VCU Head Coach Shaka Smart earned his 100th career victory in the Rams’ 90-63 triumph at Duquesne on Jan. 19. Smart is just the 12th coach in NCAA history to win 100 games in four years and reached the century mark in 131 games, faster than all but 29 coaches. Smart is the third VCU coach to win 100 games for the Rams, joining Sonny Smith (136) and J.D. Barnett (132). Here’s a look at some of Smart’s milestone victories from the last four seasons.
1-VCU 77, Bethune-Cookman 51 (Nov. 13, 2009)
The Shaka Smart era begins in earnest with a rout of Bethune-Cookman as Joey Rodriguez scores 17 points.
2-VCU 82, #17 Oklahoma 69 (Nov. 21, 2009)
The Rams pound Oklahoma and former Coach Jeff Capel to earn their first victory over a ranked opponent in Siegel Center history.
17-VCU 70, Old Dominion 58 (Feb. 6, 2010)
One of the best ways to win over your fanbase is by beating your rival. In his first opportunity, Shaka Smart led the Rams to a 12-point victory over Old Dominion at the Siegel Center. Larry Sanders led the Rams with 14 points as VCU improved to 17-5.
27-VCU 71, Saint Louis 65 (March 31, 2010) – CBI Championship
After a semifinal loss to Old Dominion in the CAA Tournament, the Rams were disappointed to learn they were left out of the NIT. But Smart rallied his troops for five straight wins to capture the College Basketball Invitational. VCU swept Saint Louis 2-0 in the best-of-three championship series, including the clincher at the Billikens’ Chaifetz Arena. Brandon Rozzell erupted for a career-high 27 points in the win. It would be a sign of postseason heroics to come from Rozzell.