The first and second rounds will be single game elimination and the finals will again be a best-of-3.
Any thoughts about the whole "choosing your opponent" idea?
It will make for great locker room talk for the team "selected" to play against the top seed.
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2. (Idaho or Utah)
4. (Idaho, Utah, or Austin)
W1. (Idaho, Utah, or Austin)
They say the three division winners will have the first three opponent picks in their respective order in overall standings. Colorado has already clinched #1 overall. Iowa cannot go higher or lower than #3, even though the #4 team will have a better record than them. Idaho and Utah will be playing each other for the #2 spot tomorrow. If Idaho wins, Utah will be the top Wild Card team. Utah and Austin tied each other in their season series, but Austin finished with more points, which gives them the edge should a tie-breaker come into play. The only way that will happen is if Austin loses tomorrow. If Austin loses, they want Idaho to win, so they can have the #4 spot. If Utah wins and Austin loses, Austin will be the top Wild Card team and Idaho will be #4. Is anyone confused yet?
The Wild Card standings really don't matter, but if you want a technical reading right now, Dakota has clinched #2, Erie clinched #3, and Bakersfield clinched the final play-off spot at #4. Erie can tie Dakota with a win tomorrow, but Dakota won the season series, giving them the higher spot. Bakersfield finished the season at 26-24, below Dakota's 27-23, and it doesn't matter how Erie (26-23 currently) does tomorrow because they won the season series against Bakersfield.
I honestly think Erie could upset Colorado. The 14ers just started to lose it as the season wore down. And the Bayhawks are going to want to prove themselves and play their best game of the season. My other picks are Idaho, Utah, and Dakota. Yeah, the Energy pushed the Wizards around a lot this season, but not this time. It's not going to be a repeat of last season when they were embarrassed by the Skyforce in the first round. I want to see another Idaho/Dakota finals. It's been 5 years since the 2004 CBA championship game, which saw those two teams battle it out. Nostalgia...