The No. 10 VCU Rams lost to the Florida State Seminoles in arguably the second biggest upset of the 2013-14 college basketball season. Florida State outplayed the Rams all over the court, especially on the boards. The Seminoles pulled in more than double the number of rebounds than the Rams. Things look bad for VCU after losing to a Florida State team that was picked to finish ninth in the ACC, but all is not what it seems.
The loss and the stat sheet don’t do the Rams justice. What looks like a blowout loss on paper was really a game of missed opportunities. VCU went 33 percent from the field and was less than 25 percent from the three point line; there isn’t a team in the country that can win a game against a half-decent NCAA Division I school with those kinds of stats. Florida State played well defensively, but the story of the night was all about the Rams getting outhustled on the glass.
Shaka Smart is far too talented of a coach and the Rams are far too talented of a team to let one unexpected loss ruin their season. Expect VCU to win their next game against the Northeastern Huskies by a large margin as they come back focused from the loss to the Seminoles.
The loss to Florida State may have damaged their chances at a No. 1 or No. 2 2014 NCAA Tournament berth, but VCU has been a successful underdog before. Hopefully, this loss is a wakeup call to the Rams, and they get it together soon – otherwise, the rest of their season could get ugly, fast.