A-10: And Then There Were Two

By Matthew Shapiro - March 10, 2007


ATLANTIC CITY - Welcome to Boardwalk Hall, where in about five minutes, one of 65 NCAA Tournament bids will be handed out to either the Rams of the University of Rhode Island or the Colonials of The George Washington University.

It's a big night here in Atlantic City. Someone's going to the Big Dance, they're serving Chinese food in the media room and I'm wearing a blazer. That's a powerful trifecta.

This game itself should not disappoint. GW is the favorite to win, and they are probably the more talented team. But there's a special feeling hovering around Rhody right now, as they have won their last two games in dramatic fashion, and beat Xavier yesterday in a game they were not supposed to win.

Rhode Island will need more big performances from Jimmy Baron and Kahiem Seawright, both guys who have stepped up in the last couple of games. GW will continue to lean on Philly's Maureece Rice to provide scoring.

The crowd isn't as large as I expected here, but maybe that will change in the next few minutes. Either way, it should be loud, as these two teams had some of the most vocal fans in the tournament. It's a pretty balanced arena right now, and I don't think either team has too much of an advantage.

Posted by Matthew Shapiro at 05:53 PM on March 10, 2007
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