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Posted: April 4th, 2010
Choose your foe…

Marvin Phillips and the Iowa Energy chose Utah as their first-round opponent in the D-League playoffs.

For the second straight season, the D-League allows its top three seeds to pick their first-round playoff opponent. They pick from teams seeded fifth through eighth.

I love the idea.

As I’ve said before, it puts a lot of pressure on the team picking the foe to deliver because if that team loses? Oh boy. Not good.

It gives the team chosen extra motivation, but a lot of strategy goes into making that pick. The playoffs start later this week.

Let’s look at the first three seeds:

1. Iowa (37-13) chose Utah (28-22). The Energy are 1-0 against the Flash.

2. Rio Grande Valley (34-16) chose Reno (27-22). The Vipers are 3-1 against the Bighorns.

3. Austin (32-18) chose Dakota (29-21). The Toros are 1-1 against the Wizards.

See, Austin had the third and final pick of a playoff opponent. The other option was Tulsa. Although the 66ers (27-22) are an eighth¬†seed, they’re 4-2 against the Toros.

So Austin went with the safer pick and chose Dakota.

That left fourth-seed Sioux Falls (32-18) to take on Tulsa. For the record, the Skyforce are 2-3 against the 66ers, but have won their last two games against them.

Let the playoffs begin.

Austin coach Quin Snyder will lead his third-seeded Toros into their first-round match up against Dakota.


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