Derby City Classic '68 Topic

The 10th Derby City Classic will take place at Louisville, Kentucky. 


Five schools join host Bellarmine to compete for the Black Diamond Trophy. It  features  a horseshoe carved from genuine Kentucky coal by  Kentucky  coal crafter Alvin Powell.  Presenting the trophy to the winning team will be descendents of Madeline McDowell Breckinridge,  a leader in the American Suffrage Movement. She said, “Kentucky women are not idiots—even though they are closely related to Kentucky men.”

 Her great-grandfather was legendary Kentucky stateman Henry Clay. Her brother, Thomas, was a horse breeder/trainer who won the 1902 Kentucky Derby.


 The host Knights are led by veteran coach greenhawks. His Iba record is 1357-444, mostly at  the Louisville, KY school.  He previously coached at Wilmington, OH.  Included in his record are eight Final Fours, one of which led to a national title and two others as RU.

The Knights return 7 players from last year’s 27-5  squad, which lost in the Elite Eight

Eddie Weber, tennis coach at Bellarmine, is the only coach who’s been a head coach at both Bellarmine and U. of Louisville.


Coach boclaird has been at Concord College in Athens, WV for 51 years!  Prior to that, he spent 4 years at Albertus Mangus. His Iba record  is 1272-412  and they return 8 players from last season’s 20-9  team.  They were national champions in season #41.

Founded by veterans of  both the Union and the Confederacy, Concord is named for the idea of “harmony and sweet fellowship.”


 Getbedarded leads the Bearcats from Greenwood, SC.  He’s 575-203 in Iba with 2 seasons at UMass Boston prior to coming to South Carolina.  Lander won the  first Derby City Classic in season ’59. They lost 1 player  to  graduation from last year’s 21-9  team which fell to Valdosta in the 1st round. 

Among the club teams at Lander are Bass Fishing and Ultimate Frisbee


The Ravens are based in Concord, NH and are coached by tomcecil who is in his 21th season there.  His Iba record in ­633-219 and includes jobs at Calvin, Seattle and Yeshiva. They have 8 players returning from last seasons’ ­­­­­24-6  team, which lost in the 2nd  round.  They are the defending Derby City champion. 

The campus is home to the Franklin Pierce Fire Company,  one of the only fully student-run fire companies in the world. It operates as an engine company under the town of Rindge Fire Department and responds to all fire related emergencies on campus. The company is headed by six student fire officers, as well as a varying number of student members serving as firefighters.


  The Bobcats hail from Banner Elk, NC and are coached by dennyj.  He is in his 11th season at Lees-McRae and has twice taken them to the PIT championship game.  His Iba record is 409-404  and includes stops at Bluffton and Piedmont.   They return 7 players from last year’s 26-4 team which lost to Oklahoma Panhandle in the 2nd round.

It is one of the few colleges to be named after two women, Suzanna Lees and Elizabeth McRae. In 2005, Lees-McRae became the first expansion site for New Opportunity School for Women, a program that helps educate and employ women in Appalachia


 Coach hughes jr. leads the West Georgia  Wolves  from  Carrollton,  GA. He’s 203-41, which includes one season at  Richard Stockton. They return 7 players from last season’s 24-6 team which lost in the 2nd round.  In season #64, they were undefeated in the regular season but lost in the Sweet 16.

UWG's marching band is known as "The Sound that Lights the South" and consists of over 140 members. It is known for its high energy and athleticism. Each performance finishes with the band dancing to the final number

10/31/2013 7:51 PM (edited)
#11 Bellarmine (4-0) at Franklin Pierce (2-2)
West Georgia (1-3) at Lees-McRae (1-3)
Concord (3-1) at #17 Lander (3-1)

 On paper, the field appears to be not as strong as in previous seasons. But 4 of the 10 combined losses came to ranked teams. 

11/10/2013 5:30 AM
I'm not sure that my team is ready for this. ... Good luck all.

11/10/2013 3:57 PM
#11 Bellarmine 79; Franklin Pierce  62
Lees-McRae 74; West Georgia 59
#17 Lander 92; Concord 82

#6 Bellarmine (5-0) at Lees-McRae (2-3)
Franklin Pierce (2-3) at #12 Lander (4-1)
W. Georgia (0-5) at Concord (3-2)
11/11/2013 4:19 AM
#6 Bellarmine 70; Lees-McRae 58
#12 Lander 83;  Franklin Pierce 63
Concord 112;  W. Georgia 71

1.   Bellarmine   2-0
      Lander         2-0
 3. Lees-McRae 1-1
4.  Concord        1-1
5.  Franklin Pierce  0-2
     W. Georgia        0-2

#8 Lander (5-1) at #4 Bellarmine (6-0)
Lees-McRae (2-4) at  Concord (4-2)
Franklin Pierce (2-4) at W. Georgia (1-5)
11/12/2013 3:52 AM
#4 Bellarmine 88; #8 Lander 72
Concord  77; Lees-McRae 56
Franklin Pierce 90; W. Georgia 67


1. Bellarmine     3-0
2. Lander           2-1
3. Concord         2-1
4. Lees-McRae  1-2
    Franklin Pierce 1-2
6. W. Georgia      0-3

#38 Concord (5-2) at #3 Bellarmine (7-0)
#19 Lander (5-2) at W. Georgia (1-6)

Bellarmine, with W. Georgia left, can wrap up the championship with a win over Concord tonight. A Concord win, however, could result in a 3-way tie and a tiebreaker

11/13/2013 3:51 AM
In an upset, Concord knocked off undefeated Bellarmine 91-90.
#19 Lander defeated W. Georgia 87-60

1.   Bellarmine   3-1
2.   Lander         3-1
3.   Concord      3-1
4.  Lees-McRae 1-2
5. Franklin Pierce 1-2
6. W. Georgia 0-4

If Bellarmine defeats W. Georgia tonight, the Knights will win a 3-way tie breaker with Lander and Concord.   Concord would win a 2-way tie-breaker with Bellarmine but lose out to Lander in a 2-way tie. Bellarmine would win a 2-way tiebreaker over Lander, also.

W. Georgia (1-7) at #2 Bellarmine (7-1)
#13 Lander (6-2) at Lees-McRae (3-5)
#29 Concord (6-2) at Franklin Pierce (4-4)

11/14/2013 4:00 AM
What's the three-way tiebreaker?
11/14/2013 8:18 AM
Posted by boclaird on 11/14/2013 8:18:00 AM (view original):
What's the three-way tiebreaker?
I studied several methods but the one I like is:

1) Look at points differential in the games between the 3 teams with 10 pts. being the maximum/game
2) Eliminate the team with the lowest point differential;
3) look at head-to-head between the 2 remaining teams

Bellarmine gets 10 pts. for defeating Lander and loses a point to Concord____+9
Lander gets 10 pts. for defeating Concord and loses 10 pts vs. Bellamine_____0
Concord gets 1 pt. for defeating Bellarmine and loses 10 pts. vs. Lander_____  -9
Concord is eliminated. Bellarmine wins over Lander by virtue of defeating them

11/14/2013 12:20 PM (edited)
That's pretty much what I figured you were doing ... And by the way, I think that's the first time I've ever seen a top 5 team move up in the rankings after a loss. How the hell did you manage that?
11/14/2013 2:06 PM


#2 Bellarmine  81; W. Georgia 57
#13 Lander 70; Lees-McRae 59
#29 Concord 77; Franklin Pierce 66

1.  Bellarmine         4-1
2.  Lander               4-1
3.  Concord            4-1
5.  Lees-Mcrae       1-3
     Franklin Pierce  1-3
6.  W. Georgia        0-5

11/15/2013 3:22 AM
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