Owls face do-or-die
Hunter O. Lyle—Sports Editor
Attention all Southern basketball fanatics: with the end of the regular season just under a month away, as both teams battle for an entry ticket to the playoffs, the most exciting basketball of the season is coming to a field house near you.
The NE-10 conference playoffs start on Mar. 1, so that only leaves six games, all of which are conference matchups, to settle who gets to play for a banner and who goes home.
Currently, the men and women’s team sit in the top three slots of the Southwest division. The men, who hold a conference record of 9-5, are second in the division, just behind rival University of New Haven, who also have a 9-5 record. The women, on the other hand, have a 6-8 record within the NE-10, sitting third in the Southwest division behind Le Monye College and the University of New Haven – in that order.
The top 10 teams in the conference get chosen for a chance to play for a NE-10 championship, with the top five getting those ever so sought after home court advantages.
The men are in amidst a three-way tie with Merrimack and UNH for the second-best record, only behind Saint Anselm who has accumulated an impressive 12-2 record. The women have an even tighter race, currently tying with four other teams for the seventh best record.
The reason the last stretch of the season is going to be the most lively and interesting basketball is due to the fact that nothing is certain, and that means both teams might need to give everything they have.
With both leagues being so close, every game is crucial, and in previous interviews, both basketball teams have expressed that.
So here’s what’s coming up:
On Feb. 6, the men and women take on long-time conference rival UNH, which is going to be a very interesting game. The last time the Chargers played the Owls, both teams lost, with the men only falling by three points.
After that game, which is going to be played on the road, Southern has a two-game home stand, where they face the College of Saint Rose and American International College on Feb. 9 and Feb. 12.
Then, quick trip out to New York, playing Le Moyne and Adelphi, puts the Owls back at home for their final game against Pace University.
The NE-10 Conference playoffs are coming up quickly, only 22 suspenseful days left, both teams have a shot to make a run.
Injuries have struck the men and women’s team late in the season, but some key players like C.J. Seaforth and Kealan Ives for the men, and Allie Smith for the women, have proven that the teams have depth, and are willing to go all out for a chance to bring home a banner.