The Reverb: Crunch Time
by Jac Coyne | MCLA.us
LA CROSSE, Wis. – Time for another conference check-in.
We’re ready to roll in ALC. Bracket HERE.
Still a lot of moving pieces here. Wake Forest and UNC-Charlotte squared off this weekend in what will go a long in determining who makes the playoffs, but Appalachian State still has the chance to play spoiler and trigger a three-way tie next weekend.
Citadel has the inside track, but the South is wide open. Coastal Carolina beating Wilmington is a boost for the Chanticleers.
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After last Friday’s win over No. 5 Boston College, Northeastern looked like they were ready to take control of the race for the top seed, but then New Hampshire came along and bounced the Huskies on Sunday. The Wildcats are now in the driver’s seat with two games to play.
Rhode Island blew the doors off Bridgewater State, presumably the Rams’ last remaining threat in the CLC. Tough seeing this other than a URI conference coronation. Funnier things have happened, however.
After a five-way tiebreaker in the LSA South, the seeds have been set: 1. TCU, 2. Texas, 3. A&M, 4. LSU.
North: 1. Mizzou, 2. KU, 3. OU. Because of team unavailability, SMU has been flipped into the North as the No. 4 seed.
SMU @ TCU
OU @ UT
A&M @ KU
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It came down to a five-way tie for first-place in the LSA South, resulting in SMU getting left out of the mix. Fortunately for the Mustangs, a North team declared unavailability for the tournament, creating an opening.
As such, SMU will get slotted at No. 4 out of the North and head across town to South No. 1 TCU in the first round. The Horned Frogs dominated the Ponies last week.
The contraction at the beginning of the season from four to subdivisions to three has made for an awkward seeding process, but it will involve utilizing no-traditional metrics to fill out the four-team semifinals and finals with three conferences. Stayed tuned!
Boise State is the only team that could derail Simon Fraser’s quest for the top seed in the conference tourney when they meet next Friday. With its win over Oregon on Saturday night, Washington is into the playoffs, but still has to face Boise State next weekend.
If Oregon State beats Oregon in the Civil War next weekend, it could potentially trigger a three-way tie between the Ducks, Beavers and Broncos. An Oregon win and they are in.
Montana is the top seed out of PNCLL-II North followed by Western Washington. In the South, both Northwest Nazarene and College of Idaho are heading to the playoffs with next Saturday’s winner between the two avoiding Montana in the first round.
We know the four teams in the RMLC tournament – Utah has been eliminated – but the order is still up for grabs. Utah Valley is still the presumptive favorite to land the top seed, but they have the Colorado trip still left.
This one is wrapped up. Montana State and Utah State are in out of the Norwest subdivision while Air Force and MSU Denver are in from the Southeast. They will crossover in the semifinals, which will be held at Colorado State.
The bracket for the SELC Division II tournament at the Bolles School in Jacksonville has been set (bracket link below. The winner gets an auto bid to Round Rock.https://t.co/LVzIfYNGlO pic.twitter.com/ae7wGjjOfd
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The semifinals are set after last weekend’s first round of action in LaGrange. The champs aren’t dead yet. Bracket HERE.
With Kennesaw's defeats North Florida on Saturday, the Owls will be the top seed out of the North with Georgia Southern at No. 2. Florida Gulf Coast and Florida Atlantic will be the top two seeds out of the South, respectively. Bracket HERE.
Chapman and Concordia are in the driver’s seat for the two top seeds, and next weekend’s matchup will determine who gets which. San Diego State and Arizona State will fill out the rest of the bracket in some form depending on their outcomes next Saturday.
The D-II field is set with Cal State San Marcos and Northern Arizona snagging top-seed byes into the semifinals. The first round takes place this coming weekend at home sites. Bracket HERE.
The East side is all accounted for with Michigan State getting the top seed followed by Purdue and Western Michigan. The West is still waiting for the makeup game between Illinois and Iowa State to figure things out. Minnesota is locked in as the top seed in the West.
The East is all set in terms of seeding, but the West is awaiting the St. Thomas-St. John’s contest on Friday to solidify the field that will compete at Loves Park, Ill., from April 28-30.
The field is set, just waiting on first round times for this coming weekend. Cal and Cal Poly are the top seeds and through the semifinals in Hayward, Calif.
San Jose State’s victory over UC Santa Cruz on Friday night gives the Spartans the tiebreaker and final berth in the four-team tourney, joining UC Davis, Saint Mary’s and Chico State.
[All of my projections are unofficial until the conference releases the information. Things could change for any number of reasons).
We're down to four teams in SELC-I. Who are you betting walks away with the AQ next weekend? #mcla23
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MY TOP FIVES
1. Florida (12-1) – Gators were in nearly an identical spot last year and didn’t win again.
2. Georgia (12-1) – Drawing the Gamecocks in the postseason is never great.
3. Chapman (13-2) – Panthers are looking like the Grim Reaper right now.
4. Virginia Tech (12-2) – The Hokies have to be considered the favorites in the ALC.
5. Simon Fraser (8-0) – Red Leafs will be a miserable first round test for a good team.
1. Montana State (10-1) – The Bobcats are running at a different level right now.
2. Florida Gulf Coast (9-0) – FAU gave the Eagles all they could handle in first meeting.
3. Rhode Island (11-1) – There’s no one in the CLC that can hang with the Rams.
4. Cal State San Marcos (12-1) – Cougars showed a lot of grit rallying against UCSD.
5. St. Thomas (7-2) – You can tell the Tommies are rounding into form.
SLIDES & RIDES
- Washington State defeated Idaho, 11-4, on Sunday to post its fourth win of the season. It’s the most win for the Cougars in nine years. Baby steps.
- Season is over in less than a month. Let’s make some great decisions out there for the final push. Don’t do something to jeopardize a great opportunity for a championship for you and your teammates.
- Nominations for Player and Goalie of the Week are due by noon on Monday to [email protected].