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Before you write off VCU’s offense (like I did), consider these stats…

It’s no secret the Mike Rhoades era at VCU has been one of dominating defense, but a surprisingly mediocre (to even bad?) offense. Of his six teams as head coach of the black and gold, so far none of his Rams teams have been a top-100 offense as measured by kenpom.com’s adjusted offensive efficiency and that includes a team that starred two NBA draftees in Bones Hyland and Vince Williams. So far this year’s group seems to be right on schedule with that as well, checking in as the least efficient of Rhoades’ Rams offenses thanks largely to one of the nation’s worst offensive turnover margins and a team effective field goal percentage that ranks 268th nationally. But could there be some reason for optimism that this group round into one of VCU’s more efficient offenses by the time we hit March? Consider the following…

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A two-time graduate of VCU (School of the Arts '07, Center for Sport Leadership '10), Mat is a co-founder of VCU Ram Nation and a longtime fan as the ...
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It’ true, at the end of last year they were playing pretty well after a horrible start I think. Offensive efficiency (points per possession) is probably the best stat for how well your playing offensively. Here is efficiency and national ranking under Rhoades:

17-18 1.033 133rd

18-19 0.995 210nd

19-20 0.998 154th

20-21 0.990 172nd

21-22 0.953 271st

22-23 0.916 301st

That’s a nice trend line, down. So now that Rhoades has his guys running his system, I think he should take a nickels worth of FREE advice from Costanza. DO THE OPPOSITE.
 
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All we have to do is watch the team to see it’s offensive ineffectiveness, stats aren’t necessary. It doesn’t matter how “hot we move the ball” if we can’t hit open shoots. We don’t make FTs. It’s not complicated.
 

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Update:

VCU's Atlantic 10 offensive efficiency is at 110.5. That is the highest it has been since Will Wade's first season (2015-16) when it was at 111.4 in A-10 play. Our highest year in the A-10 was coincidentally our first season in it at 113.1 thanks to an insanely good sophomore class of Treveon and Bri, Troy Daniels shooting 40% on A LOT of threes, Juvonte having his best year, etc etc etc.

Now...we've got a ton of A-10 play left, so that number can change, but it definitely feels like dudes are figuring it out and definitely seems as though the staff has figured out the roster.
 
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to me the improvement is simple, we now look inside out as the basis for our offense during most of the game - less of the old side to side activity (wasted movement iIMHO)

right now we are experiencing a shooting high point for our season from the perimeter - averages say it will not always be 50-60% from deep and we will see some high 20s and low 30s % games - just need to play solid defense to keep us in those games

go rams
 

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Interestingly, while on Torvik we’re ranked #198 overall in offensive efficiency, since conference play began we’re #108, and #103 in defensive efficiency. While those numbers aren’t super excellent or anything, it shows we’ve found some good balance.
 

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Update:

VCU's Atlantic 10 offensive efficiency is at 110.5. That is the highest it has been since Will Wade's first season (2015-16) when it was at 111.4 in A-10 play. Our highest year in the A-10 was coincidentally our first season in it at 113.1 thanks to an insanely good sophomore class of Treveon and Bri, Troy Daniels shooting 40% on A LOT of threes, Juvonte having his best year, etc etc etc.

Now...we've got a ton of A-10 play left, so that number can change, but it definitely feels like dudes are figuring it out and definitely seems as though the staff has figured out the roster.

While all of the above is true, we've played the "easy" portion of our 18-game conf slate. We now have the toughest remaining A-10 schedule per BT (12 games left). 2 St Louis, 2 UR, 1 Dayton, 1 GMU, 1 GW, 1 Bonny, 1 Davidson, etc.

Against the one "tough/high ranked D" we've faced in conf so far, we had 58 points w/ 34 seconds remaining and finished w/ 63 (in 66 possessions). Less than a point per possession. By the way, 256 out of 363 schools average one point per possession or more; it's a low bar.

In fact, we've played just four (4) Top 100 Bart Torvik defenses this season...........Ariz St, Memphis, Pitt, Dayton. We've yet to score a "point per possession" against any of them. UR is BT #60.

Note: We also got Dayton w/out Malachi/Kobe; UMass w/out top player Fernandes. And yes, we played Ariz St, Memphis, and Pitt w/out Ace. This UR game (on the road, two good Ds, rivalry game, both w/ full squads) will tell us a lot.