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Central Region / Re: MBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Last post by Mr. Ypsi on Today at 09:08:25 pm »
New poll is up.  Elmhurst holds steady at #4 (if #5 Colby remains undefeated, I wonder how much longer they can hold them off?), NCC rises from 16 to 13, Augie gains 7 points (2 to 9) despite losing to NCC and a narrow win at Carroll - you see, there IS such a thing as a 'good' loss!
Northeast Region / Re: MBB: NESCAC
« Last post by Old Guy on Today at 09:03:57 pm »


OG -- game on Friday is in Alumni Gym. I'm sure it will be a raucous crowd! The non-league game in a couple of weeks is in Waterville.

Not sure on the Waterville crowds. Students are still in Jan Plan, with a very high percentage of students traveling abroad or doing an internship, and hockey has always been the bigger draw. Always hard to tell on the webcast anyway, as most people sit on the side below the camera, where there aren't big poles that can block the view. I know a big crew of alumni will be going up to the Hamilton/Amherst game to celebrate the last year of Wadsworth Gymnasium, and I'm guessing the students will come out for those games too.

Thanks for the correction! I'd love to get to that Bates-Colby game in Alumni Gym, if I could get a seat. The fire marshals will be out for that one. Middlebury has been drawing nice crowds for a number of years now, but not a lot of students (maybe 20% of attendees). Middlebury, and other NESCAC schools, are places of such great diversity of backgrounds and interests that students by and large do their own thing. That's okay.
In all honesty, it's the first I've heard of softball having issues of this nature, but I'm all for giving them an extra week.
Central Region / Re: WBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Last post by Baldini on Today at 08:59:30 pm »
Is it safe to say that the CCIW is probably a one bid league this season?
"Changing climate patterns"? The problem is that it's the same climate patterns we've always had in this part of the country -- the patterns that cause the ground to be covered in snow every February and often into March as well.

I agree with Pat that you can't shorten the baseball season without ruining the integrity of the sport. The obvious solution is to give softball an extra week.
Central Region / Re: WBB: College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin
« Last post by RogK on Today at 08:41:59 pm »
All nine CCIW teams are tied as "Teams Not Receiving Votes" in this week's D3hoops poll.
Pick-ems, fantasy leagues, etc. / Re: D3 Men's National Pick Em League
« Last post by NCF on Today at 08:23:48 pm »
1/29/2020 (Wednesday)
DeSales @ Eastern 6PM
UW-Oshkosh @ UW_Platteville 8PM
Westminster (Mo) @ Iowa Wesleyan 8:30PM
Chapman @ Occidental 10:00PM

1/30/2020 (Thursday)
Old Westbury @ Manhattanville 8PM
East Texas Baptist @ LeTourneau 8:30PM

2/1/2020 (Saturday)
Hartwick @ Sage 2PM
Wooster @ Wabash 2PM
LaGrange @ Berea 2PM
Salisbury State @ St. Mary's (Md.) 4PM

2/2/2020 (Sunday)
Emory @ Washington U. 1PM
Middle Atlantic Region / Re: Landmark Conference
« Last post by Pat Coleman on Today at 08:21:28 pm »
Amherst will certainly lose a lot of votes. But UW-Whitewater, Wartburg and Loras, all right beneath Amherst, also lost this week, and that will affect where they all land.

Rofrog, I've pulled this sentence out of one of my previous posts. It definitely impacts what happened with Amherst this week.
Multi-Regional Topics / Re: Top 25 discussion
« Last post by Pat Coleman on Today at 08:17:55 pm »
Remember, the Top 25 is made up of coaches, media members, SIDs, and others who know Division III basketball and balanced as evenly as possible across the entire country. It isn't just coaches. On the men's side, there is no men's poll. On the women's, there is the WBCA poll (for now) made up of eight "voters" who represent each "region."

Dave, is the WBCA poll going away?

Don't know that there is anything to say about that, but it seems like we will be moving to 10 regions in Division III basketball.
Middle Atlantic Region / Re: Landmark Conference
« Last post by Ryan Scott (Hoops Fan) on Today at 08:00:55 pm »
Ryan are you telling me a loss means nothing.Maybe in your poll but in Regionals it means alot!

I'm saying a loss doesn't mean any one thing.  Losses mean something, but what they mean is entirely dependent on circumstance.

To me, the best example is the Mt Union - Marrietta men's game that happened last week.  Marietta shot like 30% from the field and UMU shot 70% - it was a huge blowout in a conference game and it does affect how we view both teams, but not as much as the score would indicate.  If you play that game 100 times, there's not a single other time the outcome looks like it did - those are fluky numbers both ways.

I'd say the two unusual Amherst losses are properly reflected in their current #8 ranking.  It's a team with #1 talent and a couple head-scratching performances.  No one is going to fault them much for an OT loss to Tufts, because Tufts is Tufts.  That loss certainly means something different than the other two - even you have to agree with that!
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