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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #901 on: March 20, 2008, 11:23:24 am »

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Re: your 3/18 post. Excellent well said thoughts! Amen!

Over the years, I have seen many F&M players' parents travel 3 or 4 hours each way to attend games on a weeknight.

Eric


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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #902 on: March 20, 2008, 11:40:31 am »

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Re: your 3/18 post. You are absolutely correct there is nothing quite like seeing a final four in person. There is no other atmosphere like it! It is also a really neat opportunity to interact with the families, firneds, and fans of the other teams. Outstanding sportmanship abounds throughout the area's arena, restaurants, and hotels.

I also attended 3 of the 4 Final Fours that the Diplomats played in. I missed Rock Island in '79 as I was a poor student. I made trips to Springfield and twice to Salem. The Dips were clearly the underestimated underdogs in Springfield and won over the fans from Wittenberg, whose pep band played for F&M in both games. F&M did have some real chances to win that game. But, they probably weren't deep enough.

With Jeremiah Henry sick during their first trip to Salem, my feeling was that they were never really in the games against Hope and Illinois Wesleyan. The Championship game between Hope and Rowan featured on of the best individual performances I ever saw. One of Hope's guards, Joel Holstege, shot the lights out and finished with 47 points. He put his team on his back almost single-handedly carried his team to a win over Rowan! A side note, Illinois Wesleyan won the Championship the following year. I think they beat Alvernia in the final game.

For my money, the F&M vs. Calvin semifinal game was once of the best games I ever saw. Nip and tuck and back and forth throughout. A close game that either team could have won on the final shot! Just an amazing tense atmosphere.

As a Centennial Conference fan, I hope Ursinus shows well. I wish the bears good luck.



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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #903 on: March 20, 2008, 11:57:39 am »

As a Centennial Conference fan, I hope Ursinus shows well. I wish the bears good luck.


Trust me Diplomaniac1, the Bears will represent us very well. Their game against Coast Guard was very physical, and that experience will go a long way. I am sure Amherst's loss to Bowdoin left a sour taste in their mouth, so they too will be focused. Which means, it will be a hell of a game  :)

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #904 on: March 20, 2008, 05:35:50 pm »
here are some more nice articles about Ursinus

click here: http://www.philly.com/philly/sports/20080320_Ursinus_Shema_tells_tale_of_basketball_perseverance_as_team_heads_to_Division_III_Final_Four.html

It's good to see coverage of Shema -- what a great story.  I didn't know his parents were from Rwanda.  It seems like his career is peaking at the perfect time.

For my money, the F&M vs. Calvin semifinal game was once of the best games I ever saw. Nip and tuck and back and forth throughout. A close game that either team could have won on the final shot! Just an amazing tense atmosphere.

Eric-

I agree, it was one of the best I've ever seen.  Cinderella vs. goliath, with goliath winning at the buzzer.  I have permanent scar tissue from that game.  Wish I could have attended the '79 and '91 Final Fours that you guys have been talking about, but I enjoyed reading your stories.

Whatever happens this weekend, I know the Bears will represent the conference well.

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #905 on: March 21, 2008, 01:24:17 pm »
NCAA Semifinal picks:

Amherst
Washington

I hope I'm wrong on the first one.  Ursinus has the weapons to win, but Amherst has Olson and Final Four experience.  If Hilton and Noonan shoot the lights out, and Shema plays the game of his career, Ursinus can win -- I just think that's asking too much against Amherst's experience and talent, especially with Shattuck limping around.

Wash U. wins the second game and sends the Dew Crew back to Michigan disappointed.

Enjoyed reading the front page article on Ursinus and Shema today.  Good luck to the Bears.

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #906 on: March 21, 2008, 02:09:56 pm »
Crossing all my fingers

GO BEARS!

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #907 on: March 21, 2008, 03:13:39 pm »

NCAA Semi-Final Picks:

Ursinus vs. Amherst:   Amherst.

Hope vs. Washington:  Hope.

Good luck to Ursinus. Regards to all.

Eric


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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #908 on: March 21, 2008, 04:52:57 pm »
All hooked up and ready to hopefully watch and listen to the game.

3 of us have picked The Centennial champ Ursinus and 4 have not.
3 of us picked the Washington  Bears and 4 have not.

Good luck to all

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #909 on: March 21, 2008, 05:46:44 pm »
Was hoping for a closer score at the half.

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #910 on: March 21, 2008, 06:47:36 pm »
What a great run for Ursinus. Amherst was the better team today.

Amherst 84 Ursinus 58


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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #912 on: March 21, 2008, 08:56:59 pm »
Final Finals Pick-em

Ursinus vs Hope
Amherst vs Washington

You have till tip off to get you final picks in..

Enjoy.. I Have..

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #913 on: March 21, 2008, 09:03:10 pm »
It looks like it is coming down to the final final.

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Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« Reply #914 on: March 21, 2008, 09:05:10 pm »
Congrats to Ursinus on a memorable season, and for bringing another Final Four banner to the Centennial.

It's hard to regroup for a consolation game after getting knocked out.  Sort of like playing a spring training game a few hours after losing the World Series.  

Good luck vs. Hope.