Recap: Davidson goes arthroscopic on VCU, obliterates HAVOC!
Davidson scored early, often, and gracefully in an 82-55 beatdown of Virginia Commonwealth University Thursday night in Davidson, North Carolina.
Sophomore guard Doug Brooks started for Melvin Johnson, who had started every game this season, but the change did little to slow Davidson’s crisp attack. There is no nice way to put it: the Wildcats carved up VCU’s confused, flat, and ineffective defense.
Davidson started 5-of-5 from the floor and jumped out to a 19-6 lead before never relinquishing a double-digit margin. On play after play, VCU left Davidson’s 3-point shooters open. The sharpshooting rattled VCU and then the Wildcats started abusing the Rams on back-door cuts. The Wildcats’ offense was surgical. It was an arthroscopic performance.
On the offensive end, VCU struggled mightily against a team that simply isn’t a defensive force. The Rams tallied 16 turnovers, couldn’t buy buckets, and failed to find opportunities in transition. One reason Coach Smart gets paid so much is because he will have to watch this game over and over and over again on film.
Barring Richmond losing to Saint Louis in the Robins Center on Saturday, VCU will finish fifth in the Atlantic 10. After starting 7-0 in conference play, the Rams will likely fall short of the double-bye in Brooklyn which means they will have to play on Thursday while Dayton, Davidson, Rhode Island, and Richmond watch from the stands in street clothes.
Senior Tyler Kalinoski finished with 22 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, and 2 steals. Jack Gibbs added 15 points, 9 assists, 6 rebounds, and 4 steals. Jordan Barham tallied 13 points and 14 rebounds.
Terry Larrier led VCU with 12 points (4-5 2PFG, 0-5 3PFG). Mo Alie-Cox finished with 9 points, 7 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block. Treveon Graham finished with 4 points (2-4 2PFG, 0-3 3PFG) and 5 rebounds.
- Coach Smart has coached 215 games at VCU. This is the first time he’s lost three consecutive games.
- Davidson finished 11-of-26 (.423) from 3-point range.
- The last time Treveon Graham played a full game and scored 4 points was in VCU’s 77-53 loss to Villanova on November 24th.
- VCU finished 21-of-53 (.396) from 2-point range, 1-of-15 (.067) from 3-point range, and 12-of-25 (.480) from the free-throw line.
- Davidson tallied 20 assists on 29 field goals.
No rest for the weary. VCU returns home for senior night against George Mason on Saturday, March 7th at 5:30 PM. The game will be broadcast on NBC Sports Network.
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Aaron- you hit the nail on the head in the preview with expectations. VCU fans expect far too much, and so they get extremely frustrated. Fact is, you played a good team on the road, your starting PG is gone, and your offense is broken for the time being. You’re still a tournament team, probably trending toward a 9/10 seed, but that’s still great. Time will tell whether Smart can be super successful with players that are 100% his own, or maybe his ceiling is the sweet 16 (which is still great). People who expect 2011 to happen over and over will kill themselves over this team, it just won’t happen again, unless some major changes are made to the offensive side of the ball.
Maybe Coach Smart and VT Coach Beamer can get together for beer and pizza to watch this tape and the tape of the Wake Forest game. Seriously, thank you for the insights. Good work. Go Rams!
I think Smart can build the program to the point where moving beyond the Sweet 16 is a possibility. The roster management has been a little tricky. Each season VCU is capable of signing more talented recruits than the season before. Since they over-sign by one scholarship, the staff has gone with talent over experience the past few years.
The Rams have tons of talent this season, but the team is so young. Meanwhile, Reco McCarter, Justin Tuoyo, Teddy Okereafor, and Jairus Lyles are leaders for mid major teams around the country. I’m not saying those guys were perfect, but at some point, VCU is going to want to have a team with more than four upperclassmen. Just a thought no one seems to be mentioning.