Tag: Final Four

n.c. state

Did NC State do enough to get NCAA invite? Coach K thinks so

NC State won 21 games, beat Syracuse once, maybe should have beaten the Orange twice, beat Tennessee, but yet the Wolfpack looks to be on the outside looking in as far as the NCAA Tournament is concerned. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski thinks this is ridiculous, for what it’s worth.


n.c. state

Oh, so close: Can NC State knock off Syracuse?

This was back when Syracuse was still undefeated and apparently undefeatable, though increasingly vulnerable. NC State led the Orange by one in the final seconds in the Carrier Dome, and then couldn’t get the ball in bounds.


UVA Athletics

Chris Graham: How good is UVa. basketball?

UVa. basketball should pretty easily re-enter the Top 25 from AP and the coaches this week after being out since Week 2 following the November loss at home to VCU.


UVA Athletics

Terry Holland is UVa.’s ACC Tournament Legend

Former Virginia head coach and director of athletics Terry Holland is the Cavaliers’ 2014 ACC Men’s Basketball Tournament Legend, announced Wednesday (Jan. 29) by ACC Commissioner John Swofford.


Chris Graham: Yes, Virginia, that Tennessee game just happened

It was as good a time as any to look at the RPI ratings. Going into Monday’s game at Tennessee, Virginia was a decent, if middling, 51st overall, sandwiched between VCU and Mercer. An RPI rating of 51 doesn’t guarantee you an NCAA bid, but you’re close, and if you’re UVa., you’ve got the whole ACC season to build on what was going into Monday night already the 44th-toughest schedule in the country.


Chris Graham: Don’t get too down, UVa. Nation

Let’s face it. VCU is the heavyweight college basketball program in the state of Virginia, and has been for some time. There was a time, maybe about 15 years ago, that Virginia was the big boy in the Commonwealth, but that was before Pete Gillen, before Dave Leitao, long before Tony Bennett.


UVA Athletics

Is UVa. ready for #14 VCU?

The short answer: Yes, #25 UVa. is ready for #14 VCU, with the Rams coming to town Tuesday night for a hellacious early-season non-conference matchup. The ‘Hoos are three-point favorites, basically pick ‘em on a neutral court. Which is a sign that Virginia basketball has come a long way.


Chris Graham: Littlepage votes ‘confidence’ for Mike London

Make no bones about it. Mike London is not on any hot seat at UVa., despite his team’s 2-3 start.


VCU sixth in final USA Today/ESPN Coaches’ poll

It’s a well-known fact that Shaka Smart is a history buff. Then it really comes as no surprise as Smart and his Rams continue to rewrite the history books when it comes to VCU basketball. For the first time ever, the Black & Gold earned a top-10 ranking, finishing sixth in the final USA Today/ESPN […]


VCU runs ends with loss to Butler

A pair of threes by Shelvin Mack broke open a close game midway through the second half, and Butler held on down the stretch to defeat Virginia Commonwealth 70-62 in the Final Four on Saturday in Houston. Mack’s first three gave Butler a 47-43 lead with 11:16 to go. He made another 1:19 later to […]


The AFP on WREL: Finality?

AFP editor Chris Graham talks Virginia news and sports with WREL-1450AM’s “Online with Jim Bresnahan.” The segment begins with a look at recent activity in Richmond regarding legislation passed in the 2011 Virginia General Assembly session – specifically looking at Gov. Bob McDonnell’s budget amendment  cutting funding for public broadcasting. Will the governor finally get […]


Chris Graham: Fair-weather fans

See anything wrong with this picture? And no, I’m not referring to the fact that the governor’s office released a photo of Bob McDonnell talking on the phone with VCU coach Shaka Smart after the Rams’ win over top-seeded Kansas to earn the school’s first Final Four berth last weekend. It’s what McDonnell is wearing […]


The AFP on WREL: Improbable

AFP editor Chris Graham talks Virginia sports with WREL-1450AM’s “Online with Jim Bresnahan.” The segment begins, naturally, with an examination of the improbable run of Virginia Commonwealth to the Final Four. It’s not a fluke, says Chris, citing data on how VCU has improved markedly in defensive efficiency and shooting from the field.


The AFP on WREL: Improbable

AFP editor Chris Graham talks Virginia sports with WREL-1450AM’s “Online with Jim Bresnahan.” The segment begins, naturally, with an examination of the improbable run of Virginia Commonwealth to the Final Four. It’s not a fluke, says Chris, citing data on how VCU has improved markedly in defensive efficiency and shooting from the field. The Rams […]


Unbelievable! VCU knocks off Kansas to earn Final Four berth

Virginia Commonwealth led by as many as 18 points in the first half, and then withstood a furious second-half Kansas rally to shock the top-seeded Jayhawks 71-61 on Sunday and advance to the first Final Four in the school’s history. “We knew Kansas was going to make a run in the second half, but we […]


Unbelievable! VCU knocks off Kansas to earn Final Four berth

Virginia Commonwealth led by as many as 18 points in the first half, and then withstood a furious second-half Kansas rally to shock the top-seeded Jayhawks 71-61 on Sunday and advance to the first Final Four in the school’s history. “We knew Kansas was going to make a run in the second half, but we […]


The AFP on WREL: Sweet (16) Dreams

AFP editor Chris Graham talks Virginia sports on WREL-1450AM’s “Online with Jim Bresnahan.” The segment begins with a look back and look ahead at VCU and Richmond and their runs in the NCAA Tournament. Can either of the two surprise Sweet 16 teams be Final Four-bound?


The AFP on WREL: Sweet (16) Dreams

AFP editor Chris Graham talks Virginia sports on WREL-1450AM’s “Online with Jim Bresnahan.” The segment begins with a look back and look ahead at VCU and Richmond and their runs in the NCAA Tournament. Can either of the two surprise Sweet 16 teams be Final Four-bound? Chris and Jim then break down the rest of […]