The Colonial Athletic Conference Tournament kicks off this March 3rd, 2017 with a pair of opening round games. None of which are appealing, but you got the eight seeded Hofstra Pride taking on the tenth seeded Delaware Blue Hens, while the seventh seeded James Madison Dukes battles the tenth seeded Drexel Dragons. The winner of these games await the top two seeded teams.
The CAA is comprised of ten teams, all which qualify for the conference tournament. Obviously, the bottom four teams play each other, while the other six are on a bye. The UNC-Wilmington Seahawks are the top dog this year and the favorite to win the tournament.
The schedule are as follows:
Friday, March 3 (first round), CAA.tv
Game 1: No. 8 Hofstra vs. No. 9 Delaware, 6 p.m.
Game 2: No. 7 JMU vs. No. 10 Drexel, 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 4 (quarterfinals), Comcast SportsNet
Game 3: No. 1 UNCW vs. Game 1 winner, 12 p.m.
Game 4: No. 4 William & Mary vs. No. 5 Elon, 2:30 p.m
Game 5: No. 2 Charleston vs. Game 2 winner, 6 p.m.
Game 6: No. 3 Towson vs. No. 6 Northeastern, 8:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 5 (semifinals), Comcast SportsNet
Game 7: Game 3 winner vs. Game 4 winner, 2 p.m.
Game 8: Game 5 winner vs. Game 6 winner, 4:30 p.m.
Monday, March 6 (championship)
Game 9: Game 7 winner vs. Game 8 winner, 7 p.m., CBSSN
Prediction: This has been a good year for the CAA, as their are definitely a good number of teams that have a shot at winning the conference tournament. However, I’ve got the second seeded College of Charleston Cougars taking it. The Cougars are a solid 23-8 on the season, as well as 14-4 in conference play.
On the season, the Cougars have a few marquee wins to their name. At home, they defeated the Boise St. Broncos and Davidson Wildcats. On the road, perhaps is their biggest win, as they defeated the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks. Also to note, they did try and test themselves against the likes of the Villanova Wildcats (16 point defeat), Wake Forest Demon Deacons (17 point defeat) and UCF Knights (20 point defeat). Obviously all were romping’s, but losing to the current 2nd ranked team in the nation Villanova Wildcats on the road by only 16 points, ain’t that bad.
Anyways, according to Ken Pomeroy, the Cougars are the 86th ranked team. They have the 141st ranked offense and the 59th ranked defense, which is very impressive. There defense is really the reason I’m picking them, as they’ve held opponents under 70 points in 22 of their 31 games played.
The Colonial Athletic Conference Tournament games are taking place in North Charleston, South Carolina. Considering the Cougars play in Charleston, I’d consider this to give them home court advantage in terms of fan support. However, like I said before, this tournament is going to be a grind to win. I really do like the defense of the Cougars, as they have the ability to shut down opponents and always keep games within range. I’m clinging off that, as I got the Cougars roaring into the NCAA Tournament.