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Old 03-13-2011, 11:08 PM
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Default VCU gets an NCAA birth!

I dunno how, I dunno why, but somehow the Selection Committee saw fit to give us a ticket to the Big Dance!! That makes for 3 CAA teams with their cards punched.

Sorry Tech, sorry Colorada, sorry Alabama, sorry to everyone whose resume may was better, but I refuse to feel bad about our shot!!!
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:37 PM
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Congrats man, but the committee did horrible this year
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:39 PM
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Congrats man, but the committee did horrible this year
Yup, & my checks are in the mail to 'em!
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Old 03-13-2011, 11:40 PM
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Yup, & my checks are in the mail to 'em!
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:28 AM
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Actually, they have to win to get into the true bracket.

Good luck to them.
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Old 03-14-2011, 03:20 AM
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I picked them to beat Georgetown but Purdue is gonna give them a basketball lesson.
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:37 AM
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22-22 at the half. We're playing our game, but we're not knocking down our shots. At one point we were only 2/9 from behind the arc. We're beating them on the boards, but we need to get better looks on the offensive side.

LET'S GO RAMS!!!!!!
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Old 03-17-2011, 02:56 AM
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OK, so Comcast throttles my internet & it's prolly gonna shut off at 11pm. Just in case y'all think I have a heart attack & that's why I suddenly stop posting ni the 2nd half!
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Perhaps all that’s been missing from VCU’s historic run was an overtime thriller.

They got that tonight, as “Big Shot” Bradford Burgess’ game winning shot off the inbound — and perhaps equally as important, freshman Rob Brandenberg’s block on Florida State’s final shot attempt — gave the Rams the 71-70 stunner, and punched VCU’s ticket to their first ever Elite 8 appearance.

Burgess was huge all night for the Rams, but the final 2 of his 26 on the evening were no doubt the best two points of the junior forward’s basketball career.

The Seminoles had a chance to win it with a shot of their own, but freshman Rob Brandenberg tracked down an open FSU player to block the final shot of the ACC squad’s season.

The Rams looked as if they might pull away from the ‘Noles, jumping out to a 9-point lead, but Florida State steadily chipped away at the black-and-gold’s lead, and used a stifling defense to send the game into overtime.

VCU struggled to hit free throws down the stretch, but got two crucial freebies from Brandon Rozzell with three minutes to remaining.

Florida State answered with two baskets from point blank range, including a Chris Singleton dunk with 30 seconds to play.

The Rams then channeled their inner Maynor, and Coach Shaka Smart, who’s stock is perhaps higher than any coach’s in the country, drew up the play of his life to get VCU the easy bucket off the inbound.

Brandon Rozzell kept the Rams on top early, and saw his hot tournament streak continue by scoring 16 off the bench for VCU.

Joey Rodriguez struggled to score against a lengthy FSU team who has been the most efficient defensive squad in the country. But the senior point guard found Rams all over the court, dropping 10 assists on the night and turning the ball over only three times.

Jamie Skeen rounded out VCU’s list of double digit scorers with 11 points in the win.

Skeen was limited with foul trouble, but grabbed a 7 rebounds for the Rams in a game where VCU was outrebounded by 20.

Darius Theus was also big in the first half, scoring 6 of his 8 points on the night, his highest output since January 3rd.

The win was the Rams 27th of the season, tying the most ever by any previous VCU team.

VCU will take on Kansas in the following round, the only remaining No.1 seed in this year’s tournament.

Post game celebration video via Mike Voyack from VCU Athletics, classic.
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SAN ANTONIO -- Throughout its surprising run in the NCAA tournament, Virginia Commonwealth kept winning by wide margins, never having to worry about staring down the big boys in pressure situations.

Well, it turns out VCU can do that, too.

Bradford Burgess made a layup off an inbounds pass with 7.1 seconds left in overtime, and Rob Brandenberg blocked a shot at the buzzer, giving VCU a 72-71 victory over Florida State in a Southwest Region semifinal Friday night.
"Guts -- just guts and want-to," second-year coach Shaka Smart said.

After winning only three of their last eight games, the Rams got into the 68-team field over the loud objections of many critics and had to win in the First Four just to secure an 11th seed. They proved they belonged by beating Southern California by 13, then continued their rise by knocking out Georgetown and Purdue by 18 points each. They seemed headed to another runaway victory, up by nine points with 7:37 left, then nearly blew it.

As the only team that has already won three games, fatigue might have been a factor as VCU made just one of seven shots and went 0-for-4 from the foul line. VCU's final attempt of the second half was blocked by Bernard James, giving the Seminoles one last shot, a long jumper that didn't get over the front rim.

Florida State was up by one in the final seconds of the extra period when VCU guard Joey Rodriguez stood underneath the basket, ready to throw in the ball. The Rams were going to run their favorite inbounds play, but the Seminoles recognized the setup and called a timeout to switch their defense. Smart realized it, too, so he switched to another play.

Burgess weaved through several screens, and Rodriguez made a ball fake. The eventual pass skipped between two defenders and went