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  • #46
    Originally posted by BCPanther View Post

    The layups happened because of having to defend Brown out further than you normally have to because of how he was playing. He's a good shooter but typically not out to 25 feet like last night. Bradley did a very good job in spacing. We just simply got beat by a team that was better last night. It happens.

    We played really well on the offensive end, I just wish we could get a night where AJ and Spencer were both hitting shots. It feels like we always get one or the other. Last night wasn't necessarily discouraging in how we played, it was discouraging in what a win would have done standings wise. We are night and day better than we were 6 weeks ago.
    This somewhat goes back to R&B's or Stein's or Mudra's posts(I'm not sure which one it was) about needing more talent/athleticism. UNI shot 10-21 from 3 in the game, but offensively UNI wasn't able to establish driving lanes for easy layups. On the other end, Bradley shot 11-20 from 3, but UNI couldn't keep anyone in front of them and out of the lane. It seemed like Isaiah was the only one who consistently looked to get in the lane offensively. It also appeared that was what exactly Bradley wanted. Have Isaiah spend more energy on offense in hopes he less effective defensively and that appeared to work.

    Overall, this was probably the most disappointing loss of the season from my perspective. Mudra and others can argue the Valley is trash and who cares if UNI finishes 2nd or 9th, they still have to win in STL. Winning 3 games is always easier than winning 4 in a row. If they can somehow find a way to avoid Thursday, they are playing decent enough basketball to win 3 games in a row in STL. Starting with the Bradley game, the schedule was set up really well to potentially have a 5-6 game win streak even though UNI hasn't won more than 2 games in a row in . Hopefully they can bounce back at Drake and build some confidence. The next two road games of Drake and Evansville are very winnable and Illinois St. is primed to implode any day now.

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    • #47
      Has the MVC ever been this crowded to the middle late in the season? We tend to focus on the lack of a stellar team at the top. But there is also not a super terrible team at the bottom.

      It will be interesting to see how deep into the season it goes with every team still having the possibility of avoiding Thursday for the tournament. And how long until not every team still has a statistical shot at winning the Valley conference season.

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      • #48
        Originally posted by UNIdad View Post
        Has the MVC ever been this crowded to the middle late in the season? We tend to focus on the lack of a stellar team at the top. But there is also not a super terrible team at the bottom.

        It will be interesting to see how deep into the season it goes with every team still having the possibility of avoiding Thursday for the tournament. And how long until not every team still has a statistical shot at winning the Valley conference season.
        Looks to me like this is the narrowest gap between first and last through 11 conference games in at least 22 years and the best record a last place team has had during that stretch. Last year conference game 11 was Loyola's last loss until the Final Four, as they won 14 straight in between.

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        • #49
          Be kind of cool to go to NCAA tournament with a losing record. Happens occasionally. UNI has a real shot at it.

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          • #50
            Originally posted by run&blade View Post
            Be kind of cool to go to NCAA tournament with a losing record. Happens occasionally. UNI has a real shot at it.
            Guaranteed win in Dayton. Worse things have happened.
            #MACtion

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            • #51
              Originally posted by hoopfan View Post

              This somewhat goes back to R&B's or Stein's or Mudra's posts(I'm not sure which one it was) about needing more talent/athleticism. UNI shot 10-21 from 3 in the game, but offensively UNI wasn't able to establish driving lanes for easy layups. On the other end, Bradley shot 11-20 from 3, but UNI couldn't keep anyone in front of them and out of the lane. It seemed like Isaiah was the only one who consistently looked to get in the lane offensively. It also appeared that was what exactly Bradley wanted. Have Isaiah spend more energy on offense in hopes he less effective defensively and that appeared to work.

              Overall, this was probably the most disappointing loss of the season from my perspective. Mudra and others can argue the Valley is trash and who cares if UNI finishes 2nd or 9th, they still have to win in STL. Winning 3 games is always easier than winning 4 in a row. If they can somehow find a way to avoid Thursday, they are playing decent enough basketball to win 3 games in a row in STL. Starting with the Bradley game, the schedule was set up really well to potentially have a 5-6 game win streak even though UNI hasn't won more than 2 games in a row in . Hopefully they can bounce back at Drake and build some confidence. The next two road games of Drake and Evansville are very winnable and Illinois St. is primed to implode any day now.
              Brown is the team’s best perimeter defender, according to multiple quotes by Jake. It would make sense to attempt to wear him out. Just imagine if he was out. We’d be challenged, to say the least.

              The MVC may lack a really good team, and it’s champ may be an easy out in the tourney (losing Williamson hurts Loyola) but how you finish still matters. A win tomorrow won’t be easy, since Drake is still solid without Norton, and we’ll have a hard time with McGlynn.

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              • #52
                Originally posted by Hacksaw View Post

                Looks to me like this is the narrowest gap between first and last through 11 conference games in at least 22 years and the best record a last place team has had during that stretch. Last year conference game 11 was Loyola's last loss until the Final Four, as they won 14 straight in between.


                Man, how do you do it? I throw out a question that I thought was merely rhetorical and might get some anecdotal answers. Then you come through with the answer based on actual data.

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