The No. 10 VCU Rams started the season with extremely high expectations due mostly in part to the talent of their head coach Shaka Smart, and the talent that they returned from the previous season. However, no one expected them to be blown out by one of the weaker teams in the ACC, the Florida State Seminoles.
VCU lost 85-67 in a game that saw the Rams get out-hustled by Florida State and go absolutely cold from the floor with a mere 33 percent field goal percentage. The Seminoles had more than doubled the rebounding of the Rams before they caught up a bit late in the game. This bad loss puts into perspective that VCU may not be as good as we thought they were, and could have trouble making it into the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
The Saint Louis Billikins, the Belmont Bruins, the LaSalle Explorers and the UMass Minutemen are the most difficult teams left on the Rams’ schedule. VCU cannot afford to lose these games or, despite beginning the season ranked, they could find themselves on the outside looking into the 2014 NCAA Tournament.
The NCAA selection committee takes strength of schedule and bad losses extremely seriously when determining whether or not a team is included in the NCAA Tournament. The loss to Florida State, picked to finish ninth in the ACC, as well as the weakness of their schedule doesn’t bode well for the Rams’ 2014 NCAA Tournament dreams. Hopefully, this loss ignites VCU, and Smart can get them back on track soon.