As John showed yesterday, the CAA Tournament is up for grabs. Thanks to a balanced league with four co-champions, as well as the CAA’s neutral-site format, nobody won more than 26% of the 10,000 simulations, and six teams had at least a 10% chance of making the finals. Here’s the case for each of the top six seeds — and the others — heading into this evening’s first round. Continue reading
The CAA tourney is a showcase for the league. Fans from throughout the eastern seaboard are going to be heading to Richmond, VA with the hopes that their team can make a run through the tourney, which starts with a first round on Friday and claim the league’s automatic berth. At least two teams, VCU and Drexel, are hoping that a run to even the finals of the tournament could mean an at-large berth into the NCAA tournament.
If you want to see teams that went winless for a while or are winless, well then Long Island is the place to be tonight. Binghamton comes to Stony Brook and Hofstra hosts Towson. Even though Towson beat UNC-Wilmington last Saturday, most of what I said here about the two teams still applies. A couple good Towson Twitter follows, in case you need them are: @TowsonTigerZone and @TowsonTV_Damon. If I were you, I’d also follow the Press & Sun-Bulletin’s Lynn Worth (@psblynn) for all your news about the winless Bearcats. Here’s his preview of the game. Also, Unranked AE wrote way more about the SBU-Binghamton game than I did, so check that out!
The number of undefeated teams is down to just one thanks to Syracuse’s loss to Notre Dame on Saturday, but the number of winless teams is still holding steady at two. Binghamton and Towson can’t find a way to get a conference win in America East or the CAA respectively and it’s starting to become time to worry. Ken Pomeroy now gives the Tigers a greater than 50% chance of going winless during the regular season. Let’s dive a little deeper into both of these teams.
There’s been a lot of doom and gloom about VCU this season. The Rams are suffering from a “Final Four hangover” if you listen to the typical pundit, so of course they’re 9-3 (1-0 in the CAA) and are ranked 48th in Pomeroy. Nope, Shaka Smart has his team right where he wants them as they enter conference play. Also, the CAA is down this season. It’s a one-bid league probably. Thus, who finishes first in conference play, which starts back up January 2, is even more important.