Hey, not to throw our league into drama once again, but Green Mountain is now inelligible NAC post-season play, due to inelligible players used last semester. However, the league also announced that games against Green Mountain will no longer count for conference standings.
That means Husson may have no incentive to play or play well this weekend. I picked against GMC because I knew their coach had been fired. Now I'm not exactly sure if this game is on solid enough footing for us to count.
I think Husson will have all the incentive that any good basketball team has and that's to win every game they play.
Here's a quote from their coach that was in yesterday's Around the Northeast column:
"This team is very low key and approaches things with a very businesslike mentality,” said Caruso. “They love the game and care about each other. This group is driven to do something special and we have used the saying ‘do more’ (to help motivate the squad) to get better every day, (both) individually and as a team.”
With a ‘do more’ mentality, Husson is in position to extend its season beyond February into March, but Caruso did stress these final games are crucial for the Eagles’ success beyond the final regular season buzzer.
“We remind the guys to ‘play in the moment’ and that every game is an opportunity to get better and prepare for the stretch run,” said Caruso. “As a program, we are used to being near the top of the standings and have expectations to compete for a championship.”
The league did say that for tie breaking purposes for seeding, games against Green Mountain would count to determine an order of finish. Here's the quote from the NAC release:
"The NAC Athletic Director Council determined that for purposes of seeding the men's basketball tournament, contest results against Green Mountain will not be utilized in calculating winning percentages. For tie breaking procedures, the standard process will remain in effect which will include results against Green Mountain."
If you think they haven't got much to play for, then pick Green Mountain.
It's just one more variable to consider when making your pick.