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 Coaches’ poll of the 2010-11 season.

“I’m extremely proud of this group of guys and what they’ve accomplished over the past month,” Smart said. “They’ve forever changed not only this basketball program, but this university as a whole. It speaks volumes to the type of players that we are privileged enough to have as part of our family.”

It’s the highest-ever ranking by any CAA school and the first top-10 appearance since George Mason in 2006, when they finished eighth.

VCU wrapped up the 2010-11 campaign with an overall mark of 28-12, which ties the school record for victories in a season, previously set by the 2006-07 squad.

The Rams made their mark when it counted the most, posting a 7-2 record in the month of March, including the program’s first-ever Final Four appearance.

En route to the history making performance, VCU toppled BCS powers like USC (Pac-10), Georgetown (Big East), Purdue (Big Ten), Florida State (ACC) and Kansas (Big 12).

“First and foremost, as a coaching staff, we want to continue making strides in the development process of our student-athletes,” Smart said. “With that process comes continued success on the court.”

Over the course of Smart’s two years at VCU, the Rams have posted a 55-21 record, which is the highest win total over any two-year span in school history.

uva basketball team of destiny
Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, by Jerry Ratcliffe and Chris Graham, is now available at a special pre-sale discounted price of $20. The book is expected to ship by June 10, 2019, and will retail for $25.
Pre-order for $20: click here.

The book, with additional reporting by Zach Pereles, Scott Ratcliffe and Scott German, will take you from the aftermath of the stunning first-round loss to UMBC in 2018, and how coach Tony Bennett and his team used that loss as the source of strength, through to the ACC regular-season championship, the run to the Final Four, and the thrilling overtime win over Texas Tech to win the 2019 national title, the first in school history.
augusta free press

Related Content

Shop Google


%d bloggers like this: