VCU Rams Men’s Basketball Tickets
The VCU Rams men’s basketball team is a Division I program for Virginia Commonwealth University. The team is located in Richmond, Virginia and plays their home games at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. The Stuart C. Siegel Center has a capacity of 7,622 people and opened in 1999. The Rams have one of the best home-court advantages, with a win percentage of .852, good enough for 13th best in the nation. 2012 marks the first year the team is playing in the A-10, with the past two decades the team played in the Colonial Athletic League. The team plays in the Atlantic 10 Conference. The team is currently coached by Shaka Smart. In Smart’s three years as coach, he has led the team to 27 or more wins every season, compiling an 84-28 record. In that time, he led the Rams to a CBI championship, and two NCAA Tournament appearances including the team’s first ever trip to the Final Four. Not only was it the team’s first trip to the Final Four, but also the team’s first ever appearance past the Round of 32.
In 1968, the VCU Rams began their first season; however, success did not come quickly or easily. It took 10 years for the team to make their first postseason appearance, making it to the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). The team in the early 1980s went on to a high measure of success, making the NCAA Tournament five out of the first six years of the decade. The 21st century has been very kind to the Rams as they have reached postseason eight out of twelve years including five NCAA Tournament berths. Under Jeff Capel, the team went 79-41 including a trip to the NCAA Tournament. After Capel left, Anthony Grant stepped in and led the team to their first NCAA Tournament game victory in 2007 since 1985 en route to a 28-7 season. Under Grant, the team went 76-25 before leaving to coach at Alabama, paving the way for Shaka Smart.
The team has featured six players that have gone on to play in the NBA, most recently Larry Sanders was drafted with the 15th overall selection by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 2010 draft. The Rams biggest rivalry game is against Old Dominion, where since 1969, the two teams have met 87 times with the Rams holding a narrow lead 45-42. With the Rams move to the Atlantic 10, the crosstown rivalry between the Rams and the Richmond Spiders is sure to heat up; however, the “Black & Blue Classic” as its known has already produced some phenomenal games