HAMDEN — Central Connecticut coach Howie Dickenman was called to the podium and almost immediately turned to Fairfield coach Sydney Johnson and said, "We're not a very good rebounding team. I'll tell you that up front."
That interaction showed what, beyond three basketball games to open the season Friday at Quinnipiac's TD Bank Sports Center, the Connecticut 6 Classic is about. Minutes later, Hartford coach John Gallagher, who grew up around the Big 5 rivalry in Philadelphia, articulated the point.
"This event is so important for every program because it connects us," he said.
The annual tripleheader featuring the state's six Division I...