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Hello Bulldogs,

I just wanted to reach out and let you know that I started a new blog that will be focused on MVC Basketball and MVFC Football. I am a longtime Valley fan who is a veteran of 17 Arch Madnesses (also grew up in Johnston, so I have an affinity for Drake). I have been making MVC writeups for my friends for years and consider myself a pretty good writer, so I figured why not post my write-ups publicly for other MVC fans to read if they'd like? I intend to post a couple times a week. Sometimes I'll comment on the current league goings-on, sometimes I'll talk about the mid-major/NCAA scene overall, and sometimes I'll post about MVC history.

I launched yesterday with five articles. I have my 2020-21 MVC Preview broken into three parts, a piece detailing how I'd handle the NCAA Tournament during the pandemic, and a piece listing each MVC school's greatest basketball team of the 21st century (spoiler: It is the obvious answer). I think it is pretty good sampling of the things I intend to do moving forward.

Check it out if you'd like: www.missourivalleybeat.com

Thanks!
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I read your preview of Drake. Good stuff. You are higher on the Bulldogs than most others.

Only error I saw was when you referred to Anthony Murphy coming back....should say Tremell Murphy.
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P.S. Drake fans routinely refer to Thursday night in St. Louis as “Drake Night”
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DUBulldog - 11/26/2020
I read your preview of Drake. Good stuff. You are higher on the Bulldogs than most others.Only error I saw was when you referred to Anthony Murphy coming back....should say Tremell Murphy.

Made me look good yesterday.  I really like Penn and I think people forget about how good Murphy was two years ago.
Thanks for the note on Tremell/Anthony.  That is my bad.

Also, now that you mention it I think my buddies got the "Drake Night" term from this board haha.

Thanks for reading!
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Hey Bulldogs,

Two new writeups today. One is the power rankings and summary from week two. The other ranks all the DI conferences by strength (via RPI over the last 7 years). I've also written MVC preview articles, an article highlighting each school's best team of the 21st century (featuring Drake's 2008 conference championship team), and an article ranking the top 30 players in the MVC this year (featuring Sturtz, Wilkins, Murphy and Penn).

https://www.missourivalleybeat.com/
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Forgot to mention I've also added an "MVC Resources" page compiling all the MVC fan sites, blogs and podcasts I could find. If you have any I should add, let me know.
https://www.missourivalleybeat.com/
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Hello Bulldogs fans,

There are two new posts on the blog this week.

-Week 3 MVC Power Rankings, Summery and Mid Major Tidbits: A decent amount of movement this week.

-Recapping Every Arch Madness Championship Game: Starting with the first St. Louis based MVC Tournament final in 1991, through last season, I recap every Arch Madness final as well as give a short summary of how the MVC did in the postseason that year.  That includes a recap of the 2008 Bulldogs' run to the title.  

You can also check out my other, older posts including my MVC Season Preview, Every MVC School's Best Team of the 21st Century, The MVC's Top 30 Returning Players, and Every DI Conference Ranked. I also have a page with links to every MVC message board, blog, and podcast that I know of. Let me know if I am missing anything.

Check it all out here: https://www.missourivalleybeat.com/
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Hello Bulldogs Fans,

Congrats on the flipping outstanding start.  You aren't just winning, you're destroying folks.  Let's hope this run continues into league play.

I have two new blog posts this week. The first ranks the MVC coaches. The second is the week four summary, power rankings, and mid-major bits.  I have Devries the highest ranking of the less experienced MVC Coaches.  I think you have finally found your guy.  Psyched for what he can do.

There is lots of other Valley content there as well if you haven't taken a look yet. Next week I am starting a two-part series where I simulate an MVC season (via whatifsports) using each team's best team of the 21st century from my earlier article. Should be fun.

Check it out at www.missourivalleybeat.com/ . Have a great holiday all!
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"-Atlantic Sun: A D2-Over-D1 upset occurred when Flagler beat North Florida. Astute observers will notice that Flagler also beat Central Michigan this year. Flagler now has two more DI wins than UNI."

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Hello Bulldogs,

So awesome to see you guys doing so well.  I actually grew up in Des Moines and I always knew if Drake could become a consistent winner the city would get behind them.  I think you'll see it sooner than later under Devries. 

I just posted the week 5 updated power rankings. I am also using the ten teams from my first article, "Every MVC School's Best Basketball Team of the 20th Century" to play out a simulated all-time MVC season using whatifsports.com. Part one of my two part series on that is also posted. Drake's participant is the 2008 team.

Have a happy new year all.

https://www.missourivalleybeat.com/
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The Week 6 Power Rankings and Tidbits are now posted.

I have also posted the second part of my All-Time MVC simulated season. The regular season has finished so you can see the final standings, where the 2008 Bulldogs landed and their scores.

Really looking forward to next week when I play out my all-time season's Arch Madness complete with box scores and game summaries. I have already started and it has been a blast.

Thanks for those of you who are reading. Really cool to see multiple hundreds of views on my articles!

https://www.missourivalleybeat.com/

Fully on board the "rank Drake" bandwagon right now.  Good luck this weekend.
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Hello Bulldogs,

There are two new posts this week. The first is my standard weekly power ranking, summaries and tidbits.

The second is one I am really excited about. It is Session 1 of my "All-Time Arch Madness" featuring all the teams from my "Every MVC School's Best Team of the 20th Century" article. For this, I have supplied a writeup and a box score for each game as provided by whatifsports. Session 1, Thursday Night, is posted, and I will be posting one session a day for the next five days.  As the 2-seed, 2008 Drake will make its debut on Thursday in session 3 against (spoiler alert for today's article) 2006 Bradley so make sure to check back.  After this week, I'll get back to my normal stuff.

Thanks all. The link is here: https://www.missourivalleybeat.com/
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Nice work Beat! 
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Mc Bulldog - 1/13/2021
Nice work Beat! 

Thank you!
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Hello Bulldog Fans,

A lot of good content posted for Drake fans in the last week on my blog.  The new weekly power rankings and summaries are posted. This week's other article is about the "Top 30 Newcomers in the MVC in 20-21 (So Far)". Featured Bulldogs include Brodie and Hemphill.  Also my "All-Time Arch Madness" was played out in five sessions over the course of last week and that is now finished and posted.  You all should check it out as I think you'll enjoy it more than other fanbases.

The link is here: https://www.missourivalleybeat.com/

Thanks all and good luck.
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Good stuff. Thanks for posting.
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DUBulldog - 1/20/2021
Good stuff. Thanks for posting.

Thank you!
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Hello Bulldogs,

I just made two new blog posts. One is the standard power rankings and tidbits for week 9. The other is "Every MVC School's Most Famous Basketball Alum". The Drake rep is Lewis Lloyd.  I also included an addendum for other famous alums at each school. Please let me know which ones I missed. I really enjoyed researching this one.

https://www.missourivalleybeat.com/
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Alright, there is a lot of new stuff this week at https://www.missourivalleybeat.com/.

-We are now on Twitter. Follow @BeatMVC

-New week 10 power rankings and tidbits. The tidbits this week are essentially a mid-major bubble watch so I figure that might be interesting to some people. https://www.missourivalleybeat.com/post/week-10-summary-power-rankings-mid-major-bracketology-update

-This week's other article is a check-in on the Larry Bird Trophy race (written primarily before this weekend's games, so it is already a bit out of date. I look at the top 15 candidates with at least one from each team.  Hemphill and Penn are featured for Drake. https://www.missourivalleybeat.com/post/midseason-larry-bird-trophy-watch-top-15

Thanks everyone! Have a good one!
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Hello Bulldogs.  New content is up.

Week 11 Power Rankings and mid-major rundown was just posted: https://www.missourivalleybeat.com/post/week-11-summary-updated-power-rankings-mid-major-tidbits

I also did a rundown of the current situation on the women's side: https://www.missourivalleybeat.com/post/2020-21-mvc-women-s-basketball-check-in

And you can now follow me on Twitter @BeatMVC

Thanks!
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