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Rams’ struggles continue as VCU is routed at Richmond

VCU’s cold play from earlier in the week continued as the Rams suffered yet another ugly loss, this time falling at Richmond, 77-59.

The Spiders hit their first double-digit lead just over 10 minutes into the game and never looked back, locking VCU down defensively while shooting 50% from the field including a blistering 11-22 from three.

The Rams were without staring point guard, Marcus Evans and failed to get anything going all night in the loss. The black and gold connected on just 34.3% of their attempts including a brutal 19% from long range.

Marcus Santos-Silva led VCU with 14 points and 12 rebounds in the loss. He was 6-11 from the field.

Senior Issac Vann was VCU only other double-digit scorer at 10 points, but after a hot start finished just 4-13 from the field.

Bones Hyland got the start via the injury to Evans. The usually dependable freshman went 1-6 from the field and had no assists to four turnovers. He was joined in the starting lineup by Vince Williams, the sophomore making his first start of his career, but finishing just 3-11 from the field in the loss.

It was the second consecutive loss for the black and gold and the third game over their last four where they’ve trailed by at least 17 points in a loss. VCU has a chance to add to that unfortunate streak when welcoming No.6 Dayton to the Stu on Tuesday. The Flyers defeated VCU by 14 in Dayton earlier this season and currently ranked as the second best offense in the country.

The loss drops VCU to 7-5 in A-10 play a season after winning the regular season title at 16-2. That currently puts the Rams in a three-way tie for sixth place in the conference. Only the top-4 teams in league play earn the coveted double-bye that creates a three-game path to an A-10 title.

The loss also hands VCU yet another NCAA tournament resume hit. VCU saw their name today on CBS Bracketologist, Jerry Palm’s, first four out next to Richmond, but with another loss will move further off the bubble and more into NIT range.

The Rams have ample time to turn things around however, with the giant contest on deck against A-10 undefeated Dayton (23-2, 12-0). The black and gold have two top-100 road opportunities as well, traveling to both Saint Louis (Feb 21) and Davidson (Mar 6) and host kenpom No.92 Duquesne in a potentially important A-10 seeding matchup as well.

 

 

VCU School of the Arts (BFA '07) and Center for Sport Leadership (M.Ed. '10) alumnus, Mat has followed VCU basketball since the Sunbelt days when he'd...

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The thing I typed in that article that I hate the most: In THREE OF OUR LAST FOUR GAMES we have trailed by at least 17 points.

Trailed at Rhody by 29

Trailed F'ING MASON AT HOME by 17
Trailed Richmond by 23

That's not just playing poorly, that's absolutely sucking. These teams out here making us look like a MEAC squad. That's just unacceptable at this program, IMO. Especially with such an experienced team.
 

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The thing I typed in that article that I hate the most: In THREE OF OUR LAST FOUR GAMES we have trailed by at least 17 points.

Trailed at Rhody by 29

Trailed F'ING MASON AT HOME by 17
Trailed Richmond by 23

That's not just playing poorly, that's absolutely sucking. These teams out here making us look like a MEAC squad. That's just unacceptable at this program, IMO. Especially with such an experienced team.
Imagine if we were playing top 20 teams
 
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Losing interest in this season's team. This year's team is no match for the team from last year even though the team is essentially the same but with an additional year of experience. Hard to swallow or understand the regression. The ticks will be a team to be reckoned with next year.
 

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Losing interest in this season's team. This year's team is no match for the team from last year even though the team is essentially the same but with an additional year of experience. Hard to swallow or understand the regression. The ticks will be a team to be reckoned with next year.
If you look you will find a 12 game win streak sandwiched in last season's record. They won a bunch of close ones in that streak. If not for that it would look about the same. Basically the difference is that Evans is a competitor but after that Rhody injury things have not been the same with him. Not sure what the issue is but they need to get right in time for the A10 tournament. A 6th or 7th seed right now would be best if they can make a run.
 

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If you look you will find a 12 game win streak sandwiched in last season's record. They won a bunch of close ones in that streak. If not for that it would look about the same. Basically the difference is that Evans is a competitor but after that Rhody injury things have not been the same with him. Not sure what the issue is but they need to get right in time for the A10 tournament. A 6th or 7th seed right now would be best if they can make a run.
We are battling GW for 8th...let’s go baby
 

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If you look you will find a 12 game win streak sandwiched in last season's record. They won a bunch of close ones in that streak. If not for that it would look about the same. Basically the difference is that Evans is a competitor but after that Rhody injury things have not been the same with him. Not sure what the issue is but they need to get right in time for the A10 tournament. A 6th or 7th seed right now would be best if they can make a run.
Evan's injury issues have certainly played a big issue in the team's performance. He certainly gives his all and then some but it has impacted his and team"s erformance. You know he was hoping for so much this year after what he has gone through physically the last 2+ years.
 

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The thing I typed in that article that I hate the most: In THREE OF OUR LAST FOUR GAMES we have trailed by at least 17 points.

Trailed at Rhody by 29

Trailed F'ING MASON AT HOME by 17
Trailed Richmond by 23

That's not just playing poorly, that's absolutely sucking. These teams out here making us look like a MEAC squad. That's just unacceptable at this program, IMO. Especially with such an experienced team.
It’s one thing to be on the wrong side of close losses, but to be hammered by two teams that should be on your playing field and one team that is not good is really disappointing for a senior-laden team.
 
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If you look you will find a 12 game win streak sandwiched in last season's record. They won a bunch of close ones in that streak. If not for that it would look about the same. Basically the difference is that Evans is a competitor but after that Rhody injury things have not been the same with him. Not sure what the issue is but they need to get right in time for the A10 tournament. A 6th or 7th seed right now would be best if they can make a run.