I also think the Hero Ball is what hurts this team. They really dont have one guy who is head and shoulders above the rest as such it appears that everyone thinks they have just as good a shot of making it as the next guy. That is except for Crow and Jenkins who generally play their role and dont force stuff.It’ll be interesting to see if Rhoades shortens the offensive leash and starts calling more set plays from the sidelines. One way of curtailing the “hero ball” we’ve seen sometimes. But also a good way to get shots for certain guys who are struggling with their confidence.
Realize he’s been doing that more frequently with Bones at the helm, but there are other reasons to employ. I think he is loathe to do that and would rather the players play instinctively. But a little more structure sometimes helps.
VCU under Rhoades:Some performance-level numbers to consider:
2018: 18-15 overall (2-9 vs KP Top 100) - no post-season
2019: 25-8 overall (6-4 vs KP Top 100) – NCAA
2020: 14-5 overall (2-5 vs KP Top 100) - ???
Total: 57-28 overall (10-18 vs KP Top 100)
It’s clear we can generally beat up the little guys (KP 101-353) in the neighborhood (47-10 record) but when the big boys (KP Top 100) come around, we’re not so tough/smart after all (just 10-18).
Top KP 100 wins (Rhoades era):
Texas – 25 (Smart)
LSU – 36 (probably NCAA in 2020) - Wade
Dayton – 62 (Grant)
Dayton – 62 (Grant)
ODU – 64
Wichita St – 66 (only KP Top 100 double-digit win; 8-4 Shockers lost 6 of next 7 to fall below .500)
Temple – 69 (NCAA in 2019; first four)
N. Tex – 78 (maybe NCAA in 2020)
Hofstra – 93
Bucknell – 97
In 85 games under Mike Rhoades, we have yet to put it all together for a full 40 minutes and truly throttle (convincing double-digit win) a legit KP Top 100 team. Remarkable really. Teams from 2012-2017 (Smart/Wade) frequently hammered (double-digit win) KP Top 100 teams.
All that said, 8 of our remaining 12 regular season games are against KP Top 100 teams (4 home, 4 road):
Dayton - 4
@Rhody - 59
Richmond (twice) – 67
Duquesne – 88
@St Louis – 89
Davidson (twice) - 93
We’ve been feasting on cupcakes the first 3/5 of this season. If it’s going to happen for these seniors (and this team), now is the time to step up and do the heavy lifting (8 of final 12 against contenders + A-10 tourney). The competition going forward is challenging/legit and an NCAA bid is at stake. We’ll now see what these seniors (and this coaching staff) are all about.
24 wins by Selection Sunday (need to somehow get 10 more --- reg season + A-10 tourney).
In the social sciences, we are always able to spot the amateur know it all when we ask them to tell us why ice cream sales are correlated with violence. You're the guy that says people become homicidal lunatics because they've had too much sugar.
Anyone who doesn't think this guy is a troll take note of how often he shows up within hours after a loss vs how often he normally posts. It is getting a bit predictible.
Funny, in the physical sciences, they are always able to spot the social scientist the same way....In the social sciences, we are always able to spot the amateur know it all when we ask them to tell us why ice cream sales are correlated with violence. You're the guy that says people become homicidal lunatics because they've had too much sugar.
Current Record: 16-6 (prediction 24-9)PERFORMANCE
OOC = 10-3 (losses to LSU, Purdue, Wichita St)
A-10 Reg Season = 13-5 (losses to Dayton, UR, Rhody, Davidson, St Louis)
A-10 Tourney = 1-1 (loss in semis)
Selection Sunday Record = 24-9; KP = 44 Overall (Offense = 91; Defense = 29); NET = 42; NCAA Tourney = 10 seed (at-large)
Starters = 120
Evans - 27
Jenkins - 26
Vann - 25
Santos-Silva - 22
Williams - 20
Rotation = 65
Simms - 17
Douglas - 16
Crowfield - 13
Hyland - 10
Curry - 9
Other = 15
Ward - 7
McAllister - 5
Clark - 3
Total = 200