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PostPosted: 03/13/19 6:26 am    ::: MAC Tournament Reply Reply with quote

Quarterfinal day for the MAC at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, and a big day for bubble teams. Charlie Creme still has 3 MAC teams making it in, but two - Ohio and Buffalo - will almost certainly need strong tournament performances to claim a spot. The third - Central Michigan - looks to be in no matter what. All games are on ESPN+.

12:00 P.M. EDT - #1 Central Michigan (15-3) vs. #9 Eastern Michigan (6-12). It's hard to see the Chips having much trouble in this game, unless they're looking ahead to a possible semifinal matchup with Buffalo.

2:30 P.M. - #4 Buffalo (12-6) vs. #5 Kent State (11-7). My pick for most likely upset. As Cierra Dillard goes, so goes Buffalo, but the current starting lineup doesn't give her much offensive help. Freshman Finess Dickson has started at point for the past several games, but she is basically a non-scorer whose value is defensive quickness. Adebola Adeyeye, another freshman, provides size and rebounding but not many points. That leaves lots of help available to make life tough for Dillard. Kent State has capable freshmen who can score in PG Asiah Dingle and post Lindsay Thall, but it is the late development of 6'4" senior Merissa Barber-Smith, a rebounding machine who has started to score points, who is the key to the Flashes' hopes.

5:00 P.M. - #2 Ohio (14-4) vs. #7 Northern Illinois (10-8). The Bobcats picked up a fairly easy road win against the Huskies early in the conference season, but since then their shooting percentage has declined, particularly their trademark threes. And Ohio has not been able to get out of the quarterfinal round in the past couple of years. Still, Ohio has had good road wins at Buffalo, CMU and Miami, and should have enough to move on this year against NIU, especially if they can keep leading scorer Mikayla Voigt under control.

7:30 P.M. - #3 Miami (13-5) vs. #6 Toledo (11-7). The RedHawks slumped late, losing the #1 seed they had held for much of the season. Toledo has been unpredictable and has struggled offensively, with good wins against CMU and Ohio, but two close losses against Miami. A classic pick'em.



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PostPosted: 03/13/19 11:18 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

ESPN+, which you gotta pay for. Oh well, I'm spending my afternoon at the dentist, a suitably penitential activity for (Orthodox) Ash Wednesday.



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PostPosted: 03/13/19 11:29 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 03/13/19 11:45 am    ::: Re: MAC Tournament Reply Reply with quote

Joe Foss wrote:
Quarterfinal day for the MAC at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, and a big day for bubble teams. Charlie Creme still has 3 MAC teams making it in, but two - Ohio and Buffalo - will almost certainly need strong tournament performances to claim a spot. The third - Central Michigan - looks to be in no matter what. All games are on ESPN+.

12:00 P.M. EDT - #1 Central Michigan (15-3) vs. #9 Eastern Michigan (6-12). It's hard to see the Chips having much trouble in this game, unless they're looking ahead to a possible semifinal matchup with Buffalo.



CMU turned a 5pt deficit after 1 into a 4pt lead at H after a tough, contested corner 3 by EMU's Minott just before the buzzer made it 36-32. CMU won by 10(H) and 27(A) earlier this season.

Was it last year Hudson made an insane 3 in the final? Or semi?


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PostPosted: 03/13/19 1:01 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Looks like Presley Hudson needed a buzzer beating three to bring the game to OT.



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PostPosted: 03/13/19 1:05 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Hudson does it again! Hits a 3 at the buzzer to force OT.

EMU for some reason strayed from its successful strategy of fouling when ahead by 3. They did it thrice, and each time all FTs were made. It came down to EMU being up 3 with 5.5

CMU inbounded with no TOs left, and Hudson went the length, and to the arc, and got a great look and swished the 3.

Why EMU didn't foul is beyond me.


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PostPosted: 03/13/19 1:07 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Hudson nails another 3 to extend to an 80-75 lead w/ 2:00 left.


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PostPosted: 03/13/19 1:09 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Annecchiarico responds with a 3 for EMU.

80-78 1:48 TO EMU


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PostPosted: 03/13/19 1:14 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

huskiemaniac wrote:
CMU inbounded with no TOs left, and Hudson went the length, and to the arc, and got a great look and swished the 3.

Why EMU didn't foul is beyond me.


I can only follow the game by the play-by-play and was wondering why wouldn't EMU foul up 3 especially if that's what they already did the last possessions?


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PostPosted: 03/13/19 1:14 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

No way...Hudson forces a left-handed 15 ft.er for 2.

EMU scores, 82-80.

Hudson scores again, 84-80.

EMU misses, Hudson is fouled and makes both. CMU 17-19 FTs, 86-80.

EMU misses, Hudson fouled again. 6.9. Makes both. 88-80 F

Did this result keep Tenn alive?


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PostPosted: 03/13/19 1:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

SpaceJunkie wrote:
huskiemaniac wrote:
CMU inbounded with no TOs left, and Hudson went the length, and to the arc, and got a great look and swished the 3.

Why EMU didn't foul is beyond me.


I can only follow the game by the play-by-play and was wondering why wouldn't EMU foul up 3 especially if that's what they already did the last possessions?


I'd like to see the presser and get that answer. Maybe a brainfart by the coach or the players? Made no sense to me either.


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PostPosted: 03/13/19 1:24 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

huskiemaniac wrote:
Did this result keep Tenn alive?


Tennessee has been safely in since the WCC Champion was guaranteed to be either BYU or Gonzaga. The only bid-stealing conference left would be the MVC if Drake loses.
There's room for two of Ohio, Buffalo and TCU. If some random team like Toledo or Miami wins the MAC, Buffalo or Ohio would probably get knocked off the bubble for them.

EDIT: If Buffalo beats Central Michigan and the Championship Game ends up being Buffalo vs. Ohio, maybe (depending on which way the game goes), both Buffalo and Ohio could be ranked ahead of Tennessee, and Tennessee could be knocked out to first team out by Drake losing in the MVC Tournament, but I'm not sure if that would happen.




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PostPosted: 03/13/19 1:28 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

huskiemaniac wrote:
I'd like to see the presser and get that answer. Maybe a brainfart by the coach or the players? Made no sense to me either.


It's a conspiracy! Now Central Michigan will easily cruise to become MAC Champions as that's what always happens! (Or maybe they can just lose Friday instead. Smile)




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PostPosted: 03/13/19 9:49 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

All four games are over, and the seeding has held so far.

CMU 88, EMU 80
UB 85, Kent State 52
Ohio 72, NIU 56
Miami 72, UT 54

The CMU/EMU game was definitely the best of the day. Why EMU didn't foul in the backcourt up by three with about five seconds to go in regulation is a mystery to me too. Presley Hudson is about the last person in the world I'd want to give a chance at a game-tying 3 in that situation, but that's exactly what EMU did, and she made them pay.

The semifinals are on Friday, with CMU/Buffalo at 11:00 A.M. and Ohio/Miami at 1:30 P.M. ESPN+ for both games again.



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PostPosted: 03/13/19 10:19 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

I wasn't available to see this today. Sounds like a real doozie. I've watched CMU enough to know that you don't want to have the ball in Hudson's hands if you are the opposition. It's too bad she doesn't have the quickness to play at the next level, but she's a lot of fun to watch where she's at.



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PostPosted: 03/14/19 12:16 pm    ::: Reply Reply with quote

Eastern Michigan head coach Fred Castro took the blame for deciding not to foul on the last possession in overtime.

"This game really falls on me. I should have continued fouling down the stretch towards the end and we didn't. We had a defensive play call that we wanted to execute, we didn't execute it, but we should have just kept it simple and that completely falls on me."

"Well, everybody knew Hudson was going to get it, so we made it clear
to them, don't let her catch. We're pretty good with our athleticism so, when we say "no catch," that person doesn't catch it. With five seconds to go, if someone else has to bring it up, I don't believe they can make it.
The fact they didn't have a timeout, it was broken basketball. We had five guards out there, we were able to switch everything. We thought, you know, that's how we envisioned it playing itself out. Now, obviously as soon as she caught it, it changes the dynamics in a hurry."

Eastern Michigan is loaded with good freshmen and sophomores, and I think they have a pretty good coach as well. They'll probably have a much improved record next year.



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PostPosted: 03/15/19 12:16 am    ::: Chips vs. Bulls preview Reply Reply with quote

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PostPosted: 03/15/19 10:57 am    ::: Re: Chips vs. Bulls preview Reply Reply with quote

CMU leads 29-28 H

Bulls are 0-10 from 3.


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PostPosted: 03/15/19 11:22 am    ::: Re: Chips vs. Bulls preview Reply Reply with quote

Bulls lead after 3, 62-53


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PostPosted: 03/15/19 11:36 am    ::: Re: Chips vs. Bulls preview Reply Reply with quote

22-5 run and CMU leads 68-64. Kelly with 7 consecutive pts and a Hudson 3; TO Buffalo.


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PostPosted: 03/15/19 11:40 am    ::: Re: Chips vs. Bulls preview Reply Reply with quote

Dillard 3 gives the lead back to the Bulls, 71-70.

Now 3:00 left


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PostPosted: 03/15/19 11:44 am    ::: Re: Chips vs. Bulls preview Reply Reply with quote

Kelly and Dillard trade 3pt plays, then Hall drills a 3, 77-73 Bulls, 1:29

btw, there is no "old-fashioned 3pt play". There is the 3pt play, and a 3 pt shot.


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PostPosted: 03/15/19 11:49 am    ::: Re: Chips vs. Bulls preview Reply Reply with quote

Kelly makes a nice drive and dish to Frost for the hoop; then Dillard scores on a tough drive, then Watters turns it over on a forced bad pass.

12.1 79-75 Buff, Buff possession.


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PostPosted: 03/15/19 11:59 am    ::: Reply Reply with quote

exciting finish. looks like buffalo will pull it out. I would say they also got just a few pretty important calls that went their way.



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PostPosted: 03/15/19 12:00 pm    ::: Re: Chips vs. Bulls preview Reply Reply with quote

Bulls prevail, 82-77

They'll play the winner of 2 Ohio vs 3 Miami (Ohio), up next


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