So it's no surprise to those who remember Smart from his days in the NCAC that, at 33, he's one of the most successful young coaches in Division I basketball. His Virginia Commonwealth Rams have entered the history books as the school's first team to advance to the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament. In fact, no prior VCU team had ever won more than one game in the NCAA Tournament.
Critics questioned VCU's inclusion in the tournament when the brackets were announced. But three decisive victories later, including a 94-76 win over third-seeded Purdue, and the Rams have turned skeptics into fans.
The Rams look to continue their quest for a national championship Friday when they square off against the 10th-seeded Florida State Seminoles in San Antonio.
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