Wednesday, March 8, 2023

Streaming Stats


written by STEVE ULRICH
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1. Streaming Stats

The Hope College women's basketball starting five huddle together
photo by Steven M. Herppich

How many people actually watch Division III basketball via your streaming platform?

Probably more than you think.

We asked conferences to supply their unique views for their men's and women's championship games from Feb. 24-26. We also asked them to provide their streaming platform and have compiled those that shared the information with us. Thanks to those who participated.

Top 15 Men's Finals
3,589 - Keene State v. W. Connecticut (Little East)
3,156 - Carleton v. Saint John's (MIAC) *
3,080 - Wooster v. Wabash (NCAC)
2,919 - Nichols v. W. New England (CCC)
2,890 - Hamilton v. Colby (NESCAC)
2,722 - Westfield v. Worcester (MASCAC) +
2,704 - Oshkosh v. Whitewater (WIAC)
2,604 - Allegheny v. Chatham (PAC)
2,393 - Mount Union v. Marietta (Ohio) +
2,375 - Trinity v. Schreiner (SCAC) #
2,314 - Calvin v. Hope (MIAA) #
2,272 - Alvernia v. Widener (MAC Commonwealth)
2,250 - Johns Hopkins v. Swarthmore (Centennial)
2,081 - Redlands v. Cal Lutheran (SCIAC)
1,826 - Nazareth v. St. John Fisher (Empire 8) *

Top 15 Women's Finals
3,902 - Hope v. Trine (MIAA) #
2,786 - Ithaca v. Skidmore (Liberty) !
1,959 - Gustavus Adolphus v. Concordia (MIAC) *
1,902 - Bridgewater v. Westfield (MASCAC) +
1,876 - La Verne v. Redlands (SCIAC)
1,604 - UT Dallas v. E. Texas Baptist (ASC) *
1,599 - Saint Vincent v. Chatham (PAC)
1,547 - Whitewater v. Eau Claire (WIAC)
1,536 - E. Connecticut v. Rhode Island College (LEC)
1,507 - Webster v. Westminster (SLIAC) ?
1,483 - Ohio Northern v. Marietta (Ohio) ^
1,417 - Trinity v. Colorado College (SCAC) #
1,260 - Tufts v. Trinity (NESCAC)
1,179 - La Roche v. PSU Behrend (AMCC) +
1,132 - DeSales v. Stevens (MAC Freedom)

Provider: BlueFrame/Hudl unless indicated
* Stretch  / + BoxCast / # YouTube / ! ICTV / ^ broadcast

>> Be Smart: I've always considered the actual number of viewers to be 1.5 times the number listed. This takes into account that more than one person could be watching at the IP address.

>> Coming Tomorrow: NCAA 1st and 2nd Round statistics


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2. DIII Offers Something Others Cannot

Ryan Fleck
by Sandy Stevens, Wrestling Insider NewsMagazine

"Assume that you’re a wrestling coach in NCAA Division III, the only division that prohibits awarding financial aid based on athletic ability; in other words, no scholarships.

And if the rare Division III athlete should happen to attract an NIL contract, it’s likely a minor benefit, maybe from a local eating spot.

Your challenge: recruiting a student-athlete to a school that no doubt costs more than $30,000 a year and presents high academic standards. How do you do it?"

>> Mat Awareness: “We stress a variety of things,” said Tim Fader, in his eighth year as head coach at Wisconsin-Eau Claire. “Obviously, we look at results, but we really are looking for someone who really loves wrestling. You could have (an offer of) a little bit of a scholarship elsewhere, but that doesn’t guarantee having a good experience.”

>> Quotable: “A bunch of friends went Division I, but wrestling was something I really struggled with in high school," said Ferrum head coach Logan Meister. “It was a tough sport and I had some injuries. But as I thought about it, I realized why I was doing it, and I re-found my love of the sport. I viewed Div. III as a place I could be successful, that I could be a valuable member of the team and make an impact as well.”

>> Quotable II: “You really are a student first at the University of Chicago,” head coach Matt Gentry said, pointing out that practices are scheduled around wrestlers’ class times. “But wrestling is a very important part of your education, your development as a person,” he added. “It’s not either/or.”

>> The Final Word: “My job as a coach is to maximize your wrestling potential, and the vast majority of wrestlers get that in Division III,” Gentry said.

>> Read More

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3.   Ducks, Brewers and Eagles 1-2-3

Gavin van Beveren
Gavin van Beveren, Vassar | photo by Stockton Photo

The latest AVCA Division III men's volleyball still has Stevens, Vassar and Juniata in the top three spots.

  1. Stevens (20), 20-2
  2. Vassar (3), 15-1
  3. Juniata, 17-2
  4. Carthage, 11-3
  5. Springfield, 17-2
  6. Messiah, 16-2
  7. St. John Fisher, 14-5
  8. NYU, 10-4
  9. Southern Virginia, 9-2
  10. North Central, Ill. (12-3) and New Paltz (15-6)

>> Matches We're Watching This Week. #1 Stevens vs. #8 NYU (Wed.); #5 Springfield vs. #10 New Paltz (Thu.); #4 Carthage vs. #10 North Central (Sat.).

>> Complete Poll

4.   Panthers Move Into Top Slot

Cam McNearney runs in from the outfield after the Panthers recorded three outs.
Cam McNearney, Birmingham-Southern

Birmingham-Southern supplanted Salisbury as the No. 1 team in Division III baseball according to this week's poll.

  1. Birmingham-Southern (15), 13-1
  2. Salisbury (8), 8-1
  3. Eastern Connecticut (2), 3-0
  4. UW-Stevens Point, 3-0
  5. Rowan, 3-0
  6. Baldwin Wallace, 8-2
  7. UW-Whitewater, 0-0
  8. LaGrange, 8-4
  9. Shenandoah, 10-1
  10. Endicott, 1-0

>> Games We're Watching This Week: #5 Rowan vs. #23 Aurora (Thu.); #17 Cortland vs. #20 Marietta (Thu./Fri./Sat.); #19 Methodist vs. #25 Piedmont (Fri./Sat./Sun.); #3 Eastern Connecticut vs. #16 Johns Hopkins (Sun.)

>> Complete Poll

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5.   What We're Watching

    6.   Lightning Round  


    • Something to watch. Ivy League schools are facing a class action antitrust lawsuit that alleges its agreement to ban athletic scholarships is illegal, The Wall Street Journal reported. The lawsuit has been filed in U.S. District Court in Connecticut, and it could potentially upend the way Ivy League institutions award financial aid to athletes. 

     Track and Field

    • All-Region honorees for the 2023 NCAA Division III Indoor Track & Field season were announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA).

      Wrestling (M)

    • Here are the brackets for the 2023 NCAA Division III championship this weekend in Roanoke, Va.

      Happy Birthday

    • Cake and candles for Danielle Delude, assistant field hockey coach, Sweet Briar

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