March 9, 2015
February 27, 2015
It’s Feb. 27, and the Atlantic 10 Conference regular season title is, to say the least, undecided with three games remaining:
For the time being, we’ll ignore the unlikely event that UMass or Richmond, both 9-6, find an avenue to the top seed. Quite a conundrum we have here, eh? In the event of a two-way tie, the tiebreaker is simply head-to-head. After that, it gets…complicated. Per the A-10 (click to enlarge):
Let’s take a quick look at each of the four teams’ remaining schedules (results listed are Ken Pomeroy’s predictions).
The good news for VCU is that it still controls its own destiny at this point. The Rams own a head-to-head tiebreaker versus Rhode Island and can lock up the league title with wins against Dayton and Davidson (easier said than done). Combined A-10 record of remaining opponents: 25-20.
While Dayton does not control its own destiny – the Flyers lost at Davidson – they can prevent both VCU and Rhode Island from winning the league, then hope Davidson stumbles down the stretch. Combined A-10 record of remaining opponents: 29-16.
Davidson, a preseason afterthought in the league race, may be in the most advantageous position of the four contenders. The Wildcats two toughest games on paper are both at home, where they are 12-1 this year. The Wildcats also own wins over both Dayton and Rhode Island. The Wildcats did lose to VCU on Jan. 7. Combined A-10 record of remaining opponents: 24-21.
Rhode Island likely has the most to lose from missing out on the regular season title and also may have the most uphill battle. The remaining schedule is tough, but negotiable, but the Rams have already lost to both VCU and Davidson and still have to play at Dayton, where the Flyers are unbeaten this season. Combined record of remaining A-10 opponents: 24-21.
At this stage VCU and Dayton (most likely) are in the NCAA Tournament, while Davidson has played itself onto the bubble. Rhode Island, however, really needs a strong finish to get into the bubble conversation.
Buckle up. It should be fun.
January 8, 2015
October 21, 2014
New VCU Women’s Basketball Coach Beth O’Boyle jumped into the fray Tuesday when she took part in the Atlantic 10 Conference’s annual media day. The Rams, picked 10th in the league following an NIT bid, will look to offset the loss of All-League performer Robyn Parks, who graduated and is playing professionally in Spain. Sophomore point guard Keira Robinson, who set a VCU freshman record for assists last season, was named to the A-10’s Preseason Third Team.
October 16, 2014
Videographer Mike Voyack followed Shaka Smart around at Atlantic 10 Media Day in Brooklyn this week. He offers this behind the scenes report.
Also, Shaka Smart’s knowledge of the 1986 World Series Champion New York Mets is pretty impressive.
May 8, 2014
Here are VCU Men’s Basketball’s Atlantic 10 pairings for the 2014-15 season. The Rams will play home-and-home series with Davidson, George Mason, George Washington, Saint Louis and Richmond. I love that the league appears to have taken geography into account. VCU already enjoys a fantastic rivalry with Richmond, while the Rams also have strong recent history with Saint Louis and (as of last year) George Washington, and George Mason. Given Davidson’s history and location, VCU could have another budding rivalry on its hands there as well.
You will notice the league has officially shifted from a 16-game conference slate to an 18-game schedule. Given the 14-team makeup of the league, it was probably inevitable.
Fans should really enjoy (at least) the names coming to the Siegel Center in 2015. On paper, the Rams will have a really strong A-10 home schedule, not that VCU was having trouble moving tickets.
For league-wide pairings for next season, click here.
January 10, 2014
FROM THE TELLY
FROM THE MEDIA ROOM
October 22, 2013
Although I felt very comfortable with my picks 1-4, spots 5-9 (and possibly 5-13) are sort of shrug picks. As in, I think this team will finish here, but *shrug*, who really knows? There’s a ton of depth in the A-10 this season, and it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see teams like George Mason, Richmond or Rhode Island (to name just a few) shock some folks. I think three NCAA bids is a reasonable goal for the A-10 this year, but five is certainly attainable.
2012-13 Record: 27-9 (12-4 A-10)
Comments: Although there are still questions about who will replace point guard Darius Theus, this is Shaka Smart’s deepest, most talented group in five seasons at VCU. The Rams will likely open the season ranked in the top 25 (already No. 15 in the Coaches Poll) behind potential NBA draft pick Juvonte Reddic and 2012-13 breakout star Treveon Graham. Human cannonball Briante Weber spearheads the Rams’ chaos-inducing Havoc defense that has led the country in turnover percentage two straight seasons.
And, should I bring up guys like Rob Brandenberg (a rock), Melvin Johnson (a sizzle video waiting to happen), the addition of ACC-quality big man Terrance Shannon (impressed at Black & Gold Game) or the Rams’ influx of a talent-rich freshman class. VCU fans are pretty amped about the coming season, and deservedly so.
Although the Rams have been a nearly-consensus media pick to win the A-10, and were ranked 15th nationally in the USA Today Coaches Preseason Poll, it doesn’t appear that VCU will shy away from the high expectations.
“We’ve always had high expectations for ourselves within our program,” says VCU Coach Shaka Smart. “We want to be at a place where there are high expectations for us. That’s the way VCU is.”
2012-13 Record: 28-7 (13-3)
Comments: Jim Crews masterfully directed Saint Louis in 2012-13 following the death of coach Rick Majerus, and he’s got the horses to do it again this year. Bruising forward Dwayne Evans (14.0 ppg, 7.7) along with guards Mike McCall Jr. (9.3 ppg) and Jordair Jett (9.0 ppg, 3.2 apg) offer a balanced offensive attack to compliment the Billikens’ stingy defensive-minded approach.
October 9, 2013
The Atlantic 10 Conference held its annual media day Tuesday at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. As we all know, media day is all about getting hard-hitting stories and really getting to the heart and soul of college basketball. Observe:
See? Your understanding of Shaka Smart, the man, has grown exponentially through that video. You’re welcome. There were plenty of other rumblings from Barclays. He’s some of the best stuff.
— Atlantic10Conference (@atlantic10) October 8, 2013
VCU fans will no doubt enjoy this interview. Here, Shaka Smart says he wants to “spread the word” about VCU.
But there’s more…
July 1, 2013
Baseball, Men's Basketball, Men's Soccer, Women's Basketball 2013 World University Games, Atlantic 10 Conference, Columbus Crew, Dominic Oduro, Eric Maynor, Ian Thomas, Mississippi Braves, MLS, NBA, Portland Trailblazers, Quanitra Hollingsworth, Sean Marshall, Shaka Smart, Sherman Hamilton, Treveon Graham, Washington Wizards Leave a comment
In case you missed it, Treveon Graham is going to be playing for the United States at the World University Games July 7-16 in Kazan, Russia. Only 12 players in the country can say that. It’s a big deal. The last Ram wear USA Basketball red, white and blue was Eric Maynor, who did so in 2007 at the Pan Am Games, after “The Dagger” and before his junior season. Graham will be the youngest player on this year’s squad.
Meanwhile, VCU Coach Shaka Smart has been serving as an assistant for the USA Basketball U19 squad in Prague.
Shaka Smart and the Team USA U-19 squad romped over Russia 115-47 today in Prague. The U.S. moves to 3-0. #USABasketball
— District Baller (@DistrictBaller) June 29, 2013
More on that HERE.
The NBA free agency period began Monday at midnight. It sounds like Eric Maynor will be looking for a new team.
— Around The Horns (@VCUHorns) July 1, 2013
But don’t worry, he should have suitors.
— Around The Horns (@VCUHorns) July 1, 2013
Edit, more Maynor:
— Mike Harris (@WashTimesMike) July 1, 2013