Making sense of the Toros playoff chase

The Austin Toros are chasing down a playoff spot, and a lot can happen in such a short time for the squad.

After the Sioux Falls Skyforce defeated the Texas Legends on Wednesday night, here is how the current playoff chase is shaking up for the Toros and the other teams in the playoff hunt:

The (Rio Grande Valley) Vipers clinched the berth when the Sioux Falls Skyforce beat the Texas Legends 99-96 in overtime Wednesday night. This guaranteed that the Legends couldn’t catch the Vipers in the standings. Three teams can finish tied with the Vipers if the Vipers lose out and they win out — the Fort Wayne Mad Ants, Austin Toros and Idaho Stampede. The Toros and Stampede have two games left against each other, meaning that only one of them can win out to catch the Vipers. Should the Vipers, Mad Ants and Toros all finish 28-22, the Toros will clinch the No. 7 seed by virtue of taking the aggregate head-to-head series with the Vipers and Mad Ants 6-to-4. The Vipers would then clinch the No. 8 seed by virtue of winning the head-to-head series with the Mad Ants, 1-0. Should the Vipers, Mad Ants and Stampede all finish 28-22, the Stampede will clinch the No. 7 seed by virtue of taking the aggregate head-to-head series with the Vipers and Mad Ants 3-1. The Vipers would then clinch the No. 8 seed by virtue of winning the head-to-head series with the Mad Ants, 1-0.

If only the Mad Ants win out and the Vipers lose out, the Vipers would finish as the No. 7 seed. If only the Stampede or Toros win out and the Vipers lose out, the Vipers would finish as the No. 8 seed.

Clear as mud isn’t it?

The Toros will next face the Vipers on the road this Friday at 7 P.M.