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norm1909
01-30-2012, 11:55 AM
The higher seed will wear light-colored uniforms. :eek:


Read all about it here. (http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/4bc2980049da85dbac24afd285abf5d2/MAN_PreChamps_IH_12.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=4bc2980049da85dbac24afd285abf5d2)


DIVISION III PHILOSOPHY
The Division III championships philosophy is to field the most competitive teams possible while minimizing missed class
time; to emphasize regional competition in regular-season scheduling; and to provide representation in NCAA championship
competition by allocating berths to eligible conferences, independent institutions and a limited number of at-large teams,
realizing that this may be done at the expense of leaving out some championship-caliber teams.


Pucks - For preliminary rounds, the NCAA will provide the practice and game pucks. One hundred (100) practice pucks and fifty (50)
game pucks will be shipped to each host institution. The NCAA will also provide pucks for the semifinals and final.

Russell Jaslow
01-30-2012, 01:32 PM
The higher seed will wear light-colored uniforms. :eek:


Read all about it here. (http://www.ncaa.org/wps/wcm/connect/4bc2980049da85dbac24afd285abf5d2/MAN_PreChamps_IH_12.pdf?MOD=AJPERES&CACHEID=4bc2980049da85dbac24afd285abf5d2)

Nothing new here. Ever since the NCAA went to the current Division III playoff selection in all sports, providing every eligible conference with an automatic bid, they acknowledged this is being done at the expense of leaving out some championship caliber teams.

Back in my senior year, Potsdam basketball had a relatively (for them) poor season, coming after a national championship year with just two losses, both of which were by one point. They did not win the SUNYAC regular season nor tournament championship. They lost nine games.

Yet, they still got an at-large bid, and rode that all the way to the national championship final before losing to Wabash. They were still a very good team, but just had trouble gelling after losing so many senior starters from the previous year.

Nowadays, that team would never have made the NCAA playoffs, a classic example of leaving out a championship caliber team.

norm1909
01-30-2012, 01:59 PM
Nothing new here. Ever since the NCAA went to the current Division III playoff selection in all sports, providing every eligible conference with an automatic bid, they acknowledged this is being done at the expense of leaving out some championship caliber teams.

Back in my senior year, Potsdam basketball had a relatively (for them) poor season, coming after a national championship year with just two losses, both of which were by one point. They did not win the SUNYAC regular season nor tournament championship. They lost nine games.

Yet, they still got an at-large bid, and rode that all the way to the national championship final before losing to Wabash. They were still a very good team, but just had trouble gelling after losing so many senior starters from the previous year.

Nowadays, that team would never have made the NCAA playoffs, a classic example of leaving out a championship caliber team.

I guess I missed it being officially stated in "black and white". Everything else (and possibly this too) appears to be essentually a "cut & paste", though I do like the DI/DIII/Men & Women's all packaged together.

NUProf
01-30-2012, 02:27 PM
Nothing new here. Ever since the NCAA went to the current Division III playoff selection in all sports, providing every eligible conference with an automatic bid, they acknowledged this is being done at the expense of leaving out some championship caliber teams.

Back in my senior year, Potsdam basketball had a relatively (for them) poor season, coming after a national championship year with just two losses, both of which were by one point. They did not win the SUNYAC regular season nor tournament championship. They lost nine games.

Yet, they still got an at-large bid, and rode that all the way to the national championship final before losing to Wabash. They were still a very good team, but just had trouble gelling after losing so many senior starters from the previous year.

Nowadays, that team would never have made the NCAA playoffs, a classic example of leaving out a championship caliber team.

Except for the curious case of the ECAC West, every team has their shot at in hockey - In those leagues which don't put everybody in the playoffs, the teams left out are not championship quality. Basically they reward three teams that didn't win their league tournament with second chance bids (or 2, if the ECAC West gets a team in). I'm okay with that, because the alternative is the ridiculous situation that you have in DI football (I-A or Bowl Subdivision, or whatever they call it this week) where the teams are picked by a popularity contest. (Ignore the computer rankings. Every time they have made a difference, they change the rules so that they won't make a difference next time)

NEHockeyFan07
01-31-2012, 08:06 AM
I'm fine with the Conference champs getting a bid and potentially 2 or 3 at-large bids. Same with college football (D-1, BCS) I believe it is a tough argument to say you deserve to be there when your play in your conference tournament didn't get you there. You had your shot and you came up short while another team moves on... Worried about a bias or getting stiffed by the committee come tournament time? Simple, win your conference...