Mar 5, 2012, 6:36 PM EDT
Welcome to the Colonial Athletic Association. Welcome to March. Welcome to a league where two 27-win teams from a conference that has produced two Final Four teams in the last six years have to fear being snubbed by the selection committee after winning — one more time — 27 games.
First, the important stuff. Tip-off between the (27-5, 16-2) Drexel Dragons and the (27-6, 15-3) Virginia Commonwealth Rams for the CAA Conference Championship is scheduled for 7 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN.
Second, the “what you need to knows” after jump…
– The selection committee, or at least the bracketologists, aren’t high on the CAA.
– Drexel has won its last 19 in a row 25 of its last 26 games, but has meaningful wins over literally no one but VCU, meaning their RPI is iffy and their strength of schedule is an unmitigated disgrace.
– VCU has a better tournament resume than Drexel based on their SOS and out-of-conference wins.
– The above three points are important because without clinching an automatic bid with a win tonight, it’s possible the loser could be snubbed from the NCAA tournament should the CAA not receive a single at-large.
– Working against Drexel this evening is the fact that the CAA tournament in played in VCU’s backyard of Richmond, which will make tonight, more or less, a VCU home game.
– Working in their favor is the fact that they play an absolutely stifling defense in a style meant frustrate the living hell out of their opponents. Also working in the favor is the fact that Bruiser Flint is a mad man and allowed to walk 10 feet onto the floor the because no one has the courage to tell him otherwise. If either of these points make you think of John Chaney, then you agree with Bill Lyon.
Tip-off, again, is scheduled for 7 p.m. on ESPN.
We’ll be back tomorrow to either celebrate the Dragons’ autobid or to start worrying about whether they’ll make the cut.
We’ll also be back to set up the first rounds of the A-10 and Big East tournaments and Penn’s matchup with Princeton for the opportunity to potentially play Harvard in a one-game playoff for the Ivy League’s lone tournament bid.
Basketball. March. March. Basketball.
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