Shaka Smart's Speech Before VCU Basketball Took On Kansas In Elite Eight

VCU basketball head coach Shaka Smart is making himself some money with the Elite Eight run his team is putting together. He's proven to be a smart tactician, but an even better motivator. He looks young enough to be dancing with his players, so he goes ahead and does it. He's also found a way to commandeer one of the scariest acronyms in sports lingo and turn it into a mnemonic device:

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Via @PaulPabst

Here's a transcript of the speech he delivered before his team headed out to take an early lead against the best remaining team in the country:

The opportunity in front of us today is this: 40 minutes. It's about 70 possessions on offense, 70 possessions on defense. Let's make every single one of them count. Today, we go after them, we run on them, and we lock them up. And today, we're punching our ticket to the Final Four. Let's go! Let's go! [Hollering and carrying on]

For more on this game, visit Rock Chalk Talk and Mid Major Madness.

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