Where: Royal Farms Arena
#8. Elon vs. #9. Drexel
#7. Charleston vs. #10. Delaware
#1. Hofstra vs Drexel/Elon winner (Noon)
#4. James Madison vs. #5 William and Mary (2:30)
#2. UNC Wilmington vs. Charleston/Delaware winner (6:00)
#3 Towson vs. #6. Northeastern (8:30)
The Semifinals will be played Sunday at 1 pm. and 3:30 pm respectively, while the Championship game will be played on Monday night at 7 pm. All the games will be on Comcast SportsNet and NBC Sports Network, so check your local listings.
The top seeded Hofstra Pride 22-8 (14-4) got the top seed based on their wins over #2 seeded UNC Wilmington 22-7 (14-4) during the regular season. But overall, the tournament is as wide open as it’s been in recent years and will probably only garner a single NCAA bid-the winner of this tournament.
Interesting Nugget: William and Mary are the only team in the conference never to make the NCAA tournament.
The home town Tigers earned the #3 seed during the regular season with a 20-11 record overall while posting a respectable 11-7 record during CAA conference play. The Tigers are coached by Pat Skerry, who just received a well-deserved contract extension that will keep him at Towson through the 2021 season. He has 20 wins for the second time in the past three years.
Here are some of players of note that will need to step up for Tigers to earn the automatic NCAA tournament bid by winning the CAA Conference Tournament this weekend:
Junior forward, #24 William Adala-Moto was the 10th leading scorer in the conference this year as he averaged 13.7 points per game to go along with 8.0 rebounds-which placed him 3rd in the conference. Sophomore guard’s Byron Hawkins and Mike Morsell also averaged in double figures, while junior forward John Davis averaged 10.7 points per game.
But if the Tigers are going to make a run this weekend, they will need to rely on their fantastic defense which ranked 2nd in the conference at 66.1 pts giving up per game as they also held conference opponents to a paltry .41% shooting. This will be very important as the Tigers sometimes struggle to score and were the lowest ranked team in the conference at shooting the 3-ball (.32%).