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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2012 Division III NCAA Tournament
« on: March 11, 2012, 06:50:40 pm »
In the F&M game, late in the 2nd half, a Dips player drove up to make a shot.  Amherst big center stood in his way, arms raised straight up. The Dips player initiated the contact....the layup missed and a foul was called on Amherst.  The Amherst starting center had to sit down because of the foul.  The Dips player went to the foul line.  Best call should have been NO call.
2nd example.....Late in the 2nd half...Toomey and Milligan, I believe, were facing each other....Toomey goes up for a shot, 3-point shot. I believe some Dips fan acknowledged that Toomey may have been fouled but he was leaning into Milliagan.  NO call.  If a call had been made....Toomey who is a 90 plus foul shooter would have made 3 points in a tight game at the time.  It could have changed the way Amherst played the last two minutes of the game.  Better yet....Milligan who played a great game...had 4 fouls.  If a foul was called and it was the 5th...then The Dips' star would not have been around to score 30 points.
Quality refs are needed in championship type games so fans like me...partisan or not....should not have to question calls.

A stream of the game is available online at http://client.stretchinternet.com/client/fandm.portal# (under the On Demand tab).  I believe the plays you're referring to occurred at 4:37 remaining for the foul on Kaasila and 9:45 remaining for the Toomey 3-point shot.  On the Kaasila foul, his right arm isn't even close to straight up and hits Milligan in the head.  On the 3-point shot, Toomey kicks out his right leg as Milligan goes by him, creating the contact.  That play should never be a defensive foul, as far as I'm concerned.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Top 25 talk
« on: March 11, 2012, 11:14:20 am »
The vaunted F&M defense didn't stop him much tonight.

The vaunted F&M defense relies on Matt Porter, who was injured 7 minutes into the game.  MIT had scored 5 points.  He didn't return until the second half and was clearly hobbled.

It would have been great to be able to see both teams at full strength.

MIT wasn't at full strength either, their starting 3 didn't play the whole game (he has been out since the first game of the tourney).  Billy Bender is also considered the wing 'stopper' for MIT, but they have been able to adjust without him the last 3 games. Given how short Coach Anderson has his bench, its been amazing to watch the guys adjust to losing one of their starters who has played ~30+ mpg all season.

That's why I said both teams.

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The vaunted F&M defense didn't stop him much tonight.

The vaunted F&M defense relies on Matt Porter, who was injured 7 minutes into the game.  MIT had scored 5 points.  He didn't return until the second half and was clearly hobbled.

It would have been great to be able to see both teams at full strength.

It's amazing to see how much difference one player makes.  Didn't even look like the same team out there.  Also, the MIT big guys really figured out what Amherst's bigs didn't and were able to play aggressive without getting into foul trouble.  I guess I can't underestimate MIT anymore.

Will Tashman did foul out, although 2-3 of those fouls called on him were on illegal screen called in the last 10 minutes of the game.

That still doesn't explain why F&M couldn't score any points.  Do you think Matt Porter would have helped them score a ton more points (F&M had 44 points through 37.5 minutes when they went to the 'garbage time' style play).  Also, I dont think Porter would have had much to do defensively with Kates, he and Milligan were matched up against eachother the whole night and Kates was getting a lot done, both taking the ball to the rim and with a few pull-ups he knocked down.   If Porter would have helped off Karraker to stop his drives, I am certain that would have only opened more wide open 3s for Karraker, as Kates is very good at finding the open man when he draws help.

Not a ton more points, but he would have been more effective offensively than F&M's other guards.  I guarantee Porter would have gotten matched up with Kates with Milligan struggling to stop him.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Top 25 talk
« on: March 11, 2012, 12:40:57 am »
The vaunted F&M defense didn't stop him much tonight.

The vaunted F&M defense relies on Matt Porter, who was injured 7 minutes into the game.  MIT had scored 5 points.  He didn't return until the second half and was clearly hobbled.

It would have been great to be able to see both teams at full strength.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2012 Division III NCAA Tournament
« on: March 10, 2012, 02:38:07 pm »
For the Amherst game, they really seemed to get the worst of it.  Getting touch fouls called on them on defense and then getting crushed with no calls on offense.  They probably got the better of things with guard play, but so much of the game was played inside, it hurt them quite a bit.  Toomey was getting clobbered and rarely got a call.

I know I'm biased, but I can't agree with the bolded statement after rewatching the game (along with what I saw live last night).  On 2 occasions, Toomey clearly kicked his leg out after taking a three, drawing contact and going down awkwardly.  It would have been terrible if he had gotten those calls.  Another attempt from three was probably a foul, but Toomey definitely leaned into Milligan after getting him in the air.  On drives, he created a lot of contact by dipping his shoulder a bit.  Perhaps he should have gotten an additional call or two, but to say he was getting clobbered is a huge overstatement.

That said, the touch fouls on Amherst early in the second half were not consistent with the rest of the game.  Getting the third fouls on Workman and Barrise in the first 3 minutes had an impact on the game.

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Northeast Region / Re: NESCAC MBB
« on: March 06, 2012, 02:35:04 am »
Hayk has about 70% good games and 30% off nights.
Hopefully for F&M, Friday is a good game.
Salandra, the other forward, ended the season at about 65%.

Which of the following juggernaut opponents were good games for Hayk and Salandra and which were bad games?

Neumann (isn't that a Seinfeld character?)
Lancaster Bible (books can play basketball now?)
McDaniel* (really good at the 2-3 press and making happy meals and shakes)
Gettysburg* (famous war location)
Swarthmore* (they have men's sports at Swarthmore, Smith and Mt. Holyoke now?)

*=played them twice

I'd like to see someone shoot 70% on Workman. I think James Wang did it once last year and that's about it.

Real fired up for this weekend!

How about St. Mary's (Gyokchyan - 11/19, 22 pts), Misericordia (Salandra - 8/11, 18 pts), or Hobart (Gyokchyan - 11/17, 26 pts)?

Listen, there's no disputing that F&M's schedule wasn't loaded with quality opponents, with none at the level of Amherst, but they've responded to each challenge so far.  Now they face easily their biggest challenge, and I hope they can step up once again.  Should be a great game.

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: March 04, 2012, 11:48:08 am »
The NCAA's bracket (http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-men/d3) now shows F&M as hosting the sectional.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2012 Division III NCAA Tournament
« on: March 04, 2012, 11:44:06 am »
The bracket (http://www.ncaa.com/interactive-bracket/basketball-men/d3)looks to be updated with hosts - Midd, F&M, Wooster, and WW.

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Mid-Atlantic Region / Re: MBB: Centennial Conference
« on: February 29, 2012, 12:31:59 am »
Just looking at York's numbers, nothing really stands out to me.  They're slightly better than their opponents in a lot of categories, but not by a significant margin anywhere.

Offensively, they're led by senior F Paul Kouvaris (CAC POY, 16.9 ppg, 55.3% FG, 74.3% FT, 6.6 rpg), along with junior G Julian Watson (13.1 ppg, 43.9% FG, 72.9% FT, 3.8 rpg, 2.7 apg).  F&M probably has enough good big men to keep Kouvaris from dominating the game, and they almost definitely have the guards to keep Watson in check if they decide to focus on him.  If they make Watson their focus, though, York has a pair of 3-point shooters that could hurt F&M if they get hot - senior G Mo Oursler (5.8 3FGA per game, 37.3%) and junior G Mitch Kemp (4.6 3FGA per game, 36%).  York has 7 players that get 19+ minutes/g, and they all score 6+ ppg.

Defensively, York doesn't get a lot of steals (6.8, 254th) or blocks (1.9, 347th).  They do force a decent number of turnovers (16.6), so F&M will have to take care of the ball, as always.  Whether they have anyone who can guard Milligan effectively or how their big men will match up with F&M's, I have no idea.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Pool C
« on: February 27, 2012, 05:13:49 pm »
Besides, if they were just using rote criteria, there wouldn't be the need for a committee. A functional technocrat would just follow the letter of the criteria, and not try to make it the best tournament possible.

The nature of this wacky season left some teams on the sidelines in the "C" round, but as always, the best thing you can do is avoid "C" entirely. Otherwise, you let yourself open to these decisions.

The only one I'm kind of floored by is St. Joseph's getting in. Pick your alternate "C"  candidate and I bet they beat St. Joseph's seven out of ten. Alas...

Keene state beats St. Joes 10 out of 10 times.

Care to explain this St. Joseph's result?

11/19    at Eastern Connecticut    W, 90-76

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2012 Division III NCAA Tournament
« on: February 26, 2012, 09:03:23 pm »
Here's a new publicly editable (I think) map with different colors for each pod:

http://g.co/maps/nbbmw

The pins indicate hosts (11 so far).  There are only 7 colors available, so I've had to reuse them, but I tried to separate them enough to avoid confusion.  The blue and red icons with dots are not yet assigned.  There still needs to be 1 more pool C team, likely from the NE.

I haven't done much in the NE, as the possibilities are almost endless.  Aside from Texas, I think I managed to avoid conference foes in the same pod in the GL, MW, W, and S.  Little consideration was given so far to seeding (aside from hosts), and none was given to how the pods might set up sectionals.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2012 Division III NCAA Tournament
« on: February 26, 2012, 06:28:29 pm »
The NCAA distance tool puts Birmingham-Southern to Wash U at 499 miles.  If BSC makes the field, I think Wash U gets a great boost to their hosting chances (which are good already).

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2012 Division III NCAA Tournament
« on: February 26, 2012, 05:21:49 pm »
The map (http://g.co/maps/3zrzn) should now have all the pool As.  I've added a pool B candidate (Maryville), a couple more possible pool C teams (Hobart, St. Mary's) likely to at least be on the table at the end, and several really good host candidates (Amherst, Hope, MIT, MHB because of geography).  This puts me at 60 teams on the map.  I'll try to add a few more possible Cs to get over 62.  Who are the best candidates not yet on the map?

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: 2012 Division III NCAA Tournament
« on: February 26, 2012, 05:42:46 am »
Here are my thoughts so far on possible hosts (assuming sufficient facilities):

Cabrini is a near certainty, as their numbers are excellent, and they are well situated geographically.

The Amherst/Middlebury winner is likewise a great choice.  Amherst still has a very good chance with a loss, as their numbers and location are quite favorable.

With wins, Whitewater and MIT become pretty obvious hosts.  Even with losses, they've got a decent chance.

Hope's numbers definitely put them near the top of the list, and they're within a reasonable distance from quite a few teams.  Will their isolation work against them?

River Falls' solid numbers and proximity to the Minnesota Schools and Buena Vista means they'd make a fine host, especially with a win.

Va Wesleyan will have strong numbers with a win and could host the USAC champ and a couple PA teams.  I assume the committee would try to avoid putting RMC there, probably sending them to Cabrini instead.  I think Va Wes is beyond 500 miles from the KY schools.

One of Staten Island or William Paterson will probably host.  Results vs. regionally ranked opponents might swing it in favor of WP.

Wash U has good numbers and an OK location.  If Maryville is the pool B team and within 500 miles, that might help.

As always, the Texas teams present a problem.  If Trinity wins the SCAC, I wouldn't't be surprised to see Trinity vs. the ASC champ, with the winner going to MHB.

With only 2 West Coast teams, 2 flight are required unless both get byes, so they don't have to play each other.  Still, Whitworth may have earned the chance to host a round, so flying CMS up there may make sense.

I'm sure I've overlooked someone, and I'm not going to add any more hosts to the map before we get more tournament results and other people weigh in with thoughts on likely hosts.  Remaining hosts will probably depend on who ends up getting the final few pool C bids.  As an F&M fan, I'd love to see them host, but their SOS is low, and I don't know if it will make sense to have another pod so close to Cabrini.

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Multi-Regional Topics / 2012 Division III NCAA Tournament
« on: February 26, 2012, 02:27:29 am »
I've started a Google map of the tournament field to help think about possible pods:

http://g.co/maps/3zrzn

I've added all the teams who've clinched a spot, as well as these teams that seem to me to be locks:

Amherst / Middlebury (one A, one C)
Hartwick (C)
MHB (C)
MIT (A or C)
RIC (C)
Transylvania (A or C)
UW - River Falls / Whitewater (one A, one C)
Va. Wesleyan (A or C)
West Conn (C)
Wheaton (C)
Wittenberg (C)


I've added Penn. State-Harrisburg / Morrisville State (NY) and Trinity (TX) / Centre (KY) in yellow, but only 2 of the 4 will make it.  I'm also starting to add likely pool C teams (red) and marking likely hosts (green).  I'll do a few more tonight, but then I'll wait to see if there's agreement on other likely teams and hosts.

Let me know if I've made any mistakes.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Pool C
« on: February 26, 2012, 01:15:12 am »
Maryville's not pool A, right?

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