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    I'm sure there will be a number of blowouts and not much discussion, but thought I'd get the thread up early anyways.

    Any games of interest you'll be monitoring other than your favorite team?

    Concordia-St. Paul at Minnesota State-Moorhead
    Mary at Minnesota State-Mankato
    Wayne State at St. Cloud State
    Minnesota-Crookston at Upper Iowa

    Minnesota-Duluth at Southwest Minnesota State
    Sioux Falls at Minot State
    Bemidji State at Augustana
    Winona State at Northern State

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanger86 View Post
    I'm sure there will be a number of blowouts and not much discussion, but thought I'd get the thread up early anyways.

    Any games of interest you'll be monitoring other than your favorite team?

    Concordia-St. Paul at Minnesota State-Moorhead
    Mary at Minnesota State-Mankato
    Wayne State at St. Cloud State
    Minnesota-Crookston at Upper Iowa

    Minnesota-Duluth at Southwest Minnesota State
    Sioux Falls at Minot State
    Bemidji State at Augustana
    Winona State at Northern State
    Assuming the Vikes haven't jumped up past the 6-8 range of the Regional Rankings this week, I will be following and cheering for any NSIC team ranked higher than the Vikes in the Regional Rankings. If Augie wins the whole NSIC Tournament, fantastic. If not, go Dragons and/or Mustangs!

    And I will, obviously, be following the Northern/WSU game simply for the sake of knowing who Augie will play if they get past Bemidji tonight.

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    I feel there are three locks (SMSU, Augie, Moorhead). The rest aren't likely upsets but I wouldn't be floored by the away team winning, atleast not this year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanger86 View Post
    I'm sure there will be a number of blowouts and not much discussion, but thought I'd get the thread up early anyways.

    Any games of interest you'll be monitoring other than your favorite team?

    Concordia-St. Paul at Minnesota State-Moorhead
    Mary at Minnesota State-Mankato
    Wayne State at St. Cloud State
    Minnesota-Crookston at Upper Iowa

    Minnesota-Duluth at Southwest Minnesota State
    Sioux Falls at Minot State
    Bemidji State at Augustana
    Winona State at Northern State
    I am curious to see how many points NSIC Player of the Year Tyler Rudolph hangs on USF. That said, I actually think that game and Wayne at St. Cloud are going to be the two best games.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAugustana View Post
    Assuming the Vikes haven't jumped up past the 6-8 range of the Regional Rankings this week, I will be following and cheering for any NSIC team ranked higher than the Vikes in the Regional Rankings. If Augie wins the whole NSIC Tournament, fantastic. If not, go Dragons and/or Mustangs!

    And I will, obviously, be following the Northern/WSU game simply for the sake of knowing who Augie will play if they get past Bemidji tonight.
    I will suggest that question is already answered.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guest69 View Post
    I am curious to see how many points NSIC Player of the Year runner-up Tyler Rudolph hangs on USF. That said, I actually think that game and Wayne at St. Cloud are going to be the two best games.
    Fixed it for you. You had forgotten a word. :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAugustana View Post
    And I will, obviously, be following the Northern/WSU game simply for the sake of knowing who Augie will play if they get past Bemidji tonight.
    With Bemidji already knocking off Southwest and Northern this year, an upset tonight wouldn't totally shock me. I think that game will actually be closer than the Northern game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simple as a $3 bill View Post
    Fixed it for you. You had forgotten a word. :)
    Will the coaches still have your trust when Gage doesn't win the award? I haven't trusted them since Vette over McCaffrey in 2013.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simple as a $3 bill View Post
    Fixed it for you. You had forgotten a word. :)
    Mr. Cleary of Crookston? I'm ok with that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simple as a $3 bill View Post
    Fixed it for you. You had forgotten a word. :)
    "Confidence is the food of the wise man, but the liquor of the fool."

    - Vikram, top Lipophedrine salesman

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    Go 'Cats!

    In their lone meeting earlier this year, in St. Cloud, the Huskies knocked off the Wildcats 84-80 on January 27. Time for payback! :)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanger86 View Post
    With Bemidji already knocking off Southwest and Northern this year, an upset tonight wouldn't totally shock me. I think that game will actually be closer than the Northern game.
    I can assure you, I'm in full Apostle of Apprehension mode regarding tonight's game. Particularly because the Vikes won by 18 last time and it's easy to get overconfident when you've already beaten a team by 20-ish points once.

    Plus, regardless of what everyone wants to think about the situation, Augie hasn't played a single game on the Pentagon floor this year. And I'd imagine if they've practiced out there at all, it was only once or twice in the last couple of days. So it's more of a neutral court game (I know, I know, not neutral *site* because it's still in Sioux Falls, but still basically a neutral court in terms of comfort and familiarity) than a typical home game.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guest69 View Post
    "Confidence is the food of the wise man, but the liquor of the fool."

    - Vikram, top Lipophedrine salesman
    Well then, as is the SCSU motto, drink up everybody.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAugustana View Post
    I can assure you, I'm in full Apostle of Apprehension mode regarding tonight's game. Particularly because the Vikes won by 18 last time and it's easy to get overconfident when you've already beaten a team by 20-ish points once.

    Plus, regardless of what everyone wants to think about the situation, Augie hasn't played a single game on the Pentagon floor this year. And I'd imagine if they've practiced out there at all, it was only once or twice in the last couple of days. So it's more of a neutral court game (I know, I know, not neutral *site* because it's still in Sioux Falls, but still basically a neutral court in terms of comfort and familiarity) than a typical home game.
    They've played 15 games there in the past two years. Busack may not be familiar with it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guest69 View Post
    They've played 15 games there in the past two years. Busack may not be familiar with it...
    See? Disadvantage.

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    Pretty sure all the NSIC teams who win tonight advance to the regionals, right, to be hosted at the Pentagon??? And the eight GAC teams get in as well, creating the nation's only 16 team regional. Winner goes to Maryville for a final game before elite eight.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAugustana View Post
    Plus, regardless of what everyone wants to think about the situation, Augie hasn't played a single game on the Pentagon floor this year. And I'd imagine if they've practiced out there at all, it was only once or twice in the last couple of days. So it's more of a neutral court game (I know, I know, not neutral *site* because it's still in Sioux Falls, but still basically a neutral court in terms of comfort and familiarity) than a typical home game.
    I think it's less about having advantage for this game and more about how this game will give an advantage for the weekend. Personally I think it's a bit overblown but I can understand why the concern is there.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MrAugustana View Post
    See? Disadvantage.
    Since the NSIC Tournament finals site has moved to the Pentagon, Augie has played in 16 actual* games in the Pentagon to Bemidji State's zero (0). MSU Moorhead is a close second with 12 and the Sioux Falls Sky Force are the clear leader with over 100. So while it isn't an advantage for Busack, I'd say it is an advantage for anyone else on Augie.

    Oh and Augie has a +16 points per possession average over Bemidji this season and Busack averages 15.9 points per game so we will call that a wash if Busack is so stricken by the bright lights and Sanford brand cash falling from the ceiling that he fails to score a single point.

    *I am sure they have held some scrimmages or preseason stuff there that hasn't been publicized.
    Last edited by Guest69; 02-22-2017 at 04:06 PM. Reason: forgot why I put that asterisk in there

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stanger86 View Post
    I think it's less about having advantage for this game and more about how this game will give an advantage for the weekend. Personally I think it's a bit overblown but I can understand why the concern is there.
    Yeah, I was strictly talking about tonight's game against Bemidji. Just my point being that, for the purposes of it being a "home game" tonight, it's not exactly a true home game for the Vikings compared to if they were playing at the Arena. Even if they have played a few more games there in the past 2-3 years than other teams have.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Guest69 View Post
    Since the NSIC Tournament finals site has moved to the Pentagon, Augie has played in 16 actual* games in the Pentagon to Bemidji State's zero (0). MSU Moorhead is a close second with 12 and the Sioux Falls Sky Force are the clear leader with over 100. So while it isn't an advantage for Busack, I'd say it is an advantage for anyone else on Augie.

    Oh and Augie has a +16 points per possession average over Bemidji this season and Busack averages 15.9 points per game so we will call that a wash if Busack is so stricken by the bright lights and Sanford brand cash falling from the ceiling that he fails to score a single point.

    *I am sure they have held some scrimmages or preseason stuff there that hasn't been publicized.
    I'm assuming by the humor in your second portion of this comment that you caught and understood my attempt at humor in the comment of mine you quoted. That is a safe assumption, right?

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