RICHMOND, Va. – Even before VCU embarks on the 2012 NCAA Tournament, this year's edition of the Rams have already left quite mark on the record books.
Here's some facts & figures on this year's Black & Gold
- After going 3-for-3 in the CAA Tournament, Coach Smart and his staff are now 17-3 in posteason tournaments (7-2 in CAA Tournament, 5-1 in NCAA Tournament, 5-0 in CBI).
- The Rams have now posted 83 wins since Coach Smart took over in 2009. That's the eighth-most in the country over that span.
- The 28 wins has already tied the school record for victories in a season, equaling the total of the 2006-07 and 2010-11 squads.
- VCU will be making its 11th appearance in the NCAA Tournament and the first back-to-back appearances since 1983-85.
- The Rams are one of seven schools with possible three straight 27-plus win seasons. Including VCU (28), the teams are (current win totals this year) Syracuse (31), Kentucky (31), Kansas (27), Duke (27), Ohio State (26), BYU (25).
- VCU is among five schools with six straight seasons of 24 wins or more. That club includes (current win totals this year): VCU (28), Kansas (27), BYU (25), Memphis (25) and Xavier (20), who still needs four victories to join the club.
- Junior Troy Daniels needs just two three-pointers to tie B.A. Walker for the single-season record of 92 treys. Walker reached that total in 35 games, Daniels has a chance to do the same in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament.
- Junior Darius Theus is just two assists away from ranking among the top-10 for most assists in a season. He currently sits at 162. By joining the top-10 single-season chart, it would mean that six of the 10 best assists seasons have happened over the past six years.
- Senior Bradford Burgess currently sits fourth all-time in points (1,653), 63 points behind Charles Wilkins. His 144 steals rank 10th all-time. His 722 rebounds rank eighth all-time. His 225 three-pointers rank second all-time, 44 behind B.A. Walker for the top spot. His .397 three-point percentage rank seventh all-time. His 338 free-throws made rank fifth all-time. His 4,498 minutes are the most all-time, 94 minutes more than former Ram Joey Rodriguez.
- Freshman Briante Weber has tallied 76 steals this year, which ranks second on the single-season chart to Rolando Lamb's 88 in 1984-85. Weber currently leads the country in steals per 40 minutes and steal percentage, racking up a steal on 7.14% of the opponent's defensive possessions when he's in the game.
- Theus isn't far behind Weber with 65 steals of his own, which ranks eighth most in a single-season at VCU. He has already ascended into the top-10 in the steals category all-time with 146, which ranks eighth.
- When Theus and Weber are in the game together, the Rams tally a steal on 10.2% of the opponent's possessions. That's a higher number than 224 TEAMS nationally. The duo has combined for 141 steals this year, the most by any pair of teammates in the country.