Welcome back from the holiday break. The Colonial Athletic Association kicks off 2012 with a full slate of games. Let’s check in with each men’s basketball squad to find out what they got for the holidays and see what their New Year’s resolutions were.

VCU (10-3, 1-0 CAA)
Under the tree:
Copy of “First Four to Final Four” DVD; batch of apple and cherry turnovers; Metallica’s “Reload” album.
New Year’s Resolutions:
Hit the defensive glass. The Rams rank 10th in the CAA in defensive rebounding percentage (.646); Schedule more home games to meet demand. VCU has sold out all five regular-season games this season.

GEORGIA STATE (9-3, 1-0 CAA)
Under the tree:
Copy of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect”. The Panthers have won nine straight games, but have one of the worst strength of schedules in the nation. Are they for real?; “The Fan” starring Robert DeNiro. Georgia State ranks last in the CAA in attendance (1,240). It would be nice to see a few fans, no matter how crazy.
New Year’s Resolutions:
Beat a team with an RPI under 200 (so far, they have one); Rally entire league around Samaritan’s Feet charity, championed by Coach Ron Hunter.

GEORGE MASON (9-4, 1-0 CAA)
Under the tree:
Copy of “The South Beach Diet” and University of Miami basketball t-shirt. Tag says, “Greetings from the Beach, Coach L”, whoever that is.
New Year’s Resolutions:
Hold on to the ball. The Patriots are averaging 15.2 turnovers a game, third highest in the CAA.

JAMES MADISON (7-4, 1-0 CAA)
Under the tree:
Copy of Digital Underground’s “Humpy Dance”, courtesy of guard Humpty Hitchens; Matt Brady’s club also looked to combat its lack of big men with “My Giant” and “Big” on DVD; Fourth season of “The Brady Bunch on DVD. You know, the year when the series began to stagnate?
New Year’s resolutions:
Inquire to NCAA about possible extra year of eligibility for former center Denzel Bowles; Hold open tryouts for anyone over 6-foot-6.

OLD DOMINION (6-7, 1-0 CAA)
Under the tree:
“The Lion King” on DVD; Copy of Ganon Baker’s “20 Shooting Drills for the Lost Art of the Jump Shot”. As of Dec. 18, the Monarchs ranked 327th in field goal percentage and 297th in 3-pointers per game; Sensor Excel razors for the new, clean-shaven Blaine Taylor;
New Year’s resolutions:
Begin search for the real Kent Bazemore; Spend extra 30 minutes of practice on putting round, orange ball into the basket.

DELAWARE (5-6, 1-0 CAA)
Under the tree:
Christmas came early when junior Jamelle Hagins (14.8 ppg, 11.8 rpg, 2.8 bpg) started racking up double-doubles. Blue Hens really needed a second option to Devon Saddler.
New Year’s resolutions:
Focus extra-super hard on the road (Hens are 1-5 away from the Bob Carpenter Center); Find another shooter; Reel in Saddler. The 2011 CAA Rookie of the Year is averaging 20 points per game, but shooting .387 with 3.6 turnovers a game.

DREXEL (8-4, 0-1 CAA)
Under the tree:
Brooks Brothers gift certificate for Bruiser Flint, one of the best-dressed coaches around; Copy of “Anger Management on” DVD for Flint, who has also been known to pick up a technical foul or two; Copy of “Enter the Dragon”. The preseason favorites hope channeling Bruce Lee will lead them to their first CAA title.
New Year’s resolutions:
We mentioned that they were the preseason pick, it’s time for the Dragons to start acting like it. Early losses to Norfolk State and Delaware raise concerns.

HOFSTRA (6-7, 0-1 CAA)
Under the tree:
Signed Charles Jenkins Golden State Warriors jersey; Hofstra is ranked 316th nationally in Ken Pomeroy’s “Luck Factor”, so a copy of “Winning Blackjack for the Serious Player”, as well as “Lucky You” on DVD and a “Suck for Luck” t-shirt were waiting under the tree.
New Year’s resolutions:
Find an identity, any identity. The Pride may have more quality wins (2) and more questionable losses (6) than any team in the league; Pledge to find some help for Mike Moore; Shoot more 3-pointers. Hofstra is shooting just 44 percent from inside the arc (261st nationally) but 38 percent when dialing long distance (57th nationally). Why fight it?

NORTHEASTERN (4-7, 0-1 CAA)
Under the tree:
Christmas card from Chaisson Allen via Israel, where the former Northeastern star is playing professionally. The Huskies desperately miss their former point guard, as evidenced by their dreadful effective field goal and turnover rates this season. Both rank in the lower third nationally; gift certificate for 10 hours of ice time at Matthews Arena.
New Year’s resolutions:
Rediscover the 3-point line, where the Huskies are shooting 29 percent; More take, less give. Northeastern is averaging 18 turnovers a night; Work on power play and penalty killing. Wait, this isn’t hockey? Do the people in Boston know?

UNC WILMINGTON (4-7, 0-1 CAA)
Under the tree:
There are eight freshman on this year’s team so, “Forever Young” on DVD; new Young the Giant CD; First season of “Growing Pains” on DVD; Buzz Lightyear poster.
New Year’s resolutions:
Find some help for stud forward Keith Rendleman and rookie Adam Smith; Do homework immediately after school; Listen to your parents; Be nice to younger siblings.

WILLIAM & MARY (2-11, 0-1 CAA)
Under the tree:
“Brief History of Time” by Stephen Hawking; “America: A Citizen’s Guide to Democracy Inaction” by W&M alum Jon Stewart; Advanced chemistry and law textbooks; Coupons for Early Bird Special at Denny’s for septuagenarian fan base.
New Year’s resolutions:
Play defense, any defense: Cover two, zone, trap, man, clutch & grab, Steel Curtain, anything. William & Mary opponents are shooting 47 percent this year, dead last in the CAA and the Tribe are also the worst rebounding team in the league.

TOWSON (0-13, 0-1 CAA)
Under the tree:
Charlie Sheen “#winning” t-shirt; “Basketball for Dummies”; Oakland Raiders “Just Win, Baby” poster.
New Year’s resolutions:
Win a game. The Tigers have lost 32 straight.

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