The notion that “it’s hard to beat a team three times in one season,” has been heard by anyone who’s been interested in team sports for a significant period of time. This saying, of course, is demonstrably false. Thousands of games played at every level conclusively show that when one team beats another in each of their first two meetings, the victor in those games is significantly more likely to win the third game as well.
Add another data point to the sample. No. 6 Hartford pulled the nominal upset on Saturday, but the Hawks’ regular-season sweep of No. 3 Maine proved to be a reliable indicator of how the nightcap would conclude.
How the Hawks got there, however, proved to be completely unpredictable. With Hartford’s primary outside shooters mired in 0-fers, it was time for the big men to go to work. And Genesis Maciel let it fly. (more…)