The Ram’s season heats up as conference ball is upon them. Fans are in store for a gripping few months ahead as VCU takes on fellow A-10 teams. Tonight starts it all as the Rams take on state rival and A-10 newcomer, the George Mason Patriots.
With home team advantage, the Rams should be able to start off with an in conference win. Mason is sitting on a 7-7 record going into the game, but fans can’t assume a win because many times state rivalries bring out a whole new team.
As for the rest of the conference, # 19 Massachusetts and Saint Louis appear to be VCU’s biggest challenges as both teams perform very well in areas where VCU struggles. Massachusetts shoots second in the conference on offense as they thrive in the paint. Additionally UMass came back to beat Saint Joseph’s in the A-10 season opener, proving they deserve the national ranking. As the team has great chemistry and leadership, they will be tough for VCU’s younger team to match.
Second, Saint Louis will be one of the more difficult matchups for VCU because of their shooting skills. The Rams struggle from time to time with sinking easy shots and Saint Louis has fine tuned their shooting. Getting ahead against Saint Louis will be challenging, but with VCU’s relentless defense it should be possible.
VCU’s standings in the A-10 aren’t looking to bad either. The Rams will be hard to beat as they fall second to Saint Louis with their shooting margin. VCU’s shooting margin is +11.3 where Saint Louis’s is +13.0. Getting ahead and staying ahead will be vital for the Rams. When games are close in the last few minutes many times it comes down to fouls and to the referees. VCU’s high rank with their scoring margin should excite fans because it proves their ability to pull ahead and stay there. This will help ensure conference wins if they keep it up.
What do basketball fans know VCU best for? The answer is their ability to steal and force turnovers. The Rams are sitting happy at the top of the turnover margin as they are at +8.13. The next best team is Richmond at +3.88. Not many teams have the speed and power to force this many turnovers but VCU does and they know how utilize it well.
Tonight’s game against George Mason is at 7:00 and will be broadcast on CBS Sports Network.
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