Play on Players, Rams get at-large bid to NCAA tournament

As much as Dick Vitale and the rest of ESPN hates it…VCU is going to the NCAA Tournament!

As bubble team after bubble team flashed across the screen, it seemed as if VCU’s tournament hopes were all but lost. But as the wise and sage-like Jerry Palm predicted, the Rams are going dancing.

VCU lost a memorable CAA tournament final to rival Old Dominion, but the gods of basketball have once again smiled on the Black-and-Gold, sending them to Dayton, Ohio this wednesday for a first round matchup with USC, another bubble team smiling tonight, for a chance to play Georgetown in the 11 v. 6 matchup.

Among bubble teams the Rams beat out for the bid included perennial snub Virginia Tech, and an Alabama team coached by former Rams coach Anthony Grant.

This game will be Shaka Smart’s first NCAA tournament appearance as a head coach, and VCU’s second in three years.

Tune in to ESPN for the two days leading into the matchup to hear the “worldwide leader” complain about VCU’s inclusion into the NCAA tournament. It’s sure to be the most entertaining programing they’ve had since Craig Kilborn left SportsCenter.

A two-time graduate of VCU (School of the Arts '07, Center for Sport Leadership '10), Mat is a co-founder of VCU Ram Nation and a longtime fan as the ...
  • Joe
  • March 13, 2011
I have 2 tickets for the First Four and pasking pass, lower arena, sec 213 row g ashing $225. will sell other session too if there is interest. [email protected] or 937-902-9703 Joe
  • sid
  • March 13, 2011
VCU!!! The CAA has a huge presence in this year's tournament, so we need to show all the haters what we can do!
  • eddie p.
  • March 14, 2011
5 teams from virginny!! the greatest commonwealth in the union!i think we got like 8 presidents too.