VCU Rams men's basketball, 1968–79

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The VCU Rams men's basketball teams represented Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, United States. The program was established in 1967, and began play in the 1968–69 season. This article is a list of results and statistics of the men's basketball team from the 1968–69 season to the 1978–79 season during which the team played as an NCAA Independent.

1968–69[edit]

1968–69 VCU Rams men's basketball
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Conference Independent
1968–69 record 12–11
Head coach Benny Dees
Home arena Franklin Street Gym
Seasons
← none
1969–70 →

The 1968–69 VCU Rams men's basketball team represented the newly created Virginia Commonwealth University during the 1968–69 NCAA men's basketball season. Led by Benny Dees, the Rams played their inaugural season as an independent team, playing a mix of Division I, II and III schools across the Mid-Atlantic, Ohio River Valley and Southeast regions. After an 0–4 start, the Rams finished the season with a winning record of 12–11.[1] During the season, they played in two winter tournaments; the Fort Eustis and Quantico tournaments held at Virginia military bases, Joint Base Langley–Eustis and Marine Corps Base Quantico, respectively. The team did not earn a berth into either the NCAA or NIT tournaments.[1]

During the team's inaugural season, the Rams played in the Franklin Street Gymnasium, which was their home arena until the opening of the Siegel Center in the late 1990s.

Date Opponent Rank Site Result Attendance Record Notes
November 27 Augusta Augusta, GA L 71–89 0–1
November 30 Georgia Southern Statesboro, GA L 88–105 0–2
December 6 Washington and Lee Franklin Street GymRichmond, VA L 70–83 0–3
December 7 Hampden–Sydney Farmville, VA L 79–83 0–4
December 9 N. News Apprentice Franklin Street Gym • Richmond, VA W 78–69 1–4
December 13 Southeastern Franklin Street Gym • Richmond, VA W 120–77 2–4
December 14 Pembroke State Pembroke, NC W 86–77 3–4
December 18 Bridgewater Quantico, VA W 101–84 4–4 Quantico Tournament
December 19 NYIT Quantico, VA L 81–103 4–5 Quantico Tournament
December 20 West Liberty State Quantico, VA W 106–100 (ot) 5–5 Quantico Tournament
December 21 Maryland State Quantico, VA L 69–71 5–6 Quantico Tournament
December 27 Roanoke Newport News, VA L 59–84 5–7 Fort Eustis Tournament
December 28 West Virginia State Newport News, VA W 79–73 6–7 Fort Eustis Tournament
December 29 Denison Newport News, VA W 76–69 7–7 Fort Eustis Tournament
January 7 Washington and Lee Lexington, VA L 75–80 7–8
January 9 Virginia Union Richmond, VA W 96–74 8–8
January 11 Pembroke State Franklin Street Gym • Richmond, VA W 72–57 9–8
January 15 High Point High Point, NC L 77–109 9–9
February 5 Old Dominion Norfolk, VA L 69–101 9–10
February 8 Southeastern Lakeland, FL W 89–60 10–10
February 12 Virginia Union Franklin Street Gym • Richmond, VA L 82–89 10–11
February 18 Bridgewater Franklin Street Gym • Richmond, VA W 95–86 11–11
February 20 Hampden–Sydney Franklin Street Gym • Richmond, VA W 101–84 12–11

Source: Men's Basketball 1968–69 Results, VCU Athetlics

1969–70[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result
Nov. 28 College of Charleston Franklin Street Gym W, 142-83
Dec. 2 Long Island Long Island, N.Y. L, 67-72
Dec. 4 Western Kentucky Bowling Green, Ky. L, 73-115
Dec. 6 Tennessee Tech Cookeville, Tenn. L, 81-88
Dec. 8 Providence Providence, R.I. L, 71-103
Dec. 10 Old Dominion Franklin Street Gym L, 82-93
Dec. 16 Hampden-Sydney Franklin Street Gym W, 85-59
Dec. 19 Atlantic Christian Franklin Street Gym W, 123-99
Dec. 22 Akron Akron, Ohio W, 87-85
Jan. 5 Washington & Lee Franklin Street Gym W, 90-83
Jan. 10 Southeastern Franklin Street Gym W, 110-78
Jan. 21 Old Dominion Norfolk, Va. L, 90-94
Jan. 24 Loyola New Orleans, La. L, 99-121
Feb. 4 Virginia State Franklin Street Gym W(ot), 96-92
Feb. 6 York Franklin Street Gym W, 96-77
Feb. 7 Virginia Union Franklin Street Gym W, 103-93
Feb. 9 Atlantic Christian Wilson, N.C. W, 111-87
Feb. 10 Pikeville Franklin Street Gym W, 106-80
Feb. 16 High Point Franklin Street Gym W, 105-77
Feb. 19 Hampden-Sydney Farmville, Va W, 87-81
Feb. 21 Ohio Franklin Street Gym L, 75-95
Feb. 23 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, Ky. L, 78-84
Feb. 24 Washington & Lee Farmville, Va. L, 71-87

1970–71[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result
Dec. 1 Bradley Peoria, Il. L, 70-102
Dec. 2 Butler Indianapolis, Ind. L, 97-99
Dec. 3 DePaul Chicago, Il. L, 77-100
Dec. 5 Bluefield State Franklin Street Gym W, 105-86
Dec. 7 Campbell Franklin Street Gym W, 79-78
Dec. 10 Western Kentucky Bowling Green, KY L, 71-96
Dec. 12 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, KY L, 80-107
Dec. 19 Akron Franklin Street Gym W, 74-70
Dec. 28 Minnesota Franklin Street Gym W, 63-56
Jan. 6 Mount St. Mary's Franklin Street Gym W, 97-78
Jan. 9 UNC Wilmington Franklin Street Gym W, 114-66
Jan. 18 Haverford Franklin Street Gym W, 93-49
Jan. 22 Virginia Union Richmond, Va. W, 90-76
Jan. 25 Virginia State Petersburg, Va. W, 107-68
Jan. 28 Arkansas State Jonesboro, Ark. L, 86-94
Jan. 30 LSU-New Orleans New Orleans, La. L, 96-99
Feb. 5 Southeastern Franklin Street Gym W, 116-56
Feb. 10 Old Dominion Franklin Street Gym W, 79-71
Feb. 13 York York, Pa. W, 117-89
Feb. 14 St. Francis Loretto, Pa. L, 74-80
Feb. 18 Virginia State Franklin Street Gym W, 112-74
Feb. 20 UNC Wilmington Wilmington, N.C. W, 104-75
Feb. 22 Virginia Union Franklin Street Gym W, 81-76
Feb. 27 Old Dominion Norfolk, Va. L, 85-98

1971–72[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result
Dec. 4 James Madison Franklin Street Gym W, 93-68
Dec. 6 Wilmington Franklin Street Gym W, 102-70
Dec. 9 Missouri Columbia, Miss. L, 66-73
Dec. 11 Western Kentucky Bowling Green, KY L, 76-85
Dec. 16 Baltimore Franklin Street Gym W, 86-76
Dec. 18 Glassboro State Franklin Street Gym W, 86-72
Dec. 20 East Tennessee State Richmond Coliseum W, 84-71
Jan. 3 St. Francis Richmond Coliseum W, 109-94
Jan. 10 Norfolk State Richmond Coliseum L, 97-109
Jan. 21 Southeastern Franklin Street Gym W, 103-48
Jan. 29 Valparaiso Franklin Street Gym W, 86-76
Jan. 31 Virginia Union Franklin Street Gym W, 90-85
Feb. 2 Mount St. Mary's Emmitsburg, Md. W, 96-65
Feb. 8 Southeastern Franklin Street Gym W, 122-73
Feb. 14 Virginia Union Richmond, Va. W, 109-94
Feb. 18 Fairleigh Dickinson Madison, N.J. L, 86-89 (ot)
Feb. 21 Loyola Richmond Coliseum W, 112-99
Mar. 1 Wilmington Wilmington, N.C. W, 103-80
Mar. 6 Iona Richmond Coliseum W, 93-74

1972–73[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result
Nov. 27 Wilmington Franklin Street Gym W, 94-75
Dec. 4 East Tennessee State Johnson City, TN W, 79-69
Dec. 5 Morehead State Morehead, KY L, 90-103
Dec. 9 Eastern Kentucky Richmond, KY L, 86-96
Dec. 12 Fair. Dickinson Richmond Coliseum W, 63-47
Dec. 21 E. Kentucky Richmond Coliseum W, 69-63
Jan. 10 West Chester Richmond Coliseum W, 87-65
Jan. 13 Wilmington Wilmington, N.C. W, 83-75
Jan. 15 Norfolk State Norfolk, Va. W, 92-91
Jan. 17 Canisius Richmond Coliseum W, 80-66
Jan. 20 Centenary Shreveport, La. L, 74-102
Jan. 27 N. Carolina A&T Richmond Coliseum W, 79-78
Jan. 30 Northern Illinois DeKalb, Il. L, 81-91
Feb. 2 Virginia Union Franklin Street Gym L, 75-77
Feb. 7 East Tennessee State Richmond Coliseum W, 61-50
Feb. 10 Baltimore Baltimore, Md. W, 67-61
Feb. 15 Virginia Union Richmond, Va. W, 79-76
Feb. 20 Iona New Rochelle, N.Y. W, 81-74
Feb. 24 Brooklyn Franklin Street Gym W, 115-70
Feb. 27 Southeastern Franklin Street Gym W, 121-70

1973–74[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result
Dec. 1 East Tennessee State Richmond Coliseum W, 96-55
Dec. 4 Morehead State Richmond Coliseum W, 116-85
Dec. 8 Northern Illinois Richmond Coliseum W, 87-71
Dec. 11 Middle Tennessee Murfreesboro, TN L, 80-102
Dec. 15 Canisius Buffalo, N.Y. L, 96-103
Dec. 19 Texas A&M Richmond Coliseum W, 72-71
Dec. 21 Austin Peay Richmond Coliseum L, 101-102 (ot)
Dec. 26 Pacific Stockton, Calif. L, 75-80
Dec. 28 Boise State Boise, ID W, 87-85
Jan. 4 Mercer Macon, Ga. L, 89-90
Jan. 7 Austin Peay Clarksville, TN L, 65-81
Jan. 12 Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH L, 51-57
Jan. 15 Cornell Richmond Coliseum W, 107-64
Jan. 18 St. Mary's Franklin Street Gym W, 117-91
Jan. 21 Centenary Richmond Coliseum W, 82-79
Jan. 27 Detroit Detroit, MI W, 77-70
Jan. 29 Buffalo State Franklin Street Gym W, 119-69
Feb. 4 UNC Asheville Franklin Street Gym W, 111-70
Feb. 8 NE Illinois Franklin Street Gym W, 98-76
Feb. 11 West Florida Franklin Street Gym W, 102-64
Feb. 16 Iona Richmond Coliseum W, 94-73
Feb. 18 Wilmington Franklin Street Gym W, 108-71
Feb. 22 Southeastern Franklin Street Gym W, 125-74
Feb. 25 Mercer Richmond Coliseum W, 110-92

1974–75[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result
Nov. 30 Iowa Iowa City, IA L, 80-95
Dec. 2 Wilmington Franklin Street Gym W, 104-96
Dec. 5 Hardin-Simmons Richmond Coliseum W, 112-74
Dec. 7 Baylor Waco, TX L, 81-83
Dec. 9 Hardin-Simmons Abilene, TX W, 84-71
Dec. 10 Texas A&M College Station, TX L, 84-98
Dec. 17 Centenary Richmond Coliseum W, 76-75
Dec. 19 NE Louisiana Franklin Street Gym W, 83-75
Dec. 21 Buffalo Richmond Coliseum W, 105-73
Dec. 28 St. Peter's - Lions-VCU
Holiday Tournament
Richmond Coliseum W, 86-68
Dec. 29 Texas A&M - Lions-VCU
Holiday Tournament
Richmond Coliseum L, 80-84
Jan. 8 Baptist (S.C.) Franklin Street Gym W, 116-79
Jan. 11 Maine Orono, ME L, 90-91
Jan. 15 MD-Eastern Shore Richmond Coliseum W, 89-57
Jan. 21 St. Mary's Franklin Street Gym W, 120-60
Jan. 25 Western Illinois Franklin Street Gym W, 99-83
Jan. 27 Centenary Shreveport, La. L, 66-73
Feb. 8 Mercer Richmond Coliseum W, 95-75
Feb. 11 Delaware State Franklin Street Gym W, 91-60
Feb. 15 Elmira Franklin Street Gym W, 113-75
Feb. 17 Md.- Eastern Shore Princess Anne, Md. W, 85-75
Feb. 22 Mercer Macon, Ga. W, 68-63
Feb. 24 Canisius Richmond Coliseum W, 86-61
Feb. 28 Detroit Richmond Coliseum L, 58-67
Mar. 3 Auburn Auburn, Ala. L, 72-117

1975–76[edit]

Date Opponent Location Result
Nov. 29 Baltimore Franklin Street Gym W, 84-78
Dec. 1 Wilmington Franklin Street Gym W, 99-75
Dec. 9 Southern Illinois Carbondale, Il. L, 69-79
Dec. 13 Baylor Richmond Coliseum W, 68-64
Dec. 16 Centenary Shreveport, La. L, 69-94
Dec. 18 Georgia State Atlanta, Ga. L, 56-57
Dec. 20 Northeastern Richmond Coliseum W, 102-81
Dec. 29 CCNY - VCU-Holiday Tournament Richmond Coliseum W, 115-70
Dec. 30 Michigan State - VCU-Holiday Tournament Richmond Coliseum W, 80-75
Jan. 3 Memphis State Memphis, TN L, 72-92
Jan. 13 Western Illinois Macomb, Il. W, 83-81
Jan. 16 MD-Eastern Shore Richmond Coliseum W, 92-68
Jan. 19 Brockport State Franklin Street Gym W, 102-71
Jan. 24 North Texas State Denton, TX L, 72-89
Jan. 26 Oral Roberts Tulsa, OK L, 68-84
Jan. 29 Richmond Richmond, Va. L, 65-71
Jan. 31 Oklahoma City Richmond Coliseum W, 67-66
Feb. 3 Charles. Baptist Franklin Street Gym W, 120-61
Feb. 6 Maine Franklin Street Gym W, 92-82
Feb. 10 Richmond Richmond Coliseum L, 66-68
Feb. 17 Brockport State Brockport, N.Y. W, 104-99 (ot)
Feb. 18 Buffalo Buffalo, N.Y. W, 97-78
Feb. 21 Delaware State Franklin Street Gym W, 105-75
Mar. 1 Centenary Richmond Coliseum L, 94-98
Mar. 4 Bentley Franklin Street Gym W, 96-56

1976–77[edit]

1977–78[edit]

1978–79[edit]

NBA Draft selections[edit]

# Year Round Pick Overall Name Team Position
1 1974 2 14 32 Jesse Dark New York Knickerbockers Point guard
2 1974 4 9 63 Bernie Harris Buffalo Braves Small forward
3 1979 3 20 64 Gerald Henderson San Antonio Spurs Point guard

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b "1968–69 Results". Virginia Commonwealth University Athletics. VCUAthletics.com. Retrieved December 24, 2011.