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VCU’s Wade heading to LSU after pair of tourney appearances

RICHMOND, Va. – Will Wade is leaving VCU to take over LSU after guiding the Rams to the NCAA Tournament in both his seasons as coach. Vice Chancellor and athletic director Joe Alleva made the announcement Monday night on LSU’s athletics web site and Twitter. The statement said more details will come Tuesday.

Hield’s 36 points lead Oklahoma past VCU 85-81

Buddy Hield scored 19 of his 36 points in the final eight minutes to help No. 2 seed Oklahoma hold off No. 10 seed VCU 85-81 on Sunday in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.

2K Classic pairings set

Defending national champion Duke will meet VCU and national runner-up Wisconsin will face Georgetown at Madison Square Garden in the semifinals of college basketball’s 2K Classic that benefits the Wounded Warrior Project. The games, which could set up a possible rematch of the 2015 national championship game, will be Nov. 20 and 22, and all games will be televised by ESPN. The semifinalists, which combined for a 119-29 record last season, will host two regional round games each. They will be joined by Bryant, Prairie View, Radford, and Siena. Associated Press

Racers chasing sweet result

Men’s NCAA tournament: Murray State basketball has experienced 25 straight winning seasons, won 23 OVC regular-season championships and 15 conference tournament titles, all without reaching a Sweet 16. Now, for the second time in three years, the Racers and Donte Poole (pictured) are one win away.

VCU still wearing down opponents

RICHMOND, Va. – The surge comes almost every game, usually in the second half. That’s when VCU’s relentlessness “Havoc” defense that the Rams employ for 94 feet often takes its toll and the Rams gain the upper hand on another worn out opponent.

VCU shocks Jayhawks for Final Four berth

SAN ANTONIO — Move over, Butler. Virginia Commonwealth is crashing the Final Four. Two weeks ago, the 11th-seeded Rams so doubted they would get a NCAA tournament invite that they watched Cartoon Network and went out for burgers instead of watching the selection show. Now, all of America will be watching them in the Final Four. The 11th-seeded Rams are heading to Houston, and final No. 1 seed Kansas is heading home after the biggest March upset in years.