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2011 NCAA Tournament: VCU Makes Field, Will Play USC In Play-In Game To Be 11th Seed

The Va. Commonwealth Rams earned a share of the 11th seed in the Southwest region of the 2011 NCAA Tournament, where they will meet the USC Trojans in a play-in game. The winner of that game will move on to the first round to take on the Georgetown Hoyas. The play-in game will be held Wednesday night at 9:00 PM in Dayton, OH. TV coverage for the game will be held on TruTV.

The Rams finished 4th in the Colonial Athletic Association with a 23-11 overall record, earning their way to the Big Dance thanks in large part to a surprisingly lopsided 79-63 victory over the George Mason Patriots in the Semifinals of the CAA Tournament. They would go on to lose to the Old Dominion Monarchs in the CAA Final. This is the first year in history that the CAA will earn three bids to the NCAA Tournament.

With this announcement, VCU is continuing their tradition of reaching the NCAA Tournament every two years. They lost to the UCLA Bruins in the first round in 2009, but defeated the Duke Blue Devils in the first round in 2007. They were an 11 seed that year. Can they do it again? We'll find out soon enough.