Virginia Commonwealth Rams are Back

Virginia Commonwealth Rams Shaka Smart

Geoff Burke-US Presswire

The Virginia Commonwealth Rams are back to their winning ways after losing back-to-back games last week against their city rival, the Richmond Spiders, and the LaSalle Explorers.

This week they dispatched two other sets of Rams, the Rhode Island Rams and the Fordham Rams. VCU now sits alone atop of the Atlantic-10 standings at 6-2.

The Rams use “Havoc”, a 94 foot, uptempo style to force their opponents to play at a pace they would rather not play at, which forces turnovers and creates easy points for the Rams.

Although VCU struggled somewhat against Rhode Island, scoring below their average, VCU found itself at home against Fordham, putting 81 points on the scoreboard.

Head Coach Shaka Smart hopes that his team can gain some momentum as the conference season concludes. However, that will not be easy because their next six opponents are all in the top half of the A-10 standings, including the No. 9 ranked Butler Bulldogs.

Nevertheless, VCU does get Butler at home and by then will mostly likely be back in the Top 25 in the nation. VCU is currently receiving votes, but finds themselves on the outside looking in after their tough stretch two weeks ago. Still, there is no question that if they can go on another impressive winning streak, they will be back in the Top 25 poll.

More important than the rankings is that VCU seems to be back to its form.

If VCU can continue to make some jump shots and/or get to the foul line in the half court, they can set up “Havoc” and let their full court pressure do the rest. VCU averages 77.9 points per game and Coach Smart realizes that there is no team in the A-10 that can score enough points to compete with his Rams.

Now it is up to the Rams to make others play at their pace.

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