#2 VCU 25-6 vs. #7 Northeastern 14-16
This has the potential to be one of the more lopsided games of the day.
Connecticut head coach Jim Calhoun knew heading into Wednesday's game that his struggling team, losers of three straight, needed some kind of spark to get things going. That meant shuffling the lineup, with Shabazz Napier and Alex Oriakhi being replaced as starters by Ryan Boatright and Roscoe Smith, and for a short time on Wednesday night the move paid off. UConn got out to a 13-7 lead at the first media timeout and generally played better basketball on the offensive end, which was likely the desired effect of the move.
Jon Teitel: Both of your parents (Mike and Sharon) played Division II basketball.
Next up on Jon Teitel's interview series of the best coaches by school is former Delaware head coach Steve Steinwedel, who led the Blue Hens to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and two conference titles. His 1991-92 outfit, which finished 27-4, is considered to be the best team in school history.
Jon Teitel: You played at Mississippi State in the early 1970s. How good were you in college and how did you make the transition from player to coach?
With four teams legitimately battling for the CAA title, and top-notch players like Charles Jenkins and Chad Tomko on lesser teams, the CAA season should be one to remember.
The pairings are set for the 2009 CAA Men's Basketball Championship, which will be held March 6-9 at the Richmond Coliseum in Richmond, Va.
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