Last night's results should create some churn in the CIS Final 8 seedings including in my opinion UBC taking over the #1 ranking. Key point in seeding the Final 8 in my opinion: if the weekly CIS coaches Top 10 is to valued at all during the season, it must be used as a reference point for the seedings. One can debate the merits of how that Top 10 is voted on with conditions and other elements, however if the Top 10 is to have any relevance, it must strongly be considered in the seedings. That said, here is last week's Top 10.
March 1, 2011
4. Trinity Western
5. Cape Breton
In my view, Carleton's loss and UBC championship win means the Thunderbirds go #1 with Carleton at #2. Saskatchewan stays at #3, losing only to UBC on their home court. Trinity Western loses a two point game to Saskatchewan (ranked ahead of them) and then wins the third place game against a team that defeated UBC earlier in the year. Lakehead defeats #1 so the T-Wolves should move up to #4. Now here's where the crux of the discussion lies - if Trinity Western is the wild card - which by this argument says they should be - higher ranked in the coaches poll last week and for much of the season and Cape Breton lost to an unranked, 7-15 team in the most important game of the year - then only dropping the Spartans to #5 is reasonable. If Dalhousie wins today, the Tigers should move up 2 positions to #6 (last week's #7 X, who Dal beat 3 times including last night) is out. Then Concordia gets #7 and Acadia #8.
These scenarios set up these seedings and first round matchups:
#5 Trinity Western
setting up the following first-round matchups:
UBC vs. Acadia winner then plays winner of Lakehead vs. Trinity Western
Carleton vs. Concordia winner then plays winner of Saskatchewan vs. Dalhousie
Four very good, regionally-seperated first round games with Ontario and AUS teams on opposite sides of the draw.
Let the debate begin !
Official announcement should come out sometime between dinner and midnight tonight.