You are correct. He said something along the lines of he "was holding the team back."
My observation was that he went what I would call soft. He knew he was going to go to the NBA and stayed away from the physical stuff, avoiding contact. I get it. Why risk getting an injury and ruin an opportunity? Made sense for him personally, but when you're a mid-major making a F4 run, you need all hands on deck giving 100%, not somebody protecting their NBA body/career.
Larry Sanders would not have been good for team chemistry on that 2010-11 team. He was not the "team player' poster child his junior season before he left the program. He, by far, lead the team in fouls his last season at VCU, including a few technicals. There were also some off the court issues that year.
Just imagine if we had won the CAA tournament instead of losing in overtime to odu. Maybe that bumps us up a couple of seed lines and we end up as a nine-seed playing Butler in the first round. Maybe we lose a close game to a last second tip in and the whole run never happens. I wouldn't change anything about that season.
I'll take the bait- Yes but only under this scenario - No Larry until we get to Houston and then Larry off the bench. Chemistry that went through quite a journey that year but peaked at the right time would not have been the same with Larry during the year.
I don't think so. He would have thrown team chemistry off, and we would likely have tried running our entire offense through him like we did in 2009-10, instead of the 4-out scheme that gave defenses fits in the Tournament.
Bonus: I'm not sure, but Obi Toppin vs. Jamie Skeen would have been a very interesting matchup.