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Sunday, November 1, 2020

Sunday Cardinal Couple - A Quiet Weekend

 A Quiet Weekend

The Cardinal Couple Gang has enjoyed the fall season of competition, even with as topsy turvy as it has been here in 2020, but we find ourselves now with nearly a week coming up of no competitions.

ACC Tournament?

So, what's upcoming?  The next event on the schedule is the ACC Field Hockey Tournament, now to be held in Chapel Hill.

Louisville will be the top seed in the tournament, thanks to their 5-1 record in conference games.  The field is not officially set, yet, as Boston College and Wake Forest have a game to play today that will, perhaps, determine some of the seeding.

Boston College presents a question to which I don't have an answer.  If anyone can help find an answer on this, I would appreciate it.  BC comes into today's game with a 0-1 record.  No, that's not a typo, and yes you read it correctly.  Their schedule was suspended for much of the season due to a positive COVID-19 test on the team and contact tracing, with the program just restarting their program in time for today's game.  

The question is, what, specifically, is used to determine seedings in the tournament?  Is it number of wins, number of losses, win percentage, or some other way of processing those numbers?   (Note: there's no chance of any tie-breakers being needed, given the situation here)  Here's the conundrum:  If BC loses today, no big deal as they end up 0-2 and pretty clearly get the 7th and lowest seed in the tournament.  If they win, however, they finish the season with a 1-1 record.  Would they then be seeded 5th above Wake Forest at 1-5, and Duke at 1-4?  Would they, by virtual of finishing the conference slate with a .500 win percentage be ranked 4th above Virginia (2-3, .400)?

The tournament will begin Thursday, on the 5th, with games played on the 5th, 6th, and 8th.  By virtual of Louisville's top seed, they will not be playing on the 5th, so the Cards will next be in action Friday at 1:30pm.  All games from the Tournament will be on the ACC Network.

Women's Soccer will answer a lot of their questions on tournament seedings today with four contests, We know UNC and FSU are the top two seeds. As far as the final six seeds go -- it could come down to tie-breakers and such after today's matches. We think Louisville is in...but where they'll end up depends on the outcomes of the UNC vs. Notre Dame, Duke vs Miami, Clemson vs. FSU, Pitt vs. Wake Forest, Virginia Tech vs. Boston College and Virginia vs. Syracuse contests today.

Sufficiently confused yet? So are we...

Election Day

Some companies are making Election Day, this Tuesday, a day off to encourage and facilitate their employees participation in the election process by voting.  The NCAA has done effectively the same, designating Tuesday a day off for student athletes, to encourage those eligible to vote.  UofL teams have been quite active this year in getting themselves eligible to vote and encouraging other to get registered and to vote.

Cardinal Couple does make an effort to keep overt politics off of these pages, but we do encourage those eligible to participate in the democratic process to the fullest. The old adage of: "If you don't vote, don't complain." has varying degrees of accuracy, but, it's your right, so go acknowledge it! 

Cardinal Couple Radio Hour Podcast

The whole gang was online yesterday again for the Cardinal Couple Radio Hour.  We covered the wrap up of the fall regular season competitions, previewed the Field Hockey Tournament, covered Jeff Walz's presser, and more.

Check it out below.



  1. Wow. This WSOC scenario is crazy. I do hope Lou FH can handle the field in the tournament but you know the old philosophy of wanting to go into post season play on a win streak.

    Nick O.

    1. Indeed. We went through some of it for soccer in the CCRH. I found the process and Case used it to... confirm...if we're reading it all right, that UofL is in.

      Hoping for the best for FH as well. There's a good chance they'll meet UNC again, and beating them again will be a challenge.

  2. Hello Friends!

    It's your old buddy Arthur! I know I've been absent for way-too-long a time, but, my Bea broke her hip, they replaced it and I've been busy with so many things she used to do that I need three of me.

    Fortunately, I brought her home yesterday, a few months of rehab and therapy ahead for her.

    I am so proud of our women's soccer team here at Clemson! WE DO HAVE A VERY TOUGH ONE TODAY at Florida State but no matter how it goes I am so impressed with them and hope they will do well in the ACC tournament.

    I did get a chance to listen to the Walz tele-conference you guys posted and it sounds like the rest of the ACC could be in major trouble with the powerful roster he has accumulated.

    Still being cautious here with the virus and so thankful we haven't gotten sick yet. We hope for better days, but, we're still watching sports and that's a welcome relief.

    Your Friend
    #1 Clemson Fan
    Greer, SC

    1. Absolutely, from all of us at Cardinal Couple and the readership as well. thank you for sharing that good news with us We look forward to your Clemson updates and your life in general updates, so...hearing that Bea is home and starting the road to rehabilitation and recovery is fantastic news!



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