Jul 14, 2016
RICHMOND, Va. – VCU fans don't need to wait until November to enjoy Rams Basketball.
A team comprised primarily of VCU alumni scored a pair of victories July 9-10 in Charlotte to reach the "Super 16" of The Basketball Tournament (TBT), a 64-team, winner-take-all competition that includes a number of former college stars, as well as NBA veterans. Now in its third year, TBT will award $2 million to the team that captures the championship trophy on Aug. 2 in New York.
The VCU team, Ram Nation, features five members of the Rams' 2011 Final Four squad, Joey Rodriguez, Jamie Skeen, Bradford Burgess, Darius Theus and Brandon Rozzell, as well B.A. Walker, Jesse Pellot-Rosa and Michael Anderson, who helped the Black & Gold score a historic victory over Duke in the 2007 NCAA Tournament.
Ram Nation will meet defending champion Overseas Elite at Philadelphia University on Thursday, July 21, a game that will be broadcast by ESPN2. Tip-off time is slated for either 7 or 9 p.m.
Fans can purchase tickets for Ram Nation's Super 16 game HERE.
The Rams earned their trip to Philadelphia via an 85-80 win over NC Prodigal Sons in the opening round – a game which saw Ram Nation erase a 20-point deficit with 16 minutes remaining.
In the second round, Theus poured in a game-high 27 points to fuel a 102-76 victory over Kings of the South. Rozzell has also been a difference-maker. The Richmond native, who was MVP of Denmark's pro league this year, has averaged 18.0 points in two games while shooting 45 percent (9-of-20) from 3-point range.
VCU Athletics caught up with Burgess this week to recap Ram Nation's successful reunion and to look ahead to the chase for $2 million.