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Date published: 1/24/2007

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"Some of them are getting it, but some still have a way to go," he added. "We're 4-13 for a reason. We don't want to leave anyone behind, but we will if we have to."

Time for bracket busting

ESPN will announce the matchups for its annual BracketBusters games on Monday, CAA assistant commissioner Rob Washburn confirmed yesterday.

All 12 of the CAA's teams are slated to participate in the event, which will feature 51 games over two days--13 of which will be televised on one of ESPN's networks.

The participating teams have already been predesignated by ESPN as home or away teams, a situation that will eliminate any possibility of matching the top two teams in the CollegeInsider.com Mid-Major Top 25. Both No. 1 Butler and No. 2 VCU are scheduled to host home games.

Eight CAA teams participated in BracketBusters last year and the league posted a 6-2 record. The conference won all three of its nationally televised contests as VCU edged Albany 70-67, Old Dominion rolled past Marist 84-71 and George Mason shocked Wichita State 70-67. The CAA is now a perfect 4-0 in televised BracketBusters games, with Drexel having posted a 74-70 win at Ball State in 2005.

Pecora would love for his Hofstra squad to get a shot at Butler, but will settle for any opponent that is 10 to 20 spots ahead of the Pride (No. 64) in the current RPI rankings.

"We want to play the best team out there. That's what helps you come tournament time," he said.

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CAA STANDINGS

School

CAA

O'all

VCU

8-0

16-3

Hofstra

7-1

16-5

Drexel

6-2

14-5

Old Dominion

5-3

12-7

George Mason

5-3

11-7

William & Mary

3-5

10-8

Towson

3-5

9-10

Georgia State

3-5

7-11

James Madison

3-5

7-12

Northeastern

3-5

5-14

N.C.-Wilmington

1-7

4-13

Delaware

1-7

3-16

Tonight's games

VCU at George Mason, 7 p.m.

William & Mary at Old Dominion, 7

Delaware at Towson, 7 p.m.

Hofstra at Georgia State, 7 p.m.

James Madison at Northeastern, 7

Drexel at UNC Wilmington, 7 p.m.