|D-III on D3: Tournament Bracketology, 3/06|
We are a couple of weeks into the season, though some teams have yet to play a single game. That said, several teams have already lost key games, greatly diminishing their chances of making the NCAAs, while others have won big early games. There were enough changes to update the brackets, but a reminder that at this point in the season Bracketology continues to be mere speculation, mine alone.
500 Mile Rule: One of the most difficult tasks in creating the brackets is geography, which takes precedence over seeding. The goal of the NCAA Selection Committee will be to minimize air travel (which must occur if the schools are more than 500 miles from each other). As such, I had to shift several teams in the seeding from where I believe they should be and rework the brackets to account for the 500-mile rule.
In: Endicott (AQ), Stevens (Pool C), Hampden-Sydney (Pool C)
Out: Gettysburg, Geneseo, WNEC
Bracket as of 3/06/11
Here are some key Pool B and Pool C games that will take place over the next week:
Hampden-Sydney at Cabrini
St. Lawrence at Ithaca
Wesleyan at Bowdoin
Cortland vs. Gettysburg
Denison at Haverford
Lynchburg at Stevenson
Roanoke at Dickinson
OWU at Salisbury
You can read or participate in the bracketology discussion on the LaxPower Men's D3 Forum.
D-III is a long-time contributor to the LaxPower Forum. What appears above is a lightly edited version of his post there.