In the CAA tournament's final tilt the resurgent VCU Rams took it on the chin. Rams guard, Ed Nixon, who was elbowed with enthusiasm by ODU's Frank Hassell, might say -- no, it was in the mouth.
Nixon stayed on the floor at least 5 minutes, counting his teeth and trying to gather his wits. Hassell was charged with a personal foul; Rams fans screamed for him to be ejected. After Nixon was helped from the court, VCU’s Joey Rodriguez took the two foul shots for Nixon. Normally the Rams best shooter from the charity stripe (85 percent success), Rodriguez missed them both.Click here to read my commentary on the ODU victory over VCU at Richmond.com.
The Monach’s pep band missed an opportunity to play a few bars of the Screamin' Jay Hawkins 1956 hit single, “I Put a Spell on You.”