CAA Tournament – Sunday Preview

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William and Mary vs UNCW – UNCW was the class of the league from start to finish. They ran roughshod over the league, until they went to Williamsburg. They slaughtered William and Mary in Wilmington 101-77. That all changed when they caught Coach Shaver’s crew getting the hang of things. William and Mary 96 UNCW 78 was the final. Now comes the all important tiebreaker.

UNCW won rather comfortably today, beating upstart Delaware 91-82. UNCW led by 20, until Inglesby went small, spread UNCW out. Delaware got what they wanted, got it to single digits, too little, too late. It was as expected, an easy win for UNCW. I must give props to Martin Inglesby, who tried everything. His team was overmatched. They were down 20. They got back into the game. They fought. They did so the entire year. I hope he can get some talent to come to Delaware. If so they will be relevant again.

William and Mary was up 1 with the ball with 40 seconds to go when the ball got poked away from Daniel Dixon. Jack Whitman got the 50/50 ball, fed Omar Prewitt, who hit a 3 pointer. That shot put William and Mary up 4 with 33 seconds to go. Game over.

Here is what Shaver said about UNCW:

“You know what Wilmington’s going to do, so it doesn’t take great preparation,” Shaver said. “It takes a great effort to beat them, but they’re fairly simple in what they do and they do it really, really well.

“If you’re going to be a champ, you have to beat the best, and we’ve got a chance to do that tomorrow.”

To that point. William and Mary is not an easy team to prep for. UNCW has seen them enough, where that may not matter. There is no doubt that UNCW was the class of the league. However The Tribe got healthier and got way better as the year went on. The teams best, has been very very good. Is it good enough to pull the upset? I certainly hope so.

William and Mary 88 UNCW 83

Towson vs College of Charleston – With 7 seniors playing for their lives, James Madison put a home run effort in, rallying to tie it late, but ultimately, C of C prevailed 67-62 in a game that was close the entire 2nd half.

Northeastern’s youth and many injuries caught up with them Saturday as Towson ran out to a big lead and were never threatened 82-54. Perhaps coaches will take note that winning a game in double overtime 8 days prior is nice, but may get in the way of the ultimate prize. You can not dump, but when half your team is out and you are playing 3 freshman extensively, perhaps it is smarter the final week of the regular season to play the entire roster, let the subs or walk ons play extensive minutes. Sure you may lose a winnable game, but it is entirely irrelevant. You may even be surprised at how well one of the back ups does. Northeastern was all done today before the game even started. Towson moved on.

The teams split a pair of close games with College of Charleston winning 62-57 at home in a game that was close throughout and in the rematch Towson used a late 7-0 run to grab a 71-70 lead but they fouled Joe Chealy who split a pair of free throws to force overtime. Towson won the overtime and the game 83-77.

Will they play a third war? Not so sure. Towson has played well since the sad shooting of John Davis. However, he was a key player for them. It may show today. Also C of C did not play well in the road rematch but still had 2 foul shots to win the game. They also have an edge in coaching. Towson likes to muck it up. Their physicality can be bothersome. C of C does not mind that. I know Towson played them tough both times during the year, but I think C of C has an extra gear that Towson does not have and that they will not be bothered by anything Towson tries.

C of C 66 Towson 57

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