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 won five straight games – beginning with the First Four in Dayton, Ohio – against “Power 5” schools on the way to the Final Four as an 11-seed. USC, Georgetown, Purdue, Florida State and top-ranked Kansas all succumbed to a VCU team that seemed to become a national championship contender overnight.
With each win, the mystique grew around the Rams. By the time Bradford Burgess’ overtime layup sent VCU to a 72-71 win over Florida State and into the Elite Eight, the Rams had become a national sensation. Two days later, senior Jamie Skeen scored 26 points, and VCU knocked down 12-of-25 from beyond the arc to shock top-seeded Kansas, a win that gave the Rams a berth in the Final Four for the first time.
Although VCU would see its magical run end at the hands of Butler in Houston, Texas, the Rams had fortified their place in NCAA Tournament history.