VCU men’s, women’s basketball teams receive bids to NIT, WNIT | College Sports

VCU men’s basketball, for the initially time in 14 a long time, is sure for the NIT.

And VCU women’s basketball, for the 3rd time in 4 yrs, has been given a bid to the WNIT.

Equally programs realized their postseason destinations on Sunday night. 

VCU’s men’s crew was provided a No. 3 seed and will host Princeton in the initially round, on Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Siegel Heart. The sport will be broadcast on ESPNU.

The complete 64-crew WNIT bracket, with first-round matchups, won’t be introduced until eventually Monday. Initial-spherical games will be performed on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. 

The men’s staff teetered on the NCAA match bubble for the backstretch of its common-time routine, boosted by a stretch of 8 straight victories. But, in the end, a loss at Saint Louis in the standard-year finale and a reduction to Richmond to open the Atlantic 10 event pushed the Rams (21-9) far too significantly outside the house of the Massive Dance photo.

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VCU was included in five of 100 bracket projections all around the website as of Sunday afternoon, in accordance to the website bracketmatrix.com, as opposed to 60 of 133 brackets on Friday early morning. The Rams experienced been picked to nine of the very last 10 feasible NCAA tournaments (excluding 2020, when there was no event). They carried a Internet position of 56.

But A-10 foe Dayton gained a greater mark from the NCAA match variety committee — the Flyers have been element of a group of “first 4 out” groups that also incorporated Oklahoma, SMU and Texas A&M.

Range committee chairman Tom Burnett mentioned in an job interview during the CBS range clearly show that Richmond’s acquire in excess of Davidson in the A-10 tournament title sport on Sunday afternoon bumped Dayton out of the NCAA match field — Davidson secured an at-significant bid as a substitute.

The past time VCU played in the NIT was in 2008, when they fell to UAB in the very first spherical. VCU’s is 2-5 total in the event in 5 full appearances.

Princeton is 23-6 over-all, and has a Web position of 102. The Tigers went 12-2 in Ivy League enjoy, to gain the frequent-year title, but fell to Yale in the Ivy League match title video game on Sunday. As a frequent-year winner that did not win its conference tournament or gain at-massive selection to the NCAA event, Princeton experienced an computerized bid to the NIT.

The Tigers are one particular of the most effective 3-point capturing teams in the nation, fifth in the nation at 11 treys per match. They shoot them at a 38.8% clip, which is sixth nationally. Princeton is also 11th in the state in total field goal share (48.8%) and 18th in turnovers authorized for every game (10.2).

VCU, conversely, is 3rd in the nation in keeping groups to 27.5% outside of the arc, 13th in the nation in overall subject target share defense (keeping teams to 38.9%) and ninth nationally in turnovers forced for each game (17.3).

The 32-workforce NIT will be contested on the campus of the higher seed via the 1st 3 rounds, and the semifinals and remaining will take put at Madison Square Backyard in New York City.

In other places, from the A-10, Dayton received a No. 1 seed, but will journey to enjoy Toledo because of to the NCAA event To start with 4 staying played on its campus. Saint Louis received a No. 3 NIT seed and will host Northern Iowa. St. Bonaventure will vacation to No. 4 seed Colorado.

And, from the Commonwealth, UVA will host No. 3 seed Mississippi State due to the fact of design at the Bulldogs’ Humphrey Coliseum.

VCU’s women’s group fell to Dayton in the semifinals of the A-10 tournament on March 5, dashing hopes of creating a second straight NCAA event. The Rams received the A-10 event past 12 months to make the Large Dance for the initial time due to the fact 2009.

The Rams are 15-11 total, and carried a Internet ranking of 92 on Sunday.

This yr is VCU’s ninth WNIT physical appearance.

From Virginia, Norfolk State, Liberty and Outdated Dominion also gained WNIT bids. And, from the A-10, Fordham and Rhode Island are in as properly. 

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