I almost fell off my chair when the Atlantic Region field was announced just now for the men's Division II tournament. Check out the bracket:
1 West Liberty
8 Slippery Rock
5 Winston Salem State
3 Bowie State
7 West Va. Wesleyan
Notice anybody missing from that list? Mercyhurst. Despite a 20-7 overall record, the Lakers missed out on their first-ever NCAA bid in school history. How quickly Mercyhurst crashed from the basketball penthouse.
Heading into the Gannon game on Feb. 16, the Hurst was 19-3 overall, #3 in the region, #17 in the country, undefeated in the PSAC West, and two games ahead of IUP for hosting the conference tournament. The Knights outworked the Lakers, 79-71, which started a season-ending streak where Mercyhurst lost 4 of its last 5.
If I was as big a Laker fan as I am a Gannon fan, I would be puking my guts out right now. Or punching myself in the face. Or both. Even if you're a Laker Hater, you have to feel awful for them.
In the Midwest Region: Wayne State, who Gannon squeaked past in the Porreco Cup, won the GLIAC tournament earlier today and earned the #3 seed in the Midwest Region. The shocker in the Midwest was Findlay not being selected for the tournament. You can tell the Oilers are outraged based on the details in their press release about not making the tourney. It's a real slap in the face to the GLIAC that 24-4 Findlay is snubbed in favor of a 19-8 GLVC team (Univ. of Indianapolis).