April 10, 2011

FACTS & FIGURES ABOUT THE 2010-11 MEN'S HOOPS SEASON

RICHMOND, Va. - It was a season that will never be forgotten for VCU Basketball. The 14 players, Coach Smart and his staff and everyone else who made up the Black & Gold this year will forever live in Ram Nation history.

As great as the three weeks in March were for the Black & Gold, that magical run wasn't the only thing that made VCU's season historic. Check out the facts and figures of the 2010-11 men's hoops season:

• 28 victories tied a school record, held by the 2006-07 squad that defeated Duke in the first round of the NCAA Tournament

• The 55 wins over the past two seasons is the most over any two-year stretch in VCU basketball history.

• VCU finished sixth in the final ESPN/USA Today Coaches poll, which is the highest in school and CAA history. The last time the Black & Gold found themselves ranked was at the end of the 1985-86 season, when they were ranked 11th in the final poll.

• 23 TV appearances set a new school record, seven of those appearances came on the ESPN family of networks, which is also a record.

• Set a new school and CAA record for total points scored with 2,864. In the two seasons under Coach Smart and his staff, the Rams have posted two of the top three total point seasons in school history, 2,864 in 2010-11 for first all-time and 2,737 in 2009-10, third all-time.

• Set new school and CAA record for three-pointers with 339, a mark which ranked second in the country. The mark crushed the old records by more than 40, the old CAA record was held by the 2009-10 William & Mary squad who connected on 295 three-pointers and the old school record was held by the 2009-10 team, which drilled 253.

•  VCU is the only team in the country with six players hitting 30+ plus three-pointers on the year. Brandon Rozzell (78), Bradford Burgess (72), Joey Rodriguez (69), Jamie Skeen (36), Ed Nixon (31) and Rob Brandenberg (31).

• Set new school record for free-throws made with 589, topping the old record of 580 set by the 2006-07 team.

• Broke 18-year old school record for total assists with 583 on the year, which is 16 more than the 567 that the 1992-93 squad tallied.

• The 968 field goals made ranks third all-time in CAA history, right behind last year's 979. That gives Coach Smart and his staff two of the top three seasons in field goals made in CAA history.

Set a school record for a second straight year in steals with 328, which was just three off the nation leader of 331 (Belmont) and just one short of the CAA record set by Old Dominion in 2004-05. In two years with Coach Smart and his staff, the Rams have compiled 646 steals for an average of 8.5 per game, which ranks among the top-20 in the country over that stretch.

• Set school record for number of turnovers forced with 584

• The 14 home dates of the 2010-11 campaign set a new Siegel Center average attendance record with 6,645 fans per night. The average attendance for all 40 games (home/away/neutral) was 8,742, which is also a school record.

• Senior Joey Rodriguez became the first Ram ever to accumulate over 200 assists in back-to-back seasons. Only two other players in CAA history have accomplished that feat (Doug Wojcik of Navy (1985-86, 1986-87) and Curtis McCants of George Mason (1994-95, 1995-96). He finished his career with 580 assists total, good for third all-time at VCU.

• Oh yeah, the Rams made the Final Four. It was pretty cool.

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