Nationals 2016 was just over a week ago, but that doesn’t stop the content team from producing some articles. This will be the first in a series of Way-Too-Early Top 15 rankings for next season. Below is my personal opinion on who the tops teams will be heading into next year. If you are interested in making a top 15 list of your own, feel free to contact any member of the content team and we will make it happen. If you disagree with my list I expect to see your own top 15 written up! Continue reading
Well folks, Nationals is right around the corner. Here is an extremely brief preview for each attending team.
Games played during a Nationals event are worth double, so the exchanges here are calculated then multiplied by two. Taking that, an exchange for an even match will be around two.
We have 10 minimum exchange matches of the 27 total games on Saturday. That’s a bit higher than the League average (242 of 920 matches is 26%, 10/27 is 37%), but take into consideration this is largely a you-call-em focus to scheduling. If I had to schedule GVSU to play three games on the day, they’d have to play #2-4: CMU, MSU, or JMU. OSU is their next higher opponent, but the initial gap is still 11.495 which forces a minimum exchange. Continue reading
Maryland Dodgeball Classic will be held this Sunday, April 3rd. It seems they share a similar acronym with the Michigan Dodgeball Cup. Heh. MDDC?
- Towson v UMD (h)
- UMD (h) v VCU
- Towson v VCU
We still have a number of games that will be played on the Saturday before at OSU’s event. These team’s exchanges won’t change because they won’t play any of the competitors at OSU, but “total” numbers may vary ever so slightly because there will be more total ranked games and possibly more upsets. Continue reading
This year’s College Dodgeball All Star Game will be a bit different than in years past. In 2016, the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association has paired with Savage Apparel Co. for the event. The team uniforms for this match will be provided by this apparel brand at a discounted price. Dry-fit customization uniforms is a great new addition to one of the NCDA’s most recognizable National Tournament traditions: The All Star Game.
This year’s game will feature two players from each NCDA team, with a draft taking place before Nationals weekend. Dylan Fettig and Mike McNicholas will be the honorary captains for one side, while Felix Perrone and Zigmas Maloni will captain the other squad. These four executive board members will rotate picks during the 2016 All Star Draft as they pick their roster for the game.
Listed below are the representatives from each school for the 2016 All Star Game Presented by Savage:
*Let us know in the comment section who your top picks would be if you were an All Star Game team captain!
Oh man, what do I even say about this tournament? It feels like ever since JMU hit the national scene about five years ago that the players between these two conferences have been clamoring for a regular season blowout tournament. Ok, maybe not a blowout, but people have been hoping that as the East Coast Conference has risen the teams over here would be able to face their Midwest counterparts during the regular season. There have been some regular season matchups before (BEAST and other various tournaments), but this marks the first time I can remember that multiple teams from either region have travelled the distance to the other. Saturday looks to be a barometer for a lot of teams heading into April and Nationals. Let’s take a look at the matchups.
We’ll see some great regular season matches this Saturday. Although no particular straight even pairs are seen, we have a handful of rating gaps that are not out of range for the lower rated team. Interestingly, Towson’s home court advantage boost may put them in range to upset JMU and MSU. Upsets here are not unreachable and will allow Towson to make advantageous gains in a number of systems, take a look at a full rundown after the jump!
Average Rating: 50.747
Average Rating Gap: 9.301
Average Predicted Exchange: 0.303
Average Exchange if Upset: 1.930
A very similar event to the Ohio Dodgeball Cup on the surface, but let’s scratch a bit deeper. There’s plenty of tests on the Gonzalez system here. First, we can take a look at how a #2 team performs against three teams that average a gap of 17 under CMU. Among 963 games there is a strong predictability that these matches won’t be upsets, all of those would fall in the top three largest exchanges.
In less than a month Towson will play host to one of the most anticipated East Coast tournaments in NCDA history. The first ever MVEC (Michigan Versus the East Coast) will take place at Towson University on Saturday, March 26th. This tournament will come only a few weeks prior to Nationals, and it should be very telling of where teams stand leading up to the season’s final event. Below I have listed the attending teams, a few storylines to follow, and the recently released tournament schedule. Take a look:
Teams in attendance at MVEC:
#1 Grand Valley State
#3 Michigan State
#5 James Madison
#17 Virginia Commonwealth
This will be the sixth Ohio Dodgeball Cup on record, continually held at slightly rotating locations since 2011. Some people might draw comparisons to the earlier held Michigan Dodgeball Cup, I get it. But I don’t think that comparison is really fair. This is a different set of teams, a different set of traditions, a different caliber of dodgeball with a similar name. It was two Ohio teams that claim the first intercollegiate dodgeball match in history, touted as the Battle for Ohio Dodgeball Supremacy back in March of 2003. But I’m from Illinois; the teams could tell me off and that’d be fine. Let’s look at the Gonzalez exchanges for this event: Continue reading
BEAST V! I remember the first Beast way back when, and I’m always excited to see how events grow and evolve. We’ll be seeing a new Member Team’s inducting matches at this one, University of Virginia. Exciting. They come in with a Gonzalez rating of 40. Let’s see how it pans out… Continue reading
Eric Zander [UWP-C] writes…
I would first like to say thanks for the teams that are making Platteville’s first ever real home tournament possible. The teams involved on Feb 20, 2016 at Williams Field House are: Platteville Pioneers, DePaul Dodgeball Society, and Nebraska Cornhuskers.
The oldest collegiate dodgeball event is the Michigan Dodgeball Cup. This MDC will feature #1, 2, 4, 5 in the Gonzalez Standings.
Let’s start by comparing averages.
League Rating Average: 42.091 and a spread of 25.848
MDC Rating Average: 55.526 and a spread of 9.402
GVSU/CMU/MSU Rating Average: 57.690 and a spread of 1.272.
That top three is a huge fight of the top percentile; all Gonzalez ratings are relatively close and this triumvirate is fighting for 1/2/3 in the overall NCDA Ranking. The “predicted exchanges” do not have a high degree of predictability here, because there certainly is a difference between a technical upset and a statistically influential upset. GV/CMU, GV/MSU, CMU/MSU could go either way with the ratings being so close. There is a lot to gain and lot to lose. but events are rarely this influential.
Zanderthon Throw-Down will be held in Platteville, Wisconsin this Saturday. Continue reading
It is no secret that the Michigan Region has been the best region in the country for a long, long time. In fact, the national champion has been a team from the Great Lakes State each of the past nine seasons.
In a way, I want to simply state that this season should be no different; as there is a chance the title game features two Michigan schools. Historically, the Michigan Dodgeball Cup winner enters April as the favorite to win it all. The difference between this season and seasons in the past is that there is an unbelievable level of parity surrounding the NCDA’s top region. The Michigan Dodgeball Cup will take place on Feb. 27, and if you have been following the league at all this season, you know that it is going to be impossible to predict.
Here is an inside look at the incredibly confusing 2015-16 NCDA season in the Michigan Region: