BB: Conference playoff seeding announced

BB: Conference playoff seeding announced

Canada West basketball playoffs open Feb. 7 with play-in action

EDMONTON – The Canada West basketball playoff picture is set, as the conference regular season concluded Saturday night.

The defending Canada West and U SPORTS champion Calgary Dinos enter the playoffs as the top men's seed thanks to their perfect 20-0 regular season, while the Saskatchewan Huskies are the top women's seed after a 16-4 campaign.

Highlights:

  • Calgary (men's) and Saskatchewan (women's) are the top seeds entering the 2019 Canada West basketball playoffs
  • Conference regular season play concluded Saturday night
  • Playoff action opens Thursday, February 7th, as the conference's play-in round begins

Once again this season, ratings performance index (RPI) was used for playoff seeding.

RPI has been used since the 2016-17 campaign to seed playoff teams, while win/loss record is used to determine playoff qualification (top 12 teams qualify). RPI is used to factor in varying strengths of schedules, resulting from the conference's unbalanced schedule. 

  • RPI = 35% team winning percentage (WP) x 1.1 away win + 0.9 home win, 40% opponents' average winning percentage (OWP), and 25% opponents' opponent’s average winning percentage (OOWP).

The top four men's and women's teams, based on RPI, receive a first round bye in the playoffs, while the other eight playoff teams on each side participate in a single elimination play-in game.

Best-of-three quarter-finals and semifinals are then played, with the conference playoffs culminating in one-game Canada West Championships (to be played either March 1st, or 2nd).

  • Complete CW men's basketball standings, RPI, and playoff format - click here.
  • Complete CW women's basketball standings, final RPI, and playoff format - click here.

Be sure to watch all the action this playoff season by purchasing a Canada West post-season pass. Passes are on sale now, and can be purchased here.

FINAL MEN'S BASKETBALL RPI

  1. Calgary - 0.702
  2. Alberta - 0.613
  3. UBC - 0.601
  4. Saskatchewan - 0.568
  5. Regina - 0.546
  6. UFV - 0.529
  7. Lethbridge - 0.528
  8. Winnipeg - 0.516
  9. Manitoba - 0.514
  10. Victoria - 0.503
  11. UNBC - 0.492
  12. Thompson Rivers - 0.477
  13. Mount Royal   0.445
  14. UBC Okanagan - 0.405
  15. Brandon - 0.393
  16. MacEwan - 0.349
  17. Trinity Western - 0.320

NOTE: Italics denotes first round bye. Underline denotes play-in round participants.

MEN'S BASKETBALL PLAY-IN ROUND GAMES

  • Thursday, February 7
    • Manitoba (9) @ Winnipeg (8) / 7 p.m. CST
    • UNBC (11) @ Fraser Valley (6) / 7 p.m. PST
  • Friday, February 8
    • Mount Royal (12) @ Regina (5) / 7 p.m. CST
    • Victoria (10) @ Lethbridge (7) / 8 p.m. MST

FINAL WOMEN'S BASKETBALL RPI

  1. Saskatchewan - 0.646
  2. Calgary - 0.642
  3. Regina - 0.614
  4. Alberta - 0.608
  5. UBC - 0.548
  6. Lethbridge - 0.542
  7. Victoria - 0.541
  8. Trinity Western - 0.527
  9. UNBC - 0.525
  10. UFV - 0.498
  11. Manitoba - 0.473
  12. Winnipeg - 0.470
  13. MacEwan - 0.418
  14. Thompson Rivers - 0.410
  15. Brandon - 0.393
  16. Mount Royal - 0.343
  17. UBC Okanagan - 0.304

NOTE: Italics denotes first round bye. Underline denotes play-in round participants.

WOMEN'S BASKETBALL PLAY-IN ROUND GAMES

  • Friday, February 8
    • Manitoba (11) @ Lethbridge (6) / 6 p.m. MST
    • Fraser Valley (10) @ Victoria (7) / 7 p.m. PST
    • UNBC (9) @ Trinity Western (8) / 7 p.m. PST
  • Saturday, February 9
    • Winnipeg (12) @ UBC (5) / 2 p.m. PST

 

 

About Canada West

Since 1972, Canada West (CW) has been a leader in Canadian university sport, working to provide our student-athletes the opportunities to excel in sport, the classroom, and their communities. CW and our 17 members from across British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba collectively carry on a legacy of competitive excellence, as our champions proudly go on to represent the conference at U SPORTS national championships.

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