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March 26, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Virginia Commonwealth is working to hang on to Shaka Smart, one of the coaches that UCLA has on its shopping list. Athletic department officials at Virginia Commonwealth are working on enhancements for the basketball program, according to a Richmond Times Dispatch story. A new practice facility, increased pay for assistant coaches and a bigger recruiting  budget are things Smart is seeking , according to the Times Dispatch. Smart makes $1.36-million per season, plus incentives.
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March 16, 2014 | Bill Plaschke
New coach, new freedoms, new fun ... all of it dancing toward the same old crushing chomp. The good news for UCLA fans is that their freshly minted Pac-12 tournament champions will open the NCAA tournament next weekend down the street in San Diego with a winnable bracket against upstart Tulsa, overhyped Virginia Commonwealth, and hot-but-untested Stephen F. Austin. The bad news is that, if they survive to advance to the Sweet 16, waiting for them will be the familiar bite of Florida.
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March 19, 2009 | David Wharton
VS. VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH Time: 6:45 PDT. On the air: TV: Channel 2; Radio: 1150, 710. Where: Wachovia Center, Philadelphia. Records: UCLA 25-8, Virginia Commonwealth 24-9. Record vs. opponent: First meeting. Update: When asked about VCU forward Larry Sanders, UCLA Coach Ben Howland quipped: "First of all, I was a fan of the 'Larry Sanders Show.' " But seriously, folks, Howland knows his Bruins must find a way to score against the shot-blocking Sanders and the rest of the defense-minded Rams.
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March 16, 2014 | By Ben Bolch
1 Florida (32-2, Southeastern champion) 16 Play-in winner (See matchup below) Can you say "Gator bait"? Whoever wins the play-in game will have effectively played its way out of the tournament by Thursday. 8 Colorado (23-11, at-large) 9 Pittsburgh (25-9, at-large) Colorado has struggled since Spencer Dinwiddie suffered a season-ending injury Jan. 12. Pittsburgh will try to do the ACC proud. 5 Virginia Commonwealth (26-8, at-large) 12 Stephen F. Austin (31-2, Southland champion)
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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 29, 2011 | By David Teel
Reporting from Richmond, Va. — Banners commemorating each of Virginia Commonwealth's nine previous NCAA men's basketball tournament appearances hang from the rafters of the team's home court at the Siegel Center. Suffice to say, the 10th will be unique and raised amid much fanfare. Question is: Will it be a Final Four or, dare we ponder, national championship banner? "Making it to the NCAA tournament, I thought that was going to be a hard task," Rams forward Jamie Skeen said Tuesday.
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March 9, 2004 | From Associated Press
Jesse Pellot-Rosa, a freshman walk-on, missed his first free throw attempt but made the second with 1.6 seconds and Virginia Commonwealth defeated George Mason, 55-54, in the Colonial Athletic Assn. title game Monday night at Richmond, Va., to earn a spot in the NCAA tournament. George Mason (21-9) got one last chance, but Jai Lewis' open 12-foot jump shot missed completely. Virginia Commonwealth (23-7) earned its first CAA title since 1996, its first season in the conference.
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March 20, 2009 | David Wharton
Go down the checklist in Darren Collison's head. As the final seconds ticked away, he had to scramble to stay in front of his man. Had to keep from getting faked off his feet. Had to avoid committing a foul. In short, he had to keep the other team's best player from scoring. "At that point," he said, "you've just got to play defense."
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March 15, 2011 | By Baxter Holmes
Reporting from Dayton, Ohio ? USC has accomplished what was impossible a year ago and highly improbable a month ago, but the Trojans say they're not satisfied. And Kevin O'Neill hopes they're telling the truth. "Our team was so elated to get in [to the NCAA tournament] that I hope they don't think they've reached their goal," USC's coach said Tuesday. USC (19-14) faces Virginia Commonwealth (23-11) in a first-round game here Wednesday night. The winner will be the 11th-seeded team in the Southwest Regional and play sixth-seeded Georgetown (21-10)
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October 4, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
USC freshman guard Kahlil Dukes from Hartford, Conn., and 7-foot center D.J. Haley, a senior from Palmdale who transferred from Virginia Commonwealth, missed practice Friday with minor injuries. The 5-foot-11 Dukes has a strained left hamstring and Haley a sprained neck. Coach Andy Enfield expects both to be ready by mid-to-late October. USC's opening game is at Utah State is Nov. 8. ALSO: Alex Rodriguez sues MLB, says Bud Selig is out to destroy him Angels slugger Albert Pujols sues Jack Clark over PED allegations Dusty Baker won't return as Cincinnati Reds manager, report says  
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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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April 5, 2013
It's rare when both local universities introduce new basketball coaches a day apart - and even rarer still when USC trumps UCLA off the court - yet if public relations counts for anything, I'd say Andy Enfield just defeated another established power to advance while Steve Alford was upset again in the first round. Steve Ross New York :: It is not that UCLA has made the wrong selection for the basketball program, but they certainly did not make the bold selection; that honor falls to USC. Perhaps each program has made the "right" selection - only time will tell - but I do have a bit of a bad feeling that UCLA should have been braver.
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March 29, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Next. UCLA will not have Brad Stevens as a its basketball coach, according to a person familiar with the situation who was not authorized to speak on the matter. Stevens will remain at Butler, where he has led the Bulldogs to two appearances in the national championship game since 2010. ESPN first reported the story. UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero had focused his attention on Stevens this week after Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart removed himself from the board by agreeing to a contract extension.
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March 29, 2013 | By Chris Foster
Brad Stevens sounds like he's staying at Butler. Or … Stevens is trying to calm Butler recruits and fans. With UCLA fans -- and reporters -- looking for any indication that he's made a decision, Stevens posted a comment on Twitter on Friday morning that requires an investigative team. “Love walking thru Hinkle [Fieldhouse] in the morning… Anxious to get started on our spring workouts next week.” So he's staying … or he isn't. UCLA officials targeted Stevens and Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart as their top candidates after firing Ben Howland last week.
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March 28, 2013 | By Chris Foster
UCLA continues to be stalled in its search to find a basketball coach. Brad Stevens remains the object of Athletic Director Dan Guerrero's desire, according to people close to the situation who are not authorized to speak on the matter. Yet the position remains open. Stevens offered “No comment” when asked about UCLA's interest by a reporter from the Indianapolis Star. The top two coaches on UCLA's list were Stevens and Virginia Commonwealth's Shaka Smart, who reportedly agreed to a contract extension Wednesday.
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October 4, 2013 | By Diane Pucin
USC freshman guard Kahlil Dukes from Hartford, Conn., and 7-foot center D.J. Haley, a senior from Palmdale who transferred from Virginia Commonwealth, missed practice Friday with minor injuries. The 5-foot-11 Dukes has a strained left hamstring and Haley a sprained neck. Coach Andy Enfield expects both to be ready by mid-to-late October. USC's opening game is at Utah State is Nov. 8. ALSO: Alex Rodriguez sues MLB, says Bud Selig is out to destroy him Angels slugger Albert Pujols sues Jack Clark over PED allegations Dusty Baker won't return as Cincinnati Reds manager, report says  
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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 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 | By Chris Foster
The symmetry has to feel right for UCLA fans … and make Butler fans cringe. John Wooden, as a young coach, came to UCLA from Indiana. Brad Stevens, as a young coach, would be coming to UCLA from Indiana. Make room in Pauley Pavilion for 10 more national championship banners. But that's a UCLA fan's fairy tale, one in which everyone lives happily ever after … except USC fans. It's not so simple. Butler's Stevens is on the minds of UCLA officials, according to people close to the program who are not authorized to speak on the matter.
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