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  1. kiyoat

    2019 Season

    OK, I completely take back my support of Summit League Scheduling. This basketball season's schedule is horrific. Double-headers are cool and everything, but it's like they sold out on that at the expense of everything else sensible. Just bizarre in some cases. It's like they have no idea what they are doing. My apologies.
  2. My words were "the Bruising, foul-happy team last year". I never called them goons (I assume that is the hockey equivalent of a dirty player?). They were, in fact, foul-happy. It is no secret that UND produced the most fouls per game than any team in the conference last year. This is quantifiable. They eclipsed 30 fouls seven times, against both good and bad teams. This was clearly just they way they were coached to play. It is a strategy. Brewster chose to be a physical team, in a way that produces fouls. It is what it is. I wasn't a fan of that strategy when I watched the three times we played the Hawks. I'm not whining about it, or making excuses. Our young women did just fine against it. In fact, we have been called thugs by Iowa State and SD State fans in recent years for our physical play, just for playing an aggressive, turnover-creating style of defense. In the game in Vermillion last year, we won 87-54 in regulation. UND committed 36 fouls and had three players foul out of the game. In the game in Fargo is was 33 with one ejection. To me, that's a little excessive. Again, I'm not calling them dirty, or goons, or cheap-shot artists. Just that they played a "bruising foul-happy" style of basketball that I personally was not a fan of. On flopping: clearly you have watched a lot of basketball over the years, and you understand that there is a very fine line between offensive vs. defensive fouls, and what is or is not a foul. Fans tend to "see what they want to see" with basketball fouls, i.e. "the other team is always getting away with stuff". I won't try to change your mind on that, but if you think your teams don't try to sell contact, you are insane. To never sell contact is to put yourself at a distinct disadvantage. Obviously flopping is a form of selling contact that goes too far. Some flops are painfully obvious, and some are well disguised. I actually admired WIU's Emily Clemens with her ability to draw fouls. Many of those involved "excessive selling", but she was damn good at it. Our own Monica Arens is very very good at drawing charges. In her case, she is just really good at getting into position defensively, and holding her ground. There is probably an element of selling there after contact, but it's pretty clear that hard contact is made. She takes a beating. I've backed up my statement about UND's fouling with facts. Care to provide me with evidence that USD flops more than anyone else in the conference, or am I to just take your word? I'd love to see a no-contact flop, ala LeBron.
  3. Thanks for your insights (this and the previous post). I had been wondering about this ND team, and why they had been doing so well this season. I'll have to admit I hadn't had a very positive view of your coach from what I had seen in the last couple of years. The bruising, foul-happy team from last year especially put a bad taste in my mouth. Coach Brew (in the past, anyway) doesn't interview well, either. But I guess that has zero to do with his coaching ability. I knew the team this year was a bit of a wildcard, as far as Summit ranking. I had withheld judgement, due to the weakness of the non-conference record. It's pretty obvious now that this is a much-improved team. Your posts have given me a better perspective on possibly why they are better. A fresh new group of players with a fresh new attitude from the coach. Whatever it is, it seems to be working. Tip of the cap to the Hawks and Coach Brew. Good luck this year. We need more successful programs to raise the league profile.
  4. kiyoat

    2019 Season

    https://www.argusleader.com/story/sports/college/university-of-south-dakota/2019/12/17/south-dakota-coyotes-volleyball-nivc-tournament/2665288001/ Yotes lose to GA Tech 25-23 25-23 25-17. Disappointing outcome, but a nice tournament run leading up to it. GA Tech only lost two sets total in that entire 5-round tournament. They clearly should have been an NCAA Tourney team. We also set a program attendance record for the championship, nearly 2,500. That kind of thing is good for the sport in this state, IMO. It's already the fastest growing sport for girls 12-18 at the national level. Several club teams have appeared in Sioux Falls in recent years. As for next year, we will lose 2X DPOY Anne Rassmussen, but other than that all three of USD, Denver and Omaha were pretty young this year. I'm hoping the Summit starts to get at-large teams on a more regular basis going forward. North Dakota was fairly young as well, if I'm not mistaken. I'm not sure about NDSU. A new coach at SDSU will have a tough task, but there is talent in the region to be had.
  5. Whatever, dude. I'd ask what unknown conference USU (Utah State?) and Creighton were both members of, but that is so off topic that I think I'll just agree with you and move on. Yes, St. Thomas will have magical insta-success in Division 1 within five years and leave us all behind, choking on their dust. Have a great day.
  6. Yeah, I knew what I was getting into. Not meaning to troll. I just am a big fan of facts, not speculation disguised as facts.
  7. OK, but that's not what you said. You said they have facilities that are better than two Valley schools right now. That's false. I'm sure there are ways to deal with the fact that they are essentially landlocked, and need space for new facilities, but those solutions will not be quick, cheap or easy. Booting the football team to an over-sized off-campus soccer stadium would be demoralizing to that program, IMHO. Rumors and message board chatter aren't a great source of factual info, anyway. I'm on-board with UST to the Summit, but let's not crown them the new Creighton before they tip off a single D-1 game. Crazy talk.
  8. Some of what you are saying makes sense, but I'm sorry, St. Thomas does NOT exceed any current Valley schools in athletic facilities. Here's their massive 2,000-seat gym for basketball, nestled inside a student rec center...
  9. Even if they want to do that, it would be a pretty heavy lift. They need some major facilities upgrades in order to be competitive in Division 1 sports. I have no doubt that they have the ability, money, support and desire to complete those projects, but those kinds of things don't just happen overnight. Let's not crown them Summit League champions just yet. In the meantime, having all our teams play in MSP will enhance our recruiting efforts there. Much better than SC. IMO they would be an attractive school for the MVC or Big East after a period of athletic success. Probably at least 10 years down the line. Hell, that's longer than some programs stay in a conference. Think of it like hiring coaches at a mid-major. Do you want the mediocre coach that will stay forever, or the coach that will raise the profile of the program, and possibly move on? JMO
  10. kiyoat

    2019 Season

    I disagree that the Summit did a poor job scheduling. I tracked the schedule every week this year, and each week had one Tuesday evening match (because of the odd # teams), and four Friday evening matches, and four Sunday afternoon matches. It was consistent for most teams. You guys and Omaha were the only locations that had issues scheduling outside of that framework. In one case the Denver match @ UND had to be rescheduled due to weather. That was the 1PM Tuesday match (Oct 22). Not much to be done about that, I'm afraid. Bad luck. In most other cases the problem was facility conflicts. -On Friday, Oct 4 UND played WIU at home at 4PM, when all the other teams were playing in the evening. I don't know why in that case, but it was an anomaly that I have to guess had something to do with the facility. -On Tuesday, Oct 15 you played NDSU at 7PM. Sucks to have your rivalry game on a Tuesday, but every team played one Tuesday night game, and that happened to be yours. Not ideal. -On Friday, Oct 26 there was a hockey game, so the VB match was moved to Saturday morning. This was the only Saturday Summit match all season. Omaha's schedule was even more atypical for the conference due to multiple facility conflicts. They had to play extra Tuesday and Monday matches due to Hockey, Home Expo and rock concert conflicts. That sucks, but it certainly isn't the Summit League's fault. Just part of playing in a multi-use facility that is trying to stay financially solvent. An even number of teams would remove the one scheduled Tuesday night match each team would have to play, but overall I'd say the Summit did a good job keeping most matches on a Friday-Sunday rotation.
  11. Question: has Brewster saved his job with the tourney win? Or was his seat ever hot to begin with?
  12. Charlie Creme (ESPN bracket-ologist for WBB) has stated that, yes, the Summit would get 3 in. OTOH, Creme is not on the committee, and the committee typically looks for excuses to put P-5 teams in over mid-majors. My guess is that in that scenario, one of the SD schools gets bumped to the WNIT. JMO
  13. Yes. And Sioux Falls, of course. Could try their message board too.
  14. For those of you that have purchased all-session passes, but would like to improve your location, I believe you can ask to be placed on a waiting list, FYI. There are some pass-holders that choose not to renew every year. Also, there are a lot of individual game tickets on the secondary market (Craigslist et al.), but they go fast for some sessions.
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