Friday, January 31, 2020

1 vs. 2

JANUARY 31, 2020 | written by STEVE ULRICH
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1.  #1 vs. #2

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It is one of the rarest things in Division III basketball - No. 1 vs. No. 2.

It has happened just 11 times in women's basketball since 1999-2000 and will occur for the 12th time tonight as #1 Tufts (18-0) travels to Brunswick to take on #2 Bowdoin (19-0). A full house is expected and Bowdoin will be issuing tickets at the door to comply with the 1,400-seat capacity at Morrell Gym.

Erica DeCandido leads the Jumbos in scoring at 15.7 ppg., while Maddie Hasson tops the Bears at 15.3. The teams are 1-2 in the NESCAC in scoring offense and defense.

For the record, the top-ranked women's team is 10-1 against its No. 2 foe, while the home team is also 10-1.

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Women (11 since 1999-2000)
  • Mar 10, 2000 - #1 Washington U. d. #2 UW-Eau Claire, 81-63 (NCAA Sweet 16)
  • Jan 21, 2001 - #1 Washington U. d. #2 NYU, 72-37
  • Mar 15, 2003 - #1 UW-Eau Claire d. #2 Hope, 74-56 (NCAA Quarterfinal)
  • Mar 12, 2004 - #1 Bowdoin d. #2 Southern Maine, 59-55 (NCAA Sweet 16)
  • Nov 30, 2004 - #1 Bowdoin d. #2 Southern Maine, 63-55
  • Mar 12, 2005 - #1 Scranton d. #2 Bowdoin, 49-43 (NCAA Quarterfinal)
  • Mar 15, 2008 - #2 Howard Payne d. #1 Hope, 53-49 (NCAA Quarterfinal)
  • Dec 1, 2013 - #1 DePauw d. #2 Washington U., 74-62
  • Mar 14, 2015 - #1 Thomas More d. #2 St. Thomas, 75-58 (NCAA Quarterfinal)
  • Dec 30, 2015 - #1 Thomas More d. #2 Illinois Wesleyan, 92-69
  • Feb 4, 2017 - #1 Amherst d, #2 Tufts, 36-35
Men (7 since 2006-07)
  • Feb 4, 2006 - #2 Wooster d. #1 Wittenberg, 86-77
  • Mar 10, 2006 - #2 Illinois Wesleyan d. #1 Lawrence, 71-68
  • Jan 20, 2008 - #1 Rochester d. #2 Brandeis, 74-68
  • Nov 22, 2008 - #1 Washington U. d. #2 Augustana, 87-82
  • Mar 14, 2009 - #2 Washington U. d. #1 St. Thomas, 79-64 (NCAA quarterfinal)
  • Mar 2, 2014 - #1 UW-Stevens Point d. @2 UW-Whitewater, 74-57
  • Dec 6, 2016 - #1 Amherst d. #2 Babson, 99-97 (OT)

Bold indicates home team
thanks to the team at, especially Gordon Mann, for his assistance in compiling the list.

2.  Endowment Returns Solid

College and university endowment returns averaged 5.3 percent, net of fees, in the 2019 fiscal year, according to an annual study released today by the National Association of College and University Business Officers.
The 2019 average return dipped from an average 8.2 percent return in 2018 and 12.2 percent in 2017, reflecting generally lower equity market returns. But it was still enough to push the 10-year average return to 8.4 percent. That’s because 2009, when endowment returns cratered amid the financial crisis, dropped out of the 10-year average.

Below are the five largest endowments in the country plus Division III institutions in the top 25 and their changes in size between the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years. Change in size is not the rate of return referenced throughout this article. It includes several additional factors that can affect endowment size in additional to investment gains and losses: withdrawals, gifts and contributions, and management and investment fees.
Top Endowments by Value, 2019 Fiscal Year
Institution2019 Endowment Funds (in $1,000s)2018 Endowment Funds (in $1,000s)Change in Market Value (percent)
1. Harvard39,427,89638,298,0872.95
2. U. of Texas30,958,23930,886,0180.23
3. Yale30,314,80029,351,1003.28
4. Stanford27,699,83426,464,9124.67
5. Princeton26,116,02225,917,1990.77
6. MIT17,569,32816,529,4326.29
15. Chicago8,263,8687,928,4854.23
16. Washington University7,953,9867,594,1594.74
17. Emory7,872,3817,292,1657.96
21. Johns Hopkins6,275,9394,190,52049.77

Source: 2019 NACUBO-TIAA Study of Endowments

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3. Weekend Preview  

Basketball (W)
  1. Tufts (FRI at #2 Bowdoin; SAT at Colby)
  2. Bowdoin (FRI vs. #1 Tufts; SAT vs. Bates)
  3. Hope (vs. Kalamazoo)
  4. DePauw (vs. Oberlin)
  5. Bethel (vs. Macalester)
  6. UW-Whitewater
  7. Transylvania (at Defiance)
  8. Amherst (FRI at Wesleyan)
  9. Whitman (FRI at Pacific Lutheran; SAT at Puget Sound)
  10. Wartburg (vs. Central)
>> Others to Watch: #25 Emory at #15 Chicago; Simpson at #12 Loras; #13 Mary Hardin-Baylor at Hardin-Simmons; #17 St. Thomas at #23 Gustavus Adolphus.

Basketball (M) -
  1. Swarthmore (at Gettysburg)
  2. Saint John's (vs. Hamline)
  3. Randolph-Macon (vs. Emory and Henry)
  4. Elmhurst (vs. Wheaton)
  5. Colby (FRI at Bates; SAT at Tufts)
  6. Wittenberg (at Allegheny)
  7. St. Thomas (at Gustavus Adolphus)
  8. Emory (FRI at Chicago; SN at #11 Washington U.)
  9. Nebraska Wesleyan (vs. Dubuque)
  10. Middlebury (FRI at Trinity; SAT at Connecticut College)
>> Others to Watch: Muhlenberg at #14 Johns Hopkins; Lynchburg at #18 Virginia Wesleyan; Manhattanville at #24 Yeshiva.

Ice Hockey (M) - USCHO
  1. Norwich (FRI at UMass Boston; SAT at #9 Babson)
  2. UW-Eau Claire (FRI/SAT vs. Stout)
  3. Geneseo (FRI/SAT at Morrisville)
  4. Trinity (FRI vs. Amherst; SAT vs. Hamilton)
  5. Utica (SAT at Nazareth)
  6. Lake Forest (FRI/SAT at #13 Adrian)
  7. Hobart (FRI/SAT vs. Skidmore)
  8. U. of New England (FRI/SAT vs. Curry)
  9. Babson (FRI vs. Castleton; SAT vs. #1 Norwich)
  10. Augsburg (FRI/SAT vs. Saint Mary's)

Ice Hockey (W) - USCHO
  1. Plattsburgh
  2. Middlebury (FRI/SAT at Hamilton)
  3. UW-Eau Claire (FRI/SAT vs. Stevens Point)
  4. Elmira (SAT at Neumann; SUN at Manhattanville)
  5. Gustavus Adolphus (FRI/SAT vs. #9 Hamline)
  6. Adrian (SAT/SUN vs. Lake Forest)
  7. Norwich (FRI at Salem State; SAT at Johnson & Wales)
  8. UW-River Falls (FRI/SAT vs. Northland)
  9. Hamline (FRI/SAT at #5 Gustavus Adolphus)
  10. Endicott

all games/matches Saturday unless indicated

4. Weekend Preview   

Swimming (W) CSCAA
  1. Denison (vs. Ohio Wesleyan/Youngstown State)
  2. Emory (at Georgia)
  3. Kenyon (FRI vs. Ohio Wesleyan; SAT at Cleveland State)
  4. Johns Hopkins (at #12 Carnegie Mellon)
  5. NYU
  6. Tufts
  7. Chicago (at Illinois-Chicago Diving Invitational)
  8. MIT (vs. #17 Amherst)
  9. Washington U.
  10. Williams (FRI-SAT at Middlebury Invitational)

Swimming (M) - CSCAA
  1. Kenyon (FRI vs. Ohio Wesleyan; SAT at Cleveland State)
  2. Denison (vs. Ohio Wesleyan/Youngstown State)
  3. Emory (at Georgia)
  4. MIT (vs. #17 Amherst)
  5. Johns Hopkins (at #10 Carnegie Mellon)
  6. NYU
  7. Washington U.
  8. Chicago (at Illinois-Chicago Diving Invitational)
  9. Claremont-M-S (at Whittier/Occidental)
  10. Carnegie Mellon (vs. #5 Johns Hopkins)

Wrestling (Dual Meet) - NWCA
  1. Wartburg
  2. Augsburg
  3. Loras (Loras Open)
  4. Wabash (FRI at Kentucky Wesleyan)
  5. Coe
  6. TCNJ (vs. Lycoming)
  7. Baldwin Wallace
  8. Johnson & Wales (at Springfield/Cortland/Castleton)
  9. NYU (at #15 Stevens)
  10. Mount Union (at Wheaton Invitational)

all contests Saturday unless indicated

5.  Comings and Goings

6.   ICYMI


  Top-ranked Wartburg remained undefeated with a 24-12 victory against No. 5 Coe on Thursday night. Kristian Rumph, ranked first at 133 in the nation, recorded a 4-2 decision, while second-ranked Kyle Briggs sealed the win with a second-period fall at 184.

  UW-Stevens Point (11-6-3) scored a power-play goal in overtime to trip No. 12 UW-Superior, 6-5. Trailing 5-2, the Yellowjackets scored three times in a 1:23 span of the second period to tie the game. Zach Zech notched the game-winner just 32 seconds into the extra stanza.

  Simcha Halpert poured in 33 points as No. 24 Yeshiva improved to 16-1 with an 86-73 victory over visiting SUNY Purchase.

7.  1 Super Bowl Thing

Katy Perry in the 2015 Super Bowl halftime show, performing with the awkward costumed dancer who will forever be known as Left Shark.

The New York Times chimes in on watching the Super Bowl. Surprisingly, not everyone in America loves football. With the growing concern over the violence of football, what are the ethics of watching the biggest U.S. sporting event of the year? Ken Belson, who has been reporting on the degenerative brain disease linked to repeated hits to the head, told Remy Tumin of the Briefings team.

What keeps fans coming back?
It’s an event that transcends the sport. The N.F.L. has been brilliant in turning it into a spectacle, and there’s nothing like it. That’s partly because of how the league has structured it — one final game, winner takes all, in a neutral city, on the first Sunday of February, every year. Other sports don’t have the same permanency.
You’ll be watching from the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. What can you see that viewers can’t?
Often when there’s an injury timeout, they go to commercial. I’ll be able to see doctors tending to players, including a neuro-trauma consultant who is on the sidelines (and wears a red hat). If the consultant gets involved, it means someone has had a concussion.
What would you say to fans who are having moral issues?
It’s a collision sport at heart, and if you don’t want see it, turn on something else. If you can’t reconcile that violence — and it is violence — then there are other sports. I think it’s O.K. to watch it and have misgivings. It’s human nature — you can both admire and be horrified by the same thing.

>> More morality plays from the NY Times

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