Sunday, February 28, 2010

NMU Men's Basketball Senior Day Interviews

Postgame interviews with Marc Renelique, Sebastien Salois, Chris Warner, Mark D'Agostino, and Kyle Hawley of Northern Michigan's Men's basketball team.

Play of the Week - Marc Renelique

More Senior Day coverage on the way in the coming days!

Monday, February 22, 2010

Cat Chat with Chris Warner & Mylan Murphy

Part 1 - Pete and Sean recap NMU hockey's series split with Michigan, and look forward to Lake Superior State.

Part 2 - Interview with Chris Warner and Mylan Murphy of the Men's basketball team.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Men's NCAA Midwest Regional Power Rankings 2-17-10

1. Kentucky Wesleyan 26-3 +1 Kentucky will end its very successful season with a game against Bellarmine. The Panthers have to be feeling good after defeating former No. 1 Southern Indiana
2. Southern Indiana 23-1 -1 The Eagles will look to bounce back on the road after a devastating loss against Kentucky Wesleyan. They face off against Northern Kentucky on Thursday.
3. Drury 21-5 +1 Drury has its last scheduled game against Rockhurst on Thursday. With the success that the Panthers have found, they can look forward to cap the season with a winning streak.
4. Quincy 20-5 -1 Quincy will end the 2 game series against Lewis on Saturday, and since the Hawks have snapped their undefeated streak, they have gone 4-5. Lewis will prove tough for Quincy.
5. Findlay 17-6 +2 Findlay should have an easy week. They play Michigan Tech followed by Northern Michigan.
6. Grand Valley 17-6 -1 Grand Valley had two losses against the teams that should be easy wins for Findlay this week. The Lakers face off against Saginaw Valley and Lake Superior State, and need to turn their game around for wins.
7. Bellarmine 18-7 -1 Bellarmine finishes its season with the two toughest games back to back. They have to make it through Kentucky Wesleyan, then face South Indy on Saturday, which is the Knights’ Homecoming.
8. Rockhurst 16-9 NC Rockhurst finishes the season with a tough game against Drury, followed by some slack against Missouri S&T on Saturday, which is the Hawk’s Senior Day.
9. St. Joseph’s 16-9 +3 St. Joseph’s comes off of big wins against Quincy and Lewis, and looks to keep the streak alive with its last two opponents: UW-Parkside and Central State
10. Lewis 15-10 -1 Lewis has two games remaining. The game on Thursday against Illinois-Springfield should be a guaranteed win for the Flyers, and the real challenge will come on Saturday against Quincy, but based on Quincy’s decline in performance, Lewis could take that one too.
11. Saginaw Valley 14-9 -1 The Cardinals had an unfortunate loss against Ashland last week, but if they come out with wins against Ferris State and Grand Valley this week, they can get some high rankings next week.
12. Ferris State 14-9 -1 Ferris State has a tough week against them as they face off against Lake Superior State and Saginaw Valley this week. The win from Northern Michigan will need to carry over into this week.
13. Northern Kentucky 13-12 NC Northern Kentucky could split the last two games of the season against South Indy, which is almost promised to be a loss, and Indianapolis. However, if we see the intensity that the Norse had against Drury in the upset, Northern Kentucky could take both games.
14. Ashland 12-11 +5 Ashland will face Wayne State after two big wins against Saginaw Valley and Lake Superior State.
15. Hillsdale 10-12 +6 The Chargers play Northern Michigan on Thursday, but the interesting game will be on Saturday, as Hillsdale looks to take a win against Michigan Tech, who won the last contest.
16. Lake Superior State 12-11 -2 The Lakers come off two losses that should have never happened against last ranked Tiffin and Ashland. If they continue to play like they have, they can expect losses against Grand Valley and Ferris State this week.
17. Indianapolis 12-14 -2 Indianapolis has one game left against Northern Kentucky on Saturday. They will try to end the four game losing streak and the season with a win.
18. Northwood 11-11 NC Northwood’s last 3 wins are against Findlay, Lake Superior, and Saginaw Valley. This week they look to add more wins against Tiffin and Ashland, which will be a game of revenge.
19. Wayne State 10-12 -3 After three tough losses, the Warriors look to have an easier schedule this week against Ashland and Tiffin. Although Ashland is ranked higher, Wayne State won the last meeting between the two.
20. Central State 18-5 -4 Central State will begin a 2 game series against the University of DC on Saturday, then come home for a game against the tough St. Joseph’s on Monday.
21. Northern Michigan 10-12 +2 The Wildcats have an extremely difficult week ahead of them. They will compete against Hillsdale, followed by Findlay. They will need to play like they did against Grand Valley to come out with wins.
22. Missouri- St. Louis 10-15 -2 Missouri-St. Louis will face off again against Missouri S&T, followed by the season closer against Maryville. The last time these two teams met, the scoreboard really went to high numbers. Scoring 152 points again would be a great way to end the season.
23. Illinois-Springfield 10-12 -1 The Prairie Stars have two teams left in the season, both of which lost to Illinois-Springfield in the last matchups. UIS will hope to beat Lewis and cap the season with a victory against UW-Parkside.
24. Lake Erie College 10-15 NC Lake Erie will try to end their season with two wins against Ohio Dominican and Indiana this Saturday and Monday.
25. Michigan Tech 8-15 +2 The Huskies have the same schedule as Northern Michigan, but in reverse order. Since Tech has been undefeated in the month of February, this week will be an interesting one to watch.
26. UW-Parkside 8-17 -1 UW-Parkside finishes with tough St. Joseph followed by Illinois-Springfield. The last two games look to prove tough for the Rangers.
27. Missouri S&T 7-18 -1 The Miners have an unfortunate end to their season, looking at potential losses against Missouri St. Louis and Rockhurst.
28. Maryville 3-23 NC The Saints are marching into Missouri-St. Louis’s court on Saturday, and will most likely leave the court and the season with yet another loss.
29. Tiffin 2-21 NC Tiffin came out of last week with its first conference win against Lake Superior State. The Dragons will try to do the same thing against Northwood and Wayne State this week.

Women's NCAA Midwest Regional Power Rankings 2-17-10

1. Michigan Tech 22-1 +1 The Huskies regain the top spot, maybe for good, and have clinched a home playoff game in the lopsided GLIAC.
2. Indianapolis 24-2 -1 UIndy lost both their games, one on the road, one on a last second shot, against teams that could face the Greyhounds come tournament time.
3. Drury 22-6 NC Drury has coasted into the tournament with a pretty easy schedule, including their final game against Rockhurst
4. Northern Kentucky 19-6 +3 The Norse have won ten straight behind Casse Mogan putting up 17 points per game.
5. Wisconsin-Parkside 19-6 -1 The Rangers are only 2-2 in their last four games.
6. Northern Michigan 17-6 -1 The Wildcats can solidify their playoff bid with a big road win against the Oilers.
7. Southern Indiana 19-7 +2 The Screaming Eagles climbed back into the top 8 by handing the Greyhounds their first loss.
8. Grand Valley 16-5 NC At this point in the season, a split in the UP isn’t good enough to move the Lakers up.
9. Findlay 17-6 -3 The Oilers are starting out slower than they have all year, setting up an interesting matchup against NMU who’s having similar problems.
10. Quincy 19-6 +2 The Hawks grabbed the win against UWP, but playoff seeding is on the line tomorrow against Lewis.
11. Lake Erie 17-9 -1 A school record winning streak was snapped by a 89-87 loss to Ohio Dominican.
12. Bellarmine 15-10 +1 The Knights are now at .500 in GLVC play after the thrilling win over UIndy, but the Knights have to pull off at least one road win to end the season at that mark.
13. Lewis 14-11 -2 The Flyers will have to turn around their low rebounding streak and attack the boards against Southern Indiana and Quincy to go into the tournament strong.
14. Hillsdale 11-11 +1 The Chargers are a tough team to beat when their 3 point shooting is strong, and will need that in their final home games of the year against NMU and Tech.
15. Lake Superior State 12-10 +1 The Lakers have been biding their time as the forgotten team of the GLIAC North, but need to start peaking to have a chance in the conference tournament.
16. Ashland 12-11 +1 The Eagles will need some help to get back into the higher seeds, but with their schedule ending at Hillsdale and Findlay, they can still shake up the GLIAC South.
17. Missouri S&T 13-12 +1 The Miners are playing the perfect trap game against St. Louis before ending their season at Rockhurst.
18. Kentucky Wesleyan 12-14 -4 The Panthers are a measly 5-12 in conference play, including the 2-7 streak they’re on now.
19. Northwood 11-11 NC The T’wolves will play some middle of the road teams before ending the season at Grand Valley.
20. Central State 9-13 +1 The Marauders defeated Kentucky State for the second time this season behind Brooklyn Morrow, the team’s leading scorer with 13.2 ppg.
21. Missouri St. Louis 10-15 -1
Cat Chat’s one-time pick to be a GLVC Cinderella has fizzled lately with a four game losing streak.
22. Rockhurst 8-17 +3 The Hawks first conference winning streak will be demolished by #3 Drury
23. Wayne State 7-16 +1 The Warriors are the ninth ranked team in the GLIAC, but can move up with some help and winning at least three of their last four.
24. Ferris State 6-17 -3 The Bulldogs have shown some spunk in their last four games against quality opponents, but it is just too little too late.
25. Tiffin 6-17 -2 The Dragons are on a five game losing streak and have a real possibility to go the rest of the season without a win.
26. St. Joseph 8-18 +1 The Pumas scored a huge win against Lewis and an expected win against the lowly Prairie Stars, but will need a miracle for their season finale against UWP.
27. Saginaw Valley 5-18 -1 The Cardinals have one more winnable game (home vs. Ferris State) before a road trip to the UP to end the season.
28. *Maryville 5-17 NC At least the Saints have a fighting chance to end their season on a win at UMSL.
29. *Illinois Springfield 2-19 NC We wish you the best of luck in a safe season finale and off season.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Cat Chat with Andrew Cherniwchan and Tyler Gron

Part 1 - Highlights, postgame with Walt Kyle, recap, and analysis of NMU hockey's series sweep over Western Michigan. Then Andrew Cherniwchan and Tyler Gron join Pete for a sit-down interview.

Part 2 - Highlights and recap from the last week of games for NMU basketball plus highlights from Team Cat Chat's Intramural Basketball victory.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Men's NCAA Midwest Regional Power Rankings 2-3-10

1. *Southern Indiana 19-0 NC Southern Indiana continues to be unstoppable on the court. Win number 20 will no doubt come Missouri- St. Louis on Thursday.
2. Kentucky Wesleyan 21-3 NC Kentucky Wesleyan proved that it deserves a rank this high with its win against former number one ranked Quincy. With Maryville next on the list, it looks to be nothing but positive outcomes for KWC.
3. Drury 17-3 +1 Drury ranks number two in scoring offense in the GLVC, and will prove how powerful they are against a lower ranked Northern Kentucky.
4. Quincy 17-3 -1 Quincy, the former number one rank, has gone 2-3 in its last five games. Although some of the previous opponents have proven very tough, a win certainly looks in Quincy’s favor against Illinois-Springfield.
5. Findlay 16-3 NC After taking the highest rank of any of the GLIAC teams, Findlay will look to prove its spot with a win against Grand Valley on Thursday.
6. Grand Valley 15-4 NC Grand Valley was shut down over the weekend with a loss against Northern Michigan. The next game on the schedule is against Findlay, and a win would put Grand Valley back on top in the GLIAC.
7. Bellarmine 14-7 NC Bellarmine comes home after a win in Illinois, and only a five point loss against a tough Quincy team. Playing against a team with a record opposite their own, Bellarmine should pull out a win on Thursday over Missouri- S&T.
8. Rockhurst 14-7 +1 Rockhurst has its next contest on the road against Indianapolis. With the second highest rank in 3 pt defense, Rockhurst can look for another win on the road.
9. St. Joseph’s 13-7 +3 St. Joseph takes a trip to compete against Lewis. St. Joseph is on a 5 game winning streak, and looks to make it win number six on Thursday
10. Saginaw Valley 12-7 -2 Saginaw Valley comes home after two devastating losses, one of which was against a surprising underdog called Hillsdale. If the team can get back into a winning behavior, they can take the victory over Wayne State.
11. Ferris State 12-7 +2 Ferris State faces off against Hillsdale, and both teams have a five game winning streak going into the game. Ferris has what it takes to shut down this unusual funk that Hillsdale has found, but with the surprising wins that Hillsdale has come up with, the result of this game is up in the air.
12. Central State 16-4 NC Central State only lost its last game by one point. With a very good record, a win looks very possible against local rival Wilberforce University.
13. Lewis 12-9 -2 Lewis is on a 3 game losing streak, but the losses come from ranks 1, 2, and 3 on this list. The last week has been tough, and a win against St. Joseph’s can put that week behind Lewis.
14. Lake Superior State 11-8 -2 Lake Superior State is up against Northwood next, and looks to have a win from the game, which will turn around the loss that made Lake State another victim to the Hillsdale winning streak.
15. Wayne State 10-8 +3 Wayne State takes its two game winning streak to Saginaw Valley. Although the wins were from lower ranked teams, Wayne State could keep in the groove and pull out a win against Saginaw.
16. Indianapolis 11-10 -1 With a last ten games record of 4-6, as opposed to Rockhurst’s 7-3 record, it looks as though Indianapolis will make their season a .500 season through Thursday.
17. Northern Kentucky 11-10 NC Northern Kentucky may have the second best scoring defense in the GLVC, but it will take much more to beat Drury in the contest on Thursday.
18. Missouri- St. Louis 10-11 -2 Missouri will have an unfortunate game on Thursday. It will be a safe bet that Southern Indiana isn’t about to give up its first loss to a team ranked much lower, especially if the team is on a six game losing streak. This should be a devastating game for Missouri.
19. Ashland 9-10 +1 Ashland faces off against Northern Michigan next. Both teams have a pretty similar record, and a win from either team will definitely result in advances in the rankings.
20. *Illinois-Springfield 8-10 -1 Illinois-Springfield’s next opponent may have made a significant fall in the rankings, but Quincy still looks to pull the win against a team with record of 1-5 in its last five games.
21. Northern Michigan 8-10 +1 Northern Michigan will compete against Ashland in its next contest in a huge conference bubble game. NMU is also coming off a win at GLIAC North leading GVSU.
22. Northwood 8-10 -1 Northwood faces off against Lake Superior State. In their last match-up, Lake State won 88-72. Northwood will have some vengeance out, but it may not prove to be enough for a victory.
23. Hillsdale 7-11 +1 Hillsdale would never have thought to be a tough opponent to a much higher ranked Ferris State. However, 4 of the past 5 victories have come from higher ranked teams. Hillsdale could actually pull off a win.
24. UW-Parkside 8-14 -1 UW has a bye on Thursday, and then takes the court against Lewis, who holds the spot that is 11 above UW. It will prove challenging to try to get a win out of the game on Saturday
25. Missouri S&T 7-13 NC The last 10 games for Missouri S&T ended with a low 3-7 record. Facing off against No. 7 Bellarmine does not look to improve any record for Missouri S&T.
26. Lake Erie College 7-15 NC After a win against Ohio Dominican, Lake Erie will face off its next game against Central State on Saturday after a bye on Thursday. Lake Erie looks to come out of the contest unsuccessful.
27. Michigan Tech 4-15 NC Michigan Tech faces off against Tiffin in the next game. Tech was the last team to beat Hillsdale, so they deserve some credit, and will most likely seal the win.
28. *Maryville 2-19 NC Kentucky Wesleyan is the next opponent for Maryville. The two teams have completely opposite season records. It is no question that Maryville will got loss number 20 in the game on Thursday.
29. Tiffin 1-18 NC Tiffin will compete next against Michigan Tech. the team has been winless since November. A win against a low ranked Tech could happen, but it doesn’t look probable.

Women's NCAA Midwest Regional Power Rankings 2-3-10

1. Indianapolis 21-0 NC With an impressive showing against Wisconsin-Parkside, the Greyhounds are the dominant team of the Midwest.
2. Michigan Tech 18-1 NC The Huskies barely made it out of Allendale with a win, but had a solid showing at struggling Ferris.
3. Wisconsin-Parkside 18-4 NC The showdown of the division leaders saw UWP on the losing side, but the Rangers don’t play a top 10 team for the rest of the regular season.
4. Drury 18-4 +1 The Panthers are the only team shooting over 50% in the region.
5. Northern Michigan 14-5 +1 The Wildcats are #1 in defensive rebounding percentage, a stat which was a problem for Northern in the past.
6. Findlay 15-4 +2 The second ranked shooting defense team in the GLIAC will have a great showdown Thursday night at Grand Valley against their second ranked shooting offense.
7. Southern Indiana 15-6 -3 The perfect cure for a three game losing streak and a 2-4 road trip is two home games against teams with losing records.
8. Northern Kentucky 15-6 +2 The Norse are on a six game win streak, but only Wisconsin-Parkside and Bellarmine have winning records.
9. Lake Erie 16-8 NC With only three games left in their season, the Storm can win out pretty easily.
10. Grand Valley 14-5 -3 A missed free throw was all it took for the Lakers to go 0-2 this weekend as they lost two on the road to GLIAC North foes.
11. Quincy 15-5 NC The Hawks have their next four games against two of the three worst teams in the GLVC before hosting GLVC North leading UWP.
12. Lewis 12-9 NC The Flyers have stepped up big this past weekend with a 13 point win over Kentucky Wesleyan and a nine point win over the Screaming Eagles. Lewis has to be very careful to not be trapped on Thursday against St. Joe’s as they prepare for a home and home against UWP.
13. Bellarmine 12-9 NC The Knights have a three game home stand before heading to Indianapolis.
14. Ashland 11-8 NC The Eagles will try to get the season sweep of NMU on Thursday through their defense, which held the Wildcats scoreless for a stretch of over nine minutes the last time these two teams played.
15. Hillsdale 9-9 NC The Chargers have won their last three games, bringing them up to .500 for the second time this season. Hillsdale will try to get over that hump of mediocrity as they play FSU on Thursday.
16. Missouri S&T 11-9 +2 Despite being just over .500, the Miners are sitting in second place of the GLVC West.
17. Lake Superior State 9-9 -1 The Lakers four game losing streak could end with a home Thursday game against Northwood.
18. Kentucky Wesleyan 10-11 -1 Last week’s loss to Lewis pretty much ended any shot for the Panthers.
19. Missouri-St. Louis 10-11 NC
The Tritons can really get people believing in them with a win on the road at Southern Indiana.
20. Northwood 10-8 NC The T’Wolves are now seventh in the GLIAC, setting up for an epic bubble battle at LSSU.
21. Rockhurst 6-14 +2 Rockhurst is the worst 3-pt shooting team in the region and that number will not improve with a road trip to Indianapolis.
22. Central State 7-12 NC The Marauders will face a tough local rival in Wilberforce on Thursday.
23. Tiffin 6-13 +4 The Dragons got their sixth win of the season against Wayne State. A trip to the UP however will prevent them from getting #7.
24. Saginaw Valley 4-15 -1 The Cardinals have been on an abysmal nine game losing streak, however that may end against the Warriors of Wayne State.
25. Ferris State 5-14 NC The Bulldogs have nothing to look forward to this week besides getting pounded by the top two GLIAC South teams.
26. *Maryville 5-15 NC The Hawks will have a lot of work to do as 5 of their last 6 are on the road.
27. Wayne State 4-15 -5 Just when you think the Warriors start to step up, they play like they did in week 1. The game at SVSU though should be a high scoring affair that will be fun for the fans to watch.
28. St. Joseph 5-16 NC The Pumas get an automatic bid to the GLVC championship tournament, as the only team worse than St. Joe’s is in their division. The Pumas might as well start preparing for their opening round foe of Missouri S&T or UMSL.
29. *Illinois Springfield 2-19 NC Oakland City. At home. 19-4 run for the Mighty Oaks to open up the second half. There just isn’t anything you can say after that.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Cat Chat with Guests, Brian Nugent & Kory Kaunisto

Part 1 - Recap from NMU hockey's weekend series with Alaska and the latest on NMU basketball.

Part 2 - Pete sits down with NMU freshman, Brian Nugent and Kory Kaunisto to discuss the season. Then we recap the Fall semester with top plays.