Losing stinks. Losing to Richmond or Old Dominion stinks more. However, one game does not a season make. Never has, never will. I always get a kick out of people who hit the panic button after one loss (to a good team, no less). Additionally, it’s nearly impossible to extrapolate an accurate outcome from a small sample, such as one game in a 30-plus game season.
- Oakland won on the road at No. 7 Tennessee last night. Does that mean Oakland would win the SEC? Of course not.
- Drexel beat No. 21 Louisville on the road last night (nice job, by the way), does that mean Drexel is going to roll the CAA this year? Possible, but I doubt it.
- Delaware beat Old Dominion a couple of weeks ago. Delaware also lost to Cornell and Ohio.
The point is that, on any given night (cliche alert!), anybody can win. You have to show up. I’ll tell you what, 6-3 still feels pretty darn good.To give you an idea about what one loss means, heres a look a some of the Rams’ losses over the last few years.
- 2009-10: Nov. 18, 2009: at Western Michigan, 83-67. Western Michigan finished with a 17-15 record and an RPI of 150; Jan. 6, 2010 at Drexel, 75-72. Drexel finished 16-16 last year with an RPI of 146; Feb. 13, 2010 at James Madison, 76-71. Final RPI for JMU, 241.
- 2008-09 (A couple of real doozies here): Nov. 25, 2008 at East Carolina, 93-90 in overtime. ECU was so good this year that Mack McCarthy stepped down after the season. ECU finished 10-17 with an RPI of 223; Jan. 3, 2009: at Delaware, 81-79. Hens finished 13-19 with a 225 RPI; Feb. 4, 2009: at UNC Wilmington, 81-72. Probably the worst of the bunch. The Dub ended the year with a 7-25 mark and a 277 RPI. Also the worst road trip of my life.
- 2007-08: Nov. 29, 2007: at Hampton, 64-55. Final record, 18-12. Final RPI, 151; Jan. 2, 2008: at James Madison, 62-61. This was the famous buzzer-beater, followed by JMU Coach Dean Keener grabbing the public address mic and shouting something mostly unintelligible. JMU was 13-17 and had an RPI of 218 that season. Keener also got the boot; March 9, 2008: vs. William & Mary, 56-54 (CAA Semifinals). The Tribe that season? Just 15-16 with an RPI of 160.
The moral of this wall of text? Well, in the last three seasons, VCU has lost five games to teams that finished with an RPI of 200 or worse. You know what it meant in the end? Mostly nothing. The Rams won two CAA regular season crowns, one CAA Tournament title and the CBI.
In 2008-09 alone, the best of the last three seasons, VCU dropped stinkers at East Carolina, Delaware and UNC Wilmington, three schools that finished a combined 31 games under .500. The Rams won the CAA Championship that year and came within a point of beating UCLA in the NCAA Tournament.
- Charron Dominates Men’s Indoor Title Match (Richmond Times-Dispatch).
- Uvarova Wins Third Consecutive State Indoor Title (Richmond Times-Dispatch).
- Men’s Basketball Notebook (VCUAthletics.com).
- Incorporating Freshmen (College Chalk Talk). A special guest appearance by VCU Assistant Coach Will Wade.
- Gerald Colds, Drexel Shut Down 21st-ranked Louisville (ESPN.com). The Dragons shot 39 percent, turned the ball over 22 times and missed 13 of 25 free throws. The also outrebounded the Cardinals, 45-25.
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