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    WBB non-conference opponents

    Just a look at how the future ooc opponents are doing so far:

    Drake
    Picked 7th out of 10 in the MVC. Nearly lost to Div II Quincy in an exhibition (won by 4 after being down 5 late) and then lost by 13 to a UIC team projected to finish in the middle of the Horizon league.

    Northern Arizona
    Picked 6th/7th out of 10 in the Big Sky polls. Lost at Colorado by 24, then pulled off an 8-point mild upset of UC Riverside at home.

    Penn State
    Picked #1 in Big Ten. Ranked just outside the top 10. They were down late to Washington State and Middle Tenn St (both at home) but used big runs to close out both with victories.

    Butler or Nevada
    Butler: Picked 4th out of 10 in the Horizon league. Just played in a tournament @ Iowa but didn't face the Hawkeyes. Blown out there by UNLV (who later beat Iowa) and had a narrow victory over Harvard (who almost beat Iowa).

    Nevada: Picked 4th in the WAC. They haven't played a regular season game yet. Won both exhibitions easily. They are coached by Jane Albright, best known as Wisconsin's coach from 1994-2003.

    Michigan

    Not picked in the top 4 in Big 10 (they don't vote beyond that). They pulled off a 3-point win @ Florida, who is expected to be pretty decent (middle of the pack in an always good SEC).

    Iowa
    Picked third in the Big 10. In their home tournament, they beat Harvard 90-81 after being down at halftime. They then lost to UNLV 69-59 while being outrebounded by 20. More important than that, with 5 minutes left and the game pretty much even, Morgan Johnson went down with an apparent knee injury. It sounds like it's not likely the ACL, fortunately.

    Mississippi Valley State
    Picked 4th in the 10-team SWAC. Lost by 8 points @ Marquette. They play @ Nebraska tomorrow.

    UNI
    Picked 2nd in the MVC. Lost Jacqui Kalin to an ACL in September (she will sit out the whole season and petition the NCAA for a 6th year). Kalin was the 2011 MVC POY, so that was a huge blow. They won at home by 11 to Colorado State, a pretty decent team.

    New Hampshire
    Picked 6th in the 9-team America East. Won 62-57 at Brown. Brown was in the 280s in RPI last season.

    NJIT or Buffalo
    NJIT: Picked 6th out of 6 in the Great West (New Jersey? West?) Houston Baptist was #5. Won by 4 at home vs Brown. See above.

    Buffalo: Won @ Niagara by 11. Picked last in the 6-team MAC East division.



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    Re: WBB non-conference opponents

    Thanks for the breakdown MRed. I'm guessing by the time the Iowa game is done, we will know a lot more about this team.

    Not much news on Morgan Johnson.
    Iowa depth to be tested after Morgan Johnson injured


    “I do see Kalli playing more of the [center] position,” Bluder said. “… I have not heard yet [about Johnson’s status]. I’m hoping it’s more of the same and nothing more than that.”



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    Re: WBB non-conference opponents

    Updates.

    Penn State
    Picked #1 in Big Ten. Ranked just outside the top 10. They were down late to Washington State and Middle Tenn St (both at home) but used big runs to close out both with victories.
    They were upset @ Delaware 80-71 in a game where Delaware's Elena Delle Donne scored 40. They then had a come-from-behind 55-50 victory @ South Carolina. It seems they are still working out early-season kinks like ISU is.
    Butler or Nevada
    Butler: Picked 4th out of 10 in the Horizon league. Just played in a tournament @ Iowa but didn't face the Hawkeyes. Blown out there by UNLV (who later beat Iowa) and had a narrow victory over Harvard (who almost beat Iowa).
    They lost 68-60 @ IPFW.
    Nevada: Picked 4th in the WAC. They haven't played a regular season game yet. Won both exhibitions easily. They are coached by Jane Albright, best known as Wisconsin's coach from 1994-2003.
    They went 0-2 in a tournament @ Minnesota despite not playing the host team. They were blown out 68-48 by NDSU and then lost 58-52 to Binghamton. For comparison, Minnesota beat Binghamton by 25 and NDSU by 39.
    Michigan
    Not picked in the top 4 in Big 10 (they don't vote beyond that). They pulled off a 3-point win @ Florida, who is expected to be pretty decent (middle of the pack in an always good SEC).
    They've won three more times since then. They beat up on Florida Atlantic and narrowly beat Utah (both at home) before getting a narrow win @ Seton Hall. None of those teams were top-100 in rpi last season, so it doesn't say much either way.
    Iowa
    Picked third in the Big 10. In their home tournament, they beat Harvard 90-81 after being down at halftime. They then lost to UNLV 69-59 while being outrebounded by 20. More important than that, with 5 minutes left and the game pretty much even, Morgan Johnson went down with an apparent knee injury. It sounds like it's not likely the ACL, fortunately.
    Johnson was back for the next game. She's had issues with patellar tendonitis and just has to play through the pain. They beat Albany at home by 22 and then narrowly escaped an always-game UNI team in Cedar Falls 78-74.
    Mississippi Valley State
    Picked 4th in the 10-team SWAC. Lost by 8 points @ Marquette. They play @ Nebraska tomorrow.
    They lost 99-53 @ Nebraska. They then played Concordia College (MS) in a game so important neither team's website has the result.
    UNI
    Picked 2nd in the MVC. Lost Jacqui Kalin to an ACL in September (she will sit out the whole season and petition the NCAA for a 6th year). Kalin was the 2011 MVC POY, so that was a huge blow. They won at home by 11 to Colorado State, a pretty decent team.
    They then won by 34 @ Chicago State before narrowly losing at home to Iowa.
    New Hampshire
    Picked 6th in the 9-team America East. Won 62-57 at Brown. Brown was in the 280s in RPI last season.
    Lost at home to Seton Hall 61-38.
    NJIT or Buffalo
    NJIT: Picked 6th out of 6 in the Great West (New Jersey? West?) Houston Baptist was #5. Won by 4 at home vs Brown. See above.
    Lost by 11 at home to Fairleigh Dickinson before winning by 3 against Wagner, also at home.
    Buffalo: Won @ Niagara by 11. Picked last in the 6-team MAC East division.
    Lost by 44 at Duquesne. Won by 6 at home to Bucknell.



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    Re: WBB non-conference opponents

    Thanks for the update MRed.

    Penn St. does seem like they are in pains. I don't think their post game is as good as it could be, re: Dell Donne. Their post/forwards are also not huge scorers.

    The real challenge for us will be guarding their guards.



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    Re: WBB non-conference opponents

    It's that time again...

    Quote Originally Posted by mred View Post
    Mississippi Valley State
    Picked 4th in the 10-team SWAC. Lost by 8 points @ Marquette. They play @ Nebraska tomorrow.
    ...
    They lost 99-53 @ Nebraska. They then played Concordia College (MS) in a game so important neither team's website has the result.
    Found that Concordia score (to correct myself, they are AL, not MS). MVS won 76-43. Concordia is ranked #13 in the USCAA. That's another athletic organization like the NCAA or NAIA.

    Back on topic. They lost by 17 @ Mississippi State and then won by 30 over NAIA Talladega.

    Quote Originally Posted by mred View Post
    UNI
    Picked 2nd in the MVC. Lost Jacqui Kalin to an ACL in September (she will sit out the whole season and petition the NCAA for a 6th year). Kalin was the 2011 MVC POY, so that was a huge blow. They won at home by 11 to Colorado State, a pretty decent team.
    ...
    They then won by 34 @ Chicago State before narrowly losing at home to Iowa.
    They've gone 4-1 since the Iowa game. They blew out Wyoming and Youngstown (both neutral court) and SEMO at home before losing by 8 @ ranked Green Bay. They then beat South Dakota by 10 at home. I'm glad we're not playing them on the road this year.

    Quote Originally Posted by mred View Post
    New Hampshire
    Picked 6th in the 9-team America East. Won 62-57 at Brown. Brown was in the 280s in RPI last season.
    ...
    Lost at home to Seton Hall 61-38.
    They've gone 2-3 since then, wining tight games @ Cornell and Dartmouth and losing @ Central Conn. St. (by 39) and home games to Holy Cross and Harvard.

    Quote Originally Posted by mred View Post
    NJIT or Buffalo
    NJIT: Picked 6th out of 6 in the Great West (New Jersey? West?) Houston Baptist was #5. Won by 4 at home vs Brown. See above.
    ...
    Lost by 11 at home to Fairleigh Dickinson before winning by 3 against Wagner, also at home.
    2-2 since then with wins over Delaware State and Bucknell and losses to Manhattan and Lehigh.

    Quote Originally Posted by mred View Post
    Buffalo: Won @ Niagara by 11. Picked last in the 6-team MAC East division.
    ...
    Lost by 44 at Duquesne. Won by 6 at home to Bucknell.
    1-5 since then. They lost @ Syracuse, three times in the UConn tourney (Dayton, UConn -- by 56, and Fairleigh Dickinson) and at home to Wright State. The FD loss was by 9, the only sub-20-point loss. They then won by 5 at home to Canisius.

    UNI is the only "real" team left on the non-conference schedule.



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