Allo Hello Ram Fans! It’s a New Week, Yes It Is! We have ourselves a fresh docket for the week of November 26th, 2018 that will help burn off some of those extra Thanksgiving calories. No guarantee though. What is a guarantee is that VCU Men’s and Women’s Basketball has some strong competition over the next 7 days. So what’s on The Docket this week? Let’s take a gander!
VCU Men’s Basketball: A Throwback of a Bounce Back
So…let’s skip the VCU/St. John’s phantom foul fiasco of a game because it’s a new week. No salt what’s so ever. The Rams returned to the Siegel Center versus Hofstra and held the Pride back 69-67 in overtime. A game of zone for VCU along with a cold offensive display was torched by De’Riante Jenkins knocking down 5 treys.
The Rams improved to 5-1 overall and are still in search of that killer instinct. Head Coach Mike Rhoades likes that his players hold everyone accountable but work still needs to be done to keep VCU firmly on the gas pedal. There have been flashes of that HAVOC of old mixed with a high-tempo of old. Can those flashes be turned into a 40-minute performance is the question.
Ram fans are hoping this week will be that week with a trip to Norfolk on the schedule. The 94th meeting of VCU vs. Old Dominion goes down at the Ted Constant Center. The Monarchs are 3-3 on the year and recently got revenge on UNI at home after losing to the Panthers in the U.S. Virgin Islands Paradise Jam. Ahmad Caver is having a breakout senior year for ODU averaging 19.2 PPG while B.J. Stith is second in scoring and the Monarchs leading rebounder with 50 (8.3 RPG).
VCU has won the last 3 contests in this rivalry and has not lost at the Ted since 2010. After the latest chapter of VCU vs. ODU has been written, VCU comes back to Siegel for some Saturday Night Basketball against Iona (2-3). 🏀
Wednesday, November 28th: VCU at Old Dominion (7 PM, 📺: MASN)
Saturday, December 1st: VCU vs. Iona (7 PM, 📺: MASN, ESPN+)
VCU Women’s Basketball: A Festive in Texas
In the UTSA Thanksgiving Classic, VCU Women’s Basketball went 1-of-2 against their competition. The Rams laid out Weber State 64-36 off of a 15-3 scoring performance in the 2nd quarter. Tera Reed was on her game against the Wildcats with 20 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists. The defense had Weber State on lockdown shooting 22% from the field and 14.8% from three.
IUPUI and VCU went back and forth in a close contest in San Antonio. The lead was traded constantly until the Jaguars iced the game in the favor from the free throw line. A 63-61 victory for IUPUI dropped the Rams to 4-2 overall.
Depth is a major key for VCU this season and Head Coach Beth O’Boyle is working with different combinations to keep the Rams on the rise. There is a mixture of talent on this squad and the biggest roadblocks thus far is a constant three-point shot and limiting turnovers. VCU can score from inside and averaging 37.5 rebounds per contest along with passing the rock.
On the docket for VCU Women’s Basketball is a home game then an away match-up. UNCW (4-1) soars into the Siegel Center looking for a fight against their former CAA rival. VCU then makes a trip to McDonough Arena in Washington D.C. to face Georgetown (4-3). 🏀
Wednesday, November 28th: VCU vs. UNCW (6 PM)
Sunday, December 2nd: VCU at Georgetown (2 PM)
And that will do for the Docket this week! Four games over the next 7 days for VCU and we’re hoping for victory after victory. Nothing wrong with being a little greedy. Cheer your Rams on and make sure you stay tuned to VCUSports.com for the latest info and Ram banter. Facebook Like, Twitter Follow, and give the Instagram some love. GO RAMS! #LetsGoVCU 🐏