Throughout the regular season, UNC-Wilmington (26-5, 15-3) has been the favorite to win the Colonial Athletic Association. Perhaps there was even a chance for the Seahawks to get an at-large tournament bid if they were to lose in the conference tournament.
A handful of losses to CAA opponents, William and Mary, College of Charleston, and Elon changed that tone.
In order for the Seahawks to make the NCAA tournament and repeat as champions they have to win the conference tournament. However, every other team in the conference will be battling for a chance in the tournament as well.
One the teams on the radar is Charleston (23-8, 14-4) who beat Wilmington at home earlier in the season and has not lost to a team below .500 all season. Emerging as a suprise team in CAA play this year, the Cougars appear to be the biggest threat to Wilimington as the tournament hosts in the North Charleston Coliseum in North Charleston, South Carolina.
Of course you can never count out long-time CAA members, William and Mary (16-13, 10-8) and Towson (19-12, 11-7).
Friday, March 3 (First Round):
No. 9 Delaware 81, No. 8 Hofstra 76
No. 7 James Madison 80, No. 10 Drexel 70
Saturday, March 4 (Quarterfinals):
No. 4 William & Mary 71, No. 5 Elon 66
No. 3 Towson 82, No. 6 Northeastern 54
No. 2 Charleston 67, No. 7 James Madison 62
No. 1 UNCWilmington 91, No. 9 Delaware 82
Sunday, March 5 (Semifinals):
No. 1 UNC Wilmington 105, No. 4 William & Mary 94
No. 2 Charleston 67, No. 3 Towson 59
Monday, March 6 (Championship:
No. 1 UNC Wilmington 78, No. 2 Charleston 69
HOW TO WATCH:
First Round: CAA.tv
The CAA Champion will then have to wait until March 12 for Selection Sunday to find out when and where they will play.