Friday, March 2, 2012

Just The Facts 2012: Hofstra as the last or next-to-last seed

Hmm. Thinking Tony Skinn enjoyed this scene.

One more Just The Facts for you as we get ready to watch the Flying Dutchmen take on Georgia State in the first round of the CAA Tournament here in suddenly soggy Richmond. The Dutchmen are the last or next-to-last seed in their conference tournament for the eighth time. Good news: They have won at least one game as the last or next-to-last seed five times, led by the 1994 team that won the final East Coast Conference title. Here’s the raw data!

CAA 2003: As the ninth seed in a 10-team league, the Dutchmen beat William & Mary in the first round before falling to top-seeded UNC Wilmington in the quarterfinals.

CAA 2002: As the 10th seed, the Dutchmen beat Towson in the first round and upset second-seeded George Mason in the quarterfinals (ha ha Jaime) before losing to third-seeded VCU in the semifinals.

NAC 1995: As the ninth seed, the Dutchmen beat Maine in an outbracket/first round game before losing to top-seeded Drexel in the quarterfinals.

ECC 1994: As the fifth seed in a six-team league, the Dutchmen beat fourth-seeded Chicago State in the opening round, upset top-seeded Troy State in the semifinals and edged second-seeded Northeastern Illinois in double overtime in the title game.

ECC 1988: As the eighth seed in an eight-team league, the Dutchmen lost to Lafayette in the quarterfinals.

ECC 1987: As the seventh seed, the Dutchmen lost to Lafayette in the quarterfinals.

ECC 1985: As the seventh seed, the Dutchmen upset second-seeded Lafayette in the quarterfinals before falling to sixth-seeded Lehigh in the semifinals.

IN ADDITION: Since joining the NAC/America East in 1994-95, the Dutchmen are 6-2 when playing in an outbracket/opening round game. They won in 1995, 1998 (over Hartford) 2001, 2002, 2009 (over UNC Wilmington) and 2010 (over Georgia State) and lost in 1996 (to Northeastern) and 1998 (to Towson).

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