D-III on D3: NCAA Tournament Bracketology, April 5th

It is that time of year again! I finally feel that enough games have been played to give us a good snapshot of the Division III landscape. As always, keep in mind that I have to make certain projections of future results to determine the field and seeding. The bracket below should give teams a good idea of where they stand and what they need to do going forward. One thing that was apparent in evaluating the field: Many teams have almost no margin for error the rest of the way!

A few pieces of background information ... this year's field consists of 29 teams:

Pool A (AQs) - 19 teams
Pool B - 5 teams
Pool C - 5 teams

Many have questions about what constitutes an In-Region game. Here is a brief explanation with examples. There are three ways any game can become In-Region. If a game meets any one of the three criteria below, it is an In-Region game.

A. All competition within an institution's defined region or conference. (This is the classic North/South breakdown, which everyone should be familiar with at this point)

B. All competition within a 200-mile radius from one institution to another

C. All competition within an institution's membership geographical region, which are defined as follows:

Region 1 - Connecticut, Delaware, DC, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Rhode Island, and Vermont

Region 2 - New York and Pennsylvania

Region 3 - Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, Ohio, Puerto, Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia

Region 4 - Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington, Wisconsin and Wyoming

Here are examples that cover each of the criteria:

1. Stevenson-Salisbury was an In-Region game because it fell into criterion "A".

2. Dickinson-Montclair State was an In-Region game because it fell into criterion "B". Dickinson is in the South region, while Montclair State is in the North region, but the campuses are less than 200 miles from each other, which makes the game In-Region.

3. The Tufts-Stevenson game was an In-Region game because it fell into criterion "C". Separate from the North/South designations in "A", certain states are paired together as described above, and any games between teams in those states are considered In-Region.

In contrast, Stevenson-RIT does not fit any of the criteria above and, as such, it is an Out-of-Region game. So it will ultimately have very little meaning for the NCAA tournament resumes of either school.

On to the bracket ...

Bracket as of April 5th


#1 Cortland (SUNYAC AQ)
      vs. winner of
#8 Montclair State (Skyline AQ) vs. #9 Springfield (Pilgrim AQ)

#4 Middlebury (Pool C) vs. #13 Keuka (Pool B)
      vs. winner of
#5 Stevens (Empire 8 AQ) vs. #12 New England College (NAC AQ)

#3 Tufts (NESCAC AQ) vs. #14 Mount Ida (GNAC AQ)
      vs. winner of
#6 Bowdoin (Pool C) vs. #11 Keene State (Little East AQ)

#2 RIT (Liberty AQ)
      vs. winner of
#7 Plattsburgh (Pool C) vs. #10 Western New England (CCC AQ)


#1 Dickinson (Centennial AQ)
      vs. winner of
#8 Adrian (MIAA AQ) vs. #9 Aurora (Midwest AQ)

#4 Salisbury (CAC AQ) vs. #13 Eastern (Pool B)
      vs. winner of
#5 Washington College (Pool C) vs. #12 Colorado College (Pool B)

#3 Lynchburg (ODAC AQ) vs. #14 Otterbein (Pool B)
      vs. winner of
#6 Washington & Lee (Pool C) vs. #11 Sewanee (Pool B)

#2 Stevenson (MAC AQ) vs. #15 Goucher (Landmark AQ)
      vs. winner of
#7 Cabrini (CSAC AQ) vs. #10 Denison (NCAC AQ)

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