Richmond, VA (WWBT)- Virginia Commonwealth basketball put itself on the national map with its historic run to the Final Four during the 2011 NCAA Tournament. The Rams pulled off several upsets during that stretch, but one is getting national attention and has VCU up for a big award.
VCU has been nominated for an ESPY Award for the best upset of the sports year for its upset of Kansas in the Elite Eight. The Rams topped the Jayhawks, 71-61, to advance to the national semifinal and continue an exciting run that captured the attention of people nationwide. VCU would fall in the next round to Butler. Jamie Skeen scored 26 points for Virginia Commonwealth in the win over Kansas and would score 27 in the Final Four loss to Butler. Skeen discovered Thursday that he did not get selected in the 2011 NBA Draft, but now he and his teammates find themselves on the national stage once again.
Head coach Shaka Smart will travel to New York City on July 13 to attend the ESPY Awards. VCU is up against the Seattle Seahawks, who upset the New Orleans Saints in the NFC Wild Card game, Blame's win over Zenyatta in the Breeder's Cup and Fabricio Werdum's victory over Fedor Emilianenko in MMA.