Monday, November 11, 2019

Selection Shows

NOVEMBER 11, 2019 | written by Steve Ulrich
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1.  Selection Shows

Beginning at 12:30 EST, the 64-team championship fields will be announced for volleyball and soccer. Field Hockey was released last night (see below). Click here for the selection show videos.

2.  Champions

It's great to be selected as an at-large to the NCAA tournament ... but teams come back to campus for reunions to celebrate conference championships. Congratulations on your accomplishment and best of luck at nationals.

3. St. Thomas to the Summit?

"When the Summit League extended an invitation to St. Thomas, it offered the Tommies more than a new conference home. The league became a full-fledged partner in the university’s quest to make the leap from Division III to Division I athletics.
Tom Douple, commissioner of the nine-member Summit League, said Wednesday that he and its member schools are committed to bringing St. Thomas into the conference. To that end, the league will act as an advocate, adviser and lobbyist for the Tommies as they travel through uncharted waters. St. Thomas is seeking permission from the NCAA to reclassify directly from D-III to D-I, which is not allowed under current rules."

>> Why It Matters: The NCAA requires Division III schools to reclassify first to Division II as part of a 12-year process to become a full member of Division I. The Summit League is supporting St. Thomas’s request for a waiver to bypass Division II. According to NCAA spokesperson Meghan Durham, there is no procedure in place to consider such a waiver, but the organization “supports in concept’’ the idea of creating a direct path from Division III to Division I.

>> What's Next: Douple promised the Summit League will keep working to get St. Thomas into D-I, no matter how long it takes. “Our presidents and chancellors are all-in. They just reconfirmed that on Monday,” he said. “Whether it’s in 2021, ’22 or ’23, we’re committed to having [St. Thomas] be a partner with us.”

>> Be Smart: The NCAA's Strategic Vision and Planning Committee has been discussing whether the NCAA should create a direct path from D-III to D-I for any qualified school.

>> Keep Reading courtesy of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune

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4.    Field Hockey Championship Field 

The NCAA announced its 24-team field for the 2019 field hockey championship last night. Eight teams received first-round byes, while 16 others will play first-round matches on Wednesday.

First-Round - November 13
Hartwick (13-6) at Franklin & Marshall (16-3)
MIT (13-4) at Scranton (13-7)
Denison (16-3) at Rochester (14-8)
Worcester State (18-4) at Messiah (16-4)

St. Joseph's Maine (18-3) at Babson (18-4)
Wilson (10-8) at Endicott (18-4)
Lynchburg (18-3) at Centre (18-0)
Marywood (16-3) at FDU-Florham (17-4)

Second Round - November 16
F&M/Hartwick at TCNJ (18-0)
Scranton/MIT vs. Geneseo (19-2)

Rochester/Denison vs. Tufts (14-4)
Messiah/Worcester State at Johns Hopkins (17-2)

Babson/St. Joseph's at Middlebury (17-1)
Endicott/Wilson vs. Kean (18-3)

Centre/Lynchburg vs. Rowan (15-4)
FDU-Florham/Marywood at Salisbury (18-1)

>> Printable Bracket

5. Weekend Review

Football -
  1. Mount Union (d. Muskingum, 51-3)
  2. Mary Hardin-Baylor (d. #25 Texas Lutheran, 41-3)
  3. UW-Whitewater (d. UW-Stout, 37-17)
  4. Wheaton, Ill. (d. Carthage, 55-6)
  5. Muhlenberg (d. Gettysburg, 44-3)
  6. North Central (d. Illinois Wesleyan, 69-14)
  7. Salisbury (d. TCNJ, 62-20)
  8. Saint John's (d. Hamline, 70-0)
  9. Bethel (d. Augsburg, 62-6)
  10. John Carroll (d. Heidelberg, 17-13)

Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO
  1. UW-Stevens Point (d. Gustavus Adolphus, 4-2; lost vs. St. Thomas, 4-3)
  2. Norwich (d. New England College, 7-0; d. Southern Maine, 1-0)
  3. St. Norbert (lost vs. Lake Forest, 1-0 and 4-3)
  4. Geneseo (d. Canton, 10-2)
  5. Oswego (d. Plattsburgh, 3-0; d. Potsdam, 8-1)
  6. Hobart (d. Johnson & Wales, 9-0; d. Suffolk, 7-4)
  7. Augsburg (d. Hamline, 5-1 and 5-2)
  8. Adrian (lost at Marian, 6-3; d. Marian, 5-4)
  9. Trinity (idle)
  10. Manhattanville (lost vs. #14 Utica, 5-2; lost vs. Nazareth, 7-2)

Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO
  1. Plattsburgh (d. Oswego, 7-1 and 3-0)
  2. Adrian (idle)
  3. Elmira (d. Wilkes, 12-0; d. King's, 6-0)
  4. Hamline (tied UW-Superior, 2-2; d. Concordia WI, 6-1)
  5. UW-River Falls (d. Saint Mary's, 4-1)
  6. Williams (idle)
  7. UW-Eau Claire (d. Bethel, 3-0; lost at Gustavus Adolphus, 1-0)
  8. Norwich (d. UMass Boston, 5-1)
  9. St. Thomas (tied UW-Stevens Point, 2-2; d. UWSP, 4-0)
  10. Middlebury (idle)

Basketball (M)
  1. Swarthmore (d. Eastern, 100-74)
  2. UW-Oshkosh (d. #17 Augustana, 74-67)
  3. North Central
  4. Amherst
  5. Wittenberg
  6. Emory (d. #19 Guilford, 89-67)
  7. Washington-St. Louis (d. Illinois College, 85-76)
  8. Nebraska Wesleyan (d. #12 Saint John's, 78-56)
  9. Christopher Newport (lost at Johns Hopkins, 78-74)
  10. Nichols

Basketball (W)
  1. Amherst
  2. Tufts
  3. Scranton
  4. Wartburg
  5. Bowdoin
  6. Hope (d. Luther, 78-48; d. Benedictine, 92-48)
  7. Mary Hardin-Baylor
  8. George Fox (lost at Trinity TX, 74-55; d. East Texas Baptist, 77-69 OT)
  9. St. Thomas (d. East Texas Baptist, 54-40; d. Trinity TX, 71-68)
  10. DePauw

Swimming (W)
  1. Emory (d. Wingate, Carson-Newman, 672-593-422)
  2. Denison
  3. Kenyon (lost vs. Michigan State, 220.5-98.5)
  4. Williams
  5. NYU (d. Princeton, Stevens, Drew, 462.5-217-191-186.5)
  6. Johns Hopkins
  7. Chicago (lost vs. #10 Washington-St. Louis, 160-140)
  8. Tufts
  9. MIT (d. Springfield, 234-65; d. #23 Trinity TX, 202-94)
  10. Washington-St. Louis (d. #7 Chicago, 160-140)

Swimming (M)
  1. Denison
  2. Kenyon (lost vs. Michigan State, 157-143)
  3. Emory (d. Wingate, Carson-Newman, 631-605.5-429.5)
  4. Johns Hopkins
  5. Washington-St. Louis (d. #6 Chicago, 175-113)
  6. Chicago (lost vs. #5 Washington-St. Louis, 175-113)
  7. MIT (d. Springfield, 224-71; d. Trinity TX, 222-62)
  8. Carnegie Mellon
  9. Pomona-Pitzer (d. Fresno Pacific, 165-69; d. Cal Lutheran, 209-52; d. La Verne, 170-108)
  10. Williams

6.  Play of the Day

7.  1 Protest Thing

The season-opening men's basketball game between York (Pa.) and Franklin & Marshall was postponed due to a student protest on Friday night. F&M students staged a sit-in to draw attention to the racial climate on the Lancaster, Pa. campus. The game will be rescheduled.

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