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.