If you've been following along with our once-in-a-while-updated series of MUBL posts, you may have picked up on Neate's dominance of the league. Well, he hasn't clinched first place yet, and with one week of play remaining for our teams (minus all of the Canada West players, who have playoff byes), we may have an upset on our hands.
Full results are here.
First, the standings through Week 10 of 11:
1. Sager 54-25-1
2. Pettapiece 46-32-2 (7.5 points behind)
3. Bucholtz 44-32-4 (8.5)
4. Masters 39-40-1 (15.0)
5. Lund 26-50-4 (26.5)
6. Layson 23-53-4 (29.5)
This week's matchups: 1 vs. 2, 3 vs. 6, 4 vs. 5.
With only eight potential points left for each team, it's down to a two-man race, with Neate only needing to win or tie in any one category to take home the first Masters University Basketball League title.
Last week, Keenan Jeppesen's injury really hurt Chris (and by extension myself and Andrew), whose team ended up forfeiting three of the eight categories due to a lack of minutes played and shots taken. Winning any two would have brought Neate's lead down to 6.5, which is marginally more manageable to overcome. But even with a 7-0-1 week from the first-place team, some other guy had a 7-0-1 week of his own to stay level with the Sager Bombs. (I'm allowed to chirp the Big Man on Campus now that he hasn't beaten me again, and because he would be at risk of relegation if we swung that way.)
One wrinkle in Week 11 is the absence of any Canada West players, which hurts your humble narrator a little bit, given that just eight of my roster of 12 are from the other conferences, and two of those eight don't even play this week.
It'll be an interesting finish, and thanks to the inaugural participants for coming out to the draft, frantically searching for a Concordia forward who is still eligible to play, and following along and keeping in touch from November to February.
(If you'd like to participate in Year 2 of the MUBL, send me an e-mail and we'll add you to the waiting list. Yes, there is a waiting list.)