The VCU Rams have left no doubt about whether they belong in the NCAA Tournament or not and will head to Houston and the Final Four. I picked Kansas to win and rooted for VCU because I didn't think they would get the job done, but they did. This is more impressive than what George Mason did back in 2006 because this team has had to win 5 games to get to this point.
Now the VCU Rams are two wins from a national championship and will play the Butler Bulldogs in the Final Four next weekend. This is really an incredible story when you think about it, the team didn't bother to watch the NCAA Selection Show because they didn't think they would be part of the field. Then people all over the country were questioning the selection committee about VCU being selected over other more deserving teams.
They have overcome a lot to get here and have made me a believer that they are a legitimate threat to carry a national championship trophy back to their campus in Richmond,Va after next weekends games. I'm picking them to beat Butler and play for a national championship.
The thing that impresses me the most about the VCU Rams is their mental toughness and their refusal to be intimidated no matter the opponent. That is something that starts with their coach Shaka Smart and goes all throughout the team. I loved hearing about PG Joey Rodriguez laughing before the game when Kansas big man Marcus Morris tried to get into their heads by talking trash. It was Kansas who lost their composure and the game in the first half under the VCU pressure and the in your face style of play.