If we asked you a month ago what VCU stood for would you have been able to give the correct answer without looking it up? Honestly, we wouldn’t have been able to but now the Viginia Commonwealth University Rams are the talk of the NCAA tournament after their Sweet 16 berth on Sunday night.
It was only a little over a week ago that many were questioning the NCAA selection committee for inviting VCU to the Big Dance. They squeaked in as a No. 17 seed and now, if they continue to take out higher seeds the way they have, they could earn their first ever trip to the Final Four. Their most recent win was a surprising 94-76 whooping over the third-seeded Purdue Boilermakers. Purdue had not given up that many points to a team all season and they gave up five fewer points to Ohio State, who by the way, happens to be the No. 1 ranked team in the country.
It was the third victory in five days for VCU, who just one week prior had to sweat out the selection process, but managed to make the tournament as an at-large “First Four” entry. Their first win came against the No. 11 seeded USC, when they beat them by 13 and they then followed it up just two days later with a 18 point win over Georgetown. Over their last three victories, the Rams have won by an average of 16.3 points.
“I still think people think it’s luck,” said VCU senior forward Jamie Skeen. “Even after two wins we still couldn’t get anybody to love us.”
No one wants to “love” them because they are destroying brackets office pool brackets quicker than Charlie Sheen can destroy his career. Now this Cinderella story is looking to follow with this season’s slogan, which is “Our time. Right now.” and see how far it takes them. Many of their players are just happy to have gotten the chance thanks to the selection committee.
“I’d say to the committee, ‘Thank you for believing in us,’" said point guard Joey Rodriguez. “Hopefully they’d say something back to us, like, ‘Thank you for proving us right.’”
Now VCU must get ready to take on No. 10 Florida State.
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