VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH RAMS NEWS

Did Shaka Smart make VCU so good, or did the job make the coach?

Virginia Commonwealth sits tied for first place in the Atlantic 10 conference once again. At 11-2 in league play and 21-5 overall, the Rams appear to be on the verge of locking up yet another NCAA Tournament bid. They’ve made it to March Madness every year since 2011, when they danced all the way to a surprising Final Four berth. The coach during that Final Four run, Shaka Smart...
Via The Comeback
10 days ago  |  Discuss

VCU pulls away from Davidson in second half

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) JeQuan Lewis scored 27 points and VCU pulled away from a tie with a 19-8 run in the second half and beat Davidson 74-60 on Saturday night. Justin Tillman added 13 points and 16 rebounds as the Rams (20-5, 10-2 Atlantic 10) won their sixth in a row and kept pace with Dayton atop the league. Jack Gibbs scored 27 points for the Wildcats (12-11, 5-7). Peyton Aldridge...
Via AP on Fox
14 days ago  |  Discuss

VCU hangs on in OT for 83-77 win over St. Bonaventure

SAINT BONAVENTURE, N.Y. (AP) Mo Alie-Cox scored 20 points, JeQuan Lewis sank a clutch free throw to force overtime and VCU slipped past St. Bonaventure in the extra period for an 83-77 win Saturday. Leading most of the game, VCU (18-5, 8-2 Atlantic 10) fell behind with two seconds left in regulation when Matt Mobley sank a step-back 3-pointer to put St. Bonaventure on top 66-65...
Via AP on Fox
21 days ago  |  Discuss

Ranking the top three conferences in college basketball

There are currently eight conferences with at least one team in the AP rankings, but some conferences are clearly stronger than others.Although the SEC has ultra-powerhouse Kentucky and two other ranked teams (Florida will more than likely fall out next Monday after losing to South Carolina earlier this week), nobody would ever suggest that the South Eastern Conference is one of...
Via The Sports Quotient
January 21, 2017  |  Discuss

Pitino, Smart share thoughts on Trump’s election win

After the election this past Tuesday, Americans have been reacting to Donald Trump’s win. Basketball coaches are one group that have decided to weigh in. NBA coaches, Steve Kerr and Gregg Popovich have made comments in regard to the election and haven’t held back. Now that college basketball is underway, Louisville’s Rick Pitino and Texas’s Shaka Smart are speaking out...
Via The Comeback
November 12, 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

Texas gives Smart one-year contract extension, pay raise

Shaka Smart has been the head coach of the Texas Longhorns basketball team for one season, but that’s plenty of time for the school to like what they see. Smart has received a one year contract extension that includes a pay bump. The entire deal will keep him in Austin until after the 2022-2023 season has concluded. Smart’s base salary for the upcoming season will be about...
Via The Comeback
August 26, 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...
Via Campus Sports Net
June 18, 2016  |  Discuss

Video: Texas Head Coach Shaka Smart Had Burnt Orange Birthday Cake

Texas may have been shocked by a buzzer-beater against Northern Iowa in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament last month, but the Longhorns have a lot to be proud of.  Friday night, after the dust from the college basketball season had finally settled, head coach Shaka Smart was able to celebrate his birthday with friends. And with school pride in mind, his birthday cake was...
Via College Spun
April 09, 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...
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

Shaka Smart Says Mack Brown Sent Him An “OU Still Sucks” Text This Morning

Texas pulled out a huge 76-63 win over its arch-rival Oklahoma today. The victory pushed the Longhorns to 19-10 on the season and strengthened the team’s case for a high seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament.  Legendary former Texas football coach Mack Brown may be an analyst for ESPN nowadays, but it appears he hasn’t fully removed himself from the Red River Rivalry. After...
Via College Spun
February 27, 2016  |  Discuss

Disliked and discredited by coaches and fans, Scott Drew keeps winning at Baylor

Minutes before Texas went down by 18 points at halftime, at home, to Baylor, Texas blog Burnt Orange Nation tweeted this: I hope Shaka Smart can Shaka Smart and Scott Drew can Scott Drew so Texas gets back in this contest. — Burnt Orange Nation (@BON_SBNation) February 20, 2016 It’s true that if anyone can coach their team from 18 points down, it’s Texas coach Shaka Smart...
Via The Comeback
February 22, 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
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