Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Regional Rankings, Explained


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III
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1. Regional Rankings, Explained

DII Regional Rankings | NCAA.com

It's that time of year - regional rankings.

National polls are fun to look at ... and make for great discussions. But the NCAA Division III regional rankings carry the weight.

Beginning today, the field hockey, soccer and volleyball regional committees will rank their respective teams and turn the lists over to the national committee. On Wednesday, those groups will release the first of four regional rankings that will serve as guides for selection and sites for the upcoming national tournaments.

Primary Criteria
The primary criteria emphasize regional competition (all contests leading up to NCAA championships); all criteria listed will be evaluated (not listed in priority order).

  • Won-lost percentage against Division III opponents
  • Division III head-to-head competition
  • Results versus common Division III opponents
  • Results versus ranked Division III teams as established by the final ranking and the ranking preceding the final ranking. Conference postseason contests are included
  • Division III strength of schedule; - Opponents’ Average Winning Percentage (OWP); - Opponents’ Opponents’ Average Winning Percentage (OOWP).
Secondary Criteria
If the evaluation of the primary criteria does not result in a decision, the secondary criteria will be reviewed. All the criteria listed will be evaluated (not listed in priority order). The secondary criteria introduce results against all other opponents, including those contests versus opponents from other classifications (i.e., provisionals, NAIA, NCAA Divisions I and II).
  • Non-Division III won-lost percentage
  • Results versus common non-Division III opponents
  • Division III non-conference strength of schedule.

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BlueFrame Games We're Watching Today

Soccer (M): Eastern Connecticut (8-5) at Babson (7-3-3), 3:30
Volleyball (W): Middlebury (15-3) at Plymouth State (19-0), 6:00
Field Hockey: MIT (10-4) at Wheaton, Mass. (7-7), 7:00
Soccer (W): McDaniel (13-1) at Elizabethtown (6-5-2), 7:00

2. Ram Power


Farmingdale State went wire-to-wire in winning the Skyline Conference men's golf championship. The Rams finished 313-319-632 to defeat Manhattanville by 13 shots. Farmingdale's Christopher Iguchi won medalist honors with a 75-76-151.


3.  Getting Others Noticed

by Tom Rysinski, The Dispatch

"Dave Beyer doesn’t care if you know who he is, but he cares very much that you know about the accomplishments of the student-athletes at Mississippi University for Women.

Less than five years after The W unveiled its athletics logo to mark the return of intercollegiate sports to the campus, and less than two years before the move to NCAA Division III is complete, the university’s athletics department is at a pivotal but exciting stage, and Beyer’s is a critical if largely invisible job as director of athletic communications.

“It’s basically to make sure that news about our athletic department gets out using all avenues possible,” he said. “You’re the caretaker of the archives. All of the pictures we take, all of the stats that we do, it all has to be archived so the next person can find it easily. You’re caretaker of the past, facilitator of the present and a planner for the future.”

>> Why It Matters: "On a cool Saturday afternoon at Lowndes County Soccer Complex, Beyer watched intently, snapping photos and typing in notes, as coach Louis Alexander’s Owls men’s soccer team dropped a 1-0 decision to LaGrange College. After the game, he uploaded pictures he took from the scorer’s table to The W’s athletic website, prepared a press release about the game and probably pondered future possibilities such as weekly coaches’ shows from Zachary’s or special events at the planned baseball stadium."

>> What They're Saying: “If people don’t know you, you’ve done your job, and if they do know you, you’re probably not doing your job,” he said. “But you can have an impact on young people’s lives, do things to create memories for them.”

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    4. Rankings

    Blaine Hawkins, Central / Dan L. Vander Beek Photography


    1. North Central (Ill.), 6-0
    2. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 6-0
    3. Wisconsin-Whitewater, 6-0
    4. Mount Union, 6-0
    5. Saint John's, 6-0
    6. Wheaton (Ill.), 5-1
    7. Linfield, 5-0
    8. Hardin-Simmons, 5-1
    9. Delaware Valley, 6-0
    10. Central, 6-0
    >> Complete D3football Poll

    1. North Central (Ill.), 6-0
    2. Mary Hardin-Baylor, 6-0
    3. Wisconsin-Whitewater, 6-0
    4. Mount Union, 6-0
    5. Saint John's, 6-0
    6. Linfield, 5-0
    7. Delaware Valley, 6-0
    8. Hardin-Simmons, 5-1
    9. Wheaton (Ill.), 5-1
    10. Central, 6-0
    >> New to the Top 25: Birmingham-Southern, Randolph-Macon

    >> Complete AFCA poll

    >> Unbeatens (22): Birmingham-Southern, Central, Cortland, Delaware Valley. Gallaudet, Howard Payne, Ithaca, Lake Forest, Linfield, Mary Hardin-Baylor, Merchant Marine, Mount Union, North Central (Ill.), Saint John's, Susquehanna, Trinity (Conn.), Trinity (Texas), Union, Washington & Jefferson, Wesleyan, Williams, Wisconsin-Whitewater

    >> Passing TDs: Blaine Hawkins (Central) 27; Jaelen Ray (Rockford) 25; Landon McKinney (Howard Payne) 23; Gavin Zimbelman (Aurora) 23

    >> Rushing TDs: Clayton Parrish (Grove City) 17; Robert Shufford (Birmingham-Southern) 15

    >> Receiving TDs: Joey Owens (Rockford) 14; Dominic Smith (Augsburg) 11

    >> Games We're Watching (all times EDT):
    • Endicott (6-1) at Salve Regina (6-1), 12:00
    • Catholic (5-2) at Merchant Marine (6-0), 12:00
    • No. 3 UW-Whitewater (6-0) at UW-River Falls (5-1), 2:00
    • No. 5 Saint John's (6-0) at Gustavus Adolphus (5-1), 2:00
    • Chapman (5-1) at Redlands (5-1), 10:00

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    6.  Comings and Goings
    1 THING

    7. Domino's Domino

    Domino's in Danville, Pa. Photo: Paul Weaver/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

    "Same-store sales fell for Domino's for the first time in a decade as delivery times lengthened due to staffing shortages, AP reports.

    • Looking for work? The job-hunting site Indeed.com currently lists 14,558 job openings at Domino’s U.S. stores."

    courtesy of Axios
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