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Greatest homer statement ever: the CAA was 4-0 last night in games in which the opposition didn’t score exactly 80 points. They were 0-2 in other games.

Drexel let a five point lead get away late, missing the front end of a one-and-one and then couldn’t get the ball inbounds. Rhode Island got a stickback with 1.7 seconds left.

Aggression was the name of the game for NU. The Huskies got 12 points, 13 rebounds, six blocks, and five fouls from Nkem Ojougboh. Chase Allen got to the foul line nine times. NU hounded Santa Clara into 29% shooting and outrebounded them.

VCU, Hofstra, and Delaware also won thrillers.

Chuck Jenkins had 15 of 17 points in the first half, and Nat Lester had 15 of his 17 points in the second half in the HU win. Chaz Williams put up some hysterically crooked numbers: 12 points, six assists, six turnovers, five steals. Think he’s a freshman? (Side note: Chuck, Nat, and Chaz? Those are snooty northeast prep school names. Matt Damon plays one of the kids in the movie.)

There were 22 lead changes in VCUs win over East Carolina, and the Rams finished on a 19-5 kick over the final six minutes. Larry Sanders scored 23 and hauled in nine boards, but it was big shots from Joey Rodriguez and Brandon Rozzell that were the difference. Rozzell particularly has a knack for nailing the important three. (You know, a one-point lead becomes four with two minutes left kind of three.)

The Fightin’ Montays trailed 59-52 with about two minutes to play before closing out Lafayette in OT. The Hens hit just 8 of 35 three-pointers as a team (1-12 from Jawan Carter) but hit 30 of 36 foul shots (83.3 percent) for the night, including 21 of 24 accuracy after halftime. Delaware had entered the game shooting just 64 percent from the line.

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Sadly, there’s little time today for a big preview of the final slate of noncons–save The Dub makeup against UVa and Bracketbusters. There are five games, and I’d feel very good (and fortunate) if the CAA can get three. You know the biggie.

For your teevee: Mason is at Radford on MASN and The Fightin’ Pugs at Maryland on CSN.

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Three links of great reads:

This is Kyle at his best, warming us up for the conference season. I’ve spoken about this for a month, and he nails it.

Beach with a phenomenal look into the intersecting background of Tom Pecora and Bob McKillop. Well done, and my comment is that I’m glad John Corso finally got a decent haircut.

Unrelated to the CAA, but ESPNs Dana O’Neil writes an incredible story about Texas big man Dexter Pittman. It’s more about good people doing good things, and you will enjoy it. (And gives you a major conference team to root for.)

Side note: Dana O’Neil might be the most underrated writer in the country for nothing more than Dana O’Neil is the best writer in the country.

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