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NCAA reveals final 8 seeds

Wittenberg will be seeded first at this weekend’s final tournament in Grand Rapids, Mich. The Tigers are set to face No. 8 seed Swarthmore.

The other matchups:
No. 2 seed Emory vs. No. 7 seed Ithaca
No. 3 seed Claremont-Mudd-Scripps vs. No. 6 seed Gustavus Adolphus
No. 4 seed Johnson & Wales (R.I.) vs. No. 5 seed Calvin

-Ricky Nelson

Written by Ricky Nelson

November 12, 2017 at 11:12 pm

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  1. A week ago Calvin was seeded lower than Central #4 Wash U (Wash U was the 4 seed, Calvin the 5), and this week Calvin is seeded above Central #2 Gustavus Adolphus.

    Was Calvin’s path to the finals so much tougher?


    November 13, 2017 at 8:39 am

  2. Anon @ 9:06 am,

    You bring up an interesting question. It’s my understanding that while the RACs can only look within region (i.e., games vs teams within 500 mile radius), the tournament committee re-ranking includes looking at a team’s “entire body of work.” For Calvin, that adds Ws against UW-Oshkosh, Trinity (TX), Cal Lu, and Whitman. For Gustavus Adolphus that adds Ws against Willamette, Lewis & Clark, Whitworth, and George Fox. I think that had some influence on the re-seeding.

    As for common opponents…

    Calvin beat Millikin twice, lost to Aurora
    Gustavus Adolphus lost to Millikin, beat Aurora


    November 13, 2017 at 11:48 am

  3. Minor correction….results vs. UW-Oshkosh would be within region for Calvin


    November 13, 2017 at 12:16 pm

  4. Curt,
    The RACs should be considering more than just in-region results as primary criteria with their rankings. That changed several years ago.

    -Ricky Nelson

    Ricky Nelson

    November 13, 2017 at 12:38 pm

  5. All D3 matches are considered for regional rankings – and I can’t imagine non-D3 matches move from secondary criteria to primary at this point.

    But I didn’t think about common opponents. That could be it.


    November 13, 2017 at 1:13 pm

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