RESULTS1) Old Dominion 86, 8) Towson 56
2) Northeastern 74, 7) Hofstra 71 (2 OT)
3) William & Mary 70, 11) James Madison 65
5) VCU 75, 4) George Mason 60
GAME OF THE DAY
The game of the postseason thus far took place last night in Richmond where second-seeded Northeastern needed two overtimes to eliminate red-hot No. 7 Hofsta.Senior guard Matt Janning scored a season-high 26 points to lead all scorers, out-dueling CAA Player of the Year Charles Jenkins who led Hofstra with 24. Janning, a four-year starter, hit a three with 45 seconds left in the second overtime to put the Huskies up for good.
It's the first time Northeastern has advanced to the CAA semis since 2005-2006, the first year they were a member of the conference. They'll now face William & Mary, which jacked up a tournament-record 36 three-pointers on its way to holding off the upset bid of 11th-seeded James Madison.
UPSET OF THE DAY
Form held with the exception of VCU's surprisingly easy victory over No. 4 George Mason.
Larry Sanders put on his postseason face and recorded his 12th double-double of the season, netting 17 and snatching 12 rebounds. The Rams will face rival and top seed Old Dominion in the other semifinal. The Monarchs rolled over Towson, 86-56.
BIG MAN ON CAMPUS
Matt Janning saved the best performance of his senior season for the biggest stage, finishing with 26 points, nine rebounds, three assists and two steals in Northeastern's double-overtime victory over Hofstra.
THE DAY AHEAD
VCU/Old Dominion should be one of the better tournament semifinal games of the postseason. The two met in this round a year ago and the Rams prevailed and eventually won the tournament. They split their two meetings this season.
VCU is the one team in the league that has an answer for ODU's size, and that answer is NBA prospect Larry Sanders. If Sanders can stay out of foul trouble and overcome his show's multiple Emmy snubs then I think the Rams pull the mild upset and go for the title and their fourth win in four days on Monday.
Hofstra was the hottest team in the league at the end of the season, so there's no shame in it taking Northeastern two overtimes to eliminate the Pride. Still, the game was the third of the day, meaning a relatively short turnaround for the Huskies today. William & Mary lives and dies with the three, and tired legs certainly make the perimeter more difficult to defend.
Don't be surprised to see two upsets and a 3/5 title game on Monday.