MVC Games 11/13-11/16

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Re: MVC Games 11/13-11/16

Postby pafan » November 14th, 2017, 8:51 pm

I watched the first half of the Bradley-DU game. I was really impressed with the Gargoyles' rebounding. Shooting was not so impressive. Shot 31% from the floor in the half.

Bradley struggling to but DU away, up 4 with 4 to play. 20 second-chance points keeping Gargoyles in the game.
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Postby Mikovio » November 14th, 2017, 9:25 pm

Bradley 61, Delaware 53

Van Bree with 15 points and Thomas with 7 points,10 boards, 2 steals and 2 blocks. Bar with 10/6 after an awful first game.
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Re: MVC Games 11/13-11/16

Postby bcg » November 14th, 2017, 9:27 pm

Sloppy game in Peoria. Bradley has a ways to go, but any win is good especially after last year's game against this opponent.

Bradley played a bunch of guys and it paid off at the end since Delaware had 4 guys play 30+ minutes and looked tired at the end. I think it was tied at 43 before Bradley hit some threes and won.
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Re: MVC Games 11/13-11/16

Postby tribecalledquest » November 15th, 2017, 12:16 am

Bradley got hammered by Delaware the last two seasons-and at home last season. So a good win.

It wasn't pretty but that was a needed win and Bradley got it. Watching this team early on is liking watching a 1999-2000 Jim Molinari team. To a T. Really good defensively, don't turn it over a ton, rebound and struggle to score sometimes.

The Bradley depth helped a lot. 2-0 is 2-0.
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Re: MVC Games 11/13-11/16

Postby Blers » November 15th, 2017, 8:55 am

I've caught parts of both Bradley games so far. They play ugly but grind out wins; kennel can play, and i already liked Brown!
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Re: MVC Games 11/13-11/16

Postby pafan » November 15th, 2017, 9:32 am

I was really surprised that Luuk van Bree did not start for Bradley. Do Braves fans see him as the 6th man this year?
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Re: MVC Games 11/13-11/16

Postby Majik45 » November 15th, 2017, 9:36 am

pafan wrote:I was really surprised that Luuk van Bree did not start for Bradley. Do Braves fans see him as the 6th man this year?


Not sure what Wardle is doing with the starting line-up. I would think you want Kennel and Van Bree in there, but obviously he sees something else. Van Bree also tweaked an ankle in the first game, so I think they are trying to keep his minutes down a little right now.
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Re: MVC Games 11/13-11/16

Postby Majik45 » November 15th, 2017, 9:42 am

Bradley is 2-0. :dance:

It's not very pretty to watch, but this is definitely a game they would have lost in past years. Delaware tied the game at least twice in the guts of the 2nd half (between 8 and 4 minutes left), and in the past I would think Bradley would have folded under this pressure. Nate Kennel and Luuk Van Bree hit huge 3's during this stretch to regain the lead.

At some point our free throw shooting will cost us a game (15-26 last night) if it doesn't improve. Offense was not pretty, but we got 19 offensive rebounds. This team beat us bad the last 2 years (20+ point beatings). A good win for Bradley.

We head off to the Bahamas to take on a very good Vermont team on Friday.
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Re: MVC Games 11/13-11/16

Postby uniftw » November 15th, 2017, 10:20 am

For the first time in a long time I've actually finding myself innately pulling for MVC teams in the OOC schedule so far.

I think with WSU gone (and sCUm too) it is easier to pull for the conference as we know we need to "band together". It's a nice change.
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Re: MVC Games 11/13-11/16

Postby Drakey » November 15th, 2017, 10:49 am

Really? I always pull for Valley teams, and I think most everybody else does also.
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Postby hot nuts » November 15th, 2017, 12:01 pm

Agreed, I always root Valley...even Bradley! :)
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Re: MVC Games 11/13-11/16

Postby Rambler63 » November 15th, 2017, 1:44 pm

uniftw wrote:For the first time in a long time I've actually finding myself innately pulling for MVC teams in the OOC schedule so far.

I think with WSU gone (and sCUm too) it is easier to pull for the conference as we know we need to "band together". It's a nice change.


I guess I feel some of the same. The majority of Shocker fans behind the anonymity of usernames certainly went far, far out of their way and spent quite a chunk of their days inventing ways to make the rest of the league feel crappy about themselves. I've taken a look at their site lately (Loyola plays UMKC tomorrow, and the Shockers had them to open the season), and they have an entirely new set of peeves and complaints. They have completely jettisoned use of the RPI, and now focus entirely on KenPom. They''re angry about someone somewhere who suggested that they're still a Mid-Major. And they're now very complementary about schools that have a lot of football money boosting their athletic departments.

Given the grief they gave other MVC teams over the RPI and scheduling, I was surprised they didn't have three or four threads going after their new conference mate South Florida for losing at home to Morgan State, or Tulsa losing to Lamar. They apparently don't care anymore-- they're out of the middle-class neighborhood with the tidy homes and the people who save for vacations, and now they're in a McMansion with some well-off but trashy neighbors that they're trying to ignore for the time being. The houses are farther apart than in the old neighborhood, which makes it easier to avoid eye contact. Just wait until East Carolina loses to Radford tonight, or Tulane loses at Georgia State on Nov. 26, or some ref makes a call that doesn't look quite right in Houston in late January. McMansions get cracks in their foundations all the time, and they're usually a worse commute, and it costs a lot more than you think to heat The Great Room. /metaphor
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