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In quarterfinals, it's the usual suspects

For one team, this is the 22nd consecutive trip to the national quarterfinals. For another team, wearing similar colors, it’s the first in a row but the eighth appearance in nine years.

In fact, if the Elite Eight looks like a lineup of the usual suspects, there’s a reason why: They are.

D3sports.com deputy managing editor Gordon Mann did a little digging and detailed exactly how usual this group of eight is. Over the past eight years, this is the rule, not the exception: 53 of the 64 spots in the round of eight can be summed up by a simple set of predetermined categories.

The lineup

Mount Union

aka Purple Raiders

aka "The Original Purple Power"

Last known residence: Alliance, Ohio

Known associates: John Carroll, Heidelberg

Why they're the rule: With 22 consecutive trips, the Purple Raiders have incredible staying power. This year they've done it with a different Kehres as head coach and an almost entirely different starting lineup.
The exception: None. Mount Union has reached the national quarterfinals every year since 1991, when they split the OAC title three ways and Baldwin-Wallace was chosen to the 16-team playoff field.


By Dan Poel, d3photography.com

UW-Whitewater

aka Warhawks

aka "No. 1-A"

Last known residence: Whitewater, Wis.

Known associates: UW-Platteville, UW-Oshkosh

Why they're the rule: The Warhawks played in seven straight Stagg Bowls and won four of them. 'Nuff said.
The exception: Last year was a disaster, by Purple Power standards, at 7-3. This year the Warhawks have been firing on all cylinders on defense and have had enough offense to get them this far.

By Larry Radloff, d3photography.com

UMHB

aka Cru

aka Best Program
without a Title

Last known residence: Belton, Texas

Known associates: Wesley, Louisiana College.

Why they're the rule: They've been to the quarters seven times in eight years. Previously they won at Mount Union, reached Stagg, and last year nearly beat Mount Union again.
The exception: 2009, when UMHB lost at another Usual Suspect, Linfield, in the second round.

By Andrew Zavoina, d3photography.com

Wesley

aka Wolverines

aka Still Striving for Salem

Last known residence: Dover, Del.

Known associates: Salisbury, UMHB, whoever will play them.

Why they're the rule: The Wolverines have appeared in the quarters seven times in eight seasons. They have played in several semifinals in that span as well but have always lost to UW-Whitewater or Mount Union in that round.
The exception: In 2008, Wesley lost in the second round to another Suspect: UMHB.

Wesley athletics photo

Bethel

aka Royals

aka Last MIAC Team Standing

Last known residence: Arden Hills, Minn.

Known associates: St. Thomas, St. John's, Wartburg

Why they're the rule: Seven of the past eight years there has been an MIAC team in the Elite Eight, and in 2010, there were two. Bethel, St. Thomas and St. John's have all played that role.
The exception: In 2008, St. John's was bounced in the first round, but it was by a Suspect: Whitewater.

By Caleb Williams, d3photography.com

Linfield

aka Wildcats

aka We're Still Here

Last known residence: McMinnville, Ore.

Known associates: Pacific Lutheran, Cal Lutheran

Why they're the rule: The Wildcats have actually only been to the quarterfinals three times in this span, but it is three times in the past five years and often their exit has been at the hands of another Usual Suspect.
The exceptions: Most notably, the three years from 2006-08 in which Linfield didn't even qualify for the playoffs.

By Rusty Rae for D3sports.com

North Central

aka Cardinals

aka The Wild Card

Last known residence: Naperville, Ill.

Known associates: Wheaton, Illinois Wesleyan

Why they're the rule: There's usually a random North or West team who's fairly competitive left out there, depending on how the bracket is constructed. Twice that's been North Central, once Wheaton, once Capital, once UW-Oshkosh. Oshkosh advanced to the semifinals and Capital gave Mount Union an epic battle in 2006.
The exceptions: Several for North Central, obviously, including a year they missed the playoffs and others with losses to non-Suspects.

By Eric Kelley, d3photography.com

St. John Fisher

aka Cardinals

aka East Underdog

Last known residence: Pittsford, N.Y.

Known associates: Ithaca, Salisbury

Why they're the rule: There is always one East Region team in the round of eight, sometimes two depending on the makeup of the bracket. Often that team gets crushed in this round as well. This year, St. John Fisher is the only East team remaining.
The exceptions: East teams that have not gotten crushed in the quarters the past eight years number just one: St. John Fisher 2006. They beat fellow East team Rowan 31-0 then lost in a competitive semifinal at Mount Union.

By Eric Kelley, d3photography.com

Anyone with information to spill ... rather, share on any of these eight suspects who are still at large is invited to share them below in the comments.

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Sep. 20: All times Eastern
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Maryville (Tenn.) at Washington and Lee
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at Morrisville State 34, St. Lawrence 26
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at Bridgewater State 42, Fitchburg State 15
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at Delaware Valley 41, Alvernia 10
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at Endicott 27, Hobart 24
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Framingham State 28, at Massachusetts Maritime 13
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at RPI 44, Buffalo State 14
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at MIT 34, Catholic 24
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Springfield 17, at WPI 14
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Lycoming 27, at FDU-Florham 21
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Emory and Henry 52, at Rochester 17
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at Nichols 43, Alfred State 7
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Southern Virginia 14, at Kean 9
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at Merchant Marine 35, Maine Maritime 14
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at Middlebury 37, Bowdoin 24
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at Amherst 37, Hamilton 14
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at Williams 36, Colby 14
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at Ursinus 21, Moravian 14
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Montclair State 17, at Christopher Newport 14
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at Carnegie Mellon 42, St. Vincent 27
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at Union 49, Curry 6
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at Franklin and Marshall 14, Susquehanna 7
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at Trinity (Conn.) 59, Bates 16
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at Johns Hopkins 62, Dickinson 14
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Misericordia 47, at Wilkes 45
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at Frostburg State 34, Rowan 7
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McDaniel 25, at Gettysburg 0
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at Wooster 24, DePauw 21
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Stevenson 38, at King's 17
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at Alfred 38, Cortland 33
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at Washington and Jefferson 62, Grove City 10
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at Westminster (Pa.) 21, Bethany 3
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at Allegheny 25, Ohio Wesleyan 17
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at Wesley 43, William Paterson 7
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at LaGrange 42, Apprentice 13
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Denison 52, at Oberlin 27
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at Western New England 59, Anna Maria 7
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Martin Luther 63, at Greenville 28
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at St. Scholastica 23, Westminster (Mo.) 20
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at Minnesota-Morris 13, Iowa Wesleyan 7
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at Muhlenberg 62, Juniata 7
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at Widener 69, Albright 0
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at Coast Guard 38, Norwich 35
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Anderson 18, at Defiance 14
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at Mount Union 23, John Carroll 10
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Hanover 28, at Bluffton 10
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Westfield State 42, at Worcester State 22
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at Waynesburg 10, Geneva 7
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at Virginia-Lynchburg 16, Brevard 14
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at Ferrum 81, Greensboro 0
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Ithaca 21, at St. John Fisher 14
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Muskingum 31, at Wilmington 24
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Ohio Northern 13, at Otterbein 7
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at Austin 12, Hendrix 9
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North Central (Ill.) 35, at North Park 0
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Rhodes 29, at Birmingham-Southern 10
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at UW-Stout 49, Cal Lutheran 24
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Millsaps 21, at Sewanee 14
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Thomas More 38, at Huntingdon 35
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at Washington U. 51, Carthage 31
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at St. Olaf 33, Augsburg 3
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at Concordia-Moorhead 55, Hamline 0
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at St. John's 59, Carleton 0
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at Chicago 56, Illinois College 9
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at Bethel 31, Gustavus Adolphus 0
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Wartburg 42, at Nebraska Wesleyan 14
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Coe 35, at Buena Vista 14
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Central 35, at Dubuque 13
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at St. Norbert 91, Grinnell 0
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Northwestern (Minn.) at Crown
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Loras 35, at Luther 28
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at Ripon 28, Knox 3
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at Monmouth 37, Macalester 0
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Carroll 16, at Elmhurst 14
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Cornell 28, at Beloit 17
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at Lake Forest 35, Lawrence 34
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at St. Thomas 49, UW-Eau Claire 0
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Mount St. Joseph 59, at Earlham 2
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Dean 42, at Becker 15
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N.C. Wesleyan at Bridgewater
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Western Connecticut 40, at Salve Regina 21
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7 Plymouth State
14 Mass-Dartmouth
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6 Wesleyan
16 Tufts
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7 TCNJ
17 Salisbury
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6 Manchester
7 Rose-Hulman
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0 Thiel
21 Case Western Reserve
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13 Baldwin Wallace
7 Heidelberg
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14 Berry
7 Centre
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0 Kenyon
14 Wittenberg
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Howard Payne at Hardin-Simmons
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Illinois Wesleyan at Augustana
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Sul Ross State at McMurry
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14 Wheaton (Ill.)
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6 Lakeland
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7 Louisiana College
7 Southwestern
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Mary Hardin-Baylor at Texas Lutheran
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East Texas Baptist at Belhaven
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at Delaware Valley 41, Alvernia 10
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at RPI 44, Buffalo State 14
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at Wesley 43, William Paterson 7
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at Washington and Jefferson 62, Grove City 10
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at Frostburg State 34, Rowan 7
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at Franklin and Marshall 14, Susquehanna 7
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at Mount Union 23, John Carroll 10
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Ithaca 21, at St. John Fisher 14
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at St. John's 59, Carleton 0
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North Central (Ill.) 35, at North Park 0
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at St. Thomas 49, UW-Eau Claire 0
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14 Berry
7 Centre
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0 Thiel
21 Case Western Reserve
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Mary Hardin-Baylor at Texas Lutheran
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14 Wheaton (Ill.)
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Illinois Wesleyan at Augustana
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