Monday, March 18, 2013

NCAA Basketball: Rough Weekend for All AICUO Teams Except Ashland Women

NCAA Basketball Tournament

Division II
First Round, Friday, March 15
Ashland 70, Indianapolis 56
Wayne State (Mich.) 63, Findlay 58

Second Round, Friday, March 16
Ashland 67, Michigan Tech 54

Regional Championship, Monday, March 18
Wayne State (Mich.) at Ashland, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 16
Drury (Mo.) 89, Findlay 77

Division III
Regional Semifinal, Saturday, March 16
Cabrini (Pa.) 70, Wooster 63

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

NAIA Basketball: Lourdes Loses 1st Round Game in OT

NAIA Division II Tournament
at Point Lookout, Mo.

First Round, March 7
Indiana Wesleyan 62, Lourdes 60

NCAA Basketball: Findlay teams, Ashland Women Qualify for Division II playoff

Wooster Advances, Ohio Wesleyan Ousted in Division III Men's Tourney

NCAA Division II Basketball Tournament
All times EDT

Sept. 16
Findlay at Drury (Mo.), 7 p.m.

Sept. 15
Findlay vs. Wayne State (Mich.), 12 noon
Indianapolis at Ashland, 6 p.m.

NCAA Division III Basketball Tournament
All times EDT

Second Round, March 9
Wooster 80, Dickinson (Pa.) 54
Cabrini (Pa.) 84, Ohio Wesleyan 81

Third Round, March 16
Cabrini at Wooster, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Friday, March 8, 2013

Snow Doesn't Stop Independent College Day

On February 26, Ohio legislators had the opportunity to meet and mingle with 42 independent college students and advisors during the 6th Annual Independent College Day at the Ohio Statehouse. This event brought students from eight campuses to Columbus to advocate on behalf of AICUO members and raise awareness of Ohio's independent colleges and universities.  

More than 30 legislative offices (staff or legislator) perused the display tables that highlighted each campus in attendance and also had the opportunity to dine with the students and gain a further understanding of the importance of our independent campuses and their respective roles in their communities.  

In addition to discussing their respective campuses with legislators, the students were invited to join Senator Randy Gardner (R-Bowling Green) in a breakout session where he talked to them about what being a legislator is like.  The Senator also wanted to hear from the students about what life is like these days as a college student.

The night before the second Independent College Day (March 6) the weather forecast was predicting 4-8 inches of snow in the Central Ohio area.  This was a little much for many of the campuses set to appear in Columbus, but two campuses (Tiffin University and Baldwin Wallace University) braved the icy roads and slush to make it south.  AICUO staff, with only sixteen students and two advisors in the quiver, commenced a day of advocacy on behalf of independent colleges and universities.  

Immediately after breakfast and set-up of the display tables in the Atrium, the students spent the morning in the Ohio House Finance Subcommittee on Higher Education; the students witnessed the testimony of AICUO President, Todd Jones, as well as testimony from public sector side with testimony from IUC (inter-University Council) President, Bruce Johnson.  The students then had the opportunity to meet and chat with staff or legislators from 39 legislative offices about their experiences with independent colleges and why it is so important to maintain a role for them within the higher education policy-making.  Student advocates also had the chance to witness House and Senate sessions in the afternoon.  

The days were complete successes and legislators and staff have told me all week long that they appreciate the time that students took from their busy schedules to come to the Statehouse and fight for something they believe so strongly in.  The conversations, intimate and/or brief were appreciated on both sides and gave each a chance to learn just a little more about the lives of either legislators or college students. 

Monday, March 4, 2013

NCAA Division III Tournament Results

Women's Basketball

First Round, March 1
Ohio Northern 86, Hanover (Ind.) 68, at Holland, Mich.
Maryville (Tenn.) 68, Otterbein 61, at Greencastle, Ind.

Second Round, March 2
Hope (Mich.) 63, Ohio Northern 48, at Holland, Mich.

Men's Basketball
First Round, March 2
Ohio Wesleyan 84, St. Vincent (Pa.) 75, at Delaware, Ohio
Wooster 62, Penn State-Behrend 44, at Wooster, Ohio
Dickinson (Pa.) 80, Marietta 65, at Carlisle, Pa.

Upcoming Games
Second Round, March 8
Dickinson at Wooster, 7 p.m.
Cabrini (Pa.) at Ohio Wesleyan, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Basketball: When Is Traveling a Violation? When a Top Team Doesn't Host Early-Round NCAA Games

It is an all too familiar story in the Division III NCAA championships. A conference and tournament champion from Ohio with an outstanding record and high rating has to travel hundreds of miles to play one of the NCAA’s fair-haired children in an early round on its home court.

It has happened again this year. Ohio Northern’s women’s basketball team, rated No. 3 in the nation and loser of a single game all season, powering its way through the Ohio Athletic Conference – a league strong enough to generate championship teams and, this season, an at-large qualifier in Otterbein – must travel 270 miles to No. 2 Hope (Mich.) for its first-round game against Hanover (Ind.) tonight. A win means a likely second-round game Saturday against Hope on its home floor, assuming the host defeats Wheaton (Ill.).

For years now, high-achieving Ohio colleges have had to make long journeys in this tournament so that certain favorites like Hope and Washington (Mo.) can get the home court advantage. If the decision is about money, well, since the NCAA is involved, that’s hardly a surprise. If the integrity of the tournament is damaged, so what?

Elsewhere in the women’s tournament, at-large qualifier Otterbein faces Marysville (Tenn.) in its first round game, played on DePauw’s home floor at Greencastle, Ind. – a shorter trip (236 miles) than its conference champion faces. The winner of that game plays the winner of the DePauw-LaRoche (Pa.) game on Saturday.

The men’s Division III tournament operates on a different calendar, as there is no final four but a final eight playoff incorporating quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals on a neutral site in Atlanta. The first round is the only game played this weekend, and thus there are more hosting opportunities. On Saturday, North Coast Athletic Conference tournament champion Ohio Wesleyan hosts St. Vincent (Pa.), while regular season champion Wooster hosts Penn State-Behrend. The only traveling school this weekend is Ohio Athletic Conference tournament champion Marietta, which travels to Dickinson (Pa.), a 307-mile jaunt.

Only one AICUO member qualified in NAIA Division II basketball. Lourdes’s men’s team will play Indiana Wesleyan on the morning of March 7. Lourdes wins the long-distance travel award at 718 miles, as all NAIA tourney games take place, as they have for many years, at the College of the Ozarks in Point Lookout, Mo. In case you were wondering, Ozarks qualified in that tournament as the team with the most losses, 12.