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Our favorites, sleepers, and dark horses in the 2021 CAA Conference basketball tournament

We take a look at one favorite, one sleeper and one dark horse candidate to win it all in the 2021 CAA Conference men's basketball tournament.

CAA Men’s Basketball Tournament - Championship

The CAA Conference Tournament is set to get started on Saturday, March 6th with a pair of games to open up the first round. All 10 teams are set to compete in Harrisonburg, Virginia on the campus of James Madison University. The champion of the one-bid league will be awarded on Tuesday, March 9th.

We’ll be taking a look at some of the best teams in each conference, and providing picks and predictions for each conference tournament. Plenty of favorites will win, but we’ve got some sleepers to consider that might be able to pull off a big upset on the way to the NCAA Tournament.

Here’s the bracket for the CAA Conference Tournament with TV listings, dates and times.

Favorite: James Madison

As the host of the tournament and coming in as the top seed in the CAA, it’s hard not to go with the James Madison Dukes as the favorite to win this event. However, James Madison’s best player, Matt Lewis, injured his knee in mid-February, and he will miss the rest of the season. Lewis is the leading scorer in the conference, averaging 19.7 points per game, and the Dukes lost their only game they played without him against Drexel.

Sleeper: Hofstra

The Hofstra Pride come in as the No. 4 seed, but they have the second highest winning percentage in their overall record, which is 12-9. Outside of Lewis, who won’t be a part of the tournament, senior guard Jalen Ray leads the conference in scoring at 18.6 points per game, shooting nearly 90% from the free throw line. He can take over a game, and Hofstra will likely need him to do that three days in a row.

Dark Horse: Elon

The Elon Phoenix are the No. 8 seed in this 10-team conference tournament, but they are on a roll right now with a four-game winning streak, which is the highest mark in the conference. The Phoenix play a very slow style of basketball, and that’s a big reason they allow the least amount of points per game in the conference.