|Babson packed 'em in this past weekend.
Babson athletics photo
The men's sectionals will be hosted at Augustana, Babson, Randolph-Macon and UW-Stevens Point. The women's sectional hosts are Calvin, Montclair State, Thomas More and Tufts.
Both sets of sectional hosts are pretty straightforward and non-controversial this year, as long as you remember that one of the primary goals of the NCAA Division III championships committees is to keep teams within a 500-mile radius of their destination. That means that although George Fox is the No. 1 seed in its bracket, it is unlikely to host a sectional because DePauw and Calvin are within driving distance of each other. And of those two, Calvin is the highest seed, which is why the Knights are hosting.
UW-Stevens Point is hosting the men's sectional for the fifth time in 10 seasons. For Babson, it's the first time, while Augustana last hosted in 2011 and Randolph-Macon in 2003. Tufts is hosting for the second year in a row, while Thomas More will host for the fourth time in the past 12 tournaments. Calvin last hosted a sectional in 2005, while Montclair State has never hosted under the current system.
But even so, hosting the sectional is hardly a guarantee of advancing to the Final Four. There has never been a year in which all four men's hosts advanced, and it's only happened once in women's basketball. In fact, hosts fail to advance more than 50 percent of the time.
Women's sectional hosts: 43% success rate
Since the format of the NCAA Tournament changed in the 2000 season, all four sectional hosts have advanced to the Final Four just once in 15 seasons. On two occasions, none of the four sectional hosts have advanced. Teams in bold advanced to the Final Four.
|2015||Tufts||Montclair State||Thomas More||Calvin
|2012||Amherst||Mary Washington||Mount Union||Chicago|
|2011||Amherst||Lebanon Valley||Thomas More||UW-Stevens Point|
|2010||Amherst||Kean||Illinois Wesleyan||Washington U.|
|2009||Amherst||Rochester||Thomas More||Illinois Wesleyan|
|2006||Southern Maine||Scranton||DePauw||Pacific Lutheran|
|2004||Bowdoin||Marymount||Thomas More||UW-Stevens Point|
|2000||Rowan||St. Lawrence||Washington U.||Hardin-Simmons|
Men's sectional hosts: 46% success rate
Since 2000, all four sectional hosts have never advanced to the Final Four, although on three separate occasions, three teams have advanced. There has never been a year in which no sectional host moved on. In 2013, there were no sectionals because of the tournament format. Teams in bold advanced to the Final Four.
|2014||Amherst||Mary Washington||Illinois Wesleyan||UW-Stevens Point|
|2012||Middlebury||Franklin & Marshall||Wooster||UW-Whitewater|
|2010||Williams||St. Mary's (Md.)||Guilford||UW-Stevens Point|
|2009||Richard Stockton||Franklin & Marshall||John Carroll||Wheaton (Ill.)|
|2008||Plattsburgh State||Ursinus||Hope||Washington U.|
|2007||Amherst||Virginia Wesleyan||St. John Fisher||UW-Stevens Point|
|2004||Williams||Franklin & Marshall||Wooster||Puget Sound|
|2001||Clark||Christopher Newport||Ohio Northern||Chicago|
|2000||William Paterson||Cortland State||Calvin||Buena Vista|