Posted January 16, 2013 on AP on Fox
Coach Shaka Smart and VCU have used the same defensive pressure that got the Rams to the Final Four to break into the Top 25. The No. 22 Rams, ranked for the first time since 1984-85, take an 11-game winning streak into Thursday night's game against St. Joseph's. The Hawks (9-5, 1-1) were the preseason favorites in the Atlantic 10, but VCU (14-3, 2-0) is on a roll. Nine of VCU's 11 victories during the streak have come by double digits. With their constant defensive pressure, the Rams lead all Division 1 men's teams in steals, averaging 13.2 per game. Sophomore Briante Weber leads the nation with 3.59 per game; senior Darius Theus is 10th, averaging 2.69. Senior Troy Daniels in No. 1 in 3-pointers made per game, averaging 4.12.

VCU in Top 25 for 1st time since 84-85

Coach Shaka Smart, VCU and the Rams' ''havoc'' style of play are back in the national spotlight. This year's Rams have used the same intense defensive pressure that carried them to the 2011 Final Four to break into the Top 25 for the first time in 28 years. The No. 22 Rams rode their 94-foot style of constant pressure to take out five schools from the major...
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