Although the Genesee Community College men's basketball team finished with identical conference records with Erie Community College, the Kats won the tie-breaker by virtue of head-to-head competition with a 2-1 edge in the season's three-game series.
Genesee took the first matchup in Buffalo, 81-70 in November. The Kats rebounded by taking the last two by scores of 96-93 and 110-70 with the teams last meeting less than a month ago on Feb. 14. and by virue took the second seed in the tournament with the Cougars being the third.
What makes the Kats such a mystery is their conference statistics. While leading the conference in points-per-game with 88.1, they also have the poorest conference shooting percentage from the floor at 42.8 percent. The teams are almost dead-even in three percentages at 34.3 and 34.2.
Helping to understand the discrepancies may lie with rebounding where Erie is not only tops, but has a considerable edge over all the other conference teams when it comes to offensive rebounds with 18.7 per-game.
Although the game may end up a high-scoring contest with the conference's No. 1 and No. 2 teams in scoring (conference points-per-game) going against one another, the difference may come from the free-throw line where the Cougars have a 10-percent edge at 77-67 percent.
The winner advances to the region championship game tomorrow against the Niagara County Community College/Monroe Community College winner later today.