The Washington Times - March 18, 2011, 12:49AM

CHICAGO — Beating Southern California late Wednesday night came with a price for Virginia Commonwealth: Lack of sleep. A lot of it.

After the game in Dayton, Ohio, VCU returned to its hotel at 1:15 a.m. with 20 minutes to pack. Then a charter flight arranged by the NCAA — after an initial plan to bus the winner was dismissed — flew to Chicago. The team arrived at its hotel around 4 a.m.

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“We used that as motivation. We all wanted to make sure we were on the flight to Chicago,” said senior Joey Rodriguez, bouncing up and down on the balls of his feet. “I think I could play right now. Everybody’s excited. Yesterday was a battle, but we’re ready for this next game.”

Players were allowed to sleep in today, before starting to study Georgetown.

“We all packed for a week,” senior Brandon Rozzell said. “We’re expecting to be on the trip for a long time. We don’t want to go back to Richmond just yet, not until we accomplish our goals.”