To say that this past March was a culmination of years and years of hard work and success finally paying off in a big way would be pretty cheesy and unoriginal.
However, if you really look at the numbers, that description would fit perfectly.
On top of all the success that the Rams had in the 1980s, VCU really has brought itself into the national spotlight with a decade (2001-2011) that rivals some of the best in college basketball.
Here's some numbers for you to chew on:
- In the past 10 seasons, the Black & Gold have compiled a 231-98 ledger, good for a winning percentage of .702.
- The winning percentage over that span ranks 20th in the country
- Some notable programs the Rams are ahead of in that category: Michigan State (.685), Arizona (.681), Villanova (.669), Oklahoma (.668), Oklahoma State (.666), Notre Dame (.664), Maryland (.660), UCLA (.659), Georgetown (.649), Vanderbilt (.623), Purdue (.602)
- The winning percentages is better than any team in entire the PAC-10 conference: Arizona (.681), UCLA (.659), Stanford (.637), Washington (.632), California (.591), Oregon (.570), USC (.563), Arizona State (.518), Washington State (.508), Oregon State (.410)
- The total wins of 231 rank 21st in the country
- Some notable programs the Rams are ahead of in that category: BYU (230), Marquette (229), Arizona (228), Villanova (224), Oklahoma State (223), UCLA (220), Notre Dame (219), Oklahoma (219), Maryland (219), West Virginia (214), Georgetown (211), Vanderbilt (202), Missouri (201), Purdue (194), Kansas State (190)
- If you breakdown to just the past five seasons, the numbers are even more impressive with VCU racking up a 131-46 record over that span, good for a .740 winning percentage
- The total wins of 131 are tied with Texas as the 12th most in the country over that stretch
- Some notable programs the Rams are ahead of in that category: Syracuse (130), Wisconsin (130), Purdue (129), Gonzaga (128), Louisville (128), Michigan State (128), UCLA (128), Kentucky (126), Texas A&M (125), UCONN (122), Clemson (115)
- The winning percentage over that span ranks 15th in the country
- Some notable programs the Rams are ahead of in that category: Texas (.736), Florida (.732), Syracuse (.730), Louisville (.727), UCLA (.727), Texas A&M (.727), Kentucky (.712), Tennessee (.699), UCONN (.697), Clemson (.685), Kansas State (.682)
- Seniors Joey Rodriguez, Brandon Rozzell and Ed Nixon combined for 103 wins during their careers, tying an all-time school record with former Ram T.J. Gwynn. Many NBA stars that spent all four years in college can't claim 103 wins, that list includes: Jason Terry (102 wins), Tim Duncan (97 wins), Steve Nash (93 wins), Danny Granger (76 wins),
- In every category over the past five and 10 years, VCU leads the CAA and the Commonwealth of Virginia