No matter what happens today in the GLVC men’s championship game, USI is going to the NCAA D-II Midwest Regional. I also think it’s a safe bet Drury will be the top seed in the regional. The Panthers came in ranked No. 1 in the region and they have gotten to the title game. USI, with its two victories in the GLVC tourney, should have bettered its seeding in the regional after being ranked fifth in the region last week. If it beats Drury it may get the No. 2 seed, although I’m guessing it’ll be No. 3. If the Eagles lose, I can’t think they’d be any lower than a 5 and probably would at least be a 4 seed. Of course, I’ve been consistently wrong on this stuff, so don’t take any of this seriously.
A look at the GLIAC Tournament up north shows that the NCAA seeding committee will have its work cut out. Wayne State, the top seed and ranked seventh in the region, lost in the quarterfinals. Then Michigan Tech, the No. 2 seed and ranked No. 3 in the region, lost in the semifinals on Saturday. Findlay, the No. 3 seed and ranked 10th in the region, was the team that beat Tech. Findlay plays No. 8-seed Lake Superior State for the GLIAC title today; Lake Superior State is not ranked, but if it wins it will get an automatic berth in the NCAA tournament and screw up the seedings even more. There’s still a question of what might happen to Lewis and Indianapolis; they both may be out of luck in being chosen as one of the eight regional competitors. We’ll see tonight, of course.
The regional, by the way, starts on Saturday, continues Sunday and plays the championship game on Tuesday night.