The Washington Times - March 8, 2009, 04:32PM

RICHMOND – Let’s clear up some misconceptions before getting to any other business here at the CAA tournament.

This is not a neutral court.

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Sure, it’s technically not on Virginia Commonwealth’s campus. And the CAA tournament isn’t part of the season ticket package. But the Richmond Coliseum is filled with gold, and VCU couldn’t ask for a more supportive crowd.

It’s also a much different venue than the one I covered a game in yesterday. Virginia’s John Paul Jones is a gem, if a little big for its fanbase. The Richmond Coliseum is, well, a relic from a bygone era – functional, yes; luxurious, no. It’s never a good sign when people are sitting around talking about the smell of elephants from the circus’ recent visit.

Anyway, the highlight of the day (beyond a very competitive game) was a halftime Segway race where one of the two contestants wiped out.

Anyway, in a quick star watch, VCU’s Eric Maynor has 13 points and Old Dominion’s Gerald Lee is stuck on only two points. That’s a big part of why the Rams are up 35-32 with 13:27 to go.

Mason-Towson begins around 5:30. More on that game closer to tip-off.

Patrick Stevens