Head Coach: Steve Moore, 30th year
2015-2016 Finish: 24-8 (Lost in the Elite Eight to Christopher Newport)
2015-2016 Conference Finish: 15-3 (Tied with Ohio Wesleyan for NCAC title, lost to Denison in NCAC Tournament championship game)
Key Returners: Dan Fanelly, Spencer Williams, Mitch Balser, Reece Dupler[divider]
Wooster opened up the 2016-17 season with an impressive, 104-65 win over Oberlin Wednesday night. Last year's four leading scorers (listed above) scored a combined 42 points for the North Coast Athletic Conference favorites, while Alex Baptiste and Danyon Hempy added 11 and 12 points respectively to the well-rounded effort.
It was one of the highest scoring-outputs by any D3 team this season. No surprise, as Wooster returned their leading scorer (15.1 ppg in 2015-16), senior forward Dan Fanelly, and junior guard Spencer Williams, who shot better than 43 percent from three-point range last year.
Fanelly, who tied the NCAA D3 Tournament record with 21 made field goals in the Scots’ opening round win over Lancaster Bible, is Wooster’s leading returner in several other stats besides scoring, including field goal percentage (63.2), rebounds (5.7 rpg) and blocks (0.8 bpg). Williams chipped in 14.5 points-per-game on 45.8 percent shooting overall.
Wooster also returned guard Mitch Balser, last year's leader in assists. He had four dimes in yesterday's win.
"We played our best basketball towards the end of the season, and that was a real positive," Moore said on the team's website about the mood going into this year. "There's a lot of optimism within the team, the players, and the fans this year."
The Fighting Scots were picked to repeat as league champions by North Coast Athletic Conference coaches, just ahead of Ohio Wesleyan. Coaches in the NCAC will never count out a team coached by Steve Moore.
The winningest coach at one of college basketball's winningest programs, Moore's record in the past 29 seasons at Wooster is 693-159, and he entered this year No. 3 among D3 coaches in all-time wins. He's taken the Scots to 24 NCAA tournaments, including 14 straight appearances that are an NCAA D3 record. COW has made it to the Final Four three times, and the championship game once.