Just about every coach ends a losing season with a promise that things will get better next year. With just a few tweaks and some new players coming in, those losing coaches have confidence things are always just on the verge of turning around.
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For these four teams, that's actually happening.
Let's look at some of the best turnarounds this year in D3 men's basketball.
Men's Basketball: Turner, Williams Lead First-Place R-MC past Lynchburg https://t.co/eieEKwHSZg
— R-MC Athletics (@R_MCAthletics) January 21, 2017
Last year: .500 in ODAC. This Year: 8-0 so far in ODAC
Things couldn't have looked much bleaker last February for the Randolph-Macon Yellow Jackets as they bowed out of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament with a miserable performance, turning in the team's lowest point total of the season in a 78-52 loss to Virginia Wesleyan in the quarterfinals. That loss left the Yellow Jackets with a losing record — 13-14 overall — and a .500 finish of 8-8 in the ODAC.
It seems unlikely that Randolph-Macon will lose eight ODAC games this year — they'd have to lose out to do it. This year's squad is off to an 8-0 start in conference play and is a game ahead of Guilford in first place. Overall, the Yellow Jackets are 12-5 heading into the second half of their conference schedule and on a nine-game win streak heading into Wednesday night's game at the Virginia Wesleyan team who ended their season last year.
— Loras M Basketball (@DuhawkMBB) January 25, 2017
Last year: 13-13 Overall. This Year: 14-4 so far
You may not know it if you saw a Duhawk, whatever that is. And you almost surely wouldn't recognize these particular Duhawks.
The Loras Duhawks are 14-4 heading into Wednesday night's game against Simpson. That's already one more win than the team had all of last year, when Loras finished 13-13 overall and 8-6 in the Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.
The Duhawks are 7-2 in the IAAC right now, and on an 11-game win streak, most recently beating rival Dubuque 87-58. It's the longest win streak for Loras since the 2007-08 season.
LeTourneau Makes Le TurnAround
YellowJackets Tie Win Streak Record with 102-78 Victory over Belhaven https://t.co/333aF9rZIf
— LETU Athletics (@LETUAthletics) January 20, 2017
Last Year: 12-14 Overall. This Year: 14-4 So Far
If you wanted to create a new French word for "turnaround," you might as well choose LeTourneau.
The Yellow Jackets got their school record-matching 10th straight win this week to go to 14-4 overall and find themselves perched atop the American Southwest Conference East Division with a 7-3 league tally.
The Jackets are already guaranteed a marked improvement over last season's 12-14 overall record and appear poised to dramatically improve on last year's 8-8 conference finish.
Hamilton Revival Isn't Just on Broadway
— Hamilton Men's Hoops (@HamCollMBBall) January 22, 2017
Last Year: 11-13 Overall. This Year, 12-4 So Far
The theater isn't the only place where Hamilton, the Founding Father shot to death by a U.S. vice president, has been brought back to life. Hamilton's having a big comeback year on the basketball court, too.
The Continentals improved to 3-2 in the extremely competitive New England Small College Athletic Conference this week after out-dueling Williams, already sealing a better record than last season's 2-8 finish in the NESCAC. Kena Gilmour hit six three pointers in the game for the Continentals.
Hamilton pulled a big upset already in the conference back in early January, beating Wesleyan 92-76.
Overall, the Continentals are out to a 12-4 start, including a 6-0 mark at home, guaranteeing a better record than last year's 11-13 overall finish.