Regular Season Finale for Loyola today at Iona; Exciting MAAC Tie-Breaker Scenarios Broken Down

March 01, 2009 |

This afternoon the Loyola College Greyhounds will be in New Rochelle, New York to square-off with Iona in their last regular season game of the year.  Going into the game Loyola stands at 6-11 in conference and can finish no higher than seventh place with a win, while another loss leaves them where they are now, in eighth.  So, Coach Jimmy Patsos and his squad, by virtue of losing to Rider at home at the buzzer the other night and the 7th or 8th spot has assured themselves a spot in next week’s MAAC Tournament’s Opening Round.

The reason for Loyola’s poor league standing is the unwelcome seven game losing streak it will bring with them to the Hynes Center this afternoon.  At one time the Greyhounds were 6-5 in the MAAC coming off a very impressive double-digit victory at Rider.  Poor shooting, bad breaks, and terrible inconsistency has led to the bad skid, and if they want to have any sort of a minuscule of momentum going into Albany for the MAAC tournament, it would certainly behoove them to play tenacious crisp basketball starting right at the opening tip at 2pm.

A Loyola win, obviously would mean an Iona loss and both the Greyhounds and Gaels would finish at 7-11… if St. Peter’s were to lose at Manhattan, which is certainly a realistic notion, they too would end at 7-11, causing a three-way tie.  What happens then?

Good question… here’s the answer…

Article XVIII, Section 17.1, Multiple Team Tie, Paragraph A clearly states, “For either single or multiple round robin sports, three or more teams tied are viewed as a “mini-conference” when comparing head-to-head results. The team with the best record vs. the other teams in the mini-conference gains the advantage.”

So, checking the schedule results for Loyola, Iona, and St. Peter’s we find that with yesterday’s 9-point win over Iona, St. Peter’s, having then swept the season series with Iona gains the 6th seed.  This is because they would be then 3-1 in the mini-conference, Loyola split with both teams leaving them at 2-2 would slide them in the 7th spot, and Iona would be seeded 8th with a 1-3 mark against the competition.

In summation, a St. Peter’s loss at Manhattan: and a win and Loyola is #7 seed and will play the #10 seed in the opening round of the MAAC Tournament at the Times Union Center Friday night; and a loss and Loyola is the #8 seed and will play the #9 seed in the opening round of the MAAC Tournament at the Times Union Center Friday night.

What if St. Peter’s beats the Jaspers on the road?  They would then be 8-10 leaving two teams, Iona and Loyola, in a tie for seventh at 7-11.

Article XVIII, Article 17.1, Two-Way Tie, Paragraph B states, “In more than single round robin sports, if two teams split their in-season games, then the committee shall use the best record against highest seeded remaining teams in descending order as the tiebreaker.”

So, with Iona and Loyola splitting, each winning on the other’s home court, we’d have to take a look at how they did against the top-tier of the MAAC.

Siena, the conference’s #1 seed, swept both teams… so we go to Niagara.  Unfortunately for Greyhounds fans, the Gaels came up with a big 75-69 win in western New York on Niagara’s home floor.

In summation, if St. Peter’s beats Manhattan, finishing alone in 6th, no matter what happens, Iona, win or lose against Loyola and they’re #7.  So, Greyhounds fans, you’re all big-time Manhattan fans today.

Finally, what would happen if Loyola loses to Iona?

As mentioned above, they would finish 6-12 and in 8th place taking on the #9… and losers of 8 games in a row, yuck!

So there you have it, plain and simple… yet so exciting!