Lamar, Vermont square off Wednesday in First Four

RUSTY MILLER AP Sports Writer Published:

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Vermont is not playing the angry coach so much as his hot team.

When Lamar's Pat Knight blew up at his seniors a while back -- saying they were "stealing money being on scholarship" -- it was seen as a desperate act by the coach of a team headed nowhere.

Now, Lamar (23-11) has won six in a row and finds itself in the First Four, taking on Vermont (23-11) in a battle of No. 16 seeds at the University of Dayton on Wednesday night.

The Catamounts, champions of the America East tournament, are making their fifth appearance in the NCAA tournament. But about all anyone is talking about is Knight's team and his angry diatribe.