This year's OOC schedule

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LSU, Emerald Coast Classic, Charleston and Wichita on the road. The OOC schedule is tough.
Yep. Starting with the Thanksgiving tournament the OOC opponent quality goes on a decided uptick (not counting LSU, of course).
 

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Not sure why posters want to put LSU on a pedestal. Yes, they were ranked 23rd, but not anymore. It's not like VCU knocked off some blue blood P5 school. LSU could easily tank in the SEC this year and VCU's 2 point win at home could only look ok. Two games against Dayton could be just as critical to VCU's at-large chances. The same could be said about true road games @Charleston and @Wichita State. What VCU really needs is two quality wins next week in Florida to show the rest of the basketball world that we belong in the Top 25.

And for the record, at this point in the season, VCU is not playing for an at-large bid. The A-10 season hasn't even begun. At this point, it's a "take no prisoners" approach to each and every game. This team is talented and deep. Conjuring up back door scenarios to get into the NCAA's is not an option at this point.
The last thing I'm worried about is getting an at-large bid this year. We have the chance to be a very high seed in March, so yes I'm focused on what our opponents do.
 

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I think they'll end up 20-40. So I'm definitely hanging on a knife's edge when they play because a NET of 30 is the upper limit for a Q1 win. Those chances will be quite rare.
Just to clarify, 30 is the upper limit for a Quad 1 win AT HOME. On a neutral court, the upper limit is 50; on the road, it is 75. Wichita State has a legit chance to be a Q1 game, too. Charleston is probably a Q2 at best.
 

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Not sure why posters want to put LSU on a pedestal. Yes, they were ranked 23rd, but not anymore. It's not like VCU knocked off some blue blood P5 school. LSU could easily tank in the SEC this year and VCU's 2 point win at home could only look ok. Two games against Dayton could be just as critical to VCU's at-large chances. The same could be said about true road games @Charleston and @Wichita State. What VCU really needs is two quality wins next week in Florida to show the rest of the basketball world that we belong in the Top 25.

And for the record, at this point in the season, VCU is not playing for an at-large bid. The A-10 season hasn't even begun. At this point, it's a "take no prisoners" approach to each and every game. This team is talented and deep. Conjuring up back door scenarios to get into the NCAA's is not an option at this point.
What the heck are you talking about? We are absolutely in the process of building an at-large resume - from Game 1 thru Selection Sunday. Odds are that we will not win the A-10 tourney and get the A-10 auto bid. Our path to the dance will probably be via an at-large.

As such, the LSU win is a huge resume building block, just like the Temple, Texas, and Dayton games were last yr. If we dance this year, we’ll almost certainly look back at the LSU game as the catalyst. It will hopefully be one of several “marquee” wins on the at-large resume.
 
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Just to clarify, 30 is the upper limit for a Quad 1 win AT HOME. On a neutral court, the upper limit is 50; on the road, it is 75. Wichita State has a legit chance to be a Q1 game, too. Charleston is probably a Q2 at best.
Yes, that was implied
 

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Yep. Starting with the Thanksgiving tournament the OOC opponent quality goes on a decided uptick (not counting LSU, of course).
We have a very challenging 6-game stretch coming up with Purdue, FSU/Tenn, ODU, Miss St, Charleston, and Wichita St, four of which are away from Siegel. I’d be very happy with 4-2 during that stretch.
 
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And for the record, at this point in the season, VCU is not playing for an at-large bid. The A-10 season hasn't even begun. At this point, it's a "take no prisoners" approach to each and every game. This team is talented and deep. Conjuring up back door scenarios to get into the NCAA's is not an option at this point.
I disagree. Even with the A10 looking stronger this season than last, this is the time of year to build that at-large resume. We're not likely to play a team in the A10 that's as strong as LSU, Tennessee, or Purdue. If you win some or all of those, you've set yourself up very well and can then try to improve your seeding during the conference regular season and later in the conference tournament. This is the life of a team in a mid-major conference. There aren't many (or any) opportunities during the conference schedule to pick up a Quad 1 win. And, as has been mentioned before, the top seed in the A10 rarely wins the conference tournament to get the auto-bid. The league makes sure of that. ;)