The Northern Athletic Conference will become the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference on July 1 (along with Rockford becoming a university): http://www.northernac.org/releases/2012-13/20130606nacc
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Will that help schools like Austin complete a schedule where they don't have to double up on teams?
The MIAC now needs games.
It doesn't really change MIAC schedules. Macalester has played two or three MIAC schools a year since they left the MIAC for football a decade ago and it looks like they could continue to play two (say, rival Carleton and area beatable opponent Hamline). That really only leaves one MIAC school with one game to fill.
Seems like two teams could end up playing each other twice this way. Wonder how they will decide who is home for the last week? All north one year, all south the next?
Wow. WashU, Whitewater, North Central, and Illinois Wesleyan all in the same 8 team grouping... yeesh. Only the #2, #3, #6 and #12 teams in the nation per Massey's ratings: http://masseyratings.com/rate.php?lg=cb&yr=2013&sub=11620
Basically what I was concerned about. Not having the ability to create "central hosting sites" means compressing the tournament into 8 little geographic tournaments which doesn't spread the top teams across the nation all that well.
Who the heck hosts the second and third round games of that group if the first round is chalk?
CCIW still has games to go on Tuesday. Not sure, but I think the tourney is Friday and Saturday at the Shirk Center in Bloomington.
Friday 1st game: #2,3 Wheaton vs. #2,3 NCC (not sure it is yet settled who is #2 and who is #3, but on a neutral court, does it really matter?! )
2nd game: #4 Augustana* @ #1 IWU
Title game: Saturday (I haven't located times for any of the games yet).
*I'm not positive that Carthage has been eliminated as #4, but Augie is pretty certain
NEWMAC Tournament February 20, 23-24 at #1 seed (MIT/WPI)
Wednesday, February 20
#5 Babson at #4 Clark
Saturday, February 23
#4/#5 at #1 MIT/WPI
#3 Springfield/WPI vs. #2 MIT/WPI
Sunday, February 24
If WPI loses to Clark next Saturday, MIT is the #1 seed (MIT has already completed the conference slate at 10-2, WPI is currently 9-2). If WPI beats Clark, then MIT and WPI would be tied and I believe all tiebreakers would be tied (MIT and WPI split, and each lost at Springfield). Therefore, a coin toss would decide the host, unless the conference has recently come up with new tiebreaker criteria that I am unaware of. I also believe that Springfield would hold the tiebreaker against WPI, if WPI loses on Saturday and Springfield wins (as a result of sweeping Clark, and WPI splitting). So WPI could go from 1st to 3rd in just 2 games.
Apparently the NEWMAC has a tiebreaker criteria I was unaware of. I thought all tiebreakers had to do with conference games, but apparently non-conference common opponents is a tiebreaker, according to boston.com:
"WPI (21-2, 9-2) can still secure home court in next week's NEWMAC tourney, however, with a win against Clark Saturday, with its sweep of nonleague foes Salem State and Rhode Island College serving as the tiebreaker (MIT lost to both teams)."
Thanks OBC and yes that game against Lawrence is a scary one as Lawrence could still be playing for that fourth playoff spot. And even if their not they will be plenty mad enough to play the spoiler for one of the tournament teams looking to host.
Conference tournament weekend in Iowa? Hmm ... that sounds intriguing.