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Colonial Athletic Conference Tournament Preview

caaDates: March 7-10
Location: Baltimore, MD

The question surrounding the CAA tournament is – “Can the Deleware Blue Hens hold off Towson?”  That is the question and exactly what this tournament will hinge on.

Predicted Champ:    Towson (22-9, 13-3)

The Tigers are playing this Tournament in their backyard, only 10.6 miles from their home arena. Jerrelle Benimon is one of the best players in the country and is incredibly tough to guard. He averaged 18.9 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. After several years of struggling the Tigers are having their best season 1991, the last time that they made the NCAA Tournament. Although they finished a game behind Delaware and are the two seed, playing in Baltimore with Jerrelle Benimon makes them the favorite.

Upset Potential:  Delaware (22-9, 14-2),  William & Mary (18-11, 10-6)

It would not be an upset in any way if Delaware wins this conference as they did finish in first place. Davon Saddler and Devon Usher are two of the most electric players in the conference and the Fightin Hens’ might be the favorite in some people’s eyes. Both Usher and Saddler averaged over 19 points for the regular season and Monte Ross’s team has the best chance of beating the Tigers. For William & Mary to win as the three-seed, they’ll have to knock off Towson presumably in the semi-finals. Marcus Thornton is an exciting guard to watch for the Tribe, but for W&M to win, Tim Rusthoven will have to shut down Benimon.

Projected Tournament MOP: Jerrelle Benimon, Towson

All-Tournament Team: 

G – Devon Saddler, Delaware (20.4 pts, 4.5 reb, 3.5 ast)

G – Davon Usher, Delaware (19.4 pts, 6.1 reb)

G – Chris Fouch, Drexel (17.9 pts, 3.2 reb)

F – Jerrelle Benimon, Towson (18.9 pts, 11.7 reb, 3.7 ast)

F –  Scott Eatherton, Northeastern (15.5 pts, 10.1 reb)

 

Scott Zolotorow