Monday, February 22, 2016

Updated MAAC clinching scenarios: February 22, 2016

Updated after Iona's 87-81 victory at Siena, here are the latest clinching scenarios in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference leading up to the 2016 MAAC Men's and Women's Basketball Championships at the Times Union Center next week:

Monmouth: Has clinched no worse than #2 seed. 
Hawks can clinch regular season championship with a win OR an Iona loss. Hawks own potential tiebreaker against Iona by virtue of having swept Siena. 

Iona: Has clinched no worse than #2 seed. 
Gaels can clinch outright regular season championship with wins over Manhattan and Canisius on Friday and Sunday, AND Monmouth losses to Rider and Niagara on Friday and Sunday.
Can clinch a share of regular season championship with wins in last two games and Monmouth splitting their last two, OR by splitting last two games with Monmouth losing their last two.

Siena: Has clinched first-round bye. Can clinch #3 seed with a win over Fairfield on Wednesday. Can still finish as low as fifth in potential three-way tiebreaker with Fairfield and Manhattan, which Jaspers own by virtue of their win over Monmouth on January 21. In that scenario, Fairfield could then own potential two-way tiebreaker over Siena if they defeat Saint Peter's on Saturday.

Fairfield: Can clinch first-round bye with a win over Siena on Wednesday.
Should Fairfield lose to Saint Peter's on Saturday and the two finish tied, Stags own potential tiebreaker over Peacocks by virtue of their win versus Iona on January 24.
Can finish as low as sixth if they lose their last two games and Manhattan wins two of their last three, as Jaspers would own potential tiebreaker by virtue of their win over Monmouth on January 21.

Saint Peter's: Can clinch first-round bye with a win over Manhattan on Tuesday. Peacocks would own potential tiebreaker over Manhattan, as a win Tuesday would ensure regular season sweep of Jaspers.
Can still clinch a first-round bye with Manhattan losses to Iona AND Rider, AND a Siena win over Fairfield on Wednesday.
Can finish as high as fourth, and as low as seventh. (For details on each possible scenario for Saint Peter's, please see the Peacocks' release for Tuesday's game at Manhattan)

Manhattan: Has not clinched anything yet. Jaspers can finish as high as tied for third, and as low as eighth. A win over Saint Peter's on Tuesday will put Manhattan in No. 5 spot with two games to play.
Can clinch no worse than #6 seed with a win AND a Rider loss.

Rider: Has not clinched anything yet. Broncs can finish as high as tied for fifth, and as low as ninth. Can still clinch a first-round bye, but would need a lot of help.

Canisius: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game on Thursday, March 3. Golden Griffins can finish no higher than sixth, and as low as ninth.

Quinnipiac: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game on Thursday, March 3, in either the 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. slot. Bobcats will finish as either #7, #8, #9, or #10 seed.

Niagara: Is assured of competing in an opening-round game on Thursday, March 3, in either the 5 p.m. or 7 p.m. slot. Purple Eagles will finish as either #9 or #10 seed.

Marist: Has already clinched #11 seed. Red Foxes will play #6 seed in opening-round game on Thursday, March 3.

These tiebreaker scenarios will be updated frequently, both on this site and on Twitter, (@DalyDoseOfHoops) in the days leading up to the opening-round games on March 3.

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