22-23 Opponent Tracking Thread

WillWeaverRVA

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We need to play one good neutral court game a season thats not part of a tournament. The Bonnies are playing Iona in Brooklyn. Loyola is playing Clemson in Atlanta. Dayton is playing Wyoming in Chicago. Davidson is playing Purdue in Indy. Davidson played Bama in Birmingham last year. Getting a game in DC or even NY for neutral court would be great because of all the alumni in those cities. Heck lets go play BYU in Vegas. The Mormons would have to stay in their rooms the whole time. 😂😂
I wouldn’t mind playing Marquette in DC. In fact I wouldn’t mind playing them period: very strong top 50 Big East team that highly outperformed expectations and a former VCU coach.
 

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We need to play one good neutral court game a season thats not part of a tournament. The Bonnies are playing Iona in Brooklyn. Loyola is playing Clemson in Atlanta. Dayton is playing Wyoming in Chicago. Davidson is playing Purdue in Indy. Davidson played Bama in Birmingham last year. Getting a game in DC or even NY for neutral court would be great because of all the alumni in those cities. Heck lets go play BYU in Vegas. The Mormons would have to stay in their rooms the whole time. 😂😂
That was what we were trying to do when we offered to play Baylor in Dallas. They were looking for a neutral court game there and we stepped up. Unfortunately, they declined after saying they were interested. Again, you can't make someone play you.
 

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I wouldn’t mind playing Marquette in DC. In fact I wouldn’t mind playing them period: very strong top 50 Big East team that highly outperformed expectations and a former VCU coach.
I believe the only way we play Marquette will be in a tournament. Neither Mike nor Shaka will deliberately schedule that game unless it becomes absolutely the only option available. Neither one likes playing against the other.
 

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I believe the only way we play Marquette will be in a tournament. Neither Mike nor Shaka will deliberately schedule that game unless it becomes absolutely the only option available. Neither one likes playing against the other.
Ah, that's disappointing but it does make sense.
 
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That was what we were trying to do when we offered to play Baylor in Dallas. They were looking for a neutral court game there and we stepped up. Unfortunately, they declined after saying they were interested. Again, you can't make someone play you.
Baylor is one school. There are about 75 Power conference schools including the Big East. And another 20 or so good mid major programs that could be a quad 1 or 2 opponent. We are playing a few already which is great. Davidson, Dayton, Loyola, UMass and St. Joes and the Bonnies all have good neeutral court games lined up already. In the AAC, East Carolina, Houston, Memphis Temple,Tulane and UCF all have good neutral court games lined up. Im still hoping for BYU in Vegas !!
 
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The only visit Memphis has made to Richmond was in 1990, and they lost to VCU in overtime 70-69. It was Sonny Smith's first year at VCU.

Sonny actually had some decent OOC home and home series while at VCU.
Tennessee
Texas
Marquette
Memphis
Oklahoma
Pittsburgh

And how on earth did VCU ever convince Minnesota, Michigan State, Texas A&M and Baylor to come to Richmond back in the Noe era?
 

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And how on earth did VCU ever convince Minnesota, Michigan State, Texas A&M and Baylor to come to Richmond back in the Noe era?
Scheduling was very different back then. Conferences were smaller, so there were more OOC games. And the revenue from home games wasn’t as valuable as it is today.
 

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Scheduling was very different back then. Conferences were smaller, so there were more OOC games. And the revenue from home games wasn’t as valuable as it is today.
Also selection to the NCAA tourney during that time was based on winning one’s conference (usually by way of the conference tourney). OOC games had no risk or benefit to a program’s “profile”, mainly it was about filling a schedule and broadening recruiting footprints.
 
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Also selection to the NCAA tourney during that time was based on winning one’s conference (usually by way of the conference tourney). OOC games had no risk or benefit to a program’s “profile”, mainly it was about filling a schedule and broadening recruiting footprints.
actually regular season conference winners were the norm to go to the basketball tourney for the majority of the conferences that had automatic bids from the 50s on (until the mid 70s when multiple bids to conferences occurred)- the two major outlier back then were the Southern conference and the ACC (which broke off from the Southern conference) the two to award their automatic bid to the conference tournament winner . in the 50 and 60s there were like 10 conferences that got automatic bids to a much smaller NCAA tournament -

back then they also had teams for all four regions and divided the country regionally making it a cake walk for years for UCLA to make final 4 having only to win the Western regional or whatever it was called

now their was an unwieldy ECAC back then that had more of a play-in tourney to have bids based upon a group selecting the best teams- VCU beat Georgetown but lost to St Bonaventure in 77-78 and fell one game short of making NCAA tournament (instead got invited to NIT and played Detroit)

basketball history back then was pretty fascinating
 

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And how on earth did VCU ever convince Minnesota, Michigan State, Texas A&M and Baylor to come to Richmond back in the Noe era?

Actually, the story on Minnesota was they thought they were scheduling UVA - until they pulled up in front of Franklin Street Gym.
 
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