2010–11 VCU Rams men's basketball team

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2010–11 VCU Rams men's basketball
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 Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibition
11/4/10* 7:30 PM Virginia Union Stuart C. Siegel CenterRichmond, VA W 71–56  6,645
Regular Season
11/12/10* 7:30 PM UNC Greensboro Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA W 101–86  7,094 1–0
11/15/10* 9:30 PM vs. Winthrop Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial ColiseumWinston-Salem, NC
(NIT Season Tip-Off first round)
W 67–54  1,276 2–0
11/16/10* 7:00 PM Wake Forest Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum • Winston-Salem, NC
(NIT Season Tip-Off second round)
W 90–69  8,119 3–0
11/24/10* 7:00 PM vs. Tennessee Madison Square GardenNew York, NY
(NIT Season Tip-Off semi-finals)
ESPN2 L 72–77  NA 3–1
11/26/10* 7:00 PM at UCLA Madison Square Garden • New York, NY
(NIT Season Tip-Off 3rd place game)
ESPN2 W 89–85  NA 4–1
12/1/10* 7:00 PM at South Florida USF Sun DomeTampa, FL L 59–60 OT 2,921 4–2
12/4/10 12:00 PM William & Mary Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA W 59–55  6,482 5–2 (1–0)
12/8/10* 7:30 PM VMI Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA W 86–80  6,023 6–2
12/11/10* 7:00 PM at Richmond Robins Center • Richmond, VA
(Black & Blue Classic)
L 60–72  8,906 6–3
12/18/10* 2:00 PM Tulane Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA W 70–67  5,734 7–3
12/21/10* 8:00 PM UAB Bartow ArenaBirmingham, AL L 65–68  4,344 7–4
12/29/10* 7:00 PM Wofford Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA
(Holidays on the Hardwood Classic)
W 75–66  5,799 8–4
12/30/10* 7:30 PM New Hampshire Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA
(Holidays on the Hardwood Classic)
W 78–65  5,590 9–4
1/3/11 7:00 PM at Georgia State GSU Sports ArenaAtlanta, GA L 66–76  852 9–5 (1–1)
1/5/11 7:00 PM Drexel Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA W 52–48  6,313 10–5 (2–1)
1/8/11 7:00 PM at UNC Wilmington Trask ColiseumWilmington, NC W 82–64  5,126 11–5 (3–1)
1/12/11 7:00 PM at William & Mary Kaplan ArenaWilliamsburg, VA W 70–52  2,245 12–5 (4–1)
1/15/11 12:00 PM Northeastern Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA W 73–64  6,042 13–5 (5–1)
1/19/11 7:30 PM Georgia State Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA W 71–54  6,531 14–5 (6–1)
1/22/11 4:00 PM at Old Dominion Ted Constant Convocation CenterNorfolk, VA W 59–50  8,457 15–5 (7–1)
1/24/11 7:00 PM at Towson Towson CenterTowson, MD W 80–76  1,365 16–5 (8–1)
1/27/11 7:00 PM Hofstra Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA W 82–67  7,208 17–5 (9–1)
1/29/11 7:30 PM UNC Wilmington Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA W 79–70  7,552 18–5 (10–1)
2/2/11 7:00 PM at Northeastern Matthews ArenaBoston, MA L 80–91  1,095 18–6 (10–2)
2/5/11 2:00 PM at James Madison JMU Convocation CenterHarrisonburg, VA W 70–66  4,989 19–6 (11–2)
2/9/11 7:00 PM at Delaware Bob Carpenter CenterNewark, DE W 84–74 2OT 2,471 20–6 (12–2)
2/12/11 7:00 PM Old Dominion Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA L 59–70  7,552 20–7 (12–3)
2/15/11 7:00 PM George Mason Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA ESPNU L 51–71  7,552 20–8 (12–4)
2/18/11* 7:00 PM at Wichita State Charles Koch ArenaWichita, KS
(ESPNU BracketBusters)
ESPN2 W 68–67  10,506 21–8
2/23/11 7:00 PM at Drexel Daskalakis Athletic CenterPhiladelphia, PA L 60–64  2,073 21–9 (12–5)
2/26/11 12:00 PM James Madison Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA L 69–72  7,552 21–10 (12–6)
2011 CAA Men's Basketball Tournament
3/5/11 2:30 PM vs. Drexel Richmond Coliseum • Richmond, VA
(Quarterfinals)
CSN W 62–60  7,814 22–10
3/6/11 12:00 PM vs. #25 George Mason Richmond Coliseum • Richmond, VA
(Semifinals)
CSN W 79–63  8,962 23–10
3/7/11 7:00 PM vs. Old Dominion Richmond Coliseum • Richmond, VA
(Championship Game)
ESPN L 65–70  11,200 23–11
2011 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Tournament
3/16/11* 9:00 PM vs. USC University of Dayton ArenaDayton, OH
(First Four)
truTV W 59–46  10,192 24–11
3/18/11* 9:50 PM vs. Georgetown United CenterChicago, IL
(Second Round)
TNT W 74–56  17,369 25–11
3/20/11* 7:10 PM vs. #13 Purdue United Center • Chicago, IL
(Third Round)
TBS W 94–76  18,146 26–11
3/25/11* 9:57 PM vs. Florida State AlamodomeSan Antonio, TX
(Sweet Sixteen)
TBS W 72–71 OT 14,566 27–11
3/27/11* 2:20 PM vs. #1 Kansas Alamodome • San Antonio, TX
(Elite Eight)
CBS W 71–61  14,738 28–11
4/2/11* 6:09 PM vs. Butler Reliant StadiumHouston, TX
(Final Four)
CBS L 62–70  75,421 28–12
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. 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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