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The Rams next stint in the post-season came under Head Coach Mike Pollio in the 1988 NIT Tournament where they would reach the quarter-finals before ultimately falling to UConn 60–69. Check-In. The Rams lost their second-round game by the same margin to #4 Tennessee in 1981. During his time as the head coach with VCU, Capel compiled a 79–41 record. Anthony Grant posted an impressive 76–25 record in his three seasons as the head men's basketball coach at VCU. The Rams became the first team to sweep the best of 3 championship series in the CBI post-season tournament on their way to becoming the 2010 CBI Champions. The Rams would not fall short again and captured the CAA Conference Tournament Championship for the fourth time since joining the conference capped by a 71–50 rout of rival George Mason in the final. Benny Dees coached the team for the first two seasons of existence. The major conference realignment of the early 2010s eventually gave VCU the opportunity for a major basketball upgrade. In the first round of the NCAA tournament, dubbed by many as "The First Four", The Rams succeeded in knocking off USC by the score of 59–46.  Their First Four appearance, combined with their run to the Final Four, gave VCU the distinction of being the first team to win 5 games in the men's NCAA tournament without reaching the championship game. In April 2006, Capel resigned as head coach to accept the same position with the University of Oklahoma Sooners. Maynor also had 7 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals in the victory. The Rams have appeared in the National Invitation Tournament (NIT) five times. Kyle Davis scored the game-winning layup with 16 seconds left in overtime, and Dayton beat VCU 68-67 Saturday night to clinch a share of the Atlantic 10 title and the No. During the recent success and under the leadership of Dr. Richard Sander, the VCU Sportscenter was created to help peer institutions hire the best coaches. The VCU Rams men's basketball team is the intercollegiate men's basketball team that represents Virginia Commonwealth University. He was 132–48 overall and 59–19 in conference play during his time at VCU. ", "VCU's Final Four foray brings record-levels of attention", "2011 NCAA Men's Basketball Rankings – ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll Postseason (Mar. Subsequently, the Rams earned an invitation to play in the Sun Belt Conference and hired J. D. Barnett as their head coach. 2018-19: HTML l Overall (PDF) l A-10 Only (PDF) 2017-18: HTML l PDF. The Rams heartbreak continued as they were upset on their home court in the first round by old-time Sun Belt Conference rival, the UAB Blazers 80–77 as a late comeback fell just short. Barnett, who coached the team from 1979 through 1985, immediately brought NCAA success to the team, earning berths into the NCAA Tournament five of the six seasons in his tenure, as well as being the four-time Sun Belt champions. Neutral 4-4. The Rams squad showed outstanding poise in the second-half by forcing overtime after trailing 26–41 at halftime. Their combined record is 2–5.  The 2011 NCAA tournament run by VCU is regarded as one of the best Cinderella runs of all time. Check out the highlights of potential No. In his first season returning to VCU, Wade guided the team to their first ever A10 Conference regular season championship and a 25-11 overall record. 2016-17 VCU Basketball. Barnett in VCU's first season in the Sun Belt. Jeff Capel originally joined VCU as an assistant in 2001 and at the time of his promotion to the head coaching position in 2002 was the youngest head coach in Division I NCAA basketball at 27 years old. The Rams blew out Georgetown 74–56 in Chicago to reach the Round of 32 and followed this win up with a 94–76 routing of third-seeded Purdue to advance to VCU's first-ever Sweet Sixteen appearance. VCU reached the NCAA tournament a state record seven consecutive times from 2011–2017. 29)", "Rams finish the season ranked sixth in the USA Today/ESPN Top 25 Poll", "NCAA Tournament Final Four: Is VCU the Greatest Cinderella Story of All Time? Reb per game 36.4 . 2016-17: HTML l PDF. Away 7-4. In their first season as members of the CAA, the Rams posted a 24–9 overall record, going 14–2 in conference play en route to the CAA regular season and conference tournament championships. VCU has a record of 11–18 against such teams. The VCU Rams finished 6th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll at the end of the season. 2016-17 Schedule. The second coach, Chuck Noe, led the team for the next six seasons.. Despite reaching the semifinals of the CAA Tournament, the Rams did not earn a berth into either the NCAA nor NIT tournaments. 14-4. The Rams missed an at-large bid for the NCAA Tournament but instead received an invitation to play in the NIT. 1 NBA draft pick Anthony Edwards' career at Georgia as he tears up the court with ease. Here's what we know about the state of each case. FT % 70.5 . Virginia Commonwealth has made it to the NCAA Final Four once in its program's history, in 2011. The Rams have three major rivals: Old Dominion, George Mason and their long-standing crosstown rival University of Richmond. In the 2004 NCAA Tournament, the Rams were awarded the #13 seed in the East region and faced #4 Wake Forest in the first round. The head coach from 1985 until 1989, Pollio had a rather lackluster record with the team. Division regular season champion With a valuation of $56.9 million, VCU ranks second in the Commonwealth of Virginia, and second in the A10 Conference. They would go on to lose by a score of 79–84. Thus, VCU became the first team to advance from the "First Four" to the Final Four. The Rams would return to the tournament in 1983. A $25 million practice facility located on the north side of Marshall Street adjacent to the Siegel Center was completed in November 2015. In Kirk's second season with the team, he led them to a 24–5 record, and a berth into the National Invitational Tournament, making it the first time the team reached any major tournament. VCU, the Southwest Regional champions played in the National Semifinal against the Southeast Region champion Butler Bulldogs, losing 70–62. It is the first post-season tournament championship, excluding conference tournaments, in the history of the program. University-owned, the Siegel Center broke ground for construction April 1996, and opened three years later, in May 1999. Prior to Florida, Smart served as an assistant coach at Clemson, Akron and California (Pa.) and a director of operations at Dayton. It would not be long before the Rams returned to the tournament. " Smart's teams have employed a basketball philosophy nicknamed Havoc since that point. The Rams entered the 2007 NCAA Tournament as the #11 seed in the West region and upset the #6 seed Duke Blue Devils 79–77 on a game-winning bucket from just beyond the free-throw line by Eric Maynor in the final seconds of the game. Referees: Robert Riley, Donnie Eppley, Tony Crisp Dayton beats VCU in OT; clinches Atlantic 10 No. In the 1968–69 season as an independent team, the program played its first ever season. He was formerly the head coach at Rice University in Houston. Streak Lost 2. VCU then beat Florida State 72–71 in overtime on a last second shot by Bradford Burgess to advance to the school's first ever Elite-Eight appearance. Pct..743. The Rams were eliminated by the #6 seed UCLA Bruins in a hard-fought game 65–64. The Rams good fortune did not continue into the next round, however, where they were eliminated by the #3 seed Pittsburgh Panthers. Student-Athlete jerseys are retired but not individual player numbers. On March 5, 2016, VCU won its first Atlantic 10 conference regular season championship, tying with Dayton and St. Bonaventure. This national award winning branding campaign, propelled VCU into the national spotlight. VCU /VCU Game Results. Location. Filter events by selecting an event type from the list. The Rams also made their 6th straight NCAA tournament, one of only 8 teams in the country to do so. The inclusion of VCU in the tournament was widely criticized by pundits and the ESPN network in particular Jay Bilas and Dick Vitale. Barnett, the Rams earned fourth berths into the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship, each being their first four berths, the first coming in 1980. , On March 21, 2017, VCU announced that the school had hired former associate head coach under Shaka Smart, Mike Rhoades, as the Rams' new head basketball coach. VCU led for much of the second half and had a chance to win towards the end despite the Wake Forest comeback, but ultimately fell 79–78. The 21-point margin is the largest margin of victory in a CAA Conference Tournament Championship Game.  While the team had made nine NCAA Tournament appearances beforehand, never had the Rams made it beyond the second round of the tournament. Games 35 . The NCAA began seeding the tournament with the 1979 edition. The Rams earned the right to go dancing in the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 1985, but fell in the first round as the #12 seed in the Southeast region to #5 Mississippi State. Since the 2009-10 season, VCU has played a total of 29 games against teams ranked in the AP Top 25 Poll.  It would take 10 more seasons before the Rams appeared in a postseason tournament, earning a berth into the 1978 National Invitation Tournament being eliminated in the first round by the University of Detroit. The Rams entered the tournament as the #5 seed in the East region and defeated #12 Long Island before being eliminated by #4 Tennessee in overtime in the second round 56–58. The Rams have appeared in 17 NCAA Tournaments. Ast per game 15.0 . During his introductory press conference he promised that his teams would "wreak havoc on our opponents psyche and their plan of attack. During his four years, Pollio managed to get the team into the NIT quarterfinals. During Dees' tenure, the team achieved winning records both seasons, but barely pulled ahead of .500, resulting in Dees being fired. 2011-12: HTML l PDF. As fifth seeds, the Rams made it to the semi-finals of the 2010 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament before falling to their conference rivals, Old Dominion, who would go on to win the CAA Championship. The 2008–2009 season was another successful one for the VCU program. On April 2, 2015, Smart left VCU to go to the University of Texas. He was replaced by Anthony Grant, formerly an assistant and associate head coach for several years to Billy Donovan, including the 2006 NCAA champions, the University of Florida Gators. Check-Out. During his tenure, Head Coach J.D Barnett (1979–1985) led VCU and the Rams to five NCAA Tournament appearances (1980, 1981, 1983, 1984, 1985) while capturing four Sun Belt regular season conference championships (1981, 1983, 1984, 1985) and three Sun Belt Conference Tournament Championships (1980, 1981, 1985). VCU Athletics. Prior to the opening of the Siegel Center, the Rams spent a majority of their history playing their home basketball games in the Richmond Coliseum, which housed the team from 1971 until 1999. 2015-16: HTML l PDF. In Smart's first year as the Rams head coach, the team posted a 27–9 record, going 11–7 in the CAA, finishing fifth in the conference. In the 1970s, their first six games were decided at the buzzer. Filter events by selecting a venue from the list. The Rams joined the Atlantic 10 Conference in the 2012–13 season after previously competing in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). Pct..778. Burton along with support by Jimmy Sander with the brand of "Victory, Building Pride one Victory at a time.". 3PT % 33.1 . On Sunday, March 15, 2015, VCU won its first Atlantic 10 conference tournament championship. From 2009 to 2015, the Rams were led by Shaka Smart, who had been previously an assistant coach for the Florida Gators men's basketball team. In 2017, VCU was ranked the fortieth most valuable men's basketball program in the country by The Wall Street Journal.