It truly is the "stuff" that Cinderellas are made of.
When "the committee" announced the teams that would be "in" the 2011 Big Dance, and VCU was one of the last three in, most people said, "VC Who???" The pundits shouted "foul."
But come to the dance they did - - - in their sooty little uniforms with their larger than life attitude.
They entered as a lowly 11 seed but today they purchased their trip to the Final Four. The price of their ticket? A ten point beat down of number one seed Kansas.
Under the brilliant coaching of Shaka Smart (that's got to be an ICONIC coaching name from now on, no?) Little Cinderella romped through Georgetown, crushed Purdue, rode rough shod over Florida State, and now today killed the hopes of Kansas.
When they travel to Houston and the Final Four they will meet Butler which has had its own Cinderella moment in the sun. Whatever the outcome of that game, VCU has earned its place at the table with the Big Boys.
Joey Rodriguez photo by Ronald Martinez, Getty Images
Coach Shaka Smart photo from sec.floridatoday.com