In less than two weeks the playoff teams will be seeded and selected. The 16 playoff teams will include seven league champions who earn automatic bids and nine at-large qualifiers selected by a combination of factors, including the coaches poll (see this article for more details). In summary, the teams that do not win a league championship are fighting for nine at-large spots. When you consider the Top three teams Corona del Mar, Foothill, and St. Margaret’s are in the at-large pool because they are independents, and pretty good bets to earn playoff berths, we are now down to six open spots. That leaves for a lot of drama in the final week and a half. With that said, there are big games almost every day from now until the season ends. Here is a look at today’s big games.
No. 14 Servite vs No. 19 Mater Dei
Mater Dei hosts the Friars tonight at 7:00 pm in what could be a make or break game for both teams. No. 14 Servite is currently positioned for an at-large playoff position, but with three games left on their schedule (Mater Dei tonight, CdM and JSerra next week) things could change for the better or worse. A strong finish could be enough to move them up a position or two. A loss tonight could send them tumbling in the other direction. Would season-ending wins against Servite tonight and No. 7 Tesoro next week be enough to move the Monarchs up to a playoff spot? There’s only way to find out.
No. 5 Great Oak vs No. 12 JSerra
Great Oak will hosts JSerra tonight at 7:30. The Lions have lost five of their last six games and after tonights game finish with No. 4 Santa Margarita, Loyola (No. 2 in Los Angeles), and No. 14 Servite. A challenging finish that offers many up-side and down-side opportunities.
Great Oak will represent the Southwestern Conference in the playoffs. Their spot in the playoffs is secure, their seeding is not. San Clemente and Tesoro are nipping like a pack of wolves at the Wolfpack’s heels. A loss tonight to a lower ranked opponent could cost them the no. 5 ranking.