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Seahawks set to battle Delaware in CAA Quarters

UNCW opens up CAA Tournament play Saturday against Delaware (Source:UNCW) UNCW opens up CAA Tournament play Saturday against Delaware (Source:UNCW)

From UNCW

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Defending Colonial Athletic Association champion UNCW seeks a repeat performance when the Seahawks scoot down to Charleston this weekend for the 2017 CAA Men's Basketball Championship at the North Charleston Coliseum.
 
The Seahawks, 26-5, are the No. 1 seed in the four-day, 10-team event and face the No. 9-seeded Delaware's Blue Hen's after Martin Inglesby's club upset No. 8 Hofstra, 81-76, in Friday's CAA tourney opener. The winner of the tournament receives the CAA's automatic entry into the NCAA Tournament.

CAA Rookie of the Year Ryan Daly scored a game-high 27 points and grabbed 11 boards to power UD, 13-19, past Hofstra. Redshirt sophomore Eric Carter scored 15 of his 19 points in the second half and also recorded a double-double with 11 rebounds as the Blue Hens snapped a six-game losing skid against the Pride.
 
UNCW kicks off Saturday's schedule with its noon game vs. Delaware. No. 4 William & Mary (16-13, 10-8)  takes on No. 5 Elon (18-13, 10-8) at 2:30 p.m., with No. 2 Charleston (23-8, 14-4) battling James Madison (10-22, 8-11) at 6 p.m. and No. 3 Towson (19-12, 11-7) and No. 6 Northeastern (15-15, 8-10) squaring off in the final quarterfinal of the day at 8:30 p.m.
 
Sunday's semifinals are set for 2 and 4:30 p.m. and Monday's championship game gets under way at 7 p.m.
 
The Seahawks are the top-seed in the event for the sixth time and own a 36-26 (.580) record in 32 tournament appearances through the years. Third-year Head Coach Kevin Keatts stands 4-1 in the CAA tourney after splitting a pair of games in 2014-15 and running the table in last year's tournament in Baltimore.
 
"Every team in this conference is a very good basketball team," said Keatts, who stands 69-27 (.719) overall in three seasons with the Seahawks. "If we're fortunate to get to the finals, it doesn't matter who we're playing against. We're going to have to play our best to beat anybody that makes the finals.
 
"Experience always helps. You don't know until you get into the games. We had three tough games last year and had to come from behind. It's a great conference and you really have to play well to win the tournament. I'm sure everyone else feels the same way."
 
Live Seahawk Digital Network (SDN) coverage of UNCW's games in the tournament begin withMike Vaccaro providing the pregame show 15 minutes prior to tip-off. Visit UNCWsports.com/SDN for live audio coverage. In addition, a radio broadcast of the game can be heard on WLSG 94.1 FM and 1340 AM (Wilmington) and WSME 97.1 FM and 1120 AM (Jacksonville).
 
For more information on the UNCW men's basketball team and this year's quest for the CAA title, visit UNCWsports.com and click on the Men's Basketball button. Additional information is also available on UNCW's social media channels: Facebook (UNCW Men's Basketball), Twitter (@UNCWmenshoops), Instagram (UNCWBasketball).

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