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CSN spotlight: CAA up for grabs

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CSN spotlight: CAA up for grabs

A playoff bid will be on the line when William & Mary and Richmond meet Saturday while Florida State will try not to stumble against Chattanooga. Catch all the college football action on CSN and CSN Plus.

William & Mary (8-2) at Richmond (7-3), Sat. 12:00 p.m. on CSN

Known as the oldest rivalry in the south, Richmond will host William & Mary on Saturday in a game with major conference implications.

The CAA conference looked like Richmond's to lose after their big win at JMU, but they may have done just that with two-straight losses. Now the Spiders will have to beat William & Mary to earn even a share of the conference crown.

At 6-1 in conference play, the Tribe has already earned a share of the title, but can win it outright with a victory in Richmond. There are major playoff implication on the line in this one, so let's try to break it down.

If W&M wins, they win the CAA and the conference's automatic playoff bid. If Richmond wins, they will be cheering for JMU to beat Villanova. If that happens, Richmond will earn a share of the conference title and will take the playoff bid. If Richmond and Villanova win, both teams will share the conference with W&M in a three-way tie and the playoff bid will go do the team with the highest Sagarin rating.

Confused yet?

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Before we need any tiebreakers, however, someone needs to win the actual game.

W&M has been strong on both sides of the ball in recent weeks. The unsung heroes of every team, the offensive line has been stout for the Tribe, allowing only one sack in the team's last five games. They have also been creating a lot of holes for tailbacks Kendell Anderson and Mikal Abdul-Saboor to run.

Richmond's offense is just as good if not better than the Tribe's with the top pass attack in the CAA. Led by quarterback Kyle Lauletta, the Spiders will have to be at their best to beat the Tribe's tough defense. Few teams in the country can keep up with the Spiders' offense, if they can find even moderate success on Saturday, W&M's offense may struggle to keep up against the often overlooked Richmond defense which is also quietly very good.

Chattanooga (8-2) at Florida State (8-2), Sat. 3:00 p.m. on CSN Plus

Florida State is doing its best SEC impression with an FCS matchup the week before their season finale against rival Florida (for what it's worth, the Gators are playing Florida Atlantic this week).

The Seminoles will be making a change at quarterback as Sean Maguire will start the game under center. Everett Golson threw two interceptions and fumbled once last week against NC State before getting benched. This will not exactly be a trial by fire as Maguire has started four games in his career and three this season, but his last two starts came with Golson's health in question. Now coach Jimbo Fisher has handed him the keys to the offense.

At 8-2, Chattanooga is no pushover, and they boast a top 20 defense among FCS teams. This could prove to be an interesting, though one-sided matchup.

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2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship: Bracket, schedules, teams

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2019 NCAA Men's Lacrosse Championship: Bracket, schedules, teams

All of a sudden, we are down to four.

The NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals are set, with Penn State, Yale, Virginia, and Duke fighting for the title.

The semifinals will be played on Saturday, setting the stage for the National Championship on Monday.

Here is everything you need to know.

What schools are playing for the NCAA Men's Lacrosse title?

The four schools remaining are Penn State, Yale, Virginia, and Duke.

Penn State faces Yale in the first semifinal, with Virginia and Duke clashing in an ACC battle for a spot in the National Championship.

When are the NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals and final?

The first semifinal matchup is on Saturday, May 25, at 12:00 p.m. The second semifinal will take place roughly 30 minutes following the conclusion of the first game, with an anticipated start time of 2:30 p.m. 

The National Championship will be held on Monday, May 27, at 1 p.m.

Where can I watch and live stream the NCAA Men's Lacrosse semifinals and final?

All three games will be aired on live television on ESPN2.

Each game is available for stream on WatchESPN.

How did each team get here?

The No. 1 overall seeded Penn State Nittany Lions have cruised into the Final Four. They defeated Loyola (Md.) 21-14 in the quarterfinals after beating UMBC 25-10 in the first round. Penn State has lost just one game all season and should be the favorites to take home the title.

In one of the best games of the tournament, Yale narrowly edged University of Pennsylvania 19-18 in the quarterfinal for the opportunity to face Penn State in the semifinals. Yale defeated Georgetown in their opening game of the tournament.

In a controversy game-tying goal with just seconds remaining, Virginia edged out Maryland 13-12 in overtime for a spot in the semifinals. They cruised by Robert Morris, 19-10, in their first-round matchup.

The third one-goal victory of the quarterfinals belonged to Duke, who defeated Notre Dame 14-13 in the quarterfinals. The Blue Devils have been tested throughout the tournament, as they just slid by Richmond, 12-11, in their opening matchup.

If the past couple rounds are any indication, his weekend should bring exciting lacrosse for everyone.

Terrapins get huge commitment from 7-foot-2 internet phenom Chol Marial

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Terrapins get huge commitment from 7-foot-2 internet phenom Chol Marial

The Maryland Terrapins just added a huge piece to their 2019 recruiting class. Literally. 

The Terps officially signed 7-foot-1 center Chol Marial (AZ Compass Prep, Chandler, Arizona), the team announced Monday. 

Depending on who you ask, Marial is either a three-star, 210-pound or a four-star, 220-pound recruit (247Sports, ESPN), but he's unquestionably taller than seven feet. He also has a 7-foot-11 wingspan that Maryland coach Mark Turgeon expects will make him "an excellent rim protector."

"I've watched Chol the last three years and I can't say enough about him as both a person and a basketball player," Turgeon said in a release from Maryland, which lists Marial at 7-foot-2 and 230 pounds. 

"One of the top players in his class when healthy, Chol's tremendous size and length make him an excellent rim protector. Chol possesses a humble demeanor and a strong work ethic that will fit well with our family. We can't wait to have him in College Park and look forward to helping him reach his dreams."

Originally from Rumbek, South Sudan, Marial moved to the U.S. as a middle-schooler in 2014. He also previously attended IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida. 

ESPN ranks Marial as the No. 2 center in Arizona and the No. 14 center nationally, while 247Sports says he's No. 6 and No. 26 in those two respective categories.

He visited Maryland on April 26, according to 247Sports, and also received offers from Georgetown, Florida State, Arizona State, Iowa, UConn and West Virginia.

"I want to thank Coach Turgeon for giving me this opportunity," Marial said in a release from the school. "Coach Turgeon and I have gotten along really well and I really enjoyed spending time with the rest of the coaching staff and players. Bruno Fernando and I have similar backgrounds and I saw how much he improved as a player at Maryland. I'm looking forward to getting better every day and playing for Terp Nation."

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