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    Did you see the "where are they now" part where some of the graduated Augie players were playing in Europe, but Spice is home on the pig farm. They were making a big deal about that. Kind of like when Bjorklund for NDSU beat Notre Dame and his coach said he just gets the job done, like when he is home slopping the hogs. Evidently big city people get a kick out of that, as if they can't imagine that you probably have to do chores twice a day. Everyone should have to slop hogs at some time in their life- it makes them appreciate bacon more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by laker View Post
    Everyone should have to slop hogs at some time in their life.
    I didn't truly discover who I was until I slopped a hog.

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    One aspect of this year's team I'm excited to watch is the evolution of Jordan Spencer from supporting cast to featured player. His responsibilities over the last two years have been: dribble, puncture the D, make the obvious pass or take the wide open shot. Naturally there are probably some who think his accolades for this exemplary production were simply a byproduct of the Jansen-Schilling-Richter ecosystem.

    Now that those scrubs have moved onto the professional ranks of basketball and slop we will be able to see Spenny stretch his talents while getting vastly more attention from the opposition. His performance against the Blue Devils was just priming the pump: 4pts-4reb-7assists in 38 minutes. Given who was guarding him (Matt Jones, who? Matt Jones and Luke Kennard) the fact that he managed to be productively efficient, with nearly a 2-1 assist to turnover ratio, is a dangerous sign for the rest of Augie's opponents.

    He has the speed and ball handling toggles to get by anyone in the league which should result in 10-15 points per night on primarily layups and FTs. That's before we mention how he's a career 43% marksman from downtown, however this should drop given the increased interference he'll encounter. Having said that, even if he's still in the mid 30s that's another half step defenses have to step out and contest which uncorks the lane behind them.

    All of this is to say that I think conditions are ripe for him to average 12 points/ 7 assists /5 rebounds. If he does this while helping keep Augie in the NSIC race I think he's a sure fire All NSIC first teamer and a plausible NSIC POY candidate.

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    I agree with that take Augieholic

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    Here's the GoAugie.com release on the early 2017 signings for the Vikes:
    http://goaugie.com/news/2016/11/10/m...r-2017-18.aspx

    Men's basketball inks three high school standouts for 2017-18
    SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana University head men's basketball coach Tom Billeter announced Thursday the signing of three high school standouts to letters of intent for the 2017-18 season. Jameson Bryan (Apple Valley, Minnesota), Matt Cartwright (Sioux Falls) and Tayton Vincent (Volga, South Dakota) have all signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at Augustana.

    The first day of the NCAA early signing period for men's basketball programs was Wednesday, Nov. 9.

    "All three of these young men are outstanding students and will be great representatives of Augustana University," Billeter said.

    Bryan, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound guard from Apple Valley, Minnesota is a senior at Eastview High School in 2016-17. He will be a four-year letterwinner and starter for the Lightning and enters his senior season 10 assists shy of Eastview's all-time mark. Bryan is a member of the National Honor Society at Eastview and is a three-time All-Academic letterwinner. He is a two-time team captain who earned all-conference honors as a junior after averaging 12.0 points, 5.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game last season. Bryan earned all-conference honorable mention honors as a freshman and sophomore. He averaged 8.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore after a freshman campaign in which he averaged 5.0 points and 3.0 assists per contest.

    Coach Billeter on Jameson Bryan: "Jameson has been playing a varsity point guard for Eastview since his freshman season. He is a very solid player who has faced some of the best high school competition in the region. This is a fun signing for me personally too, as Jameson's father, John, was my student assistant when I coached at North Dakota State."

    Cartwright, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard out of O'Gorman High School in Sioux Falls. He is a four-year letterwinner and was named a team captain heading into his senior season. Cartwright helped the Knights to a 19-6 record in 2015-16 averaging 13.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Cartwright shot 43 percent from 3-point range last season and knocked down 81 percent of his free throws to go along with 18 blocks. He earned first team all-conference honors last season and was named to the all-city and all-state teams.

    Coach Billeter on Matt Cartwright: "Matt is a young man we identified early in the recruiting process as a complete offensive player. He has excellent ball handling, passing and scoring skills. We have also seen a definite improvement in his defensive skill-set the last couple of seasons. He has been very well coached throughout his career and we are happy to have him as a part of our future."

    Vincent, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard out of Sioux Valley High School enters his senior season as a three-year letterwinner and starter. He was a first team Class A all-state selection as a junior after averaging 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game in 2015-16. Vincent averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 points and 5.0 assists per game as a sophomore after a breakout freshman season in 2013-14. He averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists during his freshman campaign and went on to earn all-conference and second team Class A all-state honors.

    Coach Billeter on Tayton Vincent: "We first saw Tayton as a freshman in the South Dakota State High School Tournament. He has a tremendous basketball IQ and a true passion for the game, which is not surprising with coaches for parents. He is a very hard-working young man who is always in the gym and a person who absolutely knows what it takes to be successful on and off the floor."

    No. 18 Augustana will open the regular season with a pair of games in Weatherford, Oklahoma this Friday and Saturday. The Vikings open the season taking on Southwestern Oklahoma State on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and will take on East Central University at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

    Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Augustana University is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
    Here are some Twitter photos of Augie's early signings from the men's basketball Twitter account:





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    One quote I found interesting:

    Coach Billeter on Jameson Bryan: "Jameson has been playing a varsity point guard for Eastview since his freshman season. He is a very solid player who has faced some of the best high school competition in the region. This is a fun signing for me personally too, as Jameson's father, John, was my student assistant when I coached at North Dakota State."
    I didn't realize it, but his conference includes Eden Prairie, Lakeview North/South, Apple Valley, Shakopee, and a few other very solid schools. He's somewhat small and doesn't have the high offensive numbers that incoming Augie recruits typically put up, but anyone who has started at point guard in a conference with Apple Valley, Lakeville North/South, etc. for four straight years will have to have put together some pretty good experience by the time he graduates.

    I also continue to hear really good things about both Vincent and Cartwright from people in this Sioux Falls region. I look forward to seeing what all three of these guys can do as Vikings after they wrap up their senior years. Best of luck for your senior seasons, gentlemen, and congrats on joining a great program.

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    Halftime at SWOSU and the Bulldogs are struggling mightily against the Vikings 49-15. Jordan Spencer with 12 and Steven Schaefer 11.

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    Meant to post in the game thread.

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    Augustana already one game ahead of last year's 34-2 pace

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    Augustana improves to 2-0 with a 67-61 win over GAC preseason favorite East Central. It was a choppy contest with lots of fouls and little rhythm. Spencer had 19 and Steven Schaefer had several huge baskets in the second half on his way to a career high 16 points.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAugustana View Post
    One quote I found interesting:



    I didn't realize it, but his conference includes Eden Prairie, Lakeview North/South, Apple Valley, Shakopee, and a few other very solid schools. He's somewhat small and doesn't have the high offensive numbers that incoming Augie recruits typically put up, but anyone who has started at point guard in a conference with Apple Valley, Lakeville North/South, etc. for four straight years will have to have put together some pretty good experience by the time he graduates.
    Vinard Birch came out of Eastview HS, if you want an example of the type of PG that program can produce.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanger86 View Post
    Vinard Birch came out of Eastview HS, if you want an example of the type of PG that program can produce.
    And Jameson probably has a good 5-6 inches on Vinard, so that's extra encouraging. ;)

    All jokes aside, that little bowling ball of a human was a thorn in Augie's side way too many times. Hopefully Jameson can be a similar thorn to other NSIC teams. But Birch was a pretty special player. One of only a few guys in our conference over the past several seasons where I would consistently think, I would really, really prefer to see him in an Augie jersey.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAugustana View Post
    And Jameson probably has a good 5-6 inches on Vinard, so that's extra encouraging. ;)

    All jokes aside, that little bowling ball of a human was a thorn in Augie's side way too many times. Hopefully Jameson can be a similar thorn to other NSIC teams. But Birch was a pretty special player. One of only a few guys in our conference over the past several seasons where I would consistently think, I would really, really prefer to see him in an Augie jersey.
    Yes he was!

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    Anyone know what happened to Ben Weisbeck and Will Hoiseth? They aren't on the roster anymore.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ole. View Post
    Anyone know what happened to Ben Weisbeck and Will Hoiseth? They aren't on the roster anymore.
    I believe they both wanted more playing time than they were likely to get.

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    This is interesting: http://goaugie.com/news/2016/11/17/m...watchespn.aspx

    Augustana basketball doubleheader against Northern State on Jan. 14 to air on ESPN3/WatchESPN

    INDIANAPOLIS – NCAA Division II announced Thursday that Augustana's home basketball doubleheader against Northern State University on Saturday, Jan. 14 will be streamed live on ESPN3 and will also be available on WatchESPN and the ESPN app.

    The Augustana women's basketball team will tip-off against Northern State at 4 p.m. (CT) and will be followed by the men's game at 6 p.m. (CT).

    The doubleheader is part of the 27-game NCAA Division II Basketball Showcase, which streams men's and women's national games of the week, with one airing on ESPN3/WatchESPN and the other on American Sports Network. This is the second year of a three-year agreement the NCAA has with ESPN3 and ASN.

    "Division II's broadcast agreement will continue to highlight Division II student-athletes and their accomplishments on a national stage," said Terri Steeb Gronau, vice president of Division II. "This is an exciting opportunity for men's and women's basketball student-athletes to demonstrate that they are not only great students and members of their community, but that they are truly skilled athletes as well."

    An additional four flex doubleheaders (two per network) will be finalized later in the basketball season and played the weeks of Feb. 20 and 27. The flex games are expected to highlight premier and pivotal matchups.

    About ESPN3
    ESPN3 is ESPN's live multiscreen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually. It is accessible on computers, smartphones, tablets and connected devices through WatchESPN and the ESPN app. The network is currently available nationwide at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider. It is also available at no cost to U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones, and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband or Wi-Fi Networks.

    --- GoAugie.com ---
    Here's to hoping the Vikes can get the Wolves back for last year's fiasco up in Aberdeen.

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    Some thoughts on last night's game against NWMSU;

    Bad:
    1) Our first half was horrendous. Not taking away from NWMSU--they're #6 for a reason, and most likely will continue to climb higher than that--but we looked more discombobulated than we have in the past 3-4 years in that first half. As I noted last night, we had guys just throwing passes directly into various Bearcats' hands...people were jacking up bad 3s and missing fairly easy layups, etc. We just didn't look solid in any aspect of the game.

    2) We couldn't ever get that key stop. Every time we'd cut the lead closer, we'd give up a wide open 3 (or two wide open 3s...or three wide open 3s...) and they'd bust the lead back open again. Even when we had it down to 10 in the final 3 minutes--not ideal, but still salvageable at that point--we immediately gave up either one or two 3s to let NWMSU seal it.

    3) Our shooting isn't awful, but it's weird not having the feeling that we're going to make nearly everything, which is how last year felt sometimes. Instead of expecting to make an open 3, I'm relieved when we make it. We still shot 38% from 3 last night, but I would love to see that number get back up to the 43-44% we were shooting last year.

    4) Probably other stuff I'm forgetting/overlooking.

    Good:
    1) Our second half was noticeably better. If we hadn't gone into halftime down by 24 courtesy of our abysmal first half, it might've been a fun game. I'm glad the guys could recover a bit of their dignity and come out playing a stronger game in the 2nd half. It wasn't enough, but it was at least a spark of life that I was afraid wasn't going to show up for the entire game.

    2) We did just lose to the #6 team in the country by a total of 11 points. Sure, it could've been closer, but most teams in our conference would be quite pleased if they kept within 11 of NWMSU, regardless of how the game could have gone. NWMSU is playing with a roster that is comfortable and familiar with each other--the Vikes are incorporating several new faces, both with Busack and with our various freshmen and even our guys who didn't get many high-quality minutes last year while Jansen/Richter/Schilling (Augieholic--can we get a good nickname for that trio so I don't have to keep typing out all three of their names?) were doing damage. If we are clicking a little bit better as the season goes on, I could see this game being a lot closer, especially if our shooting gets a little bit better throughout the year. At least, I hope it will be closer if we cross paths with NWMSU again. Would be fun to knock them out of the Regional again. :)

    3) Jordan Spencer continues to elevate his game scoring-wise, which we will desperately need him to do. 24 points on 10-17 shooting with 4 assists (unfortunately, 5 turnovers) is the kind of statline we'll need to see from him. I obviously wouldn't mind a 24 point game with 7 or 8 assists to 2-3 turnovers, but it's probably going to come in bits and pieces. He's a kid who hasn't been expected to score until this season, and that's not always a smooth adjustment. But I liked his shot selection and his confidence. Could be fun to see him turn into a 16-18 ppg type of player for the next couple of years.

    4) Lucas Walford continues to impress with each outing. From what I had gathered reading online and talking to some friends who are plugged into Minnesota HS basketball, I was expecting him to see limited minutes and possibly even redshirt. Instead, he's starting to look like one of our best inside options. Frankly, I wouldn't mind if he started getting even more minutes sooner than later. Plus, I think he's averaging a dunk per game right now, which is astounding by Augustana University Men's Basketball standards.

    5) It's one loss. Against a really good team. It's not like this game will decide whether or not we make the Regional or something. There's plenty of time for make up for this one if the guys focus and keep getting better.

    Neutral:
    1) As I mentioned in the game thread, it's weird to go into a game not expecting to win. I would've loved a victory last night, but I knew it was a relatively unfair expectation. That hasn't been the case for nearly a full season and a half. To me, that shows how impressive our program has been for two years now and I'm hopeful we'll be back at that point in another year or two.

    2) The NWMSU broadcast crew was excellent. Pronounced names right, stayed reasonably neutral (they were more knowledgeable about the Bearcats, which is expected, but managed not to lean as heavily toward them as other broadcast teams can tend to do) and ultimately were very complimentary of the Vikes and our program as a whole. I appreciated their broadcast. Only thing I'd suggest is a timer on the screen somewhere rather than just the score indicator in the corner, but that's a minor detail...and I probably won't be watching many more NWMSU broadcasts moving forward, so it really doesn't apply much to me anyway. Just a thought.

    3) Saw multiple Maryville news outlets reporting that the Bearcats' gym was filled to capacity or near-capacity and the crowd was feverish with excitement to take us on. I'm glad to hear our program has reached a point where we inspire that kind of fan excitement in our opponents. Similar thing happened up in Moorhead last year when Moorhead tried to pack the house last year, as well as up in Aberdeen, where Northern had their biggest crowd (was it that it was the biggest crowd for a single D2 game in the country last year?...something like that, I feel like) for their matchup with us. Kind of a cool thing to know our program has reached that status in the eyes of opposing fans and teams.

    All in all, I would've loved a Viking win last night, but it definitely wasn't something I expected against a team like Northwest and a player like Pitts. A better first half effort would have been great, but, based on some of Coach Billeter's comments after the game, it sounds like the Vikes will be...working on those things. At one point Fylling asked something along the lines of how you do more to prepare for a game like this in the future and Coach Billeter responded with something like, "Practicing harder...practicing so hard we're puking..." So I'm guessing the Vikes will be working on some things in the coming weeks to prepare for conference play and hopefully ensure we don't come out flat in those games.

    Could've been worse for sure. On to the Wildcats of Wayne on Monday. Based on how they played against SDSU Wednesday night, I hope our guys don't underestimate them. Unless SDSU is just really, really bad this year, Wayne's new coach might have them on a better track than they've been the past few seasons. Hope the Vikes are ready.
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    Mr Mr: YES!

    A post that would make Leo Tolstoy proud! You are already at midseason form. Heck, maybe even post season! This will give me a lot to chew on as I am stuck inside due to the storm.

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    Just stumbled across these comments from Coach K after the Augie/Duke game. Very complimentary of the Vikes and Augie as a program overall, as well as Jordan Spencer specifically and the graduated trio of Jansen/Schilling/Richter. (Comments about the Vikes start around the 6:15 mark or so.)

    http://www.goduke.com/mediaPortal/pl...bml?id=5739258

    Also, he has a pretty funny reaction to the question that follows his comments about Augie.

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    Augie leads Wayne by 4 at the half. Male Jordan Spencer's 11pts-4ast lead 10 Vikings who have scored while Cornelius and something called a Luke TerHark have spearheaded the 'Cat attack.

    Fun fact: Augie shot 8-14 from the 3 point line and the FT line in that half.

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