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...
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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...
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March 18, 2016  |  Discuss

First-year Texas coach Smart no longer the underdog

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) For years, Shaka Smart could play the underdog card as Virginia Commonwealth's coach. Smart's mid-major program beat the big boys all the way to the 2011 Final Four, and his VCU squads won two NCAA Tournament games in 2012 and 2013. Now, he's in his first year at Big 12 member Texas. And for the first time, Smart leads the Goliath from the Power Five conference...
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March 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Payton II following in father's NCAA footsteps at Oregon St

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) Oregon State has spent the week celebrating its first NCAA Tournament appearance in 26 years. Next up Friday for the seventh-seeded Beavers (19-12) is tournament regular Virginia Commonwealth in Oklahoma City. The 10th-seeded Rams (24-10) are making their sixth straight NCAA Tournament appearance, though this is the first under coach Will Wade - a former VCU...
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March 17, 2016  |  Discuss

Texas hoping Shaka Smart can spark tournament success

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -- Texas wasn't winning in March. So the school ushered out coach Rick Barnes and hired Shaka Smart to change the trend.Now it's Smart's turn to try to deliver some postseason success, although the way this team limped into March has a familiar look to seasons past. The Longhorns, the No. 6 seed in the West Regional, face No. 11 Northern Iowa (22-12) on Friday...
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March 16, 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...
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March 15, 2016  |  Discuss

A-10 Semifinals: VCU Routs Davidson 76-54

by Anthony Rushing@AnthonySJDVCU came into Brooklyn this week unsure of their fate with the selection committee for the upcoming NCAA Tournament. The best way to go about erasing any doubt is to just keep winning, VCU is going about doing just that here in the Atlantic 10 Championship tournament, the Rams are now one win away from erasing any doubt with the committee.Korey Billbury...
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March 13, 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...
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March 11, 2016  |  Discuss

VCU beats UMass 85-70 to reach A-10 Semifinals

NEW YORK (AP) Melvin Johnson scored 19 points and VCU pulled away in the second half and beat Massachusetts 85-70 in the Atlantic 10 tournament quarterfinals Friday. The second-seeded Rams (23-9) will face the winner of Davidson-St. Bonaventure on Saturday in the semifinals. JeQuan Lewis added 16 points and Korey Billbury finished with 12 for VCU, which scored 48 points in the...
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March 11, 2016  |  Discuss

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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February 22, 2016  |  Discuss

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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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January 10, 2016  |  Discuss

VCU beats George Mason 71-47 in Atlantic 10 opener

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Melvin Johnson scored 22 points and VCU rolled to a 71-47 victory over George Mason in the Atlantic 10 Conference opener for both schools on Saturday night. Johnson had four 3-pointers with three steals. Ahmed Hamdy Mohamed added 16 points and Korey Billbury chipped in 10 for VCU (9-5, 1-0), which has won five-straight games. Mo Alie-Cox had four steals and...
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January 02, 2016  |  Discuss

Texas center Cameron Ridley suffers fractured foot, out indefinitely

Senior center Cameron Ridley of the Texas Longhorns suffered a fractured left foot over the weekend and is out indefinitely, the school announced on Monday per Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports. The 22-year-old Ridley is said to have sustained the injury in practice on Sunday and is now set to undergo surgery on Tuesday. Ridley had been playing the best basketball of his career for the...
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December 28, 2015  |  Discuss

VCU rolls past Liberty 85-57

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Melvin Johnson scored 15 points, JeQuan Lewis added 14, and VCU rolled to an 85-57 victory over Liberty on Sunday. The Rams made their first six shots, including two 3-pointers by Johnson, and used a 14-3 run to end the half, including eight straight points by Jordan Burgess, to lead by 29, 45-16, at the break. The Rams' second-half lead fluctuated between...
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December 27, 2015  |  Discuss

Johnson's 22 points helps power VCU past Buffalo, 90-69

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Melvin Johnson knocked down 5 of 9 shots from long range and put up 22 points and VCU snapped a three-game losing streak with a 90-69 romp past Buffalo Tuesday night. The teams met for the first time since the 1994-95 season. The Rams are 5-0 against Buffalo and 14-7 all-time against teams from the Mid-American Conference. VCU (6-5) built a 40-27 advantage...
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December 22, 2015  |  Discuss
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