The VCU Rams 2022-23 Season Thread

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6 seasons in there should be a well adjusted core group of veterans on the team that don’t get troubled trying to run an offense that has been in place since they started with the team, and should be ready to compete day one. Especially with the level of recruit we’ve seen.
There are only six guys who see the court and have experience in this system. Four are sophomores (Watkins, Kern, DeLoach and Nunn) and two are juniors (Ace and Banks). Take away Ace and you're down to five; Watkins has now played 5 games in 18 months and is still shaking off the rust, which is to be expected.
 

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There are only six guys who see the court and have experience in this system. Four are sophomores (Watkins, Kern, DeLoach and Nunn) and two are juniors (Ace and Banks). Take away Ace and you're down to five; Watkins has now played 5 games in 18 months and is still shaking off the rust, which is to be expected.
That’s the exact point I’m making. 6 years in of roster management we should have a stronger core that can make our offense run and not be prone to hero ball or consistent turnover mistakes. The transfer rules certainly changed the calculus, but if we are going to get the result we’re getting (and have been getting) it isn’t going to cut it.
 

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That’s the exact point I’m making. 6 years in of roster management we should have a stronger core that can make our offense run and not be prone to hero ball or consistent turnover mistakes. The transfer rules certainly changed the calculus, but if we are going to get the result we’re getting (and have been getting) it isn’t going to cut it.
Understood, but some of the problem is that we've been blessed with a couple of players who were drafted. Vince could have come back this season for a 5th year, had he wanted for his Covid year, and Ace could be a 4th year senior this season. Can you just imagine what last year and this year could have been like for VCU if both played with a healthy Ace on the same team? Doesn't matter because they were good enough to be drafted.
 

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Understood, but some of the problem is that we've been blessed with a couple of players who were drafted. Vince could have come back this season for a 5th year, had he wanted for his Covid year, and Ace could be a 4th year senior this season. Can you just imagine what last year and this year could have been like for VCU if both played with a healthy Ace on the same team? Doesn't matter because they were good enough to be drafted.
I’m glad they found success and got drafted. It sucks that Ace (and others) have been injured, but the program isn’t successful because we almost made it despite any number of things we pull out of a hat as far as what held us back. Winning in March matters and we haven’t don’t that. We don’t sit in a strong enough conference where our OOC is defined by a Pitt win and going 14-4 in conference gets us to the NCAAs. We have to have a team ready to win in the OOC schedule against top teams.
 

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I mean, most mid-majors live on the bubble. Over the last 10 years or so we've had a few years where we didn't have to worry at the end of the season, but most of them we had at least a little bit of doubt.
Charleston is doing a good job of not being on the bubble, they’re 6-1, with their only loss being to #1 UNC in a very competitive game.


Their schedule is about how I would ideally like our schedule, except for the one non-D1 they play next month.
 

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That’s the exact point I’m making. 6 years in of roster management we should have a stronger core that can make our offense run and not be prone to hero ball or consistent turnover mistakes. The transfer rules certainly changed the calculus, but if we are going to get the result we’re getting (and have been getting) it isn’t going to cut it.
Core veterans really aren't a thing in college basketball anymore.
 

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Core veterans really aren't a thing in college basketball anymore.
UNC has 4 starters returning from last year’s team including a fifth year senior, a fourth year senior, and 2 juniors. And the fifth starter is a fifth year senior transfer. Those five had a total of 476 games played coming into the season (up to 496 after 5 games this year). It’s not the norm, but it does happen.
 
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