College Dodgeball, welcome back… you’ve been missed! The 2017-18 season will be underway soon. In the meantime, let’s kick off a series of articles previewing each NCDA Region one by one. Today I’ll briefly preview what to expect this season in the Michigan Region. Enjoy:
Chicago Dodgeball Open By: Kenneth Mize and Erik Zander
Preview for the Chicago Dodgeball Open at the Ray Meyer Fitness and Recreation Center (2235 N Sheffield Ave, Chicago, IL 60614). The teams that will be attending are: Saginaw Valley State University (13 players), DePaul (15 players), Bowling Green State University (14 players), and Wisconsin-Platteville (11 players). Continue reading “2017 Chicago Dodgeball Open”
SAGINAW – Cardinal Gym: In the Death Valley Shootout,
GVSU def CMU 2-1
CMU/SV-JV def GV-JV 3-1
CMU def SVSU 3-2 OT
GVSU def SVSU 3-1
On Feb. 27th, Michigan State University hosted the annual Michigan Dodgeball Cup. In attendance were all four Michigan schools: Central Michigan, Grand Valley State, Michigan State, and Saginaw Valley State. The stakes were higher than ever, as all four teams were positioned in the top six of the NCDA Standings. In fact, the schools had a combined record of 51-21 heading into the event, with exactly zero of those 21 losses coming at the hands of a team outside the state of Michigan.
The dominance of the Michigan Region is still alive and well, and anyone who may try to dispute that should take a look at that fact I just mentioned. Michigan schools this season are a combined 30-0 against teams from other regions. And there is a very real chance that at the end of the year, no non-Michigan team picks up a win over a Michigan Region team. I highly doubt that has ever happened before. Continue reading “Reviewing the 2016 MDC”
Who Benefits Most from the MDC & BEAST?
Anyone who follows the National Collegiate Dodgeball Association closely knows that saying this season has been confusing is an understatement. There have been huge shifts in the NCDA Standings throughout the year, and as we prepare for them to come out on Tuesday, March 1st, there are certain to be some big changes in store.
This past weekend, the Michigan Region teams competed in the annual Michigan Dodgeball Cup hosted by Michigan State. Over on the East Coast, the second half of their season finally kicked off, as five teams took part in the rescheduled BEAST V tournament held at James Madison.
Both of these tournaments involved some exciting match-ups, and both had upsets. While we all are trying to recover from another stellar weekend of dodgeball, let me help pick up the pieces from this confusing set of tournaments by giving you my list of five teams that benefited most from this weekend of chaos:
EAST LANSING – IM West, the 2016 Michigan Dodgeball Cup:
GVSU def CMU 1-0
SVSU def MSU 2-1
GVSU def MSU 2-1 OT
SVSU def CMU 2-1 OT
CMU def MSU 2-1
GVSU def SVSU 2-1
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.
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:
This weekend Central Michigan University hosted the King of the Mountain dodgeball tournament. At this event we saw schools from Michigan, Ohio, and even Wisconsin in attendance. There were a lot of questions heading into the event, and I came away with quite a bit of insight on the teams that made the trip to Mt. Pleasant for a great tournament. Below I have the scores from the tournament and some of my takeaways from the event as a whole: Continue reading “King of the Mountain Recap”
MOUNT PLEASANT – SAC: The King of the Mountain,
CMU def Akron 8-0
SVSU def UWP 6-0
GVSU def Kent 4-1
CMU def Kent 6-0
UWP def Ohio 6-0
SVSU def Akron 5-0
CMU def UWP 4-0
Kent def Ohio 5-0
GVSU def Akron 10-0
CMU def Ohio 6-0
GVSU def SVSU 3-2 OT
On February 6th, Central Michigan University will host their second home tournament in as many weeks with the “King of the Mountain” Tournament. In attendance will be a good variety of schools from around the Midwest. CMU will welcome Saginaw Valley State and Grand Valley State from Michigan, Kent State, Ohio, and Akron from the state of Ohio, and Wisconsin Platteville will also be making the trip to Mt. Pleasant for this event.
All in all, this will be a great mix of teams both in terms of the NCDA region they represent, and they level of talent which they possess. There should be some very entertaining games during this event. Here is a brief team-by-team preview: Continue reading “King of the Mountain Dodgeball Tournament Preview”
Central Michigan is hosting an event with two other Michigan visitors. Let’s see how they stack up. Continue reading “Event at CMU”
CHICAGO – Ray Meyer: In the 2016 Chicago Dodgeball Open,
SVSU def DePaul 7-0
Akron def DePaul-JV 5-0
DePaul def Akron 3-2 (Scrim)
SVSU def DePaul-JV 6-0
SVSU def DePaul 6-0