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CAA title game preview: Can both earn bids?

Posted on: March 5, 2012 10:35 am
Neither VCU or Drexel are a lock for the NCAA tournament. That's why Monday night's CAA tournament championship contest is so important.

The winner gets an automatic bid while the loser will sweat it out Sunday when the NCAA tournament field is unveiled. Drexel comes in as the No. 1 seed and on a school-record 19-game winning streak after taking care of Old Dominion in the semifinals. VCU is the No. 2 seed, but has the luxury of playing in its backyard, the Richmond Coliseum.

The lone time the two teams met this season was in Philadelphia on Jan. 8 and Drexel came away with a 64-58 victory. VCU (27-6) jumped out to an astounding 22-0 start against George Mason in the semis, but the Rams saw the lead whittle down to just a half-dozen points late in the game before holding onto the victory. Senior Bradford Burgess led the Rams with 20 points -- including a 5-of-10 effort from beyond the arc.

A win for VCU would put Shaka Smart, who led the Rams from the First Four to the Final Four a year ago, back in the Big Dance. It would also give the program its fifth CAA tourney crown. Drexel (27-5), which entered the league in 2001, is still looking for its first conference tournament title. The only time the Dragons earned a trip to the championship contest was back in 2003 when they lost to UNC Wilmington.

-- Jeff Goodman
Category: NCAAB
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Since: Dec 16, 2008
Posted on: March 5, 2012 6:56 pm

CAA title game preview: Can both earn bids?

I can guarantee you that the loser of this game will get an at-large bid. The committee is not going to be swayed by the RPI argument alone and thats all these teams have against them. Otherwise they've played outstanding basketball for pretty much for whole year, and the committee traditionally puts in teams that our at the top of their league, have a good record, and our hot.

So dont worry guys, just enjoy the game.  


Since: Mar 5, 2012
Posted on: March 5, 2012 4:31 pm

CAA title game preview: Can both earn bids?

Both absolutely deserve a bid, especially if Drexel wins the conference tournament.  I'm seeing South Florida pencilled in as a 12 seed, yet they were destroyed by VCU.  Seems after making a final four that a conference would get a little more consideration.

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