If there is one single major tournament that you must mark on your calendar, it has to be the CAA Tournament. In 2018, the CAA Tournament is going to be just as good as many remember.
Although the seeding may have gone to a similar mark to the CAA Preseason Poll, it was a crazy journey to get here. Like the rest of college basketball, everyone beat everyone and just when someone gets a pivotal win, they then get an idiotic loss.
It is one of the fewer single bid tournaments that is hosted at a central site. This year it is hosted once again by the College of Charleston and will be for two more years. While a lot of the familiar names for the past CAA, there are some solid teams that are contending for a title. Some have the power to get a first round upset in the NCAA Tournament.
A team may also make it to the NIT, but a majority of the schools that are above .500 will be invited to the CIT.
CAA TOURNAMENT 2018 INFORMATION:
When is the 2018 CAA Tournament?
The CAA Tournament is March 3-6. The CAA Championship game is on Tuesday March 6 at 7:00 pm.
Where is the 2018 CAA Tournament?
The CAA Tournament is hosted by the College of Charleston at the North Charleston Coliseum in Charleston, South Carolina.
How to watch the 2018 CAA Tournament?
The CAA Tournament will be streamed online on CAA.TV. They are supported on mobile devices, Roku, AppleTV, etc. The semifinals and championship will be on CBS Sports Network.
Who is the defending 2017 CAA Champion?
The UNC-Wilmington Seahawks won the 2017 CAA Tournament championship. It marked the second time in program history that they have won back-to-back CAA titles
CAA TOURNAMENT 2018 BRACKET:
CAA Tournament First Round (3/3)
- No. 8 Drexel 70, No. 9 James Madison 62
- No. 7 Delaware 86, No. 10 Elon 79
CAA Tournament Quarterfinals (3/4)
- No. 1 Charleston 66, No. 8 Drexel 59
- No. 4 William & Mary 88, No. 5 Towson 66
- No. 2 Northeastern 74, No. 7 Delaware 50
- No. 6 UNC-Wilmington 93, No. 3 Hofstra 88
CAA Tournament Semifinals (3/5)
- No. 1 Charleston 83, No. 4 William & Mary 73
- No. 2 Northeastern 79, No. 6 UNC-Wilmington 52
CAA Tournament Championship (3/6)
- No. 1 Charleston 83, No. 2 Northeastern 76 OT
CAA TOURNAMENT 2018 PREVIEW:
Don’t jump on the hype and pick UNC-Wilmington to make a run back to the NCAA Tournament for the third year in a row. The experience that drove the Seahawks to that run a year ago is all gone. Earlier this season, they were once one of the worst team in the RPI and KenPom rankings.
Now with that aside, any of the top seeds have a legitimate chance to win it all.
The No. 1 seed, Charleston only had a 14-4 conference record this season. They had losses to Drexel, Towson, Elon, and William & Mary throughout the season. What kept them as the top seed was an 11-game winning streak toward the latter half of conference play.
Grant Filler and Joe Chealey both average above 18 points and two assists a contest as a dynamic backcourt for Charleston. Although they do not turn the ball over much, they do have a smaller lineup, leading to rebounding and defensive problems.
One of the most dangerous teams in the league and in the country is No. 4 William and Mary. They are in the top-10 in the NCAA in 3pters made (10.9 ppg) and No. 1 in 3pt field goal percentage (43.5 percent). Five players are above 40 percent from behind the arc this season. It also translates to a high efficiency on the floor and at the line. Charleston vs. William and Mary in the semifinals is the must-watch game of the tournament.
The Tribe is also looking for their first NCAA Tournament appearance ever.
Unfortunately, this leaves Towson on the short end of the stick despite an impressive 10-1 start to the season. They are a threat with their backcourt but their shooting numbers pale in comparison to most teams they will go up against.
Do not count out Hofstra either who has now won their last four games to earn the No. 3 seed.
PICK: No. 4 William & Mary