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VCU head coach Shaka Smart celebrates with his team after winning the Southwest regional final game against Kansas in the NCAA college basketball tournament on Sunday in San Antonio. VCU won 71-61 to advance to the Final Four. VCU's offense has scored 70 or more points in its last four games.

    VCU ready to win 'whole thing'

    Back on March 13, Virginia Commonwealth University's basketball team didn't gather to watch the NCAA tournament selection show.

  • Virginia Commonwealth guard Joey Rodriguez gestures after a three-pointer in a third-round NCAA tournament college basketball game against Purdue in Chicago on Sunday. (Associated Press)

    VCU glad spark plug Rodriguez stayed put

    Late Sunday night, Joey Rodriguez sat on a plane from Chicago to Richmond, Va. He couldn't sleep. Rapper Wiz Khalifa's anthem "The Race" pounded through his headphones. The song turned Rodriguez's thoughts from the win over Purdue that propelled Virginia Commonwealth University into the Sweet 16 to one choice that changed the course of his life.

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  • "You never know," Nixon said. "He's done such a great job this year, that you just don't know. The whole chemistry of the team could be totally different."

    VCU glad spark plug Rodriguez stayed put →

  • "At the end of the day, he really didn't want to leave," Nixon said. "He was just upset about losing a close coach and not knowing what would come next. Everybody had thoughts of transferring. But our bond was really strong."

    VCU glad spark plug Rodriguez stayed put →

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