We could tell you about W&M's three remaining out of conference foes, but you're not here to read about Mary Washington, High Point, and Central Michigan. (If you are, welcome, freak.) We could recap the Tribe's journey to 5-3, but we've done most of that. And you'll hear plenty about Omar Prewitt, Daniel Dixon, Terry Tarpey, and the rest of the squad over the next few months, so we're not going to waste your time on stats and ephemera.
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The Colonial Athletic Association enters play this evening with a 48-26 non-conference record. After a handful of relatively dismal years after the CAA's Final Four crest and subsequent exodus, the league has the 11th-best RPI at this point in the season. CAA teams have a winning record against the ACC, haven't lost in six tries against Conference USA, are 5-4 versus Atlantic 10 opponents, and even have a win over the SEC. Only one CAA team has a losing record (hey, Drexel, what's up?).
According to ESPN's RPI calculations, the CAA places three teams in the top 67, including your W&M squad. Northeastern beat 15th-ranked Miami. Charleston knocked off Ben Simmons and LSU. A bunch of senior-laden midmajor teams have more than held their own.
There's a word for what W&M and their CAA brethren are doing this season.