The Monarchs claimed Colonial supremecy for the second consecutive year with a 70-65 win over VCU in the CAA Tournament Championship. Rarely do games of this nature go so accordingly to expectations and predictions, but that was the case in Richmond tonight.
In a match-up of fairly evenly matched squads, ODU built a lead as big as 16 points, but it never seemed like it was anything but a marginally close game. Of course the Rams ultimately stormed back, cutting the deficit to just a single point with a little under four minutes to play, before being put away.
VCU made their threes, Old Dominion made their two's (nearly two-thirds of them) and as so many expected the Monarchs controlled the glass, finished with a 13-rebound edge.
We know the CAA is a two-bid league with the Monarchs and George Mason Patriots counting down to the field of 68, while VCU now has to sit on the bubble for the next six days while Big Six Conference schools celebrate the likely slot that has just opened up for them.
Look for plenty more reaction from this one in tomorrow's edition of Mid-Major Morning Mashups.