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The Docket: Week of 12/10/18

The Docket: Week of 12/10/18

Allo Hello Ram Fans! Hope the winter wonderland that made an impact in RVA has you in warm spirits or at least somewhere warm. This week on the Docket is small but packs a punch with a game each for VCU Men’s and Women’s Basketball. While the eggnog and hot chocolate are in the works, let’stake a look at the Docket for the week of December 10th, 2018. ❄️❄️

VCU Men’s Basketball: Got 1, Could Have Been 2, Looking For Another.

What a llloongggg week for the boys of VCU Men’s Basketball. The Rams had a stressful yet successful trip down to Austin, Texas to upset Shaka Smart and the Longhorns 54-53. A career-defining performance by Marcus Santos-Silva grabbing 16 rebounds and scoring 10 points pushed VCU over the hump for their first road win of the season.

Charlottesville was a less pleasant trip on the road excluding the snow. VCU had another good defensive performance against #4 Virginia holding the Cavaliers to 29.5% from the field and 27.8% from three. UVA took advantage from the free throw line going 26-of-30 to edge the Rams 57-49. After 10 games, VCU sits at 7-3 overall which is not a bad spot to be in by any stretch.

vs. College of Charleston (8-2)

On the Docket for the Rams is one of those trick ‘em up type of games versus College of Charleston at the Siegel Center. The Cougars are in good form at 8-2 overall and have won their last 5 games. College of Charleston is led by junior guard Grant Riller who is having a breakout season averaging 21.9 PPG. Senior forward Jarrell Brantley is running shop in the paint leading the Cougars with 7.7 RPG and scoring 19.6 PPG.

This is a good team that simply put…plays AS a team. Teamwork on offense and defense has College of Charleston look like an early threat for the CAA crown. The Cougars don’t have a consistent three-point threat but are capable of punishing teams from mid-range and up close at the rim. Turnovers are limited with a 10.3 turnover average and CoC loves turning opposing turnovers into buckets (15.1 Points off Turnovers).

HAVOC is alive and well as of late for the Black & Gold. We shall see if VCU can bounce back in the win column against College ofCharleston on Saturday afternoon. Hopefully, the snow and ice will be melted by then on Broad Street. 🏀

Saturday, December 15th:VCU vs. College of Charleston (4 PM, 📺: NBCSN)

VCU Women’s Basketball: A Rivalry Game For A Restart

Everything was looking up for VCU Women’s Basketball at Cincinnati until the 4th quarter. The Rams saw their 46-43 lead erased with a14-5 scoring run by the Bearcats. Cincinnati outscored VCU 23-8 in the final quarter to win the game 66-54 at the Fifth Third Arena.

Turnovers held the Rams back with 20 on the night against Cincinnati that turned into 16 points. Even with a good shooting night plus Taya Robinson and Tera Reed scoring 16 points each, VCU couldn’t close the deal. Now at 6-3 overall, VCU looks ahead to Sunday for a duel at Old Dominion.

At Old Dominion (6-2)

The Monarchs sit at 6-2 overall and are having a really good showing thus far. The Monarchs currently sit #23 in RPI while VCU dropped 15spots to #84. ODU’s offense is scoring at will at 74 points per contest and feeling really good after their 83-69 win over William & Mary last game out.

Standing out from this roster is freshman Ajah Wayne who is averaging a double-double after only 8 games (14.1 PPG & 10.1 RPG). Wayne can play at the guard or forward position and she is playing both roles at a very high level for the Monarchs. She is joined by sophomore guard Victoria Morris shooting 14.3 PPG and junior guard Taylor Edwards as the third Monarch in double-digit scoring (11.6 PPG).

One interesting note about those three Monarchs is that they play the most minutes. Which could play into VCU’s favor with the amount of depth the Rams have at their disposal. Turnovers will be a point of interest for the Rams to simmer down on for this contest. If the Rams can limit those, VCU has a legitimate shot of taking the road win at the Ted Center.

Last season was a dominant Black & Gold display over Old Dominion in the 68-39 waxing at the Siegel Center. Tera Reed was in sicko mode with 22 points on 7-of-9 shooting, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists. The defense played their part for the Rams holding ODU at 25% from the field on 14-of-56 shooting. VCU is hoping for similar results with a change of scenery come tip-off on Sunday. 🏀

Sunday, December 16th: VCU at Old Dominion (2 PM)

Andddddd…that’s the Docket for this week! A short yet jampacked one at that. Good luck to VCU over the weekend in the hopes of a pair of Ws across the board. For more information on these contests, hit up VCUSports.com and check out our Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! Seriously stay warm and pass the hot chocolate! #LetsGoVCU 🐏

Mark graduated from VCU in 2014 with a major in Criminal Justice and a minor in Psychology. He started as a fan of the Black & Gold in the stands his freshman year. Mark was known as "Kazie" for his charismatic fandom with the VCU's student organization the Rowdy Rams. While at VCU he gained experience in sports media with WVCW on a sports radio show called Rowdy Radio. Following graduation, Mark continued crafting his social media skills with the Richmond Kickers while also handling VCU coverage. He is a true fan of the Rams and vocally passionate on and off camera. After the final whistle, you can probably find him at local RVA bar or brewery enjoying a drink and conversation.

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