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Dixon picked up where Howland left off

Updated: March 17, 2004, 1:59 PM ET
By Kieran Darcy | Special to ESPN.com

Carl Krauser is the last one. Nine starters have already been introduced to the sold-out crowd at Madison Square Garden for the Big East championship game. Four Pittsburgh teammates have already hopped, skipped and chest-bumped their way onto the court. But before Krauser joins them, he walks over and gives Jamie Dixon a firm handshake.

A small gesture, perhaps. But one that means so much.

"Coach is like a father figure to us," says Krauser. "He takes care of us."

Dixon has certainly ...

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