For us fans of Gannon hoops, it doesn't get much more disappointing than what we saw at the Hammermill Center Wednesday night, a 76-62 loss to Edinboro. The Knights opened PSAC West play sputtering on offense, flailing on defense, and blowing a 13-point second half lead, which led a home loss (GU's third already this year) to a local rival. Even worse is the damage the result has on Gannon's postseason hopes.
I don't want to overreact here; I'm not saying the season's over. But, as my brother Rob asked me recently, how many losses can Gannon absorb before they're eliminated from NCAA playoff contention? Nine? Maybe 10 at the outer limit? Mercyhurst was 20-7 last year and didn't receive an NCAA bid. Slippery Rock got in with 10 losses because they racked up 20 wins, many of them thanks to a late-season surge. At 8-5, the Knights are already halfway to 10 Ls and they still have to go on the road to face IUP (11-2, 8-1 PSAC), Clarion (11-4, 7-2 PSAC), and Slippery Rock (9-4). There's also the home-and-home with Mercyhurst where nothing's guaranteed (except that thousands of Catholic fans will swear at each other in the name of Christian fellowship). If the Knights keep their pace of winning half their road games (GU is 2-2 away from the Audi) and two-thirds of their home games (6-3 currently), Gannon will finish the regular season 15-11 or 16-10 and be on the bubble for the PSAC tournament.
Again, I'm not saying the season's over. I'm just highlighting that the Knights need to pick up the pace before the Lake Erie snow flurries finally show up, or Gannon's special season will never come to fruition.