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rammad90

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TT and others like them, rely on their conference schedule to boost their schedule strength and ranking. Like most P5 programs, they automatically are ranked very high, each and every year from the get go before they ever play a game. Then during the OOC they schedule a number of lower tier teams in a lower tier conference (which they mostly win) and then play the standard p5 vs p5 interconference games (where an unfortunately loss doesn't hurt too much because the conference is already ranked up high) and them 1-2 games against higher up mids (Ky vs UR) for example but usually in some tournament where they still can up their spot in the loser bracket. Then when the OOC is over, they haven't really dropped a whole bunch and then use the conference schedule up simply up their SOS, win or loss and they end the season still ranked pretty high. So all in all they took 1 or 2 chances the entire season against a potential loss to a non-p5 higher up mid team.
It's the reason you see 0.500 P5 teams getting at-large bids over teams with 26, 27, 28 wins in non-p5 programs. It's all a racket, IMO.
To be fair, most of those .500 P5 teams are better than most of those 26, 27, 28 win teams from lower conferences.

Also, as a former MM (I think we are at the top of MM or bottom of the H majors) we all wanted those games against P5 teams as do those low major and MM do now. We cannot chastise TT just because they gave the non-P5 teams the opportunity wanted.
 
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To be fair that is their home OOC schedule. They play Gonzaga and some other good teams on the road.
Luckily our home schedules are typically against powerhouses like NC A&T and Western Carolina. Lets face it, nonconference games for good teams typically trend toward cupcakes outside of neutral site games.
 
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Hi all, we're a new(er)(ish?) podcast (Expat Hoops) where we interview Americans who play or have played overseas. We're a couple of Mason alums, but we're not sticking to a set school, and we will be interviewing at least one former VCU guy here shortly. We do like to take "listener questions" and wanted to see if we should create a thread of our own here when we interview VCU alums or if we should post within this thread.
 

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Maybe this thread because they have played or are playing professionally?
If you’re taking questions do we get a heads up on who it is beforehand so people have ideas on what to ask?


/not a forum boss tho;)
 
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Maybe this thread because they have played or are playing professionally?
If you’re taking questions do we get a heads up on who it is beforehand so people have ideas on what to ask?


/not a forum boss tho;)
We can create a separate thread if it's cool with people or do it here. Really will defer to what we see as preference. Don't like just barging in on boards and disrespecting the rules/common practices.

And yea, best thing to do is give us a follow through our socials or sub our YouTube Channel (all are searchable by @ExpatHoops). However, we try to post on relevant boards too.

Right now, we're nailing down a good time to talk with Jamal Shuler. High, high degree of certainty it'll happen here in the near future but we just need to align calendars. So if you want to send us questions about or for him...feel free.
 

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Malik Crowfield's mom Lana had to evacuate herself and her family from LaPlace, LA ahead of Hurricane Ida. They are safe, but they have more than likely lost their home (LaPlace was more or less completely flooded and destroyed), and they are currently staying in the hotel they evacuated to.
Any word if Malik or his family have Set up A go fund me acct or similar arrangement. Any way RN can help?
 

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Any word if Malik or his family have Set up A go fund me acct or similar arrangement. Any way RN can help?
I think there are discussions on the VCU Basketball Fans Positive group on Facebook regarding setting something up for them (they're not in any position to do so themselves because no one has electricity down there). I'll share the moment something gets announced.

I think Lana is working on setting up a Venmo account.
 

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A Venmo account has been set up for donations for Lana and the rest of Malik Crowfield’s family. This has been confirmed to be legitimate and Venmo is being used to avoid GoFundMe taking a cut of the donations.

The information and Facebook post are below:

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A Venmo account has been set up for donations for Lana and the rest of Malik Crowfield’s family. This has been confirmed to be legitimate and Venmo is being used to avoid GoFundMe taking a cut of the donations.

The information and Facebook post are below:

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Rodes! Great guy. He married Kate who is Ed Peeples daughter.
 

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Hi all, we're a new(er)(ish?) podcast (Expat Hoops) where we interview Americans who play or have played overseas. We're a couple of Mason alums, but we're not sticking to a set school, and we will be interviewing at least one former VCU guy here shortly. We do like to take "listener questions" and wanted to see if we should create a thread of our own here when we interview VCU alums or if we should post within this thread.
I've heard some stories where playing overseas in the smaller markets is super shady. Checks bouncing or not getting paid at all, terrible housing, that sort of thing. Is playing in Eastern Europe or other small markets worth it? Are you better off trying to get into coaching or something else stateside if you want to stay around the game.
 
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I've heard some stories where playing overseas in the smaller markets is super shady. Checks bouncing or not getting paid at all, terrible housing, that sort of thing. Is playing in Eastern Europe or other small markets worth it? Are you better off trying to get into coaching or something else stateside if you want to stay around the game.
This is something that we touch on in some of our past episodes, so there is a quasi plug to check out our other episodes. That being said, it's a great question that we will ask for his take, because pretty much anyone who plays overseas either goes through it or has heard tales of it.
 
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