First Four To Final Four

Four is a magical number for Virginia Commonwealth University.

The four-seed in the Colonial Athletic Association tournament, VCU couldn’t quite conquer Old Dominion in the championship game. This put the Rams square on the bubble to make the NCAA Tournament. Four weeks later, they have a chance to play for the title.

They are the first team to transfer from the First Four to the Final Four. They are the only team left in the tournament guaranteed to play every game with visitor uniforms.

VCU will tip against Butler in the national semifinal at 6:09 on Saturday night – the 40th game of the year for the Rams.

Cutting down nets isn’t new to VCU. They won the College Basketball Invitational over St. Louis last season. Anyone want to take a guess on their seed? Yup, four.

Opponents of VCU are shooting a field goal percentage of 44.4%. You can’t make this up.

Enough four-play already.

How did the Rams crash college’s ultimate party?

They needed a second half surge against No. 11 USC in the First Four to even make the main draw of the NCAA Tournament. VCU held the Trojans to just one field goal in the final nine minutes of the game, winning the gimmicky First Four game in Dayton by 13 points.

As we’ve learned in the tournament, VCU breaks each huddle with a simple and direct message: “1-2-3. Kill.”

Most underdogs are just happy to be there. These Rams don’t look satisfied without a championship ring.

“Anytime people disrespect you, especially on national TV, it kind of hurts you,” guard Joey Rodriguez said after the Rams clobbered Georgetown in the second round. “We had an opportunity to come out here and prove people wrong and hopefully we can keep it going.”

Two days later, they kept it going. Shooting just under 57% against one of the best defenses in the country, VCU put 94 points on the scoreboard against Purdue. They belong in this tournament.

A few days later, they won against Florida State in overtime . VCU stands for Very Competitive Underdog.

The 3-point shot launched VCU toward Houston to play in the Final Four. In the regional final against Kansas, Jamie Skeen and Brandon Rozzell lead the team with the same number of made three-pointers. Four.

It’s a magic number for VCU.

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