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Rams are ready for CAA Tournament

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VCU faces Delaware Friday in first round

By: Tommy Lopez

The Rams have won the CAA Championship two of the last three years and three of the previous six. This time around they are starting a day early.

No team that failed to receive a first round bye has ever won the CAA Championship although teams have reached the finals. VCU will begin their quest to make history Friday at 2:30 p.m. as they battle the Blue Hens at the Richmond Coliseum.

This is the 21st year that Richmond has been the site for the CAA Tournament. It isn’t the friendly confines of the Siegel Center, but there is a home court advantage nonetheless.

Remember Rams fans, students get in free to all CAA Tournament games involving VCU. Be sure to be at the Sixth Street entrance to the Richmond Coliseum early. If you want extra incentive, the first 1,000 VCU fans will receive a free VCU Rams t-shirt!

The VCU Campus Connector shuttle bus will take students from Cabell Library to the Richmond Coliseum each day. It’s free and will run for two hours before and after each VCU game. For more information check out the transportation website or call 828-4554.

First Round Matchups

The Blue Hens went 7-23 during the regular season and finished in 12th place in the CAA with a 3-15 record. The Rams finished 20-8 overall and fifth in the conference at 11-7.

Delaware finished the season on a six game losing streak. In their final game they fell to Towson 81-66.

VCU posted a 77-64 win over Delaware Jan. 9 at the Verizon Wireless Arena. The Rams and Blue Hens have met once previously in the postseason, as VCU recorded a 74-61 victory over Delaware in the 2005 CAA Tournament quarterfinals.

The other first round games begin at noon on Friday with No. 8 Towson playing No. 9 UNC Wilmington. At 6 p.m. No. 7 Hofstra will take on No. 10 Georgia State and at 8:30 p.m. No. 6 Drexel will face No. 11 James Madison.

Later Round Possibilities

All three of VCU’s recent championships were over George Mason. If they get past Delaware, the Rams would face the Patriots on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. in the quarterfinals.

With a win over Mason VCU would either play Old Dominion or the team that defeats the Monarchs Sunday at 3 p.m. The Championship will take place Monday at 7 p.m.

Media Coverage

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Friday’s first round games will be streamed online on the CAA website.

The Comcast Network will air all quarter and semifinal games Saturday and Sunday. ESPN will televise the championship game Monday at 7 p.m.

ESPN 950 AM will provide radio coverage for 10 of the 11 contests and Sirius Satellite Radio will cover all of the games, although they have not released their specific channel numbers.

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  2. Samay Sappal

    March 4, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    VCU is going to make history this year and win all four games to take the CAA Championship! Go Rams!

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