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Old 06-08-2017, 10:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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2018 AE Playoffs

Surprised nobody else jumped on this: AE announced plans for the 2018 playoffs. The two notable items...

1) There will be no 8/9 game (sorry, #9 ).

2) The Quarterfinals will be on a Saturday this year, followed by Tuesday Semifinals, and the normal Saturday Championship.

http://www.americaeast.com/ViewArtic...CLID=211619603
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Old 06-08-2017, 12:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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It was unanimous to keep the 8/9 game off the docket too.
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It provides a little more incentive at the end of the season. I'm glad it went that way.
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If you finish last in the America East then season is over- everyone go home and think about what you've done. Or not done.
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Great move! It's actually better for the 8th place team as well. No chance of losing to #9 and more rested to play #1 .
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It was unanimous to keep the 8/9 game off the docket too.
I for one was looking forward to this game, aka the Bob Walsh Invitational.
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I for one was looking forward to this game, aka the Bob Walsh Invitational.
Well, seeing as he was the first one to propose getting rid of it two years ago, you were the only one. http://bangordailynews.com/2017/06/0...?ref=SportsBox
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I see Maine will finally get to host the baseball championship. That should make a few posters here happier.
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Well, seeing as he was the first one to propose getting rid of it two years ago, you were the only one. http://bangordailynews.com/2017/06/0...?ref=SportsBox
Damn. Talk about betting on yourself and losing big time.
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Damn. Talk about betting on yourself and losing big time.
He's still vocally opposed to an 8/9 game.

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“We all looked at it as what’s best for the league,” said UMaine coach Bob Walsh. “I think the initial response as a coach is, ‘I don’t want there to be a chance that I don’t make the league tournament because then that’s a disaster,’ that sort of self-protection.

“But ultimately for the league the 8-9 game is only good for the one team that wins that game. It’s really not good in any other aspect.”

UMaine finished eighth in two of the previous three seasons, including last winter.

Walsh said the topic first came up two years ago, when in an informal vote of America East coaches he was lone voice against having an 8-9 game.

“Last year we talked about it again and it was about 50-50, and this year we were all in favor of not having it,” he said.

Coaches cited the impact of the extra round of postseason play that comes with the play-in game on both the conference’s postseason and regular-season schedules, as well as the logistics of having the 8-9 winner having to travel to the No. 1 seed for a quarterfinal just two days later.

“It’s not like a team puts itself in a great situation if you finish ninth but win a play-in game so then you had a good year,” Walsh said.

There are exceptions.

Holy Cross two years ago entered the Patriot League tournament as the ninth seed with a 5-13 conference record only to win four consecutive road games in eight days to capture the conference tournament and qualify for the NCAA tournament.

“I would argue that’s still not good for the league,” Walsh said. “That’s good for Holy Cross but not good for the league.”
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He's still vocally opposed to an 8/9 game.
Someone is triggered today.
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Re: 2018 AE Playoffs

This leaves the classic UMBC-Binghamton 8-9 game played in Hartford on a Thursday night as the last 8-9 game ever played. Randy Monroe vs. Mark Macon - 35 people in gym. It was a magical night.
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God, that was a lousy game!
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