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Re: MBB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« Reply #3045 on: March 03, 2018, 01:25:21 pm »
Yeah. Clearly not official.
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Re: MBB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« Reply #3046 on: March 03, 2018, 02:51:16 pm »
Aurora stuns #4 Washington-St. Louis 82-80 in the first round! The Bears hit a 3 to tie the game with 1.6 seconds left, but with no timeouts remaining, Marcus Myers shook free in the frontcourt, they found him, and the NACC Player of the Year buried the dagger at the buzzer.

The Spartans advance to play Nebraska Wesleyan in the second round tomorrow night.

What an insane finish. Still trying to figure out how Wash U let Myers get that open.

Two things:

* The Bears started retreating after Matt Nester hit his trey, but four of them stopped at the top of the key and retraced their steps back towards the inbounder, Max Vickers. That's because three of the Spartans made no effort whatsoever to come up the floor. Now, 1.6 seconds isn't enough time to take a close-in inbounds pass and dribble your way forward to any kind of a decent shot, but it's hard to blame the Bears defenders in this situation. From the moment you first pick up a basketball as a kid, you're trained to stay close to the player you're defending, and that's what the Bears were doing.

* Marcus Myers was the only Spartan to come up the floor, and he was very canny about the way that he did it. Watch the clip again. He watches Nester's shot go in, turns with no urgency whatsoever, and starts walking up the floor. He gave off the vibe that he had conceded that the game was destined to go into overtime. Then, just after PBP announcer Jay Murry (who did a great job of calling this endgame craziness, by the way) made his comment that "a prayer was answered", Myers breaks into a sprint towards the left elbow at the other end of the floor. The one Bear who had gone down the floor at first, Jake Knupp, never got close enough to Myers to challenge the Aurora star's shot.

That was not only a clever deke by Myers, it was an amazing shot as well -- off-balance, shooter drifting to his left, not squared up, from twenty feet out. But I wonder if the entire play -- including the rest of the Spartans hanging back in the backcourt, with Myers slowly leaking out into the forecourt -- was drawn up by AU head coach Lance Robinson. If so, then good on ya, Lance. If not, then that was a great improvisation all around by the Spartans.
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Re: MBB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« Reply #3047 on: March 03, 2018, 04:03:01 pm »
Had to be improvised. I mean, the Aurora player who first gets the ball after the Wash U 3 pointer nearly calls a timeout (at least it looks like it, a la Chris Webber).
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Re: MBB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« Reply #3048 on: March 03, 2018, 04:48:13 pm »
I don't think that that indicates improvisation at all. In fact, I think it probably indicates the opposite. The player in question (#20, Ty Carlson) caught the ball as it came down through the cylinder and nearly pulled a Chris Webber, as you mentioned. But watch Matt Dunn (#3). At the 0:11 mark of the clip he turns his head back to the AU bench and immediately points at Vickers as Vickers is stepping across the endline. Dunn is standing so close to Carlson that he probably yelled "Inbound!" or something to that effect as well. It's obvious that Dunn had gotten a signal from either Lance Robinson or one of his assistants and was telling Carlson to play through the situation by giving the ball to Vickers to be inbounded.

In fact, that head turn by Dunn and his immediate gesture thereafter to point at Vickers makes it even more likely that the final play was called by the AU bench. I'm not going to bet all of the corn in Manito on it -- but I'll bet at least a silo's worth. ;)
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Re: MBB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« Reply #3049 on: March 07, 2018, 04:06:40 pm »
Sadly, Saturday was a different story, as Aurora was defeated by Nebraska Wesleyan 82-61 in the second round.

In other NACC news, Mark Boyle has hung up his clipboard after 30 years at the helm at Marian. Boyle finishes his coaching tenure, which predates the Sabres' entry into Division III, with a 390-423 (.480) record, 5 conference regular season titles, and a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances in 2001 and 2014.
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Re: MBB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« Reply #3050 on: March 12, 2018, 11:31:38 am »
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Re: MBB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« Reply #3051 on: July 08, 2018, 01:24:05 pm »
So with the addition of Illinois Tech and the NACC going to 12 teams, are they planning on going to two divisions?
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Re: MBB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« Reply #3052 on: July 09, 2018, 03:08:10 pm »
So with the addition of Illinois Tech and the NACC going to 12 teams, are they planning on going to two divisions?

They haven't for soccer, although it's much easier to do in sports with more games.  I've heard rumors of divisions, but likely more wishful thinking than reality.
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Re: MBB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« Reply #3053 on: July 09, 2018, 03:25:34 pm »
I was reminded Benedictine leaves next year, so they probably wouldn't do it for a year.
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Re: MBB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« Reply #3054 on: July 12, 2018, 08:38:09 pm »
Based on the schedules that I've seen put out, it does not appear that they're going back to two divisions next year, but are keeping a 20 game conference schedule (meaning each team will have two teams that they only play once).
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Re: MBB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« Reply #3055 on: July 13, 2018, 07:31:27 pm »
Based on the schedules that I've seen put out, it does not appear that they're going back to two divisions next year, but are keeping a 20 game conference schedule (meaning each team will have two teams that they only play once).

Yeah. I saw Lakeland's schedule posted and had 20 conference games.
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Re: MBB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« Reply #3056 on: July 15, 2018, 01:59:50 pm »
If they had 12 men's teams and 12 women's teams they'd probably play divisions, but that 13th women's program throws a wrench in scheduling, coordinating doubleheaders, etc.
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Re: MBB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« Reply #3057 on: July 16, 2018, 05:22:20 pm »
It would have worked even better now, with Illinois Tech and without Maranatha, the (men's) teams split 6-6 along state lines. But they probably figured it wouldn't pay to rework the schedule for just one year before Benedictine leaves.

And 13 teams seems like a pain to schedule no matter how you do it.
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Re: MBB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« Reply #3058 on: July 17, 2018, 10:07:26 am »
It would have worked even better now, with Illinois Tech and without Maranatha, the (men's) teams split 6-6 along state lines. But they probably figured it wouldn't pay to rework the schedule for just one year before Benedictine leaves.

And 13 teams seems like a pain to schedule no matter how you do it.
It doesn't matter because the men's and women's schedules need to work in conjunction to accommodate doubleheaders, and the women's side will always have one more team. So if you try divisions either the men's side or the women's side is always unbalanced.
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Re: MBB: Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference
« Reply #3059 on: September 22, 2018, 04:07:12 pm »
I on case no one saw the tweets or the front page: http://www.d3sports.com/notables/2018/09/benedictine-to-return-to-d3
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