With Player of the Year candidate Matt Lewis out for top-seeded James Madison, is the CAA Tournament as wide open as ever?
You would think James Madison would be ecstatic after winning their first regular-season Colonial championship since 2015. Unfortunately, though, the crown comes with some muted fanfare. Not only did the Dukes lift their trophy in the wake of an 84-78 loss on their home court to Drexel, but they had to do so without star Matt Lewis, whose fantastic season was sadly cut short by an injury.
There’s certainly more to Mark Byington‘s team than just Lewis — Vado Morse may be gearing up for a star turn — but the circumstances beg the question: just how wide-open is the CAA Tournament this season? A truncated conference season means that seeding doesn’t necessarily reflect how good these teams are relative to each other, so you can expect a few upsets along the way. No matter who prevails, one thing is for sure in that the CAA Tournament always provides excitement and drama.
Let’s take a look at how some of the madness might play out this year.