Like a new day finally dawning, a sunburst of conference play breaks over Hoops Nation on January 2. We've got games in the SWAC, Valley, A-Sun, NEC and Mid-Con on tap. But we're going to focus our G!O!T!N! cameras on Boston tonight. The Colonial was a major disappointment in the 2005 portion of the season, with just about every team has played their way out of at-large contention. But if there's still a two-bid scenario here, George Mason holds the key: they've had their One Bad Loss
, and two relatively unembarrassing, close road drops at power conference foes (Mississippi State
and Wake Forest
). If they can get through the season with only one regular season loss, win a Bracket Buster against a Valley squad and go down in a close CAA final, then maybe, just maybe, they'll have worked those L's off. A razor-thin unlikely scenario? Yeah.Wake Forest
)And what can one say about NU? Northeastern picked the wrong time to go cold if they want to instill fear in their new conference. Sure, they already have a 2-0 CAA record at the expense of the lower divisions, but they endured a 0-31 run at Providence
, lost at Wright State
, and showed how toothless they are without Jose Juan Barea on Friday vs. Holy Cross
, a game he sat out with a bruised knee. A win here would bring the Husky pride back, but then again it would cement the CAA's one-bid status for another year.
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