Breaking down the MBL Playoff field

Just over two dozen teams tipped off the 2019 Midwest Basketball League season in April with aspirations of a league championship in mind. Three months later, the field has now been set for the postseason tournament to crown a champion. To understand where everything stands as the playoffs begin, let’s break down what every team in the field is playing for, and how things stack up in each division.

Each of the league’s three divisions will compete in a single-elimination tournament to narrow the field. The three division champions, from the east, west and south will automatically qualify for the MBL Final Four July 20 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. A fourth “at-large” team will also be selected to compete in Fort Wayne as well. The winners of the two Final Four games will advance and play for the league championship on July 21.

In the MBL West, the top seven teams in the nine team division have made the field. Several playoff seeds were yet to be decided until the final day of the regular season. The top seed goes to the Cedar Valley CourtKings, who completed their second straight 15-1 season. With seven teams in the West bracket, the Kings will receive a first round bye in the West Semifinal Round on July 7. There they will take on the winner of the fourth-seeded Green Bay Area Titans (8-8) and the fifth-seeded and defending MBL champions T.C. Elite (8-8). Elsewhere in the West, the third-seeded Iowa Elite Pro (11-5) will host the sixth-seeded Minnesota Lakers (8-8), and the second-seeded Eagan Bulldogs (12-4) will take on the seventh-seeded Minnesota Broncos (7-9). 

Moving east, eight of the eleven teams in the MBL East have qualified for postseason play. Much of the upper half of the division has been hotly contested during the final weeks of the regular season. The Fort Wayne Vision (12-2) hold the top spot as they look to win their first MBL title after playing in the previous two MBL championship games. The Vision will host the eighth-seeded Indiana Dream (5-7) in the opening round on July 6, and take on the winner of the fourth-seeded Springfield Panthers (6-5) and the fifth-seeded Fort Wayne Bubba Ballers (7-6) on July 7. On the bottom half of the East Division bracket, the Chicago Knights (11-2) take the second seed, matching up with the seventh-seeded Central Indiana Crusaders (5-8). The winner of this first round game will take on the winner of the third-seeded Chicago Fury (9-3) and the sixth-seeded Chicago Legends (5-9).

While the East and West divisions concluded their regular seasons, the new MBL South held their playoffs to determine their division championship in the last three weeks. In the opening round that saw the top four teams in the five team division compete, the top-seeded Dallas Kings took down the fourth-seeded Fort Worth Foxes by a final score of 115-82. In the other semifinal, the third-seeded Questlife Warriors upset the second-seeded Texas Revelation 125-115 to set up an exciting South Division championship game. In that meeting to punch a ticket to the MBL Final Four, it was Dallas (8-1) who prevailed in a tight 110-107 win to advance to Fort Wayne and continue their quest for a championship.

Listed below are the full playoff brackets by division.

Doors to the Cedar Valley SportsPlex will open at 6:00PM for the CourtKings playoff opener on July 7 at 7:00PM. Tickets are available for purchase at the door upon entry at the games, or online at Fans can experience our new courtside seating for $20 for a single game or all eight home games for $99. Adults single game tickets cost $10, while season tickets run for $59. Youth and college students can purchase single game tickets for $5, season tickets for $30, or youth/college student courtside seating for $15.

As the postseason begins, fans can catch the online radio call of all CourtKing playoff games with the voice of the CourtKings John Leo on the Cedar Valley Sports Network by clicking to listen.

Be sure to follow the CourtKings on social media on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @CVCourtKings for updates and news regarding the playoffs.

2019 MBL Playoffs Bracket

West Division

East Division

South Division

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