State of the state: updates on all the state's 12 Division I teams

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  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    March 6, 2014 8:33 p.m.

    First WAC domino in favor of NMSU with Idaho defeating Chicago State 79-76. NMSU needed 2 losses by Chicago State and 2 victories by Seattle this week to bring them into a tie for 3rd. This had to be coupled with a loss by Idaho to prevent a 3-way tie, which UVU would win (5-1 vs 4-2).

    But, the second went in UVU's favor, with UMKC defeating Seattle 82-73. UVU is now the #1 seed at the WAC tournament. Chicago State and Seattle cannot tie for 3rd now, which would have resulted in UVU and NMSU going 3-1 against them, moving the tie breaker further down the WAC standings. Chicago State and Idaho favor UVU (who is 2-0 against each, while NMSU is 1-1 against each), while Seattle favors NMSU (UVU is 1-1 and NMSU is 2-0). Right now it is impossible for a team (other than NMSU) to finish tied with Chicago State and therefore if UVU and NMSU finish tied, UVU wins the tiebreaker.

    Congratulations, UVU. Now win it outright by beating Cal State Bakersfield on Saturday.

  • Mike Johnson Stafford, VA
    March 6, 2014 7:09 p.m.

    UVU has the inside track on the WAC's #1 seed. NMSU's road to obtain the #1 seed requires all of the following:

    Idaho defeats Chicago State
    Seattle defeats UMKC
    New Mexico State defeats Grand Canyon
    Seattle defeats Chicago State
    Cal State Bakersfield defeats Utah Valley
    UMKC defeats Idaho

    Well, the first two games (Thursday) aren't going UVU's way. Idaho leads Chicago State 44-30 at the half and Seattle leads UMKC 31-29 at the half.

    But, then again, only one of the six games needs to go UVU's way for UVU to clinch the #1 seed at the WAC.