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Both VCU and the University of Richmond headed to New York on a business trip this week, however, the Spiders were forced to cut their trip short after that last-second meltdown in the opening round,  falling to Charlotte 68 – 63 in the Atlantic – 10 Tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.  VCU, the 2nd-seed, defeated the Hawks of St. Joseph’s in the quarterfinals then put away UMass in the semis to set up a colossal rematch with top seeded St. Louis for Sunday’s Atlantic – 10 Championship.   Both the Rams and Billikens appear sure bets for an NCAA Tournament berth regardless of the outcome of the tournament.

The MEAC Tournament surely felt the losses of Norfolk State, N C Central and Hampton in the early round as only a smattering of fans showed up for Saturday’s MEAC Championship game at the Norfolk Scope.  The 2013 title goes to the


If anyone had asked which Virginia college would be the first one in this year, VCU would have been the most reasonable choice. Certainly, the Flames of Liberty University in Lynchburg, would not have been anywhere on your radar screen. Yet, here they are, with a record of 15 – 20. There’s no misprint, no typo here, the Famous Flames, with 20 losses are going to the Big Dance after stunning everyone in the Big South by winning the conference tournament and securing the automatic bid. Incredible. James Madison University is also in after the Dukes left the Richmond Coliseum with the Colonial Tournament title and an automatic bid.

The ACC Tournament opened this afternoon in Greensboro, NC with the Cavaliers of UVA seeded fourth following their huge overtime season-ending win over Maryland on Sunday in Charlottesville, The win gave Virginia, 21 – 10, a bye in the first round, and now Virginia will square off against NC State Friday afternoon at 2pm.  The Wolfpack  ended the season for the Hokies of Virginia Tech in their opening round match up on Thursday. Tech finishes the season at 13 – 19.