CAA Conference Tournament Preview: College Basketball Odds, Bracket, Schedule

Written By Stephen Andress on March 2, 2022
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One co-regular season champion in the Colonial sits atop CAA conference tournament futures but not the other. The one-seed Towson is the favorite but the two-seed UNC-Wilmington is not getting the same respect from oddsmakers.

The Colonial’s tournament begins Saturday, March 5 with nine teams in the bracket hoping to earn an automatic berth into the 2022 NCAA Tournament. The CAA banned James Madison from postseason play in all sports, due to its plans to move to the Sun Belt Conference.

CAA Conference Tournament Futures

2022 CAA Conference Tournament Futures

Game
(Eastern Time)
(EST)
Towson
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+100
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+140
Hofstra
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+350
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+350
Drexel
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+1000
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+1000
Charleston
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+1000
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+750
Delaware
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+1200
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+1000
UNCW
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+1200
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+1100
Elon
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+3000
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+1200
Northeastern
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+5000
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+2700
William & Mary
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+10000
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+25000

Tournament Notes

Each game will be played in Washington, D.C. at the Entertainment & Sports Arena.

No CAA team cracks Eli Hershkovich’s top-68 rankings, foreshadowing this to be a one-bid league in the big dance. Towson (No. 64) is the only Colonial squad to crack KenPom’s top 100. The Tigers in conference games only also ranked first in offensive efficiency, defensive efficiency and effective FG% defense. So it appears Towson is a rightful favorite.

After being picked to finish ninth in the preseason, the two-seed UNCW is not getting any respect in the odds, with KenPom only ranking Wilmington as the sixth-best team in the conference. Finding value in these futures beyond Towson will require identifying the team that will emerge from the bottom of the bracket to potentially face the Tigers in the final.

Drexel won this tournament a year ago and received five first-place votes in the preseason poll. Delaware was picked in October to win the league.

CAA Bracket

No. 8 seed William & Mary (5-26, 4-14 CAA) will face No. 9 seed Northeastern (8-21, 2-16 CAA) in the Opening Round game on Saturday to begin the Championship with the winner advancing to Sunday.

No. 1 seed Towson (24-7, 15-3 CAA) will play the winner of the opener to begin a four-game day Sunday at noon with the early session also including No. 4 Drexel (15-13, 10-8 CAA) squaring off with No. 5 Delaware (19-12, 10-8 CAA).

The evening session begins with No. 2 UNCW (21-8, 15-3 CAA) playing No. 7 Elon (10-21, 7-11 CAA) and the night concluding with No. 3 Hofstra (21-10, 13-5 CAA) clashing with No. 6 Charleston (16-14, 8-10 CAA).

Tournament Schedule

  • First Round: Saturday, March 5 (5 p.m. ET)
  • Quarterfinals: Sunday, March 6 (12, 2:30, 6, 8:30 p.m. ET)
  • Semifinals: Saturday, March 7 (6 and 8:30 p.m. ET)
  • Championship Game: Tuesday, March 8 (7 p.m. ET)

How To Watch

Opening round and quarterfinal action can be seen on FloHoops. The semifinals and championship game will be televised nationally on CBS Sports Network.

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Stephen Andress joined Catena Media as Managing Editor of TheLines.com in March 2021. He began his career as a sports anchor and reporter in Eugene, OR before moving to Louisville, KY. There he covered the Kentucky Derby, Sugar Bowl and three consecutive Final Fours. Stephen later won an Emmy award while working for the Indianapolis Colts. More recently, he produced content for the PGA TOUR and multiple fantasy football and sports betting websites. Nothing has excited him more in his career than seeing legalized sports betting in the United States and the opportunity to share his knowledge and enthusiasm for it. His hobbies include kicking his high school friends' butts in fantasy football, Japanese whisky and Kentucky bourbon, golf outrights and supporting RIP Medical Debt, a charity which works to wipe out medical bills for those who have been unable to cover the cost of getting sick.

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