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Mid December Other 5 hoops report

Other5= AAC, CUSA, MAC, MWC, & SUNBELT

AAC- SMU handled Michigan easily, but their banned from the post-season. Memphis  has been slowly recovering with strong efforts from KJ Lawson and tonight’s Ol Miss game will show if they’re going to hang tough this season. Temples terrible start is a head scratcher.

CUSA-  WKU and Marshall have  stumbled more than I anticipated. La Tech has some easier games to recovered from  the Ol Miss spanking. Perrin Buford and his fellow MTSU Blue Raiders appear to be serious contenders.

MAC-  Akron & NIU   remain steady in pre-conference games.  Kent St faces SMU Dec 22. Can Kellon Thomas lead them to an upset win?

MWC-  New Mexico has struggled against the stronger conferences . Its two losses are to USC and Purdue, and they face auburn Dec 22. Maybe Fresno St   who played Arizona tough takes the conference?

SunBelt-  I’ll stick with Ark-LR and UTA as pre-season favorites with a passing nod to Ethan Montalvo and the Tx StBobcats.

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our three conference tourneys

Day 1  MACT no surprises

March 12 Sunbelt

CUSAT

1 UTSA vs. Florida International 12 p.m. American Sports Network
2 Middle Tennessee vs. Charlotte 2:30 p.m. American Sports Network
3 Western Kentucky vs. Marshall 6 p.m. American Sports Network
4 North Texas vs. Rice

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march 12: Surprised W.Mich lost to Akron

march 13- UAB survived, MTSU  kept ODU from dancing. TX St in a mild upset over UT-ARl in the Sunbelt. How about AKron’s run in the MAC

March 14-I’ve been touting UAB  and stuck with them through their late season slump . Big game today vs MTSU, a 6 seed, in the CUSA final UAB will need another big gameinside  from Mehinti.MTSU got a great game from DJ Jones, a reserve, in yesterday’s win over LT. He’ll need to be ready again today. LT may be NIT bound.

Buffalo’s X Ford (17 Pts, 11 Reb, 2 Stl ) slowed down the Zips and will face C. Mich  C Fowler (26 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl). Two top seeds in the final but a slim chance for both to go dancing.

UL Lafayette K Shepherd (16 Pts, 3 Reb, 2 Ast, 1 Blk) ended TX St cinderella move and ULM M Deng (12 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Ast) defeated S. Bama. I’m looking for an all Georgia final tomorrow. (1)Ga St led by Harrow & Hunter  should get by (4) ULL, and (2)Ga. Southern led by Hewitt will eke one out over (3)ULM.

Of these three conferences, Louisiana Tech or CMU (if they lose and need an at large bid) have a chance at dancing. I’m sticking with my 4  from 3 theme.

march 15- Too bad i didn’t bet on UAB when I predicted they’d win the CUSAT. UAB 73 MTSU 60

Bobby Hurley cutting down the nets- this time as Buffalo’s coach. Buff 89 CMU 84

Buffalo: S. Evans 18 Pts, 5 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk. X fORD added18

Central Michigan: C. Fowler 27 Pts, 2 Reb, 9 Ast, 2 Stl, 2 B

Georgia St started it paybacks   for losing last year’s SunBelt final to ULL  and will complete their quest by edging  GASO today. Yesterday GST 83 ULL 79.    GSO 44 ULM 43

Scorching SunBelt

Ga St, Ga Southern, and ULM are tied at 13-5 with two conference games left.

Ga St Panthers are  @ULM on Mar 5 and  @  GSU in the final regular season gave Mar 7.

 

Ryan Harrow is the  Panthers’ star and has enough talent to take them to the regular season title.

Hewitt has been steady for G-Southern but his efforts were not enough tp prevent a loss to 4th place ULL last night

ULM had a bad loss last night to App St last night, and I don’t know where they’ll find the scoring.

 

So toss a coin , or settle for a tie cuz  a Georgia school will hold or share  this years SunBelt crown

 

Feb 21 – three hot games

CUSA- La Tech(21-6, 12-2 C-USA) , the CUSA leader, travels north to face ODU (19-6, 8-5 C-USA) who will like need to win the CUSAT to make the Dance.  Freeman  will shine today for ODU as they get a big win.

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Buffalo

(16-9, 7-6 MAC)

Bowling Green

(17-7, 9-4 MAC)

Moss will put up big numbers for Buffalo but not enough to stop their recent slide. BG trying to re-group from a bad lossto Miami O will get a  big game for Richaun Holmes today.

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Feb 22: ODO and Freeman were  stoked from the beginning> Coach Jeff Jones knows a thing or two about getting to the Dance.

Ga Southern and Hewitt hung on against S.Bama 80-74.

My incorrect pick was BG who lost 68-56 despite a solid effort from Holmes(15 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 5 Blk). Buffalo was led by S. Evans 19 Pts, 1 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

Four from three

The  winners of the CUSA. MAC , & Sunbelt tournaments will get automatic dance tickets and are too difficult to predict. Every year a few regular season winners are  sent to the NIT.  Western Kentucky & Georgia Southern are atop the first two conferences, and Buffalo and Toledo are atop the MAC divisions. I think the CUSA gets a possible  extra ticket. UAB is tied for the second with La Tech who they  just walloped and will be my dark horse  for the extra ticket. Anyone remember when they brought in Gene Bartow to kick start  the  new program almost thirty years ago? So much is up in the air with three weeks to go in the regular season.

Four players headed for solid NBA careers.

CUSA: Jerome Hill- UTSA  17 ppg 8rbg ; Raheem Appelby- Louisiana Tech  16ppg , 2rbg 2apg

MAC: Justin Moss- Buffalo- 18ppg 9rbg

SunBelt: Ryan Harrow- Georgia St- 20.4 ppg, 2 rbg ,  4.3apg

 

Feb 11: Moss had 33 points and 10 rebounds  for Buffalo in a loss to the red hot Toledo Rockets (six straight) in an East matchup. Bowling Green and Akron kept pace in the West

 

fEB 26:  Leaders

MAC: East then West

Bowling Green 10-5
Kent St. 10-5
C. Michigan 11-4

SUNB

 

Ga. Southern 12-4 19-6 138
Georgia St. 12-4 19-8 80
UL-Monroe 12-4

CUSA:

La. Tech 12-3 21-7 64
UTEP 11-3 19-7 60
UAB 11-4

2/27/15 CUSA update . Big LT win over Utep- ODU wins again. Props to Marshall’s steady improvement.

MAC & Sunbelt one ticket each

Ok, I’m behind the curve on these two conferences but I’ll offer  some snippets for later criticism

Western Michigan will return to the Dance  led by David Brown 19 PPG. Akron & Toldeo are my dark horses.
MAC
EAST
Akron
Bowling Green
Buffalo
Kent State
Miami (Oh)
Ohio
WEST
Western Michigan
Toledo
Northern Illinois
Ball State
Central Michigan
Eastern Michigan

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I’m looking at Harrow & Hunter to lead Ga St back to the top but this time they’ll win SunBelt T and go dancing. Also WKY is now in the CUSA.

SUNBELT

Georgia St
Arkansas St
Arkansas-Little Rock
South Alabama
Texas State
Troy
UL Lafayette
UL Monroe
Appalachian St
UT-Arlington
Georgia Southern

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Dec 18 Sunbelt- Ga Southern beat  Southern Florida (AAC). MAC C. Michigan beat Northwestern.

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JAN  12, 2015:  Two division leaders meet Saturday Jan 17. Ball St led by Turner & Sellers atop the east and Bowling Green led by  Richaun Holmers (14.8 ppg , 8.7 rpg) atop the west

Sunbelt: top two teams meet Jan 15:

LA-Lafayette(10-5, 4-0 Sun Belt) led by Shawn Long @
Ga. Southern (10-3, 3-1 Sun Belt) led by Jelani Hewitt
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 Jan 17, 2015
ULM has joined  LALaf, and GSA atop the league at 4-1,and Ark-LR today.
MAC: Buffalo atop the East,  C.Mich atop the West
Jan 23, 2015

ULM (12-6, 6-1) has won four in a row since a loss to GSU and sit atop the  Sunbelt. Solid team effort- top stat man is

T. Ongwae 13.9  ppg  6.6 rbg

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Jan 26, 2015

Kent State led by Jimmy Hall ( 15.1 ppg, 7.2 rbg) has won five in a row and sits atop the East

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Jan 31 watch those GA schools in the Sunbelt today. First place GA Southern have won three in a row and host Ark LR. Jelani Hewitt is the top Eagle. Their next game is against  the second place GA St sqaud that hosts  Ark St today.

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Feb 1

Harrow led to GA St to an easy win over Ark St while Hewitt led GAS over Ark-LR.

Feb 5 showdown Ga St at Georgia Southern.

Feb 5

Tucker Haymond led Western Michigan (14-8, 5-4 Mid-American), which shot 50 percent, with 17 points. Tava and Brown had 16 each in win over Kent St  which knocked the Flashes out of first in the East. Toledo cruised past EMu to stay atop the West.

CUSA 2014/15 hoops preview and weekly updates

Some CUSA fans thought that the addition of Old Dominion last season would help them get more than one NCAA dance ticket. It didn’t as USM &  Louisiana Tech became just the third and fourth teams in NCAA Basketball history to miss the NCAA Tournament with 27 wins. Tulsa won the CUSAT and took the lone Dance ticket. IMO, the CUSA  rarely gets judged more on it’s weak history than on  it’s improving  quality of teams

1. UTEP Miners : Lew Stallworth, the point guard recruit, from Los Angeles is getting a lot of hype| and could  bolster  big man Vince Huter

2. UAB Blazers | Big time recruit William Lee will be make the Blazers even tougher under the boards.

3. Old Dominion Monarchs | Jeff Jones is a decent coach and has brought in some JC transfers to bolster the Bacate & Batten show.

4. Charlotte 49ers | Pierre Henry & the Niners  could surprise some teams.

5. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | Appelby and Hamnilton are a strong backcourt but  not enough to prevent a small descent.

6. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers | Brandon Price and crew will be in the middle of the pack in their first CUSA season

7.Southern Miss Golden Eagles– Eagles lost some starters and new Coach Sadler will be be re-building

8. Marshall Thundering Herd : Is Nikolic from Serbia part of a successful Dantoni plan?

9. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders | Raiders lost their biggest contributors from last season.

10. Florida Atlantic Owls | They’ll miss  Bertone, last season’s leading scorer.

11North Texas Mean Green |

12. Florida International Golden Panthers |

13. UTSA Roadrunners |

14. Rice Owls

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New- Western Kentucky

Departed – Tulsa, Tulane and East Carolina

Four new head coaches Dan D’Antoni (Marshall) and Michael Curry (FAU) — joining veteran Doc Sadler (Southern Miss) replacing Tyndall who went to Tennessee,  and rookie Mike Rhoades (Rice) in the league.

 

12/18/14- ODU has 2 nice OOC wins over LSU and VCU

 

1/5/15- ODU  edges Charlotte and stays hot going into  CUSA play

1/17/15

LA Tech and WKU are 4-0 and sit atop the CUSA. Side note :

http://www.cbssports.com/collegebasketball/eye-on-college-basketball/24966347/kentucky-ends-talks-with-utep-for-anniversary-game-in-2016

Kentucky reportedly “backed out” of talks to play a game against UTEP in 2016, one which Miners coach Tim Floyd had intended to make a celebration for the 50th anniversary of Kentucky and Texas Western’s 1966 NCAA title game.

1/25/15: MU 78 utep 71. WKU 83 UTSA 74

Impressed with Marshalls front court, particularly R. Taylor 17 Pts, 10 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 St yesterday,  getting their first CUSA win this season  . UTSA gave WKU a fight early but lost. Here’s where I stand with a little more than a month to go.

On the left my prognostications. Nailed NT, way off on WKU.

1. UTEP Miners : Western Kentucky
2. UAB Blazers |  Louisiana Tech
3. Old Dominion Monarchs |  UAB
4. Charlotte| Middle Tennessee
5. Louisiana Tech Bulldogs | Old Dominion
6. Western Kentucky Hilltoppers |  UTEP
7.Southern Miss Golden Eagles- UT San Antonio
8. Marshall Thundering Herd :  Rice
9. Middle Tennessee Blue Raiders |  Florida International
10. Florida Atlantic Owls |  Charlotte
11North Texas Mean Green | North Texas
12. Florida International Golden Panthers | Florida Atlantic
13. UTSA Roadrunners | Southern Miss
14. Rice Owls Marshall

2/15/15

Big win for Marshall yesterday-Loop was great, and they’ve made serious progress since my Jan 25 th post. UTEP has moved to 2nd. In () is  my pre-season prediction. really got Charlotte wrong, so far.

La. Tech(5) 11-2 20-6
UTEP(1) 10-3 18-7
Western Ky.(6) 9-3 16-8
UAB(2) 9-4 13-13
Old Dominion(3) 7-5 18-6
UT-San Antonio(13) 7-6 13-11
Rice(14) 6-6 9-15
Middle Tenn.(9) 6-7 13-13
FIU(12) 5-7 12-13
North Texas(11) 5-7 11-13
Marshall(8) 5-7 9-16
Charlotte(4) 4-8 11-14
So. Miss(7) 2-11 7-17
FAU(10) 1-11