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  1. VCU lands a commitment from talented local guard

    Aug 19, 2014, 1:40 PM EDT

    Nike/Jon Lopez

    Shaka Smart brings in a perfect piece and that was a priority recruit.

  2. VCU shows off its summer strength & conditioning regimen (VIDEO)

    Aug 16, 2014, 7:26 PM EDT

    Shaka Smart

    In order to play their high-intensity “HAVOC” system, VCU’s players need to be in excellent physical condition. Watch how they reach that stage here.

  3. VCU point guard Briante Weber suspended for season opener

    Aug 15, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT

    AP

    The senior guard averaged 3.5 steals per game in Shaka Smart’s Havoc defense.

  4. VCU announces non-conference schedule

    Aug 9, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

    AP

    VCU is playing a tough non-conference slate.

  5. VCU freshman Jairus Lyles to transfer

    Apr 28, 2014, 6:10 PM EDT

    Shaka Smart

    VCU lost freshman guard Jairus Lyles to transfer on Monday

  6. Report: Marquette’s next head coach won’t be Shaka Smart

    Mar 27, 2014, 8:00 PM EDT

    Shaka Smart

    Despite earlier reports that he would be the next head coach at Marquette, Shaka Smart won’t be making that move.

  7. Shaka Smart, Derek Kellogg speak to the strength of the Atlantic 10

    Feb 23, 2014, 12:45 PM EDT

    Shaka Smart

    AMHERST, Mass. – Following Friday night’s loss to UMass, VCU head coach Shaka Smart entered the room for his postgame press conference, firing off a question before even taking his seat at the table. “Is this the same room where John Chaney said, ‘I’ll kill you’?,” he asked, referring to the former Temple coach’s confrontation with…

  8. Late Night Snacks: UMass outruns VCU

    Feb 22, 2014, 2:01 AM EDT

    Chaz Williams

    Game of the night: Massachusetts 80, VCU 75 During the Atlantic 10 media day, I spoke with Massachusetts coach Derek Kellogg about his team’s three-point dependence. Since he arrived at UMass, Kellogg’s squads were content to jack a high percentages of threes, consistently posting a three-point attempts percentage in the mid-30s. After asking Kellogg whether…

  9. “Unebelievable is Believable Here” — A documentary of VCU’s run in the 2011 NCAA Tournament

    Jan 31, 2014, 9:16 PM EDT

    Shaka Smart

    They almost didn’t make it. After losing to Old Dominion in the CAA tournament and sitting at 23-11, it looked like Virginia Commonwealth would be on the outside looking in of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Many of the college basketball pundits didn’t give them a shot of attaining an at-large bid. The Rams, who were…

  10. Just how good is 13-4 VCU this season?

    Jan 15, 2014, 4:56 PM EDT

    Shaka Smart

    WASHINGTON, D.C. — VCU is only a year and a half removed from the CAA, but that didn’t change the fact that the Rams were sitting pretty as the Atlantic 10’s top dog entering the season. They were ranked in just about every preseason top 25 you came across, which is, in part, a sign…

  11. Atlantic 10 Conference Catchup: Can UMass outlast VCU and Saint Louis?

    Jan 1, 2014, 10:00 AM EDT

    Chaz Williams, Eric Mika

    College basketball is now almost two months old. League play will be kicking off in the next week. Let’s get you caught up on all you need to know with some of the country’s best conferences.  To read through the rest of our Conference Catchups, click here. Midseason Player of the Year: Chaz Williams, UMass UMass runs…

  12. VCU’s half court scoring issues becoming a concern?

    Dec 5, 2013, 10:30 PM EDT

    Melvin Johnson, Treveon Graham, Rob Brandenberg

    In a thrilling game down in Richmond, Shaka Smart’s VCU Rams outlasted a tough Eastern Kentucky team in overtime, beating the Colonels 71-68. Treveon Graham led four players in double-figures with 15 points and Rob Brandenburg knocked down four threes, including a huge three to kick off the overtime period. That would be the only…

  13. Georgetown’s strong shooting leads to comeback win against Virginia Commonwealth

    Nov 24, 2013, 5:13 PM EDT

    painttouches.com

    Georgetown used a blistering hot shooting performance from all three departments — two-point field goals, three-point field goals, and free throws — to defeat Virginia Commonwealth in the consolation game of the San Juan Shootout, 84-80. Despite turning the ball over 26 times against VCU’s havoc defense, the Hoyas made the most of their opportunities…

  14. Shaka Smart’s new contract at Virginia Commonwealth

    Oct 20, 2013, 12:15 PM EDT

    VCU v Michigan

    In this day and age, job security is seemingly as important as a high-paying job. For Shaka Smart, he has both at Virginia Commonwealth. On October 11th, Smart signed a new contract with VCU — different from the one he signed this past March — that enables the 36 year old coach to remain in…

  15. 2013-2014 Season Preview: No. 18 VCU Rams

    Oct 9, 2013, 9:00 AM EDT

    VCU Rams head coach Smart talks with guard Johnson during the final seconds of their third round NCAA tournament basketball game against Michigan in Auburn Hills

    All month long, CBT will be rolling out our 2013-2014 season preview. Check back throughout the day, as we’ll be posting three or four preview items every day. To browse through the preview posts we’ve already published, click here. The rest of our Top 25 Countdown can be found here. For a schedule of our…

  16. VCU shows off new uniforms in photo shoot (VCU)

    Sep 23, 2013, 10:25 AM EDT

    VCU Athletics

    VCU’s basketball program will be getting new uniforms this season. The changes are subtle, but there is one thing that I would have done differently were I the one making the decisions. Why isn’t ‘Havoc’ written on the jerseys somewhere? More than anything, that’s the word that is associated with VCU’s program. It’s written on…

  17. Turning Cinderella runs into recruiting success is key for mid-majors

    Sep 18, 2013, 1:53 PM EDT

    VCU v Michigan

    Any coach can put together the right game-plan, taking enough advantage of mismatches and getting his team to execute well enough that his group of guys can pull off an upset. Get that team’s confidence going, and that team can reel off a couple of upsets in a row. That’s how Cinderella runs in the…

  18. VCU lands big commitment from 2014 forward Terry Larrier

    Sep 16, 2013, 8:40 PM EDT

    VCU v Michigan

    The VCU Rams landed a big commitment on Monday night as 6’8″ forward Terry Larrier verballed to the Atlantic 10 program. The news was first reported by Scout.com’s Evan Daniels and Larrier told Daniels that his relationship with Rams head coach Shaka Smart was a big reason why he chose the rams. Just got off the…

  19. VIDEO: Shaka Smart covets RGIII’s NFL spot

    Aug 3, 2013, 5:57 PM EDT

    screen grab courtesy CSNWashington.com

    Shaka Smart may be one of the best coaches outside of John Calipari at making the scene. He’s one of the hippest young coaches out there, so when he makes an appearance, people take note. With the Washington Redskins taking training camp in Richmond, Smart dropped by to check out this year’s team, and had…

  20. Providence’s Ed Cooley joins staff for USA Basketball Men’s Under-19 World Championship team

    May 19, 2013, 10:09 AM EDT

    Ed Cooley

    Yesterday, news broke that Duke head coach Mike Krzyzewski was in discussions to return as the USA Olympic men’s basketball coach through the Rio 2016 Olympics. On a smaller scale, earlier last week the Providence Journal reported that Providence head coach Ed Cooley will join Marquette head coach Buzz Williams and Tim Ryan, head coach from the College of Central…

  21. VIDEO: Shaka Smart throws a strike, gets his own bobblehead

    May 18, 2013, 9:00 PM EDT

    photo courtesy of the Richmond Flying Squirrels

    Friday evening, VCU head coach Shaka Smart did one of those things coaches do in the offseason. He took to the field in a minor league game to throw out a first pitch. It was an auspicious day for the Rams’ head man, as he was being honored with his very own bobblehead doll last…

  22. Shaka Smart reportedly turns down UCLA, will stay at VCU after contract extension

    Mar 27, 2013, 8:09 PM EDT

    Shaka Smart

    Shaka Smart’s services are off the market. The 35-year-old Virginia Commonwealth head coach will remain with the Rams after signing a contract extension that will keep him in Richmond through the year 2023, Pete Thamel of Sports Illustrated is reporting. According to the report, Smart will get a $300,000 raise and now make $1.5 million…

  23. Shaka Smart to host VCU coaching clinic in October

    Sep 11, 2012, 5:15 PM EDT

    Shaka Smart

    Shaka Smart, fresh off of a run to the NCAA tournament and preparing for his first season in a new conference, is set to host a coaching clinic on Oct. 20, 2012. From the school’s press release: The clinic begins with a VCU practice at the Franklin Street Gym practice facility. After breaking for lunch,…