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  • New to the NSIC. What can you all tell me..

    Good afternoon all, my son will be playing in the NSIC this year. I very much look forward to seeing all of the teams play [I live in Saint Paul just down from Concordia].

    What should I know about favorites? Underdogs? Teams under the radar? ....

    Thanks in advance!

  • #2
    Enjoy the ride first and foremost

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    • #3
      north

      Northern’s been team to beat for past few years, but lost a number of players from last year. Is northern able to continue winning way with mostly new roster?
      Moorhead played well last year… has veteran team returning and look poised to take another step forward..how will they handle the high expectations?
      St. Cloud and Minot finished last season strong, can they take another step this year?
      New coach and new faces at Mary…expectations probably not real high going into this season.
      Bemidgi lost some guards, but will be strong in the post…can that work in today’s age of basketball?
      Crookston many new faces…probably underdogs this year
      Duluth bunch of young talent…still young but don’t overlook.

      south

      Wayne state…kinda came out of nowhere last year…return most guys….no reason they can’t win a bunch of games this year…
      mankota always athletic…good young guys now more veteran…can they make the jump to the top of conference?
      usf underperformed a bit last year…do they have enough depth to turn it around?
      Augie has lost some real core guys the last few seasons…still plenty of talent to beat anyone…don’t ask about Cartwright’s health, apparently...
      uppwer Iowa has good guards…do they have enough size to compete with top teams…
      Winona suffered from injuries last year…have some talent, but they need to prove it
      southwest…may depend if Byers comes back or not…a lot of new faces.
      Csp- a number of newer guys…probably a year or two before they can threaten the top teams too much…

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      • #4
        Thank you so much for the time to put this together.. Can't wait to see how these questions are answered.

        Originally posted by Moorhead123 View Post
        north

        Northern’s been team to beat for past few years, but lost a number of players from last year. Is northern able to continue winning way with mostly new roster?
        Moorhead played well last year… has veteran team returning and look poised to take another step forward..how will they handle the high expectations?
        St. Cloud and Minot finished last season strong, can they take another step this year?
        New coach and new faces at Mary…expectations probably not real high going into this season.
        Bemidgi lost some guards, but will be strong in the post…can that work in today’s age of basketball?
        Crookston many new faces…probably underdogs this year
        Duluth bunch of young talent…still young but don’t overlook.

        south

        Wayne state…kinda came out of nowhere last year…return most guys….no reason they can’t win a bunch of games this year…
        mankota always athletic…good young guys now more veteran…can they make the jump to the top of conference?
        usf underperformed a bit last year…do they have enough depth to turn it around?
        Augie has lost some real core guys the last few seasons…still plenty of talent to beat anyone…don’t ask about Cartwright’s health, apparently...
        uppwer Iowa has good guards…do they have enough size to compete with top teams…
        Winona suffered from injuries last year…have some talent, but they need to prove it
        southwest…may depend if Byers comes back or not…a lot of new faces.
        Csp- a number of newer guys…probably a year or two before they can threaten the top teams too much…

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        • #5
          New Beaver--All you need to know is that the MIAA is way tougher. I am sure Mister Wizard, NW Fanatic and Thepeman would all whole-heartedly agree. :)

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          • #6
            Got it. ;)


            Originally posted by Btech#3 View Post
            New Beaver--All you need to know is that the MIAA is way tougher. I am sure Mister Wizard, NW Fanatic and Thepeman would all whole-heartedly agree. :)

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            • #7
              Can y'all tell me about MSU Beavers? What should I expect from them?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by New Beaver View Post
                Can y'all tell me about MSU Beavers? What should I expect from them?
                Cody (good in ball screen) and Dunfee (solid shooter/scorer) are very nice guards. Dwyer in middle is solid d2 center. Newburn is quality forward (especially if jumper is falling a bit). Minot needs a couple more guys to improve off bench and they will win some games this season. Other than a few seasons, Minot has not been that good in the north. I would expect this year they will definitely have higher expectations than over the years past. They are typically well coached with a variety of international players.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by New Beaver View Post
                  Good afternoon all, my son will be playing in the NSIC this year. I very much look forward to seeing all of the teams play [I live in Saint Paul just down from Concordia].

                  What should I know about favorites? Underdogs? Teams under the radar? ....

                  Thanks in advance!
                  Welcome to the league....it really is a great conference to follow hoops in

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                  • #10
                    One of the things I enjoy and appreciate about D2 and the NSIC especially is schools don't change coaches often. Margenthaler at Mankato (20 years), Billeter at Augie (18 years), Johnson at Sioux Falls (13 years), Bigler at Southwest (13 years) and Murken at Minot (10 years) are some of the longest tenured.

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                    • #11
                      Good afternoon all, can I expect some kind of season preview and preseason coaches poll? If yes, when does that usually come out? Thanks.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by New Beaver View Post
                        Good afternoon all, can I expect some kind of season preview and preseason coaches poll? If yes, when does that usually come out? Thanks.
                        I expect it any day…

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by New Beaver View Post
                          Good afternoon all, can I expect some kind of season preview and preseason coaches poll? If yes, when does that usually come out? Thanks.
                          In previous years they've released the preseason predictions during the late teens of October (13th-19th or so), typically on a Tuesday. I'm kind of surprised they haven't been released yet.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by MrAugustana View Post

                            In previous years they've released the preseason predictions during the late teens of October (13th-19th or so), typically on a Tuesday. I'm kind of surprised they haven't been released yet.
                            What will be included? coaches poll? A summary of team? Who to watch? New players? Preseason awards? ...

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by New Beaver View Post

                              What will be included? coaches poll? A summary of team? Who to watch? New players? Preseason awards? ...
                              Here's last year's for reference: https://northernsun.org/news/2020/12...ason-poll.aspx

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