In an action-packed weekend in Colonial Athletic Association basketball, the William & Mary Tribe sat back, relaxed and watched their 10 conference foes battle each other on Saturday and Sunday. The Tribe were the only one of the 11 teams in the CAA to not compete in a conference matchup this weekend.
The extra time is definitely something William & Mary (9-13, 3-8) can use to their advantage, as they prepare for their matchup against the top team in CAA hoops, Northeastern, on Monday night in their home gym. When the teams meet in Kaplan Arena at 7 p.m., it will be a rematch of when the Tribe and Huskies battled into double-overtime a few weeks ago in Boston.
The Tribe will also enter the contest tied with the Hofstra Pride for 9th place in the CAA conference standings and, more importantly, tied for the 6th seed in the upcoming CAA Tournament that will take place in early March. Thus, with only seven games remaining in the regular season for W&M, including their Monday night contest against NU, the Tribe will need every bit of distance between themselves and the Pride to avoid entering Richmond as the lowest seed in the conference tournament.
To do so, they’ll have to be led by standout sophomore Marcus Thornton as well as Tim Rusthoven, Brandon Britt and Kyle Gaillard. Those W&M stars have a chance to take advantage of a shorthanded Northeastern team that will be playing it’s third straight road affair and hasn’t been back home in Boston since Thursday afternoon; the Huskies fled the Northeast before the blizzard hit New England. The Huskies will also most likely be without their two big men off the bench, Dinko Marshavelski and Zach Stahl, who have not played for Northeastern since the team’s Feb. 2 victory over Drexel.
If head coach Tony Shaver, handled his team’s break responsibly, they watched plenty of film from their previous matchup with Northeastern and are well prepared to upset their guests on Monday.
But, when you’re evaluating a team that had lost eight-straight games at one point this season, you can never really know what to expect from them before a game.