The last thing head coach Charles Kissi and his Brock basketball program wanted heading into the 2017-2018 season, was to leave their Final 8 chances in the hands of a committee. Specifically, following last years debacle that had Calgary land the at-large spot over the Badgers.
This season the Badgers ranked within the top three nationally all year and won 21 games during the regular season, which has led to them receiving the wild-card spot. The committee (four coaches – one from each conference), made the decision Sunday night, as the Badgers will be the eighth and final team in the tournament, which will begin on March 8 in Halifax.
With the way their season was going, the Badgers looked as if they would earn their own way to the tournament by reaching the OUA championship game. However, a tough shooting night for the entire team last Wednesday saw the Badgers fall to Ryerson 69-63 in a semi-final match-up, leaving the Badgers hopes in the hands of the committee once again.
The committee looks at a handful of criteria’s that include each team’s average national ranking for the season, conference playoff performance, records against teams with winning percentages above .650, above .500 and below .500, and more. The committee uses these criteria’s to rank the teams who are under consideration – each team must submit a formal letter/form to be considered for the wild-card spot.
The Badgers wild-card considerations this season were up against Dalhousie and the University of British Columbia. Other teams that may have received some consideration are Ottawa and Laurentian.
The other seven teams in the tournament (in no particular order) are as followed: Carleton (OUA champions), Calgary (Canada West champions), McGill (RSEQ champions), Alberta (Canada West runner-up), UNB (AUS champions), Ryerson (OUA runner-up) and Acadia (host school).
The Badgers will be the seventh seeded team in the tournament and begin play versus the number two seed Calgary Dinos.
More on this story in the March 6 publication of The Brock Press.