2010–11 VCU Rams men's basketball team

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2010–11 VCU Rams men's basketball
VCU Rams Old Wordmark.png
NCAA Tournament Southwest Regional Champions
Final Four, L 62–70 vs. Butler
Conference Colonial Athletic Association
Ranking
Coaches #6
2010–11 record 28–12 (12–6 CAA)
Head coach Shaka Smart (2nd year)
Assistant coach Mike Jones
Assistant coach Mike Rhoades
Assistant coach Will Wade
Home arena Stuart C. Siegel Center
Seasons
« 2009–10 2011–12 »
2010–11 CAA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
George Mason 16 2   .889     27 7   .794
Old Dominion 14 4   .778     27 7   .794
Hofstra 14 4   .778     21 12   .636
VCU 12 6   .667     28 12   .700
Drexel 11 7   .611     21 10   .677
James Madison 10 8   .556     21 12   .636
Delaware 8 10   .444     14 17   .452
UNCW 7 11   .389     13 18   .419
Georgia State 6 12   .333     12 19   .387
Northeastern 6 12   .333     11 20   .355
William & Mary 4 14   .222     10 22   .313
Towson 0 18   .000     4 26   .133
2011 CAA Tournament winner
As of April 2, 2011; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2010–11 VCU Rams men's basketball team represented Virginia Commonwealth University in the Colonial Athletic Association conference during the 2010–11 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. The Rams, led by second year head coach Shaka Smart, played their home games at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. They finished the season 28–12, 12–6 in CAA play and lost in the championship game of the 2011 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament to Old Dominion. They received an at-large bid in the 2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament where they played in the new First Four round, defeating Southern California. They defeated Georgetown and Purdue in the second and third rounds, respectively, to advance to the Sweet Sixteen. The defeated Florida State to advance to the Elite Eight where they defeated Kansas. They advanced to the school's first ever Final Four, being just the third 11 seed in Tournament history to advance to the Final Four, where they were defeated by Butler. The VCU Rams finished 6th in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Poll at the end of the season.[1] This was the highest ranking in VCU's history and the highest ranking of any team from the CAA.[2] The 2011 NCAA tournament run by VCU is regarded as one of the best Cinderella runs of all time.[3]

Roster[edit]

Number Name Position Height Weight Year Hometown
5 Juvonte Reddic Forward 6–9 225 Freshman Winston-Salem, North Carolina
10 Darius Theus Guard 6–3 190 Sophomore Portsmouth, Virginia
12 Joey Rodriguez Guard 5–10 175 Senior Merritt Island, Florida
19 Jeffrey Gholson Forward 6–7 235 Sophomore New York, New York
20 Bradford Burgess Guard 6–6 225 Junior Midlothian, Virginia
21 Jamie Skeen Forward 6–9 240 Senior Charlotte, North Carolina
23 Rob Brandenberg Guard 6–2 170 Freshman Gahanna, Ohio
24 Heath Houston Forward 6–8 240 Freshman Powder Springs, Georgia (Hillgrove High School)
25 Reco McCarter Guard 6–7 180 Freshman Goldsboro, North Carolina
30 Troy Daniels Guard 6–4 195 Sophomore Roanoke, Virginia
31 Toby Veal Forward 6–8 235 Junior Savannah, Georgia
32 Brandon Rozzell Guard 6–2 185 Senior Richmond, Virginia
33 D. J. Haley Center 7–0 250 Freshman Palmdale, California
34 David Hinton Forward 6–9 235 Sophomore Winston-Salem, North Carolina
50 Ed Nixon Guard 6–4 210 Senior St. Petersburg, Florida

Signees[edit]

2010–11 team recruits[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Juvonte Reddic
C
Winston-Salem, NC Quality Education Academy 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 215 lb (98 kg) Mar 22, 2010 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 90
Rob Brandenberg
SG
Gahanna, OH Lincoln High School 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 170 lb (77 kg) Aug 30, 2009 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 86
D.J. Haley
C
Palmdale, CA Palmdale High School 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (100 kg) May 4, 2010 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 78
Reco McCarter
SF
Goldsboro, NC Wayne Country Day School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 190 lb (86 kg) Sep 29, 2009 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 91
Heath Houston
PF
Powder Springs, GA Hillgrove High School 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jun 28, 2010 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 83
Toby Veal
SF
Savannah, GA Northwest Florida State College 6 ft 7 in (2.01 m) 225 lb (102 kg) Jan 17, 2010 
Scout:2/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: JC
Overall recruiting rankings:
  • Note: In many cases, Scout, Rivals, 247Sports, and ESPN may conflict in their listings of height and weight.
  • In these cases, the average was taken. ESPN grades are on a 100-point scale.

Sources:

Season[edit]

Preseason[edit]

VCU was predicted to finish third in the Colonial Athletic Association preseason polls, which was released October 19, 2010 in Arlington, Virginia.[4] Senior guard Joey Rodriguez was selected to the preseason Atlantic Ten first team.

Schedule[edit]

Date Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site (Attendance)
Exhibition
11/4/10* Virginia Union W 71–56  Stuart C. Siegel Center (6,645)
Regular Season
11/12/10* UNC Greensboro W 101–86  1–0 Stuart C. Siegel Center (7,094)
11/15/10* vs. Winthrop
(NIT Season Tip-Off first round)
W 67–54  2–0 Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (1,276)
11/16/10* Wake Forest
(NIT Season Tip-Off second round)
W 90–69  3–0 Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum (8,119)
11/24/10* vs. Tennessee
(NIT Season Tip-Off semi-finals)
L 72–77  3–1 Madison Square Garden (NA)
11/26/10* at UCLA
(NIT Season Tip-Off 3rd place game)
W 89–85  4–1 Madison Square Garden (NA)
12/1/10* at South Florida L 59–60 OT 4–2 USF Sun Dome (2,921)
12/4/10 William & Mary W 59–55  5–2 (1–0) Stuart C. Siegel Center (6,482)
12/8/10* VMI W 86–80  6–2 Stuart C. Siegel Center (6,023)
12/11/10* at Richmond
(Black & Blue Classic)
L 60–72  6–3 Robins Center (8,906)
12/18/10* Tulane W 70–67  7–3 Stuart C. Siegel Center (5,734)
12/21/10* UAB L 65–68  7–4 Bartow Arena (4,344)
12/29/10* Wofford
(Holidays on the Hardwood Classic)
W 75–66  8–4 Stuart C. Siegel Center (5,799)
12/30/10* New Hampshire
(Holidays on the Hardwood Classic)
W 78–65  9–4 Stuart C. Siegel Center (5,590)
1/3/11 at Georgia State L 66–76  9–5 (1–1) GSU Sports Arena (852)
1/5/11 Drexel W 52–48  10–5 (2–1) Stuart C. Siegel Center (6,313)
1/8/11 at UNC Wilmington W 82–64  11–5 (3–1) Trask Coliseum (5,126)
1/12/11 at William & Mary W 70–52  12–5 (4–1) Kaplan Arena (2,245)
1/15/11 Northeastern W 73–64  13–5 (5–1) Stuart C. Siegel Center (6,042)
1/19/11 Georgia State W 71–54  14–5 (6–1) Stuart C. Siegel Center (6,531)
1/22/11 at Old Dominion W 59–50  15–5 (7–1) Ted Constant Convocation Center (8,457)
1/24/11 at Towson W 80–76  16–5 (8–1) Towson Center (1,365)
1/27/11 Hofstra W 82–67  17–5 (9–1) Stuart C. Siegel Center (7,208)
1/29/11 UNC Wilmington W 79–70  18–5 (10–1) Stuart C. Siegel Center (7,552)
2/2/11 at Northeastern L 80–91  18–6 (10–2) Matthews Arena (1,095)
2/5/11 at James Madison W 70–66  19–6 (11–2) JMU Convocation Center (4,989)
2/9/11 at Delaware W 84–74 2OT 20–6 (12–2) Bob Carpenter Center (2,471)
2/12/11 Old Dominion L 59–70  20–7 (12–3) Stuart C. Siegel Center (7,552)
2/15/11 George Mason L 51–71  20–8 (12–4) Stuart C. Siegel Center (7,552)
2/18/11* at Wichita State
(ESPNU BracketBusters)
W 68–67  21–8 Charles Koch Arena (10,506)
2/23/11 at Drexel L 60–64  21–9 (12–5) Daskalakis Athletic Center (2,073)
2/26/11 James Madison L 69–72  21–10 (12–6) Stuart C. Siegel Center (7,552)
2011 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament
3/5/11 vs. Drexel
(Quarterfinals)
W 62–60  22–10 Richmond Coliseum (7,814)
3/6/11 vs. #25 George Mason
(Semifinals)
W 79–63  23–10 Richmond Coliseum (8,962)
3/7/11 vs. Old Dominion
(Championship Game)
L 65–70  23–11 Richmond Coliseum (11,200)
2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
3/16/11* vs. USC
(First Four)
W 59–46  24–11 University of Dayton Arena (10,192)
3/18/11* vs. Georgetown
(Second Round)
W 74–56  25–11 United Center (17,369)
3/20/11* vs. #13 Purdue
(Third Round)
W 94–76  26–11 United Center (18,146)
3/25/11* vs. Florida State
(Sweet Sixteen)
W 72–71 OT 27–11 Alamodome (14,566)
3/27/11* vs. #1 Kansas
(Elite Eight)
W 71–61  28–11 Alamodome (14,738)
4/2/11* vs. Butler
(Final Four)
L 62–70  28–12 Reliant Stadium (75,421)
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. ( ) Tournament seedings in parentheses.
All times are in Eastern Time.

Honors[edit]

Senior forward Jamie Skeen was named the Southwest Regional Most Outstanding Player. Skeen was also named to 2nd team All- Colonial Athletic Association.Senior guard Joey Rodriguez was named to 3rd team All- Colonial Athletic Association.[5]

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