Basketball

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

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The brackets have been released and the NCAA Tournament is finally here! Congratulations to the 8 teams who are dancing into March:

HCAC - Hanover

MIAA - Hope

NCAC - Wittenberg, Wooster

OAC - John Carroll, Marietta

PAC - Thomas More

AMCC - La Roche

 

Tonight I broke down each quarter of the bracket including a detailed look at the match ups facing the 8 Great Lakers along with my projections for each of those pods, as well as Final 4 projections and my pick to win the national title. Also featured tonight was a mailbag featuring your questions including a discussion around why Ohio Northern was ranked ahead of Ohio Wesleyan in the final regional rankings. Finally, the Coach's Corner was packed tonight as a quartet of coaches joined me tonight to talk about the weekends that lie ahead for them. Joining me were (in order of appearance) Pete Moran of John Carroll (28:06), Greg Mitchell of Hope (45:14), Jon VanderWal of Marietta (1:01:28), and Hermie Carmichael of La Roche (1:14:25). 

 

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Two weeks remain in the regular season and some conference races are coming down to the wire. Wittenberg has nearly locked up the NCAC while 3 teams still remain tied atop the MIAA. I review all 6 conferences and predict who emerges as each's conference champion. The first regional rankings come out this week and I predict where you might see your team on the always important listing that the tournament committee will use to select teams for the NCAA Tournament. This week in the Coach's Corner, Olivet head coach Steve Ernst joins me on the show (27:45). We talk about Olivet's best season in years as well as if they can see these last 4 games out and win the Comets first outright MIAA title since 1972.

                                      Steve Ernst    

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