Posted March 20, 2013 on AP on Fox
Akron coach Keith Dambrot considers VCU's Shaka Smart family. Dambrot recalled crying tears of joy when was he heard Smart coached the Rams past Kansas to earn a spot in the 2011 Final Four. ''That guy's my brother,'' Dambrot said. ''I love Shaka ...'' and he wants to send him home. Dambrot believes an upset is possible if the 12th-seeded Zips can slow down the fifth-seeded Rams on Thursday. That won't be easy. Smart has installed a high-tempo defense and offense that has served his program well. The style of play helped VCU reach the Final Four in 2011 and make a third straight trip this year to the NCAA tournament. ''We try to get up and down,'' Smart said. ''We try to wreak havoc.'' The Rams have their highest seeding since being a No. 2 in 1985. Back then, Smart was 7 and Dambrot was a 26-year-old coach at Tiffin University, the first team he led. Dambrots' coaching journey later took him to Ashland and Central Michigan and eventually to Akron's St. Vincent-St. Mary High...
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