RICHMOND, Va. — What an off-season it has been for the VCU Rams, and it’s only the 22nd of April.
After losing head coach Will Wade to the LSU Tigers, the Rams wasted little time in finding his replacement. They tabbed Mike Rhoades, formerly of the Rice Owls, to replace Wade at the helm. Since then, the off-season has exceeded expectations for VCU fans everywhere.
Shortly after Rhoades was hired, Rice transfer Marcus Evans committed to the Rams. Evans, who was regarded as one of the top transfers this year, will sit out the 2017-18 season due to transfer regulations, and will make his debut in the 2018-19 campaign.
Landing a player of Evans’ caliber would have been plenty for some coaches, but Rhoades wasn’t finished.
On Saturday afternoon, it was announced that one of the top graduate transfers had also committed to the Rams, and will provide an immediate impact in the front court next season.
CHICAGO, Ill. — It’s always better to give than to receive.
On Monday night, the UIC Flames proved that to be true in their CBI quarter-final match-up with the visiting George Washington Colonials. Despite possessing a sub-.500 record after the regular season, the Flames looked good in their post-season opener against the Stony Brook Seawolves, and they were looking to build off the positive momentum.
It was a record night for the Flames as a whole, and for freshman guard Tarkus Ferguson. As a team, UIC tied the CBI single-game mark with 24 assists, and Ferguson tied the individual single-game mark, dishing out 12 dimes of his own.
AMHERST, Mass. — After nine seasons and 292 games, there will be a new bench boss for the Massachusetts Minutemen next season, and for the foreseeable future.
Following the Minutemen’s 73-60 loss to the St. Bonaventure Bonnies in the Second Round of the Atlantic 10 tournament, several reports surfaced on Twitter stating that the University of Massachusetts and the department of athletics had relieved head coach Derek Kellogg of his coaching duties.
Every year, teams see their dreams of making the NCAA Tournament come true, while others accept bids into other post-season tournaments.
Last season, 68 teams made the NCAA Tournament, 32 made the NIT, 16 made the College Basketball Invitational, 32 made the CollegeInsider.Com Tournament, and 8 teams took part in the inaugural Vegas 16 tournament. If the math is correct, that leaves 195 teams without a spot in post-season play.
Some teams aren’t even eligible for post-season play due to off-court issues, whether it’s due to low APR scorers or self-imposed bans.
That’s where we come in. We don’t discriminate, and even teams who aren’t eligible in the real world are welcome in our eyes. Living up to the Canadian stereotype of always being nice, we have included all 351 teams into one hypothetical post-season tournament.
CALGARY, Alb. — Coming into the season, he wanted to make a name for himself. He wrote a story through The Players’ Tribune back at the end of November, entitled “Making a Name for Myself.”
After a summer where he worked on improving his ball handling, jump shot, eating habits and sleep patterns, he has become one of the top players in the entire NCAA.
His name is T.J. Cline, and the senior has the Richmond Spiders making noise when nobody expected them to.
Thanks to some help from Nancy Lieberman, who is an assistant coach with the NBA’s Sacramento Kings, or ‘mom’ as she’s known to Cline, the native of Plano, TX is reaping the rewards from a summer of hard work and dedication to the game of basketball.
Last week, Cline had himself one of the best two-game stretches of his career, and he etched his name into the record books at Richmond in the process. He averaged a double-double across two wins for the Spiders, and recorded the first triple-double in school history on Saturday afternoon.
Per Jon Rothstein of FanRag Sports, the Marquette Golden Eagles’ transfer has committed to the La Salle Explorers of the Atlantic 10. The sophomore was averaging 4.3 points, 2.1 rebounds, and 3.6 assists in 8 games (4 starts) for the 12-6 (3-3) Golden Eagles.