Conference: Atlantic 10 Conference
How They Qualified: At-Large Berth
Region: No. 5 seed in South
VCU was supposed to have its most talented team yet –entered the season ranked No. 14 in the AP. The Rams lost two games right off the bat and became an afterthought in college basketball. Well, Shaka Smart’s team still won 26 games on the season and this still could be his most talented team.
The regular season is all about a team building its resume so it can make the NCAA tournament. The Rams did just that and they have the talent to go very far this year.
With that in mind, VCU earned a No. 5 seed last season and lost in the round of 32 against Michigan. The Wolverines did go on to play in the national championship game, though.
What You Need to Know:
Leading Scorer: Treveon Graham (15.7 ppg)
Leading Rebounder: Juvonte Reddic (8.5 rpg)
Leading Passer: Briante Weber (3.8 apg)
Bad Losses: Northern Iowa
Good Wins: Virginia, Saint Louis, George Washington
Treveon Graham and Juvonte Reddic are two of the best players in college basketball. They may have not gotten the national attention they deserved during the season, but this is the NCAA tournament, where anyone can be a star.
I am sure opposing teams will be well aware of the two.
VCU has a solid basketball team and it is really that simple. It helps that Smart is an incredible coach and has tournament experience. It was unfortunate that the Rams ran into a team –in the round of 32– that ended up making the title game last year, but a deep run this season is certainly not out of the question.
The VCU Rams are dancing!