1. VCU plays four ACC teams next season

    VCU’s 2013-14 nonconference schedule
    Nov. 8: Illinois State
    Nov. 12: at Virginia
    Nov. 16: Winthrop
    Nov. 21: vs. Florida State in Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament
    Nov. 22: Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament
    Nov. 24: Puerto Rico Tip-Off tournament
    Nov. 29: Northeastern
    Dec. 1: at Belmont
    Dec. 5: Eastern Kentucky
    Dec. 8: Old Dominion
    Dec. 14: at Northern Iowa
    Dec. 17: Wofford
    Dec. 21: vs. Virginia Tech in Governor’s Holiday Hoops Classic, Richmond Coliseum
    Dec. 28: vs. Boston College in Brooklyn Hoops Winter Festival, Barclays Center
    Jan. 3: Stony Brook

  2. VIDEO: Shaka Smart covets RGIII’s NFL spotShaka Smart may be one of the best coaches outside of John Calipari at making the scene. He’s one…View Post

    VIDEO: Shaka Smart covets RGIII’s NFL spot

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  3. Biting Shaka's Style

    • Matthew G
    • did you see what will wade, the newest coach at Chattanooga and former Shaka assistant, is calling his overall gameplan?
    • chaos
    • ...
    • after jamion christian's 'mayhem', is this a thing now?
    • Eric Angevine
    • Man, that's kind of dorky.
    • Matthew G
    • like, really???
    • totally seems dorky
    • Eric Angevine
    • Sometimes they fool me by making those off-brand soups the same color as Campbell's, but not often.
    • Matthew G
    • and at the same time, how does it differentiate from Shaka's system? i thought Christian did a good job at the mount, but essentially imported Shaka;s gameplan to the NEC
    • hahah exactly
    • Eric Angevine
    • Get out the thesaurus - he has more assistants who will get jobs in the future.
  4. The Richmond Flying Squirrels - AA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants - are having Shaka Smart bobblehead night tonight. Oh, how I wish I could be there.

    The Richmond Flying Squirrels - AA affiliate of the San Francisco Giants - are having Shaka Smart bobblehead night tonight. Oh, how I wish I could be there.

  5. “Shaka Smart got his first Division I coaching gig under Keith Dambrot at Akron.
As you may know, Smart is now at VCU.
VCU plays Akron in the opening round of the tournament.
I wonder if Dambrot regrets taking this picture?”
(via Photo: Keith Dambrot’s awkward opening round matchup | CollegeBasketballTalk)

    Shaka Smart got his first Division I coaching gig under Keith Dambrot at Akron.

    As you may know, Smart is now at VCU.

    VCU plays Akron in the opening round of the tournament.

    I wonder if Dambrot regrets taking this picture?”

    (via Photo: Keith Dambrot’s awkward opening round matchup | CollegeBasketballTalk)

  6. I’d put the Seigel Center high on a list of the top places to see a game right now. Super-loud, great cheerleaders/dance team, fantastic band and very high likelihood of seeing plays you’ll remember for the rest of your life.

    (via VIDEO: Shaka Smart delivers some pizza to ‘ShakaVille’ | CollegeBasketballTalk)

  7. VCU-Butler basketball, Shaka Smart, Spike Lee: VCU ready for Final Four reunion Saturday with Butler - dailypress.com

    via @DPTeel:

    RICHMOND — Spike Lee strolled into a VCU basketball practice last week. The renowned filmmaker, hoops maven and Reggie Miller foil was speaking on campus and wanted to check out coach Shaka Smart’s Rams.

    "All of a sudden it went from a good practice to a through-the-roof practice," Smart said Wednesday of Lee’s arrival. "I probably would have been the same way when I was 18, 19 years old. The guys were just hootin’ and hollerin’. I’ve never heard our team talk so much. I wish we could take him on the road with us."

    No doubt prompting Lee’s intrigue: VCU’s 12 consecutive winning seasons, highlighted by five NCAA tournament appearances and the 2011 Final Four.

    - See more at: http://www.dailypress.com/sports/dp-spt-teel-column-vcu-butler-walkup-20130228,0,1063664.column#sthash.5GfN7PuV.dpuf

  8. The story lines didn’t happen by accident. There’s little doubt that Alabama would have never set foot in Richmond in December if Crimson Tide coach Anthony Grant hadn’t felt some love for the program that gave him his start. Grant guided the Rams to two NCAA tournaments between 2006-09, which led directly to his big move to the SEC.
So Grant brought his Tide into Richmond, and went home thoroughly beaten. His former team, under the leadership of his replacement Shaka Smart, blitzed the visiting team, winning by a convincing 73-54 margin.
Smart’s “Havoc” defense racked up 11 steals and made shooting an uncomfortable nightmare for the visiting team, holding the Tide to 39% from the floor.
(via VCU blitzes Alabama 73-54 | CollegeBasketballTalk)

    The story lines didn’t happen by accident. There’s little doubt that Alabama would have never set foot in Richmond in December if Crimson Tide coach Anthony Grant hadn’t felt some love for the program that gave him his start. Grant guided the Rams to two NCAA tournaments between 2006-09, which led directly to his big move to the SEC.

    So Grant brought his Tide into Richmond, and went home thoroughly beaten. His former team, under the leadership of his replacement Shaka Smart, blitzed the visiting team, winning by a convincing 73-54 margin.

    Smart’s “Havoc” defense racked up 11 steals and made shooting an uncomfortable nightmare for the visiting team, holding the Tide to 39% from the floor.

    (via VCU blitzes Alabama 73-54 | CollegeBasketballTalk)

  9. “When it comes to sloganeering, VCU simply has it better. For the Rams, it starts before tip-off, with a huge, billowing banner held up by the entire student section, that reads “Havoc Lives Here”. It’s a credo embraced by the entire program. At Wichita State, they favor MTXE, which stands for Mental Toughness Extra Effort. Nice philosophy, but it’s hell on a bumper sticker.”
(via Shockers overcome Havoc with toughness in 53-51 win at VCU | CollegeBasketballTalk)

    When it comes to sloganeering, VCU simply has it better. For the Rams, it starts before tip-off, with a huge, billowing banner held up by the entire student section, that reads “Havoc Lives Here”. It’s a credo embraced by the entire program. At Wichita State, they favor MTXE, which stands for Mental Toughness Extra Effort. Nice philosophy, but it’s hell on a bumper sticker.”

    (via Shockers overcome Havoc with toughness in 53-51 win at VCU | CollegeBasketballTalk)

  10. I’ll be covering the Shockers vs. Shaka tourney rematch next Tuesday in Richmond. SO VERY EXCITED. I’ll make sure to post some photos.

    I’ll be covering the Shockers vs. Shaka tourney rematch next Tuesday in Richmond. SO VERY EXCITED. I’ll make sure to post some photos.