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  • #31
    Re: The NEW Official Thread of the Augustana Vikings

    Originally posted by MrAugustana View Post
    Anyone want to jump in with predictions for tonight? As much as I'd love to see the Vikes pull another Iowa-style upset, it's safe to say there's about a 0.00001% chance of that happening. My guess is Duke wins by a clean 30, possibly even 40, somewhere in the realm of 101-65. I will be pretty happy if the Vikes keep it under 30, but I'm not expecting that. Also hoping nobody gets injured. The Vikes have had a few guys banged up earlier in the year, so keeping everyone as healthy as possible would be nice.
    136-47 :)
    Last edited by simple as a $3 bill; 11-04-2016, 11:14 AM. Reason: forgot my smiley

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    • #32
      Re: The NEW Official Thread of the Augustana Vikings

      Originally posted by simple as a $3 bill View Post
      136-47 :)
      I didn't even disagree when you hadn't added the smiley.

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      • #33
        Re: The NEW Official Thread of the Augustana Vikings

        Originally posted by laker View Post
        I'll actually be pulling for for Augie tonight.
        +1

        Only time you'll hear me say Go Augie.

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        • #34
          Re: The NEW Official Thread of the Augustana Vikings

          Originally posted by Husky View Post
          +1

          Only time you'll hear me say Go Augie.
          I did pull for them in the Elite 8. Wanted them to bring a natty to the NSIC.

          Of course, I do hate Duke.

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          • #35
            Re: The NEW Official Thread of the Augustana Vikings

            Spencer, Beyer, and Warren might not be completely over matched from a physical stand point but athletically the whole team is fighting a battle that was lost at birth. Anything less than a 40 point loss is cause for celebration in Sioux Falls.

            I'll take Duke 93-50.

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            • #36
              Re: The NEW Official Thread of the Augustana Vikings

              I've never even heard of this Division II school Augie is struggling against. A down year?

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              • #37
                Re: The NEW Official Thread of the Augustana Vikings

                This is...not good.

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                • #38
                  Re: The NEW Official Thread of the Augustana Vikings

                  Originally posted by Stanger86 View Post
                  I've never even heard of this Division II school Augie is struggling against. A down year?
                  You might know it better by it's pre-1924 name. Trinity College.

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                  • #39
                    Re: The NEW Official Thread of the Augustana Vikings

                    Held em under a hundy, MISSION ACCOMPLISHED!

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                    • #40
                      Re: The NEW Official Thread of the Augustana Vikings

                      Some thoughts on last night. It was definitely rough, but I was honestly expecting a loss in the 35-40 point range anyway, so it wasn't a total shock. It's been awhile since the Vikings have been beaten that soundly, so hopefully it was a nice wake-up call, particularly for the guys who have only been a part of the 65-5 stretch over the past two years. To be honest, I'd rather Duke put the hurt on us like this than come out next weekend and blow one or both games against our in-region D2 opponents down in Oklahoma. No need to bust out a repeat of Washburn last year due to overconfidence.

                      Kind of hard to break down the "good things" we saw from the Vikes since the athleticism and talent disparity was pretty vast, but there were at least a few things...

                      1) The Vikes were still able to get a lot of open looks from three. While they unfortunately weren't hitting them last night, I hope they'll get more comfortable shooting as the year goes on. It was good to at least see Jordan Spencer finding those guys for open perimeter shots, even if we weren't knocking them down.

                      2) Busack was our leading scorer. When it came out that he was going to be on the Augie roster next year, I was slightly skeptical based on his history, but if his head is on straight, it's pretty clear we're going to need him this season if we want to stay competitive. He had some foul trouble, but that's to be expected when the team you're playing has 8 McDonald's All-Americans currently on its roster. A little bit harder to stay in front of those guys than pretty much anyone they'll be facing at the D2 level this year (except maybe Justin Pitts).

                      3) Lucas Walford had a really solid showing for a true freshman playing his first college game of his career against the #1 D1 team in the country at Cameron Indoor Stadium. Two pretty nasty dunks, two free throws and a 3 to go with a few rebounds isn't a bad first game. Hopefully he continues to develop because unless Kerkman gets healed up pretty quickly, we will need Lucas. Frankly, if this isn't just a one-hit wonder of a game, we might need him whether or not Kerkman heals up quickly. (On a side note, Kerkman was the only person who didn't play in the game. I'm assuming that's still due to his injury.)

                      On a related note, I've watched the replay of Walford's tip dunk a few times on ESPN3 (it's archived, for anyone interested), and it might've been the best overall dunk of the game. Gotta be kind of fun to be able to say you dunked on Duke twice at Cameron Indoor during your career. Who knows, maybe we can win another NC in the next few years and he'll have a chance in a couple seasons to add a few more dunks. :)

                      (For anyone pulling up the repeat of the game on ESPN3, Walford's dunks came with around 4:40 to go in the 1st half and around 9:02 to go in the 2nd half.)

                      4) Nobody got hurt. This was possibly my biggest concern going into this game. Even if we'd managed to keep it within 25 or 20, it wouldn't have been worth it to see Jordan, Adam, etc. go down with an injury. With how important our starters in particular will be for this year's team, I'll take a 53-point loss with no injuries and still feel ok about it in the end.

                      5) Program-wise, the Vikes did get a TON of nice coverage on ESPN3, especially early in the game. The announcers were really good about talking about Augie's program, the success we've had, the talent we recently lost, etc. As the game went on, it predictably got to be more and more pro-Duke (not that they had a lot more they could say about Augie after a while anyway), but the broadcast crew was well-informed and very complimentary of the program as a whole.

                      6) The announcers consistently referred to Austin Saugstad as Austin "Swagstad," which might be the best accidental nickname I've heard in a long, long time.

                      Overall, I hope the guys had a fun experience. Based on what we lost from last year's team, this went only slightly worse than I'd expected, but not by much. What matters more is how the Vikes get better from this and how they prepare to get a couple in-region wins down in Oklahoma next weekend. Very, very glad basketball season is back underway.

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                      • #41
                        Re: The NEW Official Thread of the Augustana Vikings

                        Did you see the "where are they now" part where some of the graduated Augie players were playing in Europe, but Spice is home on the pig farm. They were making a big deal about that. Kind of like when Bjorklund for NDSU beat Notre Dame and his coach said he just gets the job done, like when he is home slopping the hogs. Evidently big city people get a kick out of that, as if they can't imagine that you probably have to do chores twice a day. Everyone should have to slop hogs at some time in their life- it makes them appreciate bacon more.

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                        • #42
                          Re: The NEW Official Thread of the Augustana Vikings

                          Originally posted by laker View Post
                          Everyone should have to slop hogs at some time in their life.
                          I didn't truly discover who I was until I slopped a hog.

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                          • #43
                            Re: The NEW Official Thread of the Augustana Vikings

                            One aspect of this year's team I'm excited to watch is the evolution of Jordan Spencer from supporting cast to featured player. His responsibilities over the last two years have been: dribble, puncture the D, make the obvious pass or take the wide open shot. Naturally there are probably some who think his accolades for this exemplary production were simply a byproduct of the Jansen-Schilling-Richter ecosystem.

                            Now that those scrubs have moved onto the professional ranks of basketball and slop we will be able to see Spenny stretch his talents while getting vastly more attention from the opposition. His performance against the Blue Devils was just priming the pump: 4pts-4reb-7assists in 38 minutes. Given who was guarding him (Matt Jones, who? Matt Jones and Luke Kennard) the fact that he managed to be productively efficient, with nearly a 2-1 assist to turnover ratio, is a dangerous sign for the rest of Augie's opponents.

                            He has the speed and ball handling toggles to get by anyone in the league which should result in 10-15 points per night on primarily layups and FTs. That's before we mention how he's a career 43% marksman from downtown, however this should drop given the increased interference he'll encounter. Having said that, even if he's still in the mid 30s that's another half step defenses have to step out and contest which uncorks the lane behind them.

                            All of this is to say that I think conditions are ripe for him to average 12 points/ 7 assists /5 rebounds. If he does this while helping keep Augie in the NSIC race I think he's a sure fire All NSIC first teamer and a plausible NSIC POY candidate.

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                            • #44
                              Re: The NEW Official Thread of the Augustana Vikings

                              I agree with that take Augieholic

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                              • #45
                                Re: The NEW Official Thread of the Augustana Vikings

                                Here's the GoAugie.com release on the early 2017 signings for the Vikes:
                                http://goaugie.com/news/2016/11/10/m...r-2017-18.aspx

                                Men's basketball inks three high school standouts for 2017-18
                                SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Augustana University head men's basketball coach Tom Billeter announced Thursday the signing of three high school standouts to letters of intent for the 2017-18 season. Jameson Bryan (Apple Valley, Minnesota), Matt Cartwright (Sioux Falls) and Tayton Vincent (Volga, South Dakota) have all signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at Augustana.

                                The first day of the NCAA early signing period for men's basketball programs was Wednesday, Nov. 9.

                                "All three of these young men are outstanding students and will be great representatives of Augustana University," Billeter said.

                                Bryan, a 5-foot-10, 160-pound guard from Apple Valley, Minnesota is a senior at Eastview High School in 2016-17. He will be a four-year letterwinner and starter for the Lightning and enters his senior season 10 assists shy of Eastview's all-time mark. Bryan is a member of the National Honor Society at Eastview and is a three-time All-Academic letterwinner. He is a two-time team captain who earned all-conference honors as a junior after averaging 12.0 points, 5.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game last season. Bryan earned all-conference honorable mention honors as a freshman and sophomore. He averaged 8.0 points, 4.5 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game as a sophomore after a freshman campaign in which he averaged 5.0 points and 3.0 assists per contest.

                                Coach Billeter on Jameson Bryan: "Jameson has been playing a varsity point guard for Eastview since his freshman season. He is a very solid player who has faced some of the best high school competition in the region. This is a fun signing for me personally too, as Jameson's father, John, was my student assistant when I coached at North Dakota State."

                                Cartwright, a 6-foot-4, 180-pound guard out of O'Gorman High School in Sioux Falls. He is a four-year letterwinner and was named a team captain heading into his senior season. Cartwright helped the Knights to a 19-6 record in 2015-16 averaging 13.0 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. Cartwright shot 43 percent from 3-point range last season and knocked down 81 percent of his free throws to go along with 18 blocks. He earned first team all-conference honors last season and was named to the all-city and all-state teams.

                                Coach Billeter on Matt Cartwright: "Matt is a young man we identified early in the recruiting process as a complete offensive player. He has excellent ball handling, passing and scoring skills. We have also seen a definite improvement in his defensive skill-set the last couple of seasons. He has been very well coached throughout his career and we are happy to have him as a part of our future."

                                Vincent, a 6-foot-3, 180-pound guard out of Sioux Valley High School enters his senior season as a three-year letterwinner and starter. He was a first team Class A all-state selection as a junior after averaging 18.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game in 2015-16. Vincent averaged 15.0 points, 5.0 points and 5.0 assists per game as a sophomore after a breakout freshman season in 2013-14. He averaged 15.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 4.0 assists during his freshman campaign and went on to earn all-conference and second team Class A all-state honors.

                                Coach Billeter on Tayton Vincent: "We first saw Tayton as a freshman in the South Dakota State High School Tournament. He has a tremendous basketball IQ and a true passion for the game, which is not surprising with coaches for parents. He is a very hard-working young man who is always in the gym and a person who absolutely knows what it takes to be successful on and off the floor."

                                No. 18 Augustana will open the regular season with a pair of games in Weatherford, Oklahoma this Friday and Saturday. The Vikings open the season taking on Southwestern Oklahoma State on Friday at 6:30 p.m. and will take on East Central University at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

                                Located in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Augustana University is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
                                Here are some Twitter photos of Augie's early signings from the men's basketball Twitter account:





                                Last edited by MrAugustana; 11-10-2016, 09:10 AM.

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