The reigning, defending CAA regular season champs comes to Coleman Coliseum in a match up of EPIC proportions! They went 14-4 in conference (20-12 overall), but lost to James Madison in the finals of the tournament as a #1 seed. Interestingly enough was there were only 7 teams eligible for the CAA tourney as UNC Wilmington and Towson had APR issues and Old Dominion and Georgia St were not allowed to play because they were leaving the league.
Looking at their OOC schedule they played (and lost) to Charlotte (in Alaska), LaSalle, and UMass. None of those teams strike fear in me.
Joel Smith and Jonathan Lee lead the team at 16.1 and 13.8 PPG. Quincy Ford also averages double figures at 12.4. Northeastern is a better than average 3 point shooting squad... which could keep them in the game with us. Joel Smith hit at a 43% clip. Reggie Spencer (Tuscaloosa native) is their leading rebounder (6.1) with Quincy Ford chipping in 5.8 as well. I was looking at the roster and man... they recruit from all over the place.
8 players usually get to see the court for more than a cup of coffee so we shouldn't be the only ones to deal with fatigue. We could actually press them off a made FG early and see if we can build up a sizable lead (and coast from there).
Tipoff is 9PM EST on ESPN2. If I missed anything/typos please excuse as I started this at 7AM and rushed off to my day job.