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The Day After: A Victory Party At Wade’s World

The Day After: A Victory Party At Wade’s World

A day after VCU Men’s Basketball hosted a party at Wade’s World with Davidson, the Rams now have won six straight Atlantic 10 games. Out of all of VCU’s recent success, this victory was impressive considering the Wildcats had the Rams on the ropes but the Black & Gold prevailed.

(GAME RECAP: VCU Wins Sixth Straight Game At Wade’s World vs. Davidson)

Paint Was A Tad Dry

Davidson was a force to reckon with out of the gates. Kicking the party off with an 11-5 scoring run, the Wildcats felt like they were back at Belk Arena in their own White Out game. Jack Gibbs was doing what he does and his support started cooking right after tip-off.

VCU surprisingly was having difficulty as the Rams tried to establish their paint presence. Davidson knew what the Rams had in store and did a good job putting chains on VCU at the glass. However, as the game continued, Davidson cooled off and the Rams made the most of the sudden chill of the Wildcats.

One of the Rams that took advantage was Justin Tillman. Once again the Fro impressed everyone with his elite rebounding as he collected 16 rebounds along with 13 points. That’s three consecutive double-double performances for Tillman against some rather good Atlantic 10 competition.

Mo Alie-Cox also appeared to back in his groove. Alie-Cox played for 28 minutes and collected 10 points, 5 rebounds and 3 #MoSaysNo aka blocks. Mo & Fro are evolving into one rambunctious combo at the rim; Ram fans are loving what these two are cooking up as well as Hamdy producing well from the bench.

Even with all of this, Davidson was able to outscore the Rams 32-26 inside the paint. VCU did win the war on the glass outrebounding the Wildcats 44-36. There was a battle at the rim that if the game ended early then Davidson would have claimed victory. Yet after 40 minutes of play, VCU just edged the Wildcats. It doesn’t matter how you start, it’s about how you finish.

Alpha Lewis

With Jack Gibbs in town, JeQuan Lewis knew he had to step up for VCU in a big way on Saturday. The senior guard out of Dickson, Tennessee had a shaky introduction but had a massive impact on the game as a whole.

Lewis ended up with 27 points, 3 assists and 4 turnovers versus Davidson. He did seem to have nerves running high with his first couple of turnovers but as the game got going so did JeQuan. This VCU team feeds off each other’s momentum but it’s addictive to watch how this team goes berserk when their leader is playing well.

Whether it was a bounce pass inside the paint or a roof shattering 3 Ball in Jack Gibbs’ face, JeQuan Lewis came to play. During the six-game stretch, Lewis has shown moments of brilliance and had some head-scratchers. No matter how the game goes, it always comes down to Lewis and he is delivering on all cylinders.

A-10 Business Is Booming

Back in late January before the La Salle game, I believed that this 6 A-10 game run would make or break VCU’s conference hopes. The minimum was set between 3-3 and 4-2 because the Rams were facing the best of what the Atlantic 10 had to offer on the nightly basis.

Happily, and surprisingly, VCU came out of that stretch unscathed with 6 straight conference wins and sit on the A-10 throne at 10-2 currently. Yes, Dayton is also 10-2 but the Rams own the tiebreaker with that 73-68 victory back on January 27th.

After that hellacious run of A-10 games, VCU still has a massive run of games towards the A-10 finish line. Next up is Saint Joseph’s who is having a down year in A-10 play but still can win basketball games. Following that you got Round 2 of the Capital City Classic at Richmond and also have road games at Rhode Island and Dayton on the calendar.

VCU is exactly where the Rams want to be at this moment. They’re atop of the A-10 throne with not only a chance to lock up a Top 4 finish with 6 games remaining, there’s still a chance to win the Atlantic 10 regular season championship outright.

Party On VCU, Party On.

All is good on Broad Street at the moment. Davidson did put Ram fans in a scare inside of a great atmosphere known as that Animal. VCU weathered the storm and got the job done; which is something that the Rams have consistently done for weeks now.

Everyone on this team is excited but still has that business-like mentality. Yes, winning 6 straight games is great but VCU is gunning for 7. Then 8. Then 9. And so on and so on. VCU is at the top of the food chain and still hungry for more.

VCU is 20-5 overall, 10-2 in an Atlantic 10 Play and just achieved their 11th consecutive season with 20 wins. The season is far from over but for now, let’s just celebrate.

Celebrate Good Times. Go Rams!

Breakaway Takeaways

Can’t Stop The Fro: Justin Tillman is on an Atlantic 10 tear with three consecutive double-double performances in the last 3 contests. Another staggering stat from Tillman is that this was the 11th straight game where the Fro has scored in double-figures. Pray for these rims.

Almost JLew: JeQuan Lewis was just 2 points shy of tying his career high of 29 points. That career high was set during his Junior year at Richmond where Lewis went 9-of-14 from the field. Maybe a repeat performance later this week? VCU sure hopes so.

An Early B-Day Gift: Malik Crowfield played 22 minutes and had 5 points along with 2 key steals vs. Davidson. A big win vs. Davidson just hours before your birthday is a great way to kick-off the celebration!

Peyton! Tillman! Omaha!: Peyton Aldridge was VCU’s main focus as Coach Wade continuing switching defenders on him all game long. From Tillman to Mo to Burgess, there was a defensive audible every time Aldridge had the ball. HAVOC held Aldridge to his second season-low of 6 points.

One Time Only: In that entire 40 minutes of Atlantic 10 basketball, the score was tied only once for 56 seconds. The lead also switched sides only 3 times. Good college basketball on a Saturday Night.

Ram Reminder: VCU Men’s Basketball returns to the court on Valentine’s Day at the Siegel Center versus Saint Joseph’s. Tip-Off slated for a 6 PM start on Tuesday, February 14th on CBS Sports Network.

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