Central Conn Team Capsule
Nickname: Blue Devils Coach: Howard Dickenmann Location: New Britain, Connecticut Record at Central Conn: 156-133 Conference: Northeast Career record: 156-133 Overall Record: 22-11 Conference Record and Finish: 16-2, 1st Seed, Region and Bid: 16, South, Automatic Total NCAA Tournament Bids: 3 NCAA Tournament Record: 0-2 (.000) Final Four Appearances: 0 NCAA Tournament Championships: 0 Best NCAA Tournament Finish: First round (2002) Final ESPN/USA Today ranking: NR Final Associated Press ranking: NR Final Ratings Percentage Index: 147 Record vs. teams in the field: 0-1 Starters: F -- Obie Nwadike (6-4, 224, Sr. -- 14.8 ppg, 10.9 rpg) F -- Jemino Sobers (6-7, 245, Sr. -- 8.9 ppg, 5.4 rpg) G -- Joe Seymore (6-3, 185, Fr. -- 7.4 ppg) G -- Tristan Blackwood (6-0, 170, Jr. -- 17.3 ppg, 4.2 apg) G -- Javier Mojica (6-3, 180, Sr. -- 16.7 ppg, 7.1 rpg) Key Reserves: F -- Dannie Powell (6-0, 175, Jr. -- 2.4 ppg) (statistics before NCAA Tournament) OUTLOOK: There aren't too many ways to effectively attack 7-foot Ohio State center Greg Oden, and a frontline that goes 6-7, 6-4 and 6-3 isn't among them. The Blue Devils have only nine players on their roster and started the season 3-9, so they had to stage a stunning turnaround - winning 17 of their final 18 games - to make the NCAAs for the third time since 2000. But that was against NEC competition, not what awaits them against the nation's top-ranked team. Blackwood and Mojica are excellent 3-point shooters and not afraid to attack the basket, but facing Oden & Co. is too tall an order. Central looks to take heart from the fact that it gave second-seeded Iowa State all it could handle in 2000. NEXT GAME: Thursday vs. (1) Ohio St at Lexington, Kentucky
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Updated Wednesday, Mar 14, 2007