Ryan Kish of George Mason Basketball is the RTC correspondent for the CAA. He will be reporting from the CAA Tournament this weekend in Richmond, Va.
Having the privilege of attending this weekend’s CAA conference tournament, I’d like to share the fact that it’s probably going to be one of the most exciting in the country. Starting this Saturday I will be liveblogging the most intriguing game from the sidelines for the CAA faithful (see RTC Live sidebar). Choosing which game will be very difficult as almost any match-up will be worthy. This weekend you will get an in-depth hands-on look into the tournament and some insight on what to expect.
The term “favorite” is kind of a loose term this season in the CAA, and even though VCU was picked by the coaches and media to be where they are now, any CAA fan will tell you that #1 seed won’t guarantee a championship visit. The Rams have ridden the success of Eric Maynor as he guided his young squad through the CAA schedule but not without their share of bumps and bruises. Nearly every team in the top of the conference has lost a game or two to the bottom dwellers and much can be said about the fact that VCU only had to face George Mason and Northeastern once each. But despite that the Rams have shown more consistency in an unstable CAA and they have the tools to run the table in Richmond. Head coach Anthony Grant has been here before and Eric Maynor is continuing to make his teammates better even with scoring 25+ a night. Forward Larry Sanders has been having a sensational season to date, on both ends of the court. His play in the front court will be huge for the Rams. VCU plays an aggressive, rough, in-your-face kind of game and that’s exactly the kind of squad I’d like to avoid in a single elimination tournament. At times this season that same aggressiveness has led to trouble but if they can keep it under control and they will be the most dangerous team this weekend.