Postseason Seedings: Clearing, Getting Muddled
While I was listening to comedic songs about bodily fluids last night, the local hoops postseason picture was clearing up like Jessica Simpson's skin, post-Proactiv. Do sports bars show MAAC games? Listed in order of importance.
1) Navy takes control of the Patriot League race. There could be no bigger conference race to take control of, because now if Navy wins at Colgate on Saturday, the Mids will play all their Patriot League tourney games at home, and a team that has not once been ranked in the Atlantic 11 could be Dayton-bound. A word of caution: Navy lost to Colgate at home earlier this season, although Colgate is just 3-3 in home Pat League games. (Also, while the Mids were indeed picked seventh in the league's preseason vote of coaches and SIDs, I'm not sure how many pundits they're proving wrong, unless Bill Fitzgerald and the Thigh Master count as pundits.)
2) Back-from-the-dead George Washington beats Rhode Island to move into a multi-way tie for the final Atlantic 10 (14) tournament berth. The tiebreaking procedure will end up complicated as heck, because about 13 teams are set to tie for that last spot, but suffice it to say if the sason ended right now, the Colonials would be in. Does this matter? Certainly for the Atlantic 11 March Challenge it does. Plus, WaPo staffers will be lining up to score the AC trip.
3) George Mason passes Wilmington in the CAA standings (and gets a New York Times profile) with one game left. Actually, I think this could be a bad thing, because if Old Dominion wins at Wilmington on Saturday, Old Dominion would move into the three seed. And thus the second-seeded Patriots will be on track to face the hot hot hot Monarchs in the CAA semifinals. Regardless, by winning at Northeastern on Saturday, Mason clinches that two seed and whatever psychological benefits it carries, plus, I believe, fruit baskets.
5) From Tuesday, Virginia Tech wins a game it should win. I just don't agree with super smart Jerry Palm when he tells The Post that Maryland still has a better tourney profile, even though the Bracket Project would make the same claim. I just struggle to see the committee looking at two incredibly similar teams and taking the one that lost twice to the other. Ah, what do I know, maybe they both make it, or maybe the Terps win at Wake tonight and then their 2-0 vs. the Deacons will cancel out their 0-2 vs. the Hokies. Don Markus writes that the Terps need to go 3-0, and then takes it back.
6) Also from Tuesday, VMI wins at Liberty. The middle of the Big South is more clogged than the nostrils of a This American Life host. I have no idea what it means, but two of five teams will get first round home games.
7) Georgetown does about what you'd expect with St. John's. First game against St. John's and last week's Cincy performance excepted, this team just isn't gonna blow many Big East teams away, which is fine, because the Hoyas almost always win. The top of that league is bloody complicated as well, but a Notre Dame win over Louisville tonight would put some serious pressure on the Hoyas this Saturday, while a Louisville win would likely turn next Saturday into a regular season title game.
No mention of costumes in the Times or The Post. The Georgetown Voice writes that "There were a lot of people dressed in jerseys on Costume Night at the Verizon Center, but in the first half, very few played like basketball players."
Tonight's games (Maryland, Loyola and other MAAC stuff, plus that Notre Dame-Louisville tilt) will say a lot.
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