VCU’s streak of seven consecutive trips to the NCAA tournament puts the Rams in exclusive company. Only eight other programs in the country can say they’ve achieved the same, including blue bloods like Duke, Kansas, Michigan State and North Carolina.But, on Wednesday night, VCU’s hopes of making it eight straight NCAA tournament bids took another blow as the team fell to crosstown rival Richmond for the first time in almost three years.
In this week's VCU basketball reader mailbag, I look at this year's team vs. the 2009-10 team that also had a new coach in Shaka Smart. Plus, a question on VCU's use of the diamond press, and looking ahead to who out of the Atlantic 10 seems likely to get to go to the NCAA tournament. You can send me questions for the mailbag any time on Twitter @wayneeppsjr, or by email at email@example.com. Thanks to everyone who sent questions for this week's edition.
They haven't had a good season, but the Richmond Spiders showed up when it mattered Wednesday, rolling to a 67-52 rivalry victory over VCU.Richmond was 53.7 percent overall from the field, and 41.2 percent (7 of 17) from 3-point range. Freshman forward Grant Golden led the way with 17 points. Sophomore guard Nick Sherod added 14 points.
Mike Rhoades postgame: "We've had enough struggles on the defensive end of the court, and it just magnified today with our lack of production on offense." He said he thought some missed 3's early affected VCU on the defensive end.
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