March 21, 2011 |
The question is no longer whether Virginia Commonwealth belongs. Instead, it's: Who can stop the Rams? Bradford Burgess scored 23 points and 11th-seeded VCU made it three victories in 5 days yesterday, routing third-seeded Purdue, 94-76, in Chicago, to earn a trip to the Southwest Regional semifinals. VCU's remarkable run sends the Rams to the Sweet 16 for the first time in school history. With their fans chanting "VCU, VCU" as the final seconds ticked off the clock, they've now ousted Southern Cal, Georgetown and Purdue since Wednesday night.
March 25, 2013 |
Michigan made Havoc look helpless. Now Trey Burke, Tim Hardaway Jr. and the rest of the cool-headed Wolverines are part of the school's longest NCAA tournament run in nearly two decades. Mitch McGary had 21 points and 14 rebounds, and fourth-seeded Michigan breezed through Virginia Commonwealth's vaunted pressure with a clinical performance, beating the fifth-seeded Rams, 78-53, Saturday in Auburn Hills, Mich., to advance to the regional semifinals for the first time since 1994.
November 16, 1992 |
Two years ago, at 300 pounds, Marc Jackson had trouble scoring five points in a basketball game. Last night, after having made the last of five official visits to colleges with Division I programs, the 6-9, 245-pound center at Roman Catholic signed a letter of intent with Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond. "I think about that all the time, how much has happened," Jackson said. "I know I'm not finished, either. My game is not yet complete. I'm going to be a much better player as time goes on. " Jackson, who played for William Penn as a sophomore then transferred to Roman (and lost 50 pounds)
March 22, 2012 |
VIRGINIA Commonwealth basketball coach Shaka Smart on Wednesday ended speculation that he might take the open job at Illinois by announcing that he'll stay with the Rams. The decision by the young coach was cause for celebration among VCU fans and disappointment for their Illini counterparts - Illinois' search for a replacement for fired coach Bruce Weber has begun to resemble the search last year for a new football coach, when the school's top choices reportedly turned down the Illini.
March 7, 2010 |
Virginia Commonwealth, Old Dominion, Northeastern, and William and Mary advanced to the semifinals of the Colonial Athletic Association tournament yesterday. Brandon Rozzell's three consecutive three-pointers fueled a late VCU spurt, and the Rams went on to topple George Mason 75-60. Larry Sanders had his 12th double-double of the season for the Rams (22-8) with 17 points and 12 rebounds. Ryan Pearson led the Patriots (17-14) with 22 points. The Rams face archrival Old Dominion in a semifinal today at 3 p.m. The top-seeded Monarchs (24-8)
March 19, 2011 |
Brandon Rozzell led four players in double figures and VCU made 12 three-pointers to stun Georgetown with a 74-56 win that showed any remaining doubters the Rams do, indeed, belong in the NCAA Tournament. Rozzell tied his career high with six three-pointers and finished with 26 points, while Joey Rodriguez had 17 points and seven assists. Bradford Burgess and Jamie Skeen added 12 each. It is the first time the 11th-seeded Rams (25-11) have won more than one game in the NCAA Tournament, and they'll now play third-seeded Purdue tomorrow.
March 11, 2013 |
IT CERTAINLY WAS an emphatic closing statement. And it was probably enough to just about ensure that Temple's basketball team, one of many that were still supposedly straddling the dreaded bubble, will be part of the Madness for the sixth consecutive March. Sunday afternoon at a jammed Liacouras Center, the Owls (23-8, 11-5 Atlantic 10) finished the regular season with their seventh straight victory, 84-76 over 21st-ranked Virginia Commonwealth (24-7, 12-4). It gave them the third seed in the conference tourney, which begins Thursday in Brooklyn.
April 3, 2011 |
HOUSTON - In the end, when you lose there is only the losing that matters and not the winning that came before, however wonderful, however unexpected, however affirming of everything you have preached and believed. Shaka Smart and the Virginia Commonwealth Rams didn't have to be lucky enough to reach the Final Four this season, and that means them no disrespect. Getting this far requires luck, whether it is a first-time trip or a return appearance by an NCAA power. Things have to go right.
November 19, 2007 |
St. Joseph's defense was able to shear 30 points off Virginia Commonwealth's scoring average in yesterday's nonconference game at Alumni Memorial Fieldhouse. Unfortunately, what little offense the Hawks had vanished in the closing minutes, and the Rams prevailed, 54-47. VCU had averaged 84.5 points in its first two games. Junior Quanitra Hollingsworth, a 6-foot-5 center, led the Rams (3-0) with 19 points and 11 rebounds. Krystal Vaughn, who beat the Hawks (2-1) at the close of last year's meeting in Richmond, Va., added 17 points.
April 5, 1996 |
Bishop Eustace senior Blaine Neal has made an oral commitment to play baseball at Virginia Commonwealth University. A first-team Olympic Conference National Division selection last season, Neal said that VCU offered him a full scholarship, and that he accepted on Monday. According to NCAA rules, a recruit can't sign an official baseball letter of intent until Wednesday. Neal is playing first base this season and also played the outfield last year. He said VCU told him he could play either position in college.