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Thursday, October 24, 2013
Bracketology: Central Playoff Picture, Week 8

By Brendan Hall 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:
After adding up your team’s point total, divide the total number by the number of games your team has played.

All comments and corrections can be sent to Chris Bradley, or on Twitter: @_ChrisBradley

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 (6-0), 16.33 points
2. Marlboro (6-0), 13.33 points
3. St. John’s (4-2), 10.67 points
4. Shrewsbury (4-2), 10 points
5. Nashoba (3-3), 9 points
6. Fitchburg (2-4), 6.83 points
7. North Middlesex (2-4), 6.17 points
8. Algonquin (0-6), 4.33 points

Analysis: Leominster still holds the top seed, while Marlboro is a close second. The Panthers will have a huge game this weekend and will be looking to finish undefeated against third-seeded St. John’s on Saturday. Nashoba has taken quite a tumble since winning their first three games, they’ll need a win over Fitchburg on Friday in order to finish the regular season over .500.

Division 4 Central
1. Shepherd Hill (5-1), 14 points
2. St. Peter-Marian (5-1), 13.83 points
3. Hudson (6-0), 13.33 points
4. Doherty (5-1), 12.67 points
5. Tantasqua (4-2), 11.67 points
6. Groton-Dunstable (4-2), 11.33 points
7. Quabbin (4-2), 10.33 points
8. Grafton (2-4), 7.67 points

Analysis: The nailbiter between Shepherd Hill and SPM last week changed up the top of the standings a little bit in D4 Central, with the Hill taking over the top seed with one weekend left to play. Right now, it looks more likely Shepherd Hill will take the top spot—all they need to do is knock off 2-4 Holy Name this weekend. St. Peter-Marian will have a much bigger challenge against Doherty.

Division 5 Central
1. Leicester (5-1), 14.83 points
2. Uxbridge (5-1), 12.5 points
3. Auburn (5-2), 11.86 points
4. Northbridge (4-2), 11.5 points
5. Bartlett (4-2), 10.17 points
6. Gardner (3-3), 9.67 points
7. Southbridge (3-3), 9.17 points
8. Lunenburg (3-3), 8.83 points

Analysis: With a 35-22 win over Uxbridge last week, Leicester is now the top team in D5 Central—holding just over a two point lead over the Spartans in the standings. Keep a close eye on Northbridge here, the Rams have won three straight after starting off the year 1-3—they’ll head to Tyngsborough on Saturday looking to keep the win streak alive.

Division 6 Central
1. Littleton (6-0), 15.67 points
2. West Boylston (5-1), 14.67 points
3. Blackstone Valley Tech (6-0), 14.33 points
4. Monty Tech (5-1), 13.33 points
5. St. Bernard’s (5-1), 13 points
6. Maynard (4-2), 10.83 points
7. Assabet Valley (4-2), 10.5 points
8. Worcester Tech (4-2), 10.17 points

Analysis: Littleton holds the top spot in D6 Central for the second consecutive week, but they’ll have quite a challenge this Saturday when they take on a Lunenburg team who needs a win in order to guarantee a playoff spot. West Boylston will be the heavy favorite against 1-5 Murdock on Friday, while BVT will look to finish the regular season undefeated against fourth-seeded Monty Tech on Friday night.