2019-2020 Opponent Tracking

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Rothstein is doing his top 45 teams releasing one every day and giving a very small rundown of each team. So far he has Dayton at 39 and Davidson at 29 and I believe that is it so far for our opponents. Though he does have Texas at 36.
 
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They are a p5 team.....supposedly the best of the best if you ask any of their fanbase how they stack up against lowly VCU. So their schedule isn't any more brutal than our. After all, lowly VCU has to play a number of those elite P5 teams.
You want to claim you are part of the elite club then step it up and put your game where you mouth is.
Most of those schools wont play more than 1 road game so Fla State having 3 along with 2 neutral site games is impressive compared to their P5 peers.
 

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No VCU Players on this list.... but there are some opponent players on this list

38. Jon Axel Gudmundsson, Davidson: The reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Year might not have the pro potential of his teammate, Kellan Grady, but he's at this point established himself as the slightly better college player. Gudmundsson put up 16.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 2018-19. Now he's teamed up again with Grady on what could amount to a top-three Davidson team in program history. — MN

44. Obi Toppin, Dayton: Kostas Antetokounmpo, in 2018, was Dayton's first NBA pick in 28 years. Next June, Toppin might become the second Flyer in three seasons to get picked. The 6-9 sophomore is a hidden gem who will break out nationally if UD winds up positioning itself for an NCAA Tournament bid. Averaging 20 and 10 is plausible for Toppin, who may well start to step out and expand his game near the arc. — MN

45. Skylar Mays, LSU: Overshadowed a bit last season by Tremont Waters and Naz Reid. Know this: there aren't 10 more mature, respected players on this list than Mays, whose story we detailed in part last season. The LSU senior lost his longtime friend and teammate, Wayde Sims, to pointless gun violence. Now Mays should become an efficient shooting guard who can facilitate and keep LSU's offense multi-dimensional. — MN

47. Kellan Grady, Davidson: The ticker continues to trend upwards for Grady. He was A-10 Rookie of the Year as a freshman, an A-10 First Team performer as a sophomore, and as a junior, he figures to be one of the best in the league … again. He's the third-leading returning scorer in the conference behind only Richmond's Grant Golden and teammate Jon Axel Gudmundsson. — KB

56. Javonte Smart, LSU: Smart averaged 11.1 points and 2.4 assists per game last season as a freshman. His numbers should increase across the board as he replaces All-SEC First Team point guard Tremont Waters. — KB

61. Matt Haarms, Purdue: The 7-3 junior should be Purdue's best player if he can become the latest example of a big overhauling his game and instincts under Matt Painter. Haarms (9.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.1 bpg) is ranked highly because of his defensive progression and his burgeoning step-out game. Plus, you know, we can't say the hair wasn't a factor. — MN


77. Trendon Watford, LSU: The prize of Will Wade's latest nice recruiting class at LSU, the 6-9 forward is a 5-star prospect who led Mountain Brook High in Alabama to three consecutive state championships. He averaged 23.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.5 blocks as a senior while securing an invitation to the McDonald's All-American Game. — GP

82. Nojel Eastern, Purdue: Weird how it landed this way, but the next two players are Boilermakers. Might we be too low on the fun, rangy combo guard? We'll see. Great defender, good instincts, but still needs some work on his shooting. Matt Painter's got a way of fixing that with many of his players. No Carsen Edwards anymore, so shots aplenty to share. — MN

83. Trevion Williams, Purdue: The next two players on our list are the unusual instances of guys with low averages who nonetheless overcame their production to break through into the 101. Williams (5.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg) will move from bench player to pivotal power man for a revamped, but still well-stocked, Purdue crew. — MN
 
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No VCU Players on this list.... but there are some opponent players on this list

38. Jon Axel Gudmundsson, Davidson: The reigning Atlantic 10 Player of the Year might not have the pro potential of his teammate, Kellan Grady, but he's at this point established himself as the slightly better college player. Gudmundsson put up 16.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 4.8 assists in 2018-19. Now he's teamed up again with Grady on what could amount to a top-three Davidson team in program history. — MN

44. Obi Toppin, Dayton: Kostas Antetokounmpo, in 2018, was Dayton's first NBA pick in 28 years. Next June, Toppin might become the second Flyer in three seasons to get picked. The 6-9 sophomore is a hidden gem who will break out nationally if UD winds up positioning itself for an NCAA Tournament bid. Averaging 20 and 10 is plausible for Toppin, who may well start to step out and expand his game near the arc. — MN

45. Skylar Mays, LSU: Overshadowed a bit last season by Tremont Waters and Naz Reid. Know this: there aren't 10 more mature, respected players on this list than Mays, whose story we detailed in part last season. The LSU senior lost his longtime friend and teammate, Wayde Sims, to pointless gun violence. Now Mays should become an efficient shooting guard who can facilitate and keep LSU's offense multi-dimensional. — MN

47. Kellan Grady, Davidson: The ticker continues to trend upwards for Grady. He was A-10 Rookie of the Year as a freshman, an A-10 First Team performer as a sophomore, and as a junior, he figures to be one of the best in the league … again. He's the third-leading returning scorer in the conference behind only Richmond's Grant Golden and teammate Jon Axel Gudmundsson. — KB

56. Javonte Smart, LSU: Smart averaged 11.1 points and 2.4 assists per game last season as a freshman. His numbers should increase across the board as he replaces All-SEC First Team point guard Tremont Waters. — KB

61. Matt Haarms, Purdue: The 7-3 junior should be Purdue's best player if he can become the latest example of a big overhauling his game and instincts under Matt Painter. Haarms (9.4 ppg, 5.4 rpg, 2.1 bpg) is ranked highly because of his defensive progression and his burgeoning step-out game. Plus, you know, we can't say the hair wasn't a factor. — MN


77. Trendon Watford, LSU: The prize of Will Wade's latest nice recruiting class at LSU, the 6-9 forward is a 5-star prospect who led Mountain Brook High in Alabama to three consecutive state championships. He averaged 23.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.5 blocks as a senior while securing an invitation to the McDonald's All-American Game. — GP

82. Nojel Eastern, Purdue: Weird how it landed this way, but the next two players are Boilermakers. Might we be too low on the fun, rangy combo guard? We'll see. Great defender, good instincts, but still needs some work on his shooting. Matt Painter's got a way of fixing that with many of his players. No Carsen Edwards anymore, so shots aplenty to share. — MN

83. Trevion Williams, Purdue: The next two players on our list are the unusual instances of guys with low averages who nonetheless overcame their production to break through into the 101. Williams (5.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg) will move from bench player to pivotal power man for a revamped, but still well-stocked, Purdue crew. — MN
If vcu beats these teams, you can bet a revised list will.incude one player.
 

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I have no problem with those two LSU guards being listed there, and who knows maybe they are studs and better than Evans and DJ... but just keep thinking when we play them each may need to put up 20 plus to win in the Stu. based on their roster. Take any 1, 2, even 3 of our guys out of any game and there is a reasonable scenario the good guys come out on top. Army strong.