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By Mark Davis
The nation founders, the Lone Star State thrives
Topic - Bradford Burgess
Shaka Smart and Co. pulled off the first major surprise of the NCAA tournament.
Virginia Commonwealth is heading west in hopes of getting another run going in the NCAA tournament, and the Rams finally will play a fellow mid-major level school.
In a game of counter surges, Virginia Commonwealth needed something to happen — a defensive stop, a missed shot, points — to stem Richmond's momentum Friday night.
George Washington trailed Virginia Commonwealth in several categories, but the first leg of Sunday's BB&T Classic at Verizon Center ultimately came down to one factor: One team had Bradford Burgess, and the other did not.
Everything you wanted to know about the Rams.
VCU started missing from long range, and that was the end of its surprising run to the Final Four.
Back on March 13, Virginia Commonwealth University's basketball team didn't gather to watch the NCAA tournament selection show.
After Virginia Commonwealth University captured the College Basketball Invitational last year, the team's strength and conditioning coach made a startling discovery.
Virginia Commonwealth University arrived at the Colonial Athletic Association tournament coming off a brutal February and knowing it had to win three games.
"We have different guys doing different things than last year's team," Burgess said. "We want to make our own mark on this year's tournament."
Treveon Graham broke the VCU scoring drought with a jumper and Burgess added a 3-pointer, sparking a 13-1 run that lifted the Rams to a 34-25 lead at the break.