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Tips for filling out your bracket

With the official first round of the NCAA Tournament tipping off March 16, the time for bracket pools is quickly arriving. What's the best way to fill out yours? You can go by rankings, gut feelings and the eye test, but those aren't the only ways to win that pool.
February 27, 2017  |  Discuss

The unexpected heroes of the NCAA Tournament

This slideshow chronicles the unexpected heroes of the NCAA tournament. Whether these athletes were role players on higher ranked teams, or the leaders of some of the greatest Cinderella stories in men's college basketball they deserve recognition.
December 12, 2016  |  Discuss

Lewis' huge night helps VCU rally past Princeton, 81-70

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) JeQuan Lewis had 25 points and 12 assists and VCU rallied after trailing for much of the game and beat Princeton 81-70 on Tuesday night. Mo Alie-Cox added 15 points and four blocks, Jordan Burgess scored 12 and freshman Samir Doughty 11 for the Rams (6-1). VCU didn't take the lead for good until Burgess hit a 3-pointer with 4:35 remaining and scrambled back...
Via AP on Fox
November 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Most likely Cinderella teams of the 2017 NCAA Tournament

Most likely Cinderella teams of the 2017 NCAA Tournament.
November 14, 2016  |  Discuss

Texas hoops players Mack and Roach suspended for opener

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas coach Shaka Smart says sophomores Tevin Mack and Kerwin Roach Jr. remain suspended for the No. 21 Longhorns' season-opener Friday against Incarnate Word.Those players were suspended for last week's exhibition game against Angelo State for an undisclosed violation of team rules during the offseason, but Smart had left open the possibility they could return...
Via AP on Fox
November 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Texas players Mack and Roach suspended for opener

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas coach Shaka Smart says sophomores Tevin Mack and Kerwin Roach Jr. remain suspended for the No. 21 Longhorns' season-opener Friday against Incarnate Word. Those players were suspended for last week's exhibition game against Angelo State for an undisclosed violation of team rules during the offseason, but Smart had left open the possibility they could return...
Via AP on Fox
November 07, 2016  |  Discuss

Most notable early-season games in the college basketball season

Most notable early-season games in the college basketball season.
October 19, 2016  |  Discuss

Longhorns hoops coach Smart gets raise, contract extension

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas is giving men's basketball coach Shaka Smart a contract extension and pay raise.Smart's first team finished 23-10 and the Longhorns lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season. The school considered that good enough to give him an extra year on his original contract with an additional $100,000 per season.With the changes, Smart will earn...
Via AP on Fox
August 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Texas basketball coach Smart gets raise, contract extension

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) Texas is giving men's basketball coach Shaka Smart a contract extension and pay raise. Smart's first team finished 23-10 and the Longhorns lost in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last season. The school considered that good enough to give him an extra year on his original contract with an additional $100,000 per season. With the changes, Smart will earn...
Via AP on Fox
August 25, 2016  |  Discuss

Texas Basketball Coach Shaka Smart Reveals the One Person Who Had the Biggest Impact On His Coaching Style

University of Texas head coach Shaka Smart's "havoc" style of basketball in characterized by an up-tempo offense and extensive use of the full-court press. It's an aggressive brand of play, one that Smart has used with great success over his career. RELATED: 6-foot-3 Texas Guard Can Touch The Top of The Backboard At the recent Nike KD9 launch event in Austin, Texas, Smart...
Via Stack
June 24, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Shaka Smart discusses USA U18 trials

Texas head basketball coach Shaka Smart is heading up the U18 FIBA Americas team this year and it looks like he is pretty excited to help lead them to the gold medal. He recently spoke about the trials, which take place in July later this year. This year’s team includes some of the country’s top players like Markelle Fultz and Hamidou Diallo. Smart looks to be ready to lead the...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Lewis leads tourney-tested VCU past Oregon State, 75-67

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) JeQuan Lewis had 21 points, eight assists and seven rebounds as 10th-seeded Virginia Commonwealth won its first NCAA Tournament game since 2013 with a 75-67 first-round victory over No. 7 seed Oregon State on Friday. The tournament appearance is the sixth straight for VCU (25-10), and the experience showed as the Rams led by eight points at halftime and held...
Via AP on Fox
March 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Four athletic freaks of the Big Dance

By Michael J. Calabrese March Madness is filled with dynamic playmakers, unstoppable sharp shooters and freak athletes. These are the guys jumping out of the gym to swat shots, throw down alley-oops, or blaze across the court for a fastbreak dunk after swiping a steal. This year’s field even features a couple of players who are being scouted by both the NBA and the NFL. We’ve spotlighted...
Via Larry Brown Sports
March 15, 2016  |  Discuss

Atlantic 10 Tournament: VCU Defeats UMass in Quarterfinals.

Melvin Johnson Had 19 Points vs UMass/vcuramnation.comby Anthony Rushing@AnthonySJD VCU looked every bit the defending Atlantic 10 champions tonight at Barclays Center.Melvin Johnson led the way, with 19 points, as number two seeded VCU took down UMass by a score of 85-70 in Brooklyn. The Rams took a 39-30 lead into halftime and came back out of the locker room smelling blood in...
Via College Hoops Digest
March 11, 2016  |  Discuss

Best NCAA Tournament Cinderellas of all time

March 09, 2016  |  Discuss

VCU seeking another shot at A10 Tournament championship

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) When VCU boarded a bus bound for New York on Wednesday many of the Rams felt like they were going to their home away from home. In each of their first three seasons in the Atlantic 10, the Rams (22-9) have advanced to the championship game of the conference tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. They won their first championship last season, winning...
Via AP on Fox
March 09, 2016  |  Discuss

VCU takes over 1st place in the A-10; beats Davidson 70-60

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Mo Alie-Cox scored 18 points and grabbed nine rebounds and Virginia Commonwealth cruised to a 70-60 win over Davidson on Senior Night and took over sole possession of first place in the Atlantic 10 Conference when Saint Joseph's was knocked off by St. Bonaventure Wednesday night. VCU and Saint Joseph's entered play tied for first with two games remaining. The...
Via AP on Fox
March 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Road To Selection Sunday: VCU Makes a Run

The NCAA tournament is right around the corner! Before the big dance gets underway, we wanted to take a look back at some of the most memorable moments by spotlighting 20 different upsets in the 20 days leading up to selection Sunday. Upsets are one of the many things that make the NCAA tournament one of the greatest sporting events in the world. This will be happy for some and...
Via The Sports Post
February 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Most likely NCAA Tournament Cinderellas

Lower-seeded teams most likely to win multiple games in the NCAA Tournament.
February 22, 2016  |  Discuss

JeQuan Lewis' growth at PG a key to VCU's winning streak

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) JeQuan Lewis is one of those players that has to be told to shoot the basketball. A pass-first point guard, Lewis was caught up in being a distributor more than a contributor for VCU. But once he understood he could be both at VCU, he has become more productive and the Rams are now riding a 12-game winning streak. First-year coach Will Wade could hardly be...
Via AP on Fox
February 05, 2016  |  Discuss

The Big 12's Final Four problem

Through the halfway point of the college basketball season, no conference in the country has looked stronger than the Big 12. The Big 12 has the No. 1 team in the country (Oklahoma), a former No. 1 still in the Top 10 (Kansas) and three more teams in the Top 15. In most of the bracket projections floating around the internet, all five of those teams are in line for Top 4 seeds. There...
Via RealGM - NBA
February 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Lewis, Johnson carry VCU past Davidson 79-69

DAVIDSON, N.C. (AP) JeQuan Lewis scored 22 points and Melvin Johnson had 21 to lead VCU to a 79-69 win over Davidson on Friday night, the Rams' 11th straight win. Mo Alie-Cox hit 8 of 11 from the field to score 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for VCU (16-5, 8-0 Atlantic 10). Johnson had 15 points and Cox 12 in the first half when the Rams made 17 of 32 shots to build at 38...
Via AP on Fox
January 29, 2016  |  Discuss

Broken finger likely to sideline VCU's Burgess 'a few weeks'

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) VCU starting guard Jordan Burgess will likely miss ''a few weeks'' after breaking a finger on his non-shooting hand. Rams coach Will Wade says he's not certain how much time the do-everything Burgess will miss, but added, ''I don't anticipate anything where he'll be back quickly.'' Burgess broke the finger late in the Rams' victory at Saint Joseph's on Tuesday...
Via AP on Fox
January 11, 2016  |  Discuss

SLU drops a strange game to VCU 72-56

ST. LOUIS -- Mo Alie-Cox had 16 points, Melvin Johnson had 12 of his 15 in the second half on Sunday and VCU pulled away from Saint Louis 72-56 after a strange first half.VCU scored the first 13 points of the game, Saint Louis didn't make its first field goal until the 6:31 mark and finished the half 2 for 13. Yet the Billikens trailed only 29-25 because they made 20 of 23 free throws...
Via AP on Fox
January 10, 2016  |  Discuss

VCU pulls away in the second half to beat Saint Louis 72-56

ST. LOUIS (AP) Mo Alie-Cox had 16 points, Melvin Johnson had 12 of his 15 in the second half on Sunday and VCU pulled away from Saint Louis 72-56 after a strange first half. VCU scored the first 13 points of the game, Saint Louis didn't make its first field goal until the 6:31 mark and finished the half 2 for 13. Yet the Billikens only trailed 29-25 because they made 20 of 23...
Via AP on Fox
January 10, 2016  |  Discuss
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