BUCS | Provisional 2017/18 Playoff Seedings and Matchups

DISCLAIMER: These standings, seedings and fixtures are not and should not be considered in any way official. Only BUCS/BAFA will be able to confirm final postseason seedings for the BUCS 2017/18 season.

These standings, seedings and Round One Postseason fixtures represent DC’s best determination of who’s made it to the postseason and in what spot.

There’s a fair chance something’s slipped through, so if you want a 100% certainty of who’s where in the playoffs? Wait for BUCS to announce the schedule sometime in the next couple of days… But in the meantime, let’s take a look at whose season extends beyond this weekend!

Premiership National Playoffs

We’ll kick things off in the top tier, where it’s fairly simple.

Seeding is determined by the placement of each team in their respective conference.

  • Teams placed first in each conference are seeded #1 and #2.
  • Teams placed second in each conference are seeded #3 and #4.
  • Teams in third place in each conference are seeded #5 and #6
  • And teams placed fourth are seeded #7 and #8.

The tiebreakers noted above will determine seedings between inter-conference opposition with the first round of postseason balling always featuring inter-conference fixtures.

Therefore, as things currently stand the playoff seedings would look as follows:

A: North #1 vs South #4
Durham Saints (8-0) vs Portsmouth Destroyers (2-5)
B: South #1 vs North #4
Birmingham Lions (7-1)  vs Derby Braves (3-5)
C: North #2 vs South #3
Stirling Clansmen (4-4) vs  Swansea Titans (4-3)
D: South #2 vs North #3
Hertfordshire Hurricanes (6-2)  vs Leeds Beckett Carnegie (4-4)

Division One North

Division One’s a tad more complicated. Firstly it’s split into two regional championships – North and South. There are eight contenders spread across three conferences in each region – three first-place teams, three second-place teams, and the top two third-place teams.

The eight playoff berths for each region (North/South) are determined and seeded as follows.

  • Teams placed first in each conference are seeded #1, #2, #3.
  • Teams placed second in each conference are seeded #4, #5, #6.
  • The two third-place teams with the best record from across the three conferences are seeded #7, #8.

In cases where teams have the same number of BUCS points (two per win), tiebreakers are as follows:

The 1A North has made this all extra complicated with a three-way tie at 5-3 at the top of the table. When this happens, BUCS REG 9.9.5 kicks in:

REG 9.9.5  Where more than two teams are tied on points, a table shall be formed to calculate the higher placed team from the results between the relevant teams.”

This gives us:

  • Edinburgh Napier 6pts
  • Northumbria Mustangs 4pts
  • Hull Sharks 2pts

Fixtures for each round will see the highest seed play the lowest.

This leaves us, we believe, with the seedings and fixtures as follows:

#1 – Nottingham (8-0, 6.62 papg) v #8 – Sheffield Hallam Warriors (4-4, 12.0 papg)
#2 – UCLAN Rams  (6-2, 14.62 papg) v #7 – Hull Sharks (5-3, 14.5 papg)
#3 – Edinburgh Napier Knights (5-3, 7.38 papg) v #6 – Sheffield Sabres (5-3, 18.0)
 #4 – NTU Renegades (6-2, 9.57 papg)v #5 – Northumbria Mustangs (5-3, 12.5)

Division One South

As above, so below. Same formula and regs in the South as in the North gives us the following seedings and fixtures:

N.B. We originally published with Cardiff’s Points Conceded total wrong. Have amended and it’s switched Cardiff and Reading’s seeding.

N.B. Kingston have since been awarded a walkover win against Reading. This moved them into the #2 seeding. Further, at present this is being listed as a voluntary walkover, including a 2 point forfeiture of points for Reading. Per BUCS Reg 9.9.1 Canterbury Chargers would become the #8 seed. 

#1 – Kent Falcons (8-0, 4.25 papg) v #8 – Canterbury Chargers (3-5, 14.38) or Reading Knights (4-4*, 14.14 papg)
#2 –Kingston Cougars* (7-1, 8.66 papg) v #7 – Cardiff Cobras (4-4, 15.63)
#3 – UWE Bullets* (7-1, 8.75 papg) v #6 – Plymouth Blitz (6-2, 18.0 papg)
#4 – UEA Pirates (6-2, 6.0 papg) v #5 – Brunel Burners (6-2, 6.88 papg)

*BUCS.org displays Reading with an adjusted points total of 6 following their awarded loss against Kingston.


Division Two North

Division Two works the same way as Division One, so if you’ve read the info above? You can skip this bit. Firstly it’s split into two regional championships – North and South. There’s eight contenders spread across three conferences in each region – three first place teams, three second place teams, and the top two third place teams.

The eight playoff berths for each region (north/south) are determined and seeded as follows.

  • Teams placed first in each conference are seeded #1, #2, #3.
  • Teams placed second in each conference are seeded #4, #5, #6.
  • The two third-place teams with the best record from across the three conferences are seeded #7, #8.

In cases where teams have the same number of BUCS points (two per win), tiebreakers are as follows:

Fixtures for each round will see the highest seed play the lowest.

This leaves us, we believe, with the seedings and fixtures as follows:

#1 – Manchester Tyrants (7-0, 3.86 papg) v #8 – Liverpool Raptors (5-2, 12.28 papg)
#2 – Newcastle Raiders (7-0, 4.0 papg) v #7 – Edinburgh Predators (5-2, 8.6 papg)
#3 – Coventry Jets (5-0, 2.4 papg) v #6 – #6 – Huddersfield Hawks (4-1, 13.4 papg)
#4 – Bangor Muddogs (6-1, 10.0 papg) v #5 – Teesside Cougars (6-1, 22.5 papg)

Division Two South

Using the same criteria as above… So many crucial fixtures on the final day in the south!

#1 – QMBL Vipers (7-1, 15.0 papg) v #8 – Essex Blades (4-4, 9.63)
#2 – Brighton Panthers (6-0, 2.8 papg) v #7 – Gloucestershire Gladiators (4-2, 7.33 papg)
#3 – Southampton Stags (6-0, 8.33 papg) v #6 – KCL Regents (4-1-1, 9.2 papg)
#4 – OBU Panthers (5-1, 7.67 papg) v  #5 – UEL Phoenix (5-3, 9.25 papg)

Please remember

None of this is official. We’re not even gonna tell you it’s 100% accurate – so if you spot any mistakes, let us know!

Expect the official fixtures to be with you in the next couple of days and in the meantime congrats to all those who made the cut!

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