lacking depth there that's a big problem.

The other thing is that they seem to lack a go to scorer.  You can spin this as a positive in that they're balanced and any one of a number of guys can step up and carry them that game.  My concern is that when you're trying to grind out a back and forth OAC game I'd prefer to have a stud scorer to ride down the stretch.  So far Mount has been able to win playing team basketball.  Hopefully they continue to make this a non-issue.

Their 2nd unit includes 4 freshmen so Fuline continues to go "best available" with his minutes.  They make take some lumps, but hopefully that pays off at the end of the season.


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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2531 on: December 06, 2018, 01:21:15 pm »
If you would have told me before the season that Mount would blow out JCU without Niamke I would have laughed at you.  But alas here we are.  What the heck is going on in UH?

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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2532 on: December 06, 2018, 10:53:41 pm »
Early thoughts on the OAC this year:

1. Marietta has quickly announced themselves as the conference favorite early on despite not being the preseason pick by the coaches. Wins over Wittenberg and a road win over John Carroll today are big statements to the rest of the conference as well as the Great Lakes Region.


LOL You crack me up ... I'm not going to say Marietta isn't good, but let's pump the brakes on "announcing themselves at the conference favorite." Yeah, they weren't the pick of the coaches and we are only a month into the season and not even into the heart of conference play. Would you like me to remind you how many hot starts Marietta has had only to stumble in conference in January? I'm not predicting that. I'm just saying I figured you would have learned by now ... it's still a long season. )
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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2533 on: December 06, 2018, 11:13:39 pm »
Marietta has literally won the last 4 OAC men's basketball regular season championships.  They shared it with JCU last year, three previous outright.

Marietta is 28-2 in January the last 4 years.  One of those losses came to John Carroll(the team they tied with) last year.
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Re: MBB: Ohio Athletic Conference
« Reply #2534 on: December 07, 2018, 07:30:39 am »
Etta is the favorite.  That's not Fifth's bias, that's just what it is.  With what I just watched the othe night I'm not sure how we could conclude otherwise.  JCU did not look good.  At all.