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    Happy 7-month anniversary of Augie's National Championship, Viking fans. Seems like just yesterday 9,000 pounds of confetti were falling from the ceiling and the Vikes were celebrating the conclusion of the best season in school history with a championship victory. Here's to hoping we can make another run like that sooner than later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAugustana View Post
    While we may not be the preseason #10 SCSU Huskies, I do have confidence in the Augie coaching staff's ability to find and cultivate good talent. Should be fun to see if Cartwright in particular proves you wrong over the next few years. I don't think Vincent is expected to be a knockdown shooter, so if that aspect of his game happens to be solid during his career as a Viking, it's probably just a bonus.
    Hell, I don't even think that we are the #10 SCSU Huskies. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAugustana View Post
    Happy 7-month anniversary of Augie's National Championship, Viking fans. Seems like just yesterday 9,000 pounds of confetti were falling from the ceiling and the Vikes were celebrating the conclusion of the best season in school history with a championship victory. Here's to hoping we can make another run like that sooner than later.
    Fantastic young men and stupendous coaching staff made it happen. We are fortunate indeed!

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    Slight bit of bad news here, but it sounds like Augie and USF beat writer Ian Frazer has been let go by the Argus Leader after its recent management shake-up. Based on the fact that he was already covering Augie, USF and the prep sports scene for the Argus, it's probably safe to assume neither of the local D2 schools will be getting the same level of coverage they've gotten in recent years. Hopefully Zimmer and/or Mick Garry will jump over from their D1 duties from time to time to cover the Vikes and Cougars, but I'd imagine those feature stories will be few and far between.

    Unless the Argus surprisingly hires a replacement for Frazer, my guess is we get some coverage for season openers, an Augie/USF crosstown rivalry game feature, and maybe some postseason coverage if either team makes it very far in the postseason this year. If we get more than that, I'll be pleasantly surprised. Then again, maybe this is just an unnecessarily dire doom & gloom prediction. Either way, always a bummer to lose a beat-writer with no replacement in sight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAugustana View Post
    Slight bit of bad news here, but it sounds like Augie and USF beat writer Ian Frazer has been let go by the Argus Leader after its recent management shake-up. .
    St. Cloud had a number of people let go. It makes me wonder about the future of daily newspapers. More and more people rely on online- they want their news right now, not wait until tomorrow. Unfortunate but that seems to be happening.

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    Yeah, both St Cloud Times and Argus Leader are owned by Gannett, which laid off a number of people across the country. St Cloud newsroom is 55% of what it was just two years ago.

    Both SCSU and USF/Augie lost beat reporters

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    For those interested, Augie is hosting a watch party for the Duke game. Here's the link: http://www.augie.edu/events/watch-au...l-take-on-duke

    And here's the story/details:

    Watch AU Men's Basketball Take on Duke

    Event Details

    Date: November 4, 2016
    Location: Ballroom B of Sioux Falls Convention Center (1201 N. West Ave.)

    Augustana men's basketball will open the 2016-17 season with an exhibition game at Duke University on Friday, Nov. 4.

    Catch up with Augustana alumni and cheer on the men's basketball team as it opens its season at Duke, currently ranked No. 1 in the nation.

    The Vikings will take on the Blue Devils at historic Cameron Indoor Stadium on Friday, Nov. 4, as Duke continues its tradition of inviting the previous year's NCAA Division II National Champion to Durham, North Carolina, for an exhibition game.

    Details on where you can watch this historic game follow.

    In Sioux Falls
    -Friday, Nov. 4
    -Starting at 6 p.m. CT
    -Game time: 7 p.m. CT
    -Ballroom B of Sioux Falls Convention Center of Denny Sanford PREMIER Center (1201 N. West Ave.)

    Cheer on the Vikings with other local Augustana fans at our watch party within the Convention Center of the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center. Watch the game on the big screen, and enjoy complimentary snacks and a cash bar. Fan apparel will be for sale by the Bookstore.
    If you want specific links to things (how to order the game to watch at home, live stats, etc.), they're all in the story I linked to at the top of the post. I didn't want to do the work of embedding all of them.

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    Kind of a fun, fairly short audio interview with Coach Billeter and Carla Metts of Midco Sports. Gives a little more insight into how this upcoming season might look for the Vikes as well as some discussion of tomorrow night's game against Duke.

    https://www.midcosn.com/blog/2016/11...in-the-nation/


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    Here are a few of the preview stories/articles about tonight's match-up against Duke.

    Local stuff:
    -http://www.argusleader.com/story/spo...duke/93229802/

    -http://www.ksfy.com/content/sports/A...399948331.html

    -http://goaugie.com/news/2016/10/31/m...on-friday.aspx (this is just the GoAugie release with info on the watch party tonight at the Premier Center for those who wish to attend)

    Duke stuff:
    -http://www.dukebasketballreport.com/...uke-basketball (this one, as so many do, confuses us with the D3 Augie a little bit, claiming we were national runners-up in 2014-15...we weren't...)

    -http://duke.247sports.com/Article/Pr...stana-48611205 (this one predicts Kerkman will start for Augie...from what I've heard in the past few days, Kerkman still has yet to practice even a single minute for the Vikes, let alone suit up to start against Duke...)

    Also, this quote from Coach Billeter in the above article made me chuckle:
    “It’ll be a great thing for us until they throw it up, and then I may be throwing up” - Augustana head coach Tom Billeter
    -http://bluedevilnation.net/2016/11/d...ake-augustana/


    Anyone want to jump in with predictions for tonight? As much as I'd love to see the Vikes pull another Iowa-style upset, it's safe to say there's about a 0.00001% chance of that happening. My guess is Duke wins by a clean 30, possibly even 40, somewhere in the realm of 101-65. I will be pretty happy if the Vikes keep it under 30, but I'm not expecting that. Also hoping nobody gets injured. The Vikes have had a few guys banged up earlier in the year, so keeping everyone as healthy as possible would be nice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAugustana View Post
    Here are a few of the preview stories/articles about tonight's match-up against Duke
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    I'll actually be pulling for for Augie tonight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAugustana View Post
    Anyone want to jump in with predictions for tonight? As much as I'd love to see the Vikes pull another Iowa-style upset, it's safe to say there's about a 0.00001% chance of that happening. My guess is Duke wins by a clean 30, possibly even 40, somewhere in the realm of 101-65. I will be pretty happy if the Vikes keep it under 30, but I'm not expecting that. Also hoping nobody gets injured. The Vikes have had a few guys banged up earlier in the year, so keeping everyone as healthy as possible would be nice.
    136-47 :)
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    Quote Originally Posted by simple as a $3 bill View Post
    136-47 :)
    I didn't even disagree when you hadn't added the smiley.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laker View Post
    I'll actually be pulling for for Augie tonight.
    +1

    Only time you'll hear me say Go Augie.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Husky View Post
    +1

    Only time you'll hear me say Go Augie.
    I did pull for them in the Elite 8. Wanted them to bring a natty to the NSIC.

    Of course, I do hate Duke.

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    Spencer, Beyer, and Warren might not be completely over matched from a physical stand point but athletically the whole team is fighting a battle that was lost at birth. Anything less than a 40 point loss is cause for celebration in Sioux Falls.

    I'll take Duke 93-50.

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    I've never even heard of this Division II school Augie is struggling against. A down year?

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    This is...not good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanger86 View Post
    I've never even heard of this Division II school Augie is struggling against. A down year?
    You might know it better by it's pre-1924 name. Trinity College.

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    Held em under a hundy, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

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    Some thoughts on last night. It was definitely rough, but I was honestly expecting a loss in the 35-40 point range anyway, so it wasn't a total shock. It's been awhile since the Vikings have been beaten that soundly, so hopefully it was a nice wake-up call, particularly for the guys who have only been a part of the 65-5 stretch over the past two years. To be honest, I'd rather Duke put the hurt on us like this than come out next weekend and blow one or both games against our in-region D2 opponents down in Oklahoma. No need to bust out a repeat of Washburn last year due to overconfidence.

    Kind of hard to break down the "good things" we saw from the Vikes since the athleticism and talent disparity was pretty vast, but there were at least a few things...

    1) The Vikes were still able to get a lot of open looks from three. While they unfortunately weren't hitting them last night, I hope they'll get more comfortable shooting as the year goes on. It was good to at least see Jordan Spencer finding those guys for open perimeter shots, even if we weren't knocking them down.

    2) Busack was our leading scorer. When it came out that he was going to be on the Augie roster next year, I was slightly skeptical based on his history, but if his head is on straight, it's pretty clear we're going to need him this season if we want to stay competitive. He had some foul trouble, but that's to be expected when the team you're playing has 8 McDonald's All-Americans currently on its roster. A little bit harder to stay in front of those guys than pretty much anyone they'll be facing at the D2 level this year (except maybe Justin Pitts).

    3) Lucas Walford had a really solid showing for a true freshman playing his first college game of his career against the #1 D1 team in the country at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Two pretty nasty dunks, two free throws and a 3 to go with a few rebounds isn't a bad first game. Hopefully he continues to develop because unless Kerkman gets healed up pretty quickly, we will need Lucas. Frankly, if this isn't just a one-hit wonder of a game, we might need him whether or not Kerkman heals up quickly. (On a side note, Kerkman was the only person who didn't play in the game. I'm assuming that's still due to his injury.)

    On a related note, I've watched the replay of Walford's tip dunk a few times on ESPN3 (it's archived, for anyone interested), and it might've been the best overall dunk of the game. Gotta be kind of fun to be able to say you dunked on Duke twice at Cameron Indoor during your career. Who knows, maybe we can win another NC in the next few years and he'll have a chance in a couple seasons to add a few more dunks. :)

    (For anyone pulling up the repeat of the game on ESPN3, Walford's dunks came with around 4:40 to go in the 1st half and around 9:02 to go in the 2nd half.)

    4) Nobody got hurt. This was possibly my biggest concern going into this game. Even if we'd managed to keep it within 25 or 20, it wouldn't have been worth it to see Jordan, Adam, etc. go down with an injury. With how important our starters in particular will be for this year's team, I'll take a 53-point loss with no injuries and still feel ok about it in the end.

    5) Program-wise, the Vikes did get a TON of nice coverage on ESPN3, especially early in the game. The announcers were really good about talking about Augie's program, the success we've had, the talent we recently lost, etc. As the game went on, it predictably got to be more and more pro-Duke (not that they had a lot more they could say about Augie after a while anyway), but the broadcast crew was well-informed and very complimentary of the program as a whole.

    6) The announcers consistently referred to Austin Saugstad as Austin "Swagstad," which might be the best accidental nickname I've heard in a long, long time.

    Overall, I hope the guys had a fun experience. Based on what we lost from last year's team, this went only slightly worse than I'd expected, but not by much. What matters more is how the Vikes get better from this and how they prepare to get a couple in-region wins down in Oklahoma next weekend. Very, very glad basketball season is back underway.

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