Thursday, October 10, 2013
Bracketology: West Playoff Picture, Week 5
By Chris Bradley
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 FOUR teams in Western Mass. will qualify for the playoffs.
For a reminder about point-system calculations, here is how the totals are added up for teams in Western Mass:
16 Points for defeating a team more than two divisions higher (excluding mandated games)
14 Points for defeating a team two divisions higher (excluding mandated games)
12 Points for defeating a team one division higher (excluding mandated games)
10 Points for defeating a team within your division, for defeating a team within your league (including mandatory crossovers), for defeating a team outside of Massachusetts
8 Points for defeating a team in one division lower (excluding mandated games)
6 Points for defeating a team in two divisions lower (excluding mandated games)
4 Points for defeating a team in more than two divisions lower (excluding mandated games)
2 Points for each of your opponent’s wins (a team you have defeated)
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 West 1. Westfield (4-0), 12 points
2. Springfield Central (3-1), 10 points
3. West Springfield (3-1), 8.5 points
4. East Longmeadow (3-1), 6 points
Analysis: The Bombers hold the top seed after four games played, still undefeated after a close 13-6 win over Minnechaug last weekend. The Bombers go on the road to Longmeadow on Friday night, while Central and Westside will take on Minnechaug and Holyoke, respectively. Look for East Longmeadow to pick up some points in the standings if they can get a win over Putnam on Friday.
Analysis: Another week, and the two team race continues. Wahconah and Agawam have complete control over the Division 4 west race, the Warriors will play Pittsfield on Friday while Agawam will play host to Northampton.
Division 5 West 1. Mount Greylock (4-1), 12 points
2. Hoosac Valley (4-1), 11.2 points
3. Easthampton (3-1), 8.5 points
4. Pittsfield (3-2), 7.2 points
Analysis: Hoosac saw a slight drop in their point total following the 8-7 loss to Wahconah this past Saturday, this weekend they’ll play Wahconah on Saturday. With the Hoosac loss, Mount Greylock has the leg up in the run for the number one seed, and will take on St. Joseph and Lee before their showdown with Wahconah on October 25th.
Analysis: McCann Tech made a major statement by beating Ware last weekend, allowing Franklin Tech and Mohawk Trail to make their way into the playoff picture. The Hornets will take on Palmer on Saturday, while second-seeded Turners Falls will host Pioneer Valley on Friday night.