The No. 16 VCU Rams have made a statement in the Atlantic-10 thus far, but met a Richmond team on Thursday that wanted to prove that they were not only the best team in the city, but also a true contender within the conference.
The Rams snapped a 13-game win streak, falling to the Spiders 86-74 in overtime at the Robins Center.
VCU led by seven with just thirty seconds left, but Richmond fought back to tie the game at the end of regulation and managed to outlast the Rams in OT.
This was a critical loss for VCU, who is now 4-1 within the A-10, tied with Charlotte and Xavier. Butler holds down the fourth place spot at 3-1.
The road to the conference championship only gets tougher for VCU in February and March. The Rams will see La Salle, Charlotte, George Washington, St. Louis, Xavier, Butler, Temple and Richmond again to close out the season.
Who would have thought the A-10 would prove to be one of the most competitive conferences in college basketball down the stretch?
This isn’t a time for VCU fans to panic. Shaka Smart has been here before and will make the necessary coaching adjustments to get his boys back to playing at a high level. This Richmond team was 10-1 at home, with their only loss coming by a slim margin to Davidson. In many ways, this was a trap game for the Rams.
VCU has a chance to bounce back quickly on Saturday night, when they will be hosting La Salle at the Siegel Center. The Explorers are coming off of an emotional win over No. 9 Butler. If the Rams can find a way to beat La Salle, I still like their chances to win the A-10.
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