IT NEVER GETS OLD

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What never gets old, you ask? Beating Richmond in front of a raucous Siegel Center crowd. I would sign up for that every day.

IT STARTED WITH ONE

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Once upon a time, VCU was the newest kid (along with Butler) on the Atlantic 10 block. The Rams dramatic departure from the CAA was seen as a program-altering move for the better (update: definitely was).

It was VCU’s opponent Friday, the Dayton Flyers that officially welcomed VCU to the league on Jan. 9, 2013 at the Siegel Center. Backed by a “Stripe-the-Stu” promotion, the Rams eased past Dayton 74-62. It was the Rams’ first of 65 victories against A-10 opponents the last five years, most in the league.

As for this game, well we’ve got kids camped out in tents.

VIDEO: THE STU ROCKS AS RAMS THUMP LA SALLE

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VCU’s thorough thrashing of La Salle Sunday – the final margin was 90-52, but somehow it felt worse – was just what the doctor ordered after a tough loss at the buzzer at Fordham. I mean, it’s not what an actual doctor, Dr. John Giannini, head coach of La Salle, ordered. It was actually the opposite of what he would’ve ordered, but presumably, other doctors would’ve ordered…you know what? Let’s just watch the video.

WILL WADE MEDIA MINUTES (JAN. 17)

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Will Wade discusses VCU’s loss at Davidson and looks ahead to the Rams trip to Fordham on Jan. 18.

WILL WADE MEDIA MINUTES (JAN. 10)

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On deck: George Washington, which ended VCU’s 12-game win streak last year here on the Siegel Center floor. VCU did exact revenge in the form of a 69-65 win in Washington D.C. near the end of the regular reason. Either way, this series is turning into a pretty good rivalry, and Wednesday’s game should be another high-intensity match-up.

WILL WADE MEDIA MINUTES (JAN. 4)

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The big news out of today’s Will Wade press conference is the news that freshman wing De’Riante Jenkins will miss 6-8 weeks with a broken bone in his foot, an injury he suffered in the Rams’ win at George Mason on Dec. 30. Despite the injury, VCU will turn its attention to Duquesne. The Rams will meet the Dukes in Pittsburgh on Wednesday.

MEDIA MINUTES (DEC. 29)

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Conference play has arrived. The Rams (10-3) are set to kick off Atlantic 10 play Friday at George Mason (10-3) in a game that suddenly calls back (at least a little) to the halcyon days of the CAA. Will Wade has some things to say about the match-up.

MEDIA MINUTES (DEC. 20)

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In today’s edition of “Will Wade Talks” we discuss the Warhawks of Louisiana Monroe and how to schedule a college basketball game while sitting in a parking lot.

CATCHING UP WITH: TREVEON GRAHAM

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After spending last season grinding as an undrafted rookie in the NBA D-League, Treveon Graham – the second-leading scorer in VCU history – made the Charlotte Hornets roster out of training camp this fall. Tre hasn’t played a ton yet, but if his history is any indication, it’ll only be a matter of time. Treveon Graham may never jump out of the gym, but he knows how to work.

MEDIA MINUTES (DEC. 13)

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Middle Tennessee State has been red hot this season, winning nine of its first 10 games, including victories over Ole Miss and Vanderbilt. The Blue Raiders are No. 7 in the (albeit early) RPI right now. This is not some middling Conference USA squad wandering into the Siegel Center Saturday. This is a potential conference champion capable of springing multiple upsets in March. Will Wade is acutely aware of these facts, and he’s determined to have VCU ready at 7 p.m. on Saturday. While Middle Tennessee State isn’t a name brand, this is a game where the Rams are going to need a raucous crowd behind them. We hope to see all of you Saturday with your ears pinned back, ready to wreak some fan havoc.

While most student-athletes graduate spring semester, there are a few that participate in the fall semester ceremonies. VCU Athletics didn’t want them to feel left out, so the department makes sure to honor this group of graduates each year.

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