It could be “the” night and those who can’t make it to the Spiro Center can follow the action live on ESPN3.
Wagner is one victory away from clinching the 2015-16 #NECMBB regular season crown and the league has pegged the Seahawks’ next contest as the league’s feature “Wildcard Matchup” on ESPN3 and WatchESPN.
It’ll be Saint Francis U at Wagner on Thursday, February 25 at 7:00 pm ET. The contest will close out the regular season portion of the #NECMBB on ESPN3 schedule.
The Seahawks (11-5) enter the final weekend of regular season play owning a 1.0-game lead over both Sacred Heart (10-6) and Mount St. Mary’s (10-6) in the NEC standings. Guaranteed to triumphantly emerge from any possible ties, Wagner needs only one more victory to sew up the top seed, and the home-court advantage that comes with it, in the upcoming NEC Tournament.
Thursday’s featured affair is rather meaningful for visiting Saint Francis U, too.
The Red Flash have secured a spot in the NEC Tournament, but sit in a three-way deadlock for fourth place. A fourth-place finish or better means Saint Francis would earn the right to host NEC quarterfinal round contest. With a win on Thursday over Wagner coupled with a win on Saturday, SFU would guarantee itself a postseason home game.
Saint Francis U is responsible for one of Wagner’s five league losses. The Red Flash grounded the Seahawks, 73-65, in the conference opener back on January 2 in Loretto. Five different Flash, including two bench players, scored in double figures that day.
In terms of where these two teams rank on the NEC statistical team leader board…
Wagner leads the league in scoring defense (64.3), free throw percentage (.724), field goal percentage defense (.409) and rebounding margin (+6.9/g). Saint Francis U is the NEC’s top three-point shooting team, connecting at 36.6 percent from downtown.