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 Hofstra Pride will represent the CAA in the 2K Sports Classic this November.
The Pride will be part of the thirteen-team field that will make up this competition. Hofstra’s opponents will be Alabama (SEC), Oregon State (Pac-12), Purdue (Big Ten), Villanova (Big East), Bucknell (Patriot), District of Columbia (DII, East Coast Conference), Marshall (C-USA), New Mexico State (WAC), Niagara (MAAC), Northern New Mexico (NAIA), South Dakota State (Summit) and West Alabama (DII, Gulf South).
The tournament will have a similar format to the Coaches vs. Cancer Classic. All 13 teams will compete in the Campus Site Games and Subregionals, but only the 4 host schools (Alabama, Oregon State, Purdue and Villanova) will advance to the Semifinals.
In the Campus Site Game, the Pride will play at Purdue on November 11. Last season, the Boilermakers were very successful, earning a 22-13 overall record and advancing to the third round of the NCAA Tournament before barely losing to the Kansas Jayhawks. But, Purdue is losing most of their top scorers from last season, including standout senior, Robbie Hummel, who is now a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves. This will be a very interesting matchup.
In the Subregionals, the Pride will host three home games from November 16-18. In these three contests, the Pride will play South Dakota State, District of Columbia and Marshall. Last season, South Dakota State and Marshall both made postseason appearances. South Dakota State earned the right to compete in the NCAA Tournament and Marshall was invited to the NIT Tournament. Both teams lost in their respective first round matchups. Finally, District of Columbia is a DII team that should be beatable.
Overall, the Pride have a great chance to compete and perhaps win the majority of their early season tournament games.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.