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NCAA FIRST FOUR, Dayton, Ohio; VCU shows CAA belongs by beating USC

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Jamie Skeen (courtesy of VCU athletics)

Virginia Commonwealth University is a member of the NCAA Mid-major conference, Colonial Athletic Association.

The CAA is often disrepected by the national media, but it is a solid conference with VCU, Old Dominion, Northeastern, George Mason, Delaware, Drexel, Georgia State, Hofstra, James Madison, North Carolina-Wilmington and William & Mary.

The 11th-seeded team Rams used a suffocating defense to corral the taller and stronger USC Trojans in winning 59-46. The Rams up their record to 24-11.

Jamie Skeen scored 16 points to lead VCU into a showdown against sixth-seeded Georgetown (21-10) on Friday in Chicago.

Jio Fontan scored 14 points and Nikola Vucevic 11 for USC (19-15), which managed only one field goal over the final 9 minutes of the game.

The Rams shut down Vucevic, a first-team All-Pac-10 performer, was double and triple-teammed and never got into a rhythm.

The halftime score was 22-22.

In the 2nd half, the Rams found their shooting shoes to go up 34-27. USC came back  to 44-43 but VCU pulled away never to give up the lead ever again.

Shaka Smart, the VCU coach was making a return to UD Arena. He used to be on the staff of the Dayton Flyers under Oliver Purnell as the head of basketball operations in the last decade.

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY RAMS POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

46 553 Bradford Burgess VCU How hungry was the team going after loose balls, steals

46 555 Jamie Skeen VCU Getting an first NCAA win as a senior

46 556 Joey Rodriguez VCU On Colonial Athletic Association being disrrespected

46 557 Shaka Smart VCU coach Was he happy the game was 59-46

46 559 Shaka Smart VCU coach On game by Gahanna product Rob Brandenberg

46 562 Shaka Smart VCU coach Team handling NCAA exposure well, 1st win

46 565 Shaka Smart The First Four Games has been criticized his thoughts

46 566 Shaka Smart VCU coach He used to work for the Dayton Flyers, likes UD Arena atmosphere

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA TROJANS POSTGAME PRESS CONFERENCE

46 539 Kevin O’Neill USC coach On loss, making NCAA, His Seniors

46 540 Nikola Vucevic Could not run offense thru him like planned

46 541 Nikola Vucevic USC This style of VCU is tough trying to stop 3′s and in foul trouble

46 542 Jio Fontan USC Why they lost, frustrations and emotions

46 545 Kevin O’Neill USC Did VCU want it more, was it their experience in NCAA before

46 547 Kevin O’Neill USC Did the lack of depth catch up with you tonight

46 548 Kevin O’Neill Stressing Tempo all year but couldn’t against VCU


Tim Welsh leaves ESPNU to take head coaching reins at Hofstra

compiled from staff and wire reports

Hofstra University has confirmed that it has hired Tim Welsh to be its men’s basketball coach.

The former coach at Providence College and Iona College has spent the past two years as a commentator for ESPNU.

Welsh takes over for Tom Pecora, who took the job at Fordham last week.  Pecora had a record of 155-126 in nine years at Hofstra, with three straight NIT appearances from 2005-2007.

Tim Welsh (file photo)

Hofstra lost in the second round of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament. The Pride finshed this past season at 19-15. Hofstra joined the CAA in 2001, and eventhough it has enjoyed success on the basketball court, the administration wants “The Big Dance”.  The Pride haven’t been able to reach the NCAA tournament since becoming a member in the tough CAA.

Tim Welsh spent 10 seasons at Providence, leading the Friars to the NCAA tournament in 2001 and 2004.  His record was 160-143.  At Iona, he compiled a 70-22 record, with one NCAA and two NIT appearances.