Butler assistant head coach Matthew Graves estimates the Bulldogs' coaching staff is averaging 4-5 hours of sleep during the NCAA tournament, skipping a good night's rest to pore over game film.
About 100 fans welcomed the VCU men's basketball team back to Richmond Sunday after its Final Four loss to Butler the night before, ending an unlikely but magical run in the national tournament.
A hand descending from heaven as it clutches a basketball is tattooed on Jamie Skeen's right arm. Another hand reaches up for the basketball. Between them is a gap.
The video played over and over on the big-screen television in the center of the locker room, telling Virginia Commonwealth University's basketball team they weren't good enough to be here. One minute and 30 seconds of everyone from President Obama to Dick Vitale picking Kansas.
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.
On every scouting report Virginia Commonwealth puts together, opposing players who are great outside shooters get a special designation _ a picture of Steve Kerr.