WIAC Basketball Update: Games on January 28

posted by Jimmie Kaska -

While the men's standings stayed mostly the same, an upset on the women's side of the WIAC opened up the conference race heading into the second half of conference play.

Men's Basketball

Weekly Release

D3Hoops.com Top 25 Poll

WIAC Standings

WIAC Schedule / Links

Wednesday, January 25 Results

#5 River Falls 70, Stout 58

#17 Eau Claire 83, Platteville 58

#24 Whitewater 80, Stevens Point 74

Oshkosh 61, La Crosse 55

WIAC Tournament Seeding Update

As of today, the WIAC Tournament would be (1) River Falls, (2) Whitewater, (3) Oshkosh, (4) Eau Claire, (5) Stout, (6) La Crosse. (6) plays at (3) and (5) plays at (4) in the opening round, with the highest seed remaining playing at (2) and the lowest seed remaining playing at (1) in the semifinals. The highest seed hosts the WIAC Championship for an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

*In Men's Basketball, Stevens Point is under a postseason ban, so they won't participate in the WIAC Tournament. However, their season results do count in tie-breaking scenarios.

Whitewater, Oshkosh, Eau Claire, all tied at 4-3

-First tiebreaker is head-to-head among all tied teams. Each team is 1-1 against the other two squads.

-Second tiebreaker is cumulative record against teams higher in the standings. All three are 0-1 vs River Falls.

-Third tiebreaker is record against teams in the standings in descending order of record, so we go to the teams' record against Stevens Point and Stout combined. Whitewater is 2-0 versus those teams, so they become the second seed.

-The tie between Oshkosh and Eau Claire is broken by head-to-head: Oshkosh is 1-0 versus Eau Claire. Oshkosh would be the third seed and Eau Claire the fourth seed.

Stout, Stevens Point tied at 3-4

-First tiebreaker is head-to-head. Stevens Point beat Stout. However, because Stevens Point isn't playing in the WIAC Tournament, Stout is the fifth seed.

Women's Basketball

Weekly Release

D3Hoops.com Top 25 Poll

WIAC Standings

WIAC Schedule / Links

Wednesday, January 25 Results

#15 Oshkosh 51, La Crosse 49

Stevens Point 70, #17 Whitewater 57

Eau Claire 70, Platteville 60

River Falls 70, Stout 68

WIAC Tournament Seeding Update

As of today, the WIAC Tournament would be (1) Whitewater, (2) Oshkosh, (3) Stevens Point, (4) La Crosse, (5) Eau Claire, (6) Platteville. (6) plays at (3) and (5) plays at (4) in the opening round, with the highest seed remaining playing at (2) and the lowest seed remaining playing at (1) in the semifinals. The highest seed hosts the WIAC Championship for an automatic berth into the NCAA Tournament.

Whitewater, Oshkosh tied at 6-1

-The first tiebreaker is head-to-head. Since Whitewater beat Oshkosh, Whitewater is the number one seed and Oshkosh the number two.

Stevens Point, Eau Claire, La Crosse all tied at 4-3

-The first tiebreaker is head to head among all tied teams. Each team is 1-1 against the other tied teams.

-The second tiebreaker is cumulative record against teams higher in the standings. Stevens Point is 1-1 against Oshkosh and Whitewater, while Eau Claire and La Crosse are 0-2. Stevens Point becomes the third seed.

-We go back to head-to-head for the tiebreaker between Eau Claire and La Crosse; La Crosse is 1-0 against Eau Claire, so La Crosse is the fourth seed and Eau Claire the fifth seed.

Men's Basketball at La Crosse (5pm): #24 Whitewater (15-3, 4-3) has now won three in a row, and looks to avenge a conference-opening loss to La Crosse (10-8, 2-5). The Eagles are just 1-5 since that win.

Women's Basketball at Whitewater (3pm): #17 Whitewater (16-2, 6-1) lost to Stevens Point on Wednesday, so they'll be looking to get back on track at home against La Crosse (10-8, 4-3). In the first meeting, Whitewater won in overtime on the road, 65-62.

Men's Basketball at Stevens Point (7pm): #5 River Falls (17-1) went unbeaten in the first go-round in the WIAC, extending their winning streak to 15 games. In the first game against Stevens Point (9-8, 3-4), the Falcons won by one, 69-68.

Women's Basketball at River Falls (3pm): Stevens Point (12-6, 4-3) has been a bit up-and-down this year, but got a big win over conference-leading Whitewater on Wednesday. River Falls (6-12, 1-6) got their first conference win of the year over Stout on Wednesday. Point won the first game handily, 64-48.

Men's Basketball at Oshkosh (5pm): #17 Eau Claire (14-4, 4-3) and Oshkosh (11-7, 4-3) have been a little inconsistent in WIAC play, but can take a big step towards getting a home WIAC Tournament game--or a bye--with a win. Oshkosh won the first contest 70-62.

Women's Basketball at Eau Claire (5pm): #15 Oshkosh (16-2, 6-1) still needs to beat Whitewater in February to claim the top spot in the conference, but got some help when Whitewater lost to Stevens Point. The Titans will have to fend off Eau Claire (10-8, 4-3), currently in a three-team race for two home WIAC Tournament spots. Oshkosh won 77-65 in the earlier meeting.

Men's Basketball at Platteville (7pm): Stout (12-6, 3-4) won the conference opener to snap a 34-game conference losing streak, by defeating Platteville (8-10, 1-6). For the Pioneers, they are just one game out of a WIAC Tournament spot.

You can listen to this game on WMEQ on iHeartRadio in Menomonie and Eau Claire by clicking here -- I will be on the call!

Women's Basketball at Stout (3pm): Stout (5-13, 1-6) has lost six straight since opening up conference play with a win over Platteville (6-12, 2-5). A Platteville win would give the Pioneers potentially a two-game lead with six games to play for the sixth seed over both Stout and River Falls, whereas a Stout win gets them right back into the race for a WIAC Tournament spot.

You can listen to this game on WMEQ on iHeartRadio in Menomonie and Eau Claire by clicking here

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Jimmie Kaska covers high school and college sports for iHeartMedia in Wisconsin and the Midwest. His work is featured on The Big 1070-Madison, The Big 920-Milwaukee, and News/Talk WMEQ-Eau Claire. Read more

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