The weekend was very enjoyable for Colonial Athletic Association basketball fans. On Saturday, all four road teams were victorious while the home team was able to win pretty convincingly on Sunday night. How can we recap all of this action? CAA Weekend Superlatives!
Best Road Victory
After being blown out in Towson, Md. on Wednesday, the Delaware Blue Hens were able to significantly beat the George Mason Patriots on Saturday in Fairfax, Va. With every game having a crucial impact on CAA Tournament seeding, the Blue Hens regained control of the two seed in the tourney as well. This was a very impressive road victory for UDel considering the circumstances that surrounded this game.
After surrendering a 10-point lead to the Northeastern Huskies at home on Wednesday, the Hofstra Pride came out and overcame a 12-point second half deficit Saturday afternoon at UNCW. The Pride really needed to not let a second-straight game get away from them. And, Hofstra also got even with the William & Mary Tribe in the CAA Standings with the win as well—very important for seeding in the CAA Tournament.
Biggest Upset/Most Surprising
While they were only a five-point under dog and Delaware was a seven-point underdog at Mason, the Towson Tigers’ road upset of the Georgia State Panthers was by far the biggest upset of the weekend. Why was this so surprising? Because Towson won a tight game with leading CAA Player of the Year candidate, Jerrelle Benimon, only scoring seven points on just six field goal attempts. Towson proved just how good of an overall team they are and will be next season.
Best Overtime Victory
In a weekend that was full of exciting multiple-overtime thrillers, both in the NBA and NCAA, the Northeastern Huskies earned a pretty solid overtime victory at Old Dominion. A lot of subplots make this win so impressive. First, Northeastern beat a rejuvenated Monarchs team under a new coach. Second, they won without their only two big men off the bench, Dinko Marshavelski and Zach Stahl—for the second-straight game. Third, the Huskies had been in a different road routine this weekend as they were in Norfolk since Thursday evening due to their early escape from the New England blizzard.
Most Confusing Win
How was Drexel able to beat James Madison by double-digits on Sunday? They had just lost two-straight games that culminated with a 12-point loss at home vs. the previously winless-in-CAA-play Old Dominion Monarchs. But, Drexel stomped on the better JMU Dukes Sunday night. Very, very confusing….