| Mar 20, 2013
RICHMOND — As Akron prepared for the Mid-American Conference tournament, VCU coach Shaka Smart sent the Zips a 45-second motivational video.
"It was all about how much I believed in their team and how good they could be," Smart said Tuesday....
| Oct 25, 2012
RICHMOND — The only Virginia basketball program of the last 15 years to advance in consecutive NCAA tournaments is poised to sustain that excellence in 2012-13.
"Any time we take the floor, we believe we can win," VCU coach Shaka Smart said...
| 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...
| Feb 28, 2013
RICHMOND — Spike Lee strolled into a VCU basketball practice last week. The renowned filmmaker, hoops maven and Reggie Miller foil was speaking on campus and wanted to check out coach Shaka Smart's Rams.
"All of a sudden it went from a good...
| Mar 3, 2013
RICHMOND — VCU ambushed Florida Gulf Coast, Winthrop and Stetson in November. Come December, the Rams ravaged Western Kentucky, Longwood and Fairleigh Dickinson. Since New Year's, East Tennessee State, Duquesne and George Washington have drowned...
| Jan 23, 2013
RICHMOND — This marks the first season since 1985 that VCU has cracked the Associated Press' national college basketball poll. The Rams are ranked 19th this week and own Division I's second-longest winning streak at 13 games, three behind Kansas....
| Feb 10, 2013
NORFOLK — His flight from Nashville delayed, Old Dominion athletic director Wood Selig arrived later than usual to the Monarchs' home basketball game Saturday against Northeastern. But the one-day sojourn to Music City was well worth the time....
| 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...
| 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...
| 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....
| 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...