LIVE BLOG: VCU Rams vs. Indiana Hoosiers

Posted at 6:32 PM, Mar 17, 2012
and last updated 2012-03-18 11:41:52-04

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10:00 p.m.

9:55 p.m.

9:54 p.m.

9:51 p.m.

9:50 p.m.

9:35 p.m.

9:25 p.m.

9:20 p.m.

9:18 p.m.

Rams miss a shot at the buzzer. Game over. VCU loses. Indiana is going to the Sweet 16.

9:16 p.m.

IU hits a shot with 12 seconds to go. Indiana up by two points. Time out.

9:14 p.m.

IU hits a layup and is fouled. Shooting a free throw to tie the game. Make. 61-61 with :48 to go.

9:12 p.m.

Brad Burgess fouled with :59 to go. Misses two free throws.

9:11 p.m.

IU makes free throws. Rams lead 61- 58 with 1:31 to go.

9:10 p.m.

Rams leading 61 – 56 with 2:17 to go.

9:05 p.m.

Rams lead 59-54 with 3:43 to play. ~Scott

9:01 p.m.

8:58 p.m.

VCU is playing faster, harder, better. Rams lead 59-53 with 5:30 to go. ~ Scott

8:53 p.m.

Same score, 7:24 to go. Rams looking great on defense, not-so-great on offense. ~ Scott

8:48 p.m.

Indiana on a min-run, cuts VCU lead to four, 57-53 — 10:00 to go.

8:46 p.m.

8:45 p.m.

Indiana keeps turning the ball over. VCU leads 57-49 with 11:40 to go.

8:39 p.m.

Rams hit a 3-pointer, then a turnover on a 5-second call. Rams hit ANOTHER 3. VCU up 55-48 with 13:30 to go.

8:38 p.m.

Rams make a free throw, VCU leads 49-48 with 14:30 to go.

8:34 p.m.

8:31 p.m.

Just as I hit update, VCU starts making shots. Rams up 48-45 at the 16:29 mark.

8:30 p.m.

Rams have yet to score in the second half. Rams down by 1 with 18:00 to go in first half.

8:26 p.m.

8:24 p.m.

The scene from Glory Days in Short Pump.

Halftime poll:


8:05 p.m.

Wow. Rams were ending the first half on a run, but IU responds. VCU was up 9 points, now leads 42 - 41 at the half. Take a breath. Second half starts in 20 minutes. ~Scott

8:00 p.m.

IU player is called with a flagrant foul. VCU's Graham makes one of two free throws. Rams get the ball back. Rams make a jumper. Rams up 5 points - 38-33.

7:56 p.m.

Refs are looking to see if a IU player elbowed a VCU player  in the face, if so, would be a flagrant foul on IU.

7:51 p.m.

Rams regain the lead. VCU is up 35 - 33 with 3:05 to go in the first half. TV timeout after VCU is called for a foul. ~ Scott

7:45 p.m.

7:38 p.m.

Wow. These teams are scoring so quickly, by the time I type a new blog post, the score has changed. I need a new strategy! ~ Scott

7:36 p.m.

Rams and Hooisers trading baskets. Game is tied at 28 with 7:09 to go in first half.

7:32 p.m.

Rams up  21-20 with 9:51 to go. Both teams playing well, scoring often.

7:26 p.m.

Rams storm back, up 18-15 with 11:33 to go in first half. ~ Scott

7:25 p.m.

7:20 p.m.

7:18 p.m.

We're 5 minutes into this game and both teams are still feeling each other out. Indiana leads VCU 13-8 with 15:00 minutes to go in first half. TV time out. Game is being played at an up tempo pace.  ~ Scott

7:13 p.m.

Teams trading baskets. VCU - 8 IU - 8 @ 17:45  in the first half. Refs warn IU about delay of game. IU player touched the ball after scoring. Next time it happens, its a technical foul against the Hoosiers.

7:10 p.m.

IU Coach Tim Crean says he's confident the way his team will handle the press. IU wins the opening tip and scores. 2-0 IU.

7:00 p.m.

The pre-game show is starting on TBS. Game is scheduled to tip at 7:10 p.m.

6:45 p.m.

Coach Smart's wife and daughter settle in for a long night. Last month, Shaka Smart talked to Lane Casadonte about his new role as a father -->

6:30 p.m.

The VCU pep band is warming up too.

Last year I was able to cover the team in Houston during the Final Four. I shot this video of last year's pep band in action, Enjoy! ~ Scott Wise

6:18 p.m.

The VCU Rams are on the court in Portland, Ore. The team is going through pre-game warm-ups. Here's a picture sent back from CBS 6 sports director Lane Casadonte. The game is scheduled to tip at 7:10 eastern time.