RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — You wouldn’t know La Salle led the Atlantic 10 in scoring if you watched VCU’s game on Sunday night. The Rams owned the Explorers, as La Salle head coach John Giannini said after the 90-52 blowout, “the turning point was the opening jump ball.”
For a recap of the game, here’s the link to our story: VCU forces 16 turnovers, holds La Salle to 15 made FGs
- Won’t Stop, Can’t Stop: The VCU Rams not only fed the paint but attacked the inside of La Salle’s defense constantly, leading to a large margin of points in the paint between the two teams, 42-14 favoring VCU. It also meant better looks for them, explaining their 56% shooting from the floor. After the Rams two straight road losses, JeQuan Lewis said in the postgame press conference they wanted to start faster and attack more aggressively to set the tone. Which leads to my next takeaway.
- Game of Zones: Will Wade rotated his defensive zone schemes frequently in both the half-court and full-court to confuse La Salle and it worked. The Explorers shot 15% in the first half and only netted 16 points, considerably low when you factor that they averaged about 82 points per game in their previous five game win streak before Sunday. Not only that, the Rams aggression on defense led to 22 points off 16 La Salle turnovers. Head Coach Will Wade said after Sunday’s game that his team needs to be able to get set defensively to keep the engine running, so anytime they can force an inbound or finish a offensive possession the advantage swings into VCU’s favor.
VCU begins a four-game stretch lasting 10 days that starts Friday at home against Dayton. Wade’s World will be Thursday night for students as they camp out at the Siegel Center for the titanic A-10 battle to determine who will take over first place in the conference.