• Turnaround is fair play
    February 16, 2018
    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.
  • Committee finds strength in numbers
    February 09, 2018
    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.
  • Public service powers Atlantic stars
    February 02, 2018
    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.
  • Seeking a level playing field
    January 25, 2018
    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.
  • Nothing lost in translation for Gibbs
    January 19, 2018
    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.
  • On the move to find their groove
    January 11, 2018
    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.
  • The secret to their success
    December 08, 2017
    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.
  • Persevering to go pro
    December 08, 2017
    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.
  • Bringing Rezball to Division III
    December 01, 2017
    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.
  • What's old is new again
    November 17, 2017
    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.
  • Overcoming the I-word
    February 17, 2017
    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.
  • ATN: Down the stretch they come
    February 10, 2017
    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...
  • Ten more elite point guards
    February 03, 2017
    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.
  • Complexity of the conference shuffle
    January 27, 2017
    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?
  • True tales of going pro
    January 19, 2017
    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.
  • Grinnell's System here to stay
    January 12, 2017
    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?!"
  • Common ground in a big world
    January 06, 2017
    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.
  • Point well taken
    December 08, 2016
    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.
  • Surprise, surprise!
    December 01, 2016
    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.
  • Traveling is the right call
    November 24, 2016
    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.
  • ATN: Passing the baton
    November 16, 2016
    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.
  • Forged by tragedy
    March 03, 2016
    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.
  • Lancaster Bible finally dancing
    March 02, 2016
    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.
  • Sul Ross brings ASC tourney out West
    February 26, 2016
    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.
  • Luther right on track
    February 19, 2016
    "I am not a patient person at all," says Luther women's coach Amanda Bailey. But the three-time D3hoops.com All-American has the Norse riding high in her fifth season. More in Around the Nation.
  • Lightning-fast reload
    February 12, 2016
    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.
  • Right on target
    February 04, 2016
    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.
  • A Jumbo-sized leap forward
    January 28, 2016
    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.
  • New heights in the Valley
    January 21, 2016
    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.
  • The Big Red blocking machine
    January 14, 2016
    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.
Load More