Since the 2006-07 season, my alma mater has made the NCAA Division III tournament (like the big NCAA tournament, but with amateur players) the last eight years. They’ve made it to the Final Four twice, and they lost in the championship game in 2011.
The Fighting Scots have been beasting their Division III conference – the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) – for years now. Look at their conference winning percentage since the 2006-07 season:
In fact, they have the most wins in the 2000s for a Division III school, 387 from 2000-2014. How have they done it? Their coach, Steve Moore, who has been leading the team for 27 years (!), has his team score – a lot. Here’s how Wooster ranks versus the average offensive output in NCAC play. (Note: I started at 2006-07 because thats when the site d3hoops had easily accessible conference statistics. Data is through Friday, January 30.)
The last three years, the Fighting Scots the highest scoring seasons out of the last full seven in the NCAC (just looking at conference play here). They have 7 of the top 15 conference scoring seasons under their belt.
How’s their defense? Well, not as good as their offense, but slightly better than average. In this case, being below zero is a good thing.
Their worst defensive seasons since 2006-07 have actually been the most recent. As they’ve ramped up the scoring, they’ve allowed more points. This hasn’t backfired yet, and they’ve been cruising in the NCAC for decades now.
(Note: R code for scraping d3hoops and making the plots is here.)