Dickinson College is starting to make some noise in the NCAA Division III collegiate ranks for men’s basketball and that’s not surprising to Head Coach Alan Seretti, whose squad was 15-2 for a BR-14 ranking in the most recent HeroSports poll.
“It’s going good, we’re getting results,” Seretti said. “The record is good. We still feel we can play better. Defensively, we’ve been up and down. Offensively, we’ve played a lot of different styles. The opponent has kind of dictated the pace of play to us and not vice-versa. That’s something we’re continually working on.”
Dickinson entered the season after losing valuable leadership to graduation from a team that advanced to the Elite Eight last season. Seretti and his staff were speculating where it might come from this year.
“We certainly expected to be competitive and expected to get a result in the games on our schedule,” he said. “We knew we had talent and we knew we had the experience. But you never know. Year-to-year, these games, especially the league games are very competitive.”
Centennial Conference wins have been gratifying for Dickinson. Including an 81-48 league victory over Franklin & Marshall.
“They were the highest ranked two teams from the Centennial Conference to play each other in the league’s history,” Seretti said. “We were also fortunate enough to beat North Central on a neutral floor at a time when they were undefeated and they’ve been nationally ranked most of the year.
“Anytime you can win a league game, it’s a great thing.”
An annual goal for Dickinson is to wind up in the top five of the conference when the league season ends.
“Those are the five that can play for the championships and postseason tournament,” Seretti said. “The guys have loftier goals than that. They’d like to be competitive at the national level. We’ve had a taste of that the last two years. We have to keep getting better defensively. We have to make better decisions with the basketball especially with end-game situations. We’ll round out our rotation and get used to each other because we’re playing a lot of younger guys.”