FUN FACTS: VCU and the NCAA tournament

Information from the VCU Athletic Department and NBC12 research

NBC12 is compiling a list of fun facts about Virginia Commonwealth University to honor its run into the NCAA tournament's Final Four.  We will continue to add to this list as we get closer to the games on Saturday.

  • VCU coach Shaka Smart is now 10-0 in postseason games (5-0 in CBI, 5-0 in NCAA Tournament).
  • 55 wins over the past two years is the most in any two-year stretch of VCU history.
  • VCU is the first double-digit seed ever to win three games by more than 13 points. Closest was Temple in 2001 (11 seed) won three games by more than 12.
  • In the two years of Shaka Smart being VCU's coach, the Rams have beaten teams from five of the six BCS conferences with the SEC being the only exception.
  • After winning five games this year, VCU now has a winning record at 10-9 all-time in 10 NCAA tournament appearances.
  • VCU has been to the NCAA Men's basketball tournament 10 times, including a first round win over Duke in 2007.
  • VCU has had five consecutive 20-win seasons, including a 28-11 record this season, which matches the all-time highest win total, established in the 2006-07 season when Anthony Grant coached the Rams to a 28-7 record and a first-round 79-77 upset of Duke.
  • With the win over Kansas, current Rams Joey Rodriguez, Brandon Rozzell and Ed Nixon (all 2007-present) tied T.J. Gwynn (2006-10) on the all-time wins list at VCU at 103. Eric Maynor (2005-09) is No. 5 at 98.
  • VCU will face Butler University Saturday in the Final Four. VCU lost to Butler in 1970 in the only matchup between the schools.
  • If VCU beats Butler, the Rams would face either the University of Connecticut, which beat VCU in 1988 in the only matchup between the schools, or University of Kentucky, which VCU has never faced.
  • VCU joined the Colonial Athletic Association in 1995-96.
  • The CAA is 7-2 against the Big East and the Atlantic Coast Conference in NCAA play since 2006, including VCU's win over Florida State on Saturday.
  • VCU was established in 1968 by an act of the Virginia General Assembly, which merged the Medical College of Virginia with Richmond Professional Institute to form the new university.
  • VCU has an enrollment of more than 32,000 students and can claim to be one of the two largest universities in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
  • VCU employs more than 18,000 people (Combined total for VCU and VCU Health System Information).
  • VCU is the second largest four-year public University in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a student population of 32,303. It was surpassed by George Mason University in 2010 which has 32,562 students.
  • The annual impact of VCU in Virginia is an estimated $3.6 billion and more than 43,000 jobs. $2.9 billion of that impact is within the Richmond metro area and more than $1.2 billion in the City of Richmond.