Nov 25, 2014, 7:00 AM EST
Can a team that runs a pressing system truly be one of the nations elite?
Oct 30, 2014, 6:30 PM EST
The Preseason Atlantic 10 Player of the Year is looking to lead VCU deep into March.
Oct 23, 2014, 9:53 PM EST
The preseason favorites to win the Atlantic 10 added a new teammate Thursday.
Oct 22, 2014, 9:00 AM EST
Fun fact about Shaka Smart: He has still never won a conference regular season title.
Sep 9, 2014, 12:45 PM EST
The Rams have a reputation for being one of the toughest teams in the country. This is why.
Aug 19, 2014, 1:40 PM EST
Shaka Smart brings in a perfect piece and that was a priority recruit.
Aug 16, 2014, 7:26 PM EST
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.
Aug 15, 2014, 7:45 PM EST
The senior guard averaged 3.5 steals per game in Shaka Smart’s Havoc defense.
Aug 9, 2014, 3:20 PM EST
VCU is playing a tough non-conference slate.
Apr 28, 2014, 6:10 PM EST
VCU lost freshman guard Jairus Lyles to transfer on Monday
Mar 27, 2014, 8:00 PM EST
Despite earlier reports that he would be the next head coach at Marquette, Shaka Smart won’t be making that move.
Feb 23, 2014, 12:45 PM EST
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…
Feb 22, 2014, 2:01 AM EST
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…
Jan 31, 2014, 9:16 PM EST
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…
Jan 15, 2014, 4:56 PM EST
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…
Jan 1, 2014, 10:00 AM EST
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…
Dec 5, 2013, 10:30 PM EST
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…
Nov 24, 2013, 5:13 PM EST
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…
Oct 20, 2013, 12:15 PM EST
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…
Oct 9, 2013, 9:00 AM EST
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…
Sep 23, 2013, 10:25 AM EST
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…
Sep 18, 2013, 1:53 PM EST
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…
Sep 16, 2013, 8:40 PM EST
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…
Aug 3, 2013, 5:57 PM EST
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…
May 19, 2013, 10:09 AM EST
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…
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