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Zips will try to slow tempo

By mrasor Published: December 17, 2008

Men's basketball
Keith Dambrot said his team will try to make tonight's game at VCU a low-scoring contest.
That is the Miami theory of playing teams with superior athleticism/talent. Don't let them find a rhythm and keep the scores low -- which means the gap will be smaller. Such a plan gives you a chance in the final few minutes if your team can make its shots.
As I thought, the odds are against the Zips, who are eight- to nine-point underdogs. I think that is an accurate prediction.
It appears that VCU will stream video of the game. Here is the schedule. If you click the picture of the TV near the Akron game, it might work.
As you can see, the verbal commitments are pouring in.
The newest is Sean Farr, a three-star receiver from Baltimore, who had offers from Maryland, Virginia and Eastern Michigan.
The guy is apparently a comedian, too. A fan on found this interview between Farr and a blogger. Check what Farr had to say about visiting EMU.
This class is quite heavy on wide receivers. These players will join the team next season, then sit for a year until they are needed to fill in for Jeremy Bruce, Dashan Miller, Deryn Bowser and Andre Jones.
For those of you who felt J.D. Brookhart did not know how to fix a problem, look at how he has bolstered the roster at receiver and defensive line.
Men's soccer
Soccer America named Steve Zakuani its Player of the Year.
Everyone is still waiting to hear who won the Hermann Award, which is announced on Jan. 9. Zakuani is a finalist.
I sense some skepticism about my report of Zakuani's departure. I assure you, unless Zakuani changes his mind (and if he has hired an agent, it's too late), he is gone. I don't just make things up. The university will make an announcement soon to confirm it.
If you want some news that will brighten your day, maybe this will help. Word is, Caleb Porter is bringing in an phenomenal player from another country.

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