2009 Colonial Athletic Association Tournament
Printable & Viewable Bracket Link: 2009 Colonial Athletic Association Mens Basketball Tournament Bracket
Participants/Overview: The 2009 Colonial Athletic Association Tournament will be held in Richmond, Virginia for the 20th consecutive year. This conference houses some of the most underrated programs in the nation as well as a stable full of intelligent coaches all looking to be poached away by the big programs.
Another regular season is in the books and not much has changed at the top. Virginia Commonwealth won the Colonial and earned the top seed for the 3rd straight season. This season VCU posted a 14-4 mark in the conference and became the first team in league history to win 3 straight conference titles. VCU is led by senior point guard Eric Maynor. You Duke fans may remember how he sliced and diced you right out of the first round of the 2007 NCAA Mens basketball tournament.
Although VCU cleaned up in the regular season by no means are the Rams a lock for the conference tournament title which includes the coveted automatic bid into the 2009 big dance. This conference is wide open with 6 teams winning at least 10 conference games. George Mason finished the season with a conference record of 13-5 to earn the 2 seed. Northeastern and Old Dominion both finished at 12-6 to snag the all important 3 and 4 seeds that are accompanied with a first round bye.
VCU is obviously considered the favorite especially after blowing up in last years tournament, but if you are looking for a sleeper to take the 2009 CAA tournament title Northeastern may be worth a flyer. The Huskies beat each and every team in the conference at least once while racking up 10 road wins across the entire season. Teams that play good defense and can win on the road normally fair pretty well in conference tournaments. The only problem is a date with one of the sharpest minds in the country awaits them in the semis.
Normally the tournament selection committee sticks it to the Colonial conference and 2009 figures to be another 1 bid league for the CAA so it is win or go home as they say.
Venue: Richmond Coliseum
Dates: March 6th-March 9th
TV: It looks like the only national televised game with be the championship final on March 9th. ESPN will televise and if you haven't had a chance to watch any Colonial Athletic basketball this season, we strongly advise tuning in. Quarter and Semifinal games will be broadcast on CSS for those with access to that channel.
CAA Tournament Schedule
March 6th - Opening Round
March 7th - Quarterfinals
March 8th - Semifinals
March 9th - Championship
Click here for the updated Colonial Athletic Association tournament bracket
Last Years Winner
George Mason. It was once again a magnificent coaching job from Big Jim. With less talent than the top seeds, Jim Larranaga's Patriots stormed through the field as the number 3 seed to win the title 68-59 over the William and Mary Tribe. George Mason held all three opponents under 60 points. William and Mary off an upset win over #1 seeded VCU in the semis just didn't have much left in the tank playing 4 games in 4 days.