Official Statement from VCU:
VCU REMOVED FROM NCAA TOURNAMENT AS COMMITTEE DECLARES GAME NO CONTEST
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The VCU Men’s Basketball team will not participate in the 2021 NCAA Basketball Tournament due to COVID-19 protocols. The NCAA Men’s Basketball Committee has declared Saturday’s scheduled first round game in Indianapolis between the Rams and Oregon a no contest.
“With the utmost disappointment, our men’s basketball program will head home from the NCAA Tournament,” said Ed McLaughlin, Vice President and Director of Athletics. “We are heartbroken for our student-athletes, coaches, campus community and fans. Our team earned the opportunity to play in the NCAA Tournament. The members of our program did an excellent job following COVID-19 protocols all year, including since we arrived in Indianapolis, so ending our season in this manner hurts even more.”
“We’ve been tested every day for the past three weeks, but within the past 48 hours we’ve received multiple positive tests. We are devastated for our players and coaches. It has been a dream for all of us to play in the NCAA Tournament. We appreciate the care of our doctors and administration this year, and all our efforts and attention will be put into our players at this time,” said VCU Head Coach Mike Rhoades.
The Rams earned an at-large berth to the NCAA Tournament following a 19-7 campaign in which they reached the Atlantic 10 Conference Championship Game for the sixth time since 2012-13. VCU was appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the 18th time in school history and the 12th since 2004.
VCU follows Atlantic 10 Conference, University and Virginia Department of Health guidelines to prioritize the safety of student-athletes, coaches and staff as well as the VCU community.
South of the James Farmers Market is Back Tonight
Time to get your market on again.
Today is the first day the South of the James Farmers Market is back in Forest Hill Park. The smaller version of the market runs from 4-7 PM. Masks are required and no eating or drinking is allowed in the market area.
Keep up to date on rotating vendors and other information by following South of the James Farmers Market on Facebook.
Photos and Game Summary: Rams Beaten at Home by Davidson 2-0
VCU fired at the goal 15 times the most all season but not one ball went into the back of the net.
Official VCU Game Summary
Final Score: Davidson 2, VCU 0
Location: Richmond, Va.
Records: VCU 2-3-2 (1-2-1 A-10), Davidson 3-3-2 (2-1-2 A-10)
The Short Story: Despite creating more chances than any other outing this season, the VCU attack could not find the back of the net as they dropped a hard-fought match with Davidson by a score of 2-0 on Saturday night at Sports Backers Stadium.
- William Hitchcock and Oquin Robinson each tallied three shots in the match
- Toranosuke Abe, Jonathan Kanagwa, and Ethan Manheim all created two shots
- VCU took a season-high fifteen shots as a team
- Mario Sequeira recorded three saves in the match
- VCU took six corner kicks in the match compared to Davidsons four
- Three different Rams were issued yellow cards
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Rams started on the front foot in the opening minutes when a header from Hitchcock was punched over the bar by Davidson’s Giacomo Piccardo.
- In the 25th minute Davidson’s Lucas Hauth opened the scoring on a breakaway as he dragged the ball past a diving Sequeira and finished on an empty goal.
- Halfway through the 64th minute, Kanagwa had a chance to level the score off of a ball played by Biska Biyombo, but his attempt sailed above the crossbar.
- Davidson took their final chance to put the game out of reach in the 81st minute of play.
The Rams return to action at Sports Backers Stadium to face George Washington on Wednesday, April 7 at 7 p.m
Kickers Announce Home Opener
The Kickers open the season on the road April 17th, before heading home for their home opener on April 24th against 2020 champs Greenville.
Great news from the Richmond Kickers. No word on how many fans allowed but current state regulations will only allow 1,000.
The Richmond Kickers Home Opener of their 29th season will be Saturday, April 24 at City Stadium as they host the defending USL League One Title-Winners, the Greenville Triumph SC, renewing their Bon Secours Cup rivalry.
“We’re beyond excited to welcome back our fans to City Stadium to kick off our 29th season as a club,” said Camp Peery, Chief Operating Officer. “Our goal is to provide a safe, outdoor, and joyful experience for the entire Richmond community and we can’t wait to deliver on that promise starting April 24th.”
Richmond will be looking to make an early stamp on the 2021 season against last year’s title-winners. The Triumph took the first meeting on the road in 2020 against the Kickers on July 25, 2-3 at Legacy Early College. Just over a month later on August 29, Richmond picked up a 2-1 home victory to seal their second-straight Bon Secours Cup.
With today’s announcement, the Kickers learned that they will open up the 2021 season Saturday, April 17 on the road against New England Revolution II.
Every Kickers match during the 2021 season will air locally on WTVR CBS 6 or 6.3 and will stream on ESPN+, with a complete schedule to be announced in the coming weeks. Tickets will go on sale soon, exclusively for Kickers+ members.
2021 USL League One Home OpenersFort Lauderdale CF: Saturday, April 10 vs. New England Revolution IINew England Revolution II: Saturday, April 17 vs. Richmond KickersSouth Georgia Tormenta FC: Saturday, April 17 vs. Fort Lauderdale CFRichmond Kickers: Saturday, April 24 vs. Greenville Triumph SCUnion Omaha: Saturday, April 24 vs. South Georgia Tormenta FCNorth Texas SC: Saturday, April 24 vs. Fort Lauderdale CFGreenville Triumph SC: Saturday, May 1 vs. North Texas SCNorth Carolina FC: Saturday, May 8 vs. Greenville Triumph SCFC Tucson: Saturday, May 8 vs. Forward Madison FCForward Madison FC: Saturday, May 15 vs. North Carolina FCChattanooga Red Wolves SC: Saturday, May 22 vs. Fort Lauderdale CFToronto FC II: Saturday, May 22 vs. North Texas SC
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