The season ratchets up to another level this upcoming weekend which means plenty of basketball for DIII fans. However, the news isn't all rosy. On Thursday's Hoopsville, Dave talks about the Fitchburg State incident and chats with two programs who will be in the national spotlight. Plus, our first interview with a national committee member. Watch the show On Demand or listen to the Podcast.
Of the thousands of players in Division III women's basketball, these are the 25 we picked as the best in the country. Bowdoin's Kate Kerrigan was selected Player of the Year and Savannah LeGate of Oglethorpe Rookie of the Year.
For the second year in a row, Montclair State forward Katie Sire is the Atlantic Region Player of the Year. Chessie Jackson, who led TCNJ to the NCAA Tournament, is Coach of the Year and Kelly O'Donnell of St. Joseph's (Bklyn.) is the Rookie of the Year.
The last Top 25 poll before the NCAA Tournament begins on Friday has the first appearance of the season for Centennial champions Gettysburg, the return of Montclair State and Trinity (Texas) and the rise of Scranton into the Top 10.
Brooklyn captured the first of 84 automatic bids to be handed out this weekend, then the Montclair State women and Staten Island men followed shortly after that. Elsewhere twin upsets in the MIAC will pop someone else's bubble elsewhere and Eastern Mennonite kept going for Kirby.
With losses by Tufts and Christopher Newport over the holiday break, Amherst takes over as the new No. 1 in the country, but it's not unanimous. Four other teams garnered first place votes and Montclair State returns to the rankings. Get the full list here.
Ripon surprised No. 4 UW-Oshkosh 83-80 in Wisconsin Dells to send the Titans into WIAC play with a loss. Elsewhere the Whitewater men defeated St. Norbert, Wittenberg stayed perfect and the Wartburg women made their case to be No. 1.