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Ohio State gets a little help and advances to the Final Four

by - Published March 25, 2012 in Columns
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BOSTON – Jared Sullinger came back to college for this. He felt his team had this kind of potential, even if many others didn’t. In the end, he proves to be right, as his young Ohio State team is headed to the Final Four, and not on the backs of four players who carried them for a lot of the season.

Ohio State’s 77-70 victory had a little irony in that they won the game a little like the way their opponents often beat teams this season. Ohio State didn’t use a zone defense like Syracuse, but whereas the Orange won a lot of games with their depth, Ohio State did so on Saturday to a different degree. The man of the hour, if there truly is one, was not Sullinger, and it wasn’t surging Deshaun Thomas, feisty point guard Aaron Craft or steady senior William Buford.

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The NCAA’s $2,000 hot mess

by - Published December 15, 2011 in Full Court Sprints

We go coast to coast with other news from the college basketball nation

The NCAA is entering new levels of ridiculous mismanagement. The Associated Press reports that the NCAA might reconsider giving new scholarship student-athletes a $2,000 stipend, though it would have to allow players who have already signed letters of intent to receive the extra cash while banning those who sign later.

Ohio State superstar Jared Sullinger is still hurting from recurring back spasms, and coach Thad Matta didn’t want to say when Sullinger will be back in the lineup for the Buckeyes, according to a CBS Sports.com wire report. But Sullinger answered that question Wednesday night when the Buckeyes beat down USC Upstate 82-58 and Sullinger played 24 minutes and got 12 points and 10 rebounds.

Nobody will face criminal charges in the Xavier/Cincinnati brawl, the Associated Press reports. Joe Deters, a Hamilton County, Ohio, prosecutor, looked into the matter, deciding not to pursue charges against anyone. One of the factors was Xavier center Kenny Frease’s satisfaction with an apology from Cincinnati’s Yancy Gates, who decked Frease in the head during the debacle.

Seton Hall will gain some more depth this weekend with the return of freshman Brandon Mobley, who had been out with a dislocated shoulder and torn labrum since the summer, according to the Associated Press.

Don’t skip your court appearances. Nothing good can happen. Just ask Kansas’ Ben McLemore. The freshman is under arrest after skipping a Dec. 6 court appearance for a citation related to underage alcohol possession, according to a CBS Sports.com wire report.

Also on the list of bad behavior is taunting fans by grabbing your crotch. New Mexico State sophomore Christian Kabongo did that, and now he’s suspended, writes Diamond Leung for ESPN.com’s “College Basketball Nation” blog.

Syracuse still has Melo — Fab Melo that is. If you thought I was talking about Carmelo Anthony, well, I kinda was. The NBA star who led the Cuse to a championship is convinced that Melo 2.0 and the rest of the crew have the talent to win another championship for the first time since 2003.

I’m not gonna lie — I love the fan experience. And if you tell me that a team in California’s tradition is to throw tortillas when a victory is in hand, I find it amusing. I mean, a flying tortilla — presumably uncooked soft tortilla — won’t hurt anyone. Except when your team is only up two and the officials consider giving the home crowd a technical. Yep, that’s how UC-Santa Barbara’s 65-61 win against San Diego went down, writes Diamond Leung for ESPN.com. When the fans started tossing tortillas, the officials considered tossing out a T. They opted to go with a public announcement that any more thrown items would produce two free throws for the Toreros. The fans settled down, and the Gauchos won.

North Carolina-Kentucky lives up to the hype

by - Published December 4, 2011 in Full Court Sprints

The matchup between North Carolina and Kentucky lived up to its billing. It was a well-played game that came right down to the wire, and was close throughout. The eighth-largest crowd in Rupp Arena history saw it, and even more watched on television. And it’s possible that the game will mirror the teams’ seasons.

Kentucky probably has the most talent of any team in the country, but the Wildcats’ youth hasn’t been hard to see. Their freshmen have had their share of growing pains, from Marquis Teague’s early struggles taking care of the ball to Anthony Davis learning how physical the college game can be. It’s for exactly that reason that senior Darius Miller has never been more valuable than much of the early going this time around.

North Carolina is right up there with the Wildcats, but this is an older and more mature team. Whereas the Wildcats start three freshmen, the Tar Heels only played two freshmen yesterday and both came off the bench. But they start a senior, two juniors and two sophomores, and on the whole this is a team quite a ways from its ceiling just like Kentucky.

In the first half, North Carolina led by as many as nine and was the better team. They were hot from long range, going 6-9 from behind the arc in the opening frame. But Kentucky scored seven in a row at the end of the first and start of the second half, momentarily grabbing the lead and then staying right with the Tar Heels until they took the lead for good on a Davis jumper with less than eight minutes to play.

The Tar Heels had one more chance after Teague missed the front end of a one-and-one with 21 seconds left. They got the ball to John Henson, known more for his shot-blocking than scoring, and in a length-versus-length matchup, Davis got a hand on his short jumper and the Wildcats were able to run out the final seconds for a 73-72 victory.

It’s a game that many would love to see a rematch of, and considering that both teams are a ways from their respective ceilings, no one would be surprised if it materialized in the month of March.

While that was the best matchup of the day, there were a few other teams, conferences and player of note.

 

Marquette

Winning at the Kohl Center is hard for visiting teams to do, but Marquette pulled it off on Saturday and did so without their starting point guard. Before the game, the Golden Eagles announced that Junior Cadougan was suspended for the game due to a violation of team rules. Wisconsin has lost two straight, but neither is a bad loss as they lost to North Carolina earlier in the week. The Golden Eagles, meanwhile, are 7-0 with a blowout win over Ole Miss and Saturday’s win at Wisconsin.

 

Xavier

Xavier is becoming quite the second-half team. On Monday, they trailed by ten in the second half before rallying to beat Vanderbilt in overtime in Nashville. But yesterday they did themselves one better, as they trailed Purdue by 11 at the half and 19 in the second half before coming back to edge the Boilermakers 66-63. In the last 10:44, Xavier outscored Purdue 30-8.

 

Illinois

It seems like Bruce Weber has been on the hot seat forever in Champaign, but let’s acknowledge not only the job he has done thus far but especially what he is doing this season. After an 82-75 win over Gonzaga on Saturday, the Illini are 8-0 with wins over Richmond and at Maryland as well. Neither of those two is a big NCAA Tournament resume win, but they are worth noting because the Illini haven’t beaten up on a slew of terrible teams and could be 12-0 when they take on Missouri on Dec. 22, though they will have to get by UNLV at home before then. Saturday was the first time all season Gonzaga did not have at least four players score in double figures.

 

Brigham Young

No Jimmer, no problem for Brigham Young. After Saturday’s 79-65 win over Oregon in Salt Lake City, BYU is 6-2 with a win over Nevada included and the only losses being at Utah State and against Wisconsin. Granted, this isn’t the Oregon team we all thought we would see before the season with the departures of Jabari Brown and Bruce Barron, but the Ducks aren’t pushovers.

 

Head-scratching in the CAA

A number of conferences have their opening games this weekend before teams resume non-conference play for a little while longer. Perhaps none has had results that might leave one scratching their head as much as the Colonial Athletic Association, where three teams won on the road and preseason favorite Drexel lost to Delaware by 11 (albeit on the road). The Dragons have had a rough go of it thus far, but Chris Fouch is back so they’re closer to having their full team together. Still, Fouch was 0-9 yesterday and the Blue Hens won the battle on the glass by a 40-32 margin over a Drexel team that routinely beats up opponents on the boards.

The one other score that jumps out is Georgia State thumping William & Mary 66-34 in Atlanta. The Tribe didn’t look to be far from being a good team last season, but they’re struggling mightily out of the gates and Saturday may be the low point thus far.

 

We go coast to coast with other news from the college basketball nation

  • Ohio State didn’t miss a beat despite Jared Sullinger being out with back spasms.
  • College of Charleston lost a wealth of talent and experience from last season’s team, but the Cougars are 7-1 overall and are one of four teams that went 2-0 in early Southern Conference games this weekend. Chattanooga, who the Cougars beat last night and was picked to win the North Division, is 0-2.
  • Connecticut got a big lift from Ryan Boatright with 23 points and six assists in his home debut.
  • UCLA is now 2-5 after a home loss to Texas that saw them blow an 11-point lead.

 

Some of Sunday’s Key Matchups

Sunday is a day full of interesting matchups of teams that we’re trying to find out something about. None of these are like North Carolina-Kentucky, but they will be worth keeping an eye on.

  • Baylor at Northwestern
  • UNLV at Wichita State
  • California at San Diego State
  • Dayton at Murray State
  • North Carolina State at Stanford
  • Notre Dame at Maryland
  • VCU vs. George Washington (BB&T Classic at the Verizon Center)
  • Kansas State at Virginia Tech

TIQ Player Ratings Reveal Top Returning Talent

by - Published October 22, 2011 in Columns

It’s good to be a fan in the Midwest, if the top returning players according to the Total Impact Quotient ratings mean anything.

As we prepare for the 2011-12 season, let’s take a look back at the top players from the 2010-11 season. To tally the top 50, I added the top players in various statistical categories to the list of players from major conferences. That adds the likes of Cleveland State’s Norris Cole, College of Charleston’s Andrew Goudelock and Morehead State’s Kenneth Faried to a list that predictably includes Kyrie Irving, Kemba Walker and Derrick Williams. … Continue Reading

Big Ten Player Rankings 2.0

by - Published December 26, 2010 in Columns

It might not be possible to overhype freshman phenom Jared Sullinger.

Ohio State is already in the top five in the polls, and Sullinger is a favorite for top honors among freshmen this season, so it’s not like Sullinger and the Buckeyes are under the radar. And his stats clearly make him a candidate to finish the season as a first-team All-American.

Sullinger started the season with a bang, posting back-to-back double doubles, including 26 points and 10 rebounds at Florida. But in recent weeks, Sullinger has been even better and more important to the Buckeyes. Veterans like William Buford have struggled a little from the field, but Sullinger remains ruthlessly efficient, shooting nearly 60 percent from the field. … Continue Reading

Big Ten Player Ratings

by - Published December 5, 2010 in Columns

For a top five team, Ohio State surprisingly doesn’t have a player who is totally dominant at his position.

The Buckeyes are a well-balanced team that excels on defense. They have a mix of veterans like Jon Diebler and David Lighty to go with super-talented freshmen like Jared Sullinger. But no Buckeye ranks in the top five at his position in the Big Ten in the Total Impact Quotient.

Instead, the Buckeyes show how total balance delivers exceptional results. The team’s top seven players in minutes all rank in the top 30 in TIQ among their fellow Big Ten guards and forwards. Sullinger is the highest ranked player, at No. 7 among forwards. But unlike other teams that lean heavily on one or two stars, Ohio State can turn to any one of several weapons to lead the team any given night.

And this Ohio State team is improving. The top four returning players — Jon Diebler, David Lighty, William Buford and Dallas Lauderdale — are all making a more significant impact this season. With the departure of Evan Turner to the NBA, Ohio State has morphed from a team with a bunch of players who revolve around one superstar to a team that has a bunch of solid players who fill specific roles consistently and productively. That is a recipe for success, especially in March and April.

For a complete introduction to the TIQ rating system, check out this list of frequently asked questions.

And now on to the ratings for the Big Ten, through games as of Saturday, Dec. 4.

TIQ position averages:
Centers: 11.5
Forwards: 10.2
Guards: 6.7
TIQ = Total Impact Quotient
PD% = Position differential in % difference from average

Top 3 centers Team TIQ PD% Minutes
Mike Tisdale Illinois 15.9 38.3 212
Colton Iverson Minnesota 14.5 26.1 144
Luka Mirkovic Northwestern 14.4 25.2 130
Top 5 forwards Team TIQ PD% Minutes
Draymond Green Michigan State 20.9 104.9 216
Trevor Mbakwe Minnesota 20.5 101.0 223
Devon Archie Iowa 19.8 94.1 70
Jon Leuer Wisconsin 16.7 63.7 253
Jeff Brooks Penn State 16.2 58.8 246
Top 5 guards Team TIQ PD% Minutes
E’Twaun Moore Purdue 14.1 110.4 254
Demetri McCamey Illinois 13.8 106.0 279
Darius Morris Michigan 13.7 104.5 239
Will Sheehey Indiana 12.8 91.0 75
Al Nolen Minnesota 11.5 71.6 191

Player Rankings

Position Team/Player TIQ Minutes PD% Position rank
ILLINOIS 2010-11
G Demetri McCamey 13.8 279 106.0 2
G D.J. Richardson 4.9 266 -26.9 37
F Mike Davis 10.1 264 -1.0 22
C Mike Tisdale 15.9 212 38.3 1
F Jereme Richmond 4.4 192 -56.9 39
G Brandon Paul 10.6 186 58.2 8
F Bill Cole 7.0 150 -31.4 35
C Meyers Leonard 5.1 105 -55.7 8
F Tyler Griffey 0.5 93 -95.1 43
INDIANA 2010-11
G Jordan Hulls 9.3 229 38.8 14
F Christian Watford 11.4 228 11.8 19
G Verdell Jones III 2.9 207 -56.7 47
G Maurice Creek 2.2 169 -67.2 49
G Jeremiah Rivers 10.9 156 62.7 7
F Tom Pritchard 10.4 137 2.0 21
G Victor Oladipo 10.0 123 49.3 12
F Derek Elston 10.1 101 -1.0 23
G Will Sheehey 12.8 75 91.0 4
F Bobby Capobianco 13.0 56 27.5 8
G Daniel Moore 8.9 56 32.8 17
IOWA 2010-11
G Eric May 8.0 234 19.4 20
F Zach McCabe 8.8 198 -13.7 27
G Bryce Cartwright 5.2 190 -22.4 33
F Melsahn Basabe 10.7 167 4.9 20
G Matt Gatens 5.8 158 -13.4 28
F Jarryd Cole 8.0 152 -21.6 30
G Roy Devyn Marble 10.2 138 52.2 11
G Cully Payne 4.1 104 -38.8 42
F Andrew Brommer 9.6 87 -5.9 25
G Jordan Stoermer 9.0 72 34.3 16
F Devon Archie 19.8 70 94.1 3
MICHIGAN 2010-11
G Darius Morris 13.7 239 104.5 3
G Zack Novak 8.8 213 31.3 18
G Tim Hardaway Jr. 4.9 179 -26.9 38
G Stu Douglass 5.4 173 -19.4 31
F Jordan Morgan 12.9 163 26.5 9
F Evan Smotrycz 7.9 144 -22.5 31
G Matt Vogrich 1.1 94 -83.6 53
F Colton Christian 4.8 68 -52.9 38
F Blake McLimans 1.4 64 -86.3 42
MICHIGAN STATE 2010-11
G Durrell Summers 1.3 230 -80.6 52
G Kalin Lucas 3.5 225 -47.8 45
F Draymond Green 20.9 216 104.9 1
F Delvon Roe 11.6 180 13.7 18
G Korie Lucious 3.9 174 -41.8 44
C Garrick Sherman 7.8 154 -32.2 7
G Keith Appling 4.9 132 -26.9 39
G Austin Thornton 7.4 114 10.4 24
C Adreian Payne 13.2 84 14.8 4
MINNESOTA 2010-11
G Blake Hoffarber 7.9 271 17.9 21
F Trevor Mbakwe 20.5 223 101.0 2
C Ralph Sampson III 10.0 203 -13.0 6
G Al Nolen 11.5 191 71.6 5
F Rodney Williams 3.5 159 -65.7 40
C Colton Iverson 14.5 144 26.1 2
G Austin Hollins 5.1 138 -23.9 36
G Chip Armelin 1.9 90 -71.6 50
C Mo Walker 11.0 67 -4.3 5
G Maverick Ahanmisi 9.2 64 37.3 15
G Devoe Joseph 1.6 49 -76.1 51
NORTHWESTERN 2010-11
G Michael Thompson 3.5 184 -47.8 46
F John Shurna 14.3 170 40.2 6
G Drew Crawford 5.8 152 -13.4 29
C Luka Mirkovic 14.4 130 25.2 3
G Alex Marcotullio 8.8 77 31.3 19
G JerShon Cobb 5.6 74 -16.4 30
F Jeff Ryan 12.3 65 20.6 13
F Davide Curletti 11.9 59 16.7 14
F Mike Capocci 5.4 46 -47.1 37
OHIO STATE 2010-11
F David Lighty 10.0 198 -2.0 24
G Jon Diebler 6.3 197 -6.0 27
F Jared Sullinger 14.2 172 39.2 7
G Aaron Craft 6.8 164 1.5 25
G William Buford 6.5 132 -3.0 26
F Dallas Lauderdale 12.7 125 24.5 11
F Deshaun Thomas 12.8 103 25.5 10
G Jordan Sibert 0.4 61 -94.0 55
PENN STATE 2010-11
G Talor Battle 10.4 279 55.2 9
F Jeff Brooks 16.2 246 58.8 5
F Andrew Jones 8.1 234 -20.6 29
G Tim Frazier 11.0 214 64.2 6
F David Jackson 5.7 203 -44.1 36
F Billy Oliver 2.0 148 -80.4 41
G Taran Buie 0.8 129 -88.1 54
G Cammeron Woodyard 2.9 70 -56.7 48
PURDUE 2010-11
F JaJuan Johnson 11.7 268 14.7 16
G E’Twaun Moore 14.1 254 110.4 1
G Lewis Jackson 7.8 167 16.4 22
G Terone Johnson 4.0 160 -40.3 43
G Kelsey Barlow 5.2 157 -22.4 34
F D.J. Byrd 11.7 151 14.7 17
G John Hart 5.2 136 -22.4 35
G Ryne Smith 5.3 127 -20.9 32
F Patrick Bade 7.4 73 -27.5 33
F Travis Carroll 9.4 60 -7.8 26
F Sandi Marcius 11.8 52 15.7 15
WISCONSIN 2010-11
G Jordan Taylor 9.6 267 43.3 13
F Jon Leuer 16.7 253 63.7 4
G Josh Gasser 10.3 224 53.7 10
F Mike Bruesewitz 7.6 182 -25.5 32
F Keaton Nankivil 8.3 170 -18.6 28
F Tim Jarmusz 7.2 166 -29.4 34
G Ryan Evans 4.2 118 -37.3 41
F Jared Berggen 12.4 56 21.6 12
G Wquinton Smith 4.7 51 -29.9 40
G Rob Wilson 7.6 42 13.4 23

Player Rankings for 2009-10

Position Team/Player TIQ Minutes PD% Position rank
ILLINOIS 2009-10
G Demetri McCamey 11.0 1,241 77.4 20
F Mike Davis 8.9 1,161 -4.3 183
G D.J. Richardson 5.1 1,112 -17.7 244
C Mike Tisdale 12.7 1,006 11.4 19
F Bill Cole 8.7 766 -6.5 187
G Brandon Paul 5.0 682 -19.4 249
G Jeff Jordan 6.8 454 9.7 151
F Dominique Keller 6.9 399 -25.8 248
F Tyler Griffey 10.5 270 12.9 117
G Alex Legion 0.3 109 -95.2 364
INDIANA 2009-10
G Verdell Jones III 7.8 974 25.8 103
F Christian Watford 6.5 884 -30.1 262
G Jeremiah Rivers 8.6 880 38.7 61
G Jordan Hulls 5.3 779 -14.5 235
F Tom Pritchard 8.3 618 -10.8 203
G Devan Dumes 3.4 534 -45.2 309
F Derek Elston 10.8 467 16.1 108
F Bobby Capobianco 8.4 370 -9.7 197
G Maurice Creek 13.9 305 124.2 3
G Daniel Moore 7.5 201 21.0 115
IOWA 2009-10
G Matt Gatens 6.3 1,173 1.6 177
G Cully Payne 4.1 1,070 -33.9 282
G Eric May 6.4 991 3.2 171
F Jarryd Cole 9.7 796 4.3 151
F Aaron Fuller 11.4 731 22.6 86
G Devan Bawinkel 3.5 482 -43.5 306
C Brennan Cougill 8.1 460 -28.9 47
G Anthony Tucker 3.1 351 -50.0 322
F Andrew Brommer 9.7 185 4.3 152
G John Lickliter 2.0 175 -67.7 345
MICHIGAN 2009-10
G Manny Harris 12.4 1,120 100.0 7
G Zack Novak 6.5 1,028 4.8 164
F DeShawn Sims 10.3 1,026 10.8 128
G Stu Douglass 3.6 1,004 -41.9 301
G Darius Morris 4.7 777 -24.2 263
G Laval Lucas-Perry 5.9 683 -4.8 206
F Zack Gibson 13.7 319 47.3 35
F Anthony Wright 2.1 241 -77.4 320
G Matt Vogrich 4.2 166 -32.3 277
MICHIGAN STATE 2009-10
G Kalin Lucas 6.6 1,027 6.5 161
F Raymar Morgan 11.5 979 23.7 84
G Durrell Summers 5.2 971 -16.1 241
F Draymond Green 17.0 945 82.8 6
G Chris Allen 5.0 917 -19.4 251
G Korie Lucious 3.4 825 -45.2 312
F Delvon Roe 13.6 764 46.2 36
C Derrick Nix 10.5 279 -7.9 33
C Garrick Sherman 6.8 259 -40.4 54
G Austin Thornton 3.4 195 -45.2 313
MINNESOTA 2009-10
G Blake Hoffarber 13.7 973 121.0 4
G Lawrence Westbrook 7.5 898 21.0 116
F Damian Johnson 10.9 894 17.2 101
G Devoe Joseph 6.3 893 1.6 178
C Ralph Sampson III 8.6 845 -24.6 43
C Colton Iverson 7.9 593 -30.7 49
F Paul Carter 10.0 531 7.5 140
G Al Nolen 8.2 457 32.3 81
F Rodney Williams 10.0 382 7.5 141
G Justin Cobbs 1.4 363 -77.4 356
G Devron Bostick 10.5 224 69.4 23
NORTHWESTERN 2009-10
G Michael Thompson 6.4 1,281 3.2 173
F John Shurna 9.4 1,238 1.1 166
G Jeremy Nash 8.0 1,180 29.0 90
G Drew Crawford 8.2 927 32.3 82
C Luka Mirkovic 12.2 846 7.0 22
G Alex Marcotullio 6.1 477 -1.6 191
C Kyle Rowley 8.8 272 -22.8 42
F Davide Curletti 10.2 215 9.7 131
F Mike Capocci 10.5 200 12.9 119
F Ivan Peljusic 7.5 140 -19.4 229
OHIO STATE 2009-10
G Jon Diebler 5.0 1,375 -19.4 252
F David Lighty 7.5 1,344 -19.4 230
G William Buford 5.9 1,271 -4.8 207
F Evan Turner 13.1 1,109 40.9 45
F Dallas Lauderdale 11.7 903 25.8 75
C Kyle Madsen 5.0 498 -56.1 57
G Jeremie Simmons 4.7 403 -24.2 264
G P.J. Hill 7.9 329 27.4 96
PENN STATE 2009-10
G Talor Battle 9.3 1,146 50.0 40
F David Jackson 9.1 938 -2.2 178
G Chris Babb 6.9 920 11.3 146
F Andrew Jones 7.2 770 -22.6 241
F Jeff Brooks 7.6 736 -18.3 224
G Tim Frazier 7.4 570 19.4 121
F Bill Edwards 5.1 417 -45.2 284
F Andrew Ott 9.2 306 -1.1 177
G Cammeron Woodyard 0.3 210 -95.2 365
F Sasa Borovnjak 8.7 123 -6.5 188
PURDUE 2009-10
G E’Twaun Moore 6.2 1,103 0.0 187
F JaJuan Johnson 12.8 1,093 37.6 49
G Chris Kramer 8.5 974 37.1 72
F Robbie Hummel 14.2 817 52.7 23
G Keaton Grant 6.1 803 -1.6 193
G Kelsey Barlow 8.0 560 29.0 92
G Ryne Smith 3.6 378 -41.9 304
G Lewis Jackson 8.5 309 37.1 73
F D.J. Byrd 2.5 274 -73.1 319
F Patrick Bade 6.6 257 -29.0 261
G John Hart 1.9 247 -69.4 349
G Mark Wohlford 7.9 157 27.4 97
WISCONSIN 2009-10
G Jason Bohannon 6.8 1,214 9.7 155
G Trevon Hughes 8.0 1,077 29.0 93
G Jordan Taylor 7.3 975 17.7 129
F Keaton Nankivil 9.3 826 0.0 172
F Tim Jarmusz 5.2 718 -44.1 283
F Jon Leuer 11.1 691 19.4 93
G Ryan Evans 7.3 435 17.7 130
G Rob Wilson 6.9 365 11.3 149
F Mike Bruesewitz 8.4 207 -9.7 200

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