| Mar 11, 2012
| 7:58 PM
As suspected, Virginia was comfortably in the NCAA tournament field. The Cavaliers' opening game Friday against two-time national champion Florida in Omaha, Neb., will not approach comfortable.
"They have elite talent," Virginia coach Tony Bennett said...
| Nov 12, 2013
During his college playing days at Green Bay more than 20 years ago, Tony Bennett craved games against state basketball heavyweights Wisconsin and Marquette. After all, what better way for a so-called mid-major program to measure itself than against...
| Nov 5, 2013
| 4:11 PM
RICHMOND — From 1981-84, the University of Virginia advanced in four consecutive NCAA basketball tournaments, thanks in large measure to one towering young man: Ralph Sampson.
No state program, prior or since, has scaled such heights. VCU just...
| Jul 6, 2014
RICHMOND — Matt Ball has been connected to VCU for 30 years, and given the duration and diversity of his affiliation — student-athlete, graduate, coach — few can better appreciate and assess the exponential growth of the Rams' sports...
| Apr 3, 2014
Atlantic 10 Conference commissioner Bernadette McGlade was "extremely optimistic," but nervous nonetheless on Selection Sunday. Radically changed from a year ago, her league appeared poised to send a record six teams to the NCAA basketball tournament....
| Apr 6, 2014
This weekend's Final Four is more old school than a two-handed set shot. Past champions, power conferences, oversized budgets. Kentucky, Wisconsin, Florida, Connecticut.
This was not preordained. Wichita State was absolutely Kentucky's equal, and the...
| Jul 3, 2014
RICHMOND — Whether awaiting a flight at New York's LaGuardia Airport or lunching on Franklin Street, VCU athletic director Ed McLaughlin marvels at the volume and variety of folks who recognize Rams basketball coach Shaka Smart.
| Mar 5, 2014
Shaka Smart took his VCU basketball team to a recent screening of a documentary about the Rams' magical run to the 2011 Final Four. "Unbelievable Is Believable Here" is aptly titled and surely can remind Smart's players about the powers of selflessness,...
| Feb 5, 2014
| 5:42 PM
Jeff Wilson thought the VCU bug would spread like a virus, but it didn't.
Coach Shaka Smart's Division I Virginia Commonwealth Rams are still winning with their "40-minutes-of-hell" style. They are 18-4 this season. But the nation's eyes have wandered...
| Feb 2, 2014
RICHMOND — Kendall Anthony, the smallest man on the court, had single-handedly dragged Richmond back into its matinee against VCU, halving a 12-point deficit with coast-to-coast drives and closely guarded 3-pointers.
Cue Briante Weber.
| Mar 17, 2011
In so many words, or perhaps so few, USC "just didn't have it" Wednesday night against Virginia Commonwealth in the first round of the NCAA tournament here. That was the repeated line by USC Coach Kevin O'Neill after his team's......