Gannon notched just its third victory in PSAC West play Saturday, an as-expected 20-point win at 19-loss Lock Haven, 88-68. Combine that with Clarion's pulsating win at Edinboro and PSAC-perfect Meryhurst knocking off Cal on the road, and the Knights are just one game out of a tie for the conference's final playoff spot. That prompted me to look at the schedules of the four teams fighting for that spot. Here we go:
Clarion (4-6): @ Lock Haven, vs. IUP, vs. Cal, @ Gannon
Cal (4-6): vs. Slippery Rock, vs. Gannon, @ Clarion, @ Lock Haven
Edinboro (4-6): @ IUP, vs. Lock Haven, vs. Mercyhurst, @ Slippery Rock
Gannon (3-7): @ Mercyhurst, @ Cal, vs. Slippery Rock, vs. Clarion
Clarion, Cal, and Edinboro each have Lock Haven left on the schedule, so you know they'll win at least one more game this season, getting them to 5 wins. Plus Cal and Clarion play each other, so one of them will get to 6. So, the Knights will need to win 3 of their last 4 to have a shot at the #4 seed in the West. If they beat Mercyhurst, Cal, and Clarion and then lose to Slippery Rock, they'll be 6-8 and likely hold the tiebreakers over Clarion (2-0 head-to-head) and Cal (GU 2-0 vs. #1 Mercyhurst). Edinboro will have to go winless against IUP, the Hurst, and the Rock for Gannon to move ahead of them. The Scots, 2-0 vs. Gannon, hold the tiebreaker over them. It's a longshot, but at least it's a shot.