Outcome of tonight's Dominican-NDNU men's hoop contest has major implications
BELMONT, Calif. – When the Dominican University of California Penguins visit the Argos of Notre Dame de Namur University this evening in a Pacific West Conference men's basketball contest, the outcome will reverb throughout the league's standings as teams begin to jockey for playoff positions in the inaugural PacWest Men's Basketball Championship Tournament.
Six of the nine eligible PacWest men's basketball teams will converge on Azusa Pacific University March 7-9 to vie for the league's tournament championship and an automatic berth in the NCAA Division II National Championship.
And while the conference schedule is just hitting its midpoint, a cluster of teams are hovering around the final two seeds creating urgency in every regular-season contest.
At 5-3 in the PacWest, current #5 seed Dominican has an opportunity to solidify its playoff push. A win would help the Penguins improve their march toward the upper echelon of the standings while also giving Dominican a season sweep and tie-breaking advantage vs. NDNU.
But an Argos victory transforms the landscape leaving both teams with four losses. If Academy of Art knocks off Chaminade on Saturday, then four teams with four ticks in the loss column will be entangled for three playoff spots – with a hungry Hawai'i Pacific squad on the fringe ready to pounce.
Wesley White (top photo) leads the Argos in scoring and rebounding, averaging 12.3 points and 7.4 rebounds per contest while shooting 51.4% from the floor.
Devin Golston tops the Penguins in scoring and rebounding, averaging 13.4 points and 5.7 rebounds per outing while shooting 51.2% from the field.