I mentioned in my notes from the Wofford game how Shaka Smart and Bradford Burgess talked about getting Brad 12 or more shots a game. That conversation came prior to VCU’s contest with UAB. Well, in the three games since, Burgess has taken 14, 11 and 14 shots and averaged 14.3 points per game, including 26 at UAB and 24 tonight against New Hampshire.
“[Coach] has definitely been pressing me to get more aggressive in the offense,” Burgess said following the New Hampshire win. “I’m definitely trying to assert myself more, but it’s about the team, it’s not about me. I’m always trying to find the guys shots and get guys open looks and making the play. It’s great when coach tells you to shoot the ball. You don’t want him to tell you not to shoot the ball. It’s just something that can help me and can help our team.”
With all of the offensive options that VCU has available, it’s not uncommon for Burgess to defer sometimes. Smart sees Burgess as a match-up nightmare for opposing teams and wants to maximize his opportunities.
“Sometimes I do get that way, but I’m trying to change,” Burgess said. “I guess it’s something you’ll see me do more.”
VCU is 5-2 this season when Burgess attempts at least 10 field goals.
WE’RE GOING STREAKING!
VCU has won a Siegel Center record 17 straight at home. The school record for consecutive home wins is 25, set between 1969-72 at Franklin Street Gym. Here’s a look at the Rams’ current streak, which ranks in the top 10 nationally. VCU’s last loss at the Siegel Center was on Jan. 4, 2010, a 62-57 defeat at the hands of Northeastern. The Rams are 145-23 all-time on the corner of Broad and Harrison.
01/09/10: Delaware (77-64)
01/20/10: William & Mary (81-59)
01/27/10: Towson (112-53)
01/30/10: Georgia State (78-62)
02/06/10: Old Dominion (70-58)
02/16/10: Drexel (73-54)
02/20/10: Akron (70-53)
02/24/10: James Madison (76-62)
03/22/10: College of Charleston (93-86)
03/24/10: Boston (88-75)
03/29/10: Saint Louis (68-56)
11/12/10: UNC Greensboro (101-86)
12/04/10: William & Mary (59-55)
12/08/10: VMI (86-80)
12/18/10: Tulane (70-67)
12/29/10: Wofford (75-66)
12/30/10: New Hampshire (78-65)
William & Mary has dropped two games to VCU during the streak. The average margin of victory during the streak has been 14.1 points per game.
FUN WITH NUMBERS
Joey Rodriguez ripped four steals Thursday to move into third place on VCU’s career list with 197…Rodriguez handed out eight assists and did not commit a turnover against the Wildcats… VCU’s first 48 points came from Burgess, Brandon Rozzell and Jamie Skeen. That trio finished with 65 of the Rams’ 78 points… Burgess (24) and Rozzell (23) each topped 20 points in the game, the second time at least two Rams have done that this season. Rozzell, Rodriguez and Skeen all topped the 20-point barrier in VCU’s 101-86 win over UNC Greensboro earlier this season.