For the first time in VCU history, the men’s basketball team enters the season ranked in either the Associated Press Poll or the Coaches Poll.
For the first time in Virginia Commonwealth University history, the men’s basketball team enters the season ranked in either the Associated Press Poll or the Coaches Poll. The Rams earned their 14th ranking on Thursday when the AP Poll was released.
Last season VCU spent five weeks in the AP Top-25 with an average rank of 22nd and a highest ranking of 19th. They also spent eight weeks in the Coaches Poll with an average ranking of 22nd, a highest ranking of 16th, and a final ranking of 23rd.
#24 Virginia is the only top-25 team on the Ram’s schedule, but VCU has a potential match-up with #7 Michigan in the Puerto Rico Tip-off. Also, talented Atlantic 10 opponents La Salle and Saint Louis both received votes.
The Rams, a team that has thrived as the hunter, adjusted well last season to being the hunted. They avoided upsets despite their opponent’s best efforts and six of their nine losses came at the hands of teams that finished in the Coaches Poll: #2 Michigan, #4 Wichita State, #5 Duke, #16 Saint Louis, and #24 La Salle.
2013-14 Coaches Poll
- Michigan St.
- Oklahoma St.
- Ohio St.
- North Carolina
- Wichita State
- Notre Dame
- New Mexico