Week 9 CAA College Basketball Power Rankings
Who Is The Top Contender For The CAA Championship?
With the 2012-2013 men’s college basketball season now in full swing, the Colonial Athletic Association has had plenty of exciting moments, season-changing injuries and buzzer-beaters.
And, naturally, there has been quite a lot change in the conference power rankings lately, as well. Many teams have looked pretty different on the court than they did on paper during the preseason, and that’s been the main reason for all the fluctuation.
Now, multiple weeks through CAA play, it's pretty evident that any team can win in this conference on any given night. Because of that, the conference standings are looking nowhere near where most expected them to look back when the preseason standings and awards were announced in October.
All this new construction in the power rankings definitely proves that there are most likely around six or seven teams who could realistically contend for the conference championship in March. In the following slides, we look at how each team fared against their previous opponents and look forward to the week ahead.
Jake Fischer is the CAA Correspondent for Rant Sports-NCAA Basketball. Throughout this 2012-2013 men’s basketball season, he will be contributing weekly CAA Power Rankings every Thursday. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.
No. 11- Old Dominion Monarchs
Overall: 2-16, 0-6
Last Week: 0-1 (Georgia State)
The Old Dominion Monarchs' season has been completely lost. The Monarchs' 2-16 record is truly a travesty considering this season was head coach Blaine Taylor's final run through the CAA. Even though ODU isn't even eligible for the conference tournament, you can't imagine they would have even been able to compete for it.
Next week, Old Dominion will play James Madison on Saturday and Towson on Wednesday.
No. 10- Hofstra Pride
Overall 5-14, 2-4
Last Week: 1-1 (Georgia State, Delaware)
After starting off conference play 2-1 in their first three games, the Hofstra Pride have now lost three-straight games and play four of their next six contests on the road. This has been a tough, tough season for head coach Mo Cassara and company, so at this point, you have to at least admire their consistent effort.
Next week, the Pride will host UNCW on saturday.
No. 9- William & Mary
Overall: 7-12, 1-6
Last Week: 0-2 (Drexel, Northeastern)
The William & Mary Tribe have been struggling more than any other team in the CAA at this point in the season. Now on an eight-game losing streak, the Tribe have not beaten a Division I opponent since December 8, when they defeated Radford 60-55. However, they showed signs of life in a superb double-overtime effort against Northeastern on Wednesday and might be building something entering this upcoming week.
Next week, the Tribe will play Towson on Saturday and Delaware on Wednesday.
No. 8- UNCW Seahawks
Overall: 7-11, 2-4
Last Week: 0-2 (Northeastern, James Madison)
After putting together a solid two-game winning streak in Week 10 over George Mason and Old Dominion, the UNCW Seahawks got embarrassed in Atlanta Wednesday night. While they remain ineligible for postseason play, the Hawks are really just competing for pride at this point.
Next week, UNCW squares off with Hofstra on Saturday and James Madison on Monday.
No. 7- Drexel Dragons
Overall: 7-11, 3-3
Last Week: 2-0 (William & Mary, Hofstra)
Clearly the most talented of the three 7-11 teams in the conference, the Drexel Dragons are still fighting to remain relevant in the CAA this season. Drexel's two-game winning streak in Week 10 has now propelled them back to a .500 record in the conference and relative competitiveness is seemingly on the horizon for this team out of Philly.
Next week, the Dragons will take on Georgia State on Saturday and Delaware on Monday.
No. 6- Delaware Blue Hens
Overall: 8-11, 3-3
Last Week: 0-2 (Northeastern, James Madison)
Remember when the Delaware Blue Hens were 3-0 in the CAA and on their way back to the top of the conference? Well, since their 86-83 victory over Georgia State on January 12, the Hens have dropped three-straight contests and find themselves looking up at the top contenders in the conference.
Next week, Delaware will play Drexel on Monday and William & Mary on Wednesday.
No. 5- Towson Tigers
Overall 10-11, 5-3
Last Week: 1-2 (James Madison, Georgia State, George Mason)
After starting off CAA play 3-0, the Towson Tigers have now gone 2-3 in their last five conference matchups. Jerrelle Benimon still looks like a leading candidate for conference Player of the Year and the Tigers are still competitive in the league, but they've clearly fallen a little since their hot streak.
Next week, the Tigers will play at William & Mary on Saturday and at Old Dominion on Wednesday.
No. 4- James Madison Dukes
Overall: 10-10, 4-3
Last Week: 1- (Towson, Delaware)
The James Madison Dukes had a very interesting Week 11. First, they were flat-out shellacked by the Towson Tigers, 73-47, on Saturday but then they handily beat Delaware, 64-50, on Wednesday night. Overall, the Dukes have truly put together a successful season at this point after going just 5-13 in the conference last season.
Next Week, JMU will battle Old Dominion on Saturday and UNCW on Monday.
No. 3- Georgia State Panthers
Overall: 10-11, 5-3
Last Week: 3-0 (Old Dominion, Towson, UNCW)
Just when everyone was about to write off the 2012-2013 Georgia State Panthers, head coach Ron Hunter and company roll off an undefeated Week 11. The Panthers were 6-11, 1-3 and looked ready to roll over in their final season in the CAA. However, lead Rookie of the Year candidate, R.J. Hunter, and the rest of the squad will not go down without a fight. They're now riding a four-game winning streak.
Next week, Georgia State will be truly test at Drexel on Saturday and at Northeastern on Wednesday.
No. 2- George Mason Patriots
Overall: 12-7, 5-2
Last Week: 2-0 (Hofstra, Towson)
After dropping their CAA season-opener to the Northeastern Huskies at home, the George Mason Patriots have now won five of their last six games in the conference. While they're still two-games behind Northeastern in the conference standings, the Patriots still are the top team in the CAA in RPI.
Next week, the Patriots have a big date with Northeastern on Sunday in Boston.
No. 1- Northeastern Huskies
Overall: 12-7, 7-0
Last Week: 2-0 (Delaware, William & Mary)
The Northeastern Huskies are now off to their best start in CAA play since joining the conference in the 2005-2006 season. However, while being undefeated is nice, the Huskies still have a few weaknesses that teams have definitely exposed at times this season.
Next Week, the Huskies try to fill those holes Sunday against George Mason and Wednesday vs. Georgia State.