Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Regionally Relevant

Gannon PG Jabs Newby
Photo courtesy Gannon University and Joe Mattis
The first official rankings for the Atlantic Region won't be released until much later this season, so we're left to our own devices to determine who's in the running for an NCAA bid. Good news for Gannon fans; the Knights have one of the best winning percentages in the region.

1. West Liberty (WVIAC) 10-0, 4-0 1.000
2. IUP (PSAC) 8-1, 3-1 .889
3. Livingstone (CIAA) 7-1, 0-0 .875
4. Gannon (PSAC) 9-2, 3-2 .818
5. Winston-Salem (CIAA) 8-2, 0-0 .800
6. East Stroudsburg (PSAC) 7-2, 4-1 .778
6. Lincoln (CIAA) 7-2, 0-0 .778
6. Charleston (WVIAC) 7-2, 3-2 .778
9. St. Augustine (CIAA) 7-3, 0-0 .700

Not far behind this pack is a half dozen 6-2 squads: Edinboro and Slippery Rock of the PSAC and Alderson-Broaddus, Shepherd, Pitt-Johnstown, and Concord of the WVIAC. Of course all this will be changed by the evening of Jan. 5 after all these teams will have played at least two more games. The Knights could creep closer to the top at 11-2 or crash back to earth at 9-4 (and just 3-4 in the PSAC).

To give some perspective how few losses a team can suffer and still make the NCAAs, look at last year's Atlantic Regional field. Wheeling Jesuit was the non-conference tournament winner with the most losses (21-9) followed closely by West Va. Wesleyan and Winston-Salem (each 21-8). Maybe the bogey is higher for PSAC schools, because IUP was 23-5 but was seeded #7.

Regardless, I'm just happy we can have this conversation and Gannon still be in the mix in the New Year. The Knights were 7-4 at this juncture in 2011-12 when they ended 14-12 and 8-3 in 2010-11 before sliding to a final record of 15-11. In 2009-10, when GU finished a woeful 13-15, the team was 5-6 through 11 games.

1 comment:

  1. Playoffs? Playoffs? We talking about the playoffs? Couldn't resist channeling Jim Mora there. So far so good, but still a majority of the season left to play. Team does seem better than those team the past three years.