03-24-2003, 07:35 PM
I realize all the talk is around Premier, D1, and DIII, but what about DII? Who looks to be strong? From what I can tell, Ball State, Binghamton, Neumann, St. Louis, and Western Illinois all look to be tough. Without any cross-regional play, it is impossible to tell. Of course, the Midwest has been pretty dominate since the creation of DII nationals with each finals being comprised of Midwest teams, so I'd have to put Ball State as the early favorites, but I think both the Great Plains and the ECRHA have made incredible leaps in DII competition. Should be a good tournament. Any other thoughts?