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Re: Conference Tournaments
« Reply #120 on: February 16, 2017, 06:45:31 pm »
The Division III season has officially entered "Crunch Time." Regular season schedules are wrapping up, conference tournaments are about to begin, teams are jockeying for conference position or trying to win home-court advantage. And it is all happening the uncertainty of whether NCAA tournament berths are available for a lot of teams.

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Re: Conference Tournaments
« Reply #121 on: February 19, 2017, 08:32:40 pm »

The NESCAC has 1 game remaining in its regular season (Bates @ Williams Sunday) but the 8 teams are set for the conference tournament.  Amherst (1 seed), Tufts (2 seed), Bowdoin (3 seed) and Middlebury (4 seed) are locked into their respective seeds while the 5 to 8 seeds will be determined by Sunday's game, but no matter who wins Conn College, Colby, Bates, and Williams will be joining those first 4 in the quest to grab the pool A bid.   Quarterfinals are Saturday, February 18 at the higher seeds; Semifinals and finals are Saturday-Sunday 2/25-2/26 at the highest seeding remaining after the quarterfinals....aka at Amherst.

The NESCAC tournament is set:
#6 Conn College (16-8, 4-6) (47)
@ 2/18 3:00 PM
#3 Bowdoin (20-3, 8-2) (72)

#7 Williams (15-9, 4-6) (40)
@ 2/18 4:00 PM
#2 Tufts (23-1, 9-1) (58)

#5 Colby (12-11, 4-6) (48)
@ 2/18 4:00 PM
#4 Middlebury (17-7, 6-4) (39)

#8 Bates (9-15, 3-7) (35)
@ 2/18 4:00 PM
#1 Amherst (24-0, 10-0) (76)y

#5 Colby (13-11, 4-6) ()
@ 2/25 2:00 PM
#1 Amherst (25-0, 10-0) ()

#2 Tufts (24-1, 9-1) ()
vs. 2/25 4:00 PM
#3 Bowdoin (21-3, 8-2) ()
Semifinals 2/25 at the highest remaining seed at the conclusion of semifinal play
Amherst, Bowdoin & Tufts are absolute locks for the NCAA tournament.  Conn College was looking decent (#7 in New England) until they lost twice in Maine over the weekend to Colby & Bowdoin.  Now they probably have to make the finals which will mean beating Bowdoin & Tufts.  Middlebury (#10 in New England) is in worse shape than Conn College as their quarterfinal opponent (basically .500 Colby) won't do anything to help them, so I figure they have to win the tournament.  Williams, Colby & Bates need the automatic bid to get in.

The 1 seed in the Little East has been won by the Eastern Connecticut Warriors for the third straight year.  Seeds 2-3 will be Dartmouth & Keene State with an order still to be determined.  All 8 teams qualify.  Quarterfinals Tuesday, February 21 at higher seeds; semifinals-final Friday-Saturday February 24-25 at the highest seed remaining after the quarterfinals.

Update: LEC tournament field finalized:

#7 Southern Maine (5-20, 4-10)
@ 2/21 5:30
#2 Keene State (18-7, 11-3)

#6 UMass-Boston (9-16, 5-9)
@ 2/21 5:30
#3 UMass-Dartmouth (21-4, 11-3)

#5 Plymouth State (8-16, 5-9)
@ 2/21 7
#4 Western Connecticut (14-11, 6-8)

#8 RI College (5-20, 2-12)
@ 2/21 5:30
#1 Eastern Connecticut (18-7, 12-2).
For pool C implications: Keene State (#8) needs a lot of favorites to win their pool A's.  An Eastern/Dartmouth final will be interesting.  Since the last rankings came out, Keene has a win over Eastern Connecticut, is that enough to push Dartmouth back in front of Eastern (Eastern was 5, Dartmouth was 6 last week) even though Eastern has 2 wins head-to-head??  That could be the difference between the LEC getting 1 team to getting 2.  They definitely aren't getting 3 teams, but I think they have a pretty good chance of getting 2 teams.  IF Keene wins the tournament (beating Dartmouth & Eastern) I think Eastern would be a pool C team; IF Dartmouth beats Keene but loses to Eastern for a 3rd time I think the Corsairs would sneak in as one of the final selections.  What's good for both Dartmouth/Eastern is assuming Babson wins the auto qualifier, Bowdoin, Tufts, Amherst whichever 2 don't win the NESCAC A should be off the board fairly quickly (probably within the first 4 rounds: if Bowdoin wins the pool A, Amherst & Tufts will likely be 1 & 2 off the board) which will put the LEC team on the board from rounds 3 and on which'll help their chances of getting multiple teams.  Of course, that's assuming all favorites win which NEVER happens!