TROY DANIELS IS A TRIPLE THREAT

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Troy Daniels ranks seventh nationally in 3-pointers per game (3.67) this season.

Troy Daniels ranks seventh nationally in 3-pointers per game (3.67) this season.

Shaka Smart once joked that he had given Troy Daniels a “neon green” light to fire away from beyond the 3-point arc. Smart’s confidence in his sharpshooter has paid off, and now Daniels has VCU opponents seeing red.

Daniels, a senior from Roanoke, has taken his neon-green endorsement to heart this season, knocking down 3-pointers at an arresting, not to mention historic, rate. Through VCU’s first 21 games, Daniels ranks fifth nationally with 77 three-pointers (77-of-188), and seventh in treys per game (3.7). If you thought Daniels couldn’t top his performance from last season, when he set a school record with 94 threes, boy, were you off the mark.

On Jan. 2, during a 109-58 rout of East Tennessee State, Daniels connected on a staggering 11-of-20 from beyond the arc and finished with a career-high 33 points. With each successful shot, Daniels’ confidence seemed to grow. By the end of the game, Daniels was taking, and hitting, 3-pointers from nearly 30 feet.

Daniels was just five days removed from a Dec. 29 contest against Fairleigh Dickinson, when he set a school record with nine 3-pointers. Prior to this season, a VCU player had knocked down eight 3-pointers in a game once ever. Daniels has done so three times already this season.

During one six-game stretch this season, Daniels buried 41-of-80 (.513) from 3-point range. Daniels rate of 3.67 triples per game this season is on pace to break Kenny Harris’ VCU mark of 3.33, set in 1993-94.

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FLASHBACK: KENNY HARRIS RALLIES VCU PAST SOUTH FLORIDA

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South Florida may not register much with younger VCU fans, but in the early 90’s, the Rams and Bulls were Metro Conference rivals. On Feb. 20, 1993, that series produced the greatest comeback in school history.

VCU trailed by 26 points with 10 minutes remaining when junior guard Kenny Harris, a Petersburg native and University of North Carolina transfer, went off. Harris pumped in 26 points in the remainder of regulation and overtime to spur the Rams to a 95-91 victory in overtime.Even viewed through today’s lens, that win is one of the greatest and VCU history.

 

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