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Ted Thompson
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  Message Not Read  Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/27/2020 7:59:33 AM 

Use this thread to talk about anything game-related. 

Date: January 28th, 2020 8:00 PM

Opponent: Northern Illinois  (11-9, 4-3 MAC)

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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/27/2020 9:14:26 AM 
Ok...so here is a team that is 4-3 in conference and has one of the top 3 players in the league. He is averaging 19 points per game. The next highest is James the post player at 9.6 ppg. They beat Beefs at Buffalo..beat Kent, beat Western. They epitomize the MAC this year in that seriously any team (other than maybe Eastern) can win on any given night. I know we've been bad but think about it...we have been in every game. We have not been truly blown out. This is one of those games where we can win. We need McDay on German out of the gate and BVP on whoever their 5th starter is so he can stay out of foul trouble. We can get this one!
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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/27/2020 9:55:50 AM 
I would like to see the strategy suggested in the Akron thread tried in this game. That is to give Preston some post-up looks against German. Get him to expend some energy on defense and maybe draw a foul or two.

We could really use this one.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/27/2020 9:57:39 AM 
It seems like German has been there forever. It definitely feels like a winnable game, especially if we can take any momentum from the second half on Saturday.

Oh, and their floor is hideous.

Last Edited: 1/27/2020 9:58:04 AM by 100%Cat

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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/27/2020 9:59:33 AM 
Also, I think Mark Montgomery is a supremely underrated coach, but NIU is one of the two worst basketball jobs in the MAC. I don't see how he ever gets out of Dekalb without taking, at best, a lateral move to another conference.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/27/2020 10:37:43 AM 
100%Cat wrote:
It seems like German has been there forever. It definitely feels like a winnable game, especially if we can take any momentum from the second half on Saturday.

Oh, and their floor is hideous.


I tweet about how awful that floor is every single time I see it on TV. That floor, the one at Memphis, UCF, and I'm sure others....they're all terrible for TV viewing.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/27/2020 10:43:44 AM 
OU_Country wrote:
100%Cat wrote:
It seems like German has been there forever. It definitely feels like a winnable game, especially if we can take any momentum from the second half on Saturday.

Oh, and their floor is hideous.


I tweet about how awful that floor is every single time I see it on TV. That floor, the one at Memphis, UCF, and I'm sure others....they're all terrible for TV viewing.


It's the EMU football field of MAC basketball.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/27/2020 11:27:40 AM 
100%Cat wrote:
OU_Country wrote:
100%Cat wrote:
It seems like German has been there forever. It definitely feels like a winnable game, especially if we can take any momentum from the second half on Saturday.

Oh, and their floor is hideous.


I tweet about how awful that floor is every single time I see it on TV. That floor, the one at Memphis, UCF, and I'm sure others....they're all terrible for TV viewing.


It's the EMU football field of MAC basketball.


It only got worse. I watched our women's game against them last week on TV. With the men's three point line moving back this season, they had to paint the new line on the existing court. Instead of a white line, the men's line is red and barely visible to TV viewers.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/27/2020 12:05:05 PM 
Bobcat1998 wrote:
Ok...so here is a team that is 4-3 in conference and has one of the top 3 players in the league. He is averaging 19 points per game. The next highest is James the post player at 9.6 ppg. They beat Beefs at Buffalo..beat Kent, beat Western. They epitomize the MAC this year in that seriously any team (other than maybe Eastern) can win on any given night. I know we've been bad but think about it...we have been in every game. We have not been truly blown out. This is one of those games where we can win. We need McDay on German out of the gate and BVP on whoever their 5th starter is so he can stay out of foul trouble. We can get this one!


This is so true. Ohio could just as easily be 5-2 in the league right now as they are 2-5.

I'm just wondering when/if all of these close losses plays a toll on their mental state. Constantly losing tough games can wear on you. I've like the mental make-up of this team so far this season ... so I'm hoping they remain mentally tough. I think the EMU comeback on the road was a perfect example of where they could've packed it in that day and took an "L" ... but they remained in it and fought back to win.

Yes ... I'd love to see this team continue to mature and these close losses turn into some wins.

But honestly, this is pretty much what I expected after the non-conference. A competitive team ... albeit young ... that doesn't get blow out ... but would struggle to win 6 games in the league.

At 2-5 ... they're pretty much on that pace to go 6-12 in the league.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/27/2020 12:08:19 PM 
100%Cat wrote:
OU_Country wrote:
100%Cat wrote:
It seems like German has been there forever. It definitely feels like a winnable game, especially if we can take any momentum from the second half on Saturday.

Oh, and their floor is hideous.


I tweet about how awful that floor is every single time I see it on TV. That floor, the one at Memphis, UCF, and I'm sure others....they're all terrible for TV viewing.


It's the EMU football field of MAC basketball.


How dare you disrespect the non-green colored football field! I happen to love it. When you watch it's like you're somehow watching a game on black and white TV. All of the non-green colored football fields need to live on.

Yeah the NIU basketball floor is bad. Add Oregon's to this list.

Last Edited: 1/27/2020 12:11:02 PM by GoCats105

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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/27/2020 12:09:56 PM 
bshot44 wrote:
Bobcat1998 wrote:
Ok...so here is a team that is 4-3 in conference and has one of the top 3 players in the league. He is averaging 19 points per game. The next highest is James the post player at 9.6 ppg. They beat Beefs at Buffalo..beat Kent, beat Western. They epitomize the MAC this year in that seriously any team (other than maybe Eastern) can win on any given night. I know we've been bad but think about it...we have been in every game. We have not been truly blown out. This is one of those games where we can win. We need McDay on German out of the gate and BVP on whoever their 5th starter is so he can stay out of foul trouble. We can get this one!


This is so true. Ohio could just as easily be 5-2 in the league right now as they are 2-5.

I'm just wondering when/if all of these close losses plays a toll on their mental state. Constantly losing tough games can wear on you. I've like the mental make-up of this team so far this season ... so I'm hoping they remain mentally tough. I think the EMU comeback on the road was a perfect example of where they could've packed it in that day and took an "L" ... but they remained in it and fought back to win.

Yes ... I'd love to see this team continue to mature and these close losses turn into some wins.

But honestly, this is pretty much what I expected after the non-conference. A competitive team ... albeit young ... that doesn't get blow out ... but would struggle to win 6 games in the league.

At 2-5 ... they're pretty much on that pace to go 6-12 in the league.


They keep losing, but I think they keep getting better. It doesn't look to me that the mental side has changed much. Ohio has gotten big contributions from just about everyone who has stepped on the floor so far. Just a hair or two off in the losses. We'll get someone we're not supposed to, for sure.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/27/2020 1:48:27 PM 
GoCats105 wrote:
bshot44 wrote:
Bobcat1998 wrote:
Ok...so here is a team that is 4-3 in conference and has one of the top 3 players in the league. He is averaging 19 points per game. The next highest is James the post player at 9.6 ppg. They beat Beefs at Buffalo..beat Kent, beat Western. They epitomize the MAC this year in that seriously any team (other than maybe Eastern) can win on any given night. I know we've been bad but think about it...we have been in every game. We have not been truly blown out. This is one of those games where we can win. We need McDay on German out of the gate and BVP on whoever their 5th starter is so he can stay out of foul trouble. We can get this one!


This is so true. Ohio could just as easily be 5-2 in the league right now as they are 2-5.

I'm just wondering when/if all of these close losses plays a toll on their mental state. Constantly losing tough games can wear on you. I've like the mental make-up of this team so far this season ... so I'm hoping they remain mentally tough. I think the EMU comeback on the road was a perfect example of where they could've packed it in that day and took an "L" ... but they remained in it and fought back to win.

Yes ... I'd love to see this team continue to mature and these close losses turn into some wins.

But honestly, this is pretty much what I expected after the non-conference. A competitive team ... albeit young ... that doesn't get blow out ... but would struggle to win 6 games in the league.

At 2-5 ... they're pretty much on that pace to go 6-12 in the league.


They keep losing, but I think they keep getting better. It doesn't look to me that the mental side has changed much. Ohio has gotten big contributions from just about everyone who has stepped on the floor so far. Just a hair or two off in the losses. We'll get someone we're not supposed to, for sure.


FWIW, I thought JD and BVP showed a positive attitude in the post game press conference.


"The name's Ohio University, but everybody calls me Ohio. Any of you guys call me Ohio U, and I'll kill you."

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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/27/2020 3:54:04 PM 
It looks like I will be heading out to DeKalb for the game. Anyone else planning on attending?


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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/27/2020 9:32:03 PM 
Bobcat1998 wrote:
We need McDay on German out of the gate


Kept thinking during the Akron game (as we couldn't get stops) that we needed a true lockdown perimeter defender ala Ricardo Johnson in the Groce era, or more recently Mike Laster.

Thinking about current roster, McDay seems like guy with most quickness to become that guy.


I've seen crazier things happen.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/28/2020 7:44:34 AM 
4 point underdogs


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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/28/2020 4:50:01 PM 
El Gato Roberto wrote:
It looks like I will be heading out to DeKalb for the game. Anyone else planning on attending?


I'll be leaving and heading to Fatty's (as recommended by Russ) shortly, plan to get there by 6 at the latest
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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/28/2020 5:31:17 PM 

I've had a sh**** day. Let's go out and get this W, Cats.

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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/28/2020 7:37:49 PM 
ChiCat2018 wrote:
El Gato Roberto wrote:
It looks like I will be heading out to DeKalb for the game. Anyone else planning on attending?


I'll be leaving and heading to Fatty's (as recommended by Russ) shortly, plan to get there by 6 at the latest


We were running late. See you at the game. In section 110 - handsome young man with an old guy wearing a Bobcat windbreaker (thats me). GO CATS!!


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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/28/2020 8:14:07 PM 
BVP has got to figure out how to avoid foul issues. Its a broken record right now.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/28/2020 8:42:36 PM 
Was it Woody Hayes who said something about there being 3 things that can happen when you throw the ball into the post to Ogbanda? And two of them are not good?
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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/28/2020 8:56:29 PM 
Id say all three! Last game people were saying how they liked what he could do. About the only thing is rebound and hes not doing that tonight either.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/28/2020 9:05:10 PM 
Lande71 wrote:
Id say all three! Last game people were saying how they liked what he could do. About the only thing is rebound and hes not doing that tonight either.


Foster needs to step up like he did to start the year. What game did he have 10 pts in the first half? McMurray does more at 6'7.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/28/2020 9:34:30 PM 
Well this one is getting urinated away into the wind.
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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/28/2020 9:36:05 PM 
Bobcat1998 wrote:
Lande71 wrote:
Id say all three! Last game people were saying how they liked what he could do. About the only thing is rebound and hes not doing that tonight either.


Foster needs to step up like he did to start the year. What game did he have 10 pts in the first half? McMurray does more at 6'7.


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  Message Not Read  RE: Official Game 21 Thread: Northern Illinois
   Posted: 1/28/2020 9:50:51 PM 
Beyond painful


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