Welcome back to our simulated dynasty with the Western Illinois Leathernecks in College Hoops 2K8 You can discover a complete explanation of this project spoiler-free links to previous seasons here Have a look at the intro to this series from early April for full context. As a pointer, we imitate every video game in this series and just control the recruiting and training techniques. Dynasty mode runs for 40 years.
Prior to we get with the Leathernecks at the start of Year 36, here’s a wrap-up of everything that occurred last season:
- Coming off a devastating buzzer-breater loss in the Elite 8 to Florida State the year prior to, Western Illinois returned just 2 beginners but had four senior citizens in the starting lineup. We held our own versus a difficult non-conference schedule and went unbeaten in the Top League again to earn our automatic quote to the NCAA tournament at 27 -4 overall.
- We made a No. 8 seed to the NCAA tournament and beat NC State in the preliminary, Seton Hall in the round of 32, Nevada in the Sugary Food 16, and South Carolina in the Elite 8, and after that lost to Wisconsin in the Final Four.
- We hired for 4 scholarships and landed four players: No. 6 center Brody Munoz, four-star shooting guard Bernie Doyle, four-star little forward Floyd Keller, and three-star power forward Oscar Fray.
Here’s a very first look at our roster for many years 36:
( As discussed at the bottom of the Year 35 post, these ratings are from the start of our NCAA competition run due to the fact that it’s the only clean screenshot we have. The accurate beginning of the year rankings are listed below)
Our objective is to exceed John Wooden for the most championships in college basketball history prior to the series ends after Year40 We have eight championship games to Wooden’s 10, and we just have five seasons left prior to the game requires us to hang it up.
If we win national title No. 9 this year, we’re going to need to do it with no senior citizens on the lineup. On the other hand, our redshirt juniors who were as soon as ranked as the No. 5 recruiting class in the nation now totally enter the spotlight. We begin the year ranked as No. 23 in the preseason surveys.
Let’s fulfill the starters:
- PG Arvydas Hardy, 91 overall, redshirt junior: Hardy is the 2nd highest-rated hire in program history (No. 12 overall), and it’s time for him to become a star. He’s capable of stockpiling a heap of points rapidly when he gets hot, however his competition run last year ended on a substantial disappointment: a 5-point efficiency on 2-of-10 shooting in our Last 4 loss to Wisconsin.
- SG Augustine Bruthelieus, 88 overall, redshirt sophomore: Bru earned big minutes off the bench for us on our tournament run in 2015, and now steps into the beginning lineup as a well-rounded 6′ 5 guard. While he just has a mid-70 s ranking in three-point shooting, Bru is a physical defensive guard who can also handle and pass the ball well for a two. We’re already thinking of putting him at point and Hardy at the two during stretches in the NCAA competition. Previous No. 42 general recruit out of San Diego with C potential.
- SF Reece Mascoll, 91 overall, redshirt junior: I truly seem like Mascoll has a possibility to decrease as an all-time fantastic together with Hardy. An enormous 6′ 9, 250- pound wing, Mascoll is a pretty good three-point shooter (75 ranking) who is a load to deal with in the paint. He can flawlessly change to the 4 and supply match issues at whatever position he’s playing: he’s too big for 3s, and too fast for fours. He was a constant double-digit scorer off the bench for us last season, and now we gets a possibility to be a star. Previous No. 40 overall recruit out of Riverside, CA with C potential. Predicted lottery game choice.
- PF Al Reece, 86 overall, redshirt junior: We’re delighted to have a gigantic 7′ 1, 266- pound power forward like Reece to assist us strengthen the paint on both ends. Reece is an aggressive offending player who will let his dive shot fly even if he isn’t the most knowledgeable shooter. Where Reece is actually great is as a shot blocker, where his high-80 s ranking is the best on the team. We love that he can slide to the 5 in a pinch, and should tower over his match regardless of what position he’s playing. Former No. 138 general hire from Glendale, AZ with C- potential.
- C Felipe Hopes, 89 in general, redshirt junior: Hopes had the highest prospective rating (B ) of any member of his hiring class, and feels like a lock to leave for the NBA draft after this season. We’re simply hoping to get one fantastic competition run out of him. 139 overall hire (No. 8 center) out of Federal Way, WA.
Hopes, Hardy, and Mascoll all could leave for the NBA after this year. We truly require to make this season count.
We’re going to have a nine-man rotation with four people off the bench. Our sixth man will be redshirt sophomore shooting guard Jerald Elliott (86 total), a quality three-point shooter at 6′ 6 who looks like he can play 1-3.
This is the last recruiting class in school history that will have the potential to remain all five years.
- 36 total possibility: 76 in general, C capacity. I’m delighted to see he already has a 78 rating in three-point shooting.
- SF Floyd Keller, No. 101 general hire: 76 overall, C capacity. 80 ranking in three-point shooting.
- C Brody Munoz, No. 169 total hire: 74 overall, B potential. Has actually already grown an inch to 6’11
- PF Oscar Fray, No. 118 general recruit: 74 in general, C potential.
With no seniors, we have no scholarships to hire for this year.
How did the non-conference slate go?
We started the season 8-0 and climbed up as high as No. Our season-opening streak included wins vs. Michigan, Valparaiso, South Florida, Stanford, and Texas A&M.
Our next game was against an 10 -1 Colorado State group, and damn, we lost that one, too:
Then we had No. 8 Wisconsin, the team that smoked us in the Final 4 last year.
We’re 11 -1 as we get in the Summit League play, let’s go!
Can we go undefeated in the Top League when again?
Uh, what the hell?
After running up a 19 -2 record, we faced an 11 -9 UMKC team that handed us our very first defeat in conference season in what seems like 10 years (someone can inspect the records for me if they want and drop the specific number in the remarks). I honestly can’t believe that occurred.
Definitely, it can’t take place once again?
Win, 90-88! We are back in the Sugary food 16.
We went with our own full court press in the second half to wrestle away the lead, however it was still a one-point video game with under 2 minutes left. Thank gosh we were clutch from the line, going 21- of-23 on the night.
I believed Hopes absolutely kicked ass, completing with 16 points, 11 rebounds, and four steals.
Mascoll just had 11 points, however he had some big plays. Initially, this three-point at the halftime buzzer offered us the momentum we needed entering into the break:
While he didn’t have his finest shooting night, Mascoll has actually always been at his best rumbling his way to the basket. The jumbo forward also had our finest dunk of the night:
As for Shner, he led us in scoring in the first half with eight points and then didn’t score once again.
The win establish a Sugary food 16 match with No. 3 seed NC State
Our go to the Last 4 last season began with a first round victory over the Wolf Pack. I’m sure they desire absolutely nothing more than to knock us out this year.
NC State gets in at 27 -6 overall and ranked as a94 We’re 30 -4 and rated as a 98.
We require a win here to continue to hunt for nationwide title No. 9. Let’s go!
Loss, 107-104 A shocking and completely heartbreaking defeat to end our season early.
NC State managed the video game in the first half as Hardy (two fouls) and Bru (3 fouls) both had to be pulled for long stretches because of nasty difficulty. We ultimately took the lead and combated to keep it over the final 111 minutes.
With 2: 30 left, the ball found Hardy for a fast catch-and-shoot 3, and he drained it to put us up five. It was his 6th three-pointer of the video game and gave him 20 points on the night. This is the kind of performance we have actually been waiting for considering that he went into the program:
Unfortunately, we didn’t rating after that the rest of the night.
We simply could not purchase a pail down the stretch, with Mascoll and Hardy both missing out on wide open shots that likely would have given us the win down the stretch. We did have another opportunity with under four seconds left on the clock, however Shner’s three fell simply short.
I truthfully can’t think we lost that game. We do not choke down the stretch like that frequently, but maybe that’s what occurs when you have a group without any elders.
The one thing that’s keeping me going right now is that we should have a terrific team next year, depending Hardy and Mascoll’s draft decisions. It was an incredible efficiency and has me so thrilled for his future:
Foster is going to be a great replacement for Hopes as a 7′ 2. I believe huge Al Reece ought to be in for an efficient senior year, too.
This loss stings horribly, but I know we will be back.
- Florida wins the national title
- HARDY AND MASCOLL ARE BACK! We’re going to be absolutely filled next year.
- My profession record now sits at 1,042-199
We have no scholarships to recruit for, so this is going to be a fast offseason. Let’s set our schedule for next year:
Creighton, NIT Season Tip-Off, Illinois State, Hofstra, @ UConn, Bradley, @ NC State, @ Kentucky, DePaul, Golden Bear Classic
Here’s a very first take a look at the roster for several years 37:
We start the year at No. 3 in the preseason surveys.
This should be among the inmost and most skilled groups we have actually ever had. Let’s go win No. 9.
Watch Western Illinois’ Year 37 competition run
What: Western Illinois’ Year 37 NCAA tournament run
When: Sunday, April 25 at 8 p.m. ET.
Where: My Twitch stream