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General Basketball / Front page polls
« on: November 30, 2017, 01:57:17 am »
We have a similar archive for's front page polls, so I wanted to create one for

Which men's team should be ranked No. 1 to start the season?

Augustana (181) 21%
Whitman (170) 20%
Babson (95) 11%
Williams (92) 11%
Someone else (308) 36%
Total votes: 1141

Multi-Regional Topics / Conference rankings
« on: October 23, 2016, 04:04:26 pm »
Following the lead of our friends at, I tried my hand at ranking the Top 10 conferences in Division III men's basketball over the last four years. You can read the piece here:

For this first go-round, I kept the written piece limited to the top 10. But I did rank the Top 20 so here's my next best 10.

12) NJAC
13) OAC
15) MIAA
16) IIAC
17) Landmark
18) MAC Commonwealth
19) Centennial
20) Little East

I wanted to get some input from our diehard fans on a section of our website.

A few years ago we started posting the “Conference Guidebook,” first for men and then for women. When I put the first one together, the information in it was much harder for the casual fan to find. Only a few conferences had historical information online in a digestible and easy-to-find format. One sent me their information in the mail because that was the only way to share it. The list of team-by-team NCAA tournament results was also hard to find, unless you got your hands on a hard copy NCAA’s bulky media guide. No one tracked non-conference results or conference tournament results in a central location.

Fast forward to 2016 and a lot of that information is more readily available. We track conference tournament results in a central location. Conferences do a much better job sharing their historical information. Someone who wants to know a program or conference’s history in the NCAA tournament is more likely to find it on the team or conference’s website.

So my question is, “Is this resource still worth assembling?”

I’m not fishing for compliments. I’m looking for honest input on whether our time is better spent on this resource or something else.

I think the most useful parts of the guidebook are the conference-by-conference NCAA tournament results and the non-conference records.

The tournament results don’t take long. The women’s conference guidebook only has those and it’s already done for next season.

Compiling the non-conference results and non-conference results against Division III opponents takes much longer. I try to account for all the non-conference games between conference opponents. Some occur regularly, like the Little Three games played outside the NESCAC schedule. Others are buried in random spots (i.e. two PAC teams playing each other on the second day of a third team’s tournament). And going through the NWC, NEAC and UMAC schedules to pull out all those games against Evergreen State, Penn State-Brandywine and Valley City State is a real grind, but worth if it people actually care about that stuff.

Maybe there’s a better way to identify those games so that the non-conference records are still accurate without scanning 400-something schedules. Maybe someone on these boards has already done that work so that I could repost it.

Any thoughts?

Multi-Regional Topics / Longest losing streak?
« on: March 08, 2016, 04:37:09 pm »
Figured I'd post this question on our message boards in case someone more enterprising than me can find the answer. 

The Carnegie Mellon women have lost 46 straight games to Washington U, dating back to the early 1990s.  That's a really long streak, but is that an active record for Division III schools?

Caltech or Macalester likely have a longer record, right?

Multi-Regional Topics / Greatest of all time?
« on: March 22, 2015, 12:47:58 pm »
Sydney Moss just completed a season in which she did the following:

 * Was named Player of the Year by D3hoops; she's a finalist for the coaches' award and I assume she'll win that too
 * Led her team to an undefeated season and national championship
 * Was named the Tournament's Most Outstanding Player and scored more points in a tournament than any Division III women's player (and we think any NCAA women's player at any level)
 * Notched a triple-double in the national championship game against an undefeated opponent
 * Finished as the No. 1 scorer in the regular season and NCAA tournament

I'm going to do some research about who's numbers and accolades in a single season might compare on the women's side, but I'm guessing that's a list of one.

Is there anything comparable on the men's side at any point in D3 history?

Again, I'm just talking about a single season here, not greatest of all time over a career. Moss still has one more to go.

Multi-Regional Topics / New resource for the new season
« on: November 06, 2011, 06:14:52 pm »
I've shared something off the front page that I hope people will enjoy.

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