CAA basketball tourney headed to Baltimore?


CAA basketball tourney headed to Baltimore?

Likely after the 2013-14 campaign, the Colonial Athletic Association's long held tradition of playing its men's postseason tournament in Richmond could come to an end.

If so, Baltimore has formally let it be known they want in. After years of playing in hostile territory, no doubt George Mason nation would be among those happy to see such change.

Both city and state officials met with the CAA leaders earlier this month, Baltimore Business Journal is reporting, making an official pitch for the tournament to be housed at the 14,000 seat First Mariner Arena. The idea would be for the downtown Baltimore gym to host the tournament starting in 2014 or 15.

Apparently lots of locales have the same thought. CAA deputy commissioner Ron Bertovich said 31 cities have kicked the tires on a potential hosting gig.

The obvious tie to Charm City is Towson University, currently a member of the CAA (I say current because in this era of collegiate athletics, who knows what any conference will look like a couple of years away).

The obvious reason the conference would depart from the Richmond Coliseum, site of the tournament since 1990, is that Richmond-based program VCU left for the Atlantic-10.

Thanksgiving is the target date for a decision. After years of playing on VCU's home turf, any change of venue - esepecially one only an extended Beltway driving trip away - would be welcome for George Mason, not to mention Philadelphia based Drexel and Delaware. That goes without saying, Hon.

UMBC coach and Mike Krzyzewski put kibosh on former UMBC player attending UVA-Duke game


UMBC coach and Mike Krzyzewski put kibosh on former UMBC player attending UVA-Duke game

There is no one better at trolling than college basketball fans and Duke's Cameron Crazies are at the top of this list. They proved it yet again ahead of their team's highly anticipated matchup against the Virginia Cavaliers. 

The Duke student section invited former UMBC point guard K.J. Maura to come to Cameron Indoor for their ACC contest against the undefeated Cavaliers.

For those that don't remember, Maura was a starter for UMBC in the biggest upset in NCAA Tournament history when his UMBC Retrievers, a 16 seed, upset the top seed of the whole tournament, Virginia. It was the first time ever that a No. 16 seed knocked off a No. 1 seed in tournament history. 

Maura, who was a senior last season, graduated from the program in the spring. 

But, unfortunately, this high level of trolling will not come to fruition.

UMBC's head coach Ryan Odom stepped in to ask Mike Krzyzewski to block this move, according to Duke's The Chronicle.

"UMBC’s coach got wind of his arrival, and he wants their squad to move on from the greatest NCAA Tournament upset of all time," Hassey and Potash wrote. "Ultimately, he called Coach K multiple times, and [Krzyzewski] had to request that KJ not be in attendance."

Surely Duke beating Virginia, although the latter is undefeated, would not be the same level of shock as UMBC's. But in no particular order, UMBC and Duke have to be two of UVA's biggest nightmares. 

Maura only scored 10 points in the Retrievers massive 74-54 upset this past March. He now plays professional ball in Puerto Rico and will likely watch the No. 1 ranked Duke, host the No. 4 team, Virginia, in his own home.

Nevertheless, Duke will always find a way to troll:


James Madison at Delaware College Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch


James Madison at Delaware College Basketball: Date, Time, TV Channel, Live Stream, How to Watch

Winners of two straight, James Madison will hope to continue its victorious run against rival Delaware. 

The Blue Hens, meanwhile, have won four of their first six conference games and will be looking to keep pace in the competitive CAA when they host the Dukes at Bob Carpenter Center in Newark, Del. on Thursday, Jan. 17.

Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m ET and will be broadcast on NBC Sports Washington Plus.

James Madison at Delaware How to Watch

What: James Madison Dukes at Delaware Blue Hens
Where: Bob Carpenter Center, Newark, Del. 
When: 7 p.m. ET
TV Channel: NBC Sports Washington Plus (Channel Finder)

James Madison at Delaware Preview

Conference: Colonial Athletic Association
Record: James Madison (9-9, 2-3)  Delaware (12-7, 4-2)
Last Game: 74-65 win vs. Towson 1/12 (James Madison), 71-58 loss at College of Charleston, 1/12 (Delaware)
Leading Scorers: Stuckey Mosley, 15.7 ppg (James Madison), Eric Carter, 17.3 ppg (Delaware)