LIVE NOW: Virtual event- Off the Court with Greg Paulus

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Re: LIVE NOW: Virtual event- Off the Court with Greg Paulus

Postby le » Tue May 19, 2020 1:52 pm

Thanks Mick. I only caught the first 20-25 minutes.

GP made reference to NU's lack of size and physicality last season in the front court several times...So, I'm sure he is addressing this.

As for the frosh, Kobi is a wing and Tuba is a "5", a protector in the paint and rim.
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Re: LIVE NOW: Virtual event- Off the Court with Greg Paulus

Postby phillyeagle » Tue May 19, 2020 3:36 pm

Coach Paulus is certainly an impressive young individual. All his presentations are first class and he really seems interested in past alums of NU basketball. Actually surprised to hear that Justin Roberts is graduating now, but will return for a post grad year at NU. That itself says something about the players wanting to play for him.
He is really behind the 8 ball this year in recruiting because he was only named head coach a week before the season. In this role, his first job was to quickly mend this team into his culture and achieve the success that it had. He certainly did not have much time to be wining and dining prospects and their parents during the season. Then the covid crisis hit which has limited any personal face to face time, which is one of primary assets because of his personality.
I get the strong sense they know they need another front line player. Hope he can pull the rabbit out of the hat for next year, but in the long run I have no doubt that he will succeed at NU.
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Re: LIVE NOW: Virtual event- Off the Court with Greg Paulus

Postby le » Tue May 19, 2020 4:59 pm

Thanks Philly. U are spot on with your analysis. I agree, he’s aware of our shortcomings in the front court and will hopefully add some beef shortly. As Mick mentioned, it seemed as if a signing is imminent .
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Re: LIVE NOW: Virtual event- Off the Court with Greg Paulus

Postby Eagle » Wed May 20, 2020 12:41 am

I don't understand the DII approval by the MAAC and why NU would buy into it.

What's the advantage?

Will it impress recruits?

Attract media attention? TV?

Will it help increase enrollment?

A bit dated but the message remains true...

http://www.sportsline.com/collegebasket ... ry/9033499

Conference preview: MVC ready to distinguish itself
By Gregg Doyel
CBS SportsLine.com Senior Writer
Nov. 9, 2005

Not so long ago, the Missouri Valley Conference was a bad basketball league. Hard to believe now, but there it was in 1992, sitting at No. 21 in the conference RPI.

Today the Missouri Valley is the king of all mid-majors, and a mid-major in name only. In a world where the Mountain West, WAC and Conference USA are considered major basketball leagues, the Missouri Valley deserves major-league status of its own after finishing eighth in last year's conference RPI.

"Basketball is our focus," says Bradley coach and alum Jim Les. "It's the bread and butter not only at Bradley, but it's the focus of our whole league. You can go on the road and get a great atmosphere, and the league has proven nationally that we're a force to be reckoned with in terms of tournaments and non-conference schedules."

So how did the Missouri Valley get from 1992 to today?
Ahead of the MAC, WAC and Mountain West, ahead of the Colonial and the Sun Belt?

If you were charting it on a timeline, you'd put stars next to these dates:

Dec. 23, 1993:
The Missouri Valley Conference, minding its own business in anonymity, gets a jolt of nationally televised recognition when then MVC member Tulsa takes No. 1 Arkansas to overtime before losing 93-91. Arkansas would win the national title. Tulsa, coached by Tubby Smith, would reach the Sweet 16 for the first of two consecutive seasons. Ignited by Tulsa, the MVC takes off after five straight years as a one-bid league, earning multiple NCAA Tournament bids in 10 of the next 12 years.

March 14, 1999
The MVC almost finishes ahead of the Big 12 in the conference RPI, narrowly coming in eighth, and is rewarded with a league record-tying three NCAA bids. No. 12 seed Southwest Missouri State puts an exclamation mark on the season by beating No. 5 Wisconsin in the first round and then drilling No. 4 Tennessee 81-51. Steve Alford's Bears fall to eventual national runner-up Duke in the Sweet 16.

Feb. 1, 2000
Concerned about his league's No. 22 rating for schedule strength, MVC Commissioner Doug Elgin crafts a memo alerting members of an unprecedented scheduling policy to take effect in 2000-01. The new policy would essentially penalize an MVC school $50,000 if its RPI fell below No. 149 nationally. Two teams were penalized in 2000-01, none the following season. The policy was then rescinded, but the league has continued with ambitious, RPI-building non-conference schedules.

March 17, 2002
No. 12 seed Creighton and No. 11 Southern Illinois pull off first-round NCAA Tournament upsets (of Florida and Texas Tech), and then the Salukis rally from a 19-point deficit to stun No. 3 Georgia to reach the Sweet 16.

March 12, 2005
The Missouri Valley ties its record with three NCAA bids, including one for Northern Iowa that solidifies the MVC's elite standing. Northern Iowa tied for third in the league in the regular season, then lost its MVC Tournament opener ... and still received a bid to join Creighton and Southern Illinois.

Elgin remembers all of it, of course. He was Christmas shopping with his wife in 1993 when Tulsa took it to Arkansas, watching the game on a department store television. He was on hand for the Sweet 16 appearances by Southwest Missouri State in 1999 and Southern Illinois in 2002. He wrote that memo in 2000.

It was Northern Iowa's NCAA bid in March that validated the process. The MVC is king of the mid-majors, and Northern Iowa's at-large bid was the coronation.</u>

"That, more than anything that's happened in the 18 years I've been here, put our league on a higher plane and a different perspective," Elgin says. "Not that it's permanent, but to think we could have a team, seeded fourth in our conference tournament, lose in the quarterfinals and still get into the NCAA Tournament ... it's an incredible achievement for the coaches in our league."
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Re: LIVE NOW: Virtual event- Off the Court with Greg Paulus

Postby Eagle » Wed May 20, 2020 1:02 am

No UB?
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Re: LIVE NOW: Virtual event- Off the Court with Greg Paulus

Postby NewEnglander » Wed May 20, 2020 1:27 am

Eagle wrote:I don't understand the DII approval by the MAAC and why NU would buy into it.

What's the advantage?

Will it impress recruits?

Attract media attention? TV?

Will it help increase enrollment?



I believe the D2 game is a glorified scrimmage. The difference being it is open and not a closed scrimmage and it is a full game. It does not count in the record.
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Re: LIVE NOW: Virtual event- Off the Court with Greg Paulus

Postby Eagle » Wed May 20, 2020 9:36 am

New Englander, played under games rules with refs?

Most scrimmages are controlled, stopped with instruction, etc.

I think NU scrimmaged Philly teams with JAM, maybe Villanova?
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Re: LIVE NOW: Virtual event- Off the Court with Greg Paulus

Postby phillyeagle » Wed May 20, 2020 10:02 am

Eagle, you may remember the cupcakes Niagara had on its home schedule back when they were a power. Villa Madonna, and other names one never heard of. Even if it is a game that counts, they at least have one more home game. Face the fact that
very few name teams will visit Gallagher.
The scrimmage games in Philly were always against st StJoes. For a few years, spectators “snuck” into the gym before theNCAA warned St Joes to stop. There were a few hundred at one point that folks openly posted on message boards causing the warning.
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Re: LIVE NOW: Virtual event- Off the Court with Greg Paulus

Postby Suge » Wed May 20, 2020 10:05 am

Opened the season at home against Robert Weselyan last year. Played it just like any other game. Not that big of a deal. Schedule looks fine. Was hoping for more meat and potatoes about staff and recruiting but can't get everything you ask for. Guess we'll just wait for the ink to dry.
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Re: LIVE NOW: Virtual event- Off the Court with Greg Paulus

Postby Eagle » Wed May 20, 2020 10:06 am

Dear Purple Eagle fans:

Thank you again for joining our session with Coach Greg Paulus and his staff this morning. It is exciting to see the purple spirit around Niagara's basketball program.

To view the recording please follow the link below:
https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/tOtnL ... DRh21Nvw9h

The video is password protected: (copy/paste)
Password: 7P$$86f^

If you have any trouble, please let me know. I look forward to seeing many of you throughout the season! Onward to victory, together!

Go Niagara,
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