CAA Tournament Preview – Semi Finals

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A word about song choice. I try to come up with a song that relates to the game or the times. Yesterday, Wild World was obvious. Where Did you Sleep last Night is an old blues song, originally done by Leadbelly and resurrected by Nirvana. I feel the blues is appropriate for today. This version is bloody brilliant. Hope you enjoy.

 

Hofstra vs Elon – Hofstra rallied from an early second half deficit and pulled away late to beat Delaware, 83-75. Jalen Ray had a career high 34 to lead Hofstra. Farrelly tweaked the zone to “guard their actions better”, but Inglesby is excellent and would find a counter.

Delaware had struggled with Covid. They had practiced very little leading to tournament. They “ran out of gas” and got lost a bit defensively and did not run their stuff with as much precision as the game got away. I would tend to believe it was more fatigue both physical and mental that allowed for Hofstra to get away from the luckless Hens.

Elon rallied from 15 down to catch JMU and eliminate the CAA’s top seed, who was without their main man Matt Lewis. Hunter McIntosh had 24 points and 9 rebounds to lead the Phoenix from the ashes. (Good grief Boston, seriously?!)  It was an old fashioned three point play followed by a technical foul on JMU with a little over a minute to go that allowed Elon to finally wrestle the lead away. Mike Schrage decided to switch Simon Wright to the five to space the floor better, allowing better driving lanes for his athletic guards. The Five Out look worked, as Wright hit enough triples to make it work.

Hofstra and Elon did not meet during the short regular season. The question that needs to be answered, “Is the coaching mismatch enough to overcome the talent edge enjoyed by Hofstra?” Well, anyone that has read or listened to my nonsense over the years, knows the answer to that.

Phoenix 76 – Dutchmen 74

 

Northeastern vs Drexel – Northeastern overcame rust and the loss of two starters to overwhelm outmanned William and Mary in an impressive second half display. The Huskies got a huge game from the oft injured Notre Dame transfer Chris Doherty. Bill Coen also inserted freshman Conner Braun who made his collegiate debut here in the CAA Tournament. He had missed regular season with ankle injury. Others stepped up to overcome the missing Shaq Walters who will miss the tournament, and Jason Strong, who Coen said could play some today.

No matter, Northeastern has Bill Coen and Tyson Walker. Not much else matters. Drexel shot the lights out, ran out to a big lead and held on down the stretch, making two foul shots with three seconds left to get the cover. Drexel has flashed brilliance of late. Yesterday’s game was one of their best. However, College of Charleston was another rusty team and the talent at Charleston sans Galloway is lacking.

Bill Coen and Northeastern, even down a key cog, is an entirely different animal than the Cougars were. Drexel will likely be the favorite, but the words “Do not fuck with Bill Coen” are still relevant.

Huskies 78 – Dragons 72

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