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 UNCW Seahawks will represent the CAA in this November’s Nation of Coaches Classic. The tournament will consist of 7 Campus Site games (from November 13-24) and 3 games in Wilmington, NC (from November 23-25).
The tournament’s Campus Site games will start at Richmond and end at Ohio. Head coach Buzz Peterson’s club will play at Richmond on November 13 and then at Ohio on November 16. Last season, Richmond went 16-16 overall and failed to reach the postseason. Meanwhile, Ohio was one of the NCAA Tournament darlings, making the Sweet 16 as the 13-seed in the Midwest Region. Both teams are returning their top scorers from last season and should be formidable matchups for the Seahawks.
In Wilmington, UNCW will host Wofford and Hampton in the Trask Coliseum. Last season Hofford jumped out ot a 19-14 overall record before falling in the first round of the CBI Tournament. Meanwhile, Hampton earned a lackluster 12-21 overall record in 2011-2012.
Overall, the Seahawks will compete in 4 winnable matchups during the Classic and will be ready to enter the rest of their Non-Conference play following the tournament.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @fischsportsline.