Amherst and Wooster are perennial powers that dropped off the national radar after slow starts. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps entered the season highly ranked, then lost seven of its first 10 games. As we head down the stretch toward the NCAA Tournament, all three have played themselves back into the postseason picture. Ryan Scott has the story in Around the Nation.
The job of building the NCAA men's and women's basketball tournament brackets falls on the shoulders of 16 coaches and administrators who volunteer their time, despite often having their own teams to lead. Ryan Scott takes you inside their process in this week's Around the Nation.
SUNY-Maritime center Patrick MacDonald is ready to embark on an exciting career after graduating. Staten Island's Tim Shanahan had a remarkable career before becoming a head coach. Their public service experiences give them a special kind of leadership and perspective on the game. More in Around the Nation.
While Title IX increased opportunities for women to play college sports, there are actually fewer women's head coaches in college now than before the law passed. Why is that and what can be done to level the playing field for women in the coaching profession? Ryan Scott explores in Around the Nation.
Jeff Gibbs was an undersized, overpowering forward who pushed Otterbein to the 2002 Division III national championship. Years later he's still grabbing boards and blocking shots in Japan. We check in with Division III basketball's version of Charles Barkley in Around the Nation.
Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions in a college athlete's life. What happens when that first choice ends up not being the best fit for academic, athletic or other reasons? Ryan Scott shares the stories of some Division III transfer athletes who have found a better fit the second time around.
What does it take to be a successful coach? Good players, of course. And preparation. And all the things you hear about in post-game press conferences. But what about trust, flexibility and consistency? What makes the "soft skills" of coaching so hard? Ryan Scott talked to some of the best in the business to find out.
Making the leap from college to pro ball is tough. It's even tougher if you're moving to a new country. Now imagine competing with players from the best league in the world for a small number of slots. That's the path that Division III women's players face. Ryan Scott talks with three all-time D3 greats about what it takes.
There's a whole level of basketball most people never see. Those who do, fall in love with it. We're not talking about Division III basketball, though we could be. We're talking about Native American basketball, which is a growing part of Division III thanks to players like CooXooEii Black. Ryan Scott has the story.
The Christopher Newport women and Whitman men return nearly everyone from their final four squads a season ago. Meanwhile defending champions Babson and Amherst will look very different. How are they and women's top pick Tufts preparing for another run? Ryan Scott has the story.
Injuries strike without warning and throw a wrench into even the best made plans. Some teams are dealing with injuries to key players now and others did so earlierthis season. How do you rally a team forward while respecting the fallen teammate? Ryan Scott explores in our final ATN of the season.
We have just ten short days left in the regular season for most teams so this is a good time to check in on the conference championship races. Which races? All 86 of them, of course! Ryan Scott has you off and running. Ready, set...
In December Ryan Scott gave you his list of the top 10 point guards in Division III basketball. You suggested some others and so Ryan returns with 10 more elite point guards with several from teams that traditionally get less attention, like UC Santa Cruz.
This season Carroll from the Midwest Conference back to the CCIW. Merchant Marine did the same, rejoining the Skyline from the Landmark. Ithaca and Sage will move soon, and others will follow. Why do these moves happen? Why don't they happen when geography suggest they should?
The NCAA touts the majority of student athletes who will go pro in something other than their sport, and rightfully so. But some Division III basketball players, like Andy Panko, are playing professionally. Ryan Scott talks with Panko and others about the path from D3 to pro basketball.
Some call it an gimmick but Grinnell's system is more than 20 years old and here to stay. In fact, it has spread to Tennessee, Massachusetts and Illinois and even made an appearance in the NBA D-League. Ryan Scott gives you an in depth answer to the frequent question, "They scored what?!"
The Division III basketball world is a big place. With 400-plus schools, there's a lot of diversity in student enrollment, academic offerings and recruitment. How does that impact the basketball programs? And is there any common ground across the varied landscape? Ryan Scott considers that and more in Around the Nation.
There are hundreds of point guards in Division III, but true floor generals are very rare. They manage the offense and, often times, they manage the team. Ryan Scott gives his take on the best 10 point guards in Division III, with an invitation to debate, in Around the Nation.
The Division III basketball season is only a little over two weeks old, but there have already been a handful of teams that have surpassed expectations. Are they for real? How can we know? Ryan Scott has some answers in Around the Nation.
When the NCAA changed how it counts games for postseason selections, it spurred some teams to travel farther away early in the season. There are benefits on the court and off of it, as Ryan Scott learned at the 2016 Hoopsville Classic. He has more in Around the Nation.
A new season brings a new voice to our Around the Nation column, and coaching changes to some schools that haven't had one in decades. Ryan Scott spoke with the new coaches at East Texas Baptist, Pomona-Pitzer, Roanoke, Rowan and Stockton about their managing the transition.
Geneseo's women's basketball program suffered the ultimate loss when a player's life was stolen in January. But the Knights have gotten through the roller coaster ride and reached the big dance. More in Around the Nation.
After a close-but-no-cigar in last year's bracket, and the threat of getting left out even at 26-1, Lancaster Bible is in the NCAA Tournament and finds itself matched up with Division III royalty right out of the gate.
Alpine, Texas, is closer to New Mexico than it is to any of Sul Ross State's ASC opponents, and with the Lobos winning the West Division for the first time in more than a decade, the conference tournament has come to their place. More on the Lobos' quick turnaround.
Plattsburgh State won 19 games last season, just missed out on the NCAA Tournament, and lost seven seniors in the process. That wouldn't seem like a recipe for success, but as Rob Knox has found out, this team is in flight. The Cardinals' stories, in Around the Nation.
If it weren’t for social media, Carnegie Mellon junior forward Lisa Murphy might not know she currently leads Division III in scoring and field-goal percentage. If she had her way, she would continue to silently devour the competition.
The Tufts men won 13 games each of the past two seasons, but the Jumbos have matched that already with a month left to go and have a chance to join the school's women's basketball team in NCAA Tournament consideration.
MAC Freedom title game appearances and even NCAA Tournament trips have become more frequent since Casey Stitzel took over as head coach at Delaware Valley. But this season's Aggies have started off at new heights, at 13-3.
Jordan Holmes plays nearly 39 minutes per game and dominates the defensive end for Denison. But even though she may well end up Division III's career leader in blocks, she once had her doubts. Rob Knox has more in Around the Nation.
Ryan Scott serves as the lead columnist for D3hoops.com and previously wrote the Mid-Atlantic Around the Region column in 2015 and 2016. He's a long-time D-III basketball supporter and former player currently residing in Middletown, Del., where he serves as a work-at-home dad, doing freelance writing and editing projects. He has written for multiple publications across a wide spectrum of topics. Ryan is a graduate of Eastern Nazarene College. Previous columnists: 2014-16: Rob Knox 2010-13: Brian Falzarano 2010: Marcus Fitzsimmons 2008-2010: Evans Clinchy Before 2008: Mark Simon