This has been a calm week. Not alot happening with a rare Wednesday night open because of the bye date on the Dordt basketball schedules. Men’s JV team concluded their season early this week–ended up playing an intra-squad scrimmage on Monday when the team they were scheduled to face, Dakota State, didn’t make the trip to Sioux Center.
The Blades concluded their season last week as well so the only events on the horizon are the women’s and men’s basketball games at Crete, Nebraska on Saturday against Doane and the GPAC Indoor Track and Field Championships. The multi-event competitions are on Friday and Saturday the team titles will be determined. The Saturday events will take place at the DeVaney Center on the campus of the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.
The GPAC basketball playoff field will be finalized on Saturday. In women’s basketball we know the eight teams that will comprise the field which starts play on Wednesday, February 22. Concordia has the inside track to the number one seed with a 17-2 record with Morningside on their heels at 16-3. A tie would result in Morningside taking the number one seed by my figuring as they split with Concordia and swept Northwestern, who will finish no worse than third.
Concordia and Northwestern split their games this season. Now, Northwestern could work into a tie for second with a win over Midland and a loss by Morningside at Hastings.
Briar Cliff, not that long ago was in the driver’s seat in the women’s race, they are currently fourth with a 12-7 record and will host Dakota Wesleyan. Hastings is at Morningside and they are a game back of Briar Cliff with an 11-8 record. Doane and Mount Marty can’t catch Hastings as they both have ten losses and will finish sixth or seventh and Dakota WEsleyan is lodged at eighth. The Defender loss last Saturday to Concordia eliminated them from playoff contention in women’s basketball and they will finish ninth in the league standings.
In men’s play Dordt is the number one seed for the tournament and are two games clear of Northwestern heading into this weekend. Northwestern has a one game lead on Briar Cliff with the Raiders playing at Midland. Midland is trying to catch Briar Cliff for third place. They need a win over visiting Northwestern and a loss by the Chargers to Dakota Wesleyan to work into a third place tie.
Morningside is lurking at 11-8 and could tie Midland if the Warriors stumble with Northwestern and the Mustangs beat Hastings on the road. Nebraska WEsleyan is done with the season and is 8-12–by my figuring they are in with Dakota Wesleyan (7-12 @ Briar Cliff), Concordia (7-12 v. Mount Marty) and Hastings (6-13 v. Morningside) and Mount Marty (6-13 @ Concordia) fighting for the last two spots. Dakota Wesleyan and Concordia are in with wins. Hastings and Mount Marty need wins combined with Dakota Wesleyan losing to Briar Cliff. Doane is the only team eliminated from the playoff picture at this point.
Yes, there is a possibility of a four way tie for seventh place and there is a possibility of a three way tie for 6th.
Clear? There will be a quiz on Monday.
Dates for post-season play are:
February 22-GPAC Quarterfinals
February 25-GPAC Semifinals
February 28-GPAC Finals
March 7-8-NAIA Division II National Tournament first round (32 teams)
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