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Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Indiana Fever clinch top seed in East

The Indiana Fever secured home-court advantage throughout the Eastern Conference portion of the WNBA playoffs with Wednesday's win over Washington.

Indiana is 21-11 with two games remaining while Connecticut is 20-13 meaning that even if the Sun wins Sunday's season finale against New York and Indiana loses its final two games, the teams will finish tied with 21-13 records. Indiana would win the tiebreaker based on a 3-2 record against the Sun this season.

Connecticut could still end up with home-court advantage in the first round but will need either a win over New York on Sunday or an Atlanta loss to Indiana the same day. If Connecticut and Atlanta finish tied, Atlanta would get the home-court edge based on a better record against Eastern Conference teams. Now if New York wins out and Atlanta beats Indiana, there would be a three-way tie for second. The first tiebreaker is head to head among the three teams which New York would win on the basis of taking the season series against Atlanta while the New York/Connecticut and Atlanta/Connecticut series would finish deadlocked 2-2. Then Atlanta would earn the No. 3 seed because of a better Eastern Conference record leaving the Sun to finish fourth and having to play game two and perhaps a deciding third game at Indiana.

Needless to say, it is in Connecticut's best interest to win on Sunday especially considering how poor of a road team the Sun has been this season. Some of the variables could be settled on Friday night when New York plays Indiana. If the Liberty loses that game, it can not earn home-court advantage in the opening round.

While I haven't seen the complete schedule for the games the U.S. national team will play later this month and in early October in Europe, but Uniqa-Euroleasing Sopron will host the U.S. on Oct. 9

When I spoke to UConn and U.S. national team coach Geno Auriemma last week, he said the U.S. will be in Europe from Sep. 26-Oct. 10 so I would have to think the game against Sopron would be the last of the exhibition games the team would be playing.


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