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Week 18 af2 quick hitters

July 27, 2005 - arenafootball2 (af2) News Release

HE KEEPS GOING AND GOING...: With a kickoff return of 56 yards for a touchdown against Bakersfield in the final minute of the game last week, San Diego's STEVE GONZALEZ has now returned a kickoff for a touchdown in five straight games. The Riptide play at Central Valley this week. He has already returned a kickoff for a score against them during this streak.

A LEAGUE OF OPPORTUNITY FOR EVERYONE: The arenafootball2 league bills it self as a league of opportunity for everyone, including dancers. Manchester Wolves' dance team member QUINN KINGSTON was named to the Knicks City Dancers last week, the official dance team of the NBA's New York Knicks. Over 500 females tried out for the team and Kingston was one of just 17 dancers to make the squad.

BOUIS' FIRST YEAR ONE OF THE BEST: First year Florida head coach KEVIN BOUIS currently owns a 13-2 record. A win this week over Birmingham would give Bouis a 14-2 record in his first season as a head coach in arenafootball2. This record would tie the 14-2 record BRET MUNSEY posted with Tennessee Valley in 2001 as the best record for a first year head coach. With the Firecats holding the No. 1 seed in the American Conference, Bouis is also looking to become the first rookie head coach to win an ArenaCup Championship. (Excludes 2000's inaugural season.)

MORE ON MUNSEY: Former Tennessee Valley Vipers head coach BRET MUNSEY was named head coach of the AFL's Philadelphia Soul this week. He spent last season as associate head coach for the AFL's Orlando Predators. His 14-2 mark with the Vipers in 2001 earned him the af2 Coach of the Year Award.

HERE'S THE KICKER: Florida kicker BRANDON KORNBLUE has currently has made 38 career field goals, tied with JAMES THOMAS who kicked 38 with Greensboro from 2000-2003. Kornblue can break the record this week at home against Birmingham. Kornblue already holds the record for most points kicking in a career, 406 and counting.

1,000-YARD RECEIVERS: With one week remaining in the season 20 players have topped the 1,000-yard receiving mark this season. Three teams (Albany, Quad City and Rio Grande Valley) have two receivers with over 1,000 yards. The current leader in receiving yards is Amarillo's CHAVIS MCCOLLISTER, with 1,771. Look below to see how many 1,000-yard receivers each season has featured.

SEASON RECEIVERS WITH 1,000 YARDS
2000 12
2001 20
2002 27
2003 25
2004 28
2005 20

RECORDS UPDATE: Records are meant to be broken, and this season is no different. DONOVAN MORGAN is shattering the previous points and receiving touchdowns marks. JULIAN REESE is still one shy of the af2 record for rushing touchdowns in a season. Louisville quarterback MATT SAUK can set the mark for passing touchdowns and passing yards in a season this week against Quad City. He is currently two behind TONY ZIMMERMAN's mark of 93 touchdowns in 2003 and 288 yards behind RYAN VENA's 2003 record. Sauk has already set the record for completions in a season. Manchester's WILLIAM HAITH is nine short of the mark for tackles in a season.

PLAYER (TEAM) CATEGORY RECORD (HOLDER) CURRENT TOTAL ON PACE FOR
William Haith (MAN) Tackles 121.0 (Rico Curtis, SAN, 2002) 112.0 119.0
Matt Sauk (LOU) Passing Yards 4,462 (Ryan Vena, ALB, 2003) 4,174 4,452
Matt Sauk (LOU) TD Passes 93 (Tony Zimmerman, QUA, 2003) 91 97
Matt Sauk (LOU) Completions 387 (Matt Sauk, LOU, 2005)* 387 412
Julian Reese (AMR) TD Rushes 28 (Wilmont Perry, CPF, 2003) 27 28
Donovan Morgan (TUL) Scoring 320 (Donovan Morgan, TUL, 2005)* 320 341
Donovan Morgan (TUL) TD Receptions 50 (Donovan Morgan, TUL, 2005)* 50 53
Joe Massey (AMR) Blocked Kicks 8 (Joe Massey, AMR, 2005)* 8 9
*Records set this season.

TEAM RECORDS IN DANGER TOO: Yes, even team records are falling this season. Just last week, Louisville broke the record for pass completions in season, San Diego broke the record for combined kick return yards in a season and Amarillo set a new high in rushing first downs in a season. Look below to see what records could fall this week.

TEAM CATEGORY RECORD CURRENT TOTAL ON PACE FOR
South Georgia Pass Attempts 649, Arkansas, 2000 647 690
Amarillo Rushing Touchdowns 47, Amarillo, 2005* 47 50
Louisville Pass Completions 390, Louisville, 2005*^ 390 416
Tulsa Touchdown Passes 97, Tulsa 2004/Quad City 2003 93 99
Louisville Touchdown Passes 97, Tulsa 2004/Quad City 2003 91 97
Manchester Pass Completion % 69.9%, Cape Fear, 2003 70.0% 70.0%
San Diego Kickoff Returns 116, Bossier City, 2003 111 118
San Diego Kickoff Return Yards 2,296, Bossier City, 2003 2,402 2,562
San Diego Combined Return Yards 2,566, San Diego, 2005*# 2,566 2,762
Louisville First Downs 333, Louisville, 2005* 333 355
Louisville First Downs, Passing 242, Louisville, 2005* 242 258
Amarillo First Downs, Rushing 73, Amarillo, 2005*& 73 77
*Records set this season.
^Broke 2004 Columbus record of 373 last week.
#Broke 2002 Charleston record of 2,563 (2,198 ko, 365 mfg) last week.
&Broke 2002 Bossier City record of 71 last week.

TACKLE THIS: Coming into this season, only three players have recorded 100.0 tackles in a season in af2 history. Already this season, two players (WILLIAM HAITH and HOSEA LANEY) have registered 100.0 or more tackles and three more players are threatening that mark. Haith and Laney are also nearing the mark for solo tackles in a season. CORNELIUS COE currently holds that record, with 95 solo stops in 2000 with Quad City. Look below on the af2's single season tackle leader board to see which players are invading the top of the chart this season.

NO. PLAYER SEASON TOTAL ON PACE NEXT GAME
1 Rico Curtis (SAN) 2002 121.0 (90 UA)
2 Cornelius Coe (QUA) 2000 117.0 (95 UA)
3 William Haith (MAN) 2005 112.0 (91 UA) 119.0 vs. ALB
4 Hosea Laney (MAC) 2005 104.0 (93 UA) 110.5 at WBS
5 Quincy Sorrell (FLO) 2004 100.5 (87 UA)
6 Jermaine Toney (GRE) 2002 99.5 (81 UA)
7 Ryan Bowers (GRB) 2005 98.5 (82 UA) 105.0 at SGA
8 Heath Staples (LIC) 2001 98.5 (72 UA)
9 Kenny Haslip (SAN) 2003 97.5 (77 UA)
10 Kelly Snell (FLO) 2005 97.0 (78 UA) 103.0 at FLO

AND THE WINNER IS...: With one week remaining in the regular season till the ArenaCup Playoffs it is time to start thinking about the end of the season awards. Look below for potential candidates for each award and their credentials. Candidates are listed in no particular order and are not the official nominees.

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: J.J. McKelvey - OS - MAN - Leads the league in receptions (128), second in receiving touchdowns (41). Jake Eaton QB - MAN - Ranks first in completion percentage (70.2) and second in the league in passer rating (121.2) Has thrown for 83 touchdowns and 3,879 yards. Julian Reese - QB - AMR - Currently has 27 rushing touchdowns and can tie or break the record for rushing touchdowns in a season this week at Arkansas. Donovan Morgan - OS - TUL - Holds the record for receiving touchdowns and scoring in a season. Only a rookie this season. Brian Jones - QB - MEM - Has 21 rushing touchdowns to go with his 66 passing touchdowns and only six interceptions. Jarrial Jackson - OS - OKC - Fourth in the league in receptions (114) and receiving yards (1,551). His 26.1 yards per kickoff return is first in the league. Matt Sauk - QB - LOU - On pace to set records for passing yards and touchdown passes in a season. Has already set the record for completions in a season. Kevin Prentiss - OS - MEM - Third in af2 in scoring (252 points), second in the league in all-purpose yards (2,962).

ADT DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Khreem Smith - OL/DL - MEM - Leads the league in sacks with 16.0. Has forced six fumbles, blocked two kicks and recorded one safety. Dahnel Singfield - DS - MEM - Leads the league with 54 passes defended and leads the league in interceptions with 11. William Haith - DS - MAN - Currently leads the league with 112.0. Tied for third in the league in passes defended. Ryan Bowers - DS - GBB - Tied for third in the league in interceptions (9) and third in the league in tackles (98.5). Matt Forbes - DS - QUA - Has taken three of eight picks back for touchdowns. Sixth in the league in tackles (76.5). Alex Wallace - DS - BAK - Second in the league in passes defended (35); tied for second in the league in interceptions (nine). Asi Faoa - OL/DL - SAN - Second in the league in sacks (10.0). Has registered a stat in every defensive category but interceptions. Jamie Hattley - DS - WBS - Tied for second in the league in tackles (96.0), 3.5 tackles for a loss, 21 pass break ups, two interceptions and two forced fumbles.

U.S. ARMY IRONMAN OF THE YEAR: Matt Jackson - WR/DB - MAC - Leads the team in interceptions with eight and tied for second in tackles with 58.5. On special teams, six field goal returns for 170 yards and one touchdown and 45 kickoff returns for 967 yards and four touchdowns. Marquis Floyd - WR/DB - RGV - Leads the team in receiving with 97 receptions for 1,378 yards and 27 touchdowns. Also has three rushing touchdowns. The Dorados' second leading tackler (45.0), leads the team in interceptions with nine. Chris Robinson - FB/LB - RGV - Second on team in sacks (4.0), third on team in tackles (36.5). On offense, 196 rushing yards and 11 rushing touchdowns.

Terrell Adams - WR/DB - MEM - Two tackles for a loss, five interceptions and ten passes broken up to go with 31.5 tackles. Memphis' second leading receiver with 56 receptions for 773 yards and 15 touchdowns. Five rushing touchdowns. Nian Taylor - WR/DB - SAN - Leads the team in receiving with 88 receptions for 978 yards and 25 touchdowns. Second on team in interceptions (three), and fourth in tackles (36.5). B.J. Barre - WR/DB - OKC - 14 receiving touchdowns and one rushing touchdowns. Leads team in interceptions (five), passes broken up (13). Also has two fumble recoveries and 2.5 tackles for loss. Jack Walker Jr. - WR/LB - QUA - Two interceptions, four fumble recoveries (tied for league high) and 34.0 tackles on defense. On offense, 90 receptions for 830 yards and 15 touchdowns. Manwell Talbert - WR/DB - ALB - 87 receptions for 1,245 yards and 31 touchdowns on offense. Two sacks, an interception and three fumbles recovered on defense with 28.0 tackles.

KICKER OF THE YEAR: Eric Houle - RGV - League leading 16 made field goals. 67-of-79 (84.8%) on extra points. Made game winning field goal against Tulsa, made field goal with under a minute to play against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. Brian Hazelwood - BOS - Second in the league in made field goals with 14. 69-of-86 (80.2%) on extra points and 14 touchbacks. 10-of-14 on two-point drop kick extra point attempts. John Gockman - CEN - The rookie is 12-of-21 on field goals and has made 74-of-88 (84.1) extra points. Made a 54-yard field goal against Memphis in Week 17. Danny Kight - LOU - Made a 61-yard field goal at Albany and game winning field goal against South Georgia. Nine field goals made. 82-of-103 (79.6%) on extra points. Kimo Naehu - SAN - Eight made field goals and 66-of-84 (78.6%) on extra points. Made a 37-yard field goal to beat Birmingham 58-57 with no time remaining.

ROOKIE OF THE YEAR: Donovan Morgan - OS - TUL - Leads the league in touchdown receptions and scoring and has broken both records. Julian Reese - QB - AMR - Has thrown for 3,378 yards and 61 touchdowns with nine interceptions to go with his 27 rushing touchdowns. Khreem Smith - OL/DL - MEM - League leading 16.0 sacks along with six forced fumbles, two blocked kicks and one safety. Josh Blankenship - QB - TUL - Has adjusted quickly to the arena game with 3,419 passing yards and 85 touchdowns and just nine interceptions. Matt Jackson - WR/DB - MAC - The former Florida Gator has made contributions on offense, defense and special teams. Rob Mager - OS - LOU - Leads the Fire in receiving with 119 catches for 1,336 yards and 37 touchdowns despite playing in only 12 games. Chavis McCollister - OS - AMR - Has 116 catches for 1,771 yards (league high) and 33 touchdowns lead the Dusters. All while playing in only 13 games. Asi Faoa - OL/DL - SAN - From UCLA, is second in the league in sacks (10.0). 24.0 tackles and five tackles for a loss.

LINEMAN OF THE YEAR: Khreem Smith - MEM - Leads the league with 16.0 sacks. Has also registered four hits on the quarterbacks, six forced fumbles and one safety. Asi Faoa - SAN - Second in the league in sacks with 10.0. Has also forced and recovered a fumble, blocked a kick and scored a safety. Shawn King - BAK - Third in the league in sacks with 6.0. Also has forced and recovered a fumble and broken up three passes. C.J. McLain - ARK - 7.0 tackles for a loss. Has registered 5.5 sacks, four forced fumbles and three recovered fumbles. Oby Arah - ALB - Leads the team with 4.0 sacks. Has 17.0 tackles (14UA-6AT), seven hits on the quarterback and two safeties. John Culp - QUA - Has 13 hits on the quarterback to go with 3.0 sacks. One of the league leaders in forced fumbles with four. Ja'Dae McGurie - LOU - Has totaled 20.0 tackles, one sack, one recovered fumble and two block kicks. Part of an offensive line that has given up a league best seven sacks this season. Joe Peters - GBB - Team has given up ten sacks this season (tied for second in the league). Has totaled two sacks, four passes broken up, one interception and one blocked kick.

INTERNATIONAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Allistair Sebastien -DS - MAN - Dominican Republic - Leads team in interceptions with six. Second on the team in tackles with 73.0. Khreem Smith - OL/DL - MEM - Jamaica - Leads the league in sacks with 16.0. Has forced six fumbles, blocked two kicks and recorded one safety. Henrik Juul-Nielsen - K - GBB - Denmark - Is 8-of-15 in field goals of 20-to-39 yards in length. Has registered 29 touchbacks on kickoffs. 86-of-100 on extra points. Green Bay's leading scorer. Steve Panella - QB - AMR - Canada - Backup for most of the season in Amarillo. Threw for three touchdowns and ran for three touchdowns in his victorious lone game as a starter. Has been seeing playing time the last two weeks. J.R. Davies - QB - RGV - Canada - Second string quarterback for Rio Grande Valley most of the season. In his one start he threw for 263 yards and five touchdowns to lead the Dorados to a win. Jason Cedeno - OL/DL - QUA - Trinidad - Has played 13 games this season for the 'Wheelers, has totaled five solo tackles, four hits on the quarterback and one pass broken up.

COACH OF THE YEAR: Bob Landsee - GBB - Has guided Green Bay to their first playoff berth in franchise history. Ben Bennett - MAN - Turned a 5-11 team last season into an ArenaCup favorite. Kevin Bouis - FLO - Has the Firecats thinking back-to-back championships. South Division Champions. Danton Barto - MEM - The Xplorers have improved each season under his guidance. Midwest Division Champions.. Kevin Guy - RGV - Has the Dorados in position for a playoff berth in just their second season.

ASSISTANT COACH OF THE YEAR: Rickey Foggie - AMR - Offensive Coordinator - The former AFL quarterback guides the highest scoring offense (56.8 ppg) in the league. Mitch Allner - TUL - Offensive Coordinator/Director of Player Personnel - Went from player to coach to guide the league's third highest scoring offense (56.0 ppg). Main offensive threats (Blankenship and Morgan) are both rookies. Adam Shackleford - LOU - Offensive Coordinator - Has the Fire gunning for an ArenaCup appearance and has quarterback Matt Sauk on track to break several passing records. Keith Easley - MAN - Defensive Coordinator/Director of Football Operations - Has his defense giving up only 43.7 points per game, fourth best in the league. Has been involved with af2 since its inaugural season.

IF THE SEASON ENDED TODAY: In 2005 six teams from each the American and National Conference qualify for the playoffs. The six qualifying teams in each conference consist of the two division champions and four Wild Cards, determined by best overall record. Seeding in each conference is based on overall record, with the top two seeds in each conference reserved for the division champions, regardless of record. In the First Round (August 5-7), the two division winners in each conference receive a bye. The top-seeded Wild Card team hosts the lowest-seeded Wild Card team, while the No. 2 seeded Wild Card team hosts the No. 3 seeded Wild Card team. In the Second Round (August 12-14), the division winners who had byes in the First Round host the winners from the First Round. The top seeded division champion plays the lowest seeded team advancing from the First Round, while the second-seeded division winner plays the other winner from the First Round. The winners of the Second Round will meet for the Conference Championships on the weekend of August 19-21. For this round seeding no longer matters, meaning the team with the better overall record hosts the Conference Championship game. The winners of the Conference Championships face off in the 2005 ArenaCup on August 27 at the CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, Louisiana televised on FOX Sports Net.

AMERICAN CONFERENCE
1. Florida (13-2) - x
2. Manchester (11-4) - y
3. Louisville (10-5) - y
4. Green Bay (8-7) - y - Holds HTH advantage over MAC, WBS
5. Macon (8-7) - y - Holds HTH advantage over WBS
6. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (8-7) - y
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First Round games would be: WBS @ LOU; MAC @ GBB; FLO, MAN receive bye

NATIONAL CONFERENCE
1. Memphis (12-3) - x
2. Tulsa (11-4) - x
3. Quad City (9-6) - y - Holds better win % over common opponents (LOU, BOS, WBS) than OKC, RGV
4. Oklahoma City (9-6) - y - Holds HTH tiebreaker over RGV
5. Rio Grande Valley (9-6) - y
6. Amarillo (8-7) - y - Holds HTH tiebreaker over CEN
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First Round games would be: AMR @ QUA; RGV @ OKC; MEM, TUL receive bye

x - clinched division championship and first round bye, y - clinched playoff spot
*Teams in bold currently lead their respective division; HTH = Head-to-head

PLAYOFF SCENARIOS FOR WEEK 18:
American Conference:
Manchester and Louisville
-Manchester wins and they clinch division and No. 2 seed.
-Manchester loses and Louisville wins, Louisville clinches division and No.2 seed

Green Bay, Wilkes-Barre and Macon (Macon and W-B/Scranton play each other)
-If GBB wins and MAC wins, GBB is No. 4, MAC No.5 and WBS No. 6.
-If GBB wins and WBS wins, WBS is No. 4, GBB is No. 5 and MAC is No. 6.
-If GBB loses and MAC wins, MAC is No. 4, WBS is No. 5 and GBB is No. 6.
-If GBB loses and WBS wins, WBS is No. 4, GBB is No. 5 and MAC is No. 6.

For Green Bay to earn No. 4 seed, they need to win and have Macon win. For Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to earn No. 4 seed, they need to win. For Macon to earn No. 4 seed, they need to win and have Green Bay lose.

National Conference:
Memphis and Tulsa
-If Memphis wins, they clinch No. 1 seed.
-If Memphis loses and Tulsa wins, Tulsa clinches No. 1 seed.

Quad City, Oklahoma City, Rio Grande Valley and Amarillo There are 16 possible scenarios:

1) OKC, RGV, QUA and AMR all win Explanation: OKC, RGV and QUA would all be 10-6, AMR would be 9-7. Common opponents of WBS, BOS and LOU decides a three-way tie between OKC, RGV and QUA. QUA has the best winning percentage with a 4-2 mark against those teams. Therefore, QUA gets the No. 3. OKC and RGV re-enter a two-way tiebreaker, which can be decided via HTH matches. OKC is 2-0 against RGV, so OKC would get the No. 4 seed, RGV the No. 5. AMR is No. 6. FINAL RESULT: QUA, OKC, RGV, AMR First Round Games: AMR @ QUA, RGV @ OKC

2) OKC, RGV, QUA win, AMR loses Explanation: Same as above, only AMR would be 8-8 instead of 9-7. FINAL RESULT: QUA, OKC, RGV, AMR First Round Games: AMR @ QUA, RGV @ OKC

3) OKC, RGV win, QUA, AMR lose Explanation: OKC and RGV would be 10-6, QUA would be 9-7 and AMR would be 8-8. OKC wins the HTH tiebreaker with RGV and would get the No. 3 seed. RGV would be No. 4, QUA would be No. 5 and AMR would be No. 6. FINAL RESULT: OKC, RGV, QUA, AMR First Round Games: AMR @ OKC, QUA @ RGV

4) OKC wins, RGV, QUA, AMR lose Explanation: OKC would be 10-6 and get the No. 3 seed. RGV and QUA would be 9-7. RGV and QUA did not play during the season, so they would break the tie via record against common opponents of WBS, BOS, LOU and OKC. QUA would be 4-4, RGV would be 2-4, so QUA would get the No. 4 seed, RGV would take No. 5 and AMR would have No. 6. FINAL RESULT: OKC, QUA, RGV, AMR First Round Games: AMR @ OKC, RGV @ QUA -MORE-

5) OKC, RGV, AMR win, QUA loses Explanation: OKC and RGV would 10-6, AMR and QUA would be 9-7. OKC has the HTH over RGV and would get the No. 3 spot, RGV would take No. 4. In the HTH between QUA and AMR, AMR wins via point differential in HTH meetings. AMR would get the No. 5 and QUA would have No. 6. FINAL RESULT: OKC, RGV, AMR, QUA First Round Games: QUA @ OKC, AMR @ RGV

6) OKC, AMR win, QUA, RGV lose Explanation: OKC would 10-6 and get the No. 3 seed. AMR, RGV and QUA would all be 9-7 and enter a three-way tiebreaker. Since all three teams have not played HTH, common opponents of BOS and OKC would be used. AMR is 2-2, QUA is 3-1 and RGV is 1-3. So QUA would be the No. 4 seed and RGV and AMR would re-enter a tiebreaker. Since they have not played HTH, common opponents of BOS, OKC, TUL, SDG, CEN, FLO, SGW and BAK. AMR is 7-4 against those teams, RGV is 8-6. The better win percentage would be AMR, so AMR gets the No. 5 and RGV gets the No. 6 seed. FINAL RESULT: OKC, QUA, AMR, RGV First Round Games: RGV @ OKC, AMR @ QUA

7) OKC, QUA win, RGV, AMR lose Explanation: OKC and QUA would be 10-6, RGV would be 9-7 and AMR would 8-8. QUA owns the tiebreaker against OKC via point differential in HTH matchups, so QUA would get the No. 3 seed and OKC would be No. 4. RGV would have No. 5 and AMR would get No. 6. FINAL RESULT: QUA, OKC, RGV, AMR. First Round Games: AMR @ QUA, RGV @ OKC

8) OKC, QUA, AMR win, RGV loses Explanation: OKC and QUA would be 10-6. AMR and RGV would be 9-7. As mentioned in scenario No. 7, QUA wins the HTH with OKC, so QUA would be No. 3 and OKC No. 4. As mentioned in scenario No. 6, AMR wins the HTH tiebreaker with RGV, so AMR would be No. 5 and RGV would be No. 6 seed. FINAL RESULT: QUA, OKC, AMR, RGV First Round Games: RGV @ QUA, AMR @ OKC

9) QUA, RGV, AMR win, OKC loses Explanation: QUA and RGV would be 10-6, AMR and OKC would be 9-7. As described in scenario No. 4, QUA owns the tiebreaker with RGV, so QUA would be No. 3 and RGV would get No. 4 seed. In the HTH tiebreaker between OKC and AMR, OKC would win via a 2-0 record against AMR. So OKC would be No. 5 and AMR No. 6 seed. FINAL RESULT: QUA, RGV, OKC, AMR First Round Games: AMR @ QUA, OKC @ RGV

10) QUA, RGV win, OKC, AMR lose Explanation: Same as above, except OKC would 9-7 and AMR would be 8-8, so OKC gets the No.5 seed based on better record over AMR. FINAL RESULT: QUA, RGV, OKC, AMR First Round Games: AMR @ QUA, OKC @ RGV

11) QUA, AMR win, OKC, RGV lose Explanation: QUA would be 10-6, AMR, RGV and OKC would be 9-7. QUA would have the No. 3 seed. Since OKC, AMR and RGV have not all played each other, common opponents of TUL, BOS and CEN would be used to break the tie. AMR is 4-1 against those teams, OKC would be 2-3 and RGV is 4-2. SO, AMR gets the No. 4 seed, and OKC and RGV re-enter a HTH tiebreaker for the No. 5 seed. OKC wins that based on a 2-0 HTH record against RGV, so OKC gets the No. 5 and RGV gets the No. 6 seed. FINAL RESULT: QUA, AMR, OKC, RGV First Round Games: RGV @ QUA, OKC @ AMR

12) QUA wins, OKC, RGV, AMR lose Explanation: QUA would be 10-6, OKC AND RGV would be 9-7 and AMR would be 8-8. QUA gets the No. 3 seed. OKC gets the No. 4 based on 2-0 record against RGV. RGV gets No. 5 and AMR gets No. 6 seed. FINAL RESULT: QUA, OKC, RGV, AMR First Round Games: AMR @ QUA, RGV @ OKC

13) RGV wins, OKC, QUA and AMR lose Explanation: RGV would be 10-6 and get the No. 3 seed. OKC and QUA would be 9-7, and QUA would win that tiebreaker via point differential in HTH matchups with OKC. AMR would be the No. 6 seed. FINAL RESULT: RGV, QUA, OKC, AMR First Round Games: AMR @ RGV, OKC @ QUA

14) RGV, AMR win, OKC, QUA lose Explanation: RGV would be 10-6 and get the No. 3 seed. AMR, OKC and QUA would all be 9-7. For this tiebreaker we first use HTH matchups since all three teams have played each other. In the HTH matchups, AMR is 1-3, OKC is 3-1 and QUA is 2-2. So OKC gets the No, 4 seed and QUA and AMR re-enter a tiebreaker fort he No. 5 seed. Since AMR owns the HTH over QUA via point differential in HTH matchups, AMR would be No. 5 and QUA would get No. 6. FINAL RESULT: RGV, OKC, AMR, QUA First Round Games: QUA @ RGV, AMR @ OKC

15) AMR wins, OKC, QUA, RGV lose Explanation: All four teams would be tied with 9-7 records. Since they have not all played each other HTH, you have to use common opponent of BOS. AMR and QUA are 2-0 against BOS. OKC and RGV are 1-1 against BOS. This means that AMR and QUA enter a two-way tiebreaker for the No. 3 seed. AMR owns that tiebreaker via point differential in HTH matchups, so AMR would get the No. 3 seed and QUA would re-enter a three-way tie for the No. 4 seed with OKC and RGV. Since these three teams have not all played HTH, you use common opponents of LOU, WBS and BOS to break the tie. In this situation QUA would be 3-3, OKC would be 1-3 and RGV would be 2-2. That means OKC drops out of this tie and QUA and RGV re-enter a two-team tiebreaker for the No. 4 seed. This tie would be decided via better record against common opponents of WBS, BOS, OKC and LOU. QUA would be 4-4 against those teams and RGV would be 2-4, meaning QUA earns the NO. 3 seed and RGV re-enters a tie with OKC for the No. 5 seed. In that tie, OKC wins via a 2-0 HTH record against RGV. So OKC would be No. 5 and RGV No. 6 FINAL RESULT: AMR, QUA, OKC, RGV First Round Games: RGV @ AMR, OKC @ QUA

16) OKC, QUA, RGV and AMR lose Explanation: OKC, QUA and RGV would all be 9-7 and AMR would be 8-8. As described in scenario No. 15, QUA wins that three-way tie to get the No. 3 seed. When OKC and RGV re-enter a two-way tie, OKC wins to get the No. 4 seed. RGV would be No. 5 and AMR would be No. 6. FINAL RESULT: QUA, OKC, RGV, AMR First Round Games: AMR @ QUA, RGV @ OKC

For Quad City to host a home playoff game they would need scenarios: 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15 or 16. This means if Quad City wins, they will have earned a home playoff game because the only scenarios in which they don't earn a home playoff game: 3, 5 and 14 only occur if they lose. If Quad City loses, they can still earn a home playoff game under scenarios: 4, 6, 13, 15 and 16.

For Oklahoma City to host a home playoff game they would need scenarios: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 14, or 16. This means if Oklahoma City wins, they will have earned a home playoff game because the only scenarios in which they don't earn a home playoff game: 9, 10, 11, 13 and 15 only occur if they lose. If Oklahoma City loses, they can still host a home playoff game under scenarios: 12, 14 and 16.

For Rio Grande Valley to host a home playoff game they would need scenarios: 3, 5, 9, 10, 13 or 14. There is no situation in which they can host a home playoff game if they lose. To host a home playoff game Rio Grande Valley needs to win and have Quad City or Oklahoma City lose, or, win and have both Quad City and Oklahoma City lose.

For Amarillo to host a home playoff game they would need scenarios 11 or 15. There is no situation in which they can host a home playoff game if they lose. To host a home playoff game Amarillo needs to win and have Quad City, Oklahoma City and Rio Grande Valley all lose, or win and have Oklahoma City and Rio Grande Valley both lose.

BREAKDOWN: The numbers in the chart below represent the number of each scenario. Look to see where each team would be seeded under each scenario.

HOME GAME AWAY GAME
THIRD FOURTH FIFTH SIXTH
QUA 1,2,7,8,9,10,11,12,16 4,6,13,15 3 5,14
OKC 3,4,5,6 1,2,7,8,12,14,16 9,10,11,13,15
RGV 13,14 3,5,9,10 1,2,4,7,12,16 6,8,11,15
AMR 15 11 5,6,8,14 1,2,3,4,7,9,10,12,13,16

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