2019 Colonial Conference Tournament Betting Odds, Preview: Location, Location, Location
Dennis Schneidler-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Hofstra guard Justin Wright-Foreman
- We're analyzing the futures market for the 10-team Colonial conference tournament, which starts on Saturday in North Charleston, SC.
- Hofstra and Northeastern are the two best teams in the CAA and co-favorites, but No. 3 seed Charleston will benefit from the tourney's location.
- In a tournament historically dominated by the top seeds, I only see one potential team outside of the top three worthy of sleeper consideration.
The 10-team Colonial conference tournament will begin on Saturday in North Charleston, SC with two first round games between the bottom four seeds.
The top seeds have historically dominated this tourney, as no seed outside of the top four has even made it the final in the past 10 tournaments. That trend could continue this season in a conference that only had four teams finish with a winning record.
Let’s zone in on those top contenders and then take a quick look at the only team worth considering as a potential sleeper.
2019 Colonial Conference Tournament Odds, Format
- Who: All 10 Colonial teams
- Format: Top 6 seeds receive a bye
- When: March 9-12
- Where: North Charleston, SC
- How to Watch: CBSSN/CAA.tv
- Defending Champion: Charleston
Who Should Win?
It really comes down to the top three seeds.
- Hofstra (+150) has the Colonial’s best offense. Led by star guard Justin Wright-Foreman (26.8 ppg), who can go for 40-plus on any night, the Pride ranked No. 1 in nearly every offensive category during league play, and top 15 nationally in Adjusted Efficiency, Effective FG percentage, turnover percentage, 3-point percentage and free throw percentage. The defense struggles, but Hofstra could simply score its way to a championship. The Pride averaged 83.5 points per game (seventh-best in NCAA).
- Northeastern (+215) owns the second-best offense in the CAA. The Huskies had to play without star guard Vasa Pusica for part of the year, but he’s now fully healthy and running the show for a very efficient offense with superb ball movement and shooters all over.
- Charleston (+300) is a notch below the top two seeds, but clearly the third best team in the conference. In fact, the Cougars rank third in both offensive and defensive efficiency during CAA play. They force a ton of turnovers and are excellent on the defensive glass.
You have to include Charleston in the discussion because of this tourney’s location. For the third (and final year), the CAA tourney will be played in North Charleston, where the Cougars will feel right at home. The defending champs are seeking their third-straight trip to the final in front of the partisan crowd.
Which of the three teams am I personally backing?