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  1. 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.
  2. Question: has Brewster saved his job with the tourney win? Or was his seat ever hot to begin with?
  3. 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
  4. Yes. And Sioux Falls, of course. Could try their message board too.
  5. 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.
  6. Yes and no. I mean, the fact that the tournament has been in Sioux Falls for 11 years certainly is more convenient for SD fans. Some Summit fans like to complain about that, and I would say too bad. SF has supported it, and it's $ucce$$ful. Some might complain that the Jacks fans have taken it over, providing an unfair advantage, and I'd also say that argument is BS. The Jacks fans have had the same access to tickets as anyone else, and they have chosen to commit to it. Too bad. The thing that I would argue is that All-session pass holders having first option on renewal, and also the selling of 2-year passes with first option renewal has had a chilling affect on any fan base that wants to try to grow a presence at the tournament. That's not the Jacks fans' fault. They are just supporting their teams and supporting the tournament. I don't know if that ticketing model is used at other conference tourneys or not. Someone on here said that was how the Hockey tourney is. I'm sure that strategy is wildly successful at making money. I just wish the Summit would make an effort to involve out-of state fan bases more, and get them to grow their presence at the tournament. partition off some lower bowl sections for each team, Make it easier to get there with travel packages, or something. To me, the more out-of-state fans you can involve, and get to travel to SF the better. Like a tourism thing. Us Yote fans really have no excuse to not have a large presence there, but it's still a struggle. Mostly because you have to plan ahead and commit to the all-session passes if you want to get half-decent seats. Just my two cents.
  7. I thought the same thing. Looked like something Lee said pissed your coach off. Lee explained it in the post-game interview: he said “we’ll see you again soon”. Or something to that affect. What he meant was that if both teams win their first round games in the SLT, they would play again. No offense meant by it, but tempers were probably high right after the game. Bad timing, I guess.
  8. Not really. Sanford has given to USD, SDSU, NDSU, Augie, even Mankato State. It’s not like T. Denny is to our program like OSU’s T. Boone exclusively. We appreciate all he and the hospital has done for our university and Sioux Falls, but I’m not worried about Sanford helping out Augie (personally). Sanford’s money has been a shot in the arm for all of our athletics. plenty of fans from former NCC schools are rolling their eyes about Augie joining, but I see the benefits outweighing any sharing of limited resources. To me more drivable games means more fans for both institutions. Which means more money. Fans always show up better for familiar opponents IMO, which is why our two schools both struggled to keep fans interested in playing Great West opponents. Denver is a quality school to keep in the conference, but they do have a bit of a superiority complex about the Dakotas. Honestly where the h@ll do they think they are running off to? If they had a better invite they would have already taken it. JMO
  9. I think its sad that the Argus is now reporting on how Twitter is reacting. As if that is some kind of "pulse of the nation" instead of a vocal minority of a subset of people on twitter that chose to respond to a tweet. Not all of those responses were from Augie fans. It would be like polling Bisonville on whether UND going D-1 was a good idea. I'd be curious what a poll of augie alumni or students would say.
  10. It's a lot easier to get P-5 and elite programs for home games in WBB than men's. For the men, I think a big part of it is the guarantee money. For the women, the top teams don't want to tank their RPI, so they wouldn't risk travelling to a place where they risk a "bad loss" against a sub-150 RPI team. The Jacks are a perennial high-RPI team, and as such, are a lot more likely to get great teams to come into Brookings. I don't know what the Sioux/Hawks have been in average RPI over the last few years, but if the average is over 150, I'd say your coach just isn't doing a good job luring in teams to Grand Forks. I wouldn't say he is doing a terrible job scheduling, though, as your current SOS is #87. Because of that tough schedule, your RPI is #174, despite the 2-7 record. Good strategy for RPI, but one would think he could get some better home games for the fans. JMO.
  11. Well, you guys must be doing something right to keep a player like Klabo home. I think there is plenty of opportunity, recruiting-wise in the region to support multiple elite programs. We will probably always go head-to-head for the best Minnesota girls, but the D-1 nets are cast a little further than the D-2 nets were.
  12. I absolutely wasn’t trying to troll. Sorry if it came off as such. I don’t follow UND WBB that closely yet, since you haven’t been in the conference, so I was just wanting to get a more informed read on where you guys think the program is at. I knew you had won the Big Sky a couple of years ago. I also know that WBB is actually followed in North Dakota, as opposed to many other places in the Summit. Likely due to major successes in the past, like all the D-II championships. I don’t know why NDSU has been so bad recently, but if all 4 Dakota schools could get competitive at the same time, the Summit could become a regular multiple bid league in this sport. That’s my agenda, or ulterior motive, in posting here, not trolling.
  13. What are you guys' opinions of Brewster and Walseth? Brewster has had a few successful years in the Big Sky, but what do you guys think about his coaching/ recruiting/ future at UND? Walseth has not done well at all, and this year looks even worse than most. If they retain her after this year, could it be said that they have basically given up on WBB? The thing that puzzles me about that is the fact that both UND and NDSU have been dominant programs in the past, and I assume there are some fans that still have some high expectations for your women's teams. No offense meant by any of this, I just wonder where you guys think those two coaches are sitting, with regard to the hot seat. Also, The Summit needs more strong teams, and I think your two programs are certainly capable of filling that void.
  14. kiyoat

    2018 Season

    Denver. I think a number sports in the conference are set up that way. I'd love to have Vermillion host the Tourney. I think you would see quite a bit more attendance overall with proximity to the three largest-attendance VB schools (UND, NDSU, UNO). Hopefully this championship will help increase the fan base in Vermillion as well.
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