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VCU Basketball: VCU Rams BIG time struggle

Briante Weber had a big game against #23 UNI RICHMOND, Va.—  After opening the year ranked 15th in the nation, the VCU Rams has been somewhat of a disappointment for Ram fans.  The VCU Rams dropped two straight games before going on its most recent two game win streak.  With an early loss to Villanova, VCU was exposed for its inability to defend the perimeter.  The Rams have...
Via isportsweb.com
1 day ago  |  Discuss

VCU tops No. 23 Nothern Iowa in double overtime

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Treveon Graham scored 21 points, including a tightly contested 3-pointer in the second overtime, and VCU sent No. 23 Northern Iowa to its first loss, 93-87 on Saturday night. Briante Weber added 14 points and Melvin Johnson 12 for the Rams (6-3), who beat a ranked team for the first time since topping No. 16 Saint Louis last March 1. The Panthers (9-1), looking...
Via AP on Fox
4 days ago  |  Discuss

VCU's Melvin Johnson a mercurial sharpshooter

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Shaka Smart was watching film and was caught somewhat off guard. The film was of VCU's game at Virginia early last season, and with the clock winding down in what became a 59-56 victory for the Rams, he noticed that shooting guard Melvin Johnson was nowhere to be found. ''It really reminded me of how far he's come because he was not in the game in the crunch-time...
Via AP on Fox
13 days ago  |  Discuss

VCU beats Illinois State 66-62

NORMAL, Ill. (AP) Melvin Johnson scored 19 points, including five 3-pointers, and VCU held off Illinois State late for a 66-62 win on Tuesday. Johnson's free throws with 46 seconds left gave VCU (5-2) a 3-point lead. Mo Alie-Cox blocked the next two Illinois State shots and the Redbirds could only manage one more free throw the rest of the way as Briante Weber made a pair from the...
Via AP on Fox
15 days ago  |  Discuss

VCU-Old Dominion Preview

Virginia Commonwealth appears to have rediscovered its trademark defensive intensity after two uncharacteristic efforts. The No. 14 Rams look to keep forcing turnovers as they try for their fifth straight win over former Colonial Athletic Association rival Old Dominion on Saturday in their first true road test. Two games after allowing Toledo to shoot 50.0 percent in an 87-78 victory...
Via AP on Fox
19 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 14 VCU tops Oregon 77-63 in Legends Classic consolation game

NEW YORK — Virginia Commonwealth remembered how to play the in-your-face pressure defense that made the program an NCAA tournament staple. One night after the Rams lost their way, they rebounded with a vintage defensive effort in that familiar ''havoc'' style. Melvin Johnson scored 19 points and Treveon Graham had 13 to lead No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth past Oregon 77-63 on Tuesday...
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

No. 14 VCU tops Oregon 77-63 in Legends Classic

NEW YORK (AP) Melvin Johnson scored 19 points and Treveon Graham had 23 to lead No. 14 Virginia Commonwealth past Oregon 77-63 on Tuesday night. The Rams (4-1) led by as many as 14 and never trailed in the Legends Classic consolation game at the Barclays Center. They bounced back from the first loss of the season with a 12-0 run that opened the game against the Ducks (3-2). Johnson...
Via AP on Fox
22 days ago  |  Discuss

VCU-Oregon Preview

VCU didn't create much havoc on Monday night, at least not for its opponent. The 14th-ranked Rams will look to bounce back from an uncharacteristic performance and get back to forcing turnovers Tuesday night when they meet Oregon in the Legends Classic consolation game at the Barclays Center in New York. VCU (3-1) lost 77-53 to No. 12 Villanova in Monday's semifinal, its worst defeat...
Via AP on Fox
23 days ago  |  Discuss

Larrier has 21 as No. 15 VCU buries UMES 106-66

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Terry Larrier scored 21 points and No. 15 Virginia Commonwealth made quick work of Maryland-Eastern Shore on Thursday night, taking a 61-30 halftime lead on the way to a 106-66 victory. Treveon Graham added 17 points for the Rams (3-0), who won their 22nd in a row at home. They needed a lopsided game to get their younger players more experience before heading...
Via AP on Fox
27 days ago  |  Discuss

Md.-Eastern Shore-VCU Preview

Virginia Commonwealth coach Shaka Smart's 'Havoc' defense can cause problems to the best of opponents. His 15th-ranked squad figures to do plenty of damage against an overmatched opponent playing for the second straight night. The Rams look for their 22nd straight home win Thursday night when they meet Maryland-Eastern Shore in their final tuneup before a major tournament next week...
Via AP on Fox
28 days ago  |  Discuss

VCU edges Toledo behind 22 points from Graham, Johnson

  No. 15 Virginia Commonwealth pulled away in the final three minutes to register a hard-fought, 87-78 victory over Toledo Tuesday night. Senior Treveon Graham and junior Melvin Johnson each scored 22 points to lead the Rams (2-0), who finally took control of the game with nine unanswered points down the stretch. Toledo (1-1) stayed even with VCU for most of the evening but too...
Via AP on Fox
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Graham, Johnson lead No. 15 VCU over Toledo 87-78

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) No. 15 Virginia Commonwealth pulled away in the final three minutes to register a hard-fought, 87-78 victory over Toledo Tuesday night. Senior Treveon Graham and junior Melvin Johnson each scored 22 points to lead the Rams (2-0), who finally took control of the game with nine unanswered points down the stretch. Toledo (1-1) stayed even with VCU for most of the...
Via AP on Fox
29 days ago  |  Discuss

Toledo-VCU Preview

While VCU could be without one guard Tuesday night, it will have the services of another. As sophomore JeQuan Lewis continues to recover from a concussion, defensive standout Briante Weber will be available for the No. 15 Rams when they host a talented Toledo team in this regional matchup of the Legends Classic. The two-time Atlantic 10 Defensive Player of Year, Weber led the nation...
Via AP on Fox
November 17, 2014  |  Discuss

Johnson leads No. 15 VCU past Tennessee

Melvin Johnson had a simple explanation for a first half in which the missed only two shots, scored 20 points and provided Virginia Commonwealth with a commanding lead.
Via WholeHogSports
November 14, 2014

Tennessee-VCU Preview

(AP) - Coach Shaka Smart and his Virginia Commonwealth basketball team have become regulars in the NCAA tournament since that improbable run to the Final Four in 2011. VCU is ranked No. 15 in the preseason Top 25, the second consecutive year with the Rams in the rankings to start the season. VCU is also the runaway pick to win the Atlantic 10 Conference, meaning that Smart's youngest...
Via AP on Fox
November 13, 2014  |  Discuss

No. 15 VCU challenges: Youth and expectations

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) Coach Shaka Smart and his Virginia Commonwealth basketball team have become regulars in the NCAA tournament since that improbable run to the Final Four in 2011. VCU is ranked No. 15 in the preseason Top 25, the second consecutive year with the Rams in the rankings to start the season. VCU is also the runaway pick to win the Atlantic 10 Conference, meaning that...
Via AP on Fox
November 12, 2014  |  Discuss

VCU picked to win a competitive Atlantic 10

NEW YORK (AP) Virginia Commonwealth is the favorite to win the Atlantic 10 conference. The Rams received all 28 first-place votes in the annual poll of the conference's coaches and selected media, held in conjunction with media day Tuesday. VCU also was the preseason choice last year before finishing 26-9 and 12-4 in the A-10 as the conference runners-up. George Washington is picked...
Via AP on Fox
October 14, 2014  |  Discuss

VCU Basketball:  Analyzing the Battle for Virginia (VCU v UVA)

RICHMOND, Va.–  VCU fans can all remember the last moments of last season’s match at UVA.  Treveon Graham makes a last second 3-point buzzer beater to put the Rams ahead of the Cavalier 59-56.  Arguably one of the biggest moments in recent history for the VCU Rams, the rematch could possibly be an even bigger deal.  With both VCU and UVA making the NCAA tournament last season...
Via isportsweb.com
October 03, 2014  |  Discuss

VCU Basketball: Top 2015 recruit offers thus far

Head Coach Shaka Smart and his staff have been very successful when it comes to recruiting. With the addition of David Cason to the staff, 2015 recruiting should be even better. So far, 8 of the 11 offers made for the class of 2015 are in the ESPN Top 100 recruit ranks. Coach Smart knows just the type of players he needs, and he has made some great offers thus far. Brandon Ingram...
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June 24, 2014  |  Discuss

VCU Basketball: Why Justin Tillman may fit perfectly in Reddic’s place

Seeing Juvonte Reddic graduate and move on with his basketball career is hard for fans that enjoyed watching his exciting four years at VCU. On the other hand they may also enjoy hearing why Justin Tillman may fit perfectly in Reddic’s place. Reddic was averaging at 11.8 PPG and 8.4 RPG as he ended his career as a Ram, all while shooting just over 50% in the paint. His ability...
Via isportsweb.com
April 22, 2014  |  Discuss

VCU Basketball: Why fans are so excited for Briante Weber’s senior year

This season was all about steals for #2, and is a reason why fans are so excited for Briante Weber’s senior year. Of course it will be devastating to see the contagiously energetic defensive star enter into his final year. The excitement of what more he can/will bring next season, on the other hand, trumps any grief fans may have. Briante Weber runs the court against Illinois State...
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April 09, 2014  |  Discuss

Brandenberg hoping to extend last ride at VCU

It's late March, which means it's Rob Brandenberg's last ride at VCU.   "And it's not over yet," the Ohio native said in a phone interview earlier this month, "but it's been incredible, man. It's been great. I've been able to accomplish a lot individually, play on great teams, play in (four) NCAA tournaments. "I'll look back later, and it will be great. We're trying to keep it going...
Via Fox Sports Ohio
March 21, 2014  |  Discuss

What Seed Did VCU Get In The 2014 NCAA Tournament?

Seed: For the upcoming 2014 NCAA Tournament, the VCU Rams were given a 5-seed in the South-region. They are coached by Shaka Smart and hail from the Atlantic 10 conference. You can view the entire 2014 NCAA Tournament field here in our official bracket. Where: They will open play against Stephen F. Austin in San Diego on Friday.  Why: VCU finished with a 12-4 record in the...
Via College Spun
March 16, 2014  |  Discuss

VCU’s Melvin Johnson To Miss A-10 Title Game

Virginia Commonwealth’s 40 minutes of havoc will miss a very important cog. The Rams best outside shooter this season,  6-foot-3 sophomore Melvin Johnson, will miss Sunday’s Atlantic-10 title game against St. Joseph’s with a knee injury, Shaka Smart told CBSSports.com on Saturday night. RT @CBSSports VCU's Melvin Johnson will miss A-10 title game with knee injury, will have...
Via Thacover2
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss

VCU’s Melvin Johnson To Miss A-10 Title Game

Virginia Commonwealth’s 40 minutes of havoc will miss a very important cog. The Rams best outside shooter this season,  6-foot-3 sophomore Melvin Johnson, will miss Sunday’s Atlantic-10 title game against St. Joseph’s with a knee injury, Shaka Smart told CBSSports.com on Saturday night. RT @CBSSports VCU's Melvin Johnson will miss A-10 title game with knee injury, will have...
Via BlackSportsOnline
March 15, 2014  |  Discuss
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