ESPNBoston.com presents the latest in our weekly Bracketology series, where we map out what the MIAA playoff picture would look like if playoffs started tomorrow. A reminder before reading: the Bracketology segment DOES NOT include teams who are currently in the playoff chase, as the top eight teams in each Central Mass. divisions will qualify for the playoffs.
For a reminder about point-system calculations, here is how the totals are added up in Central Mass:
12 Points for defeating a team who is two divisions higher (excluding league games)
10 Points for defeating a team within your division, for defeating a team within your league (excluding league crossovers), for defeating a team outside of Central Mass, or for defeating a team either one division up or one division down
8 Points for defeating a team who is two divisions lower (excluding league games)
2 Points for each of your opponent’s wins (a team that you have defeated)
1 Point for each of your opponent’s wins (a team that has defeated your team)
After adding up your team’s point total, divide the total number by the number of games your team has played.
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For a refresher on how the playoff system will work, check out our three-part "Taking the Field" series from the preseason HERE.
Division 2 Central
1. Leominster (4-0), 14 points
2. Marlboro (4-0), 11.5 points
3. St. John’s (3-1), 11 points
4. Nashoba (3-1), 9.25 points
5. Shrewsbury (2-2), 7.25 points
6. North Middlesex (2-2), 6.5 points
7. Fitchburg (1-3), 4.5 points
8. Westboro (0-4), 3.25 points
Analysis: After several weeks of looking forward to Leominster’s showdown with top Division 4 Central seed Doherty, the day is just about here, as the Blue Devils will travel to Worcester on Friday night to take on the motivated Highlanders’ squad. Marlborough, a well-balanced offensive team who is averaging over 35 points per game this season, will have a big game of their own on Friday night—the undefeated Panthers will play host to fourth-seeded Nashoba.
Division 4 Central
T-1. Doherty (4-0), 13.5 points
T-1. St. Peter-Marian (4-0), 13.5 points
3. Hudson (4-0), 12.5 points
4. Shepherd Hill (3-1), 11.5 points
5. Tantasqua (3-1), 10.5 points
6. Quabbin (3-1), 9.5 points
7. Groton-Dunstable (2-2), 9 points
8. Grafton (2-2), 7.75 points
Analysis: The cream is certainly rising to the top in Division 4 Central, with Doherty, SPM, and Hudson holding the top seeds. However, keep a close ye on fourth-seeded Shepherd Hill, the Rams’ only loss has come at the hands of Leominster—they’ll take on Wachusett this week before they look to knock off undefeated St. Peter-Marian next week. As mentioned above, Doherty may very well be able to take over the top Central Mass. spot in our top 25 poll if they can pull the upset on Leominster this Friday.
Division 5 Central
1. Leicester (4-0), 13.5 points
2. Uxbridge (4-0), 12 points
3. Bartlett (3-1), 10 points
4. Auburn (3-2), 8.8 points
5. Gardner (2-2), 8.25 points
6. Northbridge (2-2), 8 points
7. David Prouty (2-2), 7.75 points
8. Lunenburg (2-2), 6.75 points
Analysis: One week sits inbetween what is guaranteed to be a heated game between Leicester and Uxbridge next Friday night, with the top seed in D5 Central up for grabs. For now, Leicester will travel to West Boylston on Friday, while Uxbridge will be on the road at Millbury. Sixth-seeded Northbridge will be looking to make a move in the standings over the weekend—they’ll be on the road against third-seeded Bartlett on Friday.
Division 6 Central
1. Blackstone Valley Tech (4-0), 14.5 points
T-2. Littleton (4-0), 12 points
T-2. St. Bernard’s (4-0), 12 points
T-2. West Boylston (3-1), 12 points
5. Monty Tech (3-1), 11.25 points
6. Sutton (2-1), 10.67 points
7. Assabet Valley (3-1), 10.5 points
8. Maynard (3-1), 9.25 points
Analysis: The Beavers held on to first place following a blowout win over Quaboag this past Saturday, and will take on league rival Keefe Tech this Saturday, looking to keep their undefeated run going. Look for somebody in that three-way second place to move up after this weekend, St. Bernard’s will host Littleton on Friday night with a chance for sole possession of the second seed. West Boylston will host Leicester on Friday night.