2014 CAA Men’s Basketball Championship

#8 Hofstra (9-22, 5-11) Vs. #9 UNCW (9-22, 3-13)
Friday, March 7, 2014 – 7 p.m.
Baltimore Arena (14,000) – Baltimore, Md.

THE TIP-OFF:   UNCW returns to the Colonial Athletic Association Men’s Basketball Championship this season following a one-year hiatus due to APR sanctions. The Seahawks enter this week’s event as the No. 9 seed after losing their final regular season game, 70-57, to top-seeded Delaware on Feb. 26, 2013 in Wilmington.

POST-SEASON HISTORY: UNCW is seeking its fifth berth to the NCAA Tournament following a Cinderella run to the Big Dance in 1999-2000, a national splash in the 2001-02 NCAA’s, a near-upset of Maryland in the first round of the 2002-03 NCAA Tourney and a heartbreaking loss to George Washington in the 2005-06 event. The Seahawks have reached the post-season six times: NIT (1998), NCAA (2000), NIT (2001), NCAA (2002), NCAA (2003), NCAA (2006).

2013 CAA TOURNAMENT: The Seahawks did not compete in the 2013 CAA Championship due to APR sanctions. It marked the first time the Seahawks, a charter member of the league, had not competed in the season-ending tournament.

CAA HONOREES: Senior guard Tanner Milson and senior forward Shane Reybold were honored for their work in the classroom at Thursday night’s post-season championship banquet. The pair was named to the CAA’s All-Academic Team, joining eight other players on the list.

LAST CAA TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE: In their last appearance in the CAA Tournament, the Seahawks went 1-1 in the 2012 CAA Championship. UNCW defeated James Madison, 70-59, in a first-round matchup before falling, 59-47, to top-seeded Drexel.

CAA TOURNAMENT HISTORY: UNCW is making its 29th appearance in the CAA’s post-season gala. Overall, the Seahawks have lost in the first round four times, been eliminated in the quarterfinals five times, advanced to the semifinals 18 times and reached the championship nine times.

TOURNAMENT SITES: UNCW has played a CAA Tournament game at four different venues through the years. The Seahawks stand 0-1 at William and Mary Hall, 1-0 at Trask Coliseum, 0-1 at the Patriot Center, 5-3 at the Hampton Coliseum and 26-19 at the Richmond Coliseum. Here’s a look at the results by site.

SO LONG OLD FRIEND: In 23 visits to the cavernous Richmond Coliseum for the CAA Tournament, the Seahawks compiled a 26-19 mark. UNCW advanced to the semifinals 13 times and reached the championship game seven times at the arena.

NO. 9 SEED…AGAIN:   UNCW is the No. 9 seed for the third time in its last four appearances The Seahawks have been the No. 1 seed five times (1998, 2001, 2002, 2003 and 2006). Here’s a look at UNCW’s seedings by year:

ALL-TOURNAMENT PICKS: The Seahawks have featured 25 All-Tournament selections and four Tournament MVP’s through the years at the CAA Championship. Brett Blizzard was named CAA Tournament MVP three times and All-CAA Tournament four times.

COACHES IN THE CAA TOURNEY: Brad Brownell registered an .818 winning percentage in 11 CAA Tournament games to lead UNCW’s eight coaches who have directed teams in the event.

REGULAR SEASON HISTORY: The Seahawks, predicted to finish eighth in the CAA’s preseason, wound up ninth in the CAA standings behind first-round opponent Hofstra. UNCW has won or tied outright five regular season championships. UNCW tied for the league title in 1997 and 1998, won back-to-back regular season crowns in 2002 and 2003, and tied again in 2006.

 LAST CAA TOURNAMENT PLAYER: UNCW did not compete in last year’s CAA Tournament due to APR sanctions. In their last appearance in the event in 2012, the ninth-seeded Seahawks split a pair of games against No. 8 James Madison and No. 1 Drexel. UNCW topped JMU, 70-59, in a first-round game on March 2, 2012, before being eliminated by the top-seeded Dragons, 59-47, on March 3, 2012.

LAST REGULAR SEASON GAME: In its last appearance before the CAA Tournament, UNCW dropped its home finale, 70-57, to CAA frontrunner Delaware on Feb. 26 at Trask Coliseum. The Blue Hens trailed by nine points with 15:55 remaining, but rallied down the stretch behind junior guard Jarvis Threatt to survive an upset. All five UD starters reached double figures, topped by Threatt’s game-high 24 points on 7-of-10 shooting from the floor.

STARTING LINEUPS: Coach Buzz Peterson used his 16th different starting lineup of the year in the regular season finale when he started five seniors. All 14 players on the active roster opened at least one game during the course of the campaign.

OFFENSIVELY CHALLENGED: UNCW has scored 584 points over the last 10 games for an average of 58.4 ppg. The Seahawks rank last in the CAA in scoring offense, last in scoring margin, last in field goal percentage and last in three-point field goal percentage.

BACKYARD BULLY: Since returning to the lineup 10 games ago in UNCW’s matchup at Delaware on Feb. 1, senior forward Shane Reybold, who lives just minutes from Baltimore Arena, has averaged 7.3 ppg and 5.9 rpg in 22.3 minutes per game. In that span, he has made 30-of-58 field goals for 51.7 percent from the floor and contributed a team-high 12 blocks. He missed six games and the Seahawks were outrebounded by a 3.3 rpg margin.

HOW TO CATCH THE GAME: If you can’t make it to the game, there are several ways to follow the action. Twitter: @UNCWmenshoops; Live Stats: UNCWsports.com; Free Video: CAA.tv : Radio: Sunny 104.5 FM-Wilmington, N.C.