Besides the annual bracket-busting NCAA Tournament in March, early season tournaments may be the most exciting aspect of the College Basketball season. Fortunately for CAA Basketball fans, there will be plenty of excitement to go around as 10 of 11 teams in the conference are set to compete in early season competition. CAA Correspondent, Jake Fischer, will be previewing all 10 teams’ chances to compete in their respective Preseason competitions.
The George Mason Patriots will represent the Colonial Athletic Association in the Paradise Jam. This annual tournament will be hosted in St. Thomas from November 16-19.
The tournament will consist of four rounds: the Quarterfinals, Consolation Semifinals, Semifinals and the Finals. Each team will play in one contest in each round, allowing all schools to play four games in four nights.
Mason will be one of the 8 teams participating in the annual competition. The Patriots will join Connecticut (Big East), UIC (Horizon), Iona (Metro Atlantic), Mercer (Atlantic Sun), New Mexico (Mountain West), Quinnipiac (Northeast) and Wake Forest (ACC).
The Patriots will open up the tournament playing against the Mercer Bears in the Quarterfinals on November 16. Last season, the Bears had a very successful season last year in and out of the Atlantic Sun. Overall, Mercer earned a 27-11 record last season while winning 13 out of 18 Conference contests. The Bears also reached the CIT championship game last season before falling to Utah State.
If the Patriots can beat the Bears, they will be well on their way to reaching the early season tournament’s final.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.