2012–13 VCU Rams men's basketball team

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2012–13 VCU Rams men's basketball
VCU Athletics logo 2012.png
NCAA Tournament South Region 5 Seed, Third Round
Conference Atlantic 10 Conference
Ranking
Coaches #23
2012–13 record 27–9 (12–4 A10)
Head coach Shaka Smart (4th year)
Assistant coach Mike Rhoades
Assistant coach Jeremy Ballard
Assistant coach Will Wade
Home arena Stuart C. Siegel Center
Seasons
« 2011–12 2013–14 »
2012–13 Atlantic 10 men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#16 Saint Louis 13 3   .813     28 7   .800
#25 VCU 12 4   .750     27 9   .750
Butler 11 5   .688     27 9   .750
La Salle 11 5   .688     24 10   .706
Temple 11 5   .688     24 10   .706
UMass 9 7   .563     21 12   .636
Xavier 9 7   .563     17 14   .548
Charlotte 8 8   .500     21 12   .636
Saint Joseph's 8 8   .500     18 14   .563
Richmond 8 8   .500     19 15   .559
Dayton 7 9   .438     17 14   .548
St. Bonaventure 7 9   .438     14 15   .483
George Washington 7 9   .438     13 17   .433
Rhode Island 3 13   .188     8 21   .276
Fordham 3 13   .188     7 24   .226
Duquesne 1 15   .063     8 22   .267
2013 Atlantic 10 Tournament winner
As of March 28, 2013; Rankings from AP Poll

The 2012–13 VCU Rams men's basketball team represented Virginia Commonwealth University during the 2012–13 NCAA Division I men's basketball season. It was the 45th season of the University fielding a men's basketball program. Led by fourth-year head coach Shaka Smart, they played their home games at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. This was the Rams inaugural season in the Atlantic 10 Conference (A10), after spending the past 17 years in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). They finished the season 27–9, 12–4 in A10 play to finish in second place. They advanced to the championship game of the 2013 Atlantic 10 Tournament where they lost to Saint Louis. They received an at-large bid to the 2013 NCAA Tournament, their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance, where they defeated Akron in the first round before losing in the third round to Michigan.

Preseason[edit]

VCU was predicted to finish third in the Atlantic 10 preseason polls, which was released October 4, 2012 in Brooklyn, New York.[1] Junior forward Juvonte Reddic was selected to the preseason Atlantic 10 third team, sophomore guard Briante Weber was selected to the preseason Atlantic 10 All-Defensive team and freshman guard Melvin Johnson was selected to the preseason Atlantic 10 All-Rookie team.

2012–13 incoming team members[edit]

2012–13 team recruits[edit]

Name Hometown High school / college Height Weight Commit date
Melvin Johnson
SG
Bronx, N.Y. St.Benedict's Prep 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 175 lb (79 kg) Jul 20, 2012 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Jordan Burgess
SF
Midlothian, VA Benedictine High School 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Jun 9, 2011 
Scout:4/5 stars   Rivals:4/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 92
Justin Tuoyo
C
Lovejoy, GA Lovejoy High School 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 210 lb (95 kg) May 13, 2011 
Scout:3/5 stars   Rivals:3/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 86
Mo Alie-Cox
PF
Lorton, VA Middleburg Academy 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 240 lb (110 kg) May 26, 2011 
Scout: N/A   Rivals:2/5 stars   247Sports: N/A    ESPN grade: 86
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:

Roster[edit]

2012–13 VCU Rams men's basketball team
Players Coaches
Pos. # Name Height Weight Year Home town
G 2 Weber, BrianteBriante Weber 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 165 lb (75 kg) So Chesapeake, VA
G 5 Okereafor, TeddyTeddy Okereafor 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) So London, ENG
G 10 Theus, DariusDarius Theus 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Portsmouth, VA
G 11 Brandenberg, RobRob Brandenberg 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 180 lb (82 kg) Jr Gahanna, OH
F 12 Alie-Cox (I), MoeMoe Alie-Cox (I) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 260 lb (118 kg) Fr Middleburg, VA
F 15 Reddic, JuvonteJuvonte Reddic 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Jr Winston-Salem, NC
G 20 Burgess (I), JordanJordan Burgess (I) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 210 lb (95 kg) Fr Midlothian, VA
G 21 Graham, TreveonTreveon Graham 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 215 lb (98 kg) So Washington, D.C.
F 23 Guest, JarredJarred Guest 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) 210 lb (95 kg) So Columbia, SC
G 30 Daniels, TroyTroy Daniels 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 200 lb (91 kg) Sr Roanoke, VA
F 31 Tuoyo, JustinJustin Tuoyo 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) Fr Hampton, VA
G 32 Johnson, MelvinMelvin Johnson 6 ft 3 in (1.91 m) 195 lb (88 kg) Fr Bronx, NY
C 33 Haley, D. J.D. J. Haley 7 ft 0 in (2.13 m) 250 lb (113 kg) Jr Palmdale, CA
F 34 Hinton, DavidDavid Hinton 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 235 lb (107 kg) Sr Winston-Salem, NC
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)
  • Mike Rhoades (Lebanon Valley)
  • Will Wade (Clemson)
  • Jeremy Ballard (Colgate)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • (W) Walk-on

Roster
Last update: 24 October 2012

Depth Chart[edit]

Pos. Starting 5 Bench 1 Bench 2 Bench 3
C D.J. Haley
PF Juvonte Reddic Jarred Guest David Hinton
SF Treveon Graham Justin Tuoyo
SG Troy Daniels Briante Weber Rob Brandenberg
PG Darius Theus Teddy Okereafor Melvin Johnson

Offseason[edit]

Incoming Freshman Jordan Burgess and Mo Alie-Cox were ruled ineligible to play in the 2012-13 season by NCAA because they were deemed to be partial qualifiers. Burgess was allowed to practice with the team while Alie-Cox was not. Both were able to remain on scholarship and will be eligible to play in 2013-14 as sophomores. The school never gave specifics as to why they were ruled ineligible by the NCAA.[2] Guard Reco McCarver transferred from VCU[3] to Campbell University. Heath Houston also left the team due to knee injuries.[4]

Regular season[edit]

Rankings[edit]

Poll Pre Wk 1 Wk 2 Wk 3 Wk 4 Wk 5 Wk 6 Wk 7 Wk 8 Wk 9 Wk 10 Wk 11 Wk 12 Wk 13 Wk 14 Wk 15 Wk 16 Wk 17 Wk 18 Wk 19 Final
AP RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 22 19 RV RV RV RV 24 RV 21 25
Coaches RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV RV 24 19 16 RV RV RV RV 24 25 19 22 23

RV-Receiving votes

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent# Rank# Site TV Result Attendance Record
Exhibitions
November 1* 7:30 PM Virginia Union Stuart C. Siegel CenterRichmond, VA W 94–44    0–0
Non-Conference Regular Season
November 9* 7:30 PM Florida Gulf Coast Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA W 80–57  7,693 1–0
November 13* 7:30 PM Wichita State Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA ESPNU L 51–53  7,693 1–1
November 17* 2:00 PM at Winthrop Winthrop ColiseumRock Hill, SC W 90–54  1,726 2–1
November 22* 7:00 PM vs. #19 Memphis Imperial Arena • Nassau, Bahamas
(Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament)
NBCSN W 78–65  3,258 3–1
November 23* 7:00 PM vs. #5 Duke Imperial Arena • Nassau, Bahamas
(Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament)
NBCSN L 58–67  3,474 3–2
November 24* 7:00 PM vs. #13 Missouri Imperial Arena • Nassau, Bahamas
(Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament)
NBCSN L 65–68  3,451 3–3
November 28* 7:30 PM Stetson Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA WTVR 6.3 W 92–56   7,693 4–3
December 1* 7:00 PM Belmont Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA CSNMA W 75–65  7,693 5–3
December 7* 9:00 PM at Old Dominion Ted Constant Convocation CenterNorfolk, VA
(Lumber Liquidators Hardwood Classic)
W 83–70  8,080 6–3
December 15* 4:00 PM Alabama Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA CBSSN W 73–54  7,693 7–3
December 18* 7:00 PM WKU Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA NBCSN W 76–44  7,693 8–3
December 21* 7:30 PM Longwood Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA WTVR 6.3 W 93–56  7,693 9–3
December 29* 4:00 PM Fairleigh Dickinson Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA WTVR 6.1 W 96–67  7,693 10–3
January 2* 7:00 PM at East Tennessee State Alliance CenterJohnson City, TN W 109–58  3,066 11–3
January 5* 5:00 PM Lehigh Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA A-10 TV/NBCSN W 59–55  7,693 12–3
A-10 Regular Season
January 9 7:00 PM Dayton Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA W 74–62  7,693 13–3 (1–0)
January 12 4:00 PM at St. Bonaventure Reilly CenterSt. Bonaventure, NY WTVR 6.3 W 72–65  4,675 14–3 (2–0)
January 17 9:00 PM Saint Joseph's #22 Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA CBSSN W 92–86 OT 7,693 15–3 (3–0)
January 19 7:00 PM at Duquesne #22 Palumbo CenterPittsburgh, PA W 90–63  6,278 16–3 (4–0)
January 24 7:00 PM at Richmond #19 Robins Center • Richmond, VA CBSSN L 74–86 OT 9,071 16–4 (4–1)
January 26 8:00 PM La Salle #19 Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA L 61–69  7,693 16–5 (4–2)
January 30 7:00 PM at Rhode Island Ryan CenterKingston, RI WTVR 6.3 W 70–64  6,632 17–5 (5–2)
February 2 7:00 PM Fordham Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA WTVR 6.1 W 81–65  7,693 18–5 (6–2)
February 9 7:00 PM at Charlotte Dale F. Halton ArenaCharlotte, NC W 68–61  8,794 19–5 (7–2)
February 14 9:00 PM Massachusetts Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA CBSSN W 86–68  7,693 20–5 (8–2)
February 16 7:30 PM George Washington Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA CSNMA W 84–57  7,693 21–5 (9–2)
February 19 9:00 PM at Saint Louis #24 Chaifetz ArenaSt. Louis, MO CBSSN L 62–76  10,027 21–6 (9–3)
February 23 2:00 PM at Xavier #24 Cintas CenterCincinnati, OH CBSSN W 75–71  10,039 22–6 (10–3)
March 2 12:00 PM #20 Butler #25 Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA ESPN2 W 84–52  7,693 23–6 (11–3)
March 6 8:00 PM Richmond #21 Stuart C. Siegel Center • Richmond, VA CBSSN W 93–82  7,693 24–6 (12–3)
March 10 12:00 PM at Temple #21 Liacouras CenterPhiladelphia, PA CBS L 76–84  10,206 24–7 (12–4)
2013 Atlantic 10 Tournament
Mar. 15 6:30 PM vs. Saint Joseph's #25 Barclays CenterBrooklyn, NY
(Quarterfinals)
CSN W 82–79  7,384 25–7
Mar. 16 4:00 PM vs. Massachusetts #25 Barclays Center • Brooklyn, NY
(Semifinals)
CBSSN W 71–62  N/A 26–7
Mar. 17 1:00 PM vs. #16 Saint Louis #25 Barclays Center • Brooklyn, NY
(Championship Game)
CBS L 56–62  N/A 26–8
2013 NCAA Tournament
Mar. 21* 9:45 PM vs. (12 S) Akron #(5 S) The Palace of Auburn HillsAuburn Hills, MI
(Second Round)
CBS W 88–42  19,829 27–8
Mar. 23* 12:15 PM vs. #10 (4 S) Michigan #(5 S) The Palace of Auburn Hills • Auburn Hills, MI
(Third Round)
CBS L 53–78  21,723 27–9
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. All times are in Eastern Time. (#) during NCAA Tournament is seed with Region S=South.

Accolades[edit]

Honors and awards[edit]

Sophomore guard Briante Weber was named the Atlantic 10 Defensive Player Of The Year. Junior forward Juvonte Reddic and Sophomore guard/forward Treveon Graham were named to the Second Team All Atlantic 10. Weber and Senior guard Darius Theus were named to the Atlantic-10 All-Defensive Team. Freshman guard Melvin Johnson was named to the Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team.[5]

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