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  1. ND-fan

    2018-19 Season

    UND womens basketball is need of serious fixing if going to compete in the Summit conference. I look at where we are now and where we were 4 to 5 years ago we have gone backwards on talent we put on the floor. We do have talent on the front line but in the back court we do not have once we had. I look at when UND went to the NCAA tournament we had talent in the back court to win but most of that talent was recruited by Roebuck. I look back then we had Madi Buck shooting guard and quick enough bigger guard to guard people like SDSU had last night. We also had Szabla, Dyer, Burck, and Knox where we had girls that could hit the open shot as well as play good defense and were quick enough to stay with people. I look at this year team we have nobody in the guard position that you could look to take a outside shot from three on consistent basis and offensively we are weak from the guard position. Second overall guard speed is not what it should be and I don't know if we could use different schemes of defense to cover up some of these weaknesses. Also it seems that some players are not getting more playing time that have more upside potential than who's on the court. To fix this problem we need to be looking for quicker and stronger guards to play defense but also that can provide offense from the outside. Also we have offense that is so center around klabo that we get nothing out of other people. I look at SDSU tonight they were getting offense from several people much harder to defend and also makes for much more team orientated offense. Brewster is going to have too adapt if he wants to win this conference and also he needs to get where you see his players are having more fun on the court. I just don't see it much and I truly believe you need that chemistry of players where they look like they are having fun and have confidence that even if make a mistake there not in dog house and removed from the game. I see us finishing probably around 4 in the conference at year end and we will not get very far in the conference tournament just don's see how we make a run with this team. I not sure what we all have recruited for next year but they better be looking for outstanding guard that can make impact right away next year.
  2. I was at the game last night UND was in couple of possession of winning this game. Daum was difference in the game but sure can tell that he gets treated differently than most of the other players in the league. He played whole 40 minutes of the game and never received one foul but I can assure you if he was freshman like Rebraca there would have been several calls that he would have received a foul. The first one was when he hits Avants with the shoulder not only it was none call but he gets the call the other way I can tell you if that is any other than premier player in the league the call goes other way especially when that player is on the road. Also if you watch a lot of his put backs he gets way with pushing the other player enough under the basket where his long reach become advantage. These calls like this makes a huge difference in game like this just couple of calls other way changes outcome of the game. South Dakota is very good team and showed why they are class of the league but if they make NCAA tournament Daum doesn't get these call it will turn around other way where he will be player that doesn't get benefit of the doubt. That's the way it is in college basketball and to me that is wrong with major sports in this country everyone wants the star treated differently but I maintain if everyone would be treated equally we would always have the cinderella story in sports. The problem with that it hurts tv they want there stars and promote games on the stars to draw the audiences and ratings. I think the opposite people like to watch underdog and two it would mean top teams would need to bring A game all the time or else they could loose. UND I think learned the formula to win this league if they can continue to get good shooting from their guards. South Dakota state is very good basketball team but they are beatable and now what everyone was talking about this club 20 points better than anyone else is not the case.. They very well could be on their home court 20 better but opposing court or even neutral court my guess is they 5 to 10 point favorite. Also if Daum got hurt I don't think they would be favorite with most of teams in Summit conference. Last night they went with pretty much iron man squad with only one other player getting playing time. I hope we can put a few more wins on the book it would be nice if we could end up finishing like 5 in league but I am afraid we may have missed that chance with ORU and Omaha losses games we could have won. I think if we could get high enough seed we could have nice finish to the season in conference tournament getting to semifinal game.
  3. ND-fan

    2018-19 Season

    I thought we didn't make many changes during the game defensively and for sure we were getting beat in the man to man defense we had today we couldn't match up to them defensively. I though we should have tried some form of zone defense just to see if we could stop them from scoring at will. There two guards were quicker than our guards but I thought if we would have played either box and chaser or even better a triangle and two where our guards could put maximum of pressure on the outside and force there smaller guards to come inside to where they had shoot over our bigger posts we may have cut down on easy layups. In the first half when there guards had to come in shoot over our posts they didn't score at will. Also being in triangle zone like that we would be position to standing in front not chasing with our slower post players. I noticed when Leet was in the first half her height alone made Western Illinois players change there shots. I just thought we needed to make some changes because when you're giving up 90 spot were not getting many stops and we don't have offense that could keep up with that kind of scoring. Second thing I noticed is from Omaha game even though western a different team is that when we had Klabo back the rest of the team seems to just stand around and expect her to carry offensive load. When she wasn't there at Omaha all the girls were looking for there shot and offense seemed to just click with the threat coming from all five. I also think it reflects in the coaching too because it seems Brewster takes a girl out if she show some initiative in scoring and she not one of the stars for the team. I think he believes in always going to his stars first and that may be high percentage most of the time but it also makes you very predictable defend and limit your scoring chances. Also it takes fun out the game for other players on your team and also puts extra pressure on these girls to know that if take a shot it may mean playing time and especially if you miss a shot. Also I have noticed our girls never seem to be having fun on the court even when there winning big on the court. This is something I have noticed since the Roebuck era his players played with much more emotion and seemed more together as a team at least that's way I remember it.
  4. ND-fan

    2018-19 Season

    I was disappointed that he didn't finish his career hear in North Dakota but in the end he had do what was best for him. If coach Jones wants him on his staff and thinks he can contribute to the team I am all for it. I think he can offer his experience and knowledge he has learned in college career can be nothing more than gain for UND. His playing in three different programs in my mind should give him extra knowledge he can pass on to this young team especially in the big department. I wish him nothing but best here and again his previous time here was nothing but positive for the team and community why wouldn't want somebody like that here.
  5. ND-fan

    UND (1-2, 7-9) vs Omaha (2-1, 8-8) 1/10 7 PM

    I was at the game UND played very good game until the last 2 minutes of the game. They lost the game at the free throw line if they would have even hit 50% at the free throw line in last minute and half they would have won the game. I kind of think you can expect this with this team very young team with exception of Avants and Seales . Also can tell that Stewart is behind in play because not being able to play first semester. I get tired of criticism of Jones as coach of this team they have improved as the season gone along they play good defense with few exceptions and some that is because they young players and play good team basketball. I expected games like this with this young team and growing pains but I think they are going to be pretty good team at the end of the season. Are they going to win whole thing for the conference I don't think so but they will be better team and will be stronger team next year if these players return and with few additions could be a very good team next year. After the game group of us were discussing the game only thing I could have faulted on coaching decisions were that maybe he should have pulled Moody for short period of time because they were shutting him down. But also he may have keep them honest defense to let Avants and Seales drive and work in the middle. The way these refs called the game it was difficult for UND to shut down there big man inside with not letting body up to him or let them push deny the pass on defense because once he got ball he created such mismatch where we needed more than one person on him allowing him dish it off for scoring. Also the way game was called in second half we had bonus with almost nine minutes to go in the half. This allowed them to shoot free throws to catch up down the stretch. I will very much like to see them again play some mistakes and nerves they had for this game will be eliminated and were going to see where they start beating some these better teams in league.
  6. ND-fan

    2018-19 Season

    What is reason for Klabo, Daily sisters, and Nicholson not dressing for the game.
  7. ND-fan

    Moo U Dumpster Fire Thread

    The Bison to me hit crescendo this past Saturday and they will be very good football team again next year but not like they have been last several years. The reasons I have for this change in coaching and huge graduating class that filled a lot of skilled positions. The next reason is this is first year in over 9 years they don't have experienced quarterback to start the next season. They have some good young players that have potential to be good quarterbacks but they have hardly played so they are going to have large learning curve for the coming season. I could very well expect by end of the season they could be contenders but I believe they will have lost a few games getting through the season. I could see where UND playing them early could have very good chance upsetting them and especially when both teams are healthy. NDSU even this year was the best team in Fcs but a lot of it had to do with Stick where they had best quarterback in FCS. I look at rest of FCS the top teams were fairly close in level of play and a lot on who won was based where they were playing. Now this coming year I don't see where NDSU has that dominance at quarterback so I see team that will be much closer than in past to rest of FCS. Now UND is returning a lot of talent and with right offensive coaches and little more depth they will be knocking to get into that higher level of FCS which is possibility. Also SU has been very lucky in not having one of those seasons where you have multiple injuries at key skilled positions to where you have to shake up whole team to get those positions filled. Yes they have had injuries but where you have starter injured and his replacement injured and then having his replacement injured until where your moving player from different position in to start that position. This happens to teams and whole season is lost because of this.
  8. ND-fan

    Moo U Dumpster Fire Thread

    Wentz has great ability but his career will not last long if he is not protected more no quarterback survives in the NFL if they are subject to many hits. Philadelphia is coming to decision point on Wentz next year are they going to sign him up for big money or go with Foles or acquire a new quarterback for the future. I could see where Eagles may let him leave and my guess then he would be perfect candidate for the NEW England in a year. I Think Brady is coming to end of his career and another year of regression is really going to show up. Wentz would fit perfectly in New England where they take a player turn his career around by putting that player in perfect situation to perform.
  9. ND-fan

    2018-19 Season

    This was nice win on the road but real test for us will come when we play the Two South Dakota schools to see where we are in this conference. Also Western Illinois looks like they are going to be in the mix of the conference. I think if we play up to potential we could be fighting for the 3 spot in the conference when all dust settles after we get into the conference season.
  10. ND-fan

    UND (6-7) vs Fort Wayne (8-7) 12/28 7 PM

    I watched game on the tv today but I thought UND looked very good at times and then didn't look very good but I think this has to do with young team. Fort Wayne is experienced team and you could see them exploiting our young players. I thought second half we played much better and much better defense. What cost us the game is way to many turnovers. To be fair today Seales being sick sure didn't help for us playing defense and rebounding. I think this team by end of year could become factor and could pull off upset in the tournament. Also I like how this team played hard for whole game.
  11. ND-fan

    Moo U Dumpster Fire Thread

    NDSU / UND rivalry is not what it was once since SU decided to go division 1 first and UND remained at division 2. The reasons for not playing each other has been documented over the years but the bottom line has been SU and Fargo has marketed itself with all its recent success at football to have surpassed UND is ahead of them in Division 1 sports. This has worked quite well with UND in the Big Sky Conference and SU in the Missouri valley conference and Summit conference where they were not required to play each other on yearly basis. This has gone on so long now we have generation of people who never experienced the rivalry the way us older generation had experienced it and even when we played the game recently it was for pride not like it was in the past where it usually determined who would win the conference and who would get playoff birth. Yes back in the day it was division 2 but I can tell you it meant just as much as it would be today. If you would do your history on this large number of the teams that are in FCS today were mix for the Division 2 titles until they created Division 1 aa which today is the FCS. Now today with UND changing conferences and joining SU and the South Dakota schools over next several years were going to see these old rivalries start to heat up again. I think it will be good for both schools and when UND does beat NDSU we will then talk about how big rivalry it is because that day will come and trust me it won't just be in football but other sports as well. The sad part is UND has lost several of the sports over the years that they competed with against SU and South Dakota schools in the past like Baseball, Wrestling, and swimming not something to be proud of . This 15 year period of schools going in different directions and now coming back together will be looked like dark period for both schools because playing each other again regularly and sparking up rivalry will improve both schools programs but also will benefit them financially to keep their sports programs healthy. It will be win for all of North Dakota and South Dakota.
  12. ND-fan

    Moo U Dumpster Fire Thread

    NDSU has had remarkable run do to good coaching, good recruiting and most importantly they have been very successful in recruiting of top flight quarterbacks. The last three has been remarkable run for FCS program. Prior to that SU had good program but when they got this level of quarterback play the program reached a new level first they had Jenson who learned to win the big one as sophomore and continued that until he was senior. His level of play was good enough to get a look at the NFL something very few FCS quarterbacks do. Then they had local boy Wentz the number 2 overall pick in the NFL when has FCS program had that kind of quarterback. Now they have Stick who is chasing Jensen records and looks like he could be draft pick in the NFL. Even FBS schools would like to have that kind of recruiting where they have recruited 3 future NFL quarterbacks. SU has built a program that should be successful but it will come down to coaching and one other thing I haven't mentioned and that is key personal stay healthy which they have had over the years. Also one more point I would like to add is the success they have had gives them advantage most teams in FCS haven't had in that they get extra month and half of full practices with their team. This allow them to develop their players much more than most FCS programs. UND hasn't had football since November 17 meaning SU players will have had practices now until January 5 how much does that develop their kids especially the skilled positions like quarterback. But like all things runs come to end and other teams rise up I have seen it all my life and so will this run.
  13. ND-fan

    UND (6-7) vs Fort Wayne (8-7) 12/28 7 PM

    Has anyone heard on the status for tomorrows night game if Fort Wayne has been able to travel and get into Grand Forks. I was looking and both Grand Forks and Fargo airports were closed down for the day it looked like. Also did all Und players get back from Christmas or are they stuck trying to get back here too.
  14. ND-fan

    UND (6-7) vs Fort Wayne (8-7) 12/28 7 PM

    Will Fort Wayne get in by Friday for the game? Or will they set the game back a day to Saturday with the weather to experience next couple of days.
  15. ND-fan

    Summit League MBB

    I don't take much stock in these rankings of teams especially when you get past 150 mark for the schools. I have seen over the years your looking at teams above that range all have weaknesses compared to the top teams and usually are made up young players. Meaning that if these teams get matchup against another team that exploits that weakness they are going to loose or vice versa they can beat team that is supposedly better than them. Also in college basketball it all depends if your playing on the road or at home to if you have chance to win. The small mid major clubs its all about trying to win your conference that truly what the season is about. The fact is we all know the score here for most of mid major conferences is one an done in NCAA tournament and at best then is if you can pull upset chance winning second game is pretty small. I guess I don't understand why NCAA has separate division in division 1 for football and everyone is okay with that but not with basketball because basically the same conferences that are in division 1 FCS are bottom conferences in Division 1 basketball. I guess that why we have these other college tournaments going on at same time of NCAA tournament but get very little attention with exception NIT when it gets to NEW York but usually that is teams of large conference playing in the championship. If winners of the mid major conferences were part of the NIT I could see where they could make it to New York for the final field. But getting back UND it will be interesting how this team improves as season goes when it gets into conference play and if they are good enough to make the conference tournament. Then we will see what type of team we have here and how it developed for the season. If the rankings are right we would make conference tournament but loose in the first round and if improve for the year would be we would win the opening round and loose in the semifinals of conference tournament. A really successful year would be reaching the conference finals with this young team. My expectations or hopes is we reach the semifinals of the conference tournament if that is case we should have pretty good group of players with some additions for next year to be contender in the conference for championship.
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