A weekly look into the Division III Great Lakes Region men’s basketball season.


The road to the tournament is beginning to wind its way towards the finish line as February is upon us. Wooster evened up the NCAC race giving Ohio Wesleyan it's second loss and creating a dead heat with 6 games to go. The top 3 in the OAC all held serve as they broke away from the rest of the pack while St. Vincent and Penn State-Behrend continue to march towards their respective conference crowns. Alma and Hope have spread out from the rest of the MIAA creating a huge matchup as the two will face off at DeVos next Saturday in a heavyweight tilt with regional and national implications. In the Coach's Corner segment this week we talked to Grove City head coach Steve Lamie (31:25). His Wolverines are having their best season in years and are back in the conversation in the PAC Conference. We talked about their season, whether or not anyone can unseat St. Vincent in the PAC, and why the Grove City job is his dream job. All this and more in another hour of Great Lakes talk!

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5 of the 6 Great Lakes conferences are past the halfway point in the season and we continue to get clarity on who the title contenders will be in each. Hilbert dropped two this week to relinquish the AMCC lead to a familiar face in Penn State-Behrend. St. Vincent finally slipped in PAC play but remain in control of the conference heading into February. Marietta won the battle for 2nd place in the OAC knocking off Mount Union in Alliance. We turn to the week ahead as Hope and Calvin get set to renew their rivalry this week as Wooster looks to get even with Ohio Wesleyan atop the NCAC standings. Joining me this week in our Coach's Corner segment is Penn State-Behrend head coach Dave Niland (34:13). We talk about how he has taken a roster full of freshman and led them to another hot start and the odds on favorite to win another AMCC title. All this and more in another hour of Great Lakes talk!

Dave Niland
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What a week in the Great Lakes Region. Key conference match ups littered the schedule this week as near the midway point of most of the conference races. Alma had a week to remember beating both #4 Hope and Calvin this week in MIAA play. Ohio Wesleyan kept rolling along while Wooster stubbed their toe behind them leaving the Bishops alone at the top. John Carroll continued it's best start to a season in school history giving Mount Union it's first loss. Get up to date with all 6 conferences as February begins to close in here in college basketball. Joining me in the coach's corner this week is Marietta College head coach Jon VanderWal (33:55). We talk about his team's 13-2 start and the key OAC match up on Wednesday with rival Mount Union. All this and more in another hour of Great Lakes talk!

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The first Great Lakes podcast of 2016 in on the air! Non conference play is wrapped up and I recapped all the big tournament results from across the region. With the calendar flipping over to January, that means it's conference play the rest of the way. Get a full recap of the MIAA's first week in addition to full coverage of the other five Great Lakes conferences as we begin to uncover who the big players will be this year in the Great Lakes. Joining me in the coaches corner this week is Alma head coach Sam Hargraves (34:50). We talked about the Scots start to the season owning one of the toughest strength of schedules in Division III in addition to what it's going to take to come out on top in a loaded MIAA this year. All of that and more in another great hour of Great Lakes talk!

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