Believe it or not, Bobcats still have a chance for the top-spot


Believe it or not, Bobcats still have a chance for the top-spot


February 2, 2007

By: Michael T. Lyle, Jr. Sports


Last night’s 73-70 overtime win at St. Francis of New York, the Bobcats’ seventh in the last eight, put the team in a great situation entering the final month of Northeast Conference regular-season play.  Currently tied for third place with tomorrow afternoon’s opponent, Mount Saint Mary’s, at 7-4, Quinnipiac enters a tough stretch with four of their final seven games against opponents with winning records. 

And while it maybe a daunting task, the Bobcats mathematically can still make a run at the top spot in the conference.  Central Connecticut still occupies that position, but a win at CCSU next Saturday could give Quinnipiac a tie-breaking advantage headed down the stretch.

Before they can look that far ahead, first they have two critical home games as The Mount rolls into the TD Banknorth SportsCenter having won two of their last three games.  The Bobcats suffered a 78-73 defeat at MSU back in early December in the midst of their nine-game skid.

            After entertaining for the first-time this season perhaps the league’s biggest surprise in Sacred Heart next Thursday night, it’s the much-anticipated weekend rematch between the Blue Devils and QU in
New Britain. 

            Now should the Bobcats win two of these next three big contests, or perhaps pick up a clean sweep, they’re putting themselves in a position to nab the top overall seed for the upcoming tournament.  On another angle, if Quinnipiac wins at least one or two of the three, they stand a very good chance of holding onto that 4th spot in the conference or better, which guarantees, at the most, an opening-round playoff game at the Sports Center. 

            The final five weeks of the season are sure to be interesting, but if the Bobcats can finish strong, it’ll be another first as their new facility will be hoping with NEC postseason action—and maybe all the way to the championship game with an automatic NCAA berth at stake. 


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