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    David Brown on MidCo says Riemersma is out 6-8 weeks with a stress fracture in his foot.

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    In spite of a frustrating lost last night to a team that was picked to win the division, it has been a good stretch of games for the Vikes. Would have definitely loved to see a win against the Cougars, and there were a few more freshman mistakes made last night than there have been in recent games, but, in general, I think this group is showing it can be competitive in spite of missing not one but two starters and being so young. I find it hard to believe Riemersma's 17 points and 10 boards per game in particular wouldn't have helped us last night against USF, so for these guys to be doing what they are doing in spite of Dykman and Riemersma being out is commendable.

    I was expecting that we would be clawing our way to 12 or 13 wins this year. If these guys keep playing like they have been playing, we will finish much better than I was afraid we would. Maybe not Regional contenders this year, but definitely more competitive than we could have been, especially with what we are missing on paper.

    I will say that I'm looking forward to the rematch with USF at home. I don't know if we will be so fortunate as to get Guebert in foul trouble again, but it should still be a fun one. Interesting stat on the radio last night is that, in spite of his noticeable talent, apparently Guebert has never scored more than 18 against the Vikes in his career (he might've said 22, but I'm pretty sure it was 18). Hoping we can keep that streak going next time we go up against the Cougars. Of course, a better thing would be keeping both Guebert and Evans to under 18. But that's probably easier said than done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Augieholic View Post
    David Brown on MidCo says Riemersma is out 6-8 weeks with a stress fracture in his foot.
    Tough lose. He is a heck of a talent.

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    This link might be pertinent.

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    Augieholic already mentioned this in one of the other threads, but if you had told me Trevor Hanson could do this before I saw him do it, I might have been skeptical:


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    Why are Wayne and Augie playing a home set on Sat./Sun the weekend of the 26/27 instead of the usual Fri./Sat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by simple as a $3 bill View Post
    Why are Wayne and Augie playing a home set on Sat./Sun the weekend of the 26/27 instead of the usual Fri./Sat?
    The world famous Sioux Falls Farm Show has the Arena from Wednesday through Friday.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Augieholic View Post
    The world famous Sioux Falls Farm Show has the Arena from Wednesday through Friday.
    I asked Matt about that on Saturday night. He would have preferred that the games been moved to the Elmen- which would have been very nostalgic- and played Friday/Saturday- but it was not to be.

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    I was reflecting on one of my predictions from the preseason (I did mention I was kidding about the Sharpie part in my full post, but I'll just go with the abbreviated post for everyone's sake):

    Quote Originally Posted by MrAugustana View Post
    AJ Plitzuweit, NSIC Freshman of the Year 2018-19. Sharpie.
    ...and it made me realize that I didn't have any idea which other teams have solid freshmen, so I wanted to look into it.

    There's always a high likelihood that I missed a kid or two in my research, but here's what I came up with so far. I basically just checked on freshmen who had noteworthy stats to a degree that they could potentially be in the running or close to in the running for NSIC FoY this season.

    Augie
    AJ Plitzuweit - 14 ppg, 4 apg, 4 rpg
    Michael Schaefer - 12 ppg, 6 rpg
    Dylan LeBrun - 10ppg, 6 rpg, 2 apg

    SMSU - No one

    Moorhead
    Baumgartner - 16 ppg, 5 rpg, 2.1 apg
    Irsfeld - 10 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.2 apg

    Bemidji - No one

    USF - No one

    Mankato
    Baumgardner - 13 ppg, 2 rpg, 3.1 apg

    Duluth - No one

    St. Cloud - No one

    Minot - No one

    Northern
    Parker Fox - 11ppg, 6rpg, 1apg, 3dpg (dunks per game)

    Mary - No one

    UIU
    Joens - 8ppg but almost 0 in rpg and apg

    Winona - No one

    Wayne
    Jordan Jannsen - 10.3 rpg, 7 rpg, 1 apg
    Ferrarini - 9ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1apg

    Crookston - No one

    CSP
    Baughman - 8.1ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.2 apg

    In spite of the fact that I think there's a noticeable difference between a freshman and a redshirt freshman (seeing as they have an entire year to practice, get used to road trips, get comfortable with teammates, etc.), statistically it's looking like Moorhead123's shining star, Gavin Baumgartner, is the frontrunner. The one that surprised me was Mankato's similarly-but-not-exactly-named Baumgardner, who is having a solid statistical season as a freshman for the Mavs.

    I think Plitzuweit having to miss 4 games with a lingering back injury probably hasn't helped him, but he has definitely come on stronger in the past 3 weekends or so as he has gotten more and more comfortable and is getting consistent minutes again. If he puts together a few more 20-25 point games to finish out the year, he might be able to work his way up to the top of the list in the freshman category, but it would also take a bit of an unlikely slide from Baumgartner at Moorhead in particular, and statistically he is slightly stronger, particularly with his 55% 3-point shooting.

    Like I said, I think the redshirt freshman thing is different from true freshmen, but I'm sure others would argue that there's a big difference between practicing with the team for a year and actually playing a full season. Having played zero college basketball games in my life, I wouldn't know if that's accurate or not, but I'm willing to believe those who do know.

    Won't surprise me if Baumgartner ends up as this year's Freshman of the Year, but I would love to see Plitzuweit continue his upward trajectory to close out the season, whether he wins it or not.

    Side note: I think Dylan LeBrun is one of those sleeper type kids that is going to be really sneaky good in another year or two. You almost don't realize he's a freshman out there most of the time, but I think he's been overshadowed a bit by Cartwright, Plitzuweit, Schaefer, etc., in spite of his talent.
    Last edited by MrAugustana; 01-17-2019 at 05:13 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAugustana View Post
    I was reflecting on one of my predictions from the preseason (I did mention I was kidding about the Sharpie part in my full post, but I'll just go with the abbreviated post for everyone's sake):



    ...and it made me realize that I didn't have any idea which other teams have solid freshmen, so I wanted to look into it.

    There's always a high likelihood that I missed a kid or two in my research, but here's what I came up with so far. I basically just checked on freshmen who had noteworthy stats to a degree that they could potentially be in the running or close to in the running for NSIC FoY this season.

    Augie
    AJ Plitzuweit - 14 ppg, 4 apg, 4 rpg
    Michael Schaefer - 12 ppg, 6 rpg
    Dylan LeBrun - 10ppg, 6 rpg, 2 apg

    SMSU - No one

    Moorhead
    Baumgartner - 16 ppg, 5 rpg, 2.1 apg
    Irsfeld - 10 ppg, 2.6 rpg, 3.2 apg

    Bemidji - No one

    USF - No one

    Mankato
    Baumgardner - 13 ppg, 2 rpg, 3.1 apg

    Duluth - No one

    St. Cloud - No one

    Minot - No one

    Northern - No one

    Mary - No one

    UIU
    Joens - 8ppg but almost 0 in rpg and apg

    Winona - No one

    Wayne
    Jordan Jannsen - 10.3 rpg, 7 rpg, 1 apg
    Ferrarini - 9ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1apg

    Crookston - No one

    CSP
    Baughman - 8.1ppg, 3.4 rpg, 1.2 apg

    In spite of the fact that I think there's a noticeable difference between a freshman and a redshirt freshman (seeing as they have an entire year to practice, get used to road trips, get comfortable with teammates, etc.), statistically it's looking like Moorhead123's shining star, Gavin Baumgartner, is the frontrunner. The one that surprised me was Mankato's similarly-but-not-exactly-named Baumgardner, who is having a solid statistical season as a freshman for the Mavs.

    I think Plitzuweit having to miss 4 games with a lingering back injury probably hasn't helped him, but he has definitely come on stronger in the past 3 weekends or so as he has gotten more and more comfortable and is getting consistent minutes again. If he puts together a few more 20-25 point games to finish out the year, he might be able to work his way up to the top of the list in the freshman category, but it would also take a bit of an unlikely slide from Baumgartner at Moorhead in particular, and statistically he is slightly stronger, particularly with his 55% 3-point shooting.

    Like I said, I think the redshirt freshman thing is different from true freshmen, but I'm sure others would argue that there's a big difference between practicing with the team for a year and actually playing a full season. Having played zero college basketball games in my life, I wouldn't know if that's accurate or not, but I'm willing to believe those who do know.

    Won't surprise me if Baumgartner ends up as this year's Freshman of the Year, but I would love to see Plitzuweit continue his upward trajectory to close out the season, whether he wins it or not.

    Side note: I think Dylan LeBrun is one of those sleeper type kids that is going to be really sneaky good in another year or two. You almost don't realize he's a freshman out there most of the time, but I think he's been overshadowed a bit by Cartwright, Plitzuweit, Schaefer, etc., in spite of his talent.
    Agree with your list. Bergh and Sem from Moorhead don’t have a shot at freshman of year, but also have played well recently and will be very good in the future. Clearly being a redshirt freshman is an advantage. Another year of strength, etc. Don’t believe the award takes into consideration whether or not redshirt. You also forgot Parker Fox, who I believe is a redshirt freshman and having very good season. Still agree Baumgartner is the front runner and has been very good all season long for the dragons.

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    Three frosh averaging double figures is pretty impressive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moorhead123 View Post
    Agree with your list. Bergh and Sem from Moorhead don’t have a shot at freshman of year, but also have played well recently and will be very good in the future. Clearly being a redshirt freshman is an advantage. Another year of strength, etc. Don’t believe the award takes into consideration whether or not redshirt. You also forgot Parker Fox, who I believe is a redshirt freshman and having very good season. Still agree Baumgartner is the front runner and has been very good all season long for the dragons.
    You are absolutely right on Fox, and I have adjusted my original post accordingly. Either their website didn't sort the players by class correctly, or I completely overlooked it.

    Like you, I don't believe it differentiates between redshirt freshman or true freshman.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrifFan View Post
    Three frosh averaging double figures is pretty impressive.
    Technically they also have another true freshman, Trevor Hanson, averaging 9.3 points and 4 rebounds per game. But I figured he wasn't any more likely to get it than the other three I listed.

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    Would also give some recognition to chase grinde from USF and drake jeffries from minot state, both unlikely to have shot at freshman of year award, but good players with bight futures.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moorhead123 View Post
    Would also give some recognition to chase grinde from USF and drake jeffries from minot state, both unlikely to have shot at freshman of year award, but good players with bight futures.
    Yeah, I'm not trying to ignore decent freshmen across the league, more just looking at any that would even be realistically considered in the Freshman of the Year discussion, primarily from a statistical standpoint.

    So any of you freshmen who read this board regularly and whose names I didn't mention, please don't go and hang 25 on Augie in vengeance anytime soon.

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    Nice work here MrAugustana. "The committee will hopefully see the heart that Parker Fox plays with. Whether on the bench or on the court, playing a position unknown to him until this season he bring a fire and passion for the game and his teammates. This kid really is coachable and has a high motor. Speaking of high, have you seen this kid get up? On offense and on defense this kid can jump out of the gym and one can only hope the committee see these block and dunk numbers and of course the measurement of vertical and 'Mean Mugging' and give this kid the award he desevers."

    Best coach Calipari impersonation I can do.

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    My freshman of the year is Ethan Schuemer from SCSU. He may spell it wrong, but best last name in the league in my opinion. And fairly ironic, that at SCSU home games, he's the one who reads the sportsmanship pledge. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by simple as a $3 bill View Post
    My freshman of the year is Ethan Schuemer from SCSU. He may spell it wrong, but best last name in the league in my opinion. And fairly ironic, that at SCSU home games, he's the one who reads the sportsmanship pledge. :)
    Reimerthaler must have a pretty good sense of humor.

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    Cool story on the family of Augie freshman AJ Plitzuweit and the many ways basketball has influenced all of their lives.

    https://www.argusleader.com/story/sp...SMAsLubOTfzcsw

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAugustana View Post
    Reimerthaler must have a pretty good sense of humor.
    +1

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