VIDEO: VCU Goes To Elite 8 On Shaka Smart's Inbounds Play

It's only fitting that VCU's shocking run in the 2011 NCAA Tournament continued thanks to coach Shaka Smart outsmarting his opposition. With seven seconds left and VCU down by one point to Florida State in the Sweet 16, Smart called timeout to set up an inbounds play. It worked, to perfection.

As you can see here, Bradford Burgess eventually got free wide open underneath the basket, and Joey Rodriguez found him for a layup that provided the winning margin. Burgess looked like he was going to set a screen for Brandon Rozzell, but slipped inside at the last minute, to the surprise of the Florida State defender. Rodriguez barely avoided a five-second count to get Burgess the ball, but when he did, Burgess knew how to finish it.

It was a brilliant play call that required a lot of trust and pinpoint execution. You could tell Smart's team had practiced this play all season based on the way it played out. Afterwards, Smart was pleased with himself.

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(via Mocksession)

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