For basketball tournament selection committees, it can be difficult to differentiate resumes, and this year in NEPSAC AA it appears to be no different.
Seven of 16 teams are a lock to play in March. The top seven programs are Vermont Academy, St. Andrew's, Cushing, Proctor, Tilton, Cheshire, and Lawrence. All of these schools will play either two or three games this week (2/20-2/26). Here is a look the current playoff picture:
Cheshire has a 10-4 record in Class AA, and they're 2-1 against Class AAA. They went 4-0 against Classes A and B.
Proctor has a 12-3 record in Class AA, and they're 1-2 against Class AAA. The AAA win came against a sub .500 club, which is taken into account by the selection committee. They went 2-0 against lower Class schools.
Tilton has a 11-3 record in Class AA, and they're 3-3 against Class AAA. They went 2-0 against Classes A and B. They host Brewster and Proctor this week. Both games will have impact.
St. Andrew's has a 8-3 record in Class AA. They're 0-4 vs. Class AAA, and 7-1 against Classes A and B. Recent wins against Proctor and at MacDuffie were critical.
Vermont Academy has arguably the best strength of schedule in Class AA, and they are finally playing with a healthy roster. The Wildcats are 10-3 in Class AA, 3-3 against Class AAA and 1-0 against Class A. The pre-season favorite could be seeded anywhere from 1 to 5. Recent wins over NMH and Cushing will certainly help their cause.
Cushing is 8-1 in NEPSAC AA, 2-2 in NEPSAC AAA, and 6-0 against both Classes A and B. Cushing's only loss in Class AA is to Vermont Academy.
Lawrence is 8-4 in NEPSAC AA, 0-1 in AAA, and 9-4 in both Classes A and B. LA's scheduling is annually restricted by the ISL. They will most likely have the 7 seed according to the committee. Lawrence has proved that they belong with the big boys, and they're a well coached unit.
In our next post, we will explain the Sailor Points system. But for now, marinate on the information above. we know you won't envy the tournament selection committee. Enjoy the NBA All-Star Game!