Thursday, January 24, 2013
Northeastern running away with CAA?
By Matt Giles
There is no question that the Colonial Athletic Association is in the midst of a very down year. Even with Frantz Massenat's heroics, the CAA is essentially a one-bid league. Whichever team walks away with the conference tournament title is likely the only team to dance this season.
At this point, that team could easily be Northeastern. Bill Coen's squad defeated William & Mary recently, upping their conference record to seven wins (and no losses), and the Huskies are an offensive juggernaut in 2013. The W&M contest went into double overtime, but in the initial forty minutes, Northeastern scored 68 points using roughly 59 possessions -- 1.15 PPP. That fits with the squad's average offensive efficiency rate in CAA play; per Ken Pomeroy, Coen's team arguably possesses the conference's best offense. They don't shoot a ton of threes, but they make over 44 percent of those attempts, a conversion rate which also fuels Northeastern's effective field goal percentage.
Sports Illustrated's Pete Thamel recently took to Twitter to highlight the squad, but the one area of concern for Coen and Co. is their defense. Northeastern is a mess on the other side of the ball, allowing well over one PPP and failing to crash the defensive glass. If the Huskies suffer a cold spell during the CAA tournament, there could be another squad dancing in mid March.