The Colonial Athletic Association is a funny league this year. It has four teams who finished the regular season between No. 75 and 100 in Ken Pomeroy's national rating, but none who placed higher than that. It also has just two teams outside the top 160 – a poor, Damion Lee-less Drexel and similarly abysmal Delaware.
But the top of the CAA is tightly grouped and looks fairly open for the league tournament. Hofstra and UNC Wilmington tied atop the standings at 14-4, with James Madison, William & Mary and Towson all following up at 11-5. It wouldn't be at all surprising for the Dukes to make a charge, and perhaps William & Mary or Towson could make waves, too.
Hofstra, the top seed based on a tiebreaker over UNC Wilmington, is especially intriguing this month. The Pride are a tough opponent to walk over, because they keep teams off the foul line (at a top-10 rate nationally), can shoot a little bit and don't cough up many turnovers. They beat Florida State in November and have had some success against the top of the CAA and Atlantic 10 teams like St. Bonaventure.
Each of the 10 Colonial teams qualifies for the tournament. The bottom four seeds are split up into two play-in games before the quarterfinals, where the winners round out the final eight with the top six seeds. It's a relatively even playing field, save for the teams that need to play an extra game. All games take place at the Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.
2. UNC Wilmington
4. James Madison
5. William & Mary
See a complete printable bracket here.
Schedule and Results (all times Eastern)
Friday, March 4 (First Round)
Game 1: No. 9 Drexel 57, No. 8 Elon 56
Game 2: No. 7 Charleston 67, No. 10 Delaware 63
Saturday, March 5 (Quarterfinals)
Game 3: No. 1 Hofstra 80, No. 9 Drexel 67
Game 4: No. 5 William & Mary 79, No. 4 James Madison 64
Game 5: No. 2 UNC Wilmington 66, No. 7 Charleston 64
Game 6: No. 6 Northeastern 71, No. 3 Towson 60
Sunday, March 6 (Semifinals)
Game 7: No. 1 Hofstra 70, No. 5 William & Mary 67
Game 8: No. 2 UNC Wilmington 73, No. 6 Northeastern 70
Monday, March 7 (Championship)
Game 9: No. 2 UNC Wilmington 80, No. 1 Hofstra 73