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Game Preview: VCU v Northern Illinois

Today is the day that VCU puts it all together. I’m calling it. The Rams take on a hapless Northern Illinois Huskies squad that just two games ago lost 84-47 to the kenpom No.321-ranked Idaho Vandals. While they haven’t been THAT bad the rest of the season (were within 21 to Gonzaga that next contest), I think this is night most things click for VCU. That’s what I want to believe at least…

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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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While lacking official stats to underscore my theory, I'm guessing a team's shooting percentage directly reflects the NET of the opponent .... Rams might shoot 62 percent from floor today .... but with same skill set, the number would likely fall to 31 percent vs. U.Va. Of course, the Rams would be getting far, far less transition and second chance points vs. the Wahoos. And then there's the confidence factor. And home court.
 

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While lacking official stats to underscore my theory, I'm guessing a team's shooting percentage directly reflects the NET of the opponent .... Rams might shoot 62 percent from floor today .... but with same skill set, the number would likely fall to 31 percent vs. U.Va. Of course, the Rams would be getting far, far less transition and second chance points vs. the Wahoos. And then there's the confidence factor. And home court.
Come on bighorn can we just focus on this opponent instead of focusing on a hypothetical performance with a team we most likely arent playing.

In that case if we played Gonzaga we'd shoot at a lower percentage and likely be out rebounded.
 

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Would like to see JJ either take the ball up to the basket while in the paint or throw it back out to perimeter…..the dribbling and subsequent turnovers are killing VCU inside. Dribbling is not his talent…..
 
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Come on bighorn can we just focus on this opponent instead of focusing on a hypothetical performance with a team we most likely arent playing.

In that case if we played Gonzaga we'd shoot at a lower percentage and likely be out rebounded.

VCU will not specifically be playing U.Va. this season. But the Rams will be facing much more difficult assignments than N. Illinois. My point is that the status of the opponent, along with location of game, determines the Rams' shooting percentage on a given night. A team is "hot" when it's getting points off turnovers and rebound follow ups ... it's "cold" when it's having to heavily perspire for every clean look.
 

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Would like to see JJ either take the ball up to the basket while in the paint or throw it back out to perimeter…..the dribbling and subsequent turnovers are killing VCU inside. Dribbling is not his talent…..

Yeah, I had to throw those two .gifs in there of his paint turnovers because we've seen a decent bit of that. Just gotta get with Coach Scott more and work on a tighter dribble when he's trying to battle down in the post.

Overall I think his game has serious potential with a very high ceiling, he's just gotta tighten it up. Just gotta play a more focused game, take every possession super seriously like it's the last play of the game (no sloppy/weak passes) and I think his numbers could really look great/improve. That turnover margin just kills him and hurts the team, but I think it's fixable.