Ha, I am sorry, but in my opinion you're not correct in anything you say.Tonight was not only potentially the beginning of the end of VCU's at-large chances this season, but it could even be the beginning of the end of an entire era of success and dominance at VCU that has been built up for literally more than a decade, if everyone doesn't come to their senses very quickly. VCU now has five losses this season, and they have been against the five best teams we've faced. In other words, this is not a fluke but rather the reality and byproduct of having a legitimately subpar, or even poor and lackluster, team, if the standard is to be in a position to earn an at-large bid in the NCAA Tournament, which was starting to become the standard at VCU. Very hard to deny this after tonight. The team is simply broken. Offense is an absolute travesty, and there legitimately may be some DII or DIII teams that could beat us on the right day. Bones Hyland needs to start for Marcus Evans immediately. Marcus is a warrior for fighting through so many tough injuries, but his body is just not there to compete at a high D1 level anymore. He's an absolute turnover machine. Machine! Santos Silva is the only consistently great, or even good, player for VCU night and night out. Vann has totally forgotten how to play basketball. Vince Williams alternates between shooting smooth swishes and horrific bricks every game. Rhoades is showing very little emotion even as we get our tail kicked. Somehow, nearly a decade after the Final Four team and then, after that, Briante Weber, we seem to have completely regressed in terms of passion and intensity on the court. If VCU doesn't land an at-large berth and doesn't win the A-10 Tournament, VCU will have missed the Big Dance 2 of 3 years under Rhoades. Haven't been back to the Sweet 16 since 2011 Final Four run. Meanwhile, Butler is the No. 6 team in the country. Scary, scary times folks.
So looking back at last night's game & what I had hoped to see....Tonight I want to see some confidence out of our players. I wanna see them come out ticked off..... but I also wanna see them be smart & I wanna see them actually try to run actual plays to get our guys open.
Run plays to get Silva open down low... when he gets the pass down low.... if he's doubled... kick it out to the open shooter.
I wanna see our players attacking the rim in a SMART WAY.... not running into a crowded paint trying to draw fouls that will never get called, but instead setting screens & opening lanes for other players.
Play unselfish basketball. If someone gets a hot hand early.... keep feeding them until Dayton shuts them down, then go to the next hot hand. I don't care if it means Silva goes for 40+ points all on layups/dunks.
I wanna see ME come close to (or acutally get) a double double tonight.... 10+ pts (which is certainly doable)… AND close to 10 assists
I also wanna see IV attack the rim strong early & often.... if he does that, one of two things will happen.... he will make the layups/dunks.... or he will get the foul called & go to the line, where he remains strong.... despite his shooting woes elsewhere. Either way, it will get his confidence going & will help him snap out of this offensive funk he is in. I don't know why, but I think tonight will be a coming out party for IV. Just call it a gut instinct, hope I'm right.
I don't know what Toppin's status is.... but regardless, he surely can not be 100%, we need to take advantage of that, whether he plays or not.
I'd wholeheartedly agree about the first half. I was believing they could pull off a win if they could hang around.Then after those 2 missed 3's early in the 2nd half by Vann.... the wheels just fell off for the entire team as Dayton just steam rolled us for a good 6 minutes and that was pretty much the killer for us.... despite DJ & Silva trying to do w/e they could to bring us back.
My question is... Bones had a hot hand in the first half... why did we stop going to him in the 2nd half? He played 11 minutes in 2nd half.... and only took 2 shots? Also same question for Vann? Why did he only take those 2 shots in the 2nd half?