| Mar 21, 2010
Keyon Carter repeated the mantra four times.
"We'll be back."
Given Old Dominion's valiant exit from the NCAA basketball tournament Saturday, can you doubt the Monarchs' sixth man? Can you doubt that a program with just one senior starter is capable...
| Mar 1, 2011
| 2:35 PM
By any standard, this was the best regular season in Colonial Athletic Association basketball history. Now comes the hard part.
Authoring an equally riveting postseason.
The challenge starts with the conference tournament, which runs Friday-Monday at...
| Mar 4, 2011
| 2:31 PM
Unlike the 24-7-365 bracketologists who populate cyberspace, I refrain from serious NCAA tournament field projections until late February or early March.
More for sanity and domestic bliss than anything. A double-feature of "The Fighter" and "The King'...
| Oct 20, 2010
| 2:50 PM
A serious knee injury shelved their sixth man. An unusual heart virus sidelined their acclaimed transfer and a broken foot continues to nag a top frontcourt reserve.
Oh, and the program has made two NCAA tournaments in the last 20 years.
| Mar 15, 2011
| 6:17 PM
John Seward never lost his affection for Duke basketball. A former all-conference forward, he returned to campus for games, ventured to a Final Four and held coach Mike Krzyzewski in high regard.
But Duke basketball did lose Seward after his first two...
| Mar 22, 2011
| 4:04 PM
Strolling down Broad Street on Tuesday, Joey Rodriguez was startled when a man stopped his car in traffic, hopped out with a camera and asked Rodriguez to pose for a photo.
This shortly after Rodriguez received a standing ovation from his VCU...
| Mar 26, 2011
| 5:22 PM
The parallels were clear Selection Sunday. Two weeks later, they're downright spooky.
VCU 2011, George Mason 2006.
Colonial Athletic Association teams receive controversial bids to the NCAA basketball tournament after losing in the conference clambake...
| Mar 27, 2011
| 5:16 PM
Call the roll of Final Four gate-crashers. Butler. George Mason. Penn. Indiana State.
Recount their upsets, harrowing finishes and, yes, miracles.
None matches VCU. Virginia Commonwealth University for the basketball-impaired.
The Rams on Sunday...
| Mar 28, 2011
| 7:26 PM
If you're still trying to wrap your head around the Final Four of VCU, Butler, Kentucky and Connecticut, get in line.
This is like the street-corner sax player collecting a Grammy nomination. It's not that the dude can't play. He can, enough to make...
| Mar 29, 2011
| 4:32 PM
Banners commemorating each of VCU's nine previous NCAA tournament appearances hang from the Siegel Center. Suffice to say, the 10th will be unique and raised amid much fanfare.
Question is: Will it be a Final Four or, dare we ponder, national...
| Mar 30, 2011
| 1:34 PM
Joey Rodriguez, VCU's senior point guard and resident basketball savant, thought the Rams should change defenses this season.
"Before this year started, I was telling Coach Smart, 'Hey Coach, we don't need to press as much. Did you see Butler and how...
| Mar 29, 2011
| 6:57 PM
Before the college basketball world started screaming about Virginia Commonwealth, back when ESPN pundits still considered VCU a four-letter word, Shaka Smart spoke softly to the man who helped give him a strong voice.
Walter King, the grandfather...