As Tony Shaver's band of merry men find themselves mired in the fire swamp of a promising season turned into an Asian land war, close observers of the program blame a combination of early-season injuries and a crisis of confidence. Tonight's contest against Division III Wesley (or, as they're known more familiarly, Dread Pirate Roberts) may well be an opportunity for the reeling Wrens to take a baby step in the right direction.
W&M comes off a much-needed 12-day layoff nursing a 1-8 record and wounds associated with a pair of 'to the pain' whippings at the hands of Richmond and Georgia State. It says something (and not something good) about the Tribe's season that the early media notes for tonight's game focus on W&M's free-throw shooting acumen - W&M is 3rd in the CAA and 64th in the nation with a 72.6% success rate. Soon, the SID will be handing out participation medals and halftime snacks. Anybody want a peanut?
The Tribe follows up tonight's game with a trio of out of conference tilts, heading to Columbia, MO to take on Missouri before coming home to face a tough Iona squad and traveling to take on Miami (OH) before New Year's Day. Think they'll head into conference play in January on an upswing? It'll take a miracle.
In other CAA news, this week's CAA Bloggers poll finds VCU consolidating its hold on first place after an impressive home win over Richmond. Let it be known that G:TB was the first blog to give the Rams the nod for the top spot.
1. VCU (9)
2. George Mason (2)
3. Georgia State
11. William & Mary
(first place votes in bold)