NCAAB CAA Championship
Northeastern Huskies Preview
The sixth-seeded Northeastern Huskies are set to make their league-best fifth Colonial Athletic Association championship-game appearances since 2013, and their third in a row. The Huskies sank 13 of 25 shots from 3-point range in the 68-60 win over Elon in the semifinals, the sixth time this season they sank at least half of their long-range attempts. Jordan Roland is the CAA’s top scorer at 22.2 points per game.
The senior guard made five 3-pointers against Elon and finished with 21 points. Northeastern, the second-best free-throw shooting team in the nation at 79.5 percent, has won six of its past eight games after enduring a four-game losing streak. The Huskies were swept in the regular season by Hofstra, losing both games by four points or less.
Hofstra Pride Preview
The top-seed Hofstra Pride enter Tuesday’s Colonial Athletic Association tournament final with wins in 11 of their 12 past games and three in a row. Hofstra’s finals appearance will be its second in a row and fourth since joining the CAA in 2001-02. Hofstra will be looking for its fifth NCAA Tournament appearance as a Division I program, with the most recent coming in 2000-01.
The Pride fell 82-74 to Northeastern in last year’s CAA final. Eli Pemberton had 24 points on Monday in the Pride’s 75-61 semifinal win over fifth-seeded Delaware. The senior guard shot 7 of 15 from the floor including 5 of 8 from 3-point range (matching a career high in made treys). All five Hofstra starters average double-digit scoring.