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2008–09 VCU Rams men's basketball team


The 2008–09 VCU Rams men's basketball team represented Virginia Commonwealth University during the 2008–09 college basketball season. The Rams compete in the Colonial Athletic Association and played their home games at Stuart C. Siegel Center. They finished the season 24–10, 14–4 and won the 2009 CAA Tournament against George Mason. The Rams lost in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament to UCLA by one point.

2008–09 VCU Rams men's basketball
VCU Varsity old logo.svg
CAA Tournament Champions
NCAA Tournament South Region 11 Seed, First Round
ConferenceColonial Athletic Association
2008–09 record24–10 (14–4 CAA)
Head coachAnthony Grant (3rd year)
Assistant coachTony Pujol
Assistant coachJohn Brannen
Assistant coachAllen Edwards
Home arenaStuart C. Siegel Center
Seasons
2008–09 CAA men's basketball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
VCU 14 4   .778     24 10   .706
George Mason 13 5   .722     22 11   .667
Old Dominion 12 6   .667     25 10   .714
Northeastern 12 6   .667     19 13   .594
Hofstra 11 7   .611     21 11   .656
Drexel 10 8   .556     15 14   .517
James Madison 9 9   .500     21 15   .583
Georgia State 8 10   .444     12 20   .375
Delaware 6 12   .333     13 19   .406
William & Mary 5 13   .278     10 20   .333
Towson 5 13   .278     12 22   .353
UNC Wilmington 3 15   .167     7 25   .219
CAA Tournament winner
Rankings from AP Poll

ScheduleEdit

Date
time, TV
Rank# Opponent# Result Record Site
city, state
Exhibition
11/07/2008*
7:30pm
Virginia Union W 91–63 
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
11/12/2008*
7:30pm
Virginia State W 79–64 
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
Regular season
11/16/2008*
4:00pm
The Citadel W 82–59  1–0
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
11/19/2008*
7:30pm
South Dakota State W 72–56  2–0
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
11/22/2008*
7:00pm
at Rhode Island L 86-92  2–1
Ryan Center 
Kingston, RI
11/25/2008*
7:00pm
at East Carolina L 90–93 OT 2–2
Williams Arena 
Greenville, NC
11/29/2008*
11:00pm
vs. New Mexico
Cancún Challenge
W 67-55  3–2
Moon Palace 
Cancún, MX
11/30/2008*
10:30pm
vs. Vanderbilt
Cancún Challenge
L 66–71  3–3
Moon Palace 
Cancún, MX
12/04/2008*
7:30pm
Western Michigan W 79-62  4–3
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
12/06/2008
7:00pm
at William & Mary W 66-50  5-3 (1-0)
Kaplan Arena 
Williamsburg, VA
12/13/2008*
2:00pm, ESPNU
at Richmond
Farm Bureau Insurance Black & Blue Classic
W 77-76  6-3
Robins Center 
Richmond, VA
12/17/2008*
7:30pm
Akron W 73-69  7-3
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
12/20/2008*
10:00pm, ESPN2
at No. 4 Oklahoma L 70-81  7-4
Lloyd Noble Center 
Norman, OK
12/27/2008*
7:30pm
Hampton W 59-54  8-4
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
1/03/2009
4:30pm
at Delaware L 79-81  8-5 (1-1)
Bob Carpenter Center 
Newark, DE
1/05/2009
9:00pm
UNC Wilmington W 88-59  9-5 (2-1)
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
1/08/2009
7:00pm
at Drexel W 75-46  10-5 (3-1)
Daskalakis Athletic Center 
Philadelphia, PA
1/10/2009
12:00pm
Hofstra W 68-60  11-5 (4-1)
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
1/14/2009
7:00pm
at Towson W 78-71  12-5 (5-1)
Towson Center 
Towson, MD
1/17/2009
4:00pm
Old Dominion W 61-44  13-5 (6-1)
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
1/21/2009
7:00pm
at Georgia State W 65-50  14-5 (7-1)
GSU Sports Arena 
Atlanta, GA
1/24/2009
4:00pm
George Mason W 76-71  15-5 (8-1)
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
1/27/2009
9:00pm
Northeastern L 63-68  15-6 (8-2)
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
1/31/2009
12:00pm
at Hofstra W 66-62  16-6 (9-2)
Hofstra Arena 
Hempstead, NY
2/04/2009
7:00pm
at UNC Wilmington L 72-81  16-7 (9-3)
Trask Coliseum 
Wilmington, NC
2/07/2009
7:30pm
William & Mary W 76-54  17-7 (10-3)
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
2/11/2009
7:30pm
James Madison W 76-71  18-7 (11-3)
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
2/14/2009
2:00pm
at Old Dominion L 65-69  18-8 (11-4)
Ted Constant Convocation Center 
Norfolk, VA
2/18/2009
7:00pm
Delaware W 78-67  19-8 (12-4)
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
2/20/2009
9:00pm, ESPNU
at Nevada
ESPNU BracketBusters
L 70-71  19-9
Lawlor Events Center 
Reno, NV
2/25/2009
7:00pm
at James Madison W 71-52  20-9 (13-4)
JMU Convocation Center 
Harrisonburg, VA
2/28/2009
4:00pm
Georgia State W 69-41  21-9 (14-4)
Stuart C. Siegel Center 
Richmond, VA
CAA Tournament
Mar. 7
12:00pm
vs. Georgia State
Quarterfinals
W 61–52  22–9
Richmond Coliseum 
Richmond, VA
Mar. 8
3:00pm, CSN
vs. Old Dominion
Semifinals
W 61–53  23–9
Richmond Coliseum 
Richmond, VA
Mar. 9
7:00pm, ESPN
vs. George Mason
Championship
W 71–50  24-9
Richmond Coliseum 
Richmond, VA
NCAA Tournament
Mar. 19
9:50pm, CBS
No. (E 11) vs. No. 18 (E 6) UCLA
First Round
L 64–65  24–10
Wachovia Center 
Philadelphia, PA
*Non-conference game. #Rankings from AP Poll. (#) Tournament seedings in parentheses.

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