“If the incumbent 8 seed wins a single game, the series is over and they make the playoffs,” explained Mike D. Sykes II of USA Today. “If they get beaten twice by the 9 seed, then they lose that 8th spot and move into the lottery with the rest of the non-playoff teams.”
So there you have it.
Oh, and whoever loses this tournament and fails to make the actual playoffs will head straight for the lottery. So there’s that.
Now all that’s left is to let the games begin. And what fun they should be.