CAA Quarterfinal Preview

March 3rd, 2012
Robert Canady is covering the CAA Tournament for His quarterfinals preview:


#2  VCU 25-6 vs. #7 Northeastern 14-16

This has the potential to be one of the more lopsided games of the day.


How They Got Here:

VCU earned 1st round bye as the No. 2 seed.

Northeastern beat William & Mary 57-49 in the first round.


Key Players:

VCU - Senior guard Bradford Burgess 13.5 ppg and 5.2 rebounds, Juvonte Reddic 10.8 ppg and 7.0 rebonds, Troy Daniels 10.0 ppg

Northeastern - orward Quincy Ford 18 points in 1st round win. Reggie Specer 10 rebounds in 1st round win.


What They Do Best:

VCU - Rank 1st in the country with 10.6 with 10.6 steals per game. 2nd in the country with a +6.1 turnover margin.

Northeastern - Held William & Mary to .273 on 3-Pt shot and outrebounded them 42-27.


Previous Game:  VCU won at home 59-56 in February.

Prediction:  VCU 73 Northeastern 65


#3 George Mason 23-8 vs. #6 Georgia State 21-10

A matchup of teams that are strong on the inside and play very physical.  Based on GSU’s route of Hofstra in the first round, it could be quite a battle to the end.


How They Got Here:

George Mason earned 1st round bye as the No. 3 seed.

Georgia State beat Hofstra by a CAA Tournament record 35 points 85-50.


Key Players:

Mason - 2011-12 CAA Player of the Year Ryan Pearson 17.8 ppg and 8.5 rebounds, Sherrod Wright .521 from the field and .401 from 3-pt range.

Georgia St. - Eric Buckner 21 points 11 rebounds in 21 minutes in 1st round victory over Hofstra, senior Jihad Ali 13.0 ppg.


What They Do Best:

George Mason-.463 shooting from the field. 

Georgia St.-hold opponents to .382 FG% 1st in the CAA and 8th best in the country. 5.4 blocked shots per game, 1st in conference and 15th in the country.


Previous Game:  George Mason won 61-58 in Fairfax in January.

Prediction:  George Mason 61 Georgia St. 59


#4 Old Dominion 19-12 vs. #5 Delaware18-12

This could be the most anticipated matchup of the day.  Delaware has won 9 games in a row and Old Dominion spent most of the season tied for first or second before a couple late season losses.


How They Got Here:

ODU earned a first round bye as a result of being the No. 4 seed.

Delaware beat Towson for the 3rd time this season 72-65 in the first round.


Key Players:

Delaware - Devon Saddler averaging 18.7 ppg, Jamelle Hagins 12.7 ppg, Kyle Anderson 64 3-pointers on the season.

ODU ­ Sr. Kent Bazemore 15.3 ppg and League Defensive Player of the Year, Chris Cooper averaging 10 points and 10 rebounds per game.


What They Do Best:

ODU - Leads the conference in 40 rebounds per game. Chris Cooper is second in the league in offensive rebounds with 4.2 per game.

Delaware - Scoring, Delaware is second in the league with 69 ppg.  FT% .725 is second in the league.


Previous Game:  ODU won 68-66 in overtime at the buzzer on an offensive put back.

Prediction:  Delaware 71 ODU 66