North Coast men’s basketball teams have risen some eyebrows across the nation in the first two weeks of the season as four league squads appeared in the pre-Thanksgiving D3hoops.com Top 25 Poll. Wooster (1-0, 4-0) tops the list of NCAC teams at No. 3, while Wittenberg (1-0, 4-1) is 21st, DePauw (1-0, 4-1) is 25th and Ohio Wesleyan (1-0, 4-1) appears in the “Others Receiving Votes” portion of the poll.
League play opened in the North Coast last week with DePauw (1-0, 3-0), Ohio Wesleyan (1-0, 2-1), Wittenberg (1-0, 3-1) and Wooster (1-0, 3-0) each logging a victory against a conference foe. NCAC squads return to the hardwood this week with Thanksgiving, Thursday, Nov. 28, being the only day without scheduled competition.
Denison University won a share of two league championships this fall and finished in a three-way tie for second in another to take the lead in the race for the 2013-14 North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports championship.
Wittenberg University Men's Basketball Head Coach Bill Brown became just the 14th active NCAA Division III coach to win 500 career games after his Tigers upended visiting Capital University by a final score of 79-55. Brown, a 1973 graduate of Wittenberg, now has a career record of 500-231 in 26 seasons, including 20 at Wittenberg, five at Kenyon and one at Wooster. His record at Wittenberg is a sparkling 440-132, including this season's 2-1 mark.
The North Coast men’s basketball season kicked off last week with seven of the league’s 10 teams in action, led by Allegheny (0-0, 2-0) and DePauw (0-0, 2-0) earning a pair of victories at early season tournaments. Conference teams return to the hardwood this week, highlighted by four NCAC matchups.
Two former College of Wooster standouts highlighted the list of players selected to the North Coast Athletic Conference's 30th Anniversary All-Decade men's basketball team. 2008 graduate James Cooper and 2011 graduate Ian Franks were the only two players in the last decade to be named the NCAC Player of the Year on two different occasions.