Week 13 CAA Basketball Power Rankings

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Who Is The Top Contender For The CAA Championship?

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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 plenty of 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 regular season conference championship. 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. He also hosts the CAA Relay Podcast. Make sure to follow Jake on Twitter @JakeLFischer.

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No. 11- Old Dominion Monarchs

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Overall: 3-20, 0-8

Last Week: 1-2 (George Mason, Georgia State, Drexel)

The Old Dominion Monarchs' season has been completely lost. They fired longtime head coach Blaine Taylor Tuesday, but they team responded right away. Thursday, the Monarchs ended their 10-game losing streak with a huge road victory over Drexel.

Next week, Old Dominion will play Northeastern on Saturday and Delaware on Monday.

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No. 10- Hofstra Pride

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Overall 5-18, 2-8

Last Week: 0-2 (William & Mary, Northeastern)

After starting off conference play 2-1 in their first three games, the Hofstra Pride have now lost seven-straight games and play three of their next four 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 play UNCW on Saturday and Georgia State Wednesday.

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No. 9- William & Mary Tribe

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Overall: 9-13, 3-8

Last Week: 1-1 (Hofstra, James Madison)

After losing eight-straight games, the William & Mary Tribe have now won two of their last four games and have a one-game lead on Hofstra for the 6-seed in the CAA Tournament with just around seven games left in the regular season.

Next week, the Tribe will play Northeastern on Saturday and UNCW on Wednesday.

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No. 8- UNCW Seahawks

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Overall: 9-14, 4-7

Last Week: 1-2 (Delaware, Towson, Georgia State)

While the UNCW Seahawks are ineligible for the CAA Tournament, head coach Buzz Peterson and the Hawks are still competing at a very high level. Three of their five losses in conference have come by just seven points or less in games where UNCW was leading at one point. They also defeated arguably the hottest team in the Association Wednesday night.

Next week, UNCW squares off with Hofstra and Saturday and William & Mary on Wednesday.

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No. 7- Drexel Dragons

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Overall: 9-14, 5-6

Last Week: 0-2 (Northeastern, Old Dominion)

After winning three of four games to get back into the thick of the CAA Standings, the Drexel Dragons are now once again clearly the fifth best team that's eligible for the conference tournament. This team's inconsistent efforts on defense and mental lapses were on full display Thursday night against ODU. You know head coach Bruiser Flint is taking that loss very roughly.

Next week, the Dragons will play James Madison on Sunday.

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No. 6- Delaware Blue Hens

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Overall: 11-12, 6-4

Last Week: 1-1 (UNCW, Towson)

Losing to Towson is not something to be ashamed of this season. However, the Delaware Blue Hens fell to the Tigers by 20 points in a game they came into as the 2nd place team in the CAA. Delaware's defense has been suspect all season and that will definitely be something to keep an eye on down in Richmond.

Next week, Delaware will play George Mason, Old Dominion and Northeastern this week.

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No. 5- George Mason Patriots

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Overall: 14-9, 7-4

Last Week: 2-1 (Drexel, James Madison, Old Dominion )

The George Mason Patriots have finally dropped below the Northeastern Huskies in RPI and it's just. The Patriots are a solid defensive unit, but their offense has no consistency outside of Sherrod Wright. At this point in the season, can you really trust Mason?

Next week, George Mason will play Delaware on Saturday.

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No. 4- Georgia State Panthers

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Overall: 12-13, 7-5

Last Week: 1-1 (Old Dominion, UNCW)

Along with Towson, the Georgia State Panthers are clearly a team that the seven CAA Tournament-eligble teams are relieved they won't see down in Richmond. R.J. Hunter is one of the best players in the Association--and he's just a freshman. The Panthers can beat any team in this conference.

Next week, Georgia State will host Towson on Saturday at and Hofstra on Wednesday.

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No. 3- James Madison Dukes

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Overall: 14-11, 8-4

Last Week: 2-1 (Hofstra, George Mason, William & Mary)

With an array of dynamic guards, the James Madison Dukes have played their way into their rightful sole possession of the 2-seed for the CAA Tournament at this point in the season. Head coach Matt Brady has four producing guards and seniors who can truly compete in Devon Moore and A.J. Davis. Look out for the Dukes in Richmond.

Next Week, JMU will battle Drexel on Sunday and Towson on Tuesday.

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No. 2- Towson Tigers

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Overall 13-12, 8-4

Last Week: 2-0 (UNCW, Delaware)

After losing three-straight games, the Towson Tigers righted the ship and have now built a three-game winning streak. They capped that streak with an impressive 20-point shellacking of Delaware. Do you believe their legit yet?

Next week, the Tigers will visit Georgia State on Saturday and James Madison on Tuesday.

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No. 1- Northeastern Huskies

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Overall: 15-8, 10-1

Last Week: 2-0 (Drexel, Hofstra)

The Northeastern Huskies are clearly the class of the CAA. At this point of the season, the Huskies magic number to lock up the 1-seed, first round by in the CAA Tourney and regular season championship is 4.

Next Week, the Huskies will visit Old Dominion and William & Mary and then host Delaware.

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