After Gannon's disappointing 59-56 loss at Cal Sunday, things are (finally) becoming clear in this foggiest of seasons. Gannon is dynamite on one end of the floor and a complete dud on the other -- I'll let you guess which term applies to the offense. The goals for the rest of the season for Gannon (4-4, 9-11) are coming into focus as well.
NCAA tournament? Not in your dreams. Winning the PSAC West? The Knights aren't mathematically eliminated, but then again I'm not mathematically eliminated from winning the Powerball drawing Wednesday. Second in the PSAC West is basically an impossibility as well, Clarion and IUP both standing at 7-1 after Sunday's shocking Golden Eagle home victory over the Crimson Hawks.
So what are we looking at? Basically, the best Gannon can do is beat out Mercyhurst (5-3) to finish 3rd in the West and then, in a longshot, grind out a road win at Clarion, something like 45-44. In double OT. If the Knights win half of their remaining 6 PSAC games, 4th in the West is their likely fate. It looks like worst-case scenario for the Knights is finishing 5th and missing the PSAC playoffs; compounding the pain of that scenario is that historically woeful Lock Haven (3-5) is the team most likely to keep Gannon out of the playoffs.
To claim a .500 season (14-14), I think the Knights would have to win all their remaining home games (5 of their next 7), losing at IUP, at Edinboro, and their PSAC playoff opener. Obviously, the Knights could take one hit at home and win at Edinboro. So that's what we've got. We can dream about a winning record and making the PSAC playoffs (maybe winning one game). If this team could keep its defensive intensity and score just 65 points per game, the season-ending scenarios would be oh-so-much brighter.
If you're bummed that the best we can hope for is a barely winning season, take solace we're not experiencing seasons like Tiffin or the Salem International women.