Overcoming the I-wordInjuries 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 comeWe 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 guardsIn 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 shuffleThis 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 proThe 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 staySome 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 worldThe 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 takenThere 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!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 callWhen 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 batonA 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 tragedyGeneseo'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 dancingAfter 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 WestAlpine, 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"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 reloadPlattsburgh 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 targetIf 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 forwardThe 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 ValleyMAC 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 machineJordan 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.
Trine trying to put last year in pastOff to its best start in more than 30 seasons, Trine is ranked for the first time as a member of Division III. But that only starts to erase the way the Thunder finished last season, with three losses in five games, including a home MIAA semifinal.
Rolling earlyThe Gothic Knights are on a roll here entering the holiday break. Rob Knox takes a look at New Jersey City and a few other teams getting it done at the end of 2015.
Without Sydney, Thomas More women soldiering onThrough three games it’s been business as usual for the reigning national champion Thomas More women’s basketball team. And that's without two-time Player of the Year Sydney Moss, who is being held out of games as a precautionary measure.
Catholic enters season with heightened expectationsJust because the Catholic men’s basketball team has a single-digit ranking in front of its name as the 2015-16 season dawns, the expectations haven’t changed for one of Division III’s longtime contenders. Rob Knox has more in Around the Nation.
2014-15 season by the numbersFrom 3 to 11,800, there were a lot of key numbers in the 2014-15 Division III basketball season. Rob Knox runs them down for us.
Closing down the Coles CenterIt's a unique venue, buried several stories below the streets of Manhattan, but the Coles Center at NYU, site of many memorable moments, is getting a last hurrah for Division III basketball this postseason before it gets replaced.
D-III's top rivalry, from the other sideCalvin-Hope is a hotly contested rivalry, no matter which teams are on the floor. For the women, the rivalry has been going for half a century, and this year, the rivals haven't lost to anyone but each other.
Behrend flying high below the radarThe Lions shocked Division III basketball by knocking off Hope in Holland last March. But this year, they're back in their customary spot, safely out of sight in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference.
Case on the radarCase Western Reserve basketball players find time to study at a major research institution, practice and play basketball, travel and tutor in Cleveland area middle schools. Plus notes about St. John Fisher, Stevenson and more in this week's Around the Nation.
Tigers tearing it upThe Trinity Tigers ended last season with a disappointing conference final loss and started this season with a pair of losses in Oregon, but have been on a tear ever since.
Tell it to the JudgesBrandeis was already moving in the right direction, despite a poor record to start the season. But the Judges' win at Amherst on Tuesday night was impressive. Plus items on Keystone, Westminster (Mo.), George Fox and more.
Put last year in the pastOne season after playing for a trip to the national title game, North Central stumbled en route to a 14-11 finish. But the Cardinals have put that behind them so far, and have a key piece back in starting out the season with four wins.
Back for another seasonIt wasn't the best of offseasons for FDU-Florham, but the Devils are still No. 1, with the target on their back. And it was a great preseason for Southern Maine, Augustana, St. Thomas and more. Around the Nation is back!
A pair of rivalsAmherst and Williams are not only both alive in both tournaments, they're hosting in both. Brian Falzarano takes a look at these rivals in Around the Nation.
The stories of MarchAround the Nation enters the month-plus of madness with pieces looking at how four teams got here and where they're going: Stevens men, Catholic women, Whitworth men and DePauw women.
Not too early for CinderellasIn the men's Division III NCAA Tournament we could see more upsets than usual, as teams have a week to prepare for each of the first three rounds. And with less than two weeks to Selection Monday, some potential surprise teams are emerging for both brackets.
Why coaches are getting socialNot long ago, Division III personnel were required to keep their Twitter accounts private. Soon, they'll be able to contact recruits on Twitter. In the meantime, some coaches have embraced it wholeheartedly.
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