Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Form typically holds in CAA Tournament

Anything can happen in the CAA Tournament? In theory, sure, particularly in a parity-driven season such as this one. But if history is any indication....

Seeds 3-11, you won't be needing those scissors

- The top seed has won the tournament the last four years, 13 of the last 14 and 21 of the 26 times the event has been played.

- The last team seeded lower than first to prevail was No. 2 Old Dominion in 2005.
- No team seeded lower than No. 3 has ever won the title. The lowest-seeded champion was No. 3 Old Dominion in 1992.

Home-court (dis)advantage?

- Host teams have won just 38 percent of the CAA titles.

- A team other than the host school has won the last five tournaments.

- The last host team to prevail was in 2004 when Old Dominion cut down its own nets at the Constant Center. Of course, for 17 years ODU would have won this tournament had it been played on the moon.

No bye? Bye-bye!

- No team tasked with winning four games in four days has ever won the CAA tournament - or even reached the final.

- Of the 58 teams that have faced that scenario, 57 have failed to even make it past Day 2.

- The only team to make it to a third day was No. 5 Towson in 2008. The Tigers beat No. 12 Hofstra and No. 4 Drexel before falling to Old Dominion by 23 in the semifinals.


- The lowest-seeded team to reach a final was No. 7 William and Mary in 1993. Three No. 6 seeds have also advanced to a title game, as has one No. 5. All 21 other finalists were seeded one through three.

- Upper Marlboro, Md. will become the 10th city to host a CAA women's tournament when the Show Place Arena opens its doors to the event next season. Previous tournaments have been held in Greenville, N.C. (East Carolina's Minges Coliseum), Richmond (Richmond Coliseum, University of Richmond's Robins Center, VCU's AllTel Pavilion), Wilmington, N.C. (UNCW's Trask Coliseum), Williamsburg (William and Mary Hall), Norfolk (ODU Fieldhouse, Constant Center), Washington (American's Bender Arena), Fairfax (George Mason's Patriot Center), Newark, Del. (Delaware's Carpenter Center) and Harrisonburg (JMU's Convocation Center).

This year's CAA Tournament runs Thursday through Sunday at JMU. For complete bracket and tournament info, click here

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