Andrew Hamm: the Bipolar Express

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

VCU Beats Duke in the NCAA Tournament!

Holy cow, would you look at that headline???

Never in a million years did I imagine I'd see those words together in one sentence, but VCU has upset the Duke Blue Devils, icons of college roundball, in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. They trailed by double digits in the second half, came back, and beat Coach K's squad 79-77 behind the strong play of Eric Maynor, who was also the hero in the CAA Championship game against George Mason.

George Mason, eh? Dare the Rams fans dream of a tourney like GMU's last year?...

Initial Story!

Friday morning update!

VCU is the national sports headline.

  •'s Luke Winn says VCU guard Eric Maynor is "no ordinary underclassman."

  •'s Grant Wahl says Maynor is "one of the best March stories in years."

  • ESPN's Kim Baxter says "It's the perfect March Madness Script."

  • Associated Press: "The Rams, who never led by more than two points, overcame a 13-point first-half deficit and also trailed by seven with 8 minutes left in the game."
  • Here's some video from Fox Sports.

  • Let's look at some new pictures of Eric Maynor laying the smackdown on the Blue Devils:



    • At 3/16/2007 9:15 AM , Blogger PhilBiker said...

      I picked VCU to go to the sweet sixteen in my bracket. That was one of two big upsets that I picked in the first round, the other one fell through. Damn GW. Not doing that good, but at least I picked that game.

      It wasn't as big an upset as they're making it out to be, as Duke has been struggling all season. They got their seed largely on the history of their name.

      Dick Vitale, who was brutal last year with GMU - every round saying they didn't have any chance whatsoever to advance - said on SportsCenter last night that the CAA is emerging, with teams like VCU, ODU, George Mason, Drexel, and other strong offerings.

      The guys on ESPN Radio (I was listening on the way home) weren't very surprised, they said that the way VCU played in the CAA tournament was very impressive and that the whole conference was very strong this year.

    • At 3/16/2007 9:23 AM , Blogger Andrew Hamm said...

      I know Duke was off this year, but symbolically, beating Duke is better for VCU's basketball program than almost anything I can imagine. We apparently already have a great recruiting class coming in.

      Watch #20, Guard B.A. Walker. Good kid.

    • At 3/16/2007 9:54 AM , Blogger PhilBiker said...

      Forgot to write... On ESPN Radio on my way to practice last night, they interviewed Jeff Capel, who as a player went to the final four with Duke, then recruited this VCU team and coached until last year. They asked is this a difficult game to watch, and he said yes, it was very much so. He said he was routing for the Duke coaching staff and the VCU players.

    • At 3/16/2007 10:08 AM , Blogger PhilBiker said...

      Another nice article from CBS Sportsline. Notable quote:

      Before the game several groups of VCU fans walked the streets carrying signs that read "Beat Duke." On a trolley that wiggled through downtown Buffalo on Main Street other groups of VCU fans chanted "Beat Duke." In the battle of the fans, VCU was also victorious.


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