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CAA tiebreakers explained

George Mason Basketball: CAA tiebreakers explained

Thursday, February 26, 2009

CAA tiebreakers explained

The and Lito's blog have mapped out all the CAA tournament seeding scenarios. To summarize for Mason with respect to this upcoming Saturday's home finale with Towson:

Mason has clinched a top 4 seed, and thus a first round bye

Mason will finish 2nd if they win and Northeastern loses

Mason will finish 3rd regardless of winning if Northeastern wins

Mason will finish 4th if they lose and ODU wins



Anonymous JD said...

Good to know.
I don't think it makes much difference whether they get a 2 or 3 seed, assuming both Northeastern and Mason make it past their first game.

4:28 PM  
Blogger Ryan said...

@ JD

Makes a difference if you don't want to have to worry about facing VCU until the championship game.

4:30 PM  
Blogger Trent said...

Actually, I'm starting to believe it would be better to face VCU in the semis because Mason would be fresher. In other words, the depth of the Rams bench could overwhelm a thin Mason squad during the final. So I don't think a #4 seed is the end of the world. I just don't see Maynor missing the conference finals two consecutive years.

10:47 PM  
Blogger What Not said...

If Mason's guards do not attack on offense, if they allow teams to jump them on the perimeter or press them out of their offense and make them settle for jumpers and threes, then Mason is probably one or two and done. They simply do not have the killer perimeter shooters and they have not had the slashing offense threat to break down a defense. Cam Long can do it, driving off the wing, but hasn't consistently.

Whoever they play will pressure the guards big time and not allow them to entry pass easily. Like last year.

Dre Smith brings energy and desire, but do not let him shoot. Long and Vaughn have to play aggressively and I wonder why Birdsong, who looks to be the best pure shooter on the team doesn't spot up further out, make teams guard him and open up the middle a bit more. Let him get looks further out. How can that hurt?

Coach L pulled a Phil Jackson at UNCW. Jackson used to do that to the Bulls, hanging his guys out there like that and saying, you solve it. Forced them into owning the results.

9:51 AM  
Anonymous JD said...

I was assuming VCU would win Saturday to be the 1 seed and GMU/NE would be 2 and 3.
I guess we'll have to see how seedings turn out in the tournament.

Seedings matter as far as getting a break on the first day, but when it comes down to it you've gotta put some good games together day in and day out.

10:05 PM  

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