Thursday, March 16, 2023

Basketball and Brains


written by STEVE ULRICH
your must-read briefing on what's driving the day in NCAA Division III

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1. Basketball and Brains

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The College Sports Communicators (CSC) released their annual Division III men's and women's Academic All-America basketball teams.

Anderson's Lexi Dellinger was named the women's Academic All-American of the Year, after posting a 4.0 GPA in elementary education while averaging 20.4 points and 7.3 rebounds per game. She is a two-time HCAC Player of the Year.

Claremont-Mudd-Scripps' Josh Angle was named the men's Academic All-American of the Year, after posting a 3.94 GPA in economics and finance while averaging 21.5 points per game.

Eight of the 15 members of the Academic All-America® Division III women’s basketball teams claim a perfect 4.0 GPA in their undergraduate work or graduate school. The five members of the first team have an average GPA of 3.97, with the entire Division III team retaining a collective average GPA of 3.93.

First Team
Claire Brock, Emory, Sr., 4.0
Lexi Dellinger, Grad, Anderson, 4.0 / 3.93 grad
Elyce Knudsen, Millikin, Jr., 3.9
Shannon McCoy, Kean, Sr., 4.0
Katie Titus, Rochester, Grad, 4.0 / 3.93 grad

>> Complete Team

Division III led the four Academic All-America® teams with a 3.91 average GPA with the first team boasting a 3.95.

First Team
Josh Angle, Claremont-M-S, Sr., 3.94
Kasey Draper, Roanoke, Sr., 4.0
Elijah Hales, DePauw, Sr., 3.97
Ryan Thissen, Saint John's, Jr., 4.0
Evan Thomas, Hope, Sr., 3.88
Caleb Williams, Macalester, Jr., 3.91

>> Complete Team


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2. Final Four Preview

And then there were four.

Just four teams remain in this year's NCAA Division III men's basketball tournament and they square off in tonight's semifinals in Fort Wayne, Ind.

(2) Christopher Newport (28-3) vs. (7) Swarthmore (28-3), 5:30

  • NCAA Titles: (C) none (S) none
  • Leading Scorers: (C) Jahn Hines 17.1 (S) Vinny DeAngelo 17.4
  • Leading Rebounders: (C) Trey Barber 7.9 (S) Michael Caprise 8.1
  • Team FG%: (C) 46.6 (S) 47.1
  • FG% Defense: (C) 39.5 (S) 40.2
  • Team FT%: (C) 64.4 (S) 75.9

(3) Mount Union (29-2) vs. UW-Whitewater (25-7), 8:00

  • NCAA Titles: (M) none (W) 1984-89-2012-14 
  • Leading Scorers: (M) Christian Parker 18.5 (W) Miles Barnstable 16.2
  • Leading Rebounders: (M) Christian Parker 8.3 (W) Delvin Barnstable 6.2
  • Team FG%: (M) 47.8 (W) 48.9
  • FG% Defense: (M) 40.7 (W) 44.9
  • Team FT%: (M) 66.5 (W) 72.9

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3. Day One Recap

The Denison women and the Emory men hold the team leads after the opening day of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

The evening highlights came in the 200 medley relay, as both Emory teams set national records. The women's quartet of Megan JungersAnna GlowniakTaylor Leone and Caroline Maki touched the wall in 1:39.55, bettering the old mark set by Kenyon in 2022 by .04 seconds.

The Eagle men's relay of Ryan SohJake MeyerJeff Echols and Colin Lafave won the race in 1:25.85 - 0.29 seconds better than the mark set by Emory in 2017.

Women's Team Scoring
Denison 107, Kenyon 90, Emory 90, Williams 77, Tufts 69.5

500 Free: Kristi Cornish (Johns Hopkins) 4:48.38
200 IM: Sophia Verkleeren (Williams) 1:59.47
50 Free: Kaley McIntyre (NYU) 22.78
3-Meter Diving: Ariana Khan (Emory) 478.40
200 Medley Relay: Jungers, Glowniak, Leone, Maki (Emory) 1:33.55

Men's Team Scoring
Emory 110.5, Kenyon 80.5, Chicago 65, MIT 62, Johns Hopkins 57

500 Free: Patrick Pema (Emory) 4:20.41
200 IM: Garrett Clasen (Chicago) 1:45.65
50 Free: Noah Holstege (Calvin) 19.48
200 Medley Relay: Soh, Meyer, Echols, Lafave (Emory) 1:25.85

>> Championship Central
>> Live Results

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4. Case, Chicago Are No. 1

Ansh Shah  No. 1 Women's Tennis Edges Past No. 15 Trinity (TX)

The Case Western Reserve men and Chicago women are the No. 1 ranked team in the world of Division III tennis, according to the ITA.


  1. Case Western Reserve
  2. Washington U.
  3. Claremont-M-S
  4. Middlebury
  5. Tufts
  6. Chicago
  7. Williams
  8. Emory
  9. Johns Hopkins
  10. Denison

>> Conference Call: NESCAC (7), SCIAC (6), UAA (6), NEWMAC (3), C2C (2), Centennial (2), Liberty (2), NCAC (2), NWC (2), SCAC (2), MAC Freedom (1), MIAC (1), ODAC (1), SAA (1), USA (1), WIAC (1)

>> Complete Ranking

  1. Chicago
  2. Claremont-M-S
  3. MIT
  4. Wesleyan
  5. Pomona-Pitzer
  6. Middlebury
  7. Amherst
  8. Tufts
  9. Emory
  10. Sewanee

>> Conference Call: NESCAC (8), UAA (7), SCIAC (5), Liberty (3), NEWMAC (3), C2C (2), Centennial (2), NCAC (2), SCAC (2), ASC (1), MWC (1), NWC (1), ODAC (1), SAA (1), WIAC (1)

>> Complete Ranking

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5. NCAA Viewership Stats

Thanks to athletic communications directors around the country, here are the streaming video statistics from last weekend's NCAA basketball and ice hockey action. Numbers shown indicate unique views.

Men's Basketball - Sweet 16 / Quarterfinals
8,588 - UW-Whitewater vs. Oswego State (Q)
6,431 - Randolph-Macon vs. Oswego State
5,947 - Swarthmore vs. Nichols (Q)
5,900 - Swarthmore vs. Keene State
5,690 - UW-Whitewater vs. Johns Hopkins
4,673 - Nichols vs. Stockton
3,690 - Christopher Newport vs. Wheaton IL (Q)
3,349 - Wheaton vs. Saint Joseph's CT
2,749 - Christopher Newport vs. Mary Hardin-Baylor
2,707 - Mount Union vs. UW-Oshkosh (Q)
1,548 - Mount Union v. North Park
1,321 - UW-Oshkosh vs. Rowan

Women's Basketball - Sweet 16 / Quarterfinals
3,854 - Smith vs. Trinity CT (Q)
3,472 - Smith vs. Mary Washington
3,100 - Tufts vs. Christopher Newport (Q)
2,830 - Babson vs. Rhode Island College (Q)
2,782 - Trinity CT vs. UW-Whitewater
2,631 - Babson vs. Marietta
1,820 - Tufts vs. Trinity CT
1,730 - Christopher Newport vs. Wartburg
1,687 - Chicago vs. Rhode Island College

Men's Ice Hockey
3,218 - Plymouth State vs. U. of New England
2,894 - Curry v. Bowdoin
2,701 - Plattsburgh State vs. Norwich

Women's Ice Hockey
2,297 - Middlebury vs. Suffolk
2,216 - Gustavus Adolphus vs. UW-River Falls (Q)
1,235 - Plattsburgh State vs. Middlebury (Q)
852 - Adrian vs. Hamilton (Q)


6.  Thursday's Watchlist

What we're watching today online.

  SWIM: NCAA Championships, 10:00 / 6:00
  SFB: Berry (14-3) vs. Huntingdon (15-3), 3:00
  BSB: #16 Christopher Newport (16-5) vs. #14 Randolph-Macon (11-2), 3:30
  MBB: National Semifinals, 5:30 / 8:00


7.  Lightning Round 


  • Lesley University’s Faculty Assembly says it has voted no confidence in university president Janet Steinmayer for the second time in roughly a year. This time, it says, it also voted no confidence in the university’s Board of Trustees.
  • The 20 finalists for the Jostens' Trophy have been announced.
  • PrestoSports announces the launch of its latest product, PrestoAI. This innovative new product uses advanced artificial intelligence technology to automatically generate written content based on statistical data and game highlights. By leveraging the power of AI, PrestoAI can create engaging, informative, and accurate articles in a matter of seconds. This groundbreaking technology eliminates the need for manual article creation, allowing sports organizations to focus on other critical tasks while still delivering top-notch content to their audience.

  Happy Birthday
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