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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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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

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Georgetown gets a boost with Jessie Govan returning to school

After testing the NBA Draft waters, Georgetown center Jessie Govan decided to return to the Hoyas for his senior season.

Govan announced his intention to return on Instagram a week before the final commitment deadline.

Returning to the Hoyas is definitely a boost to the program that will be in their second year under head coach Patrick Ewing.  At 6-10, Govan was the team’s leading scorer (17.9 ppg) and rebounder (10.0 rpg) averaging a double-double last season.

Paired alongside power forward Marcus Derrickson, the Hoyas were nearly unstoppable in the paint. Derrickson though decided to forgo his senior year and signed with an agent after the season.

Had Govan decided to leave that would have meant over 56 percent of the team’s scoring and rebounding would have departed (to graduation or professional pursuits) in a handful of months. Not the best outlook for a 15-win team that went 5-13 in the Big East.

Instead Ewing gets back his leading scorer that many believe he can mold as a young protégée. While in the draft process without an agent Govan had workouts with the Boston Celtics and the New York Knicks. Both are valuable experiences that he will bring to a relatively young Georgetown squad.

Having Govan for one more year will bridge Ewing’s second season to transfer big-man, Omer Yurtseven to his first year of eligibility in 2019. They were set up to having a walk-on and two sophomores being the only returning Hoyas over 6-6 for the upcoming season.

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

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Future NBA prospect Omer Yurtseven transfers to Georgetown from NC State

The pieces are starting to come together for Patrick Ewing.

On Monday the Georgetown Hoyas picked up perhaps the biggest (literally and figuratively) target of the transfer market, Omer Yurtseven.

From North Carolina State, the transfer from Istanbul Turkey will have two years remaining of eligibility. Due to NCAA transfer rules, he is not allowed to play for the 2018-19 season.

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Standing at 7-0, the center helped power the Wolfpack to an NCAA tournament bid this past season. Averaging 13.5 points, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks a contest, Yurstseven earned All-ACC Third Team honors in the 2017-18 season. He also touted a 58.3 shooting percentage and was not afraid to pull it up from deep either (22 made three-pointers).

NC State lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament to No. 8 Seton Hall, but he was limited due to foul trouble with only two points and two rebounds in 14 minutes of play.

Initially, he is the option to fill the void that Jessie Govan will leave, whether that is during this offseason or next. Already the team has lost power forward Marcus Derrickson

Yurtseven will just be another frontcourt talent for Ewing with the Hoyas.

It was widely reported that he was considering playing options, both in the United States and abroad before this announcement. Easily he has the talent to go in first round of the NBA Draft whichever year he declares.

On the same day, the Hoyas also announced the signing of four-star guard James Akinjo.