Championship Week Preview- CAA
Old Dominion- More than likely will get in, but get to the Title Game
3 Players to Watch
Gerald Lee (Old Dominion)- A very skilled bigman (6’10 250). ODU’s offense runs through him. Made 1st Team All-Conference averaging 14.32 points and 5.06 reb a night.
Charles Jenkins (Hofstra)- Hofstra is a 7th seed, but Jenkins has the talent to put the Pride on his back and make a run in the tournament. Great in Hofstra’s up-and-down style of play. Named CAA player of the year. Averaged 20.4 ppg, 4.4 rpg, and 3.8 apg.
Larry Sanders (Virginia Commonwealth)- Named CAA Defensive Player of the Year, and made the 1st Team All-Conference. A fantastic shotblocker; he has good timing and he can get up there.
Projected Championship Game- 1. Old Dominion (23-8) vs 7. Hofstra (18-13) (10-8)
I’m going way off the board with Hofstra, but why not? The CAA Tournament has always been wild, exciting and unpredictable, and Hofstra is red hot. They’ve won 6 straight and 9 of 10. Maybe it’s just me, but I really haven’t been impressed with (2.) Northeastern or (3.) William & Mary.
Like I stated before, Jenkins is electrifying. He reminds Hofstra fans of Speedy Claxton, a former Pride player. Claxton had a productive NBA career. Jenkins really can’t be keyed on because Hofstra has several scoring options. Four players chip in over 8 points a night, Chaz Williams, Cornelius Vines, Halil Kanacevic, and Nathaniel Lester.
Old Dominion was the big bear of the conference this year (23-8) regular season and (15-3) conference record. They defeated Georgetown on the road. (It seems like they do it every year) F Gerald Lee is a dominant force inside. F Frank Hassell is a solid complement. He averaged 9.0 ppg and 6.45 rpg.
Prediction– Old Dominion, the cinderella will not beat the big bear.
Projected NCAA Tournament Seed– Old Dominion (11)