The CAA's chances to avoid going stag to the Big Dance
likely fizzled for another year when the last team having anything an at-large NCAA resumÃ©, George Mason, lost to UNCW
last Saturday. There are just too many untimely and/or embarrassing losses here. But now, hopefully, we can forget about all that and shift our focus towards enjoying one of the hottest league races in the country.Just like last year around this time, you have five sub-100 RPI teams that are fighting it out, and these are the two best. The homestanding Patriots (14-5, 8-2, 44 RPI) are the most skilled team in the CAA, while preseason favorite ODU (15-5, 8-2, RPI 35) is the squad most likely to survive a three-day Richmond gut-check. Both are solid defensive-minded teams with offensive weaponry - it's more than likely that whoever doesn't blink today will be your one seed heading into the conference tourney.