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“It’s a nickname they’ve given me in the city of Richmond. It’s a great one, and I think it’s going to carry over for a long time,” said Rozzell, who is averaging 14 points in the NCAA tournament and has made 17 3-pointers in five games, including six against Georgetown.

“If I had the opportunity to run for mayor, I just might,” he said laughing.

Richmond’s real mayor, Dwight Jones, is expected to be in attendance on Saturday when the Rams meet Butler in the national semifinals, and Rozzell would love a chance to meet him.

“I hope he’s not upset with me that I’m coming for his job,” he said.


CHAMPIONSHIP INFLUENCE: Butler coach Brad Stevens has developed a relationship with a coach who knows a thing or two about winning championships in former Indianapolis Colts coach Tony Dungy. Dungy won a Super Bowl as a player and a coach and retired from the Colts after the 2008 season with a 148-79 career record with the Colts and Tampa Bay.

“I would say outside of the basketball X’s and O’s coaches, Tony Dungy has had the biggest influence as I have gotten to know him. I can’t say enough great things about him.”


AP Sports Writers Nancy Armour, Will Graves, Hank Kurz Jr., Eddie Pells, John Marshall and Kristie Rieken contributed to this report from Houston.