The week preceding “Selection Sunday” will be far more relaxed for VCU than last year’s, after the Rams locked up an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament by beating #1 Drexel 59-56 Monday night in Richmond, VA.
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Bradford Burgess wasted no time in his NCAA record 143rd consecutive start as he drained his first three 3-pointers to help the Virginia Commonwealth University Rams beat the George Mason Patriots 74-64 in Richmond, Virginia Sunday night. With the victory the Rams advance to their second consecutive CAA tournament final where they will face the red hot #1 Drexel Dragons at 7pm on Monday night.
One year ago after being destroyed at home by the Patriots, the VCU Rams beat #25 George Mason 79-63 just one week before going on their historical Final Four run. This year, George Mason will try and get the final word as they seek revenge after being beaten 89-77 on February 25th.
This weekend, 12 very different teams will face off in the Richmond Coliseum. While all 12 teams are chasing the Colonial Athletic Association title and an automatic bid to the NCAA tournament that comes with it, each team has a different story.
Virginia Commonwealth University started hot and George Mason looked lost as the Rams beat the Patriots 89-77 Saturday night in the Stuart C. Siegel Center.
Saturday night will be an emotional game on multiple levels as the VCU Rams host the GMU Patriots. The winner gets bragging rights, the #2 seed in the CAA tournament, and an RPI boost that could be the difference maker come “selection Sunday.”
With just over four seconds remaining in the game, it looked as if VCU had done everything right, but four seconds is all it took for George Mason to squash VCU’s chances at an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament. Despite solid second half play, Mason caught fire and beat VCU 62-61 in Fairfax, VA.
Tuesday night, two teams fighting to maintain an outside chance at an at-large bid to the NCAA tournament face off in one of the most important CAA contests of the season.