2019-20 Week That Was, Seeding the State, Superlatives Weeks 9

This was an abbreviated week thanks to the weather. It should be restated to the “panic” about the weather. With the impending storm coming on Friday and Saturday, games started falling by the wayside as early as Thursday before the first snowflake fell—over 24 hours in advance. Five years ago, this would not have occurred. Now this is standard procedure. The “perfect storm” also included the potential for a very long weekend since MLK day is set for Monday. Now there will be a backlog of games cascading the rest of the year. The potential for some games to vanish from the schedule is real. I am tired of Atlanta, home of the Weather Channel, setting the agenda for our state. We are NOT Georgia. It is going to snow. It is going to be cold. Very Cold. This is Minnesota. It sets us apart. Send me the hearty souls that can face the challenge of the weather and not cower and quiver under the bed.

I was out on the roads Monday when the roads were not pleasant. What is required is sensible driving. No, you can not drive over 70 on highway 52 in those conditions. I was at about 45 to 50 mph from Mayo to Cannon Falls. You need to create space with the car in front of you. Sure, the passing lane was snow compacted, but the point is to be patient on the road. There was not one car in the ditch that night.

The metro games on Friday could have and should have been played. I know the roads in the open country may have been different, but MN511 indicated the metro was blue—partially covered—-basically one step up from normal. The roads I traveled Monday were pink (completely covered). Minnesota is not for the timid. It is time to redeem and reclaim our rugged, tough, bold “Bud Grant” Minnesotan heritage and not turn into a squishy, squirmy, softies safe and sound in their solitude.

QUEST FOR 100

26 teams to go. Five regular weeks to go. A possible 30 dates. Add in postseason possibilities and the weeks increase to eight, the dates 48. Last week the weather did me no favors. If there is a silver lining it is that the rescheduled Friday/Saturday games will fall on off days like Mondays/Wednesdays, traditionally thin dates. It seems that the 100 quest will a challenge to achieve. The upcoming week will provide two dates with multiple games. In fact, Monday I am due to chart four games—the exact same amount as week 9.

Level Seen %
1-10 10 100.00
1-25 23 92.00
1-50 41 82.00
1-75 60 80.00
1-100 74 74.00
1-125 87 69.60
1-150 93 62.00
1-175 101 57.7

 

SEEDING THE STATE

A new addition to the AAAA field. Slight adjustments in AAA and A. AA stays the same. At this point I have charted all eight AAAA teams, seven of the AAA teams (missing Alex); seven of the AA teams (missing Sauk Centre), and three of the A teams.

AAAA

1 Hopkins #6
2 Rosemount #3
3 Farmington #1
4 St. Michael-Albertville #8
5 Centennial #5
6 Chaska #2
7 Stillwater #4
8 Blaine #7

AAA

1 DeLaSalle #4
2 Becker #5
3 Marshall #2
4 Simley #3
5 Holy Angels #6
6 Austin #1
7 Alexandria #8
8 Hermantown #7

AA

1 Sauk Centre #6
2 Fergus Falls #8
3 Rochester Lourdes #1
4 New London-Spicer #3
5 Minnehaha #4
6 Duluth Marshall #7
7 Holy Family #5
8 Belle Plaine #2

A

1 Cromwell-Wright #7
2 Minneota #3
3 Waterville-Elysian-Morristown #2
4 Mayer Lutheran #4
5 Walker-Hackensack-Akeley #5
6 Henning #6
7 Blooming Prairie #1
8 EGF Sacred Heart #8

UNBEATENS

Nothing moved here.

AAAA: 1: Hopkins
AAA: 1: Marshall
AA: 1: Pelican Rapids
A: 1 Waterville-Elysian-Morristown

STREAKING

Shared leaders in AA. Both were in A last year. All leaders have 15 wins this season. Hopkins has two years going on their win streak.

AAAA: 47 Hopkins (32+15)
AAA 15: Marshall
AA 15: Goodhue, Pelican Rapids
A 15: Waterville-Elysian-Morristown

NUMBERS

If last week (#8) was not that competitive then week #9 was dreadful. The first three games I charted this week all involved running time. The saving grace was Thursday’s game, which was a two possession game. Even with that tight contest, the margin was an astronomical 43.35 pp100. All winners were above 100. It was the losing teams that could not muster enough to get their collective noses above 60. If you blended the scores and took the average week 9 actually tops week 8 by 0.29. And this was the sixth best week over the course of the year. But yeccch.

Week 9 W L PP100
Overall 4 4 81.68
W 4 0 103.28
L 0 4 59.93
Margin 4 4 43.35
Monday 1 1 71.11
Tuesday 1 1 75.82
Wednesday 1 1 83.97
Thursday 1 1 97.64
AAAA 4 2 91.30
AAA 0 2 51.52

HIGH: 110.6 Chanhassen v St. Francis
BEST DPP100: 45.5 Stillwater v Irondale

Week 1 88.4
Week 2 82.1
Week 3 75.27
Week 4 75.9
Week 5 83.79
Week 6 83.50
Week 7 83.94
Week 8 81.39
Week 9 81.68

31 CLUB

Only four games will not produce many 31 Clubbers. Especially because of running time players are not going to be on the court as long to rack up big numbers. Three players made the list, two from Stillwater. Zero 2020s accomplished the feat. Two games came up empty. The top 31 Club score Monday was 21, the best on Thursday was 27.

31 CLUB Week 8 3
GRAD CLASS 2020 0
2021 1
2022 2
2023 0
HS CLASS AAAA 3
AAA 0
W 3
L 0

HIGH: Callin Hake of Chanhassen and Alexis Pratt of Stillwater share high totals with 36.

WEEK 1: 26
WEEK 2: 20
WEEK 3: 18
WEEK 4: 6
WEEK 5: 9
WEEK 6: 13
WEEK 7: 16
WEEK 8: 8
WEEK 9: 3

 

 

 

 

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