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Preseason poll is out. Wheaton got picked to win with 5 first place votes and three second place votes. NCC second with 4 of each.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: August 09, 2017, 02:54:13 pm »
Thinking about it, I went to look at North Central's attendance numbers, and they're all rounded to the nearest 25. For a lot of programs, I get it; the SID's have a lot on their plates as it is (and far be it from me to criticize my own school's attendance policy). But going back to this past season, NCC averaged 466 people a night. Sounds about right, having worked all but one of the home games last year (incidentally, the least attended one, but whatever.) But looking game by game I do question the numbers.

  • 12/3 vs IWU: 450
  • 1/4 vs Augie: 1000
  • 1/7 vs NPU: 425

I'm sure the Augie number is at least close to right; Augie fans always travel well. But so do Titan fans. I remember the stands being packed for both games, and to say that there were less than half the number who attended the IWU game as the Augie game is an absurd notion, especially when you consider the IWU game was on a Saturday and the Augie game was on a Wednesday. Similar thing with the North Park game a few days after the Augie game. I wouldn't be surprised if it got less than the Augie game, but not less than half, especially on a Saturday.

I don't know the exact method by which NCC determines attendance, and in the grand scheme of things it doesn't matter. But this kind of backs up newCCIWfan's point that attendance figures at the D3 level are meaningless. I guess I'm just a sucker for CCIW PR pieces. :)

Central Region / Re: WBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: August 08, 2017, 02:58:16 pm »
Nice attendance numbers for the CCIW in 2016-17. According to the NCAA, the conference ranked seventh in average attendance.

Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« on: August 08, 2017, 02:56:32 pm »
The NCAA released attendance figures from the 2016-17 season. The CCIW ranked third in D3 in average attendance, with three schools finishing in the top 30 across D3.

Don't have a roster for NCC yet, though that's normal for late July as memory serves.

I did see that Wheaton's schedule is up. The Beth Baker Classic that North Central is playing in also features Louisiana College and Lake Forest College. I'm assuming this will end up being NCC and Wheaton playing those two teams, though the order in which they play is still to be determined.

Preseason Top 25 is out. Wheaton 6th, NCC 7th, Illinois Wesleyan in the ORV category.

North Central's 2017-18 schedule is up. Actually have the full slate of 12 home games this year thanks to some home and homes coming back to Naperville (Benedictine, UWSP and Dubuque). Cardinals open the year November 17th at Wheaton's tournament. Also making a trip to Dallas the week after Christmas.

Weird schedule quirk has NCC-Elmhurst matchups on back to back Saturdays. Otherwise nothing to complain about as far as CCIW schedule.

Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Rule and Policy Changes
« on: June 19, 2017, 12:44:55 pm »
Here's the link to the women's one.

I, for one, am saddened that unused first half timeouts in the women's game will no longer be donated to charity.

There are always many admirable players to be found on CCIW WBB rosters. Here's a piece about one of them.
Make sure to read the final paragraph.

I believe that final paragraph is a perfect example of "#WhyD3". Always great to praise not only the athletic side of things, but the academics and the extracurriculars outside of sports, too.

TQ has reported on the IWU recruits, Gregory Sager on a few from NPU, and some other guy has commented on the NCC newbies. Those from Augie, Elmhurst, and Wheaton are described on their respective web sites. However, has anyone heard anything about any Carthage, Carroll, or Millikin recruits?

I only know of one from Carthage, and that's Brett Czerak from Aurora Central Catholic, who from what I've heard is a terrific scorer (finished his career as the school's all time leading scorer). Only reason I know that is because my brother also just graduated from ACC. Czerak is 6'1" and is listed as a small forward, but given the state of the game I imagine he'd probably profile more as a 2 than a 3 given that size, but I'm not sure. Dude can shoot, regardless.

Weilbacher scores on an E-5 and the Cardinals walk off 5-4 to stay alive!

On the other hand, Greg, the pitching staff's of the other 8 schools have an ERA of 0.00 for the last couple of weeks! ;)

Isn't it technically infinity because they have a combined 0 innings pitched?  :P

I don't know how long it's been up, but the posting is officially up for NCC's opening for an Assistant Coach and Recruiting Coordinator.

Bracket's out, and North Central will open College World Series play on Friday at 4:30 against UMass-Boston as part of Bracket 2. They'll play either Cal Lutheran or Wheaton (MA) in their second game.

...Even though they're in a completely different conference and state and have no affiliation whatsoever with a certain college a few miles north of my alma mater other than sharing a name, am I a bad person for wanting Wheaton (MA) to crash and burn just because it's Wheaton? :P

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