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2016 NCAA regional rankings: UWW moves atop Midwest

The NCAA published the third set of 2016 regional rankings today. The final set of rankings is purportedly due out Sunday, according to the Pre-Championship Manual.

Central (Week 1,2 Ranks) 
1 (1,1). Northwestern
2 (4,3). Washington-St. Louis
3 (5,4). Augsburg
4 (3,5). St. Thomas
5 (2,2). Gustavus Adolphus
6 (6,7). Saint Mary’s (Minn.)
7 (8,8). Wartburg
8 (7,6). Luther

Midwest (Week 1,2 Ranks)
1 (3,2). UW-Whitewater
2 (1,1). UW-La Crosse
3 (4,3). UW-Oshkosh
4 (2,4). Elmhurst
5 (5,6). UW-Eau Claire
6 (6,7). UW-Stevens Point
7 (7,5). Millikin
8 (NR,8). Chicago
Illinois Wesleyan was ranked eighth in Week 1.

Top four teams in other regions:
Great Lakes: 1. Calvin; 2. Wittenberg; 3. Ohio Northern; 4. DePauw.
Mid-Atlantic: 1. Mary Washington;  2. Juniata; 3. Eastern; 4. Carnegie Mellon.
New England: 1. Tufts; 2. Springfield; 3. MIT; 4. UMass Boston.
New York: 1. Stevens; 2. Ramapo; 3. Ithaca; 4. Union.
South: 1. Emory; 2. Hendrix; 3. Berry; 4. Randolph-Macon.
West: 1. Texas Dallas; 2. Claremont-Mudd-Scripps; 3. Cal Lutheran; 4. Southwestern.

-Ricky Nelson


Written by Ricky Nelson

November 2, 2016 at 12:04 am

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  1. Ricky, What chance to you give Bethel of moving on with a win over Augsburg? I am pretty sure they will need to win the MIAC tourney, but a win Thursday would give them wins over Augsburg, St. Mary’s (twice), Warburg, and Millikin. Unfortunately will probably have to wonder what could have been if they hadn’t lost Stern for the year and Hoppe for a good chunk of season.


    November 2, 2016 at 4:38 pm

  2. MIACfan,
    The Central Region rankings have been the most fluid, and I’ve been wrong about BU’s chances more than any other team, so I can’t count out anything.

    BU is definitely hovering in the 9-10 range in the region. I just don’t think one win will get you where you want to go. I think you need two more victories.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    November 2, 2016 at 5:29 pm

  3. any idea on whether Illinois Wesleyan gets a bid? or are they completely out of it?


    November 2, 2016 at 8:19 pm

  4. Anon @ 8:19,
    Gotta root for favorites around the county. I wouldn’t clean out the lockers because a bid is not out of the question.
    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    November 2, 2016 at 8:23 pm

  5. With regards to the west regional rankings…I’m confused. The rankings exactly match how I think the criteria lays them out (with the proper respect given to head to head outcomes). The confusion comes from the dropping of La Verne from 5th to 7th. They should never have been placed ahead of Trinity and Colorado in the first place and now we see that this has been “corrected”. But why? Did a mistake get by the RAC and the committee last week? For this past week La Verne lost to Cal Lu, Trinity lost to UMass-Boston and Colorado College beat an NAIA school…certainly nothing there to cause the movement. I’m happy I now understand the ordering but still scared of the process being used.

    I really don’t see a team outside of these rankings winning a conference tournament in the west. I guess you never do, but I just think there is a large gap between these top 8 and the rest of their respective conferences. I still worry the selection committee will snub the 7th ranked team (8th ranked Whitworth has a Pool A spot) just because the west never seems to get nice things from the NCAA…but the top 7 all have impressive resumes.

    I like UTD and understand why they are #1 but I think they lose to CMS and Cal Lu. SCIAC and SCAC conference tournament finishes will move the order around a bit but the big issue will be if you leave UTD at #1 then they play Whitworth. That forces the three SCIAC teams to play the three SCAC teams. So, if I’m setting up the seeding, I have – UTD, SCIAC #1, SCAC #1, SCIAC #2, SCAC #2, SCIAC #3, SCAC #3 and Whitworth. Also means the west bracket (right now) will have 5 of the top 6 teams in the nation and 7 of the top 19 teams. I mentioned this possibility at the start of the season and one thought I had was hold the region at UTD (or Southwestern) and bus in Hendrix. Allows for either CMS or Cal Lu to be shipped to another region. (Based on the NCAA intelligence shown last year by shipping WUSTL to the west, however, expect CMS to play Calvin in the first round at Calvin.)


    November 3, 2016 at 9:39 am

  6. Ah, the NCAA and their thought processes, gotta love ’em.



    November 3, 2016 at 10:57 am

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