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


#1 Tufts (NESCAC AQ)
      vs. winner of
#8 Keene State (Little East AQ) vs. #9 Endicott (CCC AQ)

#4 Middlebury (Pool C) vs. #13 Castleton (NAC AQ)
      vs. winner of
#5 RPI (Liberty AQ) vs. #12 Springfield (Pilgrim AQ)

#3 RIT (Empire 8 AQ)
      vs. winner of
#6 Stevens (Pool C) vs. #11 Montclair St. (Skyline AQ)

#2 Cortland (SUNYAC AQ)
      vs. winner of
#7 Bowdoin (Pool C) vs. #10 Colorado College (SCAC AQ)


#1 Salisbury (CAC AQ)
      vs. winner of
#8 Cabrini (CSAC AQ) vs. #9 Goucher (Landmark AQ)

#4 Haverford (Centennial AQ) vs. #13 Widener (MAC AQ)
      vs. winner of
#5 Dickinson (Pool C) vs. #12 Ohio Wesleyan (Pool B)

#3 Roanoke (ODAC AQ)
      vs. winner of
#6 Denison (Pool B) vs. #11 Adrian (Pool B)

#2 Stevenson (Pool C)
      vs. winner of
#7 Hampden-Sydney (Pool C) vs. #10 Wittenberg (Pool B)

Key Games

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.

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