Mar 18, 2015, 4:34 PM EDT
FIVE CAA TEAMS EARN POSTSEASON BERTHS: Five CAA teams are participating in post-season play, which is the most for the conference since 2011. CAA champion Northeastern received a No. 14 seed in the Midwest Region of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship and will face Notre Dame in second-round action on Thursday. William & Mary, which was seeded No. 7 in the NIT, fell 70-67 at No. 2 Tulsa on Tuesday. Two CAA teams are in the CIT as James Madison lost 73-72 at USC Upstate on Tuesday and UNCW visits Sam Houston State on Wednesday. Hofstra hosts Vermont on Wednesday in the first round of the CBI.
CAA WIN STREAK VS. ACC IN NCAA’S: CAA teams have won their past three NCAA Tournament games against ACC opponents. VCU beat Florida State (72-71 ot) in 2011, VCU defeated Duke (79-77) in 2007 and George Mason topped North Carolina (65-60) in 2006.
CAA VS. NOTRE DAME IN NCAA TOURNAMENT: This is the third meeting in the past eight years between Notre Dame and a CAA team in the NCAA Tournament. The Fighting Irish topped George Mason 68-50 in the first round in 2008, but Old Dominion beat Notre Dame 51-50 in the first round in 2010.
NCAA TOURNAMENT SUCCESS: CAA teams have won opening round NCAA Tournament games in six of the last nine years, including four of the past five. Since 2006, CAA teams have compiled a 14-13 record in the NCAA Tournament with two squads reaching the NCAA Final Four.
PILING UP POSTSEASON WINS: CAA teams have combined to win 43 games in postseason play since 2006, including 14 victories in the NCAA Tournament. During that nine-year period, the CAA has had two teams reach the NCAA Final Four, one reach the semifinals of the NIT, and has had squads capture championships of the CBI and CIT.
NORTHEASTERN IN POST-SEASON PLAY: Northeastern is making its eight NCAA Tournament appearance, but first as a member of the CAA and first overall since 1991. The Huskies are 3-7 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, with its last victory coming in 1984. This is the fourth post-season appearance for NU under coach Bill Coen, having played in the NIT in 2010 and 2013 and the CBI in 2009.
CAA IN THE NIT: CAA teams have a combined record of 16-34 all-time in the NIT after William & Mary’s 70-67 loss at Tulsa on Tuesday. Recently, Drexel went 2-1 and advanced to the quarterfinals in 2012. CAA members Old Dominion and Hofstra faced off in the 2006 quarterfinals, with the Monarchs winning to advance to Madison Square Garden. W&M dropped to 0-3 all-time in the NIT with Tuesday’s setback.
CAA IN THE CIT: CAA teams have had great success in the CIT as the league has a combined record of 11-6. In 2009, Old Dominion captured the CIT championship and James Madison advanced to the semifinals. ODU also reached the quarterfinals in 2012 and Towson made it to the quarterfinals last season. JMU fell to 2-2 all-time in the CIT after losing 73-72 at USC Upstate on Tuesday, while UNCW is making its first appearance in the event.
CAA IN THE CBI: CAA teams have fared well in the CBI with a combined record of 11-8. VCU went 5-0 and captured the CBI championship in 2010 and George Mason advanced to the championship game in 2013. Hofstra suffered first-round setbacks to IUPUI (74-60) in 2010 and Evansville (77-70) in 2011 in its two previous CBI appearances.
NORTHEASTERN CAPTURES FIRST CAA TITLE: Northeastern shot 59% from the floor, including 12-of-20 from 3-point range, and defeated William & Mary 72-61 to capture its first CAA Men’s Basketball Championship. Junior Quincy Ford paced the Huskies with a season-high 22 points and earned tournament MOP honors. The Huskies also got 15 points from David Walker, a career-high tying 13 points from Caleb Donnelly and 12 from Scott Eatherton. NU opened the game on a 10-0 run and held a 36-26 lead at the half. The Huskies extended the margin to 67-45 with 3:39 left before the Tribe reeled off 16 straight points to close within 67-61 with 36 seconds to go. NU hit 5-of-6 free throws down the stretch to seal the victory. Marcus Thornton led W&M with 20 points and Daniel Dixon added 15 . It was the Tribe’s fourth appearance in the CAA title game in the past eight years.
RECORD-BREAKING NIGHT: W&M’s Marcus Thornton tied his career high and broke the CAA Tournament single-game scoring record with 37 points in the Tribe’s 92-91 double-overtime victory over Hofstra in the semifinals. Thornton and Omar Prewitt, who added a career-best 33 points in the win, became the first teammates with 30+ points in a CAA Tournament game. It was the first two-overtime game in the tournament since 2010.
FOUR-WAY TIE FOR REGULAR-SEASON TITLE: For the first time in CAA history, there was a four-way tie for the CAA regular-season title as James Madison, UNCW, Northeastern and William & Mary all finished 12-6. W&M captured its first regular-season crown since 1997-98, JMU won its first title since 1999-2000, UNCW posted its first regular-season title since 2005-06 and NU claimed its second regular-season championship in the past three years. It was the first tie for the CAA regular-season championship since 2005-06 and the first time the conference has had more than two teams finish in a first-place tie.
HISTORIC BALANCE: The six conference losses for the CAA regular-season champion were tied for the most in league history. The last time the first-place team in the CAA had more than four setbacks was 1996-97 when Old Dominion and UNCW shared the league title with a 10-6 mark. There were seven teams that finished .500 or better in CAA play.
College of Charleston
• Rallied past Drexel 56-48 for their first-ever CAA Tournament victory before falling 79-53 to UNCW in the quarterfinals.
• Canyon Barry scored a team-high 19 points vs. Drexel and had 14 double-figure outings in the last 18 games. He tops CofC in scoring (12.6 ppg) and steals (38), and is 2nd in rebounding (5.1 rpg).
• Joe Chealey added 11 points and 3 assists against Drexel and a team-best 12 points vs. UNCW. He’s reached double digits in 12 straight games and is averaging 14.3 ppg over that stretch.
• Terrance O’Donohue came off the bench to grab a career-high 14 rebounds vs. Drexel. He had tallied just 43 rebounds all season coming into the game.
• Anthony Stitt is the 15th player in CofC history to record 300 career assists (309).
• Adjehi Baru is the 4th CofC player with over 1,000 points and 900 rebounds in a career.
• Edged 67-64 by Northeastern in the quarterfinals.
• Kory Holden scored a team-high 20 points with five assists vs. NU. It was his fourth 20-point effort of the year. Holden ranked 2nd among all CAA rookies in scoring (12.4 ppg) and 2nd in the CAA in assists (5.0 apg).
• Kyle Anderson added 11 points against Northeastern. He tallied double figures in 21 of his 23 games. Anderson is UD’s all-time 3-point leader (269) and ranks 14th in career scoring (1,292 pts).
• Marvin King-Davis averaged 10.8 ppg and 8.6 rpg over his last five games.
• Maurice Jeffers contributed 10 points and 5 rebounds against NU. He scored double figures in six of his last nine contests.
• UD finished .500 or better in CAA play for the 4th straight year and beat three first-place teams in 12 days in mid-February.
• Dropped a 56-48 decision to College of Charleston in the first round of the CAA Tournament.
• Freddie Wilson hit four treys and scored a team-high 17 points against CofC. It was the third straight double-digit game for Wilson, who averaged 17.7 ppg over that stretch.
• Tavon Allen was 8-of-9 at the FT line and added 15 points vs. CofC. It was his 19th double-digit outing of the year.
• Damion Lee went out for the season after suffering a fractured hand. He tops the CAA in scoring (21.4 ppg), has tallied double digits in 24 straight games, has 14 games with 20+ points and four with 30+ points.
• Freshman guard Sammy Mojica, who averaged 6.3 ppg, went out for the season after suffering a sprained knee on Feb. 25.
• Rodney Williams recorded six points and a team-best eight rebounds vs. CofC.
• Drexel had averaged just 6.7 turnovers in its past six games before making 12 turnovers in the loss to CofC.
• Edged Towson 74-69 in OT in the CAA opening round but lost 72-59 to W&M in the quarters, ending a 4-game win streak.
• Elijah Bryant had a game-high 21 points against TU and 15 points vs. W&M. He had 27 double-digit scoring efforts in 33 games and topped 20 points six times.
• Tanner Samson scored 7 of his 12 points in OT vs. TU and had 11 points vs. W&M. He increased his Elon record for treys in a season (103) and ranks 3rd on the CAA season chart. He’s 4th on Elon’s career 3’s list (242).
• Austin Hamilton contributed 12 points and 7 assists vs. Towson and 13 points vs. W&M. He scored double digits in nine of the last 11 contests and averaged 13.7 ppg over his last 13 games.
• Collin Luther came off the bench to score 11 points on 3-of-3 three-point shooting vs. TU.
• Elon’s senior class has 69 wins, topping last year’s class for the most in the D-I era.
• Elon forced at least 12 turnovers in 29 of its 33 games this season.
• Advanced to the CAA semifinals for the first time since 2011 with a 74-57 win over JMU but lost 92-91 in 2OT to W&M in the semis.
• Juan’ya Green scored a team-high 26 points with 7 assists vs. W&M. Green has tallied double digits in all 33 games and has eight 20+-point outings. He’s 3rd in the CAA in scoring, 1st in assists and 5th in steals.
• Moussa Kone posted his 3rd double-double of the season with team-highs of 18 points and 11 rebounds against JMU.
• Ameen Tanksley chipped in 16 points in the JMU win. Tanksley is 4th in the CAA in scoring, 4th in FG% and 2nd in 3-pt%.
• Dion Nesmith poured in 21 points and had five assists against W&M.
• Brian Bernardi hit five threes and scored all 17 points after halftime against W&M.
• Hofstra broke its school season record with 295 treys this season.
• Hofstra’s 20 wins are its most in a season since 2010-11.
• Edged 73-72 at USC Upstate in the first round of the CIT. Outscored 8-0 over the final 3:08 of the game.
• Ron Curry scored 14 points at USC Upstate. He had eight 20-point efforts in the last 14 games. Curry was 16-of-27 from 3-point range over his last 4 games and shot 46.5% from 3 in CAA play.
• Yohanny Dalembert just missed a double-double with 9 points and a team-high 11 rebounds at Upstate. He had 14 double-digit outings in 18 CAA games this season.
• Jackson Kent poured in a team-best 19 points at Upstate, which was one shy of his career-high.
• Freshman Joey McLean hit 4-of-5 treys and scored 12 points at Upstate. He also dished out a career-high six assists.
• JMU’s 12 CAA wins tied the school record and the regular-season title is its first since 1999-2000.
• The Dukes tied a season-high by hitting 14-of-27 threes at Upstate.
• Advanced to the CAA semifinals for the first time since 2008 after beating CofC 79-53, but then lost 78-71 to Northeastern.
• Freshman Jordon Talley scored a team-best 18 points on 7-of-9 FG shooting against Northeastern. Talley earned a spot on the CAA All-Rookie team.
• Addison Spruill scored 12 points in both tournament games. He’s reached double figures in 21 of the last 24 games.
• Senior Cedrick Williams recorded his fourth double-double of the season with 19 points and 13 rebounds in the win over CofC.
• Craig Ponder added 17 points vs. NU. He’s averaging 12.8 ppg over his last 11 games.
• Freddie Jackson had 19 points vs. CofC and has scored double figures 20 times, including 12 against CAA foes.
• UNCW shot 53.4%, including 17-of-26 (65.4) in the second half, in the CofC victory.
• Captured first CAA championship after wins over Delaware 67-64, UNCW 78-71 and William & Mary, 72-61. NU’s 23 wins are the most since 1986-87.
• Quincy Ford earned tournament MOP honors after scoring a season-high 22 points vs. W&M on 8-of-10 FG shooting (4-5 from 3).
• David Walker averaged 14.3 ppg in the CAA Tourney, including 17 pts. vs. UNCW. He’s scored double figures in 11 straight games.
• Scott Eatherton scored a team-high 21 points vs. UNCW and added 12 vs. W&M. He ranks 10th nationally in FG% (59.4%), has tallied double figures 27 times and has 9 games with 20+ points.
• Zach Stahl had 13 points vs. UD and a team-best 10 rebounds vs. W&M. He’s 26-of-35 from the floor over his past 6 contests.
• NU shot 59.1% vs. W&M and is 15-0 when shooting over 50% from the floor.
• NU is 13-0 when scoring 70+ points, but just 10-11 when scoring 69 points or less.
• Fell 74-69 in OT to Elon in the opening round. 13 of Towson’s 19 games vs. CAA foes were decided by five points or less.
• Freshman Mike Morsell scored a team-high 18 points vs. Elon and scored double figures in seven of the last 11 games.
• Four McGlynn tallied 13 points vs. Elon. He scored double figures 19 times and averaged 15.2 ppg over his last five contests.
• John Davis, who had 8 points and 8 boards vs. Elon, led the CAA with 12 double-doubles. He tallied double figures in 12 of the last 17 games and is 2nd in the CAA in rebounding (8.1 rpg).
• Timajh Parker-Rivera contributed 12 points and 7 rebounds in the Elon setback.
• Towson shot 19-of-22 from the FT line vs. Elon, including 11-of-12 in the 2nd half.
• Towson outrebounded Elon 44-26. TU tops the CAA and ranks 3rd nationally in rebound margin (+8.7 rpg).
William & Mary
• Rallied from a 21-point deficit before falling 70-67 at Tulsa in the NIT first round.
• Marcus Thornton had a team-high 23 points at Tulsa, which was his 14th 20+-point outing of the season. He’s W&M’s all-time leading scorer with 2,178 points and ranks 7th on the CAA’s career scoring list. He’s 4th in CAA history with 325 career 3’s and scored double digits in his final 39 games.
• Omar Prewitt tallied his first double-double at Tulsa with 15 points and 11 rebounds.
• Terry Tarpey added 14 points, 6 rebounds and 5 assists at Tulsa. He topped the CAA in rebounds and steals and scored double digits in 17 of his last 22 games.
• Daniel Dixon hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 0.8 seconds left vs. Hofstra and scored 15 points vs. NU in the CAA championship game.
• W&M hit at least 10 threes 17 times this season, including its last five contests.
• W&M shot 50% or better against a CAA opponent 10 times this season.
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