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The NJCAA Division I Basketball Tournament

2013 Tournament Predictions (January 31)

I’m terrible at predicting who gets in to the tournament (looking back at my track record) and will probably be even worse now that the tournament is seeded, however, if the tournament were held today, here’s what I see as a possible lineup:

District 1 Champion – #10 North Idaho College

District 2 Champion – #22 Connors State College

District 3 Champion – #2 Vincennes University

District 4 Champion – Mineral Area College

District 5 Champion – #8 New Mexico Junior College

District 6 Champion – #1 Hutchinson Community College

District 7 Champion – Motlow State Community College

District 8 Champion – #7 College Of Central Florida

District 9 Champion – Central Wyoming College

District 10 Champion – #3 Spartanburg Methodist College

District 11 Champion – #5 Iowa Western Community College

District 12 Champion – Shelton State Community College

District 13 Champion – #13 East Georgia State College

District 14 Champion – #18 Kilgore College

District 15 Champion – #21 Pearl River Community College

District 16 Champion – Southwestern Illinois College

These teams I see as the most likely, with a few coin flips in there.

 

District 2B – #25 Northern Oklahoma College – Tonkawa

District 7B – Volunteer State Community College

District 10B – Brunswick Community College

District 14B – San Jacinto College – Central

Zone qualifiers are up to the district/region to decide, and they each have criteria. Best guesses on these.

 

At Large 1 – #4 Coffeyville Community College

At Large 2 – #6 Indian Hills Community College – Ottumwa

At Large 3 – #9 Chipola College

At Large 4 – #15 Salt Lake Community College

I feel like another Florida team should go into the 4th spot (They’re all that good right now), but I’m not sure what they would do. Picked from the next best district there.

 

Seeds:

1 – #1 Hutchinson Community College

2 – #2 Vincennes University

3 – #3 Spartanburg Methodist College

4 – #5 Iowa Western Community College

5 – #7 College Of Central Florida

6 – #8 New Mexico Junior College

7 – #10 North Idaho College

8 – #13 East Georgia State College

9 – #4 Coffeyville Community College

10 – #6 Indian Hills Community College – Ottumwa

11 – #9 Chipola College

12 – #15 Salt Lake Community College

13 – #18 Kilgore College

14 – #21 Pearl River Community College

15 – #22 Connors State College

16 – #25 Northern Oklahoma College – Tonkawa

17 – Central Wyoming College

18 – Mineral Area College

19 – Motlow State Community College

20 – San Jacinto College – Central

21 – Southwestern Illinois College

22 – Shelton State Community College

23 – Brunswick Community College

24 – Volunteer State Community College

Top 8 get byes, and must be champions.

 

Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions? Feel free to tell me what you think.

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1-23 Poll

This week we see some moves, but not alot of changes, and only 1 new face.

The Untouchables

1. Hutchinson Community College (19-0) – @bluedragonsport (#1)

2. Vincennes University (19-0) – @VincennesU (Up from #4)

3. Spartanburg Methodist College (18-0) – @GOSMCPIONEERS (Up from #5)

 

The Next 22

4. Northwest Florida State College (18-1) – @NWFSC (Up from #6)

5. Palm Beach State College (20-1) – @PBStateCollege (Down from #2)

6. Iowa Western Community College (20-1) – @IowaWesternCC (Down from #3)

7. Coffeyville Community College (17-1) – @cccravens (Up from #9)

8. Indian Hills Community College – Ottumwa (19-2) – @indianhills (Up from #10)

9. Chattahoochee Technical College (19-1) – @chattech (Up from #11)

10. New Mexico Junior College (17-2) – @NewMexicoJC (Up from #12)

11. Salt Lake Community College (18-2) – @SaltLakeCC (Up from #15)

12. Chipola College (20-2) – @ChipolaCollege (Down from #7)

13. North Idaho College (19-3) – @NorthIdaho (Up from #14)

14. Hagerstown Community College (18-2) – @hagerstowncc (Up from #16)

15. Kilgore College (17-2)– @kilgorecollege (Up from #17)

16. Howard College (16-3) – @hchawks (Down from #8)

17. College Of Central Florida (20-2) – @CFedu (Up from #21)

18. East Georgia State College (17-1) – @EastGACollege (Up from #23)

19. Barton Community College (16-3) – @BartonSports (Down from #13)

20. Central Arizona College (17-3) – @cacadmissions (Up from #24)

21. Connors State College (15-3) – @connorsstate (Down from #18)

22. Middle Georgia College (13-3) – @MidGaStCollege (@middlegacollege) (Down from #20)

23. Mineral Area College (17-3) – @MAC_Cards (Up from #25)

24. South Plains College (14-4) – ‏@spctexans (Down from #19)

25. Pearl River Community College (13-1) – @PRCCAthletics (New)

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A New #1 (1-15 poll)

Here we are a week later, and we have a new #1 team. The battle of the unbeaten teams rages on.

The Untouchables

1. Hutchinson Community College (17-0) – @bluedragonsport (Up from #2)

2. Palm Beach State College (20-0) – @PBStateCollege (Up from #3)

3. Iowa Western Community College (19-0) – @IowaWesternCC (Up from #5)

4. Vincennes University (16-0) – @VincennesU (#4)

5. Spartanburg Methodist College (16-0) – @GOSMCPIONEERS (Up from #6)

 

The Next 20

6. Northwest Florida State College (17-1) – @NWFSC (Up from #7)

7. Chipola College (18-1) – @ChipolaCollege (Down from #1)

8. Howard College (15-2) – @hchawks (#8)

9. Coffeyville Community College (14-1) – @cccravens (Up from #10)

10. Indian Hills Community College – Ottumwa (17-2) – @indianhills (Up from #13)

11. Chattahoochee Technical College (17-1) – @chattech (Up from #17)

12. New Mexico Junior College (15-2) – @newmexicojc (Up from #15)

13. Barton Community College (16-2) – @BartonSports (Down from #9)

14. North Idaho College (17-3) – @NorthIdaho (Up from #18)

15. Salt Lake Community College (17-2) – @SaltLakeCC (Up from #24)

16. Hagerstown Community College (16-2) – @hagerstowncc (Up from #21)

17. Kilgore College (15-2)– @kilgorecollege (Up from #23)

18. Connors State College (13-3) – @connorsstate (Down from #12)

19. South Plains College (13-4) – ‏@spctexans (Down from #11)

20. Middle Georgia College (11-3) – @MidGaStCollege (@middlegacollege) (Down from #14)

21. College Of Central Florida (18-2) – @CFedu (New)

22. San Jacinto College – Central (12-3) – @SanJacCollege (Down from #16)

23. East Georgia State College (15-1) – @EastGACollege (New)

24. Central Arizona College (15-3) – @cacadmissions (Returning)

25. Mineral Area College (17-3) – @MAC_Cards (New)

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Welcome To The New Year! (1-8 Poll)

It’s 2013! And it’s that time of year where the best teams separate themselves from the pack. Also, since it’s January 8th, new poll numbers have come out, and we have some big surprises for you:

1. Chipola College (18-0) – @ChipolaCollege (Up from #3)

2. Hutchinson Community College (16-0) – @bluedragonsport (Up from #4)

3. Palm Beach State College (18-0) – @PBStateCollege (Up from #6)

4. Vincennes University (14-0) – @VincennesU (Up from #5)

5. Iowa Western Community College (17-0) – @IowaWesternCC (Up from #7)

6. Spartanburg Methodist College (15-0) – @GOSMCPIONEERS (Up from #8)

7. Northwest Florida State College (15-1) – @NWFSC (Up from #10)

8. Howard College (13-2) – @hchawks (Down from #2)

9. Barton Community College (15-1) – @BartonSports (#9)

10. Coffeyville Community College (12-1) – @cccravens (Up from #12)

11. South Plains College (12-2) – ‏@spctexans (Down from #1)

12. Connors State College (12-1) – @connorsstate (Up from #16)

13. Indian Hills Community College – Ottumwa (16-2) – @indianhills (Down from #11)

14. Middle Georgia College (11-1) – (Up from #19)

15. New Mexico Junior College (12-2) – @newmexicojc (Up from #17)

16. San Jacinto College – Central (11-2) – @SanJacCollege (Down from #15)

18. North Idaho College (16-3) – @NorthIdaho (Down from #13)

20. Jones County Junior College (10-1) – @jcjc_athletics (Up from #21)

21. Hagerstown Community College (15-2) – @hagerstowncc (Up from #22)

22. Cochise College (14-2) – @CochiseCollege (Up from #25)

25. Marshalltown Community College (13-2) – @MCC_TIGERS (Down from #24)

 

New (and returning) Teams:

17. Chattahoochee Technical College (14-1)@chattech

19. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (11-1)@MGCCCBulldogs

23. Kilgore College (14-2)@kilgorecollege

24. Salt Lake Community College (15-2)@SaltLakeCC

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December Polls – 12/11

Last Week’s Top 25:

1. South Plains College (10-0) – ‏@spctexans (#1)

2. Howard College (11-0) – @hchawks (Up from #3)

3. Chipola College (13-0) – @ChipolaCollege (Up from #5)

4. Hutchinson Community College (14-0) – @bluedragonsport (#4)

5. Vincennes University (11-0) – @VincennesU (Up from #6)

6. Palm Beach State College (14-0) – @PBStateCollege (Up from #9)

7. Iowa Western Community College (13-0) – @IowaWesternCC (#7)

8. Spartanburg Methodist College (12-0) – @GOSMCPIONEERS (#8)

9. Barton Community College (12-0) – @BartonSports (Up from #10)

10. Northwest Florida State College (10-1) – @NWFSC (Down from #2)

11. Indian Hills Community College – Ottumwa (11-1) – @indianhills (Up from #12)

12. Coffeyville Community College (11-1) – @cccravens (Down from #11)

13. North Idaho College (12-1) – @NorthIdaho (Up from #15)

14. Gadsden State Community College (9-0) – @gadsdenstate (Up from #16)

15. San Jacinto College – Central (11-1) – @SanJacCollege (Down from #14)

16. Connors State College (12-1) – @connorsstate (Up from #17)

17. New Mexico Junior College (10-1) – @newmexicojc (Up from #18)

18. Central Arizona College (10-1) – @cacadmissions (Up from #20)

19. Middle Georgia College (9-1) – (Down from #13)

20. Snow College (11-1) – @SnowCollege (Up from #24)

23. Lamar State College – Point Arthur (10-1) – @LSCPortArthur (Down from #19)

24. Marshalltown Community College (11-1) – @MCC_TIGERS (Down from #21)

Just a few changes, a big one with Northwest Florida State taking a hit down to 10 with a loss to Palm Beach State. Top 10 seems like a survivor league. Whoever loses gets knocked to the bottom of the pile.

New Teams:

21. Jones County Junior College (10-0) – @jcjc_athletics

22. Hagerstown Community College (12-1) – @hagerstowncc

25. Cochise College (10-1) – @CochiseCollege

A few new faces. Welcome, guys!

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2012-2013 Season: December Update

So I haven’t updated like I wanted to. Time really flies! I can’t believe it’s December already!

So, before we head off for the Basketball Christmas Break, let’s look at where we stand. (All records and places are from Dec 3 Poll)

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2013 Tournament Rundown

24 Teams, 24 Games, 6 Days. This will be something new in Hutchinson. So, how will the first tournament play out?

16 of the 24 teams will be the 16 District Champions. Just like in past years, the winners punch their ticket to come to Hutch. The remaining 8 are chosen.

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2012-2013 Season Underway

As this year’s season starts, we will be looking at more than just the champions from 16 districts across the nation, but also for 8 additional teams chosen to participate in this year’s tournament. You see, this year is the start of a 24-team, single elimination tournament in Hutchinson, as opposed to the 16-team double elimination format they have been using for the last few decades.

Because of this format, any district could have between 1 and 3 representatives, depending on who is chosen. We will get into this format in detail on another day.

The pre-season poll released on October 25 has a lot of familiar faces in it (which is typical of pre-season polls in the NJCAA).

1. South Plains College‏@spctexans

2. Northwest Florida State College@NWFSC

3. Howard College@hchawks

4. Chipola College@ChipolaCollege

5. Indian Hills Community College – Ottumwa@indianhills

6. Vincennes University@VincennesU

7. College of Southern Idaho@CSIEagles

8. East Mississippi Community College@EMCCathletics

9. Seward County Community College@Scccsaintssid

10. Navarro College@NavarroCollege

11. Casper College@CasperCollege

12. Monroe College@monroe_college

13. Hutchinson Community College@bluedragonsport

14. Trinity Valley Community College@TVCCnews

15. Palm Beach State College – @PBStateCollege

16. Spartanburg Methodist College – @GOSMCPIONEERS

17. Shelton State Community College@sheltonstate

18. Gordon State College@GordonState

19. Coffeyville Community College@cccravens

20. Iowa Western Community College@IowaWesternCC

21. Otero Junior College – @OteroJrCollege

22. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College@MGCCCBulldogs

23. Odessa College@odessacollege

24. North Idaho College@NorthIdaho

25. Highland Community College – Illinois@HighlandCollege

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