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    The regular season is getting to the home stretch. Eight teams go dancing.

    The Contenders:


    MEC

    West Liberty (17-0)

    Wheeling Jesuit (14-3)

    Fairmont State (14-4)

    PSAC

    West Chester (15-2)

    Shippensburg (13-3)

    Kutztown (13-3)

    East Stroudsburg (12-4)

    IUP (14-5)

    Gannon (13-5)

    Slippery Rock (15-4)

    CIAA

    Virginia State (16-1)


    Of course, when Virginia Union, Edinboro and Shepherd win the three conference tournaments ...

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    Beside each team below ... the remaining toughest games on the schedule



    MEC

    West Liberty (17-0) -- @Fairmont, Wheeling Jesuit

    Wheeling Jesuit (14-3) -- Fairmont, @WL

    Fairmont State (14-4) -- @WL, @WJ

    PSAC

    West Chester (15-2) -- @UPJ, @Kutz, @ESU, Ship

    Shippensburg (13-3) -- Kutz, ESU, @Mercy, @Kutz, @WCU

    Kutztown (13-3) -- @Ship, WCU, ESU

    East Stroudsburg (12-4) -- @Ship, WCU, @Kutz

    IUP (14-5) -- Gannon (twice), @SRU, Edinboro, UPJ, @Mercy

    Gannon (13-5) -- IUP (twice), SRU (twice), UPJ, @Boro, @Mercy

    Slippery Rock (15-4) -- Gannon (twice), IUP, @Edinboro, UPJ

    CIAA

    Virginia State (16-1) -- Bowie State (twice), Virginia Union, Shaw

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    1. WLU
    2. VA State
    3. WJ
    4. West Chester
    5. Ship
    6. Fairmont
    7. Kutz
    8. Va Union

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    Seven losses may not be good enough this year. Other years it has been higher. The PSAC East is going to be a logjam of 4-6 loss teams.

    Fairmont State wins one game this week and they'll be in good shape.

    Virginia Union already has 9 losses so unless they win the CIAA they're done. Obviously all but the three conference champions pick up another loss in the conference tournaments.

    IUP may be afforded 1 more loss in the regular season. That's it.

    As always, they'll be those upsets down the stretch. Strength of schedule is going to be huge on selection day. There's going to be a lot of teams with similar records and likely split head to head matchups.

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    Shippensburg is peaking. Eased past West Chester last weekend. Eight-point home win over Kutztown today was more like a 16-point game; reserves gave up a slew of points in the final minute.

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    Ship is the best team in the PSAC and Sleva is the best player.

    People tend to weigh early losses and records too heavily. Kutztown played a very easy schedule. It's starting to show now. I've said all along the PSAC is going through Sleva.
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    Kutztown can drill from the perimeter, I'll give them that. But there's something missing there.

    It helps Sleva a lot that sophomore John Castello, the former D-I tight end prospect from Mars, is coming into his own. He's ripping down a lot of boards and can score inside and out.

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    West Liberty-Fairmont State is on ROOT now (started at 5 p.m.), and Fairmont's off to a hot start. These teams play at a more frenetic pace than anyone in the PSAC.

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    Those giant killers, Bowie State, upset Virginia State yesterday.

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    With another week in the books, ....

    The Contenders:


    MEC

    West Liberty (18-1)

    Wheeling Jesuit (15-4)

    Fairmont State (15-5)

    PSAC

    West Chester (15-4) -- Lost 3 straight

    Shippensburg (15-3) -- Won 7 straight

    Kutztown (14-4)

    East Stroudsburg (14-4)

    IUP (16-5)

    Gannon (14-6)

    Slippery Rock (17-4)

    CIAA

    Virginia State (17-2)


    The PSAC landscape is going to change a lot this week. Several of the teams above play each other this week -- highlighted by IUP/Rock, IUP/Gannon and ESU/Ship.

    Wildcard teams capable of a big conference tournament run: PSAC (Edinboro and Mercyhurst), MEC (Shepherd) and CIAA (Bowie State and Virginia Union)

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    IMO Shaw U men's (13-7) team has one of the most athletic and talented teams in the CIAA. They have lost some games they shouldn't and their FT shooting is horrible lately. The transfer from Arizona State is the real deal and can dominate. I hope VSU can somehow grind one out @ Shaw on Wednesday. VSU is really banged up right now and hopefully we can get healthy before the CIAA tournament.

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    Some losses to the teams on the above list last night.

    Seton Hill upset Gannon

    Shaw defeated Virginia State

    IUP defeated Slippery Rock

    Shippensburg defeated East Stroudsburg

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    MEC

    West Liberty (18-1)

    Wheeling Jesuit (16-4)

    Fairmont State (15-5)

    PSAC

    West Chester (16-4)

    Shippensburg (16-3) -- Won 8 straight

    Kutztown (15-4)

    East Stroudsburg (14-5)

    IUP (17-5) -- Won 6 straight

    Gannon (14-7)

    Slippery Rock (17-5)

    CIAA

    Virginia State (17-3)

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    You should probably drop out the 5+ loss teams. Probably there only route is via winning their conference tourney. That would leave:

    Contenders:

    MEC
    West Liberty (18-1)
    Wheeling Jesuit (15-4)

    PSAC
    Ship (16-3)
    West Chester (16-4)
    Kutz (15-4)

    CIAA
    Va State (17-3)

    Pretenders:

    MEC
    Fairmont (15-5)

    PSAC
    Rock (17-5)
    IUP (17-5)
    E Stroud (14-5)

    Almost dead:

    MEC
    WV State (12-7)

    PSAC
    Gannon (14-7)

    CIAA
    Shaw (14-7)
    John C. Smith (13-7)

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    Too early for that ... the PSAC East schools all have to play each other again. By default they will accumulate losses.

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    So basically you're saying only 6 teams are going? Strength of schedule doesn't matter? etc. etc.

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    Just looking at West Chester ... they still have to play (at) Kutztown, (at) East Stroudsburg and (host) Shippensburg in addition to the PSAC Tournament.

    It's going to get real interesting over the next 2-3 weeks.

    It's going to likely be a mess with numerous teams with similar records. That SOS is going to be a huge factor on selection day.

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    They also have wins against IUP,@gannon, kutztown and east stroudsburg. Many psac west teams record against top teams are a lot weaker. More than one psac west team would be a shocker.

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    I 100% agree. There is a ton of basketball with all those teams playing each other. IUP for example has 2 with Gannon, Edinboro, UPJ, Seton Hill, Cal which all could result in losses and that's not counting the PSAC tourney... YIKES!!! The East is in the same boat with all of them playing each other. February is going to be a great month of basketball.

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    Yep. It will be interesting.

    Gannon still has to play IUP twice and Slippery Rock. They aren't winning all three.

    It will work itself out. Always does.

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    Gannon's margin for error has been greatly reduced, possibly to near zero with last night's loss at Seton Hill. Agree that it will be nearly impossible to win both against IUP and home against SRU. Road games at Edinboro and Mercyhurst also won't be easy.

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