Feb. 23, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa.- With the final day of the 2011-12 regular season coming Saturday in Patriot League Women's Basketball, below is a breakdown of where each team can wind up in the bracket for the Patriot League Tournament, which begins with the quarterfinals Thursday, March 1 at campus sites.
All four of those quarterfinal games are set to tip off at 7 p.m. Though the exact matchups won't be known until the end of Saturday's games, tickets are already on sale. Box office phone numbers and links to purchase tickets online are available below.
American | (202) 885-TIXX | Purchase Online;
Army | 1-877-TIX-ARMY | Purchase Online;
Lehigh | 1-866-734-6204 | Purchase Online;
Navy | 1-800-US4-NAVY | Purchase Online;
The four quarterfinal sites were determined Wednesday. Lehigh clinched a quarterfinal home game with its 57-48 victory over Navy, while Army will host a quarterfinal tilt thanks to its 65-62 triumph against Holy Cross. The Black Knights' victory was good news for Navy, as Annapolis, Md., was locked in as the fourth quarterfinal site.
The only seed to be locked up at this point is American, which has been written in ink as the No. 1 for over a week. Seed Nos. 2 through 7 are up for grabs Saturday.
Colgate at Holy Cross, 1 p.m.
American at Lafayette, 3 p.m.
Bucknell at Navy, 7 p.m.
Army at Lehigh, 7:30 p.m.
All four games will be available on Patriot League All-Access.
American (13-0 in Patriot League): The Eagles have wrapped up the No. 1 seed and will host all games in the Patriot League Tournament as long as they're alive. American will aim to become the first team with a perfect 14-0 finish in Patriot League play Saturday when it visits Lafayette.
Lehigh (8-5): Can be either the No. 2 or 3 seed. The Mountain Hawks would wrap up the No. 2 seed with a win over Army. If Lehigh loses, it would be the No. 3 seed. It owns the head-to-head tiebreaker with Navy thanks to a 2-0 regular-season record against the Mids, so even if both teams finished 8-6, Lehigh would be the third seed.
Army (8-5): Can be either the No. 2, 3 or 4 seed. The Black Knights would be the No. 2 seed with a win over Lehigh Saturday night. A loss would drop Army to 8-6, and then its seeding would depend on the outcome of Bucknell-Navy. An Army loss coupled with a Navy win would give Army the No. 4 seed, while losses by both academies would give Army the No. 3 seed and Navy the No. 4 slot.
Navy (7-6): Can be either the No. 3 or 4 seed. Navy needs a win over Bucknell and an Army loss to be the No. 3 seed. A win and an Army win clinches the No. 4 seed for the Mids. Even with a loss to the Bison, Navy can finish no worse than fourth.
Holy Cross (6-7) and Colgate (5-8): The two teams play one another Saturday at 1 p.m., with the winner clinching the fifth seed and the loser taking the sixth seed. If Colgate wins, both teams would be 6-8 in Patriot League play, and the Raiders would have won the season series 2-0.
Bucknell (3-10): Can be either the No. 7 or 8 seed. The Bison will know what they are up against by the time they take the floor at 7 p.m. at Navy. If American defeats Lafayette, Bucknell wraps up the No. 7 seed. If Lafayette beats American, then Bucknell needs a win at Navy to stay ahead of the Leopards to clinch the No. 7 seed, otherwise a loss would drop it to a tie with Lafayette at 3-11. In the event of a tie at 3-11, Lafayette would own the tiebreaker. The two teams are 1-1 against one another, thus requiring a comparison of records against other League teams starting at the top. Lafayette would be 1-1 versus American, Lafayette 0-2, thus clinching the seventh seed for Lafayette.
Lafayette (2-11): Can be either the No. 7 or 8 seed. The Leopards need to defeat American Saturday afternoon and then a Navy win over Bucknell Saturday night to clinch the seventh seed. A win over American plus a Bucknell win at Navy, and Lafayette still falls one game behind the Bison. A win plus a Bucknell loss creates a tie at 3-11, with Lafayette and Bucknell having gone 1-1 against each other, thus requiring a comparison of records against other League teams starting at the top. Lafayette would be 1-1 versus American, Lafayette 0-2, thus clinching the seventh seed for Lafayette.