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Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Importance of a College Education

D3Playbook
DECEMBER 31, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  The Importance of a College Education

"About half of U.S. adults (51%) now consider a college education to be "very important," down from 70% in 2013. Over the same period, the percentages rating college as "fairly important" and "not too important" have both increased, to 36% and 13%, respectively.

Perceptions that a college education is very important have declined in the U.S. among all age groups since 2013, but the drop has been especially pronounced -- 33 percentage points -- among adults aged 18 to 29. As a result, younger adults are now less likely than middle-aged adults and seniors to consider college as very important, whereas the different age groups held similar perceptions in 2013.

Currently, slight majorities of adults aged 30 to 49 (51%), 50 to 64 (55%), and 65 and older (55%) say a college education is very important, compared with less than half of 18- to 29-year-olds (41%)."

>> Of Note: Consistent with what Gallup found in 2013, women today are more likely than men to report a college education is very important (57% vs. 45%, respectively), although the figures are down among both groups.

>> Sides of the Aisle: Less than half of Republicans (41%) say a college education is very important -- significantly lower than the percentages of Democrats (62%) and independents (50%) saying the same.

>> The Bottom Line: Extensive research still indicates a college degree leads to a higher-paying job, increased job security and healthier behaviors. Unfortunately, if a college education continues to feel out of reach for many and its value or political neutrality/integrity is questioned, fewer may take advantage of this unique and transformative experience.

Read More with lots of good data from Gallup

2.  About Last Night

Not a good night to be a top-25 men's basketball team, according to D3hoops.com.
  • No. 21 Guilford (9-2) upset No. 2 Emory, 70-69, on a running three-pointer at the buzzer by Jaylen GoreTake a look at the final hectic seconds.
  • Eastern Connecticut (4-5) toppled No. 12 Babson, 77-76. The Warriors trailed by as many as 19 points in the first half before rallying. Seth Thomas led ECSU with 20.
  • Stevens knocked off No. 13 Johns Hopkins, 72-65, in JHU coach Josh Loeffler's return to Hoboken.
Nor on the women's side ...
  • Austin College handed No. 5 Mary Hardin-Baylor a 70-61 defeat. The 'Roos led start-to-finish and were led by Reagan Chiaverini with 16.
  • Emerson's Kate Foultz went 4-for-4 at the line in OT to lift the Lions past No. 12 Messiah, 63-61. 
  • Becky Raeder scored a game-high 21 points as No. 19 UW-Whitewater edged No. 17 St. Thomas, 75-69.
Elsewhere in the men's game ...
  • Sam Majekodunmi poured in a career-high 44 points as Albright defeated Cabrini, 92-76.
On the mat ...
  • No. 3 Augsburg crowned five champions to win the team title at the Citrus Invitational. No. 15 NYU was second, followed by No. 7 Baldwin Wallace. Auggie 133 Victor Gliva posted a 6-1 semifinal decision over Ferrum's Levi Engleman in a showdown between the top two wrestlers in DIII. Gliva won the weight class and could assume the #1 spot in the next ranking.

3.  Best of the Decade

We continue our "Best of the Decade" series with a look at the champions, runners-up and top four finishers in indoor track and field.

Champions: UW-Oshkosh (3), Wartburg (2), Baldwin Wallace, UMass-Boston, UW-La Crosse, Washington U., Williams.

Runner-Up: UW-Oshkosh (3), Illinois College, Illinois Wesleyan, Ithaca, UW-La Crosse, Wartburg, Washington U., Williams.

Top Four Finishes: UW-Oshkosh (6), Wartburg (5), Washington U. (5), Williams (3), Illinois Wesleyan (3), UW-La Crosse (3), George Fox (2), Methodist (2), MIT (2), UW-Eau Claire (2), Baldwin Wallace, Chicago, Illinois College, Ithaca, Loras, UMass-Boston, Nebraska Wesleyan, Ohio Northern, St. Lawrence, Stevens, Wheaton, Mass.


Champions: North Central (5), UW-La Crosse (3), UW-Eau Claire (2), Mount Union.

Runner-Up: UW-Eau Claire (2), UW-La Crosse (2), Central, Mount Union, North Central, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Stevens Point, UW-Whitewater.

Top Four Finishes: UW-La Crosse (8), UW-Eau Claire (7), North Central (6), UW-Oshkosh (5), Mount Union (3), UW-Whitewater (3), UW-Stevens Point (2), Central, Monmouth, Rowan, St. Olaf, UW-Stout, Wartburg.


Tomorrow: Outdoor Track and Field


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    4. Unbeaten   

    Who are the remaining teams with unblemished records heading into the final day of the decade?

    WBB (10)
    Albright (12-0), Austin (9-0), Bethel (10-0), Bowdoin (10-0), Edgewood (10-0), Hope (12-0), Smith (11-0), Tufts (10-0), Widener (11-0), Williams (10-0).

    MBB (7)
    Colby (9-0), Middlebury (10-0), Randolph-Macon (11-0), St. Thomas TX (10-0), Swarthmore (9-0), UW-La Crosse (10-0), Wittenberg (10-0).

    WIH (3)
    Colby (6-0-1), Middlebury (5-0-2), U. of New England (7-0-1).

    5.  #whyD3





       

    6.  Sports


    Not much more to say here. Happy New Year!

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    Monday, December 30, 2019

    Bowl Games & Collegiate Values

    D3Playbook
    DECEMBER 30, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
    your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

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    1.  Bowl Games & Collegiate Values
     


    "The NCAA has pretty strict moral standards for advertisers and sponsors at college football bowl games, according to the organization’s postseason bowl handbook.
    The 24-page document states that “pool halls” with adult entertainment are not permitted to be associated with these games. Casinos, beer, wine, and other alcoholic products also are listed as “impermissible,” among other potential sponsors. The goal is to make sure the commercial and sponsorship activities of bowl games are “consistent with the values associated with collegiate sports,” as stated in the handbook’s second paragraph.
    So then why do at least 20 of the 40 postseason games list beer companies, liquor brands or casino companies as sponsors or partners on their websites? Why does the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl in Jacksonville list at least seven hard liquor brands as “Chairman’s Club” partners?
    And why is it permissible for the Las Vegas Bowl to be sponsored by Bud Light and several casino companies?"

    >> Situational Awareness: The NCAA does not operate bowl games, but it does certify their right to host NCAA teams and ensures they meet minimum standards of governance.

    >> Reality Check: With bowl games, the NCAA confirmed that, “in practice,” it generally only enforces these standards on sponsorship displays that could be seen by one of two audiences — viewers on television or NCAA athletes at bowl-related events.

    >> What They're Saying: “We just make sure that if there is a sponsor in question, that the student-athletes aren’t going to see it, and nor will you see it on television,” said Mark Neville, CEO of the San Diego County Credit Union Holiday Bowl in San Diego.

    >> Keep Reading from Brent Schrotenboer, USA TODAY

     
    2. Directors Cup Standings

    The final Learfield Directors' Cup standings for the fall have been released. 
    1. Johns Hopkins, 481.5
    2. Tufts, 354.5
    3. Chicago, 322.5
    4. MIT, 311
    5. Claremont-M-S, 305.5
    6. Middlebury, 305
    7. Washington U., 268
    8. Calvin, 260.5
    9. Pomona-Pitzer, 247.5
    10. Williams, 243
    11-15: Wartburg, Trinity TX, Emory, Messiah, Geneseo.
    16-20: Carnegie Mellon, Ithaca, Rensselaer, St. Thomas MN, Amherst.
    21-25: North Central, Hope, Christopher Newport, Centre, Dickinson.

    >> Top 100 Conference Call: NESCAC (9), Centennial (7), Minnesota (7), Liberty (6), North Coast (6), Ohio (6), SCIAC (6), UAA (6), Wisconsin (6), CCIW (5), New Jersey (5), Middle Atlantic (4), NEWMAC (4), ODAC (4), American Rivers (3), American Southwest (3), Capital (3), Commonwealth Coast (3), Landmark (3), SUNYAC (3), Upper Midwest (3), Atlantic East (2), Heartland (2), MASCAC (2), Michigan (2), Midwest (2), Northwest (2), SAA (2), SCAC (2), USA South (2), CUNYAC (1), GNAC (1), Little East (1), NECC (1), North Atlantic (1), Northern Athletics (1), Skyline (1).
    3.  Best of the Decade

    We continue our "Best of the Decade" series with a look at the champions, runners-up and top four finishers in golf.

    Champions: Methodist (3), Rhodes (3), Claremont-M-S, NYU, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Williams.

    Runner-Up: Gustavus Adolphus (2), UT-Tyler (2), Williams (2), DePauw, George Fox, UMHB, Wittenberg,

    Top Four Finishes: Methodist (5), Williams (5), George Fox (4), UT-Tyler (4), Rhodes (3), Wittenberg (3), CMS (2), Gustavus (2), NYU (2), Saint Mary’s (Ind.) 2, UMHB (2), UW-Eau Claire (2), DePauw, Illinois Wesleyan, Washington U., Williams.



    Champions
    : Methodist (3), Claremont-M-S, Greensboro, Illinois Wesleyan, Oglethorpe, Schreiner, UT-Tyler, Wittenberg.

    Runner-Up: Guilford (2), Huntingdon (2), Transylvania (2), Illinois Wesleyan, La Grange, Oglethorpe, Washington and Lee.

    Top Four Finishes: Methodist (7), Huntingdon (4), Guilford (3), UT-Tyler (3), Wittenberg (3), CMS (2), Concordia TX (2), Greensboro (2), IWU (2), Oglethorpe (2), Saint John’s (2), Transylvania (2), W&L (2), Berry, Emory, La Grange, Redlands, Schreiner, Texas Lutheran.


    Tuesday: Indoor Track and Field.

     


    4.  ICYMI
     

    The weekend in hoops.
    • Salisbury's Gary Briddell scored 35 points to lead the Sea Gulls (5-8) past No. 6 Marietta, 88-80.
    • Sam Moore connected on a jumper with two seconds left to lift Mary Hardin-Baylor (9-1) over No. 9 UW-Platteville, 74-72.
    • Ben College scored 41 points for No. 14 Whitworth in a losing cause as No. 24 Wooster (9-1) downed the Pirates, 87-82.
    • Joie Grassi posted a double-double with 18 points and 11 boards as the UMass Boston (9-1) women knocked off No. 12 Messiah, 62-52. 
     

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    5. Weekend Review

    Basketball (W) D3hoops.com
    1. Tufts (d. Christopher Newport, 70-65; d. TCNJ, 68-35)
    2. Scranton (lost vs. #9 George Fox, 54-44)
    3. Bowdoin (d. Cal Lutheran, 99-49)
    4. Hope
    5. Mary Hardin-Baylor (d. Illinois Wesleyan, 67-55)
    6. Amherst (d. #10 DeSales, 73-52; d. Keene State, 71-41)
    7. Wartburg (d. #14 Baldwin Wallace, 79-48)
    8. DePauw
    9. George Fox (d. #2 Scranton, 54-44; d. U. of New England, 80-45)
    10. DeSales (lost vs. #6 Amherst, 73-52)

    Basketball (M) - D3hoops.com
    1. Swarthmore
    2. Emory (d. UW-Oshkosh, 87-80)
    3. Wittenberg (d. Elmira, 81-51)
    4. Middlebury
    5. St. Thomas MN 
    6. Marietta (lost vs. Salisbury, 88-80; d. York, 92-86)
    7. Randolph-Macon (d. Lebanon Valley, 94-56)
    8. Nebraska Wesleyan
    9. UW-Platteville (d. LeTourneau, 74-66; lost at Mary Hardin-Baylor, 74-72)
    10. Washington U.

    Wrestling (Dual Meet) - NWCA
    1. Wartburg
    2. Loras
    3. Augsburg (at Citrus Invitational)
    4. Wabash
    5. Johnson & Wales 
    6. Mount Union
    7. Baldwin Wallace (at Citrus Invitational)
    8. Coe
    9. UW-La Crosse
    10. North Central

     
    6.  Comings and Goings
     

     
    7. 1 Ball Thing
     

    Photo: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images
    For all the years I have spent looking at holiday pics, this is one I had never seen:
    • Landmark Signs workers install 192 Waterford Crystal triangles, with this year's "Gift of Goodwill" design, on the Times Square Ball for New Year's Eve.

    Photo: David Dee Delgado/Getty Images
     
     
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    Friday, December 27, 2019

    Shaw Named Officiating Coordinator

    D3Playbook
    DECEMBER 27, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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    1.  Shaw Named Officiating Coordinator
     

    "Steve Shaw, a highly respected football officiating and rules expert, has been selected to be college football’s next national coordinator of officials. Shaw, who currently serves the Southeastern Conference and Sun Belt Conference as coordinator of officials, will assume the national role in March 2020.
    “Steve stands out as a leader in college football officiating. His care for the sport and how it is played will be critical moving forward,” said Jon Steinbrecher, chair of the College Football Officiating board of managers and commissioner of the Mid-American Conference. “I’m confident that Steve will move the national officiating program forward and continue to improve our game.”
    Shaw also serves as the secretary-rules editor of the NCAA Football Rules Committee, a position critical to the development of competition rules and policies. Shaw replaces Rogers Redding, who announced his retirement in October after nine years as national coordinator."
    >> Quotable: “I look forward to building on the foundation established by Rogers Redding in this position and to the challenges ahead in continuing to enhance officiating performance while we work to develop trust in the overall program."
    2.  Where Is D3?
     


    There are nearly 450 NCAA Division III schools. Where are they located? Explore this and other membership/sport maps using the NCAA's updated dashboard.

    >> Click here for the NCAA map. Then play around a little bit.


    3.  Willamette Football and Pearl Harbor

    "Two college football teams boarded the SS Lurline at Pier 35 in San Francisco on the last Thursday in November 1941. The San Jose State College Spartans and Willamette College Bearcats were giddy with anticipation for their voyage west to the Hawaii Territory.
    Over 13 days on Oahu, each team would play the University of Hawaii and also play one another. The players planned to swim in the blue of the Pacific and frolic on the sands of Waikiki Beach. Sure, the threat of war loomed over the players, just as it did over the entire nation. But for all the debate in Washington, war remained separate from reality -- somewhere out there in the future along with graduation, and finding a job, and finding someone you could build a life with.
    Except that, on the last Wednesday in November 1941, Japanese submarines began moving east toward Hawaii."
     
    >> Situational Awareness: The invitation to play Hawaii had been quite a coup for both San Jose State and Willamette. In an era with only three bowl games, the San Jose States of the world never received this type of season-ending trip, one that included a whopping $5,000 guarantee. Maybe San Jose State and Willamette received the invitation because they agreed to accept it. Few mainland schools had interest in spending a week on a ship to play Hawaii. Air travel to Oahu took 16 hours from the California coast and cost a lot of money.
     
    >> Between The Lines: "We expected the trip to be canceled because of war tensions right up until we sailed. But once we got underway and landed there, we never thought an attack would occur. The place was so beautiful, and who would attack such a heavily fortified place?" - Wayne Oben, Willamette

    >> Of Note: San Jose State defeated Willamette, 20-6, on Dec. 6.

    >> Reality Check: On Dec. 7, the teams planned to eat breakfast at the hotel and take a 9:30 a.m. bus to tour Oahu, the local hospital and Pearl Harbor. The buses never arrived.

    Keep reading this incredible story from Ivan Maisel, ESPN
    Go Deeper with the Salem Statesmen Journal

     
     
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    4. Best of the Decade 

    We continue our "Best of the Decade" series with a look at the champions, runners-up and semifinalists in tennis.


    Champions: Emory (3), Amherst (2), Middlebury (2), Bowdoin, Claremont-M-S, Williams

    Runner-Up: CMS (4), Middlebury (2), Amherst, Bowdoin, Emory, Kenyon

    Final Four Appearances: Middlebury (7), CMS (6), Emory (6), Washington U. (5), Amherst (4), Chicago (4), Bowdoin (3), Williams (3), Kenyon, Trinity TX.



     
    Champions: Williams (6), Emory (2), Claremont-M-S, Wesleyan.

    Runner-Up: Emory (5), Amherst (2), Chicago, CMS, Williams.

    Final Four Appearances: Emory (10), Williams (9), Amherst (6), CMS (5), Middlebury (4), Chicago (3), Bowdoin,  Johns Hopkins, Wesleyan.


     
    5. Weekend Preview  

    Basketball (W) D3hoops.com
    1. Tufts (vs. Christopher Newport; vs. TCNJ)
    2. Scranton (vs. #9 George Fox)
    3. Bowdoin (at Cal Lutheran)
    4. Hope
    5. Mary Hardin-Baylor (vs. Illinois Wesleyan)
    6. Amherst (vs. #10 DeSales; vs. Keene State)
    7. Wartburg (vs. #14 Baldwin Wallace)
    8. DePauw
    9. George Fox (vs. #2 Scranton; vs. U. of New England)
    10. DeSales (vs. #6 Amherst)

    Basketball (M) - D3hoops.com
    1. Swarthmore
    2. Emory (vs. UW-Oshkosh)
    3. Wittenberg (vs. Elmira)
    4. Middlebury
    5. St. Thomas MN 
    6. Marietta (vs. Salisbury; vs. York)
    7. Randolph-Macon (vs. Lebanon Valley)
    8. Nebraska Wesleyan
    9. UW-Platteville (at LeTourneau; at Mary Hardin-Baylor)
    10. Washington U.

    Wrestling (Dual Meet) - NWCA
    1. Wartburg
    2. Loras
    3. Augsburg (at Citrus Invitational)
    4. Wabash (at Midlands Championship)
    5. Johnson & Wales 
    6. Mount Union
    7. Baldwin Wallace (at Citrus Invitational)
    8. Coe
    9. UW-La Crosse
    10. North Central

     
    6.  Comings and Goings
     

     
    7.   1 Fright Thing
     
    A couple in High Point, N.C., woke up to a loud banging inside their house on Christmas morning, per WGHP-TV.
    • They dashed to a closet and hid in fear, then dialed 911.
    • Sheriff's deputies searched the home, and found ... the couple's new robot vacuum, stuck and banging against a wall.
    They had named it Harry.

    - courtesy of Axios
     
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    Monday, December 23, 2019

    Great Day to Be a Cardinal

    D3Playbook
    DECEMBER 23, 2019 | written by STEVE ULRICH
    your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

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    1.  'Great Day to be a Cardinal'
     

    North Central College quarterback Broc Rutter (9) runs past Wisconsin-Whitewater defensive linemen Jermaine Copeland (77) during the second quarter of the NCAA Division III championship game in Shenandoah, Texas. (Jason Fochtman / AP Photo)

    North Central (Ill.) capped off a memorable season with a convincing 41-14 victory over UW-Whitewater in the 47th Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl.

    QB Broc Rutter, the Gagliardi Trophy winner, threw for 263 yards and a pair of TDs, while RB Ethan Greenfield ran for 138 yards and found the end zone three times for the Cardinals. WR Andrew Kamienski hauled in nine of Rutter's aerials for 134 yards and a score, setting a DIII record for TD catches in a season (31). Rutter set a Division record with 14,261 career passing yards.

    But the stars of the night were the members of NCC's offensive line - Will Ebert, Sharmore Clarke, Jarod Thornton, Ricky Strba, and Colton Bauknecht - a unit that allowed the explosive Cardinal offense to average 47.4 points per game in the playoffs.

    >> What They're Saying: “It’s a dream that was launched in 2002 when my dad (John) took this program over,” head coach Jeff Thorne said. “So many people have put so much into this, from the administration, to the players, alums, parents. To see it to completion and be able to hand that trophy to my dad was very special.”

    >> Be Smart: “It’s cool to get that acknowledgement, but again, it’s all the offensive line,” Greenfield, the game's MVP, said. “I want them to have that award. I wouldn’t want to run behind anyone else. Their hearts explode out of their chests. They care so much and play so hard. They give everything to this team. Everything we accomplished is because of them.”

    >> Keep Reading (Naperville Sun)
    >> Go Deeper (D3Football.com)
    >> Great Day to Be a Cardinal (Naperville Sun)
     
    2. All-America 

    D3football.com released its annual All-America team on Friday.
    First Team Offense
    QB-Broc Rutter, Sr., North Central; RB-Robert Shufford, Jr., Birmingham-Southern; RB-Josh Parks, Sr. St. Thomas; WR-Justin Hill, Sr., Mount Union; WR-Andrew Kamienski, Jr., North Central; TE-Dan Allen, Sr., Delaware Valley; T-Ben Bartch, Sr., Saint John's; G-Sharmone Clarke, Jr., North Central; C-Zach Smith, Sr., Hope; G-Garrett Garza, Sr., Texas Lutheran; T-Joe Krall, Sr., Monmouth

    First Team Defense
    E-Michael Nobile, Soph., Delaware Valley; T-Dallas McRae, Sr., Wheaton; T-Joey Longoria, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor; E-Frankie Feaster, Sr., Muhlenberg; LB-Tevin Jones, Sr., Mary Hardin-Baylor; LB-Dillon Keefe, Jr., Chapman; LB-Emmett Forde, Jr., Hobart; CB-Danial Shelton, Sr., Susquehanna; S-Jefferson Fritz, Jr., Mary Hardin-Baylor; S-Raeqwon Greer, Jr., Alfred; CB-Obasi Dees, Sr., Cal Lutheran.

    First Team Specialists
    K-Jon Alberts, Sr., Central; P-Alex Berg, Sr., Concordia-Moorhead; RET-A.J. Jackson, Fr., Lake Forest; ST-Willie Julkes, Sr., Concordia-Moorhead.

    Complete Team

     
    3.  Best of the Decade

    We continue our "Best of the Decade" series with a look at the champions, runners-up and semifinalists in football.



    Champions: UW-Whitewater (4), Mount Union (3), Mary Hardin-Baylor (2), North Central.

    Runner-Up: Mount Union (5), St. Thomas (2), UMHB, UW-Oshkosh, UW-Whitewater.

    Final Four Appearances: Mount Union (9), UW-Whitewater (7), UMHB (5), St. Thomas (3), UW-Oshkosh (3), Wesley (3), Linfield (2), North Central (2), Bethel, Brockport, John Carroll, Johns Hopkins, Muhlenberg, Saint John’s.


    Friday: Tennis.
     


    4.  ICYMI
     

    The weekend on the mat ... 
    • No. 1 Wartburg remained undefeated with a 24-9 victory over No. 10 North Central. The Knights top-ranked 184 Kyle Briggs decisioned No. 7 Cody Baldridge, 11-7.
    • No. 4 Wabash turned back two nationally-ranked foes, downing Merchant Marine, 34-12, No. 16 Messiah, 32-12, and No. 5 Johnson and Wales, 19-17. Maxwell Bishop decisioned sixth-ranked Michael Dirnardo, 4-2, at 285 to secure the win vs. J&W.

    The weekend in hoops.
    • UW-River Falls toppled No. 8 Nebraska Wesleyan, 84-82. Noah Hanson led the Falcons (6-3) with 23 points. Nate Schimonitz tallied 39 in a losing cause for the Wolves (10-2).
    • Ripon handed Division II Northern Michigan an 80-75 defeat. Seth Kostroski led three players in double figures with 16.
    • La Roche's Tyler Frederick scored 34 points and gathered 12 rebounds as the Hawks defeated Pitt-Greensburg, 89-73.
     

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    5. Weekend Review

    Basketball (W) D3hoops.com
    1. Tufts
    2. Scranton (d. Rosemont, 100-44)
    3. Bowdoin
    4. Hope
    5. Mary Hardin-Baylor
    6. Amherst
    7. Wartburg (d. St. Mary's MN, 91-54)
    8. DePauw
    9. George Fox
    10. DeSales

    Basketball (M) - D3hoops.com
    1. Swarthmore
    2. Emory
    3. Wittenberg
    4. Middlebury
    5. St. Thomas MN 
    6. Marietta
    7. Randolph-Macon
    8. Nebraska Wesleyan (lost vs. UW-River Falls, 84-82)
    9. UW-Platteville
    10. Washington U.

    Wrestling (Dual Meet) - NWCA
    1. Wartburg (d. #10 North Central, 24-9; d. Trine, 44-4; d. Northern State, 31-6)
    2. Loras
    3. Augsburg
    4. Wabash (d. #5 Johnson & Wales, 19-17; d. #16 Messiah, 32-12; d. USMMA, 34-12)
    5. Johnson & Wales (lost vs. #4 Wabash, 19-17lost vs. #16 Messiah, 19-16; d. USMMA, 24-11; d. Muhlenberg, 27-16)
    6. Mount Union
    7. Baldwin Wallace
    8. Coe
    9. UW-La Crosse (d. #10 North Central, 21-15; d. Trine, 41-7; d. Minot State, 35-7)
    10. North Central (lost vs. #1 Wartburg, 24-9lost to #9 UW-La Crosse, 21-15; d. Trine, 41-5)

     
    6.  Comings and Goings
     
    7. 1 Holiday Thing



    Eddie Murphy returned to NBC's Saturday Night Live and reprised a number of the old hits, including Mister Robinson's Neighborhood and Gumby to name a few. But you'll be seeing this one in SNL Christmas montages from now on. Happy holidays!
     
     
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