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Va. officials celebrate VCU’s win over Kansas

Virginia’s capital city has gone hoops crazy.

After Virginia Commonwealth University’s stunning defeat over Kansas on Sunday, accolades from Virginia officials started pouring in.

“Virginians are celebrating their victory all across the commonwealth,’’ said Gov. Bob Mc­Don­nell, who called VCU Coach Shaka Smart to congratulate him. “VCU is a great university with a well-deserved reputation for academic and athletic excellence. We all look forward to cheering them on in the Final Four next weekend. I know they’ve got two more big wins left in them.”

U.S. House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, who represents the Richmond area, said: “Congratulations to the VCU Rams for their amazing victory over the Kansas Jayhawks. This is one of the biggest victories in tournament history, and Coach Shaka Smart and his players deserve tremendous credit for their inspiring Cinderella run.”

The team will compete Saturday in the Final Four in Houston.

“VCU advancing to the Final Four is the stuff dreams are made of!’’ Richmond Mayor Dwight Jones said. “This is a team of players who believe in each other, a coach who believes in the team, and a city that believes in dreams coming true. ...VCU is putting Richmond on the map like never before and we’ll see the nation at the Final Four.”

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