On March 9, Syracuse shot 32 percent and scored exactly 39 points in a 12-point loss to Georgetown. On March 16, Syracuse was pounded by Louisville 78-61. On March 2, Wichita State let Creighton shoot 70 percent – that’s SEVEN, ZERO – in a double digit loss. What do Syracuse and Wichita State have in common? They both went to the Final Four last year. And, do I even need to bring up those back-to-back blowouts VCU absorbed against George Mason and Old Dominion in 2011 before blowtorching to the Final Four?
So let’s move on from Thursday’s tough loss to Florida State. We needn’t speak of it again. It is what it is. There are more than FOUR MONTHS left in the season. The only thing that really happened last night is that, for the 44th straight year, the Rams will not go undefeated.
Moving on. Long Beach State lies in front of the Rams Friday. The 49ers are a program with a rich history. I don’t think the Rams will have any trouble getting up for this one.
These two schools have met exactly once in their histories. On Jan. 23, 1993, a Seth Greenberg-coached Long Beach team came to the Richmond Coliseum riding high in a 13-2 start, and promptly had its doors blown off. Kendrick Warren, VCU’s Lord of the Dunk, scored a game-high 27 points, and the Rams shot 53 percent to win going away. They 49ers did recover, however, and won the Big West Tournament and reached the NCAA First Round.