TAG: VCU

College / Mar 26, 2014 / 3:45 pm

The 10 Best Moments From The NCAA Tournament’s First Weekend

Kevin Canevari

Kevin Canevari (Bob Donnan/USA TODAY Sports)

This past weekend was one to remember in college basketball. The Madness always brings us excitement and this year was no different. The first Thursday and Friday of the tournament may be the best day in sports and can leave your bracket busted before you even reach the third round. This year we saw some classic buzzer-beaters, amazing comebacks and shocking defeats. Read More »

College / Mar 22, 2014 / 3:14 pm

SF Austin Stuns 5-Seed VCU With Game-Tying 4-Point Play Before Winning In OT

Stephen F. Austin State University

Stephen F. Austin State University (Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports)

Stephen F. Austin State University became the third 12-seed to upset the 5-seed in the opening round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament when an incredible four-point play by Desmond Haymon tied the game with 3.6 seconds left, before SF Austin took the game in overtime, 77-75. It was an incredible win over Virginia Commonwealth on Friday night, so watch all the craziness ensue after the jump. Read More »

College / Mar 19, 2014 / 3:30 pm

NCAA Tournament: South Region Preview

Kyle Anderson

Kyle Anderson (Cary Edmondson/USA TODAY Sports)

The South region is headlined by some big-name programs. Florida sits atop the bracket as the No. 1 overall seed. Kansas and Andrew Wiggins will have to avoid an upset without Joel Embiid to reach the second weekend in Memphis. A struggling Syracuse team looks to revitalize its defense in hopes of making the Elite Eight for the third year in a row. Dayton, Tulsa and Stephen F. Austin will all be looking to upset some other big-name universities in Ohio State, UCLA and VCU. Read More »

Smack / Mar 18, 2012 / 4:57 am

The Knicks Are Back; Kentucky Rolls To The Sweet 16

Carmelo Anthony

Carmelo Anthony (photo. Mannion)

Mike Woodson might say Linsanity is over, but whatever he’s got going works well for the Knicks. The Knicks won their third straight game under their new coach, blowing out the playoff-bound Pacers by nearly 20 points as Jeremy Lin went for 19 points. While Roy Hibbert went for 24 and 12 and was really the only Pacer who did anything outside of falling asleep, the Knicks got a balanced effort from everyone. No one really blew up and even Carmelo only scored 16 points. The Knicks just have their defense together and are finally willing to sacrifice for each other … Read More »

Smack / Mar 16, 2012 / 1:07 am

John Wall Plays Like A Monster; The First Major Upset Of March Madness Goes Down

Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook

Kevin Durant & Russell Westbrook (photo. Rob Hammer)

You can cut the Nuggets some slack if they weren’t really into it last night. They had a major trade during the afternoon – their prized offseason signing gone – and have the front office angling to bring Wilson Chandler back to Denver. So for them to give the best team in the West a game for at least a few quarters, they’ll probably take it. Eventually, the Thunder lit the spark with a 26-8 run between the end of the first half and the middle of the third, capping it with a huge Kevin Durant (24 points) dunk, another slam from James Harden (18 points) and a back-breaking triple from Russell Westbrook (23 points). Read More »

College / Mar 13, 2012 / 11:00 am

Who’s Next? 12 NCAA Tournament Stories To Watch In 2012, Part 1

Mark Lyons

Mark Lyons (photo. Xavier University Athletics)

It makes sense, given its roots in the ivory towers of higher education, but no sport attracts volunteer experts quite like college basketball. Major League Baseball, the NBA and the NFL may have embraced new math, but college hoops has its own science: That thing we call Bracketology.

And in almost every interview I’ve heard and column I’ve read from these experts this season, one question has been consistently asked and answered: “Who is the next VCU?” Read More »

Dime Training, Video / Oct 11, 2011 / 2:00 pm

VCU Basketball Shows You Their Preseason Workout

After an amazing run to the Final Four last season, VCU is trying to make it back. So with the preseason wrapping up, here’s a glimpse into some of the their workouts. Daniel Roose, the Rams’ strength and conditioning coach, is the mastermind behind the program that blends functional strength training with on-court conditioning. Oh yeah, and a little boxing and Navy SEAL training is thrown in there for good measure. Shaka Smart is that dude…


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Smack / Apr 3, 2011 / 1:26 am

Kemba Walker Close to Being Crowned King; The Thunder Try to Beat Up Blake Griffin; Derrick Rose Does Terrible Things to Toronto

Kemba Walker

Monday’s National Championship game is set after UConn and Butler emerged victorious from two hard-fought semi-final games yesterday in Houston. In the heavyweight game, the Huskies took out the Kentucky Wildcats behind Kemba Walker‘s 18 points, seven dimes and six boards. The game was won in the backcourt, as Walker and mates Shabazz Napier (four points) and Jeremy Lamb (12 points) outplayed the Kentucky duo of Brandon Knight (17 points on 6-23 shooting) and Doron Lamb (13 points). Kentucky was down 10 at intermission but came storming back in the second half to tie it up. Down two with the ball and 16 seconds left on the clock, Kentucky came out of a timeout and ran a “play” that saw Knight dribble around for several seconds before passing to DeAndre Liggins for a fadeaway, contested 30-footer that had no chance. Ballgame … Read More »

College / Apr 1, 2011 / 5:00 pm

Best Five: The Final Four Teams’ All-Time Starting Lineups

Ray Allen

Ray Allen covers Dime #11

More than just a championship is on the line in this weekend’s Final Four. A lot of these players – guys like Kemba Walker, Shelvin Mack, Joey Rodriguez and Brandon Knight – have the chance to do something special. This has been the year of the underdog with not a single number-one or number-two seed still dancing. These four teams weren’t expected to be here, but that doesn’t mean the basketball won’t be great.

Great, but perhaps not great enough. With the games set to tip tomorrow, I went diggin’ in the crates to try to find the greatest players in Kentucky, VCU, UConn and Butler’s history.

So here are the all-time starting lineups for each of the four schools playing this weekend. Read More »

College / Mar 29, 2011 / 12:00 pm

Final Four: Losing Is Just As Important As Learning How To Win

Final Four

Words. Julian Caldwell

Conspicuously absent from this year’s Final Four are the top seeds that steamed rolled their way through the regular season. Instead, you see teams that struggled to perform like elite squads and drew questions of whether they even deserved tournament bids.

Duke, Kansas, Ohio State and Pittsburgh, the four No. 1 seeds, came into the Big Dance with a combined 13 losses. Butler, Connecticut, Kentucky and Virginia Commonwealth go into the Final Four with nearly triple that number. Read More »