The Colonial Athletic Association has consistently been the premier mid-major conference in college basketball, so much so that to some the league has in some ways transcended the mid-major label with its recent success. However, the conference will not be quite as good. There are three top dogs in Drexel, Delaware and George Mason, but the rest of the league is average.
This year, the makeup of the conference is different.
Virginia Commonwealth has left for the Atlantic 10, dropping the number of teams in the league to 11.
The postseason will look dramatically different, as the conference tournament will field only seven teams.
Old Dominion and Georgia State were ruled ineligible to compete in the conference tournament after they joined Conference USA and the Sun Belt, respectively. (They will essentially be independents playing a CAA schedule.)
Meanwhile, Towson and UNC-Wilmington are both being penalized for low Academic Progress Rate scores, banning them from the postseason.
Here is a 2012-13 season preview for the CAA, with team-by-team breakdowns, a preseason all-conference team and predictions for how the final standings will shape up.