October 10, 2011

PRESEASON PROGNOSTICATORS TAKE A LOOK AT THE CAA BASKETBALL RACE

RICHMOND, Va. – With the official start of men’s basketball practice just days away, the preseason prognosticators are well on their way to trying to figure out what is sure to be a heated race in the Colonial Athletic Association.

Instead of scavenging through the magazine racks at the local bookstore or scrolling through internet pages, we decided to compile the top five rankings and come up with a composite predicted order of finish.

VCU earned the top spot in the Sporting News, but third in the majority of the polls. However, senior Bradford Burgess (pictured, right) was listed on the All-CAA First Team by all five prognosticators, including being picked as the Preseason Player of the Year by three of the five.

The official CAA Preseason Coaches’ Poll and Preseason all-conference teams will be released next Tuesday, October 18, at CAA Media Day in Arlington, Va.

PRESEASON PROGNOSTICATIONS - ORDER OF FINISH
Predicted Order
of Finish
The Sporting News
Lindy's
Athlon
CAAHoops.com
Brian Mull
Composite (Avg.)
1
VCU
George Mason
George Mason
Drexel
Drexel
George Mason (1.8)
2
Old Dominion
Drexel Drexel George Mason George Mason Drexel (2.2)
3 George Mason VCU VCU VCU William & Mary VCU (2.8)
4 James Madison Old Dominion Old Dominion James Madison VCU Old Dominion (4.0)
5 Drexel James Madison James Madison Old Dominion Old Dominion James Madison (4.8)
6
Hofstra
Delaware
William & Mary
William & Mary
James Madison
William & Mary (6.4)
7
UNC Wilmington
William & Mary Delaware Delaware Delaware Delaware (7.0)
8 Delaware Hofstra UNC Wilmington Northeastern Hofstra UNC Wilmington (7.6)
9
Northeastern
Georgia State Georgia State UNC Wilmington UNC Wilmington Hofstra (7.6)
10 William & Mary UNC Wilmington Northeastern Hofstra Georgia State Northeastern (9.8)
11 Georgia State Northeastern Hofstra Georgia State Northeastern Georgia State (10.0)
12 Towson Towson Towson Towson Towson Towson (12)
PRESEASON PROGNOSTICATIONS - ALL-CAA FIRST TEAM
The Sporting News
Lindy's
Athlon
CAAHoops.com
Brian Mull
Bradford Burgess, VCU
Ryan Pearson, Mason
Ryan Pearson, Mason
Bradford Burgess, VCU
Bradford Burgess, VCU
Kent Bazemore, ODU
Kent Bazemore, ODU
Kent Bazemore, ODU
Ryan Pearson, Mason
Quinn McDowell, W&M
Samme Givens, Drexel
Samme Givens, Drexel
Bradford Burgess, VCU
Samme Givens, Drexel
Ryan Pearson, Mason
Ryan Pearson, Mason
Bradford Burgess, VCU
Samme Givens, Drexel
Quinn McDowell, W&M
Devon Saddler, Delaware
Devon Moore, JMU
Quinn McDowell, W&M
Devon Saddler, Delaware
Kent Bazemore, ODU
 Kent Bazemore, ODU
Player of the Year Player of the Year Player of the Year Player of the Year  Player of the Year
Bradford Burgess, VCU Ryan Pearson, Mason
Ryan Pearson, Mason
Bradford Burgess, VCU
 Bradford Burgess, VCU
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