When the dust settles in the Colonial Athletic Association in late February, we may look back on this weekend as one that either kicked up more dust or helped calm the storm.
Here are five things to watch during the five-game slate on Saturday.
1. Seven-Way Tie
The races for the regular-season championship and top CAA Tournament seeds are already crowded. It could be even more crowded by Saturday night.
The three-way tie atop the standings could swell to a seven-way tie if the three 5-2 teams lose (Northeastern vs. Delaware, William & Mary at Elon and Hofstra at Charleston) and the four 4-3 teams win (Delaware, Elon and Charleston, along with Towson at UNC Wilmington).
Don't bet the farm on a seven-way tie but the matchups make it possible.
2. Can Hofstra Keep Rolling?
Within that potential seven-way tie chaos are three superb matchups, including Hofstra's visit to Charleston.
The Pride have won three in a row since a Jan. 7 loss to Elon dropped them to 2-2 in conference play. They've averaging 85.7 points in the three wins, which included a 90- and 91-point game, their fourth and six largest non-overtime offensive outputs vs. CAA teams in the last three years.
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Senior guard Justin Wright-Foreman — the nation's third-leading scorer (25.1 points per game) — had just 15 points in Thursday's blowout of Delaware but scored 55 total points in the other two wins.
3. Road Success
Last Saturday, road teams went 4-1, which included UNC Wilmington snapping Elon's seven-game home winning streak and Towson ending William & Mary's eight-game home winning streak.
Following Thursday's win over UNCW, Charleston is the only remaining CAA team that's unbeaten at home this season (9-0). Can the Cougars reach 10-0 vs. Hofstra?
4. Shawn Occeus vs. Ryan Daly
This is a can't-miss matchup between sophomore guards in the Delaware-Northeastern-game.
Delaware's Ryan Daly ranks eighth in the conference in scoring average (17.2 points per game) and almost never comes off the floor (37 minutes per game), which may force Huskies' head coach Bill Coen to keep Shawn Occeus on the court for nearly 40 minutes (averaging 27 minutes per game but has played at least 34 in all but one CAA game).
Occeus leads the CAA in steals per game (1.95), steals per 40 minutes (2.82) and steals per personal foul (1.12). He has eight games with at least three thefts this season.
5. Devontae Cacok vs. Towson
UNCW forward Devontae Cacok won CAA Defensive Player of the Year last season but the 6-foot-7, 240-pound junior is showing he's not just a force on the defensive end.
Though Cacok did shoot 80 percent during the Seahawks' run to the NCAA Tournament, he took fewer than seven shot per game (and only 3.1 free-throw attempts). His shooting clip is down under first-year head coach C.B. McGrath but he's still hitting a league-best 61 percent of his 11.5 shots per game and has doubled his free-throw attempts (59 percent on 6.3 attempts).
Cook is averaging 17.6 points per game (up from 12.3 last year) and has scored in double figures in all but one game.