Simms' 11 points lifts VCU over Missouri St.

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Simms' 11 points lifts VCU over Missouri St.

RICHMOND, Va. -- Mike'L Simms had 11 points as VCU extended its home win streak to eight games, beating Missouri State 61-51 on Sunday night.

De'Riante Jenkins had 10 points for VCU (8-2).

After VCU outscored Missouri State 35-25 in the first half, both teams scored 26 in the second as the home team clinched the victory. The Rams' 26 second-half points marked a season low for the team.

Isiaih Mosley had 15 points for the Bears (6-6). Keandre Cook added 12 points. Gaige Prim had 10 points.

VCU takes on College of Charleston on the road on Wednesday. Missouri State matches up against Oral Roberts on the road on Saturday.


Lamonte Turner hits buzzer beater as Tennessee knocks off VCU

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Lamonte Turner hits buzzer beater as Tennessee knocks off VCU

NICEVILLE, Fla. (AP) -- Lamonte Turner made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give No. 17 Tennessee a 72-69 victory over No. 20 VCU in the Emerald Coast Classic third-place game on Saturday.

Turner's big shot spoiled a dramatic comeback by the Rams, who trailed by as many as 13 points in the second half.

John Fulkerson led Tennessee (6-1) with 17 points and seven rebounds. Jordan Bowden added 14 points and Turner scored 12 for the Vols.

Marcus Santos-Silva led VCU (6-2) with 22 points and De'Riante Jenkins had 15.

Jenkins hit a 3-pointer to tie the game at 69-69 with 5 seconds left. Tennessee called timeout and inbounded the ball from the front court with 1.7 seconds remaining. Turner launched the winning shot from the right corner.

The teams traded the lead six times and were tied six times to open the game before Tennessee closed out the first half with a 17-6 run to take a 37-26 lead at the break. Jalen Johnson made a 3-pointer to break a 20-20 tie and start the run.

VCU chipped away and took its first lead of the second half on a jumper by KeShawn Curry at 58-56 with 6:42 to go.


NCAA Tournament 2019: VCU vs. UCF First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

NCAA Tournament 2019: VCU vs. UCF First Round, time, TV channel, how to watch

No. 8 VCU and No. 9 UCF will clash in the First Round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. The two at-large programs will play on Friday, March 22 at 9:40 p.m.

Both these squads are two teams that no one wants to face in this tournament. VCU and UCF are both strong defensively (top-40 in KenPom). 

VCU earned their at-large with a clean run through their season. With a 25-7 record, the Rams were a clear step ahead of the other teams in the Atlantic 10. While they fell in the A-10 Tournament, they built together a resume that was enough to give them an at-large. It is the first bid for the program since Mike Rhoades took over as head coach. 

UCF is their opponent and most notably plays with the 7-foot-6 phenom Tacko Fall. Hovering around the bubble all season long, UCF used some quality end-of-season wins to get into the field. The Knights are yet another team to never win a tournament contest and this season is their best chance against VCU.

Which stinks is that whichever one wins is likely getting Duke as a Second Round opponent.

Here is the NCAA Tournament information:

VCU vs. UCF How to Watch

What: 2019 NCAA Tournament First Round, East Region

Who: No. 8 VCU (25-7, 16-2 Atlantic 10) vs. No. 9 UCF (23-8, 13-5 AAC)

When: 9:40 p.m. ET on Friday, March 22. 

Where: Colonial Life Arena, Columbia, S.C. 

TV Channel: CBS

Online Stream: March Madness Live on

TV Announcers: Jim Nantz / Bill Raftery / Grant Hill // Tracy Wolfson

Twitter: @VCU_Hoops@UCF_MBB

VCU vs. UCF Bracket Analysis

How They Got Here: VCU (at-large), UCF (at-large)

Previous Meeting: First Meeting

Next Round: Winner of No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 North Dakota State

East Region Bracket:

No. 1 Duke vs. No. 16 North Dakota State
No. 8 VCU vs. No. 9 Central Florida

No. 5 Mississippi State vs. No. 12 Liberty
No. 4 Virginia Tech vs. No. 13 Saint Louis

No. 6 Maryland vs. No. 11 Belmont
No. 3 LSU vs. No. 14 Yale

No. 7 Louisville vs. No. 10 Minnesota
No. 2 Michigan State vs. No. 15 Bradley

VCU vs. UCF Betting Spread, Lines & Odds

Favorites: UCF -1
Over/Under: 127
Money Line: VCU -102, UCF -118
Against The Spread: VCU (20-11-1), UCF (18-12-1)

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