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Rams miss a shot at the buzzer. Game over. VCU loses. Indiana is going to the Sweet 16.
IU hits a shot with 12 seconds to go. Indiana up by two points. Time out.
IU hits a layup and is fouled. Shooting a free throw to tie the game. Make. 61-61 with :48 to go.
Brad Burgess fouled with :59 to go. Misses two free throws.
IU makes free throws. Rams lead 61- 58 with 1:31 to go.
Rams leading 61 – 56 with 2:17 to go.
Rams lead 59-54 with 3:43 to play. ~Scott
VCU is playing faster, harder, better. Rams lead 59-53 with 5:30 to go. ~ Scott
Same score, 7:24 to go. Rams looking great on defense, not-so-great on offense. ~ Scott
Indiana on a min-run, cuts VCU lead to four, 57-53 — 10:00 to go.
Indiana keeps turning the ball over. VCU leads 57-49 with 11:40 to go.
Rams hit a 3-pointer, then a turnover on a 5-second call. Rams hit ANOTHER 3. VCU up 55-48 with 13:30 to go.
Rams make a free throw, VCU leads 49-48 with 14:30 to go.
Just as I hit update, VCU starts making shots. Rams up 48-45 at the 16:29 mark.
Rams have yet to score in the second half. Rams down by 1 with 18:00 to go in first half.
The scene from Glory Days in Short Pump.
Wow. Rams were ending the first half on a run, but IU responds. VCU was up 9 points, now leads 42 – 41 at the half. Take a breath. Second half starts in 20 minutes. ~Scott
IU player is called with a flagrant foul. VCU’s Graham makes one of two free throws. Rams get the ball back. Rams make a jumper. Rams up 5 points – 38-33.
Refs are looking to see if a IU player elbowed a VCU player in the face, if so, would be a flagrant foul on IU.
Rams regain the lead. VCU is up 35 – 33 with 3:05 to go in the first half. TV timeout after VCU is called for a foul. ~ Scott
Wow. These teams are scoring so quickly, by the time I type a new blog post, the score has changed. I need a new strategy! ~ Scott
Rams and Hooisers trading baskets. Game is tied at 28 with 7:09 to go in first half.
Rams up 21-20 with 9:51 to go. Both teams playing well, scoring often.
Rams storm back, up 18-15 with 11:33 to go in first half. ~ Scott
We’re 5 minutes into this game and both teams are still feeling each other out. Indiana leads VCU 13-8 with 15:00 minutes to go in first half. TV time out. Game is being played at an up tempo pace. ~ Scott
Teams trading baskets. VCU – 8 IU – 8 @ 17:45 in the first half. Refs warn IU about delay of game. IU player touched the ball after scoring. Next time it happens, its a technical foul against the Hoosiers.
IU Coach Tim Crean says he’s confident the way his team will handle the press. IU wins the opening tip and scores. 2-0 IU.
The pre-game show is starting on TBS. Game is scheduled to tip at 7:10 p.m.
Coach Smart’s wife and daughter settle in for a long night. Last month, Shaka Smart talked to Lane Casadonte about his new role as a father –> http://soc.li/IOB0QOF
The VCU pep band is warming up too.
Last year I was able to cover the team in Houston during the Final Four. I shot this video of last year’s pep band in action, Enjoy! ~ Scott Wise
The VCU Rams are on the court in Portland, Ore. The team is going through pre-game warm-ups. Here’s a picture sent back from CBS 6 sports director Lane Casadonte. The game is scheduled to tip at 7:10 eastern time.