The Official Beat the UMass Minutemen in Amherst Thread

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Big defense against Dayton, big offense against SLU, how about both against UMass? This will be a tough out though.




TV: CBS Sports Network, Tuesday February 20th at 7:00pm

Radio: 910 AM / 105.1 FM / VCU Athletics app

History: VCU is 9-3 all time against UMass.

Last Meeting: VCU defeated UMass 83-55 at the Siegel Center on January 17, 2023.
 
When I think of UMass of course the first thing that comes to mind is basketball hall of famer and former Virginia Squire Julius "Dr. J" Erving. The Doctor averaged 26.3 ppg and 20.2 rebounds during his two varsity seasons at UMass. After forgoing his senior season, Erving joined the Squires in the old ABA and made the All-Rookie team averaging 27.3 points and 15.7 rebounds finishing second to Artis Gilmore for the Rookie of the Year award. That season the Virginia Squires were truly a state team playing home games in Richmond, Hampton, Norfolk, and Roanoke.

Erving posted 21 points and 19 rebounds in his pro debut in a 118-114 victory over the Carolina Cougars. In his home debut in Richmond, Erving delivered 26 points, 16 rebounds in their 103-99 win over the Dallas Chaparrals. That Virginia Squires team also featured the 1971 ABA co-rookie of the year Charlie Scott, the first Black scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Once upon a time, UMass also had the NCAA national player of the year Marcus Camby who lead them to the Final Four under coach John Calipari in 1997. Unfortunately, their Final Four appearance was vacated by the NCAA because Camby had been found to have accepted $28,000 from two sports agents.

VCU’s first game against UMass was on Valentine’s day in 2013 at the Siegel Center. The Ram’s sent their love to the Minutemen with an 86-68 beat down which included a 21-1 run that blew the game wide open. VCU got a breakout night from freshman guard Melvin Johnson, who had 18 points.

It is also ironic that the soon to be ex-coach of our opponent tonight (Travis Ford) leveraged his three year stint at UMass to land his P6 gig at Oklahoma State.
 
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When I think of UMass of course the first thing that comes to mind is basketball hall of famer and former Virginia Squire Julius "Dr. J" Erving. The Doctor averaged 26.3 ppg and 20.2 rebounds during his two varsity seasons at UMass. After forgoing his senior season, Erving joined the Squires in the old ABA and made the All-Rookie team averaging 27.3 points and 15.7 rebounds finishing second to Artis Gilmore for the Rookie of the Year award. That season the Virginia Squires were truly a state team playing home games in Richmond, Hampton, Norfolk, and Roanoke.

Erving posted 21 points and 19 rebounds in his pro debut in a 118-114 victory over the Carolina Cougars. In his home debut in Richmond, Erving delivered 26 points, 16 rebounds in their 103-99 win over the Dallas Chaparrals. That Virginia Squires team also featured the 1971 ABA co-rookie of the year Charlie Scott, the first black scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Once upon a time, UMass also had the NCAA national player of the year Marcus Camby who lead them to the Final Four under coach John Calipari in 1997. Unfortunately, their Final Four appearance was vacated by the NCAA because Camby had been found to have accepted $28,000 from two sports agents.

VCU’s first game against UMass was on Valentine’s day in 2013 at the Siegel Center. The Ram’s sent their love to the Minutemen with an 86-68 beat down which included a 21-1 run that blew the game wide open. VCU got a breakout night from freshman guard Melvin Johnson, who had 18 points.

It is also ironic that the soon to be ex-coach of our opponent tonight (Travis Ford) leveraged his three year stint at UMass to land his P6 gig at Oklahoma State.

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When I think of UMass of course the first thing that comes to mind is basketball hall of famer and former Virginia Squire Julius "Dr. J" Erving. The Doctor averaged 26.3 ppg and 20.2 rebounds during his two varsity seasons at UMass. After forgoing his senior season, Erving joined the Squires in the old ABA and made the All-Rookie team averaging 27.3 points and 15.7 rebounds finishing second to Artis Gilmore for the Rookie of the Year award. That season the Virginia Squires were truly a state team playing home games in Richmond, Hampton, Norfolk, and Roanoke.

Erving posted 21 points and 19 rebounds in his pro debut in a 118-114 victory over the Carolina Cougars. In his home debut in Richmond, Erving delivered 26 points, 16 rebounds in their 103-99 win over the Dallas Chaparrals. That Virginia Squires team also featured the 1971 ABA co-rookie of the year Charlie Scott, the first black scholarship athlete at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.

Once upon a time, UMass also had the NCAA national player of the year Marcus Camby who lead them to the Final Four under coach John Calipari in 1997. Unfortunately, their Final Four appearance was vacated by the NCAA because Camby had been found to have accepted $28,000 from two sports agents.

VCU’s first game against UMass was on Valentine’s day in 2013 at the Siegel Center. The Ram’s sent their love to the Minutemen with an 86-68 beat down which included a 21-1 run that blew the game wide open. VCU got a breakout night from freshman guard Melvin Johnson, who had 18 points.

It is also ironic that the soon to be ex-coach of our opponent tonight (Travis Ford) leveraged his three year stint at UMass to land his P6 gig at Oklahoma State.
That 2013 game was a clear example of how havoc could wear teams down. If I recall correctly the first half was a tight game. And yes, I always think of Erving when I think of UMass. One of my fave cards in my collection is Julius Erving with the Squires.
 
VCU needs to come to the Stu ready to play tough. UMass lives and dies by banging the glass and getting 2nd chance points. They get to the line a bunch but don't shoot that well. Diggins I think his name is will hit the 3 especially if open. Big big game. Let's Go VCU!
 
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VCU needs to come to the Stu ready to play tough. UMass lives and dies bybanging the glass and getting 2nd chance points. They get to the line a bunch but don't shoot that well. Diggins I think his name is will hit the 3 especially if open. Big big game. Let's Go VCU!
If they come to the Stu, they'll forfeit, because it's an away game.
 
VCU needs to come to the Stu ready to play tough. UMass lives and dies bybanging the glass and getting 2nd chance points. They get to the line a bunch but don't shoot that well. Diggins I think his name is will hit the 3 especially if open. Big big game. Let's Go VCU!
You never can be sure who it will be, Davis was 3 of 21 in 2024, until he hit 3 of 4 against us.

They were 260th in ft %, but went 21 of 24 against us.

So this game two boxes of assorted chocolates.
 
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