UNCW hoops look to clinch spot in NCAA Tournament at conference championship

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The pairings are set for the 2016 Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championship after a very competitive regular-season race, which included a tie for the regular-season title and a three-way tie for third place. The four-day tournament will be held March 4-7 at Royal Farms Arena in Baltimore.

First-round action opens on Friday as eighth-seeded Elon (16-15, 7-11 in CAA) faces No. 9 Drexel (5-24, 3-15 in CAA) at 6 p.m., followed by No. 7 College of Charleston (16-13, 8-10 in CAA) against No. 10 Delaware (7-22, 2-16 in CAA) at 8:30 p.m. Both games will streamed online by CAA.TV.

The CAA quarterfinals tip off at noon on Saturday with the Elon/Drexel winner facing top-seeded Hofstra (22-8, 14-4 in CAA). At 2:30 p.m., No. 4 James Madison (21-10, 11-7 in CAA) takes on No. 5 William & Mary (19-10, 11-7 in CAA).

Craig Ponder. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics
Craig Ponder. Photo courtesy- UNCW Athletics

The evening session features second-seeded UNCW (22-7, 14-4 in CAA) meeting the CofC/Delaware winner at 6 p.m., and No. 3 Towson (20-11, 11-7 in CAA) challenging No. 6 Northeastern (17-14, 9-9 in CAA) at 8:30 p.m. All four contests will be televised by the Comcast SportsNet family of networks as well as several other regional outlets.

The semifinal games of the CAA Men’s Basketball Championship are set for 1 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, with the two winners facing off for the conference title and an automatic bid to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 7. The semifinals and championship game will be televised nationally on the NBC Sports Network.

Hofstra won a share of the CAA men’s basketball regular-season title for the first time, while UNCW claimed a share of the regular-season crown for the second year in a row. The two teams split their head-to-head matchups, but the Pride earned the No. 1 seed based on having a better record than the Seahawks against No. 6 Northeastern.

CAA.TV will be the online home for live coverage of the CAA Basketball Championship. Logon using any internet connected device to access live video and stats. Fans can also follow live statistics of each contest by visiting CAAStats.com.

2016 CAA Men’s Basketball Championship
March 4-7 – Royal Farms Arena – Baltimore, Md.

Friday, March 4 – First Round
G1 – #8 Elon vs. #9 Drexel – 6 p.m.
G2 – #7 College of Charleston vs. #10 Delaware – 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 5 – Quarterfinals
G3 – #1 Hofstra vs. Elon/Drexel winner – Noon
G4 – #4 James Madison vs. #5 William & Mary – 2:30 p.m.
G5 – #2 UNCW vs. CofC/Delaware winner – 6 p.m.
G6 – #3 Towson vs. #6 Northeastern – 8:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 6 – Semifinals
G7 – Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4 – 1 p.m.
G8 – Winner of Game 5 vs. Winner of Game 6 – 3:30 p.m.

Monday, March 7 – Championship
G9 – Winner of Game 7 vs. Winner of Game 8 – 7 p.m.