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Mat Shelton-Eide

VCU School of the Arts (BFA '07) and Center for Sport Leadership (M.Ed. '10) alumnus, Mat has followed VCU basketball since the Sunbelt days when he'd attend games with his father. Worked as a graduate assistant in the VCU Sports Information Department for the '09-'10 season, but has covered VCU basketball for VCURamNation.com since 2007. Like what you're reading and want to know how you can keep VCURamNation.com alive? Make a donation! While we sell advertising on our site, we aren't the best at it, so your donation helps us take time away from things like "work" to work on VCURamNation.com. FOLLOW THIS LINK to make a secure donation through PayPal.

My top-five costume recommendations for the “Sons of Shaka”

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Often times in sports we get so caught up in the wins, losses, business of the game and end results that we forget to praise the fun and savor the journey. One group of Ram fans who haven’t lost track of what it’s all about — having a boatload of fun — go by the name the “Sons of Shaka”, ...

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Ram fans prepare for ultimate offseason test

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How many times have you watched a college basketball game and heard a TV personality comment on a player’s almost automatic accuracy at the free throw line, only to watch him miss back-to-back attempts after said comment? Seems like it happens all the time, right? The jinx is always perfectly timed and you’re always watching when it happens. Well Shaka ...

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VCU steadily building in an era of high expectations

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With the game tied at at 66 and just 25 seconds left in last night’s second round NCAA tournament contest between the Rams and Ohio State, VCU’s Freight Train waited down the clock for one final play. We all knew what was coming, but would it connect? Would it be Maynor ’07, or Maynor ’09? Treveon Graham drove the lane ...

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Game Preview: No.7 VCU v No.10 Ohio State

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VCU will dance for the fifth consecutive year under head coach Shaka Smart and will play their third NCAA tournament game in Portland’s Moda Center in an NCAA tournament setting since 2012. VCU is 1-1 in that building, having upset the Wichita State Shockers in 2012 just before dropping a heart-breaker late to Indiana. That team featured freshmen versions of ...

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Video: VCU wins first Atlantic 10 Championship

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The VCU Rams shocked the Atlantic 10, going from 5th-seeded Thursday participant to the last team standing after defeating Dayton 71-65 in Sunday’s conference title game. The Rams were virtually written off after losing three of their final four regular season games including a 27-point loss at Davidson. VCU went on a roaring rampage of revenge this week, defeating all three of ...

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Video: CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander covers Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” with the VCU “Peppas” pep band

CBS Sports' Matt Norlander covering a Weezer classic prior to VCU's 20-point win over Davidson.

The Peppas teamed up with CBS Sports’ Matt Norlander to cover the classic Weezer hit “Say It Ain’t So” prior to Saturday’s Atlantic 10 semifinal win over Davidson. Like a lot of Ram fans, Norlander has a passion for both college hoops and music. He got a chance to combine the two when invited to play guitar with The Peppas Saturday ...

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