Virginia Commonwealth established themselves as a head above the rest in the CAA on Monday night, beating up on the George Mason Patriots, 71-50. VCU ran through the CAA with a 14-4 conference record and can boast about being a legitimate tournament threat as long as Eric Maynor is the floor general for the Rams. Maynor made sure VCU never trailed in the game as he pitched in for 25 points.
The Rams leave George Mason looking to grab an at large bid, a long shot but that is what they were working with when they ran all the way to the Final Four as America's sweetheart in 2006. VCU has now won 3 straight conference tournaments and are only two years removed from their colossal first round victory over Duke. VCU "put on" for their city, in their city and will now look to the leadership of Senior Eric Maynor to lead a Cinderella run.
A little more on the CAA's VCU Rams after the jump.
Location: Richmond, VA
Leading Scorers: Eric Maynor (22.4 ppg), Larry Sanders (11.3 ppg, Joey Rodriguez (9.4 ppg)
What to know:
- VCU believes in their coach, Anthony Wright, and Anthony Wright believes in his Lottery pick poingt guard, Eric Maynor. As we learned in 2006 when the Rams were able to upset one of the most tournament saavy teams in the history of college basketball, beating Duke.
- The Rams do not have an out of conference "signature win" to hang their hat on but they were battle tested on their trip to Norman to face Blake Griffin and the Oklahoma Sooners. The Rams kept it tight in the first half but could not hold on, eventually losing 81-70.
- Teams with a physical presence will give the Rams some problems, giving up 38.5 rebounds a game. That is good enough for 212th in the nation.
Projection: VCU might be looking at one of those always dangerous 12 seeds. With the right match up this VCU team might see some weekend action.