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August 23, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
New USC basketball Coach Andy Enfield spoke Friday afternoon about the Trojans' newest  player, D.J. Haley, who played three seasons at Virginia Commonwealth. Enfield said Haley, who graduated in three years and is immediately eligible, plans to enter USC's engineering graduate school. Haley, a 7-footer from Palmdale who averaged 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds last season, fills a need for a USC team that lost forward Eric Wise, who exhausted his eligibility, and center Dewayne Dedmon, who entered the NBA draft but wasn't taken.
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August 23, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
New USC basketball Coach Andy Enfield spoke Friday afternoon about the Trojans' newest  player, D.J. Haley, who played three seasons at Virginia Commonwealth. Enfield said Haley, who graduated in three years and is immediately eligible, plans to enter USC's engineering graduate school. Haley, a 7-footer from Palmdale who averaged 1.9 points and 1.9 rebounds last season, fills a need for a USC team that lost forward Eric Wise, who exhausted his eligibility, and center Dewayne Dedmon, who entered the NBA draft but wasn't taken.
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March 27, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Shaka Smart and Virginia Commonwealth have agreed in principle to a deal to keep the basketball coach at the school. Athletic Director Ed McLaughlin said the details were still being finalized, but the majority of changes involve "program enhancements for the student-athletes and coaches. " McLaughlin said it also extends a contract already scheduled to run through 2020. Smart's record is 111-37 in four years, the sixth-most wins in the country over that stretch. Since he guided VCU to the Final Four in 2011, Smart's name has been among the first mentioned whenever a high-profile job comes open.
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March 27, 2013 | Staff and wire reports
Shaka Smart and Virginia Commonwealth have agreed in principle to a deal to keep the basketball coach at the school. Athletic Director Ed McLaughlin said the details were still being finalized, but the majority of changes involve "program enhancements for the student-athletes and coaches. " McLaughlin said it also extends a contract already scheduled to run through 2020. Smart's record is 111-37 in four years, the sixth-most wins in the country over that stretch. Since he guided VCU to the Final Four in 2011, Smart's name has been among the first mentioned whenever a high-profile job comes open.
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November 25, 2010
UCLA next vs. Virginia Commonwealth, Friday at Madison Square Garden, 11:30 a.m. PST, ESPN2 ? This consolation game in the NIT Season Tip-Off will be a rematch of the Bruins' 65-64 victory over Virginia Commonwealth in the first round of the 2009 NCAA tournament. The Rams (3-1) used full-court pressure to wipe out most of an 11-point deficit against Tennessee in their NIT semifinal before fading over the final few minutes of a 77-72 loss. Ben Bolch
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April 1, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Connecticut freshman guard Jeremy Lamb recently was struck with this thought: "Man, I can't believe we're in the Final Four. " He could have easily tossed Kentucky, Butler and Virginia Commonwealth into the mix. Outside of two or three blindfolded dart throwers, no one believed in this Final Four. Imagine, three weeks ago, writing out Saturday's lineup cards for Houston's Reliant Stadium: Butler versus VCU in one national semifinal game and Connecticut versus Kentucky in the nightcap.
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March 28, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Connecticut, Virginia Commonwealth, Kentucky and Butler are set to gather next weekend for . . . •A symposium on anthropological studies? •A barbecue? •The Ultimate Frisbee national intramural championships? Actually, it's the last place you'd have thought these schools would end up: the Final Four in Houston. VCU upsets top-seeded Kansas in Southwest Regional final Connecticut and Butler booked passage Saturday, with VCU (shockingly, over Kansas)
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May 28, 2009
NBA: A list of Mark Heisler's picks for the NBA draft in the May 20 Sports section said Eric Maynor is from TCU. He is from VCU, or Virginia Commonwealth University.
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November 26, 2010
UCLA today vs. Virginia Commonwealth When: 11:30 a.m. PST. Where: Madison Square Garden. On the air: TV: ESPN2. Radio: 570. Records: UCLA 3-1, VCU 3-1. Record vs. VCU all-time: 1-0. Update: UCLA's final two NIT opponents are the same teams it played in the 2009 NCAA tournament, only in reverse order. Virginia Commonwealth's Eric Maynor missed a last-second shot the last time the Rams played UCLA, allowing the Bruins to escape with a 65-64 victory.
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March 14, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
USC (19-14) vs. Virginia Commonwealth (23-11) WEDNESDAY, 6 P.M. PDT, AT DAYTON, OHIO How they got here: USC had five wins against teams ranked in the Ratings Percentage Index top-50 and a schedule strength that ranked 39th nationally; Virginia Commonwealth advanced to the Colonial Athletic Assn. tournament championship game against Old Dominion. Last 10 games: USC 7-3, VCU 5-5. Best wins/worst losses: USC defeated Texas (27-7), Arizona (27-7)
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March 25, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Ben Howland, who led UCLA to three Final Fours, was fired Sunday, the school announced, ending the longest tenure for a Bruins coach since John Wooden retired in 1975. Howland spent 10 seasons in Westwood, finishing with a 233-107 record. He is coming off one of his best coaching performances, with the Bruins winning the Pac-12 Conference regular-season championship. Yet his star had fallen considerably since he took UCLA to consecutive Final Fours in 2006, '07 and '08. He was informed Sunday that he was fired.
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March 18, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Lorenzo Brown hit three free throws in the final 10.6 seconds and North Carolina State conjured up its glorious tradition with a 66-63 upset of third-seeded Georgetown in a Midwest Regional on Sunday. The Wolfpack (24-12) advance to play the Purdue-Kansas winner on Friday in St. Louis. A lowly 11th-seeded team coming in, they had to survive a furious comeback by the Hoyas (24-9) and only were assured of the win when Greg Whittington's hurried three-point shot from the right wing was off the mark at the buzzer.
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March 12, 2012
The 2012 NCAA basketball tournament bracket came out Sunday, so now everybody can start getting ready for their office pools. Every year there's a handful of lower-seeded teams that pull off some unexpected victories and cause many an office bracket to make its way into the recycling bin by the end of the first weekend of the three-week tournament. 2012 NCAA tournament interactive brackets So the trick becomes predicting just which teams are going to emerge as the bracket busters.
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April 1, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Connecticut freshman guard Jeremy Lamb recently was struck with this thought: "Man, I can't believe we're in the Final Four. " He could have easily tossed Kentucky, Butler and Virginia Commonwealth into the mix. Outside of two or three blindfolded dart throwers, no one believed in this Final Four. Imagine, three weeks ago, writing out Saturday's lineup cards for Houston's Reliant Stadium: Butler versus VCU in one national semifinal game and Connecticut versus Kentucky in the nightcap.
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March 30, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
No one planned for the opposite sides of this year's Final Four bracket to turn out to be allegory for good versus upheaval. No one fathomed it. Only two out of 5.9 million entrants in ESPN's NCAA tournament contest picked Connecticut, Kentucky, Butler and Virginia Commonwealth to reach the Final Four. Look, though, at these slips plucked from a hat — one black, one white. Jim Calhoun and John Calipari, the respective coaches of Connecticut and Kentucky, represent blue-state, bluegrass and blue-blood aristocracy.
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March 28, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Connecticut, Virginia Commonwealth, Kentucky and Butler are set to gather next weekend for . . . •A symposium on anthropological studies? •A barbecue? •The Ultimate Frisbee national intramural championships? Actually, it's the last place you'd have thought these schools would end up: the Final Four in Houston. VCU upsets top-seeded Kansas in Southwest Regional final Connecticut and Butler booked passage Saturday, with VCU (shockingly, over Kansas)
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March 24, 2011 | Wire reports
East Regional No. 2 North Carolina (28-7) vs. No. 11 Marquette (22-14), Newark, N.J., 4:15 p.m. PDT, Ch. 2: Marquette has controlled tempo in its two NCAA wins, and that will be vital against North Carolina. The Tar Heels want to run and get the point total into at least the high 70s. Marquette doesn't have the firepower to hang with North Carolina, though the Tar Heels' sometimes-lax approach on defense should help the Golden Eagles. Marquette needs production from its "Big Three" of Jimmy Butler, Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder.
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March 18, 2012
COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Lorenzo Brown hit three free throws in the final 10.6 seconds and North Carolina State conjured up its glorious tradition with a 66-63 upset of third-seeded Georgetown in a Midwest Regional on Sunday. The Wolfpack (24-12) advance to play the Purdue-Kansas winner on Friday in St. Louis. A lowly 11th-seeded team coming in, they had to survive a furious comeback by the Hoyas (24-9) and only were assured of the win when Greg Whittington's hurried three-point shot from the right wing was off the mark at the buzzer.
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March 26, 2011 | Wire reports
Southwest Regional No. 1 Kansas (35-2) vs. No. 11 Virginia Commonwealth (27-11), San Antonio, 11:15 a.m. PDT, Ch. 2 Forward Jamie Skeen is Virginia Commonwealth's leading scorer and the Rams' only real low-post threat, but he has nearly as many made free throws (14) as made field goals (17) in four NCAA tournament games. He has to provide offense in the paint or the Rams will be far too perimeter-oriented. The Jayhawks have held opponents to 29.1% shooting from three-point range this season; that's fourth-best in the nation.
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March 24, 2011 | Wire reports
East Regional No. 2 North Carolina (28-7) vs. No. 11 Marquette (22-14), Newark, N.J., 4:15 p.m. PDT, Ch. 2: Marquette has controlled tempo in its two NCAA wins, and that will be vital against North Carolina. The Tar Heels want to run and get the point total into at least the high 70s. Marquette doesn't have the firepower to hang with North Carolina, though the Tar Heels' sometimes-lax approach on defense should help the Golden Eagles. Marquette needs production from its "Big Three" of Jimmy Butler, Darius Johnson-Odom and Jae Crowder.
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