VCU 79, Louisville 74 (Nov. 19, 1999) The Stuart C. Siegel Center opened a year later than expected, but in the end, the Rams’ dramatic win over Louisville proved to be the perfect way to christen the building. Opening night couldn’t have been much more memorable. The Rams trailed 49-29 late in the first half before mounting a stunning comeback.
VCU 63, Minnesota 56 – OT (Dec. 28, 1970) Some people believe VCU’s reputation as David, chopping down college basketball’s Goliaths, began with Eric Maynor and Duke. But the Rams’ penchant for taking the big boys down a peg began on a December night in 1970 at Franklin Street Gym.
VCU 59, Virginia 56 (Nov. 12, 2013) VCU fans waited 15 years for a crack at Virginia, and they were not disappointed. VCU’s Treveon Graham buried a long 3-pointer with 1.4 seconds left to give the 14th-ranked Rams a win at 25th-ranked Virginia at John Paul Jones Arena. Graham finished with a game-high 22 points.
VCU 85, Long Island 69 (March 13, 1981) – First NCAA Win While VCU’s beginnings were humble, the program began to establish itself nationally in the late 70s and early 80s. VCU’s triumph over Long Island in the 1981 NCAA Tournament was one of the landmark achievements of this period.
VCU 79, DUKE 77 (March 15, 2007) Since that cold Buffalo night in March, VCU fans have been asking each other, where were you for “The Dagger”? VCU was still a relative unknown when sophomore point guard Eric Maynor led the 11th-seeded Rams to a stunning victory over Duke in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
VCU 84, Butler 52 (March 2, 2013) It was appropriate that this game was marketed as a “black out”, complete with 7,500 black t-shirts, because VCU turned out the lights on 20th-ranked Butler early in this cathartic victory. Two years early, Butler ended VCU’s magical NCAA Tournament run at the Final Four in Houston, Texas.
Led by a quartet of ironman seniors and their firebrand coach, VCU blazed an unprecedented trail during the 1984-85 season. Coach J.D. Barnett, in what would prove to be his final VCU season, directed the Rams to a 26-6 record and a No. 2 seed in the NCAA Tournament.
VCU 82, Oklahoma 69 (Nov. 21, 2009) Former VCU Coach Jeff Capel received a warm reception before tip-off, but the Rams ditched the pleasantries once the clock started and handed the 17th-ranked Sooners a convincing defeat.
VCU 46, UNC Wilmington 43 (March 4, 1996) Led by Tournament MVP Bernard Hopkins, VCU ended its 11-year championship drought with a victory over UNC Wilmington in the CAA title game. The Rams stormed to a 14-2 league mark during the regular season and the tournament’s No. 1 seed.
VCU 105, UAB 88 (Feb. 25, 1980) In the search for its first conference championship and NCAA bid, VCU left no doubt. Led by Tournament Most Valuable Player Edmund Sherod, the Rams toppled fellow first-year Sun Belt member UAB to claim their first title.
VCU 55, George Mason 54 (March 8, 2004) The Rams returned to the mountaintop in 2004, and it was a 28-year-old coach and a freshman walk-on who helped put them there. Jeff Capel led the Rams to 23 wins in his second season at the helm. But it was a free throw by Jesse Pellot-Rosa with 1.6 seconds left that was the difference.
VCU 71, Dayton 65 (March 15, 2015) VCU had won eight previous conference championships, but perhaps none was more emotional or unexpected. In four days, VCU saved its season. The Rams completed their remarkable run through the 2015 Atlantic 10 Tournament with a hard-fought victory over Dayton in the Championship Game at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y.
1978 – Rams Claim NIT Berth Led by a pair of future NBA players in Edmund Sherod and Gerald Henderson, as well as arguably the best center in team history, the 1977-78 VCU team set a school record with 24 wins and earned the program’s first postseason berth – an invitation to the NIT.
VCU 70, Northeastern 69 (March 16, 1984) People probably heard the cheers all the way back in Virginia. Junior guard Rolando Lamb hit a turnaround jumper at the final buzzer to give VCU a 70-69 victory over Jim Calhoun-coached Northeastern in the first round of the 1984 NCAA Tournament at the Meadowlands in Rutherford, N.J.
VCU 65, George Mason 59 (March 5, 2007) - Everybody remembers “The Dagger”, but this is the moment – with a CAA Championship on the line - Eric Maynor began to build his VCU legacy.
VCU 84, East Carolina 81 – OT (Jan. 6, 2001) Bo Jones hit 182 three-pointers during his VCU career, but the other 181 weren’t quite like this. On Jan. 6, 2001, Jones hit a 70-foot heave as time expired in overtime to give VCU an 84-81 win over conference rival East Carolina at the Siegel Center.
2011: A March to Remember Dogged by commentators before the NCAA Tournament began and celebrated nationally by its end, VCU packed quite a bit into a three-week period. In the end, the Rams rewrote history and became the darlings of March.
VCU 72, UNC Wilmington 71 (Feb. 26, 2005) Michael Doles certainly made his Senior Day a memorable one. With 5:25 remaining, the Seahawks led 58-39, VCU and Doles would not go away, and in the end, they engineered one of the greatest comebacks in school history.