Once again, due to a work commitment, I was unable to attend Gannon's thrilling 59-56 win over Slippery Rock. I was attending a conference in Puerto Rico, and I can guarantee I was the only person in the entire nation Wednesday night following the live stats of the GU/SRU game.
The Knights have set themselves up where a strong finish will result in a first round bye -- but it all starts Saturday at Mercyhurst. If the Knights fall to the Lakers again, Gannon is pretty much assured to finish outside the top two in the West. Speaking of Mercyhurst, is Gary Manchel a lock to be PSAC West Coach of the Year? The Lakers were preseason #6 in the conference but are currently tied for first with a sparkling 8-2 league mark. It should be a doozy Saturday afternoon at the Mercyhurst Athletic Center (aka The MAC and the Campus Center).
I know the Knights have a chance Saturday, but I'm not super confident they'll win. The Lakers didn't overwhelm me when the teams first met, but somehow they keep winning games. The way things have gone in the league this year, I don't think anybody can be over confident for any game. For example, last night #3 and undefeated East Stroudsburg lost at Lock Haven, 82-80. You've got to be on top of your game every night in this conference or else you'll be on the receiving end of video highlights like this. What an incredible atmosphere at LHU's Thomas Fieldhouse. I hope the MAC is packed Saturday.