For quite a while due to the Geographic Foot print of the NCAC the conference was split between East and West divisions. The top two from the east and the Top two from the west would go to the NCAC tourney. This caused some imbalance because some years one division was much weaker that the other. Wooster was almost always tops in the east. But some of the other programs were just not that strong. But lately there have been times when the West was not always as dtrong as the East.
They had tried a round robin one time before but it was not implemented well and did not really allow for Rainouts. Several schools did not want to have games during the week and only the weekend. These schools played all their OOC games before they conference games started, either on spring break or on weekends before conference. So the first implementation had teams playing four games over the weekends. You would play one school in a DH on Saturday then another school on Sunday. With the geographic footprint with Allegheny in PA and Wabash in Indiana NW of Indianapolis, it made it difficult. If there was a rain out it was very difficult to make up. In fact that year one of the four schools was decided with a coin flip. So they went back to divisions.
The NCAC is trying again and at least through the 2021 season it will be round robin again. with the top 4 going to the tournament. No more cross over. And games will be on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. That leaves Sundays open for Rain outs and OOC games. Or for those schools that play all there OOC games before the conference starts, for studying and Campus life.
I am very happy about this I wish they would have done this while my son was still at OWU.