Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Live Look-In: Potential Games on the Pun City Hoops Trip

As you may know, Pun City is heading on a college hoops vacation this March. This blog is taking in the Colonial Athletic Association's tournament, then moving on to see a round of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament, then on to the Atlantic 10's tournament.

Here's what games Pun City would see if the season ended today.

March 2 - Colonial

Noon: 8 Northeastern vs. 9 Georgia State - A former America East team takes on a former Atlantic Sun team in the first CAA game of the tournament.

2:30 PM - 5 George Mason vs. 12 Delaware - George Mason, currently occupying a higher conference standing than 2006 Final Four compadre LSU, will need to win this tournament to have a chance to return to the Final Four.

6:00 PM - 7 William & Mary vs. 10 James Madison - Lots of names here. Not many chances of NIT or NCAA appearances though.

8:30 PM - 6 Towson vs. 11 UNC-Wilmington - The conference's leading scorer (Towson's Gary Neal) faces the defending conference tournament champs, who have since fallen into 2nd-last place in the CAA. UNC-Wilmington does have the cool "Seahawks" nickname going for them.

March 3 - Colonial

Noon - 1 Virginia Commonwealth vs. 8/9 winner - VCU looking very good this year with former Florida assistant Anthony Grant at the helm.

2:30 - 4 Old Dominion vs. 5/12 winner - Last year, led by since-graduated Alex Loughton, ODU went to the Elite 8 of the NIT.

6:00 - 2 Hofstra vs. 7/10 winner - Hofstra was arguably the "last team out" of the 2006 NCAAs. They might need to at least make the CAA final to get an at-large bid this year.

8:30 - 3 Drexel vs. 6/11 winner - The Dragons currently have the 126th-best strength of schedule, which is highest among CAA teams that would have a first-day bye.

March 4 - CAA Semifinals

March 5 - CAA Final (7:00 PM)

March 6 - MEAC

6:30 PM - 8 Coppin State vs. 9 Howard - First of 2 games watching the worst teams from the 2nd-worst conference in the NCAA. Both of these schools have actually made the tournament in the last 10 years though.

9:00 PM - 7 Hampton vs. 10 Bethune Cookman - Hampton is famous for their 15 vs. 2 upset of Iowa State in 2001.

March 7 - 12: Atlantic 10

This blog has gotta get some sleep, but those games will be awesome as well. Hopefully a full-scale preview can be completed for the A10 before next week's regularly-scheduled post. For now, this blog would recommend reading this. Very cool report from Dank on ESPN's College GameDay in Columbus.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Noticing that (at least at this stage of the season) most of the former NCAA Tournament teams aren't doing very well... is there more year to year variation in mid-major conference champions than in major conferences?

- Moike

5:09 AM  
Blogger GoBrewersGo said...

Where are each of these tournaments? I'm too lazy to look that up. Are you flying or driving to the first site?

3:12 PM  
Blogger Cooler Brian said...

1. It depends on the conference. Conferences like C-USA and the WCC have 1 dominant team that is entrenched in that top spot. There are a lot of conferences that are pretty balanced and shuffle leaders every year. The leaders are usually whoever's got the seniors that year.

2. Colonial - Richmond, MEAC - Raleigh, Atlantic 10 - Atlantic City. I'm flying into Richmond and driving from there.

5:32 PM  

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