The Leathernecks start their run in the NCAA tournament looking for back-to-back national titles.
Welcome back to our simulated empire with the Western Illinois Leathernecks in College Hoops 2K8. You knows where to find a detailed explanation of such projects+ spoiler-free link to previous seasons here. Check out the introduction to this series from early April for full context. As a reminder, we simulate every sport in this series and exclusively control the recruiting and instructing strategies.
Before we pick up with the Leathernecks during the first round of the NCAA tournament, here’s a recap of all matters has happened so far this season 😛 TAGEND
Western Illinois went on a Cinderella run to win the national championship as a No. 13 seed last season, our fourth entitle since I took over the program. Watch our “One Shining Moment” video now. We lost two starters from that team to the NBA, but recruit the new year with the rest of the rotation still unscathed. Somehow, we were unranked in the preseason ballots. We exited 5-5 in the non-conference schedule, before again sweeping the Summit League and prevailing the Summit League tournament. We were given a No. 10 grain in the large-hearted dance. We banked for five fellowships, mooring four-star shooting guard Neil Modrovich out of Cleveland at the end of the early ratify span.
Here’s a look at our listing opening the NCAA tournament 😛 TAGEND
Championship-or-bust. That’s the goal as we prepare for the 2031 NCAA tournament.
Our Leathernecks have four national championships since I arrived in Macomb ahead of the 2007 -0 8 season, but we’ve never triumphed in back-to-back years. This crew is good enough to do it. We returned three starters, all on the bound, all now majors.
Point guard Koko Reeves is the smallest player in program record at 6-foot, but he silenced his doubters by providing knockdown shooting during our tournament ranged last-place season. Edwin Wolfe, a onetime five-star JUCO recruit, started the game 7-for-7 from three-point range against UNLV in the Final Four last-place season. Wolfe also has a 95 -rating in steals, which is the highest on the team. Then there’s Jitim Dupree, the 6’10, 242 -pound small-minded forward who set off for 30 spots or more three times during our run through the bracket. Dupree was called Final Four MOP for his recital, and could go down as perhaps the greatest player in clas biography if he powers us to another deed.
The questions are now in the breast tribunal. J.J. Bracy and Dick Copeland have abundance of pedigree — Bracy is the second-highest rated recruit in curriculum history( No. 24 overall ), and Copeland’s A rating in potential is our highest ever — but they still have to prove they can carry us on the biggest stagecoaches. Both players are only 6’8, so we aren’t as big as we have been the last few years when we’ve had 7-foot-plus midsts. How we handle our scarcity of size inside will be one of the biggest storylines opening the tournament.
I can’t wait to see what we get from our young terrace. 6’5 point guard Alexis Willingham and 6’8 wing Skip Clemmons both proved themselves as dependable players during our run through March last season, and should be even better as sophomores. There’s likewise two rousing freshmen who will be making their NCAA tournament debuts: 6’3 shooting polouse Albert Jagla( the highest rated draft in curriculum biography at No. 17 overall ), and 6’11 hub Cecil Sinville( our first-ever No. 1 ranked core prospect ). We’ll need all nine chaps to accomplish our goal and earn the title.
Our antagonist during the first round of the NCAA tournament is No. 7 grain Pitt. We enter the game as a 99 overall, while Pitt is rated as a 91. Here’s how the two teams matchup 😛 TAGEND
If we can win in the first round, we’ll likely face No. 2 seed South Florida in the round of 32. We blew out the Bulls during the regular season, but they’re a talented unit who could certainly grant us trouble in a potential rematch.
We streamed the game against Pitt on Twitch on Monday night. As ever, I am not seeing Western Illinois — we’re watching a pretended play.
We want back-to-back entitlements. The journeying starts here in the round of 64 against the Panthers. Let’s become!
Win, 100 -9 3! Wow, I never expected we’d need a huge second half rally time to survive the opening round, but that’s exactly what happened. That play was traumatic.
We were down 75 -6 5 with under seven times left when I made a timeout. We decided to close with the true freshman Sinville at midst, with Dupree slipping up to the four, and Clemmons in at the three with our starting lookouts. We are available to an offensive flood, and it was our defense that provided it.
After Edwin Wolfe smacked a three out of the timeout, we obliged a steal on the other end that led to a Koko Reeves layup. We is entered into our full tribunal trapping security, and got another steal that led to a Koko three. We coerced a steal again off the ensuring inbounds pass that led to a layup for Jitim Dupree. Then it was Skip Clemmons time.
The 6’8, 240+ pound sophomore wing set off in the closing elongate, punching three straight three-pointers to give us the make for good. Clemmons finished with 21 parts, with virtually all of them coming in the second half. It is so nice to have another big wing who can affected shots coming off the bench. This team might not have a ton of size inside, but it does have so much lineup versatility.
The end result was a 22 -2 running that converted the game and gave us the make.
We acquired this play because we caught fire from three and were able to force a assortment of turnovers on protection. The make did concealment some real question for us, though, notably in the breast court.
We’re simply not as stout in the middle at either aspiration as we have been in the past. Copeland’s lack of length at 6’8 really hurts him. He finished with only four points and six rebounds, and didn’t have much a boundary armour presence. Our power forward J.J. Bracy was solid, but he’s not big or dynamic enough to cover up any shortcomings at midst the channel Allen Cunningham once was. I reviewed Sinville gave us some decent instants off the bench — he’s our biggest participate at 6’11 — but he’s still a true rookie.
Here are the team stats from book Tom:
— Thomas SkullFarmer (@ TomJerkface) October 13, 2020
I feel more relieved than encouraged after that one. At least maybe we met the freedom closing lineup? One thing is for sure: we’re unquestionably going to need to straighten out our security.
Next up, we face No. 2 seed South Florida in the round of 32.
No. 10 grain Western Illinois vs. No. 2 grain South Florida, round of 32, 2031 NCAA tournament
We actually faced South Florida during the course of its regular season in video games we streamed on Twitch. We won that game easily, but USF’s overall endowment level was impressive. I’m not amazed they terminated up with a No. 2 seed.
You may recall that USF is led by a created person from the champion of one of our bracket games. Rudolpho Butt Jr. — an ode to a onetime aide coaching target we had years back — is now a 7-foot junior dominance forward who is projected as a lottery pick in the NBA draft. He’s a three-level scoring threat who also provides rim protection at the other end. It’s going to be a tough matchup for our boy J.J. Bracy.
Here’s a look at USF’s roster 😛 TAGEND
The Bulls enter the game rated as a 97 overall.
We streamed this recreation on Twitch. We’ve actually never uttered it past the round of 32 in years when we’ve been defending a national championship. It’s time to change that now. Let’s get!
Loss, 80 -7 2. Our dream of repeating as national supporters dies again in the round of 32. This is such a distressing lane to pate into our offseason.
We exactly couldn’t punched a shot in the second half. Sometimes, that’s all it comes down to. Dupree — who was so brilliant during last year’s tournament run on his channel to prize Final Four MOP — was gunning until the end, but precisely couldn’t catch a rhythm. He ceased the nighttime 5-of-19 from the field, and 4-of-13 from three. With our best player contending, we needed someone else to emerge as the idol of the darknes, and it just didn’t happen.
Bracy was particularly abominable going against RBJ for most of the light, finishing 0-of-6 from the field. Copeland and Willingham were great in the first half, compounding to tally 20 moments. They were both pretty much invisible in the second half, mixing to compose simply six points out of halftime.
We tried messing with the lineups, and we experimented with different versions of our full court press, but we just couldn’t move fairly dallies to triumph video games. Full credit to South Florida. They had a lot of ballers on that team.
I guess we can’t make a deep drain each year. It merely hurts because this was the last game for Koko Reeves, Edwin Wolfe, and Jitim Dupree, all of whom were so instrumental in our national championship last year. Tough way to go out, but I’m still excited for the future of the program. This is going to be a big offseason for recruiting. Let’s get into it.
Offseason We have co-winners of the bracket controversy: Aaron Downs and Eric Judd. They gave me some recreation attributes to create, which we’ll do during the early stages of the Year 25 series. South Florida stirs it all the way to the national title game, where they lose to …. Maryland. That is the Terps’ third national designation in this simulation, which is the most of any crew that is not Western Illinois. We’re stuck on four entitlements for another year. Dupree does drafted, Reeves and Wolfe do not. I genuinely visualize Jitim is one of our greatest musicians ever. Kansas, North Carolina, and UCLA are among the schools who offering me their brain coaching job …. no thanks. We’re staying in Macomb. We lost an assistant coach and ousted him with a guy who has B- points in pique and defense, a B+ position in schooling, and -A discipline.
On the first day of the spring signing point, we property a big man: 6’9 hub C.J. Cesar out of Cincinnati is a Leatherneck.
Cesar is the No. 9 midst, and is rated as the No. 210 musician in the class. He’s the second player we’ve shored in this class, after getting a commitment four-star shooting picket Neil Modrovich during the season. He contributes us some badly needed front field penetration. We’re also shooting 7’2 middle Daron Coulter, so it’s possible Cesar discontinues up at strength forward for us long-term. Either way, we’re excited to territory him, and still have three other fellowships to fill.
In addition to Coulter, we also have offers out to top-1 00 part protector Drake Amous and four-star shooting guard Theo Cowans. It isn’t going so well: Amous commits to BYU, and Cowans commits to Texas Tech. As we search for backup means, we get some good story: Daron Coulter becomes our third commitment of this recruiting class.
Coulter is the No. 7 overall centre, and is rated No. 196 overall in this class.
We’re thrilled to have a center with society size for the future, peculiarly since that was a weakness of ours this past season. I’m feeling really good about the three performances we have locked down so far, but we still have two fellowships left.
With exclusively two weeks to stay in the recruiting point, we have to work fast. I decide to offer four-star shooting guard Alfred Soto, and three-star power forward Spanky Falls. Both pick other curricula during the final day of the signing point. That means we’re rolling over two grants to next year, which isn’t the worst case scenario. We are initially slotted to have zero available grants next season, because we won’t have any elders. Now there’s a duo of offers at our jettison if we find some truly special talent.
As for our developed participates, Abby commits to Villanova, and Justin Kossak commits to NC State. We’ll follow their professions throughout our simulation.
It’s time to set the schedule for next year. This is what we decide to go with 😛 TAGEND
@ Illinois,@ Loyola( IL ),@ Tennessee,@ SMU,@ Kansas State,@ South Florida,@ Boston College,@ Virginia Tech
Here’s a look at our listing for Year 25.
Our modesties from the last couple years are now amply entrenched in the starting lineup. I can’t wait to see what Willingham, Clemmons, and Jagla can do as our starters on the boundary. I always affection this junior class, and this will be their last season full together: Copeland is already projected as a top collect in the NBA, which conveys he’s as good as gone after this year. Willingham and Bracy are also projected first rounders. We’ll see what happens there.
One thing we are lacking for the upcoming year: magnitude. I believe we’re merely going to have an eight-man rotation. We’ll have one large-scale( Cecil Sinville ), one wing( Nic Cummings ), and one ward( Goran Kent) off the bench.
We’re going to redshirt all three a number of members of our incoming recruiting class. Here’s how they evaluated out 😛 TAGEND
SG Neil Modrovich: 74 overall, -A potential. We’re thrilled to see Modrovich looks like he’s going to be awesome. I believe it’s the first time in program history we’ve had a guard with a potential rating this high. Former No. 62 overall recruit.
C Daron Coulter: 75 overall, C possible. Coulter has already grown an inch to 7’3, which implies he’s the tallest musician in platform history before he’s ever dallied video games. He should be an excellent five-year large-hearted serviceman for us. Landing him was a major additive for our future. Former No. 196 overall recruit.
C C.J. Cesar: 74 overall, B- potential. Cesar is moving to supremacy forward, where he maintains as a 74 overall. He’s restraint as an outside crap-shooter( 50 three-point rating ), but he’s once an -A in strong, and looks like he’ll be a great offensive rebounder. Former No. 210 overall draft.
We’re going to stream the regular season in Year 25 on Sunday, Oct. 18 at 8: 30 p.m. ET on Twitch. Here’s how you can watch it.
How to watch Western Illinois’ Year 25 stream
What we’re watching: Western Illinois Year 25 regular season stream. We’ll watch one regular season tournament, recruit for two awards, and sim to the NCAA tournament.
How to watch: My Twitch channel
Date: Sunday, Oct. 18
Tip-off time: 8: 30 p.m. ET
I hope to see you there. Go’ Necks.
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