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VCU Hires Mike Rhoades As Their New Head Coach

It’s official. VCU hired Rice head coach Mike Rhoades to replace Will Wade, who took the job at LSU on Monday night.  Both were finalists for the VCU opening after Shaka Smart left for Texas two years ago and a lot of people then thought Rhoades was the right guy for the job.

Rhoades was an assistant coach under Shaka Smart at VCU for five seasons, before becoming the head coach at Rice for the past three seasons. Rhoades led Rice to a 23-12 record this season, gaining an invite to the CBI Tournament.

Rhoades also has experience on the Division III level, coaching at Randolph-Macon for 10 seasons as their head coach.

VCU will introduce Mike Rhoades as their new men’s basketball coach tomorrow at 11:30 a.m. inside the E.J. Wade Arena and the announcement will be open to the public.

 

 

Will Wade Bolts For LSU

Will Wade is leaving VCU to become the next head coach at LSU after leading the Rams to their seventh consecutive NCAA Tournament this season, where they lost to St. Mary’s in the first round.

LSU made the official announcement Monday night on it’s Twitter page. Wade coached the Rams for two seasons after taking over for Shaka Smart who left in 2015 for Texas.

VCU went 51-20 under Wade in his two seasons, making the NCAA Tournament in both years and winning a NCAA Tournament in 2016 against Oregon State.

Now the question is, who will be the next head coach for VCU?  The front runner as of now is Rice head coach and former VCU assistant under Smart, Mike Rhodes, who led Rice to 23 wins this season.

Maybe the bigger question is, with a Top 25 recruitng class supposedly coming in, will these recruits leave like we saw when Shaka left. Lavar Batts, Sean Mobley, Marcos Santos-Silva, Mayan Kiir are among the recruits who committed to VCU, but who says they are to go elsewhere now.

Just a few days ago things were looking bright for the future of VCU basketball, now the program is in the midst of uncertainty that can either set the program back or keep the continued success we’ve seen here over the last seven years. Only time will tell.

Will Wade Agrees to an 8-Year Extension with VCU

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VCU Men’s Basketball head coach, Will Wade is staying in Richmond. After speculation about Will Wade possibly taking the head coaching job at Vanderbilt in his hometown of Nashville, Will Wade has agreed to an eight-year contract extension through the 2023-2024 season.

In his first season as head coach at VCU, Wade led the Rams to a 25-11 record winning a share of the Atlantic 10 conference regular season title. The Rams also made it to their sixth consecutive NCAA tournament appearance. The Rams defeated Oregon State in the first round of the tournament before losing to Oklahoma in the second round. Specifics of the contract have not be released yet.

VCU Athletic Director Ed McLaughlin Scrum

 

 

 

 

Rocky Finish: VCU Fights Back to Win In Philly 85-82

Philadelphia – After being down as much as 13 points in the second half, the VCU Rams (10-5, 2-0) were able to fight back and leave the City of Brotherly Love with an 85-82 win against the Saint Joseph’s Hawks (11-3, 1-1). Melvin Johnson scored 25 points for the Rams and moved into third place on the VCU made three-pointers list.

The Hawks jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the first half. Despite the cold start from the Rams, starting out 2-13 from distance, they were able to chip their way back into the game. VCU’s defense stepped up as they were able to force the Hawks to commit eight turnovers. After starting the game making four of their first six shots, the Hawks shot 8-27 from the field. After JeQuan Lewis and Mo Alie-Cox scored on consecutive plays giving VCU their first lead of the game, 27-26, with 5:37 to go. VCU went into halftime with a 38-35 lead. JeQuan Lewis finished the half with 12 points, four rebounds, and three assists.

The second half started out much like the first as the Hawks went on a 13-0 run to take a 46-38 lead after the Rams committed two early turnovers. The Rams started to chip away at the lead before the Hawks went on a 13-6 run to go up by as much as 13 with 7:11 to go spearheaded by Isaiah Miles who finished the game with 31 points, 21 of which was in the second half. From there, the Rams on a 21-7 run with Alie-Cox scoring the latter eight to take the lead back from the Hawks 78-77 with 1:34 to go. The Rams would now trail for the duration of the game. With six seconds to go, Johnson split two free throws which gave DeAndre’ Bembry had a chance to send the game into overtime, but missed a three at the buzzer.

“I think we are certainly growing,” VCU Coach Will Wade said postgame. “We needed this win against a top three or four team in the Atlantic 10 on the road. We got away from our formula a bit to start the game and to start the second half, but we battled back.”

“In the timeouts, we had faith that we were going to come back,” Alie-Cox said. “We’ve been in positions like this last year plenty of times and this year a couple of times. Everyone was just real excited that we came in here and got a road win because we know that is real hard to do in conference.”

The win for the Rams was their fifth in a row. They will travel to Saint Louis to face the Billikens on Sunday at 4:00.