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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Championship Belt
« on: Yesterday at 03:12:37 am »
January 24, 2007 the day Just Bill provided us with BeltTm enlightenment
... and this thought came to mind...

"...and I became aware this year."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogHtl6UFSSI

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General football / Re: Regional Realignment
« on: February 15, 2019, 06:53:30 pm »
I like having the LL in a region with MAC and NJAC, however, pretty tough to separate the E8 from the LL since there is so much crossover.  Also both LL and E8 will have 7 teams this season.

I took the opportunity here to separate the E8 from the NJAC.  I really emphasized taking the really strong leagues and isolating them from one another.  The one place you really couldn't do it is in the midwest.  The MIAC, WIAC, CCIW, and OAC (and maybe toss the ARC in there also) are going to share regions with at least one of the others on that list.  No reasonable way around that. 

Good catch on the numbers of teams...I didn't update conference membership for future seasons.  This was a quick and dirty pass at this using conference membership from 2018 (except Thomas More who I didn't bother to account for).  I think one or two teams moving to another conference in 2019 doesn't drastically alter this exercise.
+1!

With respect to the imbalance, the average conference membership is almost 9 teams.

So, you have 4 conferences of ~9 teams = 36 schools in the region
OR
5 conferences of ~ 9 teams = 45 schools in the division.

We have few options.

I want to distribute the power conferences as evenly as possible, so your Region 6 does not bother me.

IMHO, the strengths of Regions goes like this:

Region 6 > Region 5 > the OAC heavy Region 4 > Region 3 > Region 2 > Region 1

thinking that ASC + MIAC + NWC powers (slightly >) WIAC + CCIW + ARC powers.

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South Region / Re: South Region Rankings and Playoffs
« on: February 15, 2019, 04:48:12 pm »
   South       
1   Mary Hardin-Baylor   20-2   21-2
2   Emory & Henry   20-3   20-3
3   Texas-Dallas   19-4   19-4
4   Emory   17-5   17-5  thinking that Emory finishes second in the UAA at 11-3 in conference and Chicago loses its rematch with Wash U.
5   Trinity (Texas)   17-4   19-4
6   Austin   17-4   19-4
7   Millsaps   20-4   20-4
8   Oglethorpe   19-5   19-5
9   Guilford   18-5   18-5

Quick and dirty...

Assuming the top team wins the AQ  (Bold)  the italics project to Pool C.

I think that the South will get 3 Pool C bids (optimist that I am.)

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Pool C
« on: February 15, 2019, 04:39:16 pm »
Early in the season, an ASC coach said that ASC teams would file to host this year.

I have not spoken with him since then, so... who knows?

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General Division III issues / Re: Future of Division III
« on: February 13, 2019, 02:02:26 pm »
Cut out all "regions" and pick the best teams!! 

Yes, I know that will never happen but that's the way it should be, IMO.
Respectfully, the regions are a way for the NCAA to decide who the best teams.

They are actually trying to allocate the work load of who the best teams are when very few people know all 250 football teams or 410 basketball teams or 390 baseball teams.

Please follow the Pool C discussions. The ardent fans in the sport can get down to the last 8 - 10 teams who might be on the table when the last 2-3 picks for Pool C are made.  There is only squabbling about the last 2-3 teams being considered.

Most of us are very confident that rarely has a team who could have won the National Championship been left off the table. The closest instance that I can recall is UT-Tyler (arguably the last Pool C bid in 2018) winning the national championship in baseball.

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New York Region / Re: BB: SUNYAC
« on: February 13, 2019, 12:29:46 pm »
Sorry about the unfavorable weather that we had last weekend.  Cortland must have brought a cold front with them.

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National topics / Re: Conference Realignments
« on: February 13, 2019, 12:03:24 pm »
Copied from the Future of Division III message board as originally posted by Ron Boerger.

DIII Championships Committee supports regional realignment

https://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/diii-championships-committee-supports-
regional-realignment

Besides aligning schools to reflect growth and changes in participation, this proposal could also increase the number of regions in some sports, reducing the number of schools in a region:


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The new model seeks to have roughly 40 teams in each region. Sports that have 40-149 sponsors would have two regions; sports sponsored by 150-374 schools would have five to eight regions; and sports with 375 or more sponsors would have nine to 10 regions. In tennis, additional review will take place to determine the appropriate number of regions given that selections for the individual portion of the tournament are dependent on the alignment.

In most instances, the total number of regions in each sport would increase by two, three or four. The changes will require that some national committees expand to account for new regional representatives on those committees. Also, some conferences would be moved from their current regions.


My goodness, maybe 6 regions for football for ~ 250 schools? 9 or 10 for baseball, with more 390 schools playing baseball?



My first reaction to this is to break New England into 2 regions and to make 3 regions out of the teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Mid East Regions.  That would give about 40 teams in all regions.

I will leave the details up to University Presidents and Conference Commissioners.

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General Division III issues / Re: Future of Division III
« on: February 13, 2019, 11:37:41 am »
DIII Championships Committee supports regional realignment

https://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/media-center/news/diii-championships-committee-supports-
regional-realignment

Besides aligning schools to reflect growth and changes in participation, this proposal could also increase the number of regions in some sports, reducing the number of schools in a region:

Quote
The new model seeks to have roughly 40 teams in each region. Sports that have 40-149 sponsors would have two regions; sports sponsored by 150-374 schools would have five to eight regions; and sports with 375 or more sponsors would have nine to 10 regions. In tennis, additional review will take place to determine the appropriate number of regions given that selections for the individual portion of the tournament are dependent on the alignment.

In most instances, the total number of regions in each sport would increase by two, three or four. The changes will require that some national committees expand to account for new regional representatives on those committees. Also, some conferences would be moved from their current regions.
My goodness, maybe 6 regions for footbal for ~ 250 schools? 9 or 10 for baseball, with more 390 schools playing baseball?

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Pool C
« on: February 07, 2019, 09:31:01 pm »
Nicely done, Gordon. Thanks.
Yes and +1!

We on the island of Texas are grateful that the committee recognized the strength of LeTourneau last year who beat Hanover, 85-77 in the first round and lost at host Emory 83-82 in round 2.

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National topics / Re: BB: Requiem in pace (R.I.P.)
« on: February 07, 2019, 08:40:42 pm »
Frank Robinson... another of my favorites... a sad day

https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2019/02/07/oriole-hall-of-famer-frank-robinson-dies-at-83/

Back in the day, like the 1966 World Series, the Tuesday Wednesday and Thursday games of the World Series were played in the afternoon.

Some of our teachers would let us listen to the games during class on our transistor radios, if you had an earbud.

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Multi-Regional Topics / Re: D3 Hoops Bucket List
« on: February 07, 2019, 07:27:05 pm »
I have imagined a trip to all of the gyms at the periphery of D3.

I know across the South, west to east, it would be Sul Ross State, Schreiner, Trinity TX, Texas Lutheran, Louisiana College, Belhaven, Huntingdon, LaGrange for the men, Wesleyan in Macon GA for the women...

You would draw a straight line from one school to the next. Millsaps appears to be just north of the line between Louisiana College and the next D3 school, Belhaven.

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South Region / Re: American Southwest Conference
« on: February 07, 2019, 02:19:06 pm »
Three of the 9, plus AC and Trinity in the ranking.

We may get a first round tourney.

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South Region / Re: South Region Rankings and Playoffs
« on: February 07, 2019, 02:01:51 pm »
First run -- Assume the highest ranked team in a conference wins the Pool A bid

South       
1   Mary Hardin-Baylor   19-2   20-2  Pool A ASC
2   Emory & Henry   18-3   18-3          Pool A ODAC
3   Austin   16-4   17-4                  Pool A SCAC
4   Texas-Dallas   17-4   17-4          Pool C ASC
5   Trinity (Texas)   16-4   18-4          Pool C SCAC
6   Millsaps   18-4   18-4                  Pool C SAA
7   Oglethorpe   17-5   17-5          Pool C SAA
8   Guilford   16-5   16-5                  Pool C ODAC
9   East Texas Baptist   18-2   19-2  Pool C ASC

NR   Berea KY  19-4 14-1                   Pool A USAC

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South Region / Re: South Region Rankings and Playoffs
« on: February 07, 2019, 01:26:51 pm »
First projection -- Assume the highest ranked team in the Region earns the Pool A bid.

Rank   School   In-Division Record   Overall Record
1   Randolph-Macon   20-2   20-2  ODAC Pool A
2   Centre   17-3   19-3                  SAA  Pool A
3   Emory   16-4   16-4                  UAA  (tied with Wash U) Assume Pool A
4   Guilford   16-5   16-5                  ODAC  Pool C
5   Mary Hardin-Baylor   17-5   17-5  ASC Pool A
6   Lynchburg   17-5   17-5           ODAC Pool C
7   Emory & Henry   15-6   15-6           ODAC Pool C
8   Texas-Dallas   16-4   17-4           ASC   Pool C

NR    Texas Lutheran 14-7  14-7        Pool A SCAC
NR    Covenant          14-7  14-7*        Pool A USAC leading the "West Division"  (*If Brevard counts as an in-region game... I have forgotten if there has been a change concerning Year 1 Provisional opponents.)

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New England Region / Re: BB: LEC: Little East Conference
« on: February 05, 2019, 11:34:58 am »
I am interested in Castleton  vs Whitworth Pomona-Pitzer and Chapman.

My bias is that the Northwest Conference (Whitworth) has so much balance among the teams immediately below the top tier that it is hard for a team to distinguish itself with gaudy W-L records

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