2019-20 Chicago Hoops – Week 17 – Playoff Preview (Mar. 08)

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Updated: March 12, 2020

 

In true THE CHI Hoops fashion, the standings weren’t settled until the final day of the 2019-20 regular season. But late Sunday night, the league’s 10 Playoff participants locked into their positions ahead of what should be an entertaining postseason run.

THE CHI Hoops Triple-Elimination Playoff Tournament is a beautiful, beautiful beast — a five-month regular season where each of the 10 teams’ primary objective is to give itself as good of a seed as possible, then five-six frenetic weeks to crown THE CHI Hoops Champion.

We had several players come up with huge performances to close out the 2019-20 regular season slate. Chad Murphy of Team Swish House went off for 55 points to lead all scorers in Week 17. We also saw nine players drop at least 20 points to end their regular season campaigns. More on all of them below.

The question now becomes, will any, some or all these guys be named 2019-20 All Stars or League MVP? We have just about two weeks remaining before All-Star and MVP voting officially ends, so get those votes in before the deadline on Friday, March 27th!

Here’s a Link to VOTE.

REMINDER – The Playoffs are a Triple Elimination Tournament. The 10 teams were seeded based on overall winning percentage with H2H records as the first tiebreaker. Based on this format, we give you your final Playoff seedings for the 2019-20 season;

#1 Wolverines – 15-3
#2 Lakeshore show – 14-4 (Best H2H record amongst teams tied with same record)
#3 Onions – 14-4 (Second best H2H record amongst teams tied with same record)
#4 Team Swish House – 14-4 (Worst H2H record amongst teams tied with same record)
#5 Team Maione – 11-7
#6 Hoop Dreams – 10-8
#7 The Dribbling Seamen – 6-12
#8 Team Reisner – 6-13
#9 New Birth – 3-15
#10 Team Schwartz – 3-16

Here’s a Link to the PLAYOFF BRACKET.

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Playoff Preview

 

Top (zero loss teams):

 

#8 Team Reisner vs. #9 New Birth

Winning team plays #1 Wolverines

#8 Team Reisner closed out their 2019-20 regular season campaign with a tough loss on Sunday evening, losing to #7 The Dribbling Seamen by a final score of 73-62. The loss saw Team Reisner lock up the #8 seed with an overall 6-13 regular season record and will see them start their Playoff journey with a match-up against #9 Team New Birth (3-15) coming up on Sunday. Sam Gage finished with 26 points (12-21 FG), 5 rebounds and 4 assists in his squads defeat to The Dribbling Seamen in Week 17. Gage had his best performance of the season on Sunday night and if he can build on this performance in the Playoffs, he can certainly help his squad make a deep postseason run. Team Reisner and Team New Birth split their two meetings against one another during the regular season. Team Reisner beat Team New Birth back on October 20th by a final score of 69-53 but then had to take a forfeit loss against Team New Birth back on January 19th. Team Reisner will certainly need to be on their A-game come Sunday if they plan on advancing through the top (zero-losses) portion of the bracket with an opportunity to take the court once more on Sunday afternoon against #1 Wolverines (15-3).

#9 Team New Birth wrapped up their regular season schedule on Sunday afternoon with two tough losses to #2 Team Swish House and #1 Team Wolverines. The two losses on Sunday push Team New Birth’s losing streak to six games heading into the 2019-20 postseason. As a result of the two losses on Sunday, Team New Birth start their 2019-20 Playoff journey with a match-up against #9 Team Reisner in the Opening Round game coming up on Sunday. Captain Cannan Blair had his best performance of the season in their first contest of the day, finishing with a season-high 28 points (13-18 FG), 8 rebounds and an assist. Unfortunately for Team New Birth, it wasn’t nearly enough as they got blown out in this game by a final score of 120-71. Team New Birth couldn’t dwell on this loss for too long as they needed to step right back onto the court and tip-off against #1 Team Wolverines. By the final score of 63-60, Team New Birth let this contest get away from them in what could have been one of the biggest upsets of the regular season. The squads leading scorer (minimum 6 games played) during the regular season, Sherman Carter, stepped up once again in this contest and led the way for Team New Birth, finishing with 18 points (8-16 FG), 8 rebounds and 8 assists. Team New Birth will need Carter along with Captain Blair to continue stepping up big in the upcoming triple elimination Playoff tournament if they have any hopes of making a serious run. Team New Birth’s first test will be an opening round game against #8 Team Reisner (6-13). Team New Birth and Team New Reisner split their two meetings against one another during the regular season. Team New Birth lost to Team Reisner back on October 20th by a final score of 69-53 but then recorded a forfeit W against Team New Reisner back on January 19th. Winner of this contest will step right back onto the court once more on Sunday afternoon with a match-up against #1 Wolverines (15-3).

 

#1 Wolverines vs. Winner of #8 Team Reisner/#9 New Birth

#1 Team Wolverines locked up the overall #1 seed for the 2019-20 Playoffs with a huge Week 17 victory over #9 Team New Birth. The win makes it seven in a row for Team Wolverines and sees them end their regular season campaign with an overall 15-3 record. They lock up the #1 overall seed for the first time in their team history and will head into the 2019-20 postseason and the favorites to bring home the title for a third consecutive season. All-Star and MVP candidate Bryant Orange finished this Week 17 contest with 18 points (8-23 FG), 7 rebounds and 4 assists during Sunday’s 63-60 victory over Team New Birth. Orange put in another stellar performance Sunday, leading Team Wolverines to a crucial victory over Team New Birth that ultimately locked his squad into the overall #1 seed. Team Wolverines first test of the 2019-20 postseason will be a match-up against the Winner of the #8 Team Reisner (6-13)/#9 New Birth (3-15) game. During the regular season, Team Wolverines went 2-0 against #8 Team Reisner and won their only regular season match-up against #9 Team New Birth on Sunday. Team Wolverines will enter this game as heavy favorites against either one of these squads but certainly should not take either of them lightly. One of these squads will enter this match-up coming off a Win and lots of momentum on their side. Team Wolverines will need to slow them down and tire them out if they plan on securing the victory and moving along the top portion (zero losses) of the bracket.

 

#7 The Dribbling Seamen vs. #10 Team Schwartz

Winning team plays #2 Lakeshore show

#7 The Dribbling Seamen closed out their 2019-20 regular season campaign with a huge victory on Sunday evening, beating #8 Team Reisner by a final score of 73-62. The victory snapped a brief two-game losing streak and helped The Dribbling Seamen propel themselves into the #7 seed heading into the 2019-20 postseason with an overall 6-12 regular season record. The squads top-3 scorers during the regular season (minimum 6 games played), Andrew Bargmann, Matt Clark and All-Star/MVP candidate Captain Robert Mischler all produced nice performances on Sunday evening, finishing with a combined 58 points (23-41), 13 rebounds and 7 assists to help their squad secure the #7 overall seed. The first test for #7 The Dribbling Seamen of the 2019-20 postseason will be an opening round game against #10 Team Schwartz (3-16). The Dribbling Seamen and Team Schwartz had two meetings with one another during the regular season. The Dribbling Seamen took the first contest between these two via forfeit back on October 13th before recording a blowout victory by the final score of 91-61 back on January 12th. Winner of this match-up will step right back onto the court on Sunday and take on #2 Team Lakeshore show (14-4).

#10 Team Schwartz wrapped up their regular season schedule on Sunday afternoon by recording a forfeit victory over Team Bucket SZN. The win makes it two out of their last three games and sees them enter the 2019-20 postseason with the overall #10 seed. They’ll open their 2019-20 postseason campaign with an opening round match-up against #7 The Dribbling Seamen coming up on Sunday afternoon. All-Star and MVP candidate Jermaine Johnson will lead this squad into the postseason with regular season averages of 22 PPG, 8.5 RPG and 4.5 APG. Johnson’s 46.3% shooting from the floor underscores how much trouble he had finding the net during the regular season, but the combination of sheer volume and a strong showing in other categories has helped him become one of the most versatile players in THE CHI Hoops league. The veteran continues to be the most valuable asset for Team Schwartz and this squad will go as far as he takes them in this upcoming postseason. Team Schwartz’s first test will be an extremely tough opening round game against #7 The Dribbling Seamen (6-12). These squads had two meetings with one another during the regular season with Team Schwartz dropping both contests. Winner of this match-up will step right back onto the court on Sunday and take on #2 Team Lakeshore show (14-4).

 

#2 Lakeshore show vs. Winner of #7 The Dribbling Seamen/#10 Team Schwartz

#2 Team Lakeshore show will enter the 2019-20 season as the overall #2 seed, even after suffering their second consecutive defeat on Sunday afternoon, losing to #3 Team Onions in the Week 17 Game of the Week by the final score of 63-52. #2 Team Lakeshore show finished tied with #3 Team Onions and #4 Team Swish House with an identical regular season record (14-4) but finish ahead of both squads in terms of seeding based on their overall H2H record (3-1) against these two teams. Veteran Brad Kruse led the way for #2 Team Lakeshore show in their disappointing loss to #3 Team Onions on Sunday, finishing with a team-high 21 points (10-14 FG), 6 rebounds and 2 assists. Defending league MVP Eric Porter struggled to get anything going in this contest, finishing with his lowest scoring total since Week 9, finishing with 14 points (6-13 FG). Team Lakeshore show will now enter the 2019-20 postseason on a little two-game losing streak and will need to take on the winner of the opening round game against #7 The Dribbling Seamen vs. #10 Team Schwartz. #2 Team Lakeshore show will enter this game as heavy favorites against either one of these squads but certainly should not take either of them lightly. One of these squads will enter this match-up coming off a Win and lots of momentum on their side. Team Lakeshore show will need to slow them down and get back to the basics if they plan on securing the victory and moving along the top portion (zero losses) of the bracket.

 

#3 Team Onions vs. #6 Hoop Dreams

#3 Team Onions locked up the overall #3 seed for the second consecutive season following their huge 63-52 Week 17 Game of the Week victory over #2 Team Lakeshore show. The win makes it six in a row for #3 Team Onions and will head into the 2019-20 postseason with the second longest winning streak in the league. #3 Team Onions finished tied with #2 Team Lakeshore show and #4 Team Swish House with an identical regular season record (14-4) but finish behind #2 Team Lakeshore show and ahead of #4 Team Swish House in terms of seeding based on their overall H2H record (2-1) against these two teams. Three different players recorded double digit scoring efforts in their Week 17 victory, with All-Star/MVP candidate Ryan Coyle leading the charge with 22 points (10-14 FG), 12 rebounds and an assist. Dan O’Brian and Mike Marietti combined for 24 points (10-18 FG), 8 rebounds and 3 assists to help #3 Team Onions secure another top-3 playoff seed. Team Onions will begin their 2019-20 postseason with a very difficult match-up against #6 Team Hoop Dreams (10-8). These two squads only met once during the regular season back on January 5th with Team Onions taking a disappointing 77-65 defeat. Team Onions will enter Sunday’s match-up as slight favorites, but the way #6 Team Hoop dreams have been playing over the course of the last two months, they should not take these guys lightly.

#6 Team Hoop Dreams wrapped up their regular season schedule on Sunday afternoon with a heartbreaking loss to #5 Team Maione by a final score of 80-70. The loss snapped a four-game winning steak and sees Team Hoops Dreams finish their inaugural THE CHI Hoops campaign with an overall 10-8 regular season record. All-Star and MVP candidate Max Bielfeldt poured in a team-high 29 points (12-24 FG), while adding 5 rebounds and an assist during Sunday’s 80-70 loss to #6 Team Maione. Bielfeldt finishes as the 2019-20 regular season scoring champion (minimum 6 games played), averaging 32.4 PPG. Congratulations Mr. Bielfeldt! Kevin Sexton and James Webb had nice nights on the floor in this contest, finishing with a combined 29 points (11-24 FG) 6 rebounds and 8 assists. Unfortunately, it just wasn’t enough to get past a determined Team Maione squad. With this Week 17 loss, #6 Team Hoop Dreams begin their 2019-20 Playoff campaign with an extremely tough match-up against #3 Team Onions (14-4). These two squads only met once during the regular season back on January 5th with Team Hoops Dreams recording a convincing 77-65 victory. Team Hoop Dreams will enter Sunday’s match-up as slight underdogs, but the way they have been playing over the course of the last two months, this is squad that can certainly make a deep run in this year’s postseason.

 

#4 Team Swish House vs. #5 Team Maione

#4 Team Swish House locked up the overall #4 seed following their huge 120-71 blowout victory over #9 Team New Birth on Sunday afternoon. The win makes it two in a row for #4 Team Swish House and they now have some momentum heading into their postseason campaign. #4 Team Swish House finished tied with #2 Team Lakeshore show and #3 Team Onions with an identical regular season record (14-4) but finish behind both #2 Team Lakeshore show and #3 Team Onions in terms of seeding based on their overall H2H record (0-3) against these two teams. Chad Murphy produced a monster performance for Team Swish House in this contest, finishing with a career high 55 points (18-26 FG) to go along with 6 rebounds and 3 assists. The 55 points was the highest individual scoring total by any player this season! All-Star and MVP candidate Cory Starkey also had a nice overall game on Sunday afternoon, dropping 22 points (10-11 FG), while hauling down 11 rebounds and dishing out 3 assists. #4 Team Swish House will need big performances from Chad, Cory and the rest of the Team Swish House crew if they plan on getting past a very good and experienced #5 Team Maione squad (11-7). These two squads paired up twice during the regular season with Team Swish House recording victories in both contests. These two squads have gotten to know one another very well over the years and it would not surprise any of us to see either of these squads’ advance.

#5 Team Maione closed out their 2019-20 regular season campaign with an emphatic victory on Sunday evening, cruising past #6 Team Hoop Dreams by a final score of 80-70. It was a very nice bounce back victory following their recent three game losing skid. The win wrapped up the #5 seed for Team Maione with an overall 11-7 regular season record. All-Star and MVP candidate Tellef Lundevall poured in 41 points (17-22 FG) while adding 9 rebounds and 4 assists during Sunday’s 10-point victory over #6 Team Hoop Dreams. Lundevall went nuts on Sunday, dropping a team and season-high 41 points on a very efficient 77% shooting from the field. Lundevall has been dominant this season when he’s taken the floor, finishing the regular season with 18.8 PPG, 8.6 RPG and 3.4 APG. Team Maione cruised through the Playoffs the last two seasons as the #7 and #9 seeds and will get an opportunity to make their way back into the Championship game(s) for the third consecutive season with the overall #5 seed. #5 Team Maione will need big performances from Tellef and the rest of the Team Maione crew if they plan on getting past a very good and experienced #4 Team Swish House squad (14-4). These two teams paired up twice during the regular season with Team Maione suffering defeats in both contests. These two squads have gotten to know one another very well over the years and it would not surprise any of us to see either of these squads’ advance on Sunday evening.

 

That’s it for the Playoff Preview! Good luck to everyone on Sunday! Please don’t forget to get in your All-Star VOTES!

-Marko