CAA Men’s Basketball Tournament Day 2 – Preview




Drexel vs Hofstra-  Drexel was in a war yesterday with UNCW when Zach Walton hit his only three pointer of the game. That dagger gave Drexel a six point lead with three minutes to go and they went on to win 66-55. Their reward is they play tournament favorite Hofstra.
In game one, Drexel led by eight with ten minutes to go when Hofstra went on a 17-0 run. Drexel also led late in the rematch in Philly until a late 8-0 run by Hofstra gave them the season sweep.
Once again, Joe Mihalich gets the most out of his talent. He has done that for many years. Both teams have leaned heavily on their point guard, for Hofstra it is Desure Buie and of course, Drexel’s Cam Wynter. This is not an overwhelmingly talented Hofstra bunch. Drexel has been close, in both games. Hofstra was red hot down the stretch, but there is a chance the time off slows the momentum. Drexel got back to their early season form in yesterday’s win. Spiker should just hand the ball to Wynter and tell him “go win us the game”. If Hofstra does level off, then it might just happen.
Drexel 76 Hofstra 74
Delaware vs College of Charleston – Delaware began the year like a house on fire. They took Villanova to the wire and got Dylan Painter eligible the following game. Finally Inglesby has a healthy and talented roster, yet this team struggled for consistency in conference play. The same could be said for College of Charleston, With Riller leading on court and Earl Grant leading off, College of Charleston should have had a far better record than they finished the year with. Like Delaware, they were wildly inconsistent.
C of C did beat Delaware in both meetings this year, but I have a hunch that after a super start and getting a major player in Painter eligible, complacency may have set in a bit. Inglesby has worked miracles with far less than this very talented roster. I bet they are ready to fulfill their potential. They remain my pick to win the Colonial.
Delaware 72 C of C 58
Elon vs William and Mary – Marcus Sheffield has led the late season charge by the Phoenix.  He hit a jump shot with three seconds to go, completing a 10-1 run to end the game, giving Elon their only lead and a 63-61 win over hapless JMU. Appropriately and perhaps metaphorically, the coaching staff, “did not return” in time to give his team, the final play. Rowe handled the question of his return with a ton of class and honesty. He needs to be let go. He knows it.
Elon rallied despite the absence of starting forward Simon Wright. Federico Poser replaced him and had a career high 14 points. These two met in their regular season finale. The Tribe led wire to wire but could never shake Elon, winning 86-79.  Thornton Scott, returned from yet another injury and helped hold off Elon in that game, going 6/6 from the foul line in the last minute.
These two opened conference play a way back when with William and Mary also winning, 74-73. I am tired of hearing of what a wonderful year William and Mary had. If the athletic director had done the right thing and allowed Tony Shaver to coach what would have been an absolutely loaded returning roster, the talk would have been about how many games could the Tribe win in the tournament and not that they have a chance to. Elon is young and down a starter. They definitely had some energy sapped in their comeback win. The Tribe should take advantage.
William and Mary 78 Elon 68
Towson vs Northeastern – These two also met in the season finale. Towson got even for the shellacking they took at home, winning at Northeastern 75-72. However, an already short handed Northeastern team was without their star freshman, Tyson Walker. I would think he will be ready to return and with the great Bill Coen handling the coaching, I believe Northeastern will play more like the 61-45 win at Towson. Skerry has once again, done a terrific job at Towson, but I think the conference opener tells a truer story than the season finale.
Northeastern  71 Towson 64



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