Regular season wrapup, be sure to check out the Wisconsin for what is, in my opinion, THE story of the regular season. Preseason predictions won 22 of the 32 conferences...
ASC — Hardin-Simmons (sublightd) scored a 63-55 win over Texas Lutheran (blapo21) in a clash of conference unbeatens to lift the overall trophy at 24-2, 16-0. That’s four straight conference titles for the program that’s made the Final Four in three of the last four years.
Capital — Hood (SimAI) finishes 20-6, 13-3 to edge out my preseason fave Baptist Bible by a game. That’s five consecutive conference titles, four of which have been achieved as a Sim. With a projection ranking of 75 currently, they’re not a lock for the NT without a conference tourney title.
Centennial — Dickinson (mfnmyers) is 17-9, 15-1 and wins the league by a game over Ursinus (barjaz). This is six straight years of 15-1 or better in league play for Dickinson, all of them under the current coach, who is hoisting his 11th straight conference banner.
CUNY — York(NY) (SimAI) goes 21-5, 13-3 to edge Lehman, New York City Tech and Polytechnic (egijr) by one game in a spirited race. It’s the first conference title since Season 49, but it’ll take a CT victory to get the school’s first NT appearance since season 30.
CCIW — Martin Luther (kap_the_cub) reportedly has a search party looking for its coach, but managed to glide to a 20-6, 16-0 record and a two-game margin of victory in the league. Back-to-back titles for Martin Luther.
Coast — Wentworth (chewchad) finishes 24-2, 16-0 and three games clear of the Coast competition. It’s the first unbeaten conference campaign for the school since its streak of 10 consecutive 16-0’s was snapped in Season 58.
Commonwealth — Penn St. Altoona (frankgrimes1) survives unbeaten in league play and heads to the postseason at 25-1, 16-0. PSA is looking to improve on back-to-back Sweet Sixteen showings. An interesting aside, the north division of the Commonwealth was a four-way tie at 10-6 in league play.
Empire — Vassar (theriddler) was two games better than the field after sweeping his way to 25-1, 16-0. Vassar was a perfect 17-0 in road games, its only loss coming at home to Rivier.
Freedom — Scranton (artie40) finishes 21-5, 14-2 and wins the league by two games. Thats back-to-back conference banners, but with a projection ranking of 50 still needs some more W’s to reach the NT for the first time since Season 38.
GNE — Two-time defending national champ Johnson and Wales (spacticity) keeps rolling along at 24-2, 16-0. The sweep of GNE play is impressive and gave JW a two-game margin of victory in the conference. That’s three 16-0 runs through the Evil Empire in the last four years.
Heartland — Defiance (carl3298) runs the regular season gauntlet at 26-0, 16-0. After starting conference play with a double overtime win followed by a five-point game, Defiance has kicked it in and won 14 in a row by double digit margins.
Iowa — Dubuque (rblank57) finishes 24-2, 15-1, to win the IIAC by two games. This was rblank’s first season at the helm of the program, but marks back-to-back titles for Dubuque, which was an Elite EIght squad a year ago.
Little East — West Connecticut St. (SimAI) goes 19-7, 14-2, to win by a game ahead of East Connecticut St. (cjones4mvp). Eleven of WCSU’s 26 games were decided in overtime or by 10 points or less.
Michigan — Eureka (usjgt) goes 20-6, 14-2, and wins by a game over Kalamazoo (boobyknight) and Calvin (prc56). The latter two can at least brag about being nationally ranked, unlike the MIAA champs. That’s a decade of conference titles for Eureka, which is hoping to snap a three-year PIT appearance in favor of the big dance.
Midwest — Lawrence (SimAI) 18-8, 14-2, and Rose-Hulman Tech (nachopuzzle) 17-9, 14-2, will be splitting the title this year. The last time RHT lost more than 9 games was Season 52, which was also the last time the program missed the NT, a streak that’s in danger as RHT sits just 77 on the projection report.
Minnesota — Gustavus Adolphus (SimAI) goes 20-6, 13-3 to win by a game over Bethel. Preseason pick St. Scholastica goes just 7-9 in league play, proving this is anything but an exact science. That’s back-to-back titles for Gustavus Adolphus.
NESCAC — Connecticut (rwright) 24-2, 15-1 and Colby (guyo26) 22-4, 15-1 share the title by a game over Tufts (zmark513). For Colby, its the first banner in the gymnasium since Season 45.
New Jersey — Kean (SimAI) goes 17-9, 13-3 to win by a game over preseason pick Rutgers at Camden and Montclair St. Kean finished with an RPI of 309 a year ago.
North Atlantic — Thomas (SimAI) sweeps the table at 21-5, 16-0 and finishes three games clear of the field. Thomas hasn’t had a human coach since Season 36. That was also their last NT appearance.
NCAC — Denison (dereksilcox) holds off Wooster (pseudochamp) by a game to finish 22-4, 14-2 as the regular-season champ. After a six-year drought, it appears Denison is on its way back to the big show this postseason.
Northwest — Eastern Oregon (ldhope) finishes 18-8, 13-3 to win by a game over Whitworth (tim_buggie) and Chapman (redsoxrootr1). That’s three straight league titles for E. Oregon. In the east division, all it took was an 8-8 record to win the division.
Ohio — It’s a three-way finish as Marietta (bradriddell), Capital (buckeye101) and Ohio Northern (ekulka) all finish at 13-3, one game better than John Carroll (whit6r). Marietta and Capital have projection rankings in the 40s and are likely safe. Ohio Northern has some work to do still if it wants to reach the NT.
ODAC — Lynchburg (barney1974) runs the table and goes 20-6, 16-0 into the CT. It wasn’t much of a race — Lynchburg was four games clear of its nearest pursuer. That’s five straight banners raised by barney1974.
Penn — Misericordia (SimAI) goes 19-7, 15-1 to win the all-Sim league by a game over Marywood. It’s back-to-back titles for Misericordia.
Skyline — US Merchant Marines (lynchmob1414) wins by three games over the closest challengers after going 22-4, 15-1. That’s six straight titles for UMMA, which has lost 2 league games over a five-year period.
So. Cal. — CSU, Eastbay (tedlukacs) runs the table at 25-1, 16-0 to finish two games clear of the nearest challenger. Eastbay hasn’t lost a home game in two seasons and is working on back-to-back Sweet Sixteens.
St. Louis — Webster (mschulte24) is 22-4, 15-1 and is two games better than Blackburn in the final standings. It’s three consecutive titles and three consecutive 15-1 showings in the conference.
SUNY — SUNY New Paltz (SimAI) 23-3, 16-0 was four games better than anyone else this season but will need to win three more to get to the NT. It breaks a three-year drought for conference titles for New Paltz.
University — Millsaps (brianxavier) 25-1, 15-1 and Louisiana (discodave) 20-6, 15-1 split the league title, although Millsaps won the head-to-head by an 87-72 margin. Millsaps has been a Sweet Sixteen team or better the last seven seasons.
Upstate — New York U. (avyncke) 21-5, 15-1 wins by two games over a pair of pursuers. That’s back-to-back league titles, but the first for avyncke, who is a new head coach for NYU this season.
USA South — Palm Beach Atlantic (osgonlz) 25-1, 15-1 wins by a game in front of longtime power Greensboro. That’s back-to-back conference titles for PBA.
Wisconsin — Lakeland (SimAI) 19-7, 12-4 and Concordia(WI) (bk41129) 16-10, 12-4 finish a game in front of LaCrosse to split the league title. There’s talk about erecting a statue and naming the gymnasium after bk41129 — the conference title was the first ever in Concordia’s history. With a projection rating of 103, there’s still work to be done if bk is to deliver the school to its first-ever postseason appearance of any kind